Daily Green Wrap-Up 23.February, 2012

In a perfect world, perhaps we would all make our own household cleaners from vinegar, baking soda, soap, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, salt, tea tree oil and other essential oils, etc. However, I still find myself relying on the convenience of store-bought cleaners on a regular basis, so here are some tips for finding a green cleaner (or making sure your favorite cleaner is green enough) until we reach DIY cleaning nirvana.
There’s a saying among eco-minded people that “the greenest item is the one you don’t buy.” The projects in this post take that idea even further: the greenest item is the one you make from something destined for the landfill (OK — it’s not very snappy. I’ll work on it.)
Most of us by now know what BPA is and how bad it is for us, but a new study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Exeter and the European Centre for the Environment and Human Health, in association with the University of Cambridge, has linked BPA exposure to future incidences of heart disease.
Home Depot on Wednesday started selling Level 2 electric-vehicle charging stations made by Illinois-based Schneider Electric on its website, as the world’s biggest home-improvement retailer looks to capitalize on growing EV sales and the need for home-based chargers.
Soon, Australia won’t just be home to kangaroos, kola bears and those yummy chocolate Tim Tam treats. It will also be the home of the world’s greenest supercomputer. The IBM Blue Gene/Q will take up residence at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) at the University of Melbourne. And its mission is a lofty one: to help find cures to life-threatening diseases.

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