Daily Green Wrap-Up 19.August, 2012

Health and wellness have always been key elements in green construction. That’s especially true of health services buildings, and a new U.S. Army project neatly illustrates how LEED standards could improve the well being of people who use LEED-certified buildings.
After you put your make up on, after all day being out, you also have to take your make up off. The problem is that most of the make up removers are full of chemicals ranging from skin irritants to hormone disruptors to carcinogens. So when you are already investing in eco make up why not figure out a natural way to remove it.
Recycling is a large part of keeping the planet “green” and it is important to many people to do what they can to help the environment. It is also one of the easiest ways for individuals to contribute and help out. Makeup is a very large industry and if you think about it, each product comes in it’s own little container, that is a lot of cosmetics containers!
We received some exciting news from our friends at the Environmental Paper Network (EPN) last week. They have just released a new version of their Paper Calculator to better assist paper buyers with measuring the environmental impact of their paper usage and shifting to paper that supports climate and endangered forest protection.
“You can infuse simple syrup with basil, right?”
These are the kind of questions that cross your mind when you are standing in your mother’s garden looking at two huge pots of fresh basil.
After two short “we’re looking into it” official statements, Fisker Automotive has announced that it has completed a “detailed investigation” into the strange, spontaneous combustion of a Karma plug-in hybrid that happened in Woodside, CA last weekend. The result? A voluntary recall to fix the low-temperature cooling fan located in the left front of the Karma, in front of the wheel, that apparently has “an internal fault that caused it to fail, overheat and start a slow burning fire.”

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