Hoboken “Green Tips”
Here are some great “green tips” provided by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition:
Green Tips July 2008
LIVE GREEN: When fluorescents finally die.
QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken recently obtained pledges from over 300 New Jersey households to replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescents. In the process we heard concerns about disposal of the mercury-containing bulbs. Home Depot has come to the rescue. It just announced that it is collecting fluorescents for proper disposal at every store. Other businesses may soon follow suit.
EAT GREEN: Food rather than pills can stop allergies
MotherEarthNews.com recommends drinking orange juice and eating oranges and bell peppers as antidotes for allergies due to their natural antihistamine properties. Digest onions and garlic (raw or in food) to reduce inflammation, and try horseradish or wasabi to get rid of allergy congestion. See six more remedies on their website.
Don’t forget to visit the Hoboken Farmers’ Market every Tuesday until the fall from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Market is set up on Washington Street between Observer Highway and Newark Street.
SHOP GREEN: When you bring it home
Unwrap the new TV, computer, laminate or particleboard furniture and expose to the open air. If you are lucky enough to have a garage, yard, balcony/terrace, leave item out there for a “few days” suggests Wolverton Environmental Services to reduce your exposure to the chemical emissions. The rest of us who are apartment dwellers may have to just leave the item next to an open window with a fan blowing the gases out into the air.
GO GREEN: Forget the car.
Take the train to Liberty State Park – and then Walk or Bike! It’s easy to get to the big outdoors from Hoboken without using gas to get there. Take the Light Rail (stations at Erie Lackawanna Terminal, 2nd St. and 9th St. on far west side of city). All trains going south to Jersey City and Bayonne stop at Liberty State Park. Then bike, walk or await the park jitney which stops at the station.