February 21, 2011
Make a difference by practicing Ethical Consumption
Most of us strive to get the best deal when we shop, and usually price is the way we measure a deal. But often, the cheapest isn’t the best deal, because it comes with hidden costs like toxic ingredients, unfair labour practices or environmental degradation.
Every time we choose to buy (or not to buy) something, we’re giving a thumbs up (or thumbs down) to a vendor and manufacturer. You could say we vote every time we open our wallets.
You can make a difference by practicing Ethical Consumption. That means, where possible, consciously looking beyond just a price tag and choosing products that are healthy, local, environmentally-friendly or fair trade. You might think you don’t have a huge influence, but you do: just as at election time, every vote counts and enough votes can generate huge changes.
Good news: StatsCan indicates Ethical Consumption is on the rise in Canada.
February 9, 2011
Install foam gaskets under your outlet and light switch plates
While painting a room last week, I removed a wall outlet cover plate – and was shocked (not literally…) by the amount of cold air leaking in around the wires and the box.
Fortunately, there’s an effective and really inexpensive way to stop those drafts: just install foam gaskets like these under outlet and light switch plates on exterior walls. They cost pennies apiece and take mere minutes to install, but they can put an end to most drafts. For added benefit, you can also install child safety plugs in unused outlets to prevent air from leaking through the socket holes.
Installing them is so simple anyone can do it; here’s a one-minute video to prove it!