Today, millions of people across the globe are celebrating Earth Day. In honor of this nearly 40-year-old celebration, I pose this question to you: Do you know your carbon footprint? Thanks to the Earth Day Network, I know mine. I calculated it using their Ecological Footprint Calculator, and I’m a tad embarrassed to report these results. If everyone on Earth lived exactly as I do currently, it would take 4.9 Planet Earths to provide enough resources to sustain our daily lifestyle. What?!
Here I thought I was doing as much as I realistically could to help our environment. I recycle what can be recycled; I shop with reusable bags; I light my home with compact fluorescent lights; and I’ve started composting. And yet, these actions, while helpful, don’t seem to be enough. I – we – could be doing so much more.
At Sylvane, we try to do more every day. For example, we work hard to adopt greener habits around the office. Along with using recycled product cartons and recyclable shipping boxes, we use 100% biodegradable packing peanuts when packaging our products. We feverishly recycle everyday trash, turn off lights when they’re not needed, and use plant-based cleaners.
We also strive to pack eco-friendly solutions into our product catalog. New this week are a line of Earth-conscious Blueair air purifiers, including the 203, 270E, 303, 403, 503, and 603 models. Here are some additional products that can help to reduce our collective carbon footprint:
Toyotomi TAD-T38J Portable Air Conditioner
Now that it’s getting warmer outside, you might be in the market for a portable air conditioner (PAC). When shopping for a PAC, you should remember to look for the unit’s EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio. The EER tells you how many BTUs are used for each watt of power. The basic rule is: the higher the EER, the more energy-efficient the unit. With an EER of 10.12 and a high-efficiency compressor, the new Toyotomi TAD-T38J Portable Air Conditioner cools your air while consuming minimal energy. The dual-hose unit also doubles as a dehumidifier and air purifier and features a programmable auto mode to help save even more energy.
AllerSoft Pillow and Mattress Protectors
Win the war against dust mites naturally and comfortably with 100% organic cotton dust mite covers. AllerSoft offers pillow and mattress protectors made with dye-, latex-, and chemical-free cotton. All of the bedding covers are SKAL- and Oeko-Tex certified organic to effectively repel dust mites while staying sensitive to skin and allergies.
Crescent Moon Natural Wool Bedding
Using 100% organic cotton and naturally porous alpaca wool, Crescent Moon manufactures dust mite proof pillow protectors, duvet covers, mattress pads, and pillows. Alpaca wool, a great alternative to down, will not harbor dust mites or mold spores, or other bedroom allergens. Moreover, the cotton-wool combination helps keep you dry and comfortable, and the absence of synthetic material means no polluting fumes will be released.
These are just a few of our environmentally friendly solutions. Look for us to add more green products to our catalog in the coming months.