Skip the Kit and Use Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs!

Skip the Kit and Use Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs!

25 March 2013

yeing Easter eggs is a tradition that symbolizes renewal and new life. However, with the health concerns about artificial dyes, you may be considering skipping the tradition. Instead of forgoing the fun, why not try using natural dyes instead? Although most of us associate decorating eggs with Easter, the practice actually began thousands of years ago. […]

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Valentine’s Day: a good time to love the planet with recycling and waste reduction

Valentine’s Day: a good time to love the planet with recycling and waste reduction

08 February 2013

Paper valentines account for a big spike in annual waste production, with roughly 180 million Americans exchanging Valentine’s Day cards each year. This year, Waste Management, Burien’s solid waste utility, recommends alternatives to conventional cards as a way to express the spirit of the holiday and also love the planet. “Valentine’s Day doesn’t produce as […]

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The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking

The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking

03 February 2013

(By Tom Philpott via Mother Jones) In a recent Nation piece, the wonderfulElizabeth Royte teased out the direct links between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the food supply. In short, extracting natural gas from rock formations by bombarding them with chemical-spiked fluid leaves behind fouled water—and that fouled water can make it into the crops and animals we eat. But […]

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How to FInd Hidden GMO Ingredients

How to FInd Hidden GMO Ingredients

30 January 2013

( By Cheryl Murphy)  By now, many are familiar with genetically modified foods. Sometimes known as GMO’s or genetically modified organisms, GM additives in processed food hide low on the label list, but in most cases should be given serious thought. While many are not opposed to GM products and feel there are few risks […]

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Biodegradable plastic: What you need to know

Biodegradable plastic: What you need to know

25 January 2013

(by Laura DiMungo from mmn) Over 31 million tons of plastic waste is produced each year, of which just 8% is recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Biodegradable plastic made from materials ranging from bacteria to orange peels has been touted as a solution to the global plastic-waste problem and a way to […]

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A 13-Cent Facial Scrub & More Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

A 13-Cent Facial Scrub & More Surprising Uses for Baking Soda

17 January 2013

FACE SCRUB: A paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water makes a gentle, unscented facial scrub. SHAMPOO BOOSTER: Pour your usual amount of shampoo into your palm and add a pinch of baking soda to deep-clean your hair and remove product residue. SUNBURN SOOTHER: Soak a washcloth in a solution of four tablespoons of baking […]

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Compostable Utensils Diverted to Landfill After Slow Breakdown

Compostable Utensils Diverted to Landfill After Slow Breakdown

16 January 2013

(photo a supposedly biodegradable fork and spoon after 60-90 days in San Francisco’s commercial composting operation, Picture from myplasticfreelife.com) CBS San Francisco reports here that so called compostable utensils are  often filtered out from other compost materials and are instead being diverted to landfill. Furthermore, it is noted that commercial composters would rather not have to deal with […]

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Is Antibacterial Soap Making Your Kids Fat? How Hormone Disruptors Wreak Havoc on Health

Is Antibacterial Soap Making Your Kids Fat? How Hormone Disruptors Wreak Havoc on Health

16 January 2013

(By Beth Greer www.BethGreer.com) “Almost 40 percent of my 4- and 5-year-olds are obese,” said Stephen P. Bolduc, M.D., who’s been practicing pediatrics for 32 years, “and they’re not responding to traditional treatment. When I suggest they exercise more and eat less they don’t lose weight, as an overweight kid, say 10 years ago, would,” he […]

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Soap Myth BUSTED

Soap Myth BUSTED

16 January 2013

Soap with hot water is more effective in killing germs than soap with cold water? Scientific research has demonstrated that hot water with soap for hand washing is no more effective than cold water with soap. For example, in a report published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (J Occup Environ Med. 2005 […]

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Is BPA-free good enough?

Is BPA-free good enough?

11 January 2013

By Angelika Rampal, M.D (www.doctorangel.com) I recently had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Jerome Paulson, a pediatric expert in environmental health. This is an area I have researched somewhat and have strong opinions on various topics, but Dr. Paulson is clearly the expert.  Now that I have his expert opinion, I am planning on interspersing a series […]

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