3 Home Improvements to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

While US environmental policy remains under close scrutiny, an eco-friendly approach to everyday life is becoming increasingly popular with Americans. More than 56% of US consumers state that they are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products while making the necessary lifestyle changes to reducing energy usage. On average, an American household spends approximately $1,300 on energy… Continue reading »

Be Cool! Without AC!

Most of us who live where summers are hot have been through it: As temperatures rise into the triple digits, we crank the AC—then feel the anxiety as we open our electric bills. Americans want to feel comfortable indoors when outdoor temperatures climb—so much so that we collectively spend more than $15 billion each year… Continue reading »

Bring On Spring- Opt for these Natural, Eco-friendly & Healthy Alternatives

Ah-h-h, springtime! A time of renewal and refreshing, especially in the home, when we are more likely to be excited about the idea of cleaning. As gentle breezes flow in open windows we are reminded of what clean really smells like, and we’re energized to start scrubbing, polishing and priming our homes for a new… Continue reading »

Eat Seasonally! Here’s Your Spring List

Ah Spring has finally arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. ‘Tis the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here’s what to… Continue reading »

How to Find a True “Green Mattress”

On your journey to protect the environment and live a green lifestyle, you may have run into mattresses labeled green, all-natural, natural, or organic. Those terms are often used interchangeably, and, because there are no clearly defined regulations for a green mattress, they don’t necessarily mean the mattress is truly green. A true green mattress… Continue reading »

A Breath of Fresh Air

In the late ’80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Lucky for us, the plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted… Continue reading »

Eggs 101- Clean Up Your Carton

Most of us buy eggs without thinking much about them, but the cartons you pick up at the supermarket are worth scrutinizing. Of the labels you’ll see, the most important are “certified organic,” biodynamic,” and “pasture raised,” Why? Eggs that bear these designations are superior for nutrition and for cooking. But it’s also a matter… Continue reading »

Do You Know How To Store Fresh Produce?

Did you know that fruits and vegetables give off the natural gas called ethylene? Ethylene can affect the other fruits and veggies that they are stored next to. You don’t need to buy special bags, but you do need to know which produce doesn’t play nicely with others. Here are some tips! Apples – Do not… Continue reading »

Yikes! Mosquitoes! Keep Them Away Naturally

Mosquitoes, they’re definitely one of summer’s biggest pests. They seem to be everywhere this time of year, and most repellents out there leave skin coated with a film of icky chemicals that not only seem questionably safe, but are smelly too. Though most of us have heard of using citronella to ward off bugs, turns… Continue reading »

3 Simple Homemade Veggie Washes

More than 9 million people get sick every year from dirty food, and according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fruits and vegetables contaminated with harmful bacteria cause 46 percent of those illnesses. Good food hygiene that we practice at home, every day, can have a significant impact on… Continue reading »

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