red, white, blue and green
8 easy tips for an eco-friendly Independence Day

Fourth of July

Ah, the Fourth of July! It conjures up images of fireworks, picnics, hot summer days and sultry summer nights. And if you’ve ever been around after a big festival or parade, it also conjures up mountains of trash. Tread lightly on the earth this Fourth and celebrate our country’s independence in eco-friendly style. Continue reading

eco and organized…
five easy tips

Organized Recycling

Going green often goes hand-in-hand with clutter. Between having multiple bins to handle trash and recyclables, and needing space to store all the reusable containers that have replaced plastic wrap and aluminum foil, space can be at a premium. If your version of going green also includes things like crafting and DIY projects, then there are added clutter factors as well.

How does decluttering make for a greener home? An organized house is easier to clean, so you’ll spend less time and energy on cleaning, plus you’ll use fewer products. An organized home also means you know exactly what you do and don’t have, so you won’t accidentally purchase duplicate items. Continue reading

salt of the earth…
the many uses for salt

Salt

 

More and more people are turning to non-toxic ways to clean and freshen their homes, and that’s a good thing. We love all-natural and organic cleaning products, especially when they’re super concentrated and put in compostable packages. But you don’t always have to reach for a commercial product, sometimes the stuff you need is as close as your salt shaker. Continue reading

the dirty dozen vs. the clean 15

Veggies

By now, we’re all used to seeing it. The annual list of the “Dirty Dozen” has its impact. Conscientious shoppers memorize the list and switch to buying those items from the organic section to minimize their exposure to pesticide contamination. The flipside of the Dirty Dozen is a little less well known. The “Clean 15” are those fruits and veggies that carry a lower risk of pesticide load, whether organic or not. Continue reading

decoding coffee…
what’s in your cup?

Coffee

We Americans like our coffee, in fact, per capita, we drink more coffee than we do milk. It doesn’t matter if you like yours straight up, half-caff, extra foam or with a twist of lemon, coffee is a popular drink and many of us not only purchase on the go (hopefully in a reusable travel mug) but we also brew our own at home. And there the fun really starts.

Shopping for coffee beans has gotten almost as complicated as purchasing wine; there are even coffee cupping parties. Beyond your personal taste for flavor and roast, how do you choose the right beans? It’s not all just about light roast vs. city roast and single-varietal beans. Coffee labels have changed along with the rising popularity of artisanal coffees as well. Terms like “organic,” “fair trade” and “shade grown” nestle alongside claims of “Rain Forest Certified” and “Bird Friendly.” Continue reading