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The Benefits of Eating Organic Food & Shopping Local

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Organic food consumption has increased in popularity over the years and that increase continues to rise at a relatively steady pace.There is a good chance that you’ve seen an organic food aisle at one of your local grocery stores or driven past a farmer’s market where organic food was sold at one point or another.You may have noticed these organic food options and chosen to pass them by for conventionally produced foods or you may have wondered about what makes them so great.Many health conscious individuals swear by organic food and I recommend them when possible as they can help promote lifelong health and happiness.If you’re uncertain about making the switch to organic foods you may want to consider the benefits of eating organic to make an informed decision about what you’re eating.
Environmental Benefits Did you know that organic foods can help the environment?They can because they reduce the amount of chemicals going into food production.Farmers who put pesticides in their fiel…

Making Your Own Eco-Friendly Cleaners

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Did you know that you can easily make your own cleaners that are not only better for the environment but also work well, while being safer for you, your kids and your pets, too?  Let’s look at some basic, easy-to-make eco-friendly cleaners.
All you need are a few ingredients you likely already have around your house, and a few spray bottles plus, some sort of writing instrument to label the bottles.
Wash Your Windows In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water with 3 tablespoons white vinegar.You can use old newspaper as your cloth to wash the window, or use a squeegee. The vinegar smell will disappear quickly and your windows (or any glass surface) will look sparkly and shiny.
Disinfect If you have surfaces that need to be disinfected, such as cutting boards and toilets, you can easily create that yourself in a spray bottle.Just mix 2 cups of water with four drops of any type of natural soap, like unscented liquid castile soap, and 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil.You can spray this on any surfa…

5 Ways To Green Your Bath Routine

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Thinking about a steamy bubbly bath evokes feelings of warmth and relaxation for me.  They’re rejuvenating and comforting in a unique way that allows us to release our stresses if only for a little bit. A cold winter day is a wonderful time to soak up some quiet time in the bath, but it’s important to be eco-conscious about our celebration.

FUN FACTS

Buying concentrated bubble bath instead of a standard 16oz plastic bottle of bubble bath every other month you can save one-quarter pound of plastic and $10-20 per year more.  If one in one hundred households decreased their bubble bath purchases in this way, the savings would total 250,000 pounds of plastic.  That amount of plastic could build a wading pool the size of Wrigley Field.

Need another reason to green your bath routine?  By 2025, the world must increase its water supply by 22% in order to meet its needs.


Here are some ways to enjoy National Bubble Bath day in an environmentally friendlier way:

1. Use baths as an indulgence or speci…

Don't Be A Pain in the Drain

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There's a small handful of things you absolutely don't want to flush down the drain, such as money or time – and also old cooking grease, unused medicines, and household chemicals.  

That's right - modern American homes are full of things that CAN go down the drain but SHOULDN'T.  Here few tips on what those are – and how to deal with them responsibly.

Your doctor will tell you that grease clogs your arteries - it also clogs the arteries of your city or town, which are the sewage pipes that connect your home to the water treatment plant.  When grease clogs these pipes, the results aren't pretty: sewage can back up into the street, yards, and even into neighboring homes. 

Oil & Grease

The best thing to do with cooking oil and grease is to reuse it.  If the oil is used for frying mainly one thing, such as french fries, it can be used several times.  Just strain the oil through cheesecloth or coffee filters into a covered can or container.  Bacon grease can be used wh…

4 Ways to Green Your Christmas

When many people think about Christmas, they think of a stack of gifts piled under the holiday tree. It’s easy to forget about the waste generated, mostly in the form of gift wrap and product packaging.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we generate 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That translates into roughly one million extra tons! The amount of energy used also tends to increase, mainly due to electric lights and decorations. Some of this increased energy usage is also related to the fuel used for travel purposes.

There's no need to panic, though. Here are a few things you can do to fight back against the problem of Christmas waste. It really isn't that difficult.

1. Get Creative with Gifts

Gift wrap and product packaging really adds up over the holiday season. Not every family recycles all of this used paper and plastic once Christmas morning is just a memory. Worse yet, some wrapping paper isn’t recyclable at all.

To avoid crea…

Ideas for Green Christmas Gifts

You shouldn't be stuck thinking up ideas for green Christmas gifts. There are so many different ways to make excellent and interesting gifts and ornaments using existing materials, or things that are easy and inexpensive to obtain. Ideas for green christmas gifts are usually only limited by your imagination, so start imagining!

Gift baskets are popular and are easily made too, and one of the best ideas for green Christmas gifts. The basket can be recycled from a cardboard box, cut to size and shape as desired, and wrapped in something original. The artwork that your children produce in school or at home is ideal for wrapping gift baskets. If you can't find enough old ones, have them make a few new ones. Any left over artwork can be shredded and laid in the bottom of the basket to provide a suitable crinkly base for the gifts.

The gifts that fill the gift baskets can be anything. However, some of the better ideas for green Christmas gifts are things like homemade jams, homemade…