A healthier, more eco-friendly, home.

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Registered: 08-07-2007
A healthier, more eco-friendly, home.
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Fri, 01-07-2011 - 2:55pm

I saw this slideshow this morning and got to thinking how much I'd like to make my home both healthier and more eco-friendly.

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Mon, 03-28-2011 - 4:01pm
That's great Nenu! I think more & more pharmacies are starting to do that with out of date/unused meds too.

I think we need to learn from you all in Europe when it comes to being greener.

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Registered: 08-24-2009
Mon, 03-28-2011 - 3:10pm

We're just beginning to have those types of services available, and the region where I live is a leader in environmental matters. It pains me when I travel to parts of the country where even simple recycling is a chore.

It's wonderful that returned medication can be put to good use there. Unfortunately, it is illegal here. When the strength of my husband's asthma medication was increased, we were left with a brand-new inhaler of the lower dosage. It was inside two sealed, tamperproof containers, but the pharmacy was not allowed to take it back, even for donation.

Luckily, my husband remembered that his doctor had mentioned his wife used the same medication, so we gave her the unused inhaler.




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Registered: 01-19-2006
Sun, 03-27-2011 - 3:25pm

Pharmacies here in France (drug stores, I guess), will ALL take in out of date or unused medication. It is sorted, and that which can still be used is sent to homeless shelters or walk in clinics. The rest is dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Also any place here that sells batteries also has a bin for dumping used batteries in, which are then disposed of accordingly.

We aren't perfect here in France when it comes to the environment, that's for sure, but there are certain things that have been set up, such as the recuperation of drugs and batteries, for some time now!

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Fri, 01-28-2011 - 1:21pm
I'm sure. :(

Another thing that is really bad if dogs get ahold of it is an albuterol inhaler. I had one in my purse one day and forgot to zip up the pocket I kept it in. My son's elderly dog (we found out she had pretty bad heart disease later) got into it and bit a hole in the nearly full canister. She passed away later that day after feeling crappy and lethargic and sad all day long. We all felt so, so bad. I no longer keep my inhaler in my handbag. :(

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Registered: 08-24-2009
Fri, 01-28-2011 - 11:39am




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Registered: 08-07-2007
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:21am
Oh, oh, oh.... so sad about your dog, that just breaks my heart. :( I'll definitely not be throwing batteries away any more.

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Registered: 08-24-2009
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 6:14pm

The slide show has some good tips! White vinegar has been in my cleaning arsenal for years. :smileyhappy: