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Can Concrete Be Eco-Friendly?

Pioneers of green building techniques are faced with the challenging task of identifying and integrating the use of innovative, sustainable materials into the canon of eco-friendly building. Of course, any new material must answer the complicated question, “Is it really green?”  In recent years, concrete and its use in flooring and countertops has gained popularity […]

December 21st

Step Lightly with Eco-Friendly Footwear

Footwear manufacturing is known as one of the most environmentally unfriendly industries out there.  The modern process of tanning leather, in particular, is especially toxic—many tanneries sit firmly upon the EPA’s Superfund list. Until recently, we were not offered a wide range of alternative choices to shoes made with standard processes and corporate-owned manufacturers.  Environmentally […]

November 26th

Homemade Baby Food Safety

Making your own homemade organic baby food is one way to ensure that your baby eats a variety of nutritious, lovingly prepared food.  It’s also economical and environmentally friendly, particularly when you purchase organic produce at local farmers’ markets. When deciding to make your own baby food however, there are some important things to keep […]

November 7th

Homemade Drain Cleaner

It happens to all of us. At some point, the kitchen or bathroom drain clogs and water backs up. At times horribly unpleasant odors are unleashed. While standard practice calls for lye-based drain cleaners, these toxic products can damage the pipes as well as your lungs. If preventative measures have failed to keep your drains clear, there is a natural solution. Instead of reaching for that bottle of caustic drain cleaner under the sink, try earth-friendly, homemade drain cleaner.

July 17th

Biodiverse Green Roofs

Green roofs are vegetated roof covers constructed on top of a roof deck. Sometimes called an ecoroof or sky garden, this burgeoning technique is the ultimate in green home and building design. It gives users the opportunity to reduce their impact on the planet while simultaneously contributing to healing damaged urban ecosystems. Green roofs cover […]

June 23rd

Organic Hair Care for Swimmers

Summer is a great time to head outdoors and embrace an active lifestyle with things like swimming, hiking, and kayaking. While these activities are great for our bodies, exposure to the outdoor elements often wreak havoc on our hair. Restore your hair to its naturally luxurious state with a few organic products and moisture-retention strategies… […]

June 3rd

Mineral Cosmetics: Healthy or Hazardous?

Proponents of mineral-based makeup will tell you that makeup made from crushed, sterilized minerals found in nature is quintessentially better for you and the environment than conventional chemical-based makeup. This statement is true in some respects, but misleading in other ways.  Mineral makeup, like many other things labeled “green”, deserves a closer look to determine […]

May 20th

The Hidden Risks of Aquatic Exercise

What could be more attractive to an aspirer of green living than a form of exercise that appears to leave the smallest of energy footprints?  After all, most energy involved in swimming is caloric, within the swimmer’s own body, right?  No wonder so many eco-friendly fitness enthusiasts have chosen swimming and other aquatic forms of […]

March 14th

Natural Pest Control for the Organic Home and Garden

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states: “Pesticides are not ‘safe.’  They are produced specifically because they are toxic to something.” In spite of the known dangers of pesticides, almost a billion pounds of conventional pesticides are used in the U.S. every year by pest managers in the agricultural, forestry, residential, and commercial sectors. Widespread […]

December 17th

Shopping for Organic Clothing

You’ve decided to live a green life from your socks to your suit coat, and cotton clothing is as green as you can get, right?  Actually, unless you’re shopping for organic clothing, cotton isn’t always the greenes fabric of choice.  To make sure you are investing your greens in green fashion: Look for organic labels.  […]

October 22nd