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Non toxic Mattresses
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Non-toxic Mattresses Our beds – we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping in them. I have always been told that sleeping eight hours per night is better for your health, and that certain mattresses are better for your back. However, that was the extent to which I ever thought about my mattress...

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Microbeads Pollution
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Microbeads Pollution Microbeads, often seen suspended in skincare products such as face and body wash, are pieces of plastic that are smaller than a pinhead. They were initially introduced into skincare products to act as exfoliants that could scrub away dead skin cells. A single product can contain as many as 350,000 polyethylene or polypropylene microbeads that are...

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Pros and Cons of LED Lights
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Pros and Cons of LED Lights Light emitting diode (LED) light bulbs were initially touted as the sustainable answer to incandescent light bulbs. In Europe, incandescent light bulbs were banned in 2009, while in the United States, nearly all incandescent bulbs were banned by 2014. However, now people are questioning whether LED light bulbs are truly the light bulbs of the future...

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Are Candles Toxic
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Are Candles Toxic Toxins can be found in a few components of candles. First, it matters what the body of the candle is made out of. Many candles are made out of paraffin wax, which is made from the sludge wax leftover when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Aside from being a petroleum byproduct , paraffin wax produced soot. Have you ever noticed black smoke coming...

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Sunscreen Safety
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Sunscreen Safety Summer is in full swing, and for most, sunscreen is part of the daily routine right now. Because of this, such a product deserves a closer look. What ingredients comprise sunscreen? Are these ingredients harmful to our health? If so, what are safer alternatives...

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Gel Nail Polish Safety
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Gel Nail Polish Safety Leaving the nail salon, every normal task suddenly becomes precarious. One accidental graze of your nails and the manicure is ruined. To top it off, a week later, the polish is chipping. Gel nail polish has been changing all of this – but at what cost?

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Sweatshops
Thursday, 21 November 2013
Sweatshops Sweatshops are working environments that are unacceptably dangerous or difficult. Sweatshop workers—which may include young children, slaves, and illegal immigrants—work long hours in unsanitary conditions for very low wages. The United States General Accounting Office defines a sweatshop as a workplace “that violates more than one federal or state labor...

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Paper Bag Use
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Paper Bag Use Across the globe, plastic bag bans are being enacted, eliminating single use plastic bags in most grocery and merchandise stores. Most of the time the plastic bags are replaced with paper bags, often at a charge of 10 cents. However, this is by no means promoting the use of paper bags...

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Toxic Substances Control Act
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Toxic Substances Control Act When the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) passed in 1976, it was heralded as an equal among the other sweeping environmental laws of the era. The Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and the Endangered Species Act are familiar to most Americans—they form the backbone of environmental legislation in the United States. But how many people do you know...

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Made from Corn
Thursday, 01 November 2012
Made from Corn The sun rays beam in through the window and the song birds start to chirp, bringing the start of a fresh new day. What you don’t know is that from the moment you wake up, corn will play a huge role throughout your everyday life. Of course corn is in many food items, such as popcorn, cereal, and..

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Plastic Bag Ban
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Plastic Bag Ban With each purchase you make, whether it is at a drug store, retail store, or grocery store, you most likely leave with a plastic bag to carry your purchases home. When you get home, where does it go? Sometimes you reuse it as a trash bag, but most of the time, these plastic bags...

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Cell Phones and the Environment
Wednesday, 01 February 2012
Cell Phones and the Environment We use high tech gadgets like cell phones all day, every day, but we almost never stop to ask questions about their environmental impact. For instance: Where do cell phones come from? What happens to all of the cell phones that we simply stop using when we move on to the...

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Plastic Bag Facts
Monday, 23 January 2012
Plastic Bag Facts So we know that plastic bags are bad. To this end, cities around the world are thinking of enacting plastic bag bans or taxes, and many people are now using reusable bags. Because of this increased attention, there are numerous facts and factoids being thrown around regarding...

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Books vs Ebooks
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Books vs Ebooks We have our traditionalists, myself included, who want to preserve sacred past times like gathering around the fireplace with friends and family and reading a book or a newspaper in peace. Now, our world is cluttered with Facebook and Twitter...

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Bioplastics
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Bioplastics It might sound strange to imagine drinking from a cup made of corn, or cutting your potatoes with a knife actually made from potatoes, but more and more people are adopting this practice—whether they know it or not. This is the new world of cups, plates and utensils made from bioplastics! Such items are composed of natural materials and therefore...

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Hemp Uses
Thursday, 27 October 2011
Hemp Uses What is Hemp? Hemp is a plant of the Cannibus genus that can be grown in a large range of soil types, however it grows best in nitrogen-rich and non-acidic soil. Most importantly, hemp is one of the strongest fibers in the world! Luckily, it also grows quickly with very low pesticide usage, making it one of the more sustainable materials available...

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Green Playgrounds
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Green Playgrounds We'd be walking down the street or through a park, holding our parent’s hand, and then we'd see it—the curve of a swing set, or the red, blues, and yellows of the monkey bars… and we set out running. Playgrounds teach kids invaluable lessons—how to share, move, imagine, and have fun! Today, as children become more sedentary and their opportunities...

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Sustainable Lighting
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Sustainable Lighting With the world gradually turning its back on inefficient (incandescent) lighting, what should you use as a green replacement? The phasing out of incandescent light bulbs began several years ago with much of Europe banning incandescent bulbs in 2009. In the United States, incandescent light bulbs will begin to disappear in 2012, with nearly...

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Bamboo Use
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Bamboo Use Bamboo is one of those plants that people seem to either love or hate. There are over 1,400 species of the grass around the world—900 species are tropical while 500 seek temperate climates. Over 80% of the world’s bamboo is located in Asia, with another 10% in both Africa and the Americas. Bamboo’s claim to fame is definitely its speed...

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Smartphones
Thursday, 07 April 2011
Smartphones Planet Earth is teeming with phones. There are about 5 billion cellular phones in use right now, and 500 million of them—10 percent—are smartphones. Unfortunately, these numbers are swelling. The United Nations expects the number of smartphones to quadruple to 2 billion in just four years. At each stage of its lifecycle, a smartphone...

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Feminine Products
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Feminine Products On average, a woman uses over 16,000 tampons in her lifetime. This staggering statistic begs the question—what are all of these feminine products doing to the health of our planet and our bodies?! Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients that conventional tampons and sanitary napkins contain...

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Holiday Gift Giving
Thursday, 16 December 2010
oliday Gift Giving Now that Thanksgiving has past and we are well recovered from our food comas, it’s time to start thinking about your holiday gift-giving! When thinking of purchasing decorations and gifts this year try to be more environmentally responsible in what you choose to buy...

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Green Electronics
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Green Electronics Electronics are finding their way into more and more households across the world. They can be used as tools or as toys, for work or for pleasure. Sometimes they come in the form of a large flat-screen TV, other times they can be as small as a pocket-sized iPod. Often, electronics allow us to perform tasks more efficiently, communicate with...

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Green Guitars
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Green Guitars Can rock go green? You’ve evaluated your transport, your diet, and your electricity usage. What about your musical equipment? Following the warmest ever documented decade, it is obvious that every decision you make has environmental implications—even the decision to rock. Here are some of the latest developments in eco-friendly guitars...

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Greenwashing
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Greenwashing Throughout the past couple of years, “Eco Products” have taken over. From soaps to computers to billboards, most companies look for a way to advertize their “green” efforts. While walking through an isle in the grocery store one afternoon, I wondered, are all these so called “eco products” true in their claims? My skepticism was validated...

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Organic Cotton
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
 Organic Cotton There is so much hype behind anything organic these days, organic food, organic cosmetics, organic babies, literally everything is becoming pesticide-free, all natural, eco-hype. Another a recently trendy organic must-have is organic clothing. Swedish clothing company H&M, which possesses lines from fashion-celebrity bigwigs like Madonna...

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Carbon Offsets How Do They Work
Friday, 05 December 2008
Carbon Offsets: How Do They Work? Corporations everywhere are looking for a way out of significantly reducing their carbon emissions. Populations are demanding emission cut backs and during every political election new initiatives emerge that aim to cut big business' use of dirty fuels. Some companies have argued that environmental standards are too harsh, that the bar is set...

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Toy Safety
Thursday, 04 December 2008
Toy Safety The holiday season presents a huge list of things to think about: travel, gift giving, meal planning, and so forth. If you have children or are buying a gift for a child this year, you may also want to think about whether or not the toy you are considering may be toxic. Yes… toxic! Among the many threats that toys present, namely, choking hazards...

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Holiday Time Green Gift Ideas for the Office
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Holiday Time: Green Gift Ideas for the Office! With Thanksgiving soon approaching, gift-giving season is just around the corner. Many retailers say that “Black Friday”, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is their biggest shopping day of the year; while others see the largest sales increase the Saturday before Christmas. Regardless, we are soon to embark on one of the spendiest times of the...

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Why buy organic A look at Externalities
Tuesday, 04 November 2008
Why buy organic? A look at Externalities People always seem to be talking about organic-this and organic-that, and all it really seems like people know about the word “organic” is that it represents something void of pesticides, that it is beaming with natural goodness, or it is somehow yoga-related. And yes, these things are true—except for maybe the yoga thing—but there is another reason to...

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Bathroom Greening
Monday, 27 October 2008
Bathroom Greening With the green movement taking over the production world, selling everything from toxin-free lamp shades to organic jeans, morphing your bathroom into an environmentally friendly zone is relatively simple. Greening your bathroom is not only good for the environment, but it is also great for your and your family’s health...

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Green Baby Ideas
Thursday, 02 October 2008
Green Baby Ideas My mother always taught me that good habits are important to incorporate into children’s lives at an early age, even if they are not old enough to always remember them. So why not start them off green? Regular baby products, clothing, and food can all be replaced with more environmentally friendly products that will not only help reduce you...

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Guilt Free Diapers
Tuesday, 02 September 2008
Guilt-Free Diapers One baby will use thousands of diapers in a single year. How to dispose of all that waste is a confusing decision for parents trying to live green. When I was changing my kids’ diapers, almost every mom I talked to felt guilty about adding to the landfill, but we threw up our collective hands—what to do? Cloth diapers just seemed so...

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Slather on the Sunscreen and Read Green
Tuesday, 08 July 2008
Slather on the Sunscreen and Read Green! If you are looking for some interesting, easy, and fun reading this summer on ways to live green, I have a couple of suggestions for you. Please remember, though, that though books and magazines are chock full of ideas to conserve energy, make healthier choices, and use less chemicals, it can get overwhelming if you try to do it all at once...

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Green Fashion
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Green Fashion With the rise of the green movement, it is of little surprise that green attention has made its way into the fashion industry. Fashion, in a broad sense, is a social concept that inhabits many areas of thinking and human activity. It refers to the styles that make up a culture. It is a major industry. Fortunately, in such a large and active...

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Non Toxic Paint
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Non-Toxic Paint Tis the time of the year to bring out your paint can! As summer approaches,many people will use this opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather, take avacation, and finally tackle that long awaited home improvement. If re-painting your house, whether that be interior or exterior, is on the list, there are several steps to note to keep this process...

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CFL Disposal
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
CFL Disposal As our demand for energy continuously increases,it is important to start looking for alternatives to our current sources of energy. One quick and easy way to start cutting your individual energy consumption is by switching the incandescent light bulbs in your home to CFLs, or compact fluorescent light bulbs. Not only are CFLs an effective...

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