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Make Your Own Mouthwash
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Make Your Own  Mouthwash The dentist has been telling me to use mouthwash after I brush my teeth from the time that I can remember. I never even really questioned what mouthwash was actually made out of until recently. There are mouthwashes for all sorts of oral hygiene problems – canker sores, teeth whitening, gum disease. However, are these... guide/make-your-own-mouthwash.jpg Make Your Own Mouthwash

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Benefits of Dry Brushing
Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Benefits of Dry  Brushing I first learned of dry brushing about two years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. The idea was completely foreign to me, but I was very excited and intrigued to try it out. So, what is dry brushing exactly? It’s actually just what it sounds like – you are literally...

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Makeup Remover DIY
Tuesday, 06 May 2014
Makeup Remover DIY Raccoon eyes and irritated skin – these were my results whenever I used conventional makeup removers. In fact, I so much disliked using removers that I would sometimes go to sleep with my makeup still on. Come morning, my eyelashes would be stuck together with mascara and my pores would...

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Homemade Body Scrub
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Homemade Body Scrub In keeping with my 2014 New Year’s Resolution to transition all of my body products to products I can either make myself or at least understand the ingredients of, my latest challenge was making an all-natural face and body scrub. Everyone’s skin reacts differently...

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Homemade Facial Masks
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Homemade Facial Masks Recently, I have found more and more comfort in food and beauty products that are made from ingredients I can actually understand. As Michael Pollan says, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food." Taking Pollan’s wisdom to heart and applying it to...

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Make Your Own Eco Friendly Soap
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Soap Despite all of the safety claims regarding industrial soap, no one really knows what effect the myriad of chemicals will have on the environment. One study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that about 75% of the main chemicals in antibacterial soap are passed through wastewater filtering to be later used to detailed...

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How to Make Your Own Lip Balm
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
How to Make Your Own Lip Balm Recently, I have read more and more articles questioning the safety of mainstream beauty products, such as lip balm. I found the list of toxins in these (often expensive) products to be slightly terrifying and decided to take matters into my own hands! This guide includes a recipe and instructions for a non-toxic, eco-friendly lip balm...

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Green Beauty
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Green Beauty Environmentally conscious actions don’t have to be strenuous or require much effort. Everyday routines with just a little adjustment can decrease your environmental impact and let your conscience rest a little easier. Something as easy as changing the way you shower or bathe cannot only benefit the environment, but also your own well-being...

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Homemade Toothpaste
Thursday, 03 March 2011
Homemade Toothpaste Have you ever noticed how many chemicals are in your toothpaste? Before big toothpaste manufacturing existed, people used baking soda and salt to cleanse their teeth or even just pure water. Today there are many chemicals added to enhance taste and to make your mouth feel “fresh” and minty, or to make them whiter (allegedly…)! Fluoride compounds...

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Natural Deodorants
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Natural Deodorants Have you heard that antiperspirant deodorant is bad for you? This is certainly news to me! The bad components in antiperspirants are the aluminum compounds. There have been links to Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer from these aluminum compounds, which get into your body through the pores in your armpits. So what should we do about it? The best thing...

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Toxic Household Chemicals
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Toxic Household Chemicals Your house could be filled with one of these six common household toxins—Radon, Ozone, Toxic Dust, Lead, Formaldehyde, and Asbestos—and you might not even realize that they’re there. Fortunately, you don’t have to just sit back and worry. Why not take action and make your home a little cleaner and environmentally friendly...

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Homemade Soap Recipes
Friday, 17 September 2010
Homemade Soap Recipes Despite all of the safety claims regarding industrial soap, no one really knows what effect the myriad of chemicals will have on the environment. One study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that about 75% of the main chemicals in antibacterial soap are passed through wastewater filtering to be later used to fertilize...

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Make Your Own Hair Care Products
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Make Your Own Hair Care Products! Hair products, like most cosmetic products, contain hundreds of chemicals that can pose a threat to your health and the environment. Many of the ingredients and chemicals found in these products are made from petrochemicals (originating from crude oil). The chemicals run into our waterways, absorb in our skin, and add to our landfills...

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Skin Care Guide to Making yours Eco Friendly
Wednesday, 02 September 2009
Skin Care: Guide to Making yours Eco-Friendly Skin care products contribute to the thousands of chemicals washed down the drain. These disrupt aquatic ecosystems, seep into the soil, contaminate farms, and contribute to cancer and infertility among populations of marine life and wildlife...

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Green Health Care Guide
Friday, 24 October 2008
Green Health Care Guide Green Health Care is a new idea entering into the mainstream healthcare industry that works to improve the health of humans and the environment. Traditionally, naturopathic medicine can be considered one of the “greenest” options for health care. It is a complementary and alternative medicine that emphasizes the body's intrinsic ability to...

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Green Facts

  • States with bottle deposit laws have 35-40% less litter by volume.

  • For every 38,000 bills consumers pay online instead of by mail, 5,058 pounds of greenhouse gases are avoided and two tons of trees are preserved.

  • Recycling 100 million cell phones can save enough energy to power 18,500 homes in the U.S. for a year.

  • You will save 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 10,000 miles you drive if you always keep your car’s tires fully inflated.

  • 77% of people who commute to work by car drive alone.

  • Current sea ice levels are at least 47% lower than they were in 1979.

  • Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch.

  • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.

  • A tree that provides a home with shade from the sun can reduce the energy required to run the air conditioner and save an additional 200 to 2,000 pounds of carbon over its lifetime.

  • 82 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from burning fossil fuels.

  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every 3 months

  • Shaving 10 miles off of your weekly driving pattern can eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

  • You will save 100 pounds of carbon for each incandescent bulb that you replace with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL), over the life of the bulb.

  • A steel mill using recycled scrap reduces related water pollution, air pollution, and mining wastes by about 70%.

  • Refrigerators built in 1975 used 4 times more energy than current models.

  • Less than 1% of electricity in the United States is generated from solar power.

  • Recycling for one year at Stanford University saved the equivalent of 33,913 trees and the need for 636 tons of iron ore, coal, and limestone.

  • Due to tiger poaching, habitat destruction, and other human-tiger conflicts, tigers now number around 3,200—a decrease in population by about 70% from 100 years ago.

  • One recycled aluminum can will save enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.

  • Bamboo absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide than equivalent stands of trees.

  • Nudge your thermostat up two degrees in the summer and down two degrees in the winter to prevent 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

  • Glass can be recycled over and over again without ever wearing down.

  • In California homes, about 10% of energy usage is related to TVs, DVRs, cable and satellite boxes, and DVD players.

  • The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million people die prematurely worldwide every year due to air pollution.

  • Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct.

  • In the United States, automobiles produce over 20 percent of total carbon emissions. Walk or bike and you'll save one pound of carbon for every mile you travel.

  • Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

  • Americans throw away more than 120 million cell phones each year, which contribute 60,000 tons of waste to landfills annually.

  • American workers spend an average of 47 hours per year commuting through rush hour traffic. This adds up to 23 billion gallons of gas wasted in traffic each year.

  • A single quart of motor oil, if disposed of improperly, can contaminate up to 2,000,000 gallons of fresh water.

  • An aluminum can that is thrown away instead of recycled will still be a can 500 years from now!

  • Americans use 100 million tin and steel cans every day.

  • You’ll save two pounds of carbon for every 20 glass bottles that you recycle.

  • If every U.S. household turned the thermostat down by 10 degrees for seven hours each night during the cold months, and seven hours each weekday, it would prevent nearly gas emissions.

  • A laptop consumes five times less electricity than a desktop computer.

  • Washing your clothes in cold or warm instead of hot water saves 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year, and drying your clothes on a clothesline six months out of the year would save another 700 pounds.

  • It takes 6,000,000 trees to make 1 year's worth of tissues for the world.

  • Recycling 1 million laptop computers can save the amount of energy used by 3,657 homes in the U.S. over the course of a year.

  • Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save as much as 10 gallons a day per person.