8 Tips for a Greener Holiday Kitchen

The holiday season is here! During this special time of year, you'll more than likely spend a great deal of time in the kitchen - whether you're hosting a party or simply cooking a traditional meal for your family. No matter what the reason, you're going to shop for lots of ingredients, cook, clean, and enjoy lots of yummy food!

I know that you will want to buy quality food that is also healthy for your family, while keeping costs down. Look no further, here are a list of tips to help you accomplish your "Earth-friendly" feasts.

Here are 8 easy tips to keep in mind as you shop, cook, eat, and clean:

- Buy local!

- Choose food low in added chemicals and toxins

- Do not buy individual drinks, like bottled water or canned beverages.

- Avoid toxic chemicals in cookware

- Avoid Styrofoam and paper plates

- Choose reusable decorations

- Store and reheat your leftovers safely

- Clean the greener way

1. BUY LOCAL: Buying locally-grown produce helps support community far…

Versatile Vinegar: Cleaning the Greener, Cheaper Way!

So, now that I've given you an overview of the facts about vinegar and its various types and uses, let's talk about cleaning.  White vinegar, also known as distilled vinegar, is a great inexpensive way to clean your home, as it naturally cleans like your typical all-purpose cleaner.  It is also a greener alternative to chemically-based products because it's better for the environment.
You may begin by buying an inexpensive spray bottle (24-36 oz.) and mix a solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.  You can use this solution to clean all most all areas of your home.  Vinegar is not only a great all-purpose cleaner, but a deodorizer and disinfectant, as well.
Please note: vinegar that isn't properly diluted can eat away tile grout (remember, it is acidic!) and should never be used on marble surfaces.
You may be worried about your house reeking of vinegar.  Not to worry!  The smell disappears once it dries.  Here are some uses of white vinegar for your home, broken …

9 Awesome Eco-friendly Bedroom Cleaning Tips

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Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

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Elena White is the founder and editor of  Life The Green Way, clean water advocate, and a "rurban" wife and mother.  Learn more about her here and follow her on Twitter at @Lifethegreenway.

Modifications to Settlement with Alabama Power Company Will Reduce Harmful Air Pollution

EPA NEWSBRIEF:                

WASHINGTON -- EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice today lodged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama a proposed modification of a prior 2006 consent decree with Alabama Power Company that will secure further reductions of harmful air pollutants, primarily sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), from three of the company’s coal-fired power plants in Alabama. The proposed modifications, if entered by the court, will resolve the remaining claims in a long-running case that alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program.

The pollution reductions will be achieved through operation of state-of-the-art pollution control devices, the conversion of four units from the use of coal to natural gas, and the retirement of three other units.  Among other requirements, the company must meet specified emission rates. Alabama Power will also pay a $100,000 penalty and will spend at least $1.5 million on providing electric…

Tell Your Alabama Legislature To Find New Revenue To Protect Clean Water!

Clean water protection in Alabama is severely at risk. After years of "kicking the can down the road," the budget situation in Alabama is in dire straits. An “austerity budget” that was created to show how bad things in Alabama would get if the Legislature could not find new revenue to fund the state government is now moving forward as a very real possibility. If passed, this budget would gut many of the agencies and programs that we rely on to protect Alabama’s natural environment and our public health and safety. 

 Under these cuts: 

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) would get $0 from the General Fund and would actually have to send the state $9.5 Million from the water permit program. ADEM will no longer be able to conduct fish testing to determine if the fish are safe to eat. ADEM will not be able to conduct inspections and take enforcement action against polluters.ADEM will likely lose its authority to issue discharge permits. Department of Conservati…

Ahhhhchooo! Spring is Here: 10 Ways to Deal

Spring has sprung! You're excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear shorts again!  However, for allergy sufferers, it's not such a happy time of year. An estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust). 

Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, pollen is probably the major contributor to spring (outdoor) allergies.  Tree and grass pollens can start causing problems as early as late February and last through the beginning of summer.  While many seasonal allergy cases are considered to be fairly mild and mainly a big nuisance, some cases are severe with symptoms that can mimic the flu and persist for months.  Untreated symptoms can often lead to secondary infections of the sinuses, ears, throat, nose and lungs, because the fluid that builds up in reaction to the allergy pr…