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Although I’ve been sort of quiet about it, I am still doing my part to recycle, reuse and reduce. One of the easiest things I do is recycle dry cleaning plastic. My husband works in a job where he has to wear dress shirts four days a week with dress pants, so once every two [...]

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Pros: Organic cotton components. Contains no dioxide, pesticides, dyes, or other toxins; absorbent and comfortable. Cons: Can be more expensive than traditional “bargain” brands, depending on where you buy them. Not available in most conventional grocery or drug stores. Ever watch a husband buy period-related paraphernalia? I have, and it’s a hoot. They’re all embarrassed [...]

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Pros: Inexpensive; no petro chemicals or chemicals of any kind, actually; biodegradable; hypoallergenic Cons: Slightly messy; some prep work; no suds A few weeks ago I posted on a Facebook thread about soap nuts. In the post I said I’ve wanted to try them for a while, but haven’t had the chance to sit down [...]

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Little Girl is five. Up until last week she was still sleeping in a toddler bed. We ordered her made in the U.S.A. furniture from a local store, but were unsure what to do about a mattress. After all, we spend about a third of our lives lying on our mattresses. While we’re asleep we’re [...]

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I have been blogging about the dangers of triclosan — an anti-microbial chemical used to kill germs — since I started this blog back in September 2009. (Check out my coverage here.) As I have mentioned many times, triclosan is a chemical that turns into dioxin when exposed to the sun. It breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria. [...]

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I’ve been the Queen of Used for a while now. Why buy new when there’s plenty of beautiful, like-new stuff out there at a fraction of the price? Still, I was cautious about who I showed my latest vintage score to. Plenty of people looked down on what I bought, equating it with garbage. My [...]

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A woman posted a For Sale on my local Facebook selling group: Naturals Kids Bath Time Finger Paints. Draw designs on wet skin, inside tub, or in bath water for colorful bath time fun. My daughter loves these, especially writing with them or squeezing out swirly designs and making art! For ages 3 & up. [...]

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its Guide to Healthy Cleaning. The results really shocked me. I searched the database for some of my tried and true — and green, I thought! — cleaning products. Many of them have horrible ratings. Heck, my beloved Trader Joe’s liquid laundry detergent scored an F. Yes, an F! [...]

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These are the things that give me pause. That I wish I could avoid, but simply can’t. These are the things that I tell myself are okay since I am ec0-friendly otherwise. Am I deluding myself? One-time use contact lenses. Enough said. Plastic lenses plus plastic packaging equals lots of waste. I try and recycle [...]

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This weekend my husband got mad at me. The kids wanted to bring two juice boxes each along to the beach. I said no, substituting one reusable water bottle for one of the juice boxes. “What are you worried about,” he wanted to know. “Our kids are so skinny. I will be pissed if you’re [...]

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