Showing posts from February, 2011

Alabama's Drinking Water Is In Danger

Image via Wikipedia What comes to mind when you see the word "water"?  Do you picture clear, shimmering streams?  Or do you visualize the beautiful, turquoise waters of the ocean?  No matter what images or feelings you have about water, there's no doubt about it- we all need clean water tolive.  If you live in Alabama, it is possible that your drinking water could become polluted...very soon.

The Black Warrior River System, the largest watershed within the state of Alabama, is unique because it doesn't flow from just one source, but three primary forks which come together to create a mighty river: the Sipsey (western) Fork, Mulberry (center) Fork, and Locust (eastern) Fork.  The Mulberry Fork is a current area of concern for pollution.

The Black Warrior Riverkeeper, one of the key organizations dedicated to keeping your drinking water clean, opposes the Shepherd Bend Mine, which would discharge wastewater from coal mining into Mulberry Fork only 800 feet (not miles) fr…

Versatile Vinegar: 12 Tips For Doing Laundry A Greener, Cheaper Way!

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You want fresher and cleaner laundry without spending a ton of money, right?  How about fresher, cleaner laundry done a greener and cheaper way?  As you may know from my previous posts, white distilled vinegar is very versatile and can be used in pretty much every area of your home: kitchen, bathroom, carpets, and other flooring.

Here are 12 ways that white vinegar can be used to boost your laundry:

Get Your Laundry Cleaner! Boost the cleaning power of your detergent by adding 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.  This will remove the alkalies in soaps and detergents and also prevent yellowing, act as a fabric softener and reduce static cling!  Vinegar also kills mold and mildew. Keep colors from running by soaking in vinegar before washing.  No husband wants his white t-shirts to turn pink, right?Make dingy white socks and dishcloths white again by adding 1 cup of vinegar to a large pot of water.  Bring to a rolling boil, then drop in the items.  Let them soak o…

Toxins Aren't Sexy: Know What's In Your Fragrance!

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Do you know what's in your perfume?  Most of us who are trying to live a greener, healthier life don't consider our fragrances to be a problem.  Personally, I admit that I don't like to think about it, being a self-proclaimed "fragrance junkie."  When asked to do a product review for Agape & Zoe Naturals, I read founder Patricia Malemes story on how she was inspired to create all-natural fragrances, which prompted me to take another look.

Did you know that since fragrance is considered a "trade secret", companies don't have to tell us what's in it?  This is scary, especially since there are often hundreds of synthetic chemical compounds found in fragrances.
Even so-called "unscented" products may contain chemicals that are used to cover up the odor of other chemicals.  These are called "masking" fragrances.

The folks at The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have provided a list of some of the hidden toxins t…

Agape & Zoe Naturals: A Breath of Fresh Air

I am a self-professed "fragrance junkie" -perfumes, essential oils, scented candles- I love them all!  So you can imagine my excitement when Patricia of Agape & Zoe Naturals asked if I'd be interested in doing a product review.  Of course, my answer was "YES!"

Founder, the lovely Patricia Anne Malemes started Agape & Zoe Naturals (agape means "love" and zoe "life" in Greek) in 2009 after researching and finding out about the numerous harmful ingredients that are in most mainstream health and beauty products today, such as, phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol, and others.  After her epiphany, Patricia collected all of the offending products and got rid of them- even her expensive designer perfumes, which were also laden with toxic chemicals (these she sold on eBay).  From that point on, Patricia was determined to wear natural perfumes that were phthalate-free.  Not really happy with the natural perfumes that were currently out ther…

Green Goes Simple: Conservation at Home

How Healthy Is Your Bedroom?By Marisa Belger for Green Goes Simple

The kitchen may be the most popular room in the house, but the bedroom is where you clock the most time. Human beings dedicate one third of their lives to sleeping. With good reason: Sleeping refreshes the body and mind, recharging you for the next day. And while you can’t control many of the factors that interfere with slumber -- noisy neighbors, early-bird toddlers, antsy dogs -- a few simple changes can transform your ordinary bedroom into a snoozing sanctuary.

Emily Anderson, eco-style expert and author of Eco-Chic Home, has developed a 10-step plan to improve your bedroom health.

1. Leave your shoes at the door.
Going shoeless does more than keep your house clean. “The rubber on the soles of your shoes picks up chemicals and toxins from the pavement,” says Anderson. “You don’t want to bring those things into your bedroom.”

2. Manage your mattress.
Rotate your mattress every six months. “Rotating gets rid of dust mit…

Make New Connections With Blog Hop Friday!

Happy Friday, everybody!  The Think Green Hop Along, hosted by Tips 4 Green, is on hiatus this week, but I've found a new Hop that I thought I'd share with you- "Hop Along Friday!"

Hop Along Friday is hosted by My New Life As MomChubby Cheeks ThinksThis Adventure Our Life,Belly Charms and Living On Love & Cents!

It would be really great to follow and also link up to Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Blog Hops are all about making friends and having fun so come join us!
The hosts will also reward you for participating! Each week they will use to pick a
"featured blog" of the week from the previous weeks link ups!  So, if you want your blog featured, link up!  Here's how you can join in on the fun; Link up to your blog using the inlinkz link list (see below for link).Follow the host/hostesses located in the first 5 slots.Follow any other blogs that you feel appropriate! :)If you get a new follower, please feel free to reciprocate the love!There …