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Meaningful Labels
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Roasting Season
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Teflon's Sticky Side
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There are quite a few different questions that people have about
organic foods. Getting the answers can often help someone de-
cide if they would like to take part in that process or not. Let's
explore some of the different questions out there that people
may have an interest in learning about.
What is considered to be an organic
food product?
An organic food product is one that
isn't grown with the use of any types of
chemicals. It is also grown on land that
hasn’t been used with chemicals for at
least the past five years. These foods
are harvested by hand and they don’t
contain any types of additives or
preservatives.
There are organic foods that aren't
grown though but raised. This involves
animals such as cattle, pigs, and goats.
They are raised without any types of
hormones or vaccinations given to
them. They have a very specific diet too
without any additives. As a result the
dairy products and meat products you
get from them are better for your over-
all health.
Why do organic foods cost more?
It is more expensive to create organic
food locations due to the way in which
they are harvested or the animals are
raised. The amount of time involved
with it increases the costs. Farmers don't
get any type of compensation when
they are involved with organic farming.
As a result the additional costs that they
incur have to be covered by profits and
that means charging more for what
they sale.
Can you taste a difference with organic
foods?
Most people say that they can't taste any difference with organic
foods than those traditionally grown. In blind studies where par-
ticipants were given two foods to eat, they couldn't tell which was
organic and which one wasn't most of the time. You will hear ru-
mors that organic fruits and vegetables taste waxy or like card-
board but this isn't true. Some people think that organic meats
have a better texture due to the reduced amount of fat on them.
Do organic foods offer more nutritional
value?
There is no evidence to verify that or-
ganic foods offer more nutritional
value. However, it isn't what your body
gets from it that matters but rather
what it does without that offers the
benefit. Without all of those toxins in
your body you will feel better. Your
body will be stronger and your im-
mune system will be able to fight any-
thing your body comes in contact with.
Who is in charge of determining or-
ganic food status?
This all falls under the responsibilities of
the FDA (Food & Drug Administration).
They have a system in place for the
types of labeling that can be placed on
food products. They also have a system
in place for inspecting and certifying
locations as being able to offer their
food as being organic in nature.
Where can I find organic foods?
You will find that there are more loca-
tions out there offering organic foods
today than in the past. To find them lo-
cally you can ask around at your differ-
ent grocery store locations. You can
also visit various farm markets and ask
about their food growing methods.
There are labels on products that are
organically grown so look for those la-
bels.
Why do organic foods look different?
With organically grown fruits and veg-
etables you may find that they don't look the same as those tra-
ditionally grown. They are likely to be smaller and even slightly
different in shape. The coloring may be different as well. This is
the result of grown methods but it doesn't change the taste or
the nutritional value.
Common Questions About
Organic Foods By: greeNology Magazine
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There are some things you need to un-
derstand about organic foods in order
to make your purchases worth while.
You need to know that since preserva-
tives aren’t used on them they are going
to rot faster. Therefore you only want to
buy what you will be using within the
next few days. It can be inconvenient to
go to the store so often for fresh pro-
duce but you certainly don’t want to pay
for foods that spoil before you get to
enjoy them either.
Learn what types of fruits and vegeta-
bles are in season in your area. That way
you can buy them when they offer the
very best quality. You will also pay less
for them when they are locally grown
than when they have had to be shipped
in from someplace else due to the dif-
ferent growing seasons. To help with
your food budget adjust your menu so that you include as many
as you can that are in season right now.
Pay very close attention to the labeling system for organic foods.
Ideally, you should be looking for those that are 100% organic.
That means nothing that isn’t organic in nature has been used
to grow or harvest them. However, such strict requirements can
be very difficult to meet which is why you will find lots of organic
products out there with 95% organic materials used. Make sure
you check into what that other 5% is though, it could be some-
thing that you definitely don’t want to take into your body.
It really doesn’t do you much good to buy products that are only
70% organic in nature. That other 30% isn’t anything you want
to take into your body. However, the flip side to that is it is better
than buying products that are traditionally grown. Those will have
more than 30% of the ingrained not from organic means. On
that same subject, labels that say natural foods aren’t the same
as organic foods. Don?t correlate the two of them in your mind.
Before you consume any organic foods you need to wash them
with warm water, use a gentle brush on them, and dry off with a
paper towel. Many people assume that since chemicals aren’t
used for them that they don’t need to be washed. However, bac-
teria can grow on them and there can be dirt remaining from
when they were harvested. You don’t want to take any chances
that these things remain on foods you are going to eat or feed
to your family.
If you aren’t sure if you will like a specific type of organic food
ask for a sample of it. Some grocery stores will do this if you ask
but they normally don’t advertise it. You can definitely get such
personalized service offered from farm markets because they
want to see their customers be very happy.
Shop around for great deals on organic foods too. You may find
that one location is having a great sale this week and then an-
other store has one the following week. That is going to reduce
the amount of money you pay for fresh fruits and vegetables and
that means more money in your pocket.
Don’t forget that organic foods also covers dairy products, eggs,
and meats. Find out where you can buy those types of organic
foods as well. That way you can drastically reduce the intake of
toxins for your family. You will still love the great taste of your
foods but without all those elements that your body doesn’t
need.
Tips to Help You Benefit from
Organic Food Purchases
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Some labels are highly meaningful, while others are misleading
or even deceptive," says Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., director of the
Eco-Labeling Project for Consumers Union. What to do? Read
with X-ray eyes: The best labels are transparent, hide nothing
and have no conflict of interest. Here are some.
USDA Certified Organic
Foods carrying this label must be produced without antibiotics,
hormones, genetic engineering, radiation or synthetic pesticides
or fertilizers."It took a long time [10 years] to develop the USDA
organic label, but it is highly meaningful for foods," Rangan says,
explaining that the organic standards were developed with broad
public support and that the label requires certification by inde-
pendent, government-accredited organizations.
The USDA-certified organic cotton label is also highly meaning-
ful, but personal-care products bear watching, due to ongoing
but thus-far unsuccessful attempts by industry to dilute the or-
ganic standards.
Local and Regional Labels
Federal truth-in-advertising laws cover origin designations, and
local/regional food labels are starting to contend with imports
from abroad. Many farmers' markets impose strict local-origin
requirements on vendors, and a number of stores, such as Wild
Oats, often have local-food displays. The California Clean label
is organized by small-scale, in-state farmers (www.california-
clean.com), and the Appalachian Harvest label
(www.asdevelop.org, 276-623-1121) is overseen by Appalachian
Sustainable Development in southwest Virginia and northeast
Tennessee. The Core Values Northeast label marks apples from
New York and New England grown with integrated pest man-
agement (IPM) techniques, which minimize the use of synthetic
pesticides. Managed by the IPM Institute of North America
(www.corevalues.org, 608-232-1528).
Protected Harvest is a new label for IPM-grown foods. Healthy
Grown Potatoes from Wisconsin currently bear this label
(www.protectedharvest.org).
Bird Friendly: This coffee and chocolate label, overseen by the
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
(www.nationalzoo.si.edu/smbc, 202-673-4908) and verified by
organic inspectors, ensures that growing techniques preserve
ample shade cover and provide sufficient habitats for avifauna.
Certified Humane Raised and Handled: This relatively new pro-
gram sets verifiable standards of treatment for livestock that go
above and beyond current laws, including prohibiting growth
hormones and non-therapeutic antibiotics, giving animals space
to exercise in and requiring stricter environmental controls. Over-
seen by Humane Farm Animal Care (www.certifiedhumane.org,
703-435-3883).
Meaningful LabelsBy Brian C. Howard
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Roasting Season By Amy Topel
The phrase "cooking with the seasons" usually
refers to produce that is locally grown and in
season, but it's not just vegetables that have
seasons—cooking methods do too. In the
summer, the market is loaded with soft, watery
vegetables like tomatoes and zucchini, which
taste best when cooked quickly; that's why
summer recipes often rely on grilling, stir-frying
and sauteing. The winter market is full of
meats, roots and tubers—ingredients that
shine when stewed, braised and roasted.
The hallmark of roasted food is the crispy
brown crust that comes from high heat and
the absence of water (you'll notice that boiled
potatoes never brown). Chefs disagree on the
best way to roast: Some swear by starting off
at high temperatures (above 400°F) to achieve
maximum browning, and then finishing at
lower temperatures; others believe that high
heat should be maintained throughout the process. (I use both
methods, depending on what I'm cooking.) The one thing chefs
do agree on is that you don't roast cookies. Below are tips that
most chefs can agree on.
Pick the right-sized pan.
A roasting pan needs to be large enough to hold the food you
are roasting, but not too big. If the pan is crowded, vegetables
will steam instead of roast and they won't brown. Meat stuffed
into a small pan will brown unevenly, and can stick to the sides.
When the pan is too large, vegetables dry out and meats burn.
Vegetables should fill the entire bottom of a roasting pan in a
single layer. Meats should have an inch or so of room at the sides.
Know your materials.
Glass or stoneware pans work very well but can't be put on the
stovetop in order to make a sauce since they'd shatter. Use these
pans only when no sauce is to be made. Enamel coated cast iron
pans can be placed on the stovetop, but they are very heavy.
Steel pans with thick bottoms or aluminum-coated stainless-steel
pans work very well for anything you plan on doing.
Preheat the oven.
It should go without saying, but the oven should be at the correct
temperature when you start cooking.
Start the vegetables in a hot pan.
For maximum browning, put oil in the roasting pan and allow it
to heat for 5-10 minutes before tossing in the vegetables.
Make sure the pan is in the center of the oven.
The pan needs to be set in the center, top to bottom, front to
back and side to side so that air can flow all around it. If your
oven has hot spots, turn the pan halfway through cooking.
Move the food as it cooks.
Vegetables need to be stirred frequently to insure that they
brown evenly without burning. Meats and poultry should be
turned in the pan halfway through cooking to make sure they
don't stick.
Use an instant-read thermometer.
For meats and poultry an instant-read thermometer is essen-
tial—old-fashioned meat thermometers create a hole that lets
out juices. Cook by time and then check the temperature when
the food looks done. Insert the thermometer into the center of
the meat and avoid areas with bone, which can give false
readings.
16 May 2010 | greeNology
Roast Pork Loin with Roasted Apple Compote
By: greeNology Magazine
Serves 6
Ingredients:
~2-1/4 lb boned and rolled pork loin (7 inches long)
~1 teaspoon kosher salt
~1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
~4 large (2 pounds) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and each cut into 8
wedges
and tossed with lemon juice
~1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
~1 tablespoon canola or other neutral oil
~1/2 cup heavy cream, optional
~1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, optional
Method:
1. Place rack on second level from bottom of oven. Heat oven to 500F.
2. Place loin in a 14-x-12-x-2-inch roasting pan. Rub salt all over loin. Smear mus-
tard over top of loin.
3. Roast the loan for a total of 50 minutes, or until meat reaches an internal tem-
perature of 140F, as follows:
4. Roast for 20 minutes.
5. Move the loin around with a wooden spatula so it won't stick.
6. Roast 15 minutes more.
7. Add the apples coated with lemon juice, oil and collected juices.
8. Spread out around the loin.
9. Roast 10 minutes.
10. Turn apples gently.
Roast 10 minutes more. The meat might still be slightly pink, but this is fine. Don't
overcook the roast, or it will be dry and unappealing. The apples will be dark
brown and have absorbed all the good juices.
Remove loin to a platter. Snip off strings. If using cream and mustard, combine and
stir carefully in the apples. Let the meat rest 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Care-
fully remove apples with a metal spatula and place around roast. Deglaze the pan
just to clean it, as all the good bits are in the apples.
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When heated to be-
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g r e e s
Fahrenheit—scorching
heat—the fluoropoly-
mers used in chemical
non-stick finishes de-
grade into several un-
desirable substances,
including trifluoroac-
etate (TFA), a substance
highly toxic to plants.
Other problematic
chemicals which have
been found in almost
all blood samples taken
by the Red Cross in-
clude perfluorinated acids, including perfluorooctanic acid
(PFOA), used in Teflon and Gore-Tex and formerly released from
Scotchgard. PFOA was found in the umbilical cord blood of 99
percent of 300 babies born at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004.
Researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health
are now determining if the chemical has harmed the infants by
altering their hormone levels. The source of PFOA's widespread
diffusion into the blood of infants, adults and the environment
appears to be both industrial emissions and the use of now-dis-
continued Scotchgard stain-resistant products.
An independent scientific review panel advising the Environmen-
tal Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that PFOA
should be considered a "likely" carcinogen. And in a voluntary
agreement with the EPA, eight major manufacturers have agreed
to eliminate 95 percent of PFOA emissions by 2010, though they
will continue to use the chemical in making non-stick finishes. In
high doses, at least one perfluorinated acid, perfluorooctane sul-
fonate (PFOS) was found to be fatal to rats, leading the EPA and
3M, Scotchgard’s maker, to phase it out. Last but not least, the
manufacturer warns that overheated chemical non-stick finishes
can release fumes that can be fatal to birds, and a 2001 study
published in Nature
found that over-
heated chemical
non-stick pans re-
leased greenhouse
gas chlorofluorocar-
bons (CFCs). The
nonprofit Environ-
mental Working
Group notes that at
680°F, Teflon gives
off six toxic gases in-
cluding two carcino-
gens.
Recent research in-
dicates that mi-
crowave popcorn
may be another source of PFOA in our bodies, according to a
study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
and published in the October 2005 Food Additives & Contami-
nants. Some paper food wrappers include fluorotelomer coatings
to repel grease with the highest amounts of these coatings con-
tained in microwave popcorn bags. The FDA found that signifi-
cant amounts of fluorotelomers migrate from the bags to the oil
in microwave popcorn. Unfortunately, once in the body these
chemicals may be metabolized to form PFOA. Though the
amounts from any single popcorn bag are small, because PFOA
remains in the body for years, levels can build up over time.
What to Look Out For
Since Teflon is only one variety of the non-stick chemical polyte-
trafluoroethylene (PTFE) used on cookware, watch out for “non-
stick” labeling and ask if the coating is PTFE, even if it’s not Teflon.
Calphalon, Scanpan and All Clad’s non-stick pans all use PTFE
coatings.
When you do replace your pans, choose cast iron, stainless steel
or enameled iron.
Teflon's Sticky Side
By Paul McRandle
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20 May 2010 | greeNology
Fashion
5 Crafty Ways to Turn Buttons into
Accessories
Pg. 22
7 Surprising High-Tech Green
Exercise Fabrics
Pg. 24
Simple Eco-Boots: Simply Stylish
and Totally Sustainable
Pg. 30
How to Go Green and Stay
Fashionable: Accessories
Pg. 32
How to Go Green and Stay
Fashionable: Wardrobe
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It seems you can't buy an article of clothing without col-
lecting buttons. I'm not complaining--those thoughtful
extra buttons have come in handy more than once--
but it means I have an odd assortment of extras. Of
course, I've also been known to buy a good
many buttons.
Somehow I've amassed a collection of
buttons that includes everything from
a silver-dollar sized wooden square
beauty to green plastic frog-
shaped buttons that are no
bigger than the diameter
of a disposable pen.
If, like me, you're
looking for a
way to use up
those odds-and-
ends buttons, here
are five fantastic acces-
sories you can make with
buttons.
Button Brooch- Select three buttons
in different sizes--one small, one
medium, and one large. Arrange the but-
tons so the smallest sits on the medium-
sized, which will sit on the largest button. Glue
of sew the buttons together, then glue a brooch
fastener on the back. Just like that you have a pretty
brooch that is as unique as the buttons you've selected.
Fancy Bobby Pin- Jazz up ho-hum bobby pins with a pretty
button. Take a favorite fancy button--think fabric covered,
pearl or even just a decorative button--and glue it to the
head of a bobby pin. Wear one in the front of your hair, or
use several to keep an up-do in place. This is a great way
to use a set of special buttons.
Cute Earrings- Small buttons can sometimes be
hard to find uses for, but they make really
cute earrings. Simply glue posts to the
backs of a pair of buttons and you
have an adorable pair of earrings,
that is perfect for adults and kids
alike.
Simple Bracelet- If you
have a lot of buttons,
you can string
them all to-
gether on a
piece of
nylon
t hr ead
to make a
b r a c e l e t .
String on
enough beads to
go around your wrist,
and then tie each end of
the thread to a jewelry find-
ing.
Statement Necklace- Treat buttons
like beads to create a fantastic necklace.
Start with a large, flat-front button (i.e. one
that has no holes through it, but attaches un-
derneath), using that as the centerpiece. Select
smaller complimentary buttons to bracket it on ei-
ther side. String half of the complimentary buttons on a
piece of nylon thread, then add the centerpiece button,
and finish by stringing on the remaining complimentary
buttons. Attach a jewelry finding to the ends of the string,
and you instantly have a statement necklace.
5 Crafty Ways to Turn Buttons
into Accessories
By Cara Smusiak
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Working out strengthens your body, fortifies your bones,
and improves your immune system. But don't forget that
as you sweat, your pores are opening, making you more
prone to outside invaders slipping in through your skin.
Problem is, many of the trendy exercise clothes are made
from chemically treated fabric that, yes, when we sweat
can be purged. Why work so hard to be healthy, all the
while swaddling ourselves with something so potentially
unhealthy?
Beyond the immediate concern of our bodies, the
chemicals used in the production and manufacturing of
exercise clothes are unhealthy to the planet. Take, for ex-
ample, a favorite fabric loved for its comfort and "purity"—
conventionally grown cotton. In case you don't know, let
me fill you in on the facts:
Conventional Cotton Isn't So Pure
1/3 pound of agricultural chemicals is used to produce one cot-
ton t-shirt. 24% of the world's insecticide use—worth $2.6 bil-
lion—goes into cotton production.
Insecticides and pesticides then seep deep into the soil, contam-
inating both the soil and nearby ground, surface and drinking
water.
Of the fifteen known pesticides and herbicides used in the pro-
duction of conventionally grown cotton, seven of them have
been labeled "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" carcino-
gens including: acephate, dichloropropene, diuron, fluometuron,
pendimethalin, tribufos, and trifluralin according to the Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
Pesticide-poisoned run-off from cotton fields killed 240,000 fish
in Alabama in 1995, not to mention the approximate 67 million
birds accidentally killed each year in the US from the toxins.
Obviously a green fabric alternative is in order. Some green fab-
rics have gotten an unfair bad rep thanks to early stage attempts
at green style—or a lack thereof. The fact is that many of those
natural fibers are much more luxurious than potato sacks if you
just give them another chance in their new, much more fashion-
able incarnations.
On the next few pages, you will find Great Natural Fibers Perfect
for Green Exercis. Read On...
7 Surprising
High-Tech
Green Exercise
Fabrics
24 May 2010 | greeNology
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1. Organic Cotton Exercise Clothes
The no-brainer green choice when it comes to cotton is organic
cotton. Organic cotton is grown and processed without the use
of pesticides, insecticides, defoliants, or artificial fertilizers, or
dioxin-producing bleach.
A Few to Try:
Aviator Nation Women's V Hoody will be your favorite pre, during
or post-workout hoody that is vintage-soft and stylish but really
organic cotton. Believe me, you won't want to take this thing off.
More than day to night, this hoody can be worn from workout
to out on the town—yes, it's that adorable!
4-Rth Organic Trak Pants takes exercise clothes to a whole new
trendy organic cotton level that you will love.
2. Coconut Shell Exercise Clothes
No, we're not suggesting you sweat in hula-style coconut bra
cups. Coconut shells have been taken to a whole new level when
it comes to exercise clothes. CoCoNa is made from charcoal (or
activated carbon) derived from coconut shells, then combined
with polyester fibers to enhance its performance properties. The
result: a greener, more naturally high-tech fabric that helps
evaporate sweat, cool the skin, resist odor, and add UV ability.
More than technical, CoCoNa is functional, lightweight, com-
fortable, and it retains its stretch after repeated wear and
washes.
A Few to Try:
New Balance NBx Cocona Seamless Tee is natural and techie all
at once.
GoLite Women's DriMove DriMove S/S Top is both stylish, cool
and dry—yes, it keeps you cool and less sweaty even on a hot
trail-running day, all thanks to recycled coconut shells.
3. Soy Exercise Clothes
In 3000 B.C., the Chinese heralded soy as a top five sacred crop.
Soy is now being fashioned into one of the most in-demand
green exercise fabrics around. The bean's fibers are being spun
into fabric that's
silk-like and sus-
tainable. With its
naturally wicking,
a nt i - mi c r obi a l
technol ogy-free
"technology" that
breathes like cot-
ton and feels more
luxurious than
cashmere, its im-
mediate rise to
eco fabric-star-
dom is no surprise.
What makes soy
exercise clothes
even more eco
fabulous? The soy
that goes into
making the cloth is
actually a tofu
byproduct. But
don't look at your
eco clothes as
waste, love them
for their soft strength, durability, and warmth retention (kinda like
wool but without the itch).
A Few to Try:
ActiveSoy Ruched Short, is a soy/cotton blend made with low
eco-impact dyes.
Of the Earth Soy Long Sleeve Shirt is soft, silky and classic.
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4. Bamboo Exercise Clothes
A member of the grass family, bamboo is a fast growing plant
grown without the use of pesticides. Sure, it's a grass, but
don't belittle it. Giant-sized timber bamboo can grow taller
than 100 feet. When woven into a fabric, bamboo is naturally
hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, odor resistant, breathable, and
quick-drying. It's a naturally sustainable and renewable plant
that releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than trees,
therefore helping to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in
the air. Bamboo is grown without the use of harmful pesti-
cides and insecticides. It is considered to be sustainable be-
cause of its ability to grow "like a weed" and quickly replenish
itself. Some species can grow as much as four feet per day!
A Few to Try:
Bamboo Slim Leggings are a bamboo and organic cotton
combo that are lightweight, breathable and made with low
eco-impact dyes.
Satori Divine Linked Vibes Raw Edge T-shirt is 100% bamboo
and seriously stylish.
5. Hemp Exercise Clothing
No not that kind! Hemp is a non-toxic, durable, naturally SPF,
static-free fiber grown without the use of herbicides or fungi-
cides, and, when harvested and turned into fabric, keeps skin
cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
A Few to Try:
More Trees Hemp Trance Pants are made in America from
77% hemp and 23% recycled pet (plastic soda bottles) and
perfect to green your yoga or pilates.
Rawganique Sleeveless Hemp Flax Linen Knit V Top lets your
skin breathe while you're working up a sweat.
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6. Wood Pulp and Seaweed
Wood pulp is being transformed into an array of eco fabrics that
the fitness industry is swooping up. The natural, man-made fiber
called Lyocell is spun from the cellulose in wood pulp, which is
harvested from tree-farmed trees. Cellulose is a natural polymer
present in the living cells of all vegetation. Not to fear the tree
farms, they are planted on land not suitable for food crops or
grazing. The fiber is then spun into "Tencel" as well as another
Seaweed enhanced fabric called "SeaCell." Against your skin,
SeaCell is supposed to impart a sensation of calm—a direct re-
sponse from the nutrients in seaweed. Confused? Bare with me
for one more minute. SeaCell is sometimes amped up with an
infusion of silver and dubbed "Active" SeaCell in order to create
a natural antibacterial and odor neutralizing effect. Talk about
creating a green exercise material from the Earth's bounty!
A Few to Try:
Lululemon's Vitasea Classic T II is
made with Seacell, then blended with
cotton and Lycra in the creation of an
ultra soft, pre-shrunk fabric that re-
tains its shape and stays soft after you
wash it over and over.
Fila Twist Back Tank is made from Ten-
cel and blended with Lycra in the cre-
ation of a lightweight, flexible, comfy,
breathable and fully biodegradable,
totally adorable tank top.
7. Recycled Plastic Exercise Clothes
EcoSpun, Eco-Fill are spun from plastic bottles and other usable
waste that's turned into raw materials including recycled "poly-
ester" or "fleece" yarn. The yarn is then spun (and sometimes
blended with other yarns like tencel, cotton and wool) into some-
thing that is not only eco-centric, but shockingly soft, weather-
resistant, lightweight, durable, and fabulous! The bottles are
sorted by type and color, cleaned, crushed, diced, melted down
to a liquid, and finally fashioned into fibers. The process can re-
move as many as 3 billion plastic PET soda bottles from of the
world's landfills each year, which adds up to a savings of over 1/2
million barrels of oil, while eliminating 400,000 tons of smog-
making air emissions. One woman's trash turns into another's fa-
vorite green exercise shirt!
I am in love with a
pair of shoes. Boots
actually, and they're
recycled. But they
don't look recycled.
They just look fabu-
lous.
I met my first pair of
Simple's Green Toe
shoes a few years
ago, a pair of slip-
ons I'm not sure they carry anymore, but which took me around
Rwanda, New York City, and survived in good enough condition
that they still serve as my backup shoes here in Colorado. But
when the temperature started to drop last month, I began look-
ing for shoes that would get my very cold-prone toes through
the winter. I'm pretty skeptical about products that label them-
selves "green"—it's great that there's a growing demand for eco-
friendly goods, but that often encourages greenwashing, giving
companies eco-street creed for labeling products with terms like
"recyclable" when they haven't done much to actually lighten
their load on the earth. (Yes, recyclable is better than nonrecy-
clable, but as the third R in the chain, Reduce and Reuse should
always come first. If Organic, Local, and Compostable all started
with Rs, they would also come out ahead of Recycle.) Meaning,
recycling is an important, but should be the final, step in the let's-
go-green process.
Simple, it seems, knows that. They make the soles of their shoes
out of recycled inner tubes, they use recycled carpet padding,
100% post-consumer recycled paper, and recycled PET plastic
(which, as Simple will tell you, is "a fancy-pants word for clear
plastic that comes from soda and water bottles"). To make the
body of the shoes, they use self-renewing materials like hemp,
bamboo, cork, and the cotton they use is organic—a pretty im-
portant point considering that, grown conventionally, cotton is
the most heavily sprayed crop in the world—with some of the
most toxic chemicals around. Did I mention they make buttons
out of coconut shells?
Many of their shoes
are vegan, though
they do use wool, silk,
and "eco-certified"
leather and suede in
some of their prod-
ucts. But everything is
clearly marked, so it's
easy to know what
you're getting.
Happy feet
When Simple sent me the TOEst boots, I was overrun with ex-
citement. They looked even better in person than they did on a
computer screen, and luckily for my feet, a cold front hit later
that week, so I got to give the boots a test run. My feet were so
happy to slip into these incredibly comfortable, incredibly
adorable, and incredibly recycled boots. Granted, the shoes
aren't the greatest for snow, but as long as I'm not slushing
through the stuff, they're plenty to keep me warm. The weather
warmed up again anyway for a bit so it was back to summery
shoes, but I think the cold is now here to stay, and my Eco-boots
are, too.
If you're going to gift... make it green
If you are gifting this season—well, I can't not first recommend
considering non-material gifts. Putting a little thought into how
you can bring cheer to your loved ones during the holiday sea-
son, rather than simply buying more stuff, is always rewarding.
Plus, less consumption is better for the earth. (Remember from
about four paragraphs ago? Reduce, reduce reduce. Then reuse,
then recycle.)
But if you are going to buy stuff, think about Simple's awesome
eco-shoes. Or bags! They've got those, too. Just about all of their
products seem to avoid two all-too-common traps: greenwash-
ing "green" fashion on one extreme, and genuinely organic styles
that...well, look genuinely organic.
This is the kind of eco-fashion I can get behind. Or, um, already
am. Your turn.
Simple Eco-Boots: Simply Stylish
and Totally Sustainable
By Rachel Cernansky
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How to Go Green and Stay Fashionable
Accessories
The world of fashion is often where the most stark and trans-
parent flaunting of anti-green ethos is displayed. For example:
fur, excess, conflict diamonds, excess, and more excess. Oddly,
it's one of the easiest venues in which to go simple, go green,
and go trendy. To spice up your eco-vibe, we got busy at Planet
Green's "How to Go Green: Fashion Accessories."
Top Tips for Greening Your Fashion Accessories
Re-Define Hip: Even the fashion-impaired can find a cool look
without visiting a chic shop or repulsive mall. First stop: Your
own closet. You're bound to be shocked at how much you own
but rarely—if ever—wear. Beyond that, become a regular at
garage sales, used shops, vintage stores and your friends' clos-
ets. If you do buy new, look for the Fair Trade label.
Avoid the Hidden Ingredients: We're talking about oppression,
human rights violations, discrimination, and much more. With-
out putting in the effort to learn more about your purchases,
it's likely you could end up displaying a conflict diamond or
dirty gold or clothes manufactured by sweatshop or slave labor.
Justice never goes out of fashion.
Love Your Accessories: Take care of what you've got. Teach
yourself some basic DIY repair skills to help make those acces-
sories last and endure well beyond the lifespan of enforced
trends. When you've finally decided you've had enough of
something, give it away, sell it in a yard sale, re-purpose it, or
simply put it aside to be rediscovered at a later date.
Did You Know...?
~The market value of rough diamonds produced in 2001 was $7.9 billion.
These were then converted into jewelry worth $54.1 billion
~80% of gold minded each year goes into jewelry, out of 2500 tons
~The number of handbags the average woman in the U.S. owns: 6
32 May 2010 | greeNology
How to Go Green and Stay Fashionable
By greeNology Magazine
Wardrobe
How we dress is often the first measure of how we think and
live. So, wear your green heart on your sleeve because toxins
and pollution are never in style. To dress you up in green love,
we tried on Planet Green's "How to Go Green: Wardrobe."
Top Tips for Greening Your Wardrobe
Life Expectancy: Treat your clothing with some TLC. The better
you care for your wardrobe, the longer it will last. And that's a
very good thing. Learn how to do basic sewing repairs and re-
place buttons. Find a local tailor. Extend the life expectancy of
your attire and when all else fails, donate or swap or re-pur-
pose.
Say No to Perc: Dry cleaning your clothes is a "luxury" the earth
cannot afford. Perchloroethylene or perc is the dominant
chemical solvent used in dry cleaning and is also a toxic chem-
ical with both human health and environmental concerns. Try
not to buy clothes that require dry cleaning.
Multi-Use Rules: How many coats does one person truly need?
Are twenty pairs of shoes really necessary? When choosing
your attire, think: multi-use. With a billion humans living on the
equivalent of one US dollar a day, do your part by not over-
consuming.
Did You Know...?
The average American throws out 68 pounds of clothes and textiles each year
1/3 lb. of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) is
used to grow enough cotton for just a single T-shirt
47% of chemicals used to grow cotton are considered
"possible", "likely", "probable", or "known" human carcinogens
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Perhaps the biggest upside to the globalized economy is how
easy it is to get just about anything we want or need. Perhaps
the biggest downside, aside from the carbon emissions created
from transporting everything across the globe, is that we almost
never know where these things have come from or how they
were produced.
Sweatshop-made clothing is no secret, but beyond vaguely
knowing they exist, it's hard to pinpoint whether the clothes we
buy were made in a sweatshop, and it's even harder to learn how
to shop for clothes that you can be confident were not made in
a sweatshop.
Why bother?
The long hours, the poor wages (pennies an hour), the practice
of chaining workers to their workstations and their lack of free-
dom even to use the bathroom—not to mention the repetitive
motion injuries caused by endless hours of tedious labor (think
the finger-equivalent of carpal tunnel in computer-users)—are a
few reasons why sweatshops should not be the system of pro-
duction in a world we call modern.
A few pointers
Don't fall for the "Made in the U.S.A." cover. There are plenty of
sweatshops on U.S. soil, but this label also often implies produc-
tion in U.S. territories that are conveniently exempted from U.S.
labor laws, or even that just the finishing touches were applied
in the U.S. (i.e. buttons), when the rest of the garment was made
overseas.
Look for union-made instead. The Union House and UNITE
union labels are reliable ones. Also check out resources like
Sweatfree.org and see if anyone in your city or state is already
working against sweatshops, and join the fight.
Look for brands boasting a fair trade-certified label. Though not
all third-party certification processes are reliable, the international
fair trade organizations are. (The Fair Trade Labeling Organiza-
tion, Fair Trade Federation, Global Exchange, the FairTrade Foun-
dation, and TransFair USA are all great resources for learning
more about fair trade and for connecting with companies and
products.) World of Good and its Fair Wage Guide are also worth
mentioning.
Look for companies that wear their ethical standards on their
sleeves. Green America is a great place to start.
Buy used or recycled. The most environmentally responsible and
a surefire way to shop sweatshop-free is to buy already-used
goods. You'll not only reduce pressure on resources and cut
down on the emissions from transporting goods from factory to
your shopping cart, but you're also likely to support an inde-
pendent retailer in your community.
Buy less. All the benefits of reduced consumption from the pre-
vious point, times ten.
Sweatshop-Free Shopping:
A Quick How-to GuideBy Rachel Cernansky
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Ah, the pitter patter of four-legged feet as they whip
through your living room at overclocked speeds or uproot
your prize gladiolas with manic fervor. But Snookiepuss
and Mrs. Fluffypants are practically family, right? So why
should they settle for anything less than top drawer when
their health and wellbeing are at stake? Throw the planet
a bone while you’re at it; we’ve got the goods on how to
reduce your pets’ carbon paw prints—without making
your wallet roll over and play dead.
Adopt from a shelter
Some pet breeders have only one goal—to raise large
quantities of purebred animals for profit. They've also
been pilloried for misdeeds such as overbreeding, in-
breeding, poor veterinary oversight, lousy food and living
conditions, overcrowding, and culling of unwanted ani-
mals. Why buy when you can adopt one of the 70,000
puppies and kittens born every day in the United States?
Love knows no pedigree. Check out Petfinder.com to find
your perfect match.
Spay or neuter your pet
Did we mention 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day
in the United States? That’s 15 puppies and 45 kittens for every
hairless biped that slides out of a birth canal. And “multiplying
like bunnies” isn’t just any old trope. We don’t need any more
homeless animals than we already have. As a bonus, spaying and
neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by elim-
inating the possibility of uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer,
and decreasing the incidence of prostate disease.
Rein in your pets; protect native wildlife
Always keep your dog on a leash when outside, and confine your
mangy feline indoors. Topped only perhaps by habitat destruc-
tion, cats are the biggest, baddest bird killers of all time. Even
wind turbines have got nothing on them. While you may poo-
poo high cat-related bird-mortality rates as collateral damage in
the great Circle of Life, domestic cats do have an unfair advan-
tage. Unlike wild predators, house cats are always well fed, well
rested, and in tip-top fighting shape. They’re also present in more
concentrated (and rapidly increasing) numbers than say, the San
Clemente Loggerhead Shrike.
That aside, two out of every three vets, according to the Humane
Society of America, recommend keeping cats indoors, because
of the dangers of cars, predators, disease, and other hazards.
The estimated average life span of a free-roaming cat is less than
three years; an indoors-only cat gets to live an average of 15 to
18 years. If kitty needs to heed the call of the wild, an outdoor
cat enclosure is a good compromise.
Swap out the junk food
Most conventional pet-food brands you find at the supermarket
consist of reconstituted animal by-products, otherwise known as
low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industries—you
know, inedibles you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot fork. In fact,
the animals used to make many pet foods are classified as “4-D,”
which is really a polite way of saying “Dead, Dying, Diseased, or
Down (Disabled)” when they line up at the slaughterhouse. Un-
less that can of Chicken ‘N Liver Delite explicitly states that it con-
tains FDA-certified, food-grade meat, you should know that its
contents are considered unfit for human consumption—but ap-
parently good enough for your cat or pooch.
Now, since nutrition is one of the key determinants of health and
resistance to disease, ideally you’ll want your pet’s chow to be
comparable in quality with what we would eat.
Natural and organic pet foods use meats that are raised in sus-
tainable, humane ways without added drugs or hormones, min-
imally processed, and preserved with natural substances, such
as vitamins C and E. Certified-organic pet foods must meet strict
USDA standards that spell out how ingredients are produced and
processed, which means no pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, ar-
tificial preservatives, artificial ingredients or genetically engi-
neered ingredients.
How to Go Green: Pets
By Jasmin Malik Chua
36 May 2010 | greeNology
Clean up their poop
Scoop up your doggie doo in biodegradable poop bags so your
buddy’s No. 2 isn’t immortalized in a plastic bag, while deep-
sixed in a landfill somewhere for hundreds of years. Cat owners
should avoid clumping clay litter at all costs. Not only is clay strip-
mined (bad for the planet), but the clay sediment is also perme-
ated with carcinogenic silica dust that can coat little kitty lungs
(bad for the cat). Plus, the sodium bentonite that acts as the
clumping agent can poison your cat through chronic ingestion
through their fastidious need to groom. Because sodium ben-
tonite acts like expanding cement—it’s also used as a grouting,
sealing, and plugging material—it can swell up to15 to18 times
their dry size and clog up your cat’s insides. Eco-friendly cat litters
avoid these problems; a happy cat is a cat that doesn’t claw your
face off.
Give them sustainable goods
Your furry friends can get in on some saving-the-planet good-
ness, too—and have plenty of fun—with toys made from recy-
cled materials or sustainable fibers (sans herbicides or pesticides)
such as hemp. A hemp collar (with matching leash) is a rocking
accessory for a tree-hugging mutt. These days, you can even get
pet beds made with organic cotton or even recycled PET bot-
tles.
Use natural pet-care and cleaning products
You don’t use toxic-chemical-laced shampoos and beauty prod-
ucts, so lather up your cats and dogs (or ferrets, rabbits, or ham-
sters—we don’t judge) with natural pet-care products, as well.
And if your cat horks up a hairball, or Fifi doesn’t make it all the
way to the bathroom, clean up the mess with cleaning products
that are as gentle on the planet as they are on your critters’ del-
icate senses.
Pets, not fads
Sure, everyone’s ovaries ping when they see a five-year-old mop-
pet cradle a tiny chick or a bunny during Easter, but nature dic-
tates that baby bunnies grow up into rabbits, and little chicks into
full-size chickens. Unless everyone involved understands that a
pet is a long-term commitment that involves demands on both
their time and money, you’re better off giving the kid a stuffed
animal. Impulse buying (say, rushing out an grabbing the next
available Dalmatian puppy after watching 101 Dalmatians) isn’t
a good idea, either, as the large numbers of fad dogs that pass
through shelters (often to their death) can attest. Repeat after
us—especially you, Paris Hilton: Pets are not fads or fashion ac-
cessories.
Melt the ice, nicely
Use a child- and pet-safe deicer such as Safe Paw’s environmen-
tally friendly Ice Melter. Rock salt and salt-based ice-melting
products, which kids and animals might accidentally ingest, can
cause health problems, while contaminating wells and drinking
supplies.
Tag your pet
It might be a stretch to call inserting an electronic ID chip into
your pet an eco-friendly move, but losing your buddy causes
extreme emotional distress that turns you into nobody’s
friend. Then there’s the paper waste from printing out Missing
posters, the fuel cost of driving around your neighborhood
trying to find them, the phone bill as you bawl your eyes out
to everyone you know … well, you get the idea. Ask your vet
for more info. For hanging tags, check out these recyclable
(and recycled) aluminum ID tags and these WaggTaggs made
from recycled silver.
Compost their poop
American dogs and cats create 10 million tons of waste a
year, and no one knows where it’s going, according to Will
Brinton, a scientist in Mount Vernon, Maine, and one of the
world’s leading authorities on waste reduction and compost-
ing.
Most of our pets’ poop either winds up in a landfill purgatory,
where it’s embalmed practically forever in plastic bags, or sits
on the ground until the next rainstorm washes it into the
sewer where it can drift on down to rivers and beaches. You
can compost the poop—just don’t use it with your vegetable
garden, because the compost doesn’t heat up enough to kill
pathogens such as E. coli., which could contaminate your
homegrown produce and land up in your (very unhappy)
belly.
If you have room in your backyard, you can bury an old
garbage bin (note: far away from your vegetable garden) to
use as a pet-waste composter. Or check out the Doggie Doo-
ley. The makers of the Doggy Dooley also sell an enzymatic
“Super Digester Concentrate” for your backyard pet septic
system.
Be a pet chef
If you want to know exactly what is going into your furball’s
food dish, or your pet suffers from allergies, you can always
make your own puppy (or kitty) chow. If the idea of becoming
a fulltime pet chef is just crazy talk, making the occasional
meal or treat is completely doable. Those broccoli stalks left
over from your last stirfry also make some tasty morsels for
your pup.
Get crafty
Your cat will love you forever if you grow your own organic
catnip or cat grass. Scrap yarn and fabric you might other-
wise toss can also easily be transformed into pet toys with
some basic crafty know-how. And they wouldn’t have had to
be trucked thousands of miles just to get drooled on.
Get ticks off
While you don’t want to douse your pet in toxins, it is also
important to keep the bugs in check. Pets can carry ticks, and
ticks can carry Lyme Disease, a serious and poorly under-
stood disease that attacks the nervous system. If you live in
an area where Lyme Disease is a risk, be very cautious and
seek sound advice on keeping ticks off you and your furry
friends.
Offset your pet
Maybe Scruffy will only drink water from an electric-powered
water fountain, or perhaps you have a self-cleaning litter box
from before you went green—we all have corpses buried in
our backyards. Why not purchase green tags, otherwise
known as renewable energy credits, to offset your pets’ car-
bon emissions. Heck, buy ‘em for the whole family so no one
feels left out. Or better yet, check if your state sells green
power so you and your furry compatriots can go carbon neu-
tral.
39 million: the number of birds killed annually by domestic
cats – in Wisconsin (The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)!
66 million: the number of pet cats in the United States; ap-
proximately 35% are kept exclusively indoors.
75 percent: the decreased likelihood that adults will develop
allergies, if they grow up with two or more pets as children.
60 percent: the percent of pet owners who have a dog; on
average owners have almost two dogs (1.7).
5,500: the numbers of puppies and kittens that are born
every hour in the United States, compared with 415 human
babies.
28 percent: the percent of pet owning heart patients who
survived serious heart attacks, compared with only 6% of
patients without pets.
25 percent: the percent of purebred dogs who were af-
flicted with serious genetic problems in 1994 (Time Maga-
zine).
3-4 million:the number of homeless cats and dogs that are
euthanized annually.
Green Pets: By The Numbers
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greeNology | May 2010 41
Travel
A Yoga Retreat Made for You:
Eco-Friendly, Fun and
Shockingly Affordable
Pg. 38
Do Airlines Make the Grade When
It Comes to Waste Management?
Pg. 40
Is it Safe to Go Back into the Water?
How to Know if Your Beach is Clean
Pg. 42
7 Great Eco-Luxury Oceanfront
Escapes: Plus 4 Questions to
Determine if a Resort is Green
Pg. 44
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A Yoga Retreat in a Slice of Sustainable Paradise...
In my other life I'm a yoga instructor. When I trav-
eled to Centro Ecologico Sian Ka'an (CESiaK), an
eco-friendly beach resort in Mexico's Mayan Riv-
iera, on vacation in August (of which all of the juicy
details can be found here), it wasn't intended as
business. That vacation, I left my yoga mat practice
back in Brooklyn and set out for sun, sand and ce-
viche (responsibly caught, of course.)
As a self-proclaimed yoga nut I sure enough still
managed to fit in a few poses--a headstand on the
beach here, a handstand in the ocean there. After
soaking in the insane awesome-ness of CESiaK for
a week, neither I, nor my yogi boyfriend could
leave without booking some of their beach pala-
pas for a week to hold a yoga retreat come.
Ecotourism Done Right
To us, the solar and wind-powered eco-resort has
everything a nature-lovin', relaxation-seeking yogin could ask for:
~A pristine location within an environmentally protected bios-
phere
~A white sand beach
~A sparking azure sea for swimming and snorkeling
~Private beachfront cabanas
~An open-air yoga palapa overlooking the Caribbean Sea
~A restaurant offering acclaimed local, traditional Caribbean
dishes from local chefs
~Low-impact guided wildlife excursions
~Eco-expert staff that are enthu-
siastic to talk green and offer in-
formative talks on the local flora
and fauna
The list is far too long to go on-
-and you can check out my re-
view of CESiaK on TreeHugger to
get the full scoop on all of its
green-ness. I couldn't wish for
anything else but to share this
experience with other eco-
minded yoga practitioners wish-
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A Yoga Retreat Made for You:
Eco-Friendly, Fun and
Shockingly Affordable
By Jessica Root
42 May 2010 | greeNology
Help Protect Yourself Today.
A Serious and Growing Problem.
Identity the is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation.
Over 11 million Americans fell victim to the crime in 2009, at a
cost of over $54 billion. (Source: Javelin Strategy & Research. “2010
Identity Fraud Survey Report.” February 2010.)
As thieves employ more sophisticated and high-tech methods, the
number of identities exposed in a single the increases
dramatically, as does a consumer’s level of risk. Every week, retail
companies, nancial institutions, and national organizations are
breached, and the personal and nancial information of hard
working Americans is stolen.
LifeLock, the leader in identity the protection, helps protect your
identity – even if your information falls into the wrong hands. As a
LifeLock member, if you become a victim of identity the because
of a failure in our service, we’ll help you x it at our expense, up
to $1,000,000. (Restrictions apply. Call for details. Due to New York
State law restrictions, the LifeLock $1 Million Total Service Guaran-
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*At the end of the 30-day free period your card will be billed automatically
($10.00 monthly/$110.00 annually) unless you cancel within the 30-day
period. You can cancel anytime without penalty by calling 1-800-LifeLock.
Offer is for new LifeLock members only.
“I’ve been in law enforcement all my life...If my
identity was stolen, anybody’s identity could be
stolen. Mine happened to be stolen from another
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Do Airlines Make the Grade When
It Comes to Waste Management?
44 May 2010 | greeNology
Choosing a Green Airline
When it comes to waste management, it appears that United and US Airways flunked the test. I have written before about
which airlines were actually attempting to minimize their impact and the waste management statistics are closely aligned
with overall environmental responsibility
Do Airlines Make the Grade When
It Comes to Waste Management?
By Sara Novak
In this day and age when recycling has be-
come somewhat expected in many parts of
the world, airline waste management can
be more than a little disconcerting. From all
the mini peanuts bags, to endless plastic
cups, cans, mini bottles, puke bags, and
paper napkins, the amount of waste gener-
ated is no joke. And most of that waste
could easily be recycled. In fact, a new study
reports that 75 percent of the waste gener-
ated by airlines could be recycled and cur-
rent statistics show that only 20 percent of
the waste is recycled.
If you're looking to fly with minimal impact,
choose an airline that is as environmentally
sound as possible. Waste management is
one of the most important tenants of envi-
ronmental responsibility. So which airlines
make the grade when it comes to recy-
cling? According to the new report "What
Goes Up Must Go Down: The Sorry State of
Recycling in the Airline Industry" from Re-
sponsibleShopper.org, many airlines are
flunking when it comes to simple recycling.
The report states that nearly 500 million
tons of waste generated by our nation's air-
lines could currently be recycled. This in-
cludes cans, glass, plastic, and paper. For all
of us that think recycling is a simple and
crucial step to take when it comes to reduc-
ing your impact, consider choosing an air-
line that holds up your ethical ideals.
greeNology | May 2010 45
Here are the airlines ranked
best to worst in recycling:
1. Delta Airlines
2. Virgin America
3. Virgin Atlantic
4. Southwest Airlines
5. Continental Airlines
6. Jet Blue
7. American Airlines
8. British Airways
9. Air Tran
10. United Airlines
11. US Airways
The beach
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place to get
away, drink
some iced tea
and generally
splash around
in the water.
We shouldn't
have to worry
about stepping
on hypodermic
needles or
used condoms
or swimming in
toxic and/or
bacteria-laden
water. But the
world we live in
is far from
ideal.
You can protect yourself from treacherously dirty waters by using
a little foresight. The EPA releases a report each year called the
Beach Notification Summary. The EPA surveys the water around
beaches and determines if that water is clean or if it is full of dis-
ease-causing bacteria.
In 2009, 32% of all EPA-monitored beaches were closed at some
point due to bacterial contamination. This bacterial contamina-
tion can come from livestock, human sewage and other forms
of pollution.
What You Can Do
to Find a Clean
Beach
If you live in a
coastal state or
along the Great
Lakes, you should
make sure to visit
only EPA-monitored
beaches. The EPA
provides us with a
map and listing of
beaches. Check
your beach to see if
it has been closed
often in the past, if
it is under notifica-
tion or if it is down-
right closed.
If you cannot find your beach on the EPA's map or you feel the
info on the EPA site is out of date, you can contact state officials
to learn about any problems have been reported at your favorite
swimming hole. So, yes, it is safe to go back in the water, but it
doesn’t hurt to check.
visit epa.gov for more information
Is it Safe to Go Back into the
Water? How to Know if Your
Beach is Clean
By Josh Peterson
46 May 2010 | greeNology
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7 Great Eco-Luxury Oceanfront Escapes
Plus 4 Questions to Determine if a Resort is Green
48 May 2010 | greeNology
7 Great Eco-Luxury Oceanfront Escapes
Plus 4 Questions to Determine if a Resort is Green
By Laurel House
greeNology | May 2010 49
Not all oceanfront hotels are created equal. While
the location might be ideal, some developers ig-
nore the impact that their sprawling showpieces
plopped on the shore or perched on a cliff have
on the environment. The pretty picture can in fact
create massive waste runoff, landslides, pollution,
introducing foreign materials that can throw off
nature's harmony, disturbing (and even unknow-
ingly killing) the fragile flora, fauna, and land and
sea life.
Thankfully, some conscious hotels are choosing
to coexist in harmony with nature, making sure
that the environment's health is preserved and
making as little a mark as possible. Contrary to
common belief, environmental savvy and luxury
can actually go hand in hand, so you don't have
to disrupt your big beach vacation plans or the
land. So how do you know if your favorite beach-
situated escape is eco-astute?
We asked Luxury Eco-Resort trailblazer Post
Ranch Inn for insight, and here are the questions
they suggest you ask before booking a room:
What efforts does your hotel make to preserve,
support and sustain the environment and local
community?
Have you ever been recognized by others for
your green activities?
What eco-tourism opportunities do you offer
your guests?
Do you offer suggestions on how guests can sup-
port the hotel's eco-efforts during their stay?
Wonder if your fave oceanfront resort is eco-
aware? Here are a few that we've tried:
In addition to recently installing the largest hotel solar project in
California and one of the largest in the U.S, generating annually
over 400,000 kW of electricity, bottling their own water in
reusable glass containers, and incorporating natural architecture
in order to create living roofs used for the restaurant herb gar-
dens, Post Ranch takes great pride in their dedication to the con-
servation of the natural habitat that the resort resides on.
Natural Habitat—Flora, Fauna, Land, Sea and Critters are Pre-
served
A number of indigenous species— some rare, endangered or
threatened like the Smith's blue butterfly, California red-legged
frog, California condor, wood stork and western pond turtle, live
in Post Ranch's diverse natural habitats. To ensure these species
survive and thrive, Post Ranch focuses on conservation, site man-
agement, habitat protection and enhancement, employee and
contractor training, and guest education.
Invasive Non-Natives are Not Welcome
An ongoing habitat conservation plan discourages invasive non-
native flora and fauna. Plants like Genesta and Pampas grass are
eradicated manually with organic products, while native species
are replanted. In conjunction with industry experts, the ALC and
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Post Ranch is active in identifying
Sudden Oak Death in Big Sur, removing diseased trees and re-
placing each with a new oak tree.
50 May 2010 | greeNology
1. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
greeNology | May 2010 51
You might not think that "The Ritz" is an eco brand. But the resort
has been stepping up environmental efforts countrywide, quickly
evolving into a friend to the environment. The Ritz-Carlton, La-
guna Nigel in Southern California is a prime example of their eco-
innovations, with conservation initiatives enhancing the guest
experience while protecting the coast's natural beauty and re-
sources.
A Recycling Program Keeps Plastic Out of the Ocean
The resort maintains an extensive recycling program. Plastic
water bottles, cardboard, white paper, newspaper, glass, batteries,
ballasts, fluorescent light bulbs, and scrap metals are all recycled.
Guests are also asked to chip in. In the guestrooms, biodegrad-
able bags are offered for guests to recycle paper, plastic and glass
items.
Water Waste is Reduced
California has been in a severe drought for years. In order to
make as small a dent as possible on the already limited water
supply, the resort offers a linen/towel reuse option and has a
laundry water recycling system that filters and reuses water from
the washing machine. Bathrooms are equipped with low flow toi-
lets to help guests keep their usage down too.
2. The Ritz-Carlton,
Laguna Niguel, CA
The brand new Terranea in Palos Verdes, is practically the em-
bodiment of an eco-luxury resort. Environmental awareness was
ingrained in the project from its inception; a consciousness car-
ried throughout the construction process and continuing today.
Todd Majcher, VP of Development (Site and Landscaping) for
Lowe Enterprises explained that as a development company, it
is essential to strive to lesson our ecological footprint, not only
when the hotel is open but during the construction process—
which is often when a project can have the worst impact. "The
challenge of developing on the ocean front is that you are facing
far more environmental issues and you have to take the land and
sea interface into consideration when making any decisions." Ter-
ranea's list of environmentally based decisions is extensive, but
here are a few:
Baseline Water Quality Test
Before construction began, a baseline ocean water quality test
was done documenting the health of the aquatic ecosystem in
order to monitor changes and ensure that the construction didn't
damage the fragile underwater environment. Biologists then
sampled the water annually, testing the eco system, and making
sure that sea life continued to flourish. The amazing result: Ocean
water quality was actually improved by the end of the construc-
tion process.
Storm Water Protection Plan
One of the gestures made in terms of ensuring the integrity of
the aquatic environment, land and community, even before con-
struction began, was SWPP: Storm Water Protection Plan. A per-
manent storm water treatment mitigation system was installed
with the ability to treat the first 3/4 inch of rainfall as well as treat-
ing 75% of storm water runoff that came through the site from
city. So they were treating offsite water as well. After every rainfall
greater than 3/4 inches, the water on the job site and in the
ocean was tested in order to ensure that nothing detrimental
dripped into the aquatic environment.
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3. Terranea Resort,
Palos Verdes, CA
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Overleaf Lodge is a hidden ocean front gem
with a major concern for the environment, par-
ticularly the perpetuation of what they consider
to be the cosat's most valuable asset: the Pacific
Ocean.
Maintaining Gravel Trail System
To minimize bluff erosion, Overleaf assists the
Oregon State Parks Department by maintaining
the gravel trail state park that follows the bluff
along the ocean front. Annual noxious weed
eradication events are held to rid the area of ag-
gressive vegetation known to choke out the na-
tive bluff species.
4. Overleaf Lodge,
Yachats, Oregon
Inn by the Sea has been blazing a green path for a
decade with a lot of "firsts" that have not only had an
effect on the environment, but also make a statement
to other resorts on the importance of environmental
responsibility.
Trees are a Priority
As the first hotel in Maine to heat with biofuel and solar
panels, Inn by the Sea takes energy seriously. But more
than making their own power, the resort focused on
replenishing and helping to re-oxygenate the environ-
ment by becoming carbon neutral by offsetting
through domestic tree planting. On their own property,
the hotel became a certified wildlife habitat by replac-
ing exotic plants with indigenous species to create a
natural habitat that requires less water, chemicals and
care.
Get the Kids Involved
A registered butterfly waystation, complete with but-
terfly houses, nectar gardens and lots of on-site milk-
weed, the hotel naturally attracts the interest of
children. Classes are given to guests and their children
on how to preserve the environment, like Bug's Life
classes to teach kids about eco systems from a bug's
vantage point after they have created their own bug
costumes.
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5. Inn by the Sea,
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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Las Ventanas is known for its luxury. But with its sea side location, it
has a serious responsibility. Especially when it comes to the wildlife
that calls the sandy beachfront home.
A Safe Nesting Place for Sea Turtles
Come summertime, Las Ventanas switches gears and focuses attention
to the local turtles. Every summer sea turtles waddle up to the sand
to lay their eggs. The first mother turtle of the year arrived late June
and laid 131 eggs! The babies, generally born 6-8 weeks later, are
starting to arrive so trained beach attendants are going into action,
keeping the marauding seagulls from gulping them up before they
can reach the safety of the sea of Cortez.
6. Las Ventanas al Paraiso,
A Rosewood Resort,
Los Cabos, Mexico
Lodge Kura Hulanda is certainly a luxury ocean front
property, but it's also located on the island's secluded
and undeveloped West End where maintaining the in-
tegrity of the natural underwater environment is a re-
sponsibility that the resort and its owner have taken on
as a personal mission.
Put a Stop to Run-Off
In order to preserve the reef that is located right off
the resort's beach and to stop run-off rainwater from
polluting the coral with algae, long walls and flood
dams were built along the ocean. Then moorings were
planted to stop boats from anchoring and causing
damage to the living coral.
A view from EARTH
In conjunction with the University of Hawaii, Scripps
Oceanography, Carmabi and the University of Amster-
dam, the resort has started a coral cleaning project,
putting specially bred, algae eating, local Paradise Fish
to work in a netted environment to clean off the coral.
This experiment will be monitored by scientists from 5
countries under the supervision of Dr. Mark Vermeij.
On a more visible scale, Google EARTH will monitor
the reef periodically for new growth of seedlings, seen
from submarine cameras, allowing the world to follow
progress online.
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The future of our planet begins at home. Our
level of organization has an impact, whether or
not we realize it, and whether or not we want
the responsibility.
Most people would agree that being organized
gives you a sense of calm and more time to
spend doing the things you love with the peo-
ple you love. But did you know that being or-
ganized positively impacts the planet? As a
result of being disorganized in certain areas, we
consume more than necessary. For example:
Purchasing a new plastic bottle of mustard while
there are one or two half-full bottles hidden in
the refrigerator.
Purchasing new batteries because rummaging
through your "junk drawer" is a daunting task
and you are not sure if the batteries in there are
good or not.
Have you purchased a new pair of black shoes
or a belt or other item when there are similar
items hidden in your closet, which you have for-
gotten about?
The small things add up. Purchasing duplicate
small items, such as plastic bottles of consum-
ables may seem trite, however, not all plastics
are recycled and the ones that are, typically are
made into non-recyclable products. In addition,
recycling plastic consumes a significant amount
of energy and capital investment.
On a much larger scale, consider that the aver-
age home size in America today is twice as big
as it was 30 years ago yet the number of people
in the average household in the America has
decreased by half. We are collecting and con-
suming more and more "things" and we require
more and more space for all of our "things". The
US population comprises 5% of the world's
population yet we generate 30% of the world's
garbage! According to the Marine Sanitary
Service. While recycling and reusing is impor-
tant and beneficial, consuming less has a larger
impact1.
You can live more comfortably in a smaller
space and with less "things" when you are or-
ganized. How many duplicate items, such as
hammers, tape measures, and so on, do you
have in your home simply because you couldn't
find it when you needed it so you bought an-
other one? Consider the amount of utilities,
land, and other resources consumed by a 5,000
square foot home compared to that of a 1,500
square foot condominium.
Living in a smaller home is not for everyone
however, having an organized home (regardless
of the size) and life helps reduce unnecessary
consumption.
How much less driving could you do if you were
organized about your errands and your sched-
ule? How often do you make extra trips to the
grocery store or drug store? How often could
you carpool or use mass public transportation
if you planned ahead?
In addition to protecting our planet, being or-
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pursue areas of your life that give you happi-
ness. According to Real Simple magazine, the
average American spends 55.2 minutes every-
day looking for things2. Yikes, that's two weeks
every year! Is there anything else you would
rather spend your time doing? Maybe take an
extra 2-week vacation?
Over the next week, consider what you are
throwing away, what you are purchasing and
what you are spending your time looking for.
You may find that by simply better organizing
certain areas of your home and life you and
your family consume less, which will have a pos-
itive impact on our planet and on you.
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Nearly a decade into the 21st century, we are
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No matter where you go nowadays, people are
always talking about "green" products and ideas.
There are also more and more of these coming
onto the market and the goal is to help the
planet by wasting less energy. As a result, prod-
ucts we never thought would leave are being re-
placed with new technology. One example is the
light bulb.
The wonderful invention of the light bulb was in
1879 by a man named Thomas Edison and he
would be surprised at how the world depends on
it. His light bulb was a replacement for the old
kerosene lamps. Today the incandescent light
bulb, unfortunately, is an energy draining prod-
uct which emits a strange yellowish glare and is
the most inexpensive choice found.
Another type of lighting that gained popularity
in the 1920's was fluorescent lighting and was
first used in commercial buildings and garages
where more light was in demand. Even though
at the time it seemed good, today we know how bad it is for
residential use. Some of the many drawbacks of fluorescent
lighting, for starters, is the fact that it is filled with mercury. It
is also sensitive to temperature extremes, intermittent flicker-
ing is common and then there is disposal.
It seems that energy consumption, sometime in the 1970's,
really began to take form and thus the birth of the tungsten
halogen lamp or quartz lamp. The light from this bulb is far
better than the incandescent light bulb, also needs lower volt-
age and its life span is much longer. It is becoming more pop-
ular only recently with emphasis on energy consumption but
before people were not so quick to change, in part, because
of the cost.
But now, there is an option that we have all been waiting for.
The most awesome and creative discovery of alternative light-
ing was discovered in the 1960s and is known as the LED. This
device is made out of a Silicon element that converts electrical
energy into light energy without the drawbacks found in other
lighting types. Invented by Nick Holonyak, known as 'the fa-
ther of the light-emitting diode', Holonyak has received many
honors for his innovation that is changing the world.
The light emitting diode, or LED, is different from all other
light bulbs. LED lights are the same as the red indicator lights
on electronic devices which show if it is on or off. What makes
these lights different is that LED lights give off no heat or dis-
torted tint, they have no movable parts and have a long life.
On top of that, they are also very energy efficient.
This technology is being worked on all the time now and as
a result there are bulbs being used as replacements in street
lights and decorative lighting, as well as for LCD displays of
flat screen televisions. Although the costs associated with this
technology are high at first, the savings and other benefits
outweigh that. Pretty soon all light bulbs will be replaced by
the energy efficient and saving LED. This only shows that it is
possible to make a better light bulb.
No Waste In This Light Bulb
by: Timothy Forestts
greeNology | May 2010 73
Garden
Garden Lighting-
What Can I Choose From?
Pg. 70
Getting Started Living Green
Pg. 73
Growing An Indoor Herb
Garden Is Easy
Pg. 74
Home Made Wind Generator
Pg. 75
For more great articles,
visit our website:
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Stop Pests With Natural
Rodent Control
Pg. 76
Many people like to make sure that their garden
looks as beautiful as their actual home. There are
many ways that you can make a garden look
great and create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
One fantastic way to create a great place to relax
is mood lighting or garden lighting.
As you can imagine there are many suppliers of
garden equipment, including lighting, to choose
from. In addition to this there is a multitude of
shapes, colours and styles to pick from. A popular
option is solar garden lights. These items are very
amenable and the design means that they store
energy from the sun's rays during daytime to
power the lights at night. Many people like to
spread the solar lights around the area whilst oth-
ers prefer to have them lighting pathways and
areas of interest in the garden. Solar lights make
a great feature for space in the garden where
there is decking or barbecues helping to create
the ambience for those summer gatherings.
Another option available in reference to garden
lighting is LED lighting. It works by using an LED
bulb which is very bright and has a potential life
span of ten years! LED lighting for an outdoor
space is great for decking as well as any porch
part of the garden; this is because it can aid in
creating a serene mood to relax you and your
family or guests. Like solar lighting, you will find
LED lighting comes in a vast array of shapes,
colours and styles- it is unforeseeable that you will
not find something that you like!
Lighting for your garden can also help enhance its landscape.
It is possible to get solar lights that can sit in an underwater fea-
ture in your garden or outdoor space; or lanterns that can be
attached to the outside wall to flood the area with light. You
could choose from contemporary styles or more traditional
styles such as Victorian. Whatever design is your favorite you
will find something to your liking.
Whilst many people like to have their garden lit up all year
round, some people prefer to save it for special occasions. Many
garden lighting products are designed to be very simple to in-
stall and uninstall whilst still be sturdy. They are also simple to
store and compact to be put in a shed or garage until needed
again.
Another feature of solar garden lights and LED lighting is that it
can help to maintain the security of your property without ac-
tually having to purchase a floodlight. Many garden lights will
emit enough light to help illuminate your garden enough to see
any intruders.
These kinds of lights can also be bought in a low-voltage format
which means that it is safe for children and pets to play in the
outdoor area but still helps to create a great atmosphere.
Next time you are throwing yourself into organizing your gar-
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When you think about "green living", some people think about
living in the woods having to grow or kill everything you eat
and make everything you use. Green living simply includes
doing things to help the environment be viable for future gen-
erations.
Our ancestors green living was rough and life was short, for
most people. Green living has grown you don't have to like
shed your possessions and live in a hut. Here are a few steps
you can take you make your life a little greener.
Green living means reducing your negative impact on
the Earth. It means conserving energy, buying
local organic products, reducing your carbon
footprint, lessening the use of petroleum
products and conserving water.
Buying local will reduce your car-
bon footprint, items that you
buy have to be shipped to
the store where you
buy them. This
takes carbon
which is released
when gasoline is
burned. The manufacture
of packaging requires the use
of electricity which has a carbon
footprint.
Trees need to be cut down, transported
and processed to make packaging has a large
carbon footprint. Sealing plastic wrap add to this.
You should try to reuse stuff if you can. It takes a lot less
energy to reuse something than it takes to recycle it. Before
you throw something in the recycling bin, think about whether
you could reuse it.
Use products that don't end up in landfills like cloth diapers in-
stead of disposables or cloth towels instead of paper towels.
Buy concentrated products because they come in smaller pack-
ages. If you have use wire shirt hangers from the laundry bring
them back so they do not end up in the landfill. If you buy poly-
ester carpet make sure it is made from recycled soda bottles.
Replace burned out light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs.
House Paints, Finishes, Fabric & Furniture is leading the green
movement, as increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly
products force manufacturers to create paints with fewer haz-
ardous compounds.
Getting started living green will not require large changes
to your life; it may lead you eventually in the direction
of major change. These are just small changes you
can make to decrease your impact on the earth.
You don't have to change your life overnight.
Integrate green living into your daily rou-
tines over time. Small steps can make
a huge difference over time. To-
gether we can make a differ-
ence.
Americans perfectly
manicured green
lawns aren't so green.
More pesticides are used on
lawns per acre than are used on
farmer's fields. High concentrations
of insecticides wash down into streams
from rural areas. Theses insecticides even-
tually end up in the food chain. If you eat fish
they will end up in your body.
Chemical fertilizers supply a vacant kind of food to plants.
This is like the empty calories we get from eating refined
white sugar. It is a good high but you can't live on it.
Flourishing organic lawns are about the soil, not just about
feeding the grass and killing weeds and bugs. Your soil needs
to be alive with the right variety of beneficial microorganisms.
The right mix of microbes feed and protects the plants from
disease. The green gardener feeds the beneficial microbes and
helps them do their work.
Getting Started Living Green
by: George B.Siba
Many people like to make sure that their
garden looks as beautiful as their actual
home. There are many ways that you can
make a garden look great and create a
warm and inviting atmosphere. One fantas-
tic way to create a great place to relax is
mood lighting or garden lighting.
As you can imagine there are many suppli-
ers of garden equipment, including lighting,
to choose from. In addition to this there is
a multitude of shapes, colours and styles to
pick from. A popular option is solar garden
lights. These items are very amenable and
the design means that they store energy
from the sun's rays during daytime to
power the lights at night. Many people like
to spread the solar lights around the area
whilst others prefer to have them lighting
pathways and areas of interest in the gar-
den. Solar lights make a great feature for
space in the garden where there is decking
or barbecues helping to create the ambience for those summer
gatherings.
Another option available in reference to garden lighting is LED
lighting. It works by using an LED bulb which is very bright and
has a potential life span of ten years! LED lighting for an outdoor
space is great for decking as well as any porch part of the gar-
den; this is because it can aid in creating a serene mood to relax
you and your family or guests. Like solar lighting, you will find
LED lighting comes in a vast array of shapes, colours and styles-
it is unforeseeable that you will not find something that you like!
Lighting for your garden can also help enhance its landscape.
It is possible to get solar lights that can sit in an underwater fea-
ture in your garden or outdoor space; or lanterns that can be
attached to the outside wall to flood the area with light. You
could choose from contemporary styles or more traditional
styles such as Victorian. Whatever design is your favorite you
will find something to your liking.
Whilst many people like to have their garden lit up all year
round, some people prefer to save it for special occasions. Many
garden lighting products are designed to be very simple to in-
stall and uninstall whilst still be sturdy. They are also simple to
store and compact to be put in a shed or garage until needed
again.
Another feature of solar garden lights and LED lighting is that it
can help to maintain the security of your property without ac-
tually having to purchase a floodlight. Many garden lights will
emit enough light to help illuminate your garden enough to see
any intruders.
These kinds of lights can also be bought in a low-voltage format
which means that it is safe for children and pets to play in the
outdoor area but still helps to create a great atmosphere.
Next time you are throwing yourself into organizing your gar-
den, consider your lighting options to help improve the look
and feel of your property as a whole.
Growing An Indoor Herb
Garden Is Easy by: Jeff Glasser
78 May 2010 | greeNology
greeNology | May 2010 79
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perfect time to start a new project.
The weather is good and the sun is
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Home made energy kits are now a
good investment. We have more cash
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to reduce our electric bill.
A lot of us just got money back from
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While there are people who like to have
rodents as pets, most people don't want
them in their homes and see them as
pests that can carry disease. Putting out
traps, getting a cat, or sprinkling poison
around their homes are just some of the
ways that they use to try to get rid of
them. For a lot of people, though, the
idea of getting rid of the rodents is cou-
pled with an unease at deliberately and
often inhumanely killing them, and people
are starting to look for better ways to get
them out of and away from their homes
that don't involve harm to the little crea-
tures.
The good news for people who are wor-
ried about rodent control is that there are
many natural ways that can be used to
get rid of both rats and mice, so if you
want to remove them from your home
you won't have to kill them. Some people
say it's fine to kill them humanely, but
there is a definite argument and difference of opinion over what
constitutes a humane death, as well. For people who don't want
to deal with any of the mess of dead rodents and want to avoid
causing the little creatures suffering, there is really only one
choice " discouraging them from coming around and/or remov-
ing them in a way that doesn't harm them.
Trapping the rodents in the most humane way, with live traps
as opposed to glue or snap traps, is one of the most natural
and the best ways with which to get rid of rats and mice. Using
those kinds of traps just means that the little creatures will be
trapped inside and that you or someone else can simply take
the traps to another location and release the animals inside.
People generally don't do this because they think that the ro-
dents will just go right back to where they came from, but this
usually doesn't happen if the rodents are taken far enough away.
Another way to get rodents to stay away from your home or
business naturally is to give them no reason to come there, and
there are easy ways that you can address that without taking
any drastic measures. If you have pets, don't leave their food
outside where rats and mice will smell it and be attracted to it,
keep your garbage cans closed tightly, don't keep compost piles
too close to your house, and make
sure that you don't have things like
woodpiles close to your house. Fol-
lowing simple tips like those can help
make sure that your home and sur-
rounding area stays free of rats and
mice at all times of the year.
However, if you've tried that and it
hasn't been enough, or if you already
do these things and there are still ro-
dents, there is more that you can do
without causing harm, such as getting
special fragrance pouches that dis-
courage mice and rats from coming
into your home. These aren't toxic and
you can't smell them, but rodents can
" and they don't like them at all. This
can help to clear up a stubborn rodent
problem for people who are very se-
rious about getting rid of the rodents
and keeping them out of their homes
but equally serious about not killing or
torturing them.
There are also people who don't mind killing the rodents but
who don't want to do so with a lot of harsh chemicals that can
be bad for the environment and for a lot of other creatures, as
well, including family pets. Some people in this position get a
small dog or a cat, because these animals are likely to chase
away rats and mice, and to catch the ones that they can. Cats
usually don't eat these rodents that they catch, though, so keep
in mind that kitty might leave you dead rodent 'presents' that
you'd rather not receive.
Knowing the facts about the treatment that you're using to get
rid of rats and mice is one of the best things that you can do,
because you don't want to use something around your family
that you thought was safe and later find out it was not. Children
and pets that could get into rodent poisons and traps are some
of the biggest worries with this issue. It's not a good idea to
chance your family's health by putting out poison, but it's un-
healthy to be around rats and mice that may carry disease, as
well, so natural solutions to rid your home and yard of them
can be the best choice.
Stop Pests With Natural
Rodent Control by: MikeBurns
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greeNology | May 2010 85
Getting your children to become interested in science is often
a difficult task. With the use of kid friendly science lab equip-
ment and some easy projects the kids will be begging to do
more science oriented projects. And will soon be searching
ideas of their own unique ways to implement science into fun.
Parents have difficulty with science sometimes as much as their
children do. They have the idea that it takes rocket science de-
grees to become science oriented. The following projects are
super easy and fun. They will get your kids not only having fun
with science but eager to do more.
This first project is great for teaching things such as how stuff
grows, the process involved and the end results with a lot of
indiscreet learning in between. As you complete each step ex-
plain the process in kid friendly terms and encourage them to
ask questions. Both projects are only four easy steps but packed
with information.
For step one, purchase some science lab equipment like inex-
pensive sponges. The sea sponges that are used for crafts and
painting work great because you can give explanations about
where they come from. Use a microscope to let them view what
the sponge looks like dry and wet. If using cellos sponges the
kids can cut shapes from the square sponge. Use this as an op-
portunity to learn geometry.
Step two teaches why water is needed for growing food and
plants. Soak the sponge and place in a baggies that has been
filled with seeds of your choice. Roll the sponge around in the
bag until it is covered with seeds.
Step three: tie a piece of string around the sponge or if pre-
ferred feed string through a hole in the sponge. Hang the seed
covered sponge in an area that will provide lots of sunlight. In
a week or less there will sprouts forming on the sponge.
Step four will teach them how to care for the plant and the re-
sult of caring for them. When sprouts have begun, remove
string and place in a clay pot that has been half filled with pot-
ting soil. Sprinkle soil over the sponge and put in a sunny area
until fully grown.
Parents and kids of any age love to do this next project which
is a lava lamp of sorts without the light. To start fill a jar with
two cups of water and few drops of food coloring. Stir will and
set aside. This will teach your children how to use measurement
and mixing.
Step two is adding the oil. Measure a half of cup of vegetable
and pour into the jar of colored water. Allow to sit for a few
minutes so the oil will separate from the water.
In the third step kids learn about weight and gravity. Without
shifting the jar pour a teaspoon of salt directly in the jar. When
the salt lands on the oil it will form some clumps. The clumps
will begin to sink due to the weight.
Step four encourages the learning of movement, gravity and
separation. After the clumps reach the bottom the salt will start
dissolve and cause the oil to float back to the top. Each time
you want to sink the oil, just add salt.
Science is fun for parents and children. It encourages children
to ask questions and look up the answers with their parents.
The more gadgets kids have the more interest they have in
using them. For gifts opt for microscopes and other science lab
equipment to encourage learning science.
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Fifteen percent of U.S. 12- to 19-year-olds
were overweight in 2000, a big jump from
6 percent in 1976. But for teens on the
run, it's hard to count calories, which
aren't always revealed on signs or pack-
aging in most fast-food restaurants. In-
stead, signs and food ads promote
super-size meals and don't reveal that, for
instance, one Big Mac has 590 calories/34
grams of fat (more than half the recom-
mended daily maximum for fat of 65
grams), Chicken McNuggets has 500
calories/ 26 fat grams and a king-size
Burger King fries packs 600 calories and
3/4 the daily fat max.
In addition to hidden calories, there are
empty-calorie foods, high in calories but
low in nutrients. Soda is a great example:
a 16-ounce bottle of Coke has 200 calo-
ries and provides only approximately 1 percent each of the cal-
cium, iron and zinc that an average teen needs each day and
not much else. A 16-ounce glass of freshly squeezed orange
juice, on the other hand, has 223 calories and provides approx-
imately 4 percent of the fiber, 14 percent of the vitamin A, 38
percent of the folate, 331 percent of the vitamin C, 15 percent
of the vitamin B6 and 17 percent of the required magnesium
(along with many other nutrients).
Hidden calories and empty calories are causing teens to be-
come increasingly heavy and nutrient deficient at the same time.
As kids enter their teenage years, their nutrient requirements
suddenly increase to adult levels, and for minerals like phos-
phorus, magnesium and calcium they actually need more than
adults do. A full 45 percent of total bone growth occurs during
adolescence, and most teens don't consume enough calcium
to support it. Only 13 percent of girls and 36 percent of boys
consume the recommended amount of calcium.
Teens also take in substantially more of their daily calories from
snacks than adults do. In order to avoid excess weight gain, and
take in the nutrients their bodies need, teens should eat nutri-
ent-dense foods, which provide a good amount of vitamins,
minerals, fiber and protein in relation to their caloric count. So
choosing snacks wisely is a great first step. Snacks like ice cream
(high in saturated fat), candy (high in empty calories), chips (one
7-ounce bag of sour-cream-and-onion potato chips averages
1,051 calories) and soda are fine once in a while, but they
should not be part of your daily intake. Buy plain popcorn or
pretzels instead. Instead of a shake, ice cream or a Starbucks
Creme Frappuccino (870 calories, 32 grams fat), choose a
smoothie made with real fruit and skim or low-fat milk.
And remember to eat breakfast: A recent study showed that
young adults who did not eat breakfast every day were almost
twice as likely to be overweight as those who did. Instead of a
doughnut, full of trans fats, have unsweetened cereal and fresh
fruit with low-fat milk, or scrambled eggs and whole-wheat
toast.
Try This Recipe
In a blender, combine 1/2 cup of non-fat organic yogurt, half a
banana, 1 cup of frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries, blueberries,
etc.) and a splash of orange juice. This smoothie has about 190
calories, and provides calcium, zinc, vitamin C and protein.
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We love our kids' glowing smiles, but controversy
over fluoride has lots of parents questioning its
safety and effectiveness.
How Safe Is Fluoride?
Fluoride helps protect your children's teeth, re-
ducing decay in "baby" teeth by 60 percent and
in permanent adult teeth by nearly 35 percent,
according to the American Dental Association
(ADA). But the key to good health is to make
sure children are getting the proper amount.
Some kids get too much fluoride from combined
sources such as sodas made in areas with fluor-
idated water and by swallowing fluoridated
mouthwashes and toothpaste. Too much fluoride
during childhood can cause a permanent brown
mottling of the teeth known as fluorosis. And
some studies of animals and humans have linked
ingestion of fluoride in drinking water to an in-
creased risk of a osteosarcoma, a bone cancer.
Cancer Controversy?
Dental-health professionals say that cancer fears
are unfounded and that fluoride presents no
health risk at the recommended level in drinking
water, 0.7 to 1.2 parts per million (ppm). The
studies linking fluoridated water to cancer failed
to control for other cancer-related factors, such
as increased industrialization, says Howard Pol-
lick, B.D.S., M.P.H., a professor of dentistry at U.C.
San Francisco.
Researchers at the Environmental Working
Group argue that the cancer risk is real, and
they've petitioned the government's National
Toxicology Program to add fluoride to their list
of carcinogens. The EWG also cites studies show-
ing that fluoride accumulates in bone and dam-
ages human chromosomes. "It is the total
package that they need to look at," says Richard
Wiles, senior vice president of the EWG.
Pollick acknowledges that fluoride, like other
minerals, migrates to the bone. He says, how-
ever, that numerous reviews have found insuffi-
cient evidence that fluoride causes chromosome
damage at commonly encountered levels.
Meanwhile, dental-health experts say that while
cancer is not a risk, fluorosis is a concern for chil-
dren who ingest too much total fluoride. Parents
should take simple steps to make sure their chil-
dren are getting the proper amount.
What You Can Do
-Children should brush at least twice daily with a
fluoridated toothpaste and floss once a day
under parental supervision.
-For young kids who aren't yet capable of spitting
out toothpaste, use a non-fluoridated toothpaste
like Orajel Toddler Training Toothpaste.
-Have children see a dentist regularly.
-The ADA recommends avoiding the use of
fluoridated mouth rinses for children under six
years of age because they may swallow the rinse.
-Check fluoride levels in your water by calling
your local water company or the Department of
Public Health.
-If you don't have fluoridated water, Pollick rec-
ommends considering a fluoride supplement for
children (available only by prescription).
-If your water's fluoride level is above 1.2 ppm,
you can reduce it using a reverse-osmosis or
water-distillation unit.
-Infants fed formula reconstituted with fluori-
dated water are not at risk of getting too much
fluoride, say experts at the American Academy
of Pediatric Dentistry.
Protecting Your Kids: Fluoride
By Catherine Zandonella, M.P.H
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how best to detox homes for ba-
bies and kids. I wrote about the
topic extensively in my first book,
The Complete Organic Pregnancy.
Since co-writing the book, which
just so happened to coincide with
my own organic pregnancy, I con-
tinued to write on the topic, but
also began to give talks about it.
Soon I found myself greenproofing
people's homes, especially those
belonging to families with young
children. It's basically one on one
eco-consulting, my version of
babyproofing. It's a total trip and I
love doing it, especially when I've
been "given" to someone as a baby
shower present.
Over the years, I've come up with a
solid top ten list on how to detox
your home for babies and kids that
goes well beyond buying safe toys and not allowing children to
chew on plastic (all good advice). It works to drastically reduce
indoor air pollution which, even in big cities like New York (my
hometown), is worse than outdoor air. The overall goal with kids
and babies is to reduce and minimize exposure to hazardous
and potentially hazardous everyday chemicals that live and lurk
in our homes, in everything from couches to shower curtains to
fruit to cleaning products to toys.
The list can be a bit daunting read as a whole. But there is wiggle
room in each category. Doing any amount of this that works for
you and your family is a step in the right direction. Start where
you can, and work your way towards more.
1. Start at the front door.
Whatever you bring into your home gets into the air you and
yours breathe. Make sure what you're bringing in -- from dry
cleaning, which can offgas a chemical the EPA says causes cancer
in lab animals, to the pesticide and car exhaust residue on the
bottom of your shoes -- is safe. Take off your shoes at the entry-
way so you don't track anything undesirable onto floors babes
might be crawling on, or older kids playing on. Taking off shoes
is the public health equivalent of washing hands. Wet or CO2
clean instead of dry cleaning.
2. Switch all conventional cleaning products to green versions.
Now. This will drastically reduce your indoor air pollution and
couldn't be easier. And/or make some of your own cleaners with
various mixtures of eco-dish soap, water, vinegar, and baking
soda. This switch should include laundry detergent. All of those
hand-me-downs, second hand finds, cloth diapers, plus new or-
ganic cotton baby presents need to be washed in gentle-to-
baby-and-the-earth suds. (Bonus if you can line dry....)
3. Serve the kids some combination of local/organic/sustainably
grown food.
Shop farmers' markets or join a Community Supported Agricul-
ture (CSA) farm. If organic isn't an option, make sure whatever
conventional items you're serving do not fall on The Environ-
mental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list. Serve ecologically
raised meat, and not very much of it. Be careful when it comes
to fish and contaminants like PCBs and mercury. Program Fish-
Phone into your cell so you can always make wise choices at the
fish counter.
4. Drink tap water.
Test it and filter accordingly if you have reason to. Bottled water
is an expensive and earth ruining farce. But you already knew
that, right?
10 Ways to Detox Your Home
for Babies and Kids By Alexandra Zissu
90 May 2010 | greeNology
5. Cook, eat off of, and store your family's
lovingly sourced food in and on safe,
durable cookware, plates and containers
that won't be toxic landfill fodder in a few
years.
Look for cast iron, glass, stainless steel,
enamel coated cast iron, and lead-free ce-
ramic. The same materials are safe for
drinking your tap water out of. Avoid non-
stick surfaces and anything plastic. If you're
using plastic, even something that claims
to be BPA-free or microwave-safe, do not
ever put it in a microwave. These are not
regulated terms. Newsflash: there is no rea-
son all children need to eat off of plastic,
especially given its potential health issues.
Teach them not to break things at an early
age by giving them ceramic. If it breaks, oh
well. Or if they're really into tossing dish-
ware, put their meals in indestructible stain-
less steel prep bowls.
6. Children should not wear cosmetics.
They're loaded with synthetic hormone dis-
ruptors and potential carcinogens that pound for
pound present more of a health concern for small peo-
ple than for adults. (Not that they're great for adults,
either.). Kiddie skin is perfect unless it isn't. Do not put
cream on skin that is soft and gorgeous! It doesn't
need anything. If it is dry, or if there is an issue, put
some organic olive oil on it. If you prefer a cosmetic,
only use ones that are made with very few organically
or biodynamically grown ingredients. You should be
able to read the ingredient list and generally under-
stand what it means. If you can't, don't put it on your
baby. Look for trustworthy third party certification la-
bels. Avoid facepainting and nail painting; they're not
good ideas for growing hormone systems.
7. Use organic and/or natural pest control like inte-
grated pest management for lawns and inside for
things like ants and roaches.
Safer exterminators and products do exist.
8. A positive pregnancy test sends most parents rush-
ing to Home Depot for paint, plywood, and caulk.
Resist the urge to renovate, and certainly do not do
demolition when pregnant or when small children are
around. If you must, do it as green as possible. Low
VOC isn't as good as no VOC. And vacate the premises
before, during, and after any renovations.
9. If in the market for new furniture -- couches, mat-
tresses, toddler table-and-chairs sets -- shop green.
Upholstered furniture should contain minimal toxic
flame retardants, formaldehyde and the like. Natural
materials and fabrics are key -- bare wood floors, cot-
ton or wool rugs without glued synthetic backings,
hard woods over particleboards, and so on. This less
is more approach tends to save cash in the long run,
though the individual items might be pricier than your
average version. Do not skimp on the crib, crib mat-
tress, toddler or twin bed or twin mattress. Children
spend half of their days in bed -- babies up to 18 hours
a day -- breathing in what their beds are offgassing
while their lungs are developing. Organic crib mat-
tresses are a must -- you don't want your babe sleep-
ing on plastic covered, flame retardant soaked
mattresses. So are well ventilated rooms.
10. Eco-interested parents often spend so much time
thinking about organic local apples and diaper creams
that they forget about their medicine cabinet.
Teething, fevers, and stuffy noses will no doubt have
you searching for remedies throughout childhood. Be-
fore you reach for over the counter meds or even ho-
listic cures, don't forget about tried and true, simple
non-toxic measures we all already have at home, like
steam for congestion (especially if you have a water fil-
ter on that shower head), or even propping up a mat-
tress to mitigate post-nasal issues. Honey (for babies
over one) works well to calm coughs. Frozen celery can
help with teething molars. Dried fruit or stewed prunes
are good for constipation. DIY fruit juice popsicles
combat dehydration. Ginger and peppermint tea work
for tummy aches. And so on.
It's nearly impossible for me to limit myself to ten ways
to detox your home for babies and kids, and I have so
much more to say. But I'll stop myself there.
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Personal
Care
Achieving and Maintaining Soft and
Smooth Hands
Pg. 90
Organic Skin Care Can Give You A
Radiant Glow
Pg. 92
Eye Cream For Sensitive Skin
Pg. 93
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Whether it is engaging in
household cleaning
chores using detergents
and chemical cleaning
agents,, washing the
dishes, working in the gar-
den, or other tasks that re-
quire using our hands, the
skin tends to get rough
and damaged. Just like the
rest of the skin on your
body, the hands need care
too. There are a variety of
methods one can utilize in
order to maintain soft and healthy hands.
1. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you need to protect your
hands from harmful UV rays. Increased sun exposure speeds up
skin aging on the hands, which can cause wrinkling and brown
spots. Brown spots are high concentrations of melanin pro-
duced by too much sun exposure. Using a sunscreen with a high
SPF factor, will protect the skin from sun damage. Many hand
creams have built in sunscreen.
2. When using chemical and detergent cleaners, wear a pair of
latex gloves or rubber so that you do not get any of the cleaner
on your hands. Apply a thin layer of moisturizer before on your
hands before you put the gloves on.
3. Hand cream helps maintain the skins elasticity ensuring
smooth and soft skin. There are many benefits to using hand
creams such as reducing the signs of aging, healing raw, irri-
tated, and damaged skin, and providing much needed vitamin
and mineral nourishment. These creams or gels will help avoid
dry and cracked skin. Choosing the right hand cream depends
on personal skin needs. For instance, if you have sensitive skin,
you will need a hand cream designed for those who have sen-
sitive skin.
4. When you wash your hands, use natural soap. After you have
thoroughly rinsed off the soap, apply a hand cream that con-
tains a moisturizer. You should also do this before you go to
bed so that the moisturizer works throughout the night. A nat-
ural soap such as oatmeal or clay based soap is a good choice
as they do not contain any chemical additives or petroleum
products. Once or twice a week, wash your hands with a gentle
glycerin or Castile soap and exfoliate. There are also a number
of hand exfoliates on the market that exfoliates, purifies, mois-
turizes, and smoothes the skin on the hands.
5. If you begin a hand care routine because your hands are raw
and irritated, it is important to continue you care after the skin
has healed. This will help prevent any future skin irritations.
6. Drink plenty of water and include fresh fruits and vegetables
in your regular diet, which can help you to achieve healthy and
soft skin.
The skin is the bodys protective layer so it is important to care
for it. During the summer months, every part of the skin needs
care, including our hands. Our hands are always on display for
everyone to see, and even touch as when we shake hands Dry,
chapped, and irritated skin, is not only unappealing, but a seri-
ous discomfort. It can even lead to skin infections. Hands that
undergo daily care are able to withstand harsh elements thereby
ensuring soft, smooth, and healthy skin. Hand care should be
an important part of your skin care routine.
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If you want for your skin to
have a truly radiant glow,
then one of the best things
that you can do for your-
self is to make sure that
your skin care routine is
completely and totally or-
ganic in nature. The skin is
the largest organ of the
body and it absorbs up to
60% of what you apply on
it. As you apply chemicals
on your face daily, the ef-
fects may not be immedi-
ately apparent; however it
will cause your body to
deteriorate. Organic prod-
ucts offer the effects of
beautified skin without the
negative impacts.
There are a multitude of
unique benefits that come
with the act of choosing
organic skin care products,
and this article is going to
look at what organic skin care products can do for you in order
to give your skin a truly radiant glow from head to toe.
If you want naturally radiant skin, then it should make sense for
you to use skin care products that are natural and organic. Nat-
ural skin care products use naturally derived ingredients like es-
sential oils, flowers, roots, herbs and other purely natural
ingredients along with other natural elements in order to create
a skin care product that is healthy and nourishing to promote
radiant skin and a healthy body.
The classic definition for natural skin care relates to using ingre-
dients that were sourced botanically without using synthetic or
manufactured chemicals or ingredients. The skin is the largest
organ in your body and so you should make the effort to keep
it healthy, nourished and radiant by any means necessary.
There are a myriad of dif-
ferent organic skin care
products on the market
today, and reading the
labels is one of the most
important things that
you can do because it is
going to give you a
good idea of what you
are putting on your skin.
Keep in mind that natural
skin care and organic
skin care are two differ-
ent things - And under-
standing the difference
between the two things
is of vital importance if
you want to get the very
best out of your skin care
regimen. No matter what
skin care regimen you
decide to choose, it is vi-
tally important that you
know what you are put-
ting on your skin. Under-
stand which ingredients are natural and which are not, and
know what the potential effects are of each of the compounds,
chemicals and other elements that you put on your skin before
you try the product.
Choose products that are rich in products that you can name.
Do you remember those ice cream ads where the only ingredi-
ents were the kinds of things you keep in your fridge? You
should be choosing natural and organic skin care products cit-
ing ingredients like milk, honey, oatmeal, sugar, vanilla, cinna-
mon, coconut, natural oils and so on. These are the nourishing
ingredients that will allow your skin to be truly radiant from your
head down to your toes. Skin care products should be rich in
these natural elements and materials, essential oils, plants, flow-
ers, fruits and other completely natural ingredients rather than
chemicals that you cannot figure out how to pronounce.
Organic Skin Care Can Give You
A Radiant Glow by: Amy Nutt
96 May 2010 | greeNology
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Harsh elements in the environment and chemicals found in many
of the products we use have caused our skin to sustain a sub-
stantial amount of damage. Looking after our skin naturally has
become a popular choice for many consumers. Petroleum de-
rivatives, chemicals, preservatives, scents, and colors can greatly
diminish the health of our skin. One area that can be sensitive to
both environmental elements and synthetic skin products is the
region of skin around our eyes. The skin around the eyes is very
delicate and thin, which makes it one of the first areas where skin
damage is noticeable. Fortunately, there are organic eye care
skin products that are gentle on the skin and improve skin health.
Herbal extracts, plant oils, and natural oils found in organic eye
cream products offer a number of health benefits that include
vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids. These
organic products do not contain harmful substances such as
Parabens, ethyl alcohol, artificial fragrances, petrochemicals, ph-
thalates, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, synthetic chemicals, petroleum
byproducts, and chemical additives. As well, they are not grown
using synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers
which are damaging to the skin and the environment. They are
truly natural instead of a manufactured product.
Organic eye creams restore and repair damaged skin, improves
skin firmness, improves circulation, provides much needed nour-
ishment with its vitamins and minerals, and moisturizes and hy-
drates the skin thereby improving the skin's elasticity. The result
of using these natural eye creams is skin rejuvenation, reduced
fine lines and puffiness around the eyes, as well as diminished
dark circles around the eyes. Organic eye creams soothe sensitive
skin and are much gentler that manufactured eye creams prod-
ucts.
There are many types of organic products that can be used
around the eyes. An organic eye gel is a good choice for oily skin
because of its hydrating properties. An eye cream provides more
moisture to the skin so it is a good choice for people with dry
skin. An organic eye
balm provides protec-
tion against environ-
mental elements such as
the sun, cold, and wind.
Because the skin around
the eyes is prone to
damage, it is recom-
mended that one use a
natural organic eye
cream on a daily basis.
Natural skin products
such as eye balms, skin
firming gels, and eye
creams repair and firm
the skin while softening and smoothing the lines around the eyes.
They aid in decreasing skin irritation and promote skin healing.
There are many types of eye creams available such as night care
products which are thicker so they can nourish and revitalize the
eye area. There are daily use products which are thinner so they
blend into the skin and protect it all day.
When searching for an eye cream for sensitive skin, it is important
to read the ingredient label. Some products claim to be organic,
but they are not. Look for USDA certified organic label. Also, or-
ganic eye care products will not irritate, sting, or burn the skin. It
is always a good idea to compare products so you know you are
getting the best quality.
Sensitive eye creams should have all-natural ingredients and
should be marked for sensitive eyes. Sensitive organic anti-aging
eye cream is a great choice. When you find the right eye cream
skin care product that meets your personal skin needs, you will
soon enjoy the benefits of having healthier and more beautiful
skin.
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Do you switch products with the seasons? If not, it's time to
reevaluate how you treat your skin throughout the year. There is
no one single skin care product that can combat against all prob-
lems. Each season brings with it new challenges for your skin; es-
pecially your face, and you need to have the right products to
handle these.
Spring
After all that cold, spring can be a welcome season. You'll prob-
ably start spending more time outdoors, but there is still a chill
in the air that can cause some chapping. Use a neutral moistur-
izer as part of your daily routine to keep skin healthy and sup-
ple.
Summer
This season is traditionally very hot and sunny. That means you
need extra protection for your face and lips. Try using a mois-
turizer with SPF 15 or higher to keep your skin safe from the sun,
even if you don't plan on being outside much.
Another common issue during the hotter months of the year is
excess oil production, which can result in a greasy look. Many
women find that a good cleansing routine in the morning will
help keep this in check. You don't want to actually strip the oil
away with an astringent because that only signals your body to
produce more. Instead, use blotting papers or powder to absorb
the excess and keep your face matte instead of shiny.
Fall
With fall comes wind and wind can wreak havoc on your skin.
Again, moisturizer is key, but you'll need something more than
the light versions used in spring and summer. Stick to heavier lo-
tions that are formulated for the face.
Another problem with all that wind is the dust it kicks up. You’ll
want to make sure you use a cleanser in the evening before bed
to clear out those clogged pores and a scrub will help remove
any dead skin and debris to prevent blackheads.
Winter
Obviously, winter can be tough on the skin, particularly if you live
in an area where it gets very dry during the winter. Your cleansing
routine will be very important during this time. You want to avoid
chemicals if possible, since your skin will already be sensitive and
irritated from the cold. Stick to heavier moisturizers and don't
forget the scrubs to exfoliate the skin that will tend to build up in
colder weather. Even though it's winter, a moisturizer with SPF is
a good idea. The glare off the snow can actually burn you if you
aren't careful. Stay away from astringents or other products that
contain alcohol since they will tend to dry the skin out even more
than it already is.
Just like you change your wardrobe with the seasons, you need
to change your daily skin care routine. Make sure you keep your
face protected from sun and wind or you'll end up with chapped
skin that looks bad. Keep an eye on your skin and make sure you
treat it with care according to the seasons.
Using the Right Skin Care
Products for the Right Season
by: Amy Nutt
More and more people are turning to dietary supplements
to make up for inadequate diet in a bid to meet the rec-
ommended dietary allowance in the body. The dietary sup-
plements actually allows you to reduce your dependence
on food sources for the right nutrition.
Vitamins are of different types and have different functions
in the body; vitamin A is excellent for vision while vitamin E
and C helps in fighting diseases. An adequate intake of
these vitamins will ensure that your health overall is secure.
Antioxidants are essential to the body because they elimi-
nate free radicals in the body that can cause a host of can-
cerous diseases. Vitamin C is a powerful source of these anti
oxidants.
Having a teenager in the home can be a serious cause of
concern or worry because teenager's eating habits tend to
be erratic and it is extremely hard to monitor what kind of
meals they eat; this problem can be solved with the pur-
chase of dietary supplements that provide the nourishment
their bodies need.
A pregnant woman needs a healthy balanced diet more
than anyone because her health ultimately affects the
health of the fetus; an important element that needs to be
taken with regularity is folic acid, which derives its potency
from preventing spine or birth detects in the baby. Leafy
green vegetables are an excellent source of folic acid.
The dangers that most teenagers tend to face is a poor nu-
trition lifestyle. A lot of them are preoccupied with various
activities in school and peer group pressure thus leaving
them with barely enough time to eat a proper meal. They
needs a balanced diet to see them through puberty and
growth stage.
Vitamins are of different types and have different functions
in the body; vitamin A is excellent for vision while vitamin E
and C helps in fighting diseases. An adequate intake of
these vitamins will ensure that your health overall is secure.
Glutamine, an amino acid out of twenty amino acids that
are encoded by the standard genetic code, is renowned for
its potency in the treatment of depression because it serves
as fuel for the brain and is therefore, a must have for any-
body who battles with depression while trying to loose
weight.
Having a teenager in the home can be a serious cause of
concern or worry because teenager's eating habits tend to
be erratic and it is extremely hard to monitor what kind of
meals they eat; this problem can be solved with the pur-
chase of dietary supplements that provide the nourishment
their bodies need.
A pregnant woman needs a healthy balanced diet more
than anyone because her health ultimately affects the
health of the fetus; an important element that needs to be
taken with regularity is folic acid, which derives its potency
from preventing spine or birth detects in the baby. Leafy
green vegetables are an excellent source of folic acid.
Simple Tips To Pick Healthy
Foods To Eat by: John Cox
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