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YourUpdate.TV

April 26, 2012 14:41 ET

Spring "Green"-ing With Terra Wellington

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2012) - Springtime is the perfect time of year to think about renewal, take care of yourself and enjoy nature. And, uniquely, it happens right around Earth Day. So, instead of Spring Cleaning -- think Spring "Green"-ing.

For spring, do-it-yourself home improvement projects are king right now. The great news is that there are so many green choices for your materials now, and that includes painting. Choose zero-VOC or low-VOC paints. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds -- and these are toxic airborne particles that you don't want in your paint. Check the label -- it will specifically say "zero VOC" or "low VOC."

Look for masking tape made from recycled content. 3M has a brand new Scotch Greener Masking Tape product available in basic and performance -- made from 56 percent renewable resources. This helps to reduce your waste and conserve paper. And it has the same performance as regular masking tape -- you can find it at retailers like Walmart.

You can still be eco-friendly while de-cluttering during spring cleaning. One of the best tips is to be a good sorter so that you're only using one bag of trash and the rest is composted, recycled or even upcycled. Small changes can make a big difference. Try using Glad's new tall kitchen bags for your one bag of trash. They're made stronger but with 6.5 percent less plastic, which equates to keeping 140 million extra trash bags out of landfills each year.

If you have a backyard, composting is not only feasible but also sensible. It takes you only a few minutes each week and gives you free soil amendment and fertilizer for your garden and landscape -- a cost savings! Many recycling centers have free or discounted compost bins for residents. I have easy instructions on how to compost in my book, The Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green.

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