By Aylin Erman
One of the most confusing oceans to navigate is that of seafood. First there's the question of mercury and other contaminants. How do you avoid those? Then comes the issue of a reliable source. Where breeds the healthiest fish, and sustainably so at that? Lastly, and equally as important, how's the fish supposed to look, feel and smell? All these considerations are quite overwhelming and often end with a frustrating shrug and sigh. With so much to consider, it can be tricky to get your buck's worth in terms of your health and the environment. Luckily, we've done the research and have put together ten ways you can ensure you are eating the most sustainable fish the world has to offer.
Do Your Homework
Before going to the grocery store, check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch for a comprehensive guide to ocean-friendly seafood. According to the organization's Communications Director Ken Peterson, "Seafood Watch is far and away the source used by consumers
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Since the beginning of time, we've been beautifying ourselves with the plant kingdom's best skin andhair care helpers, and if you buy wholesome, natural cosmetics, you'll notice your ingredient list is full of plant names. But let's face it, these little beauty potions can be pricey. Thankfully it's not difficult to create your own homemade beauty products using common herbs and essential oils. It doesn't take a huge expense to ensure you have beautiful, healthy skin and hair.
It's no secret why many natural brands make rosemary shampoo - a rinse made from this herb adds luster to dark hair and strengthens and smooths damaged hair shafts. Check out EcoSalon's DIY recipe for rosemary shampoo or make a strong rosemary tea for an after-shampoo rinse.
Chamomile and Thyme
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By Stephanie Rogers
With every breath we take and every drop of water that we drink, we're connected to the ocean - no matter where we live. The world's oceans are the lungs of our planet, supplying most of our oxygen as well as a vast amount of our food and medicine. Life on earth simply can't survive without healthy oceans, and yet marine ecosystems are faced with seemingly insurmountable threats like global warming, pollution and overfishing. What can we do to help? Here are 10 easy steps that we can all take to protect the oceans for World Oceans Day.
1. Use Less Plastic
Plastic is such a big problem for the world's oceans, it's accumulating into a disgusting mass of man-made junk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Garbage Patch is big enough to qualify as the nation's largest landfill. While recycling is an important step, the best thing you can do to help is simply use less plastic. Carry a reusable shopping bag and water bottle at all times, and choose products
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By Katherine Butler
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Global fisheries are on the verge of collapse, global warming is raising ocean temperatures, coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate and runoff from farms and neighborhoods is fouling the seas with fertilizers and other pollutants. For Ocean Week, we want to show our love of oceans and how we can't live without them - we need serious action to protect them from these threats and many more, and we need it now. Thankfully, we have these 10 inspiring ocean conservation groups that are influencing public policy, drumming up public support, researching solutions, and even going out there and stopping illegal activities that harm wildlife.
Blue Ocean Institute The Blue Ocean Institute doesn't just work to preserve the world's oceans and all of the biodiversity they contain, it also aims to inspire a love for the ocean in all of us. Engaging the public with science, art and literature to foster a deeper connection with nature, the Blue Ocean Institute provides an
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Is the economy beating you up? It's time to get creative. Next time you have an ache or pain, forget about a costly trip to the drugstore and test drive some of your grandmother's remedies instead. It'll save money and be gentler on your body and the environment. Recessionistas (and Gents), welcome to the DIY medicine cabinet.
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It almost goes without saying - but consider why you're getting heartburn in the first place. Did you overeat? Too much grease or spicy food? Eating late at night? Scout out the cause and try to stop this before it happens. Then, put down the antacids. The belching, bloat and heartburn caused by indigestion come about because you don't have enough stomach acid to do the job right. A spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar will help break down the excess food that is causing you trouble and bring your stomach back to balance.
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No one is trying to deny that yoga and pilates can dramatically improve your general level of fitness, increase your strength and flexibility, and enhance your quality of life. But for all the benefits, there are a number of things that a rigorous daily practice can't give you - variety. The opportunity to escape four stifling walls. In the middle of all of summer's glories, getting in your daily workout shouldn't mean that you have to trudge reluctantly inside. Weight-bearing activities, like running and lifting, help fend off bone thinning and osteoporosis which is an unfortunate side effect of growing older as a woman. Vitamin D can lift your mood, and social activities like boxing - yes, talking to your sparring partner counts as socializing - can make working out so much more enjoyable. Here are ten activities that you can rotate into your workout routine to switch it up and sweat it out this summer. Playlist not included.
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Composting isn't just for food, silly! You'll be surprised at all the strange, random junk you can toss in the compost bucket. Don't draw the line at peach pits and coffee grounds - start chucking the following items into that bucket and watch your garbage bill go down while you create top-drawer dirt (and help the planet, of course).
1. Bills - because somehow it's a lot more satisfying shoving bills in with melon rinds and egg shells than the recycle bin. Trust me.
2. Latex condoms - both latex and sheepskin condoms are biodegradable; note that sheepskin does not protect against STDs.
3. Junk mail - if you're like me not even the Do Not Mail list has managed to alleviate the jubilant deforestation companies are undertaking on your personal behalf.
4. Catalogs and magazines - just shred them first.
5. Old fish food and stale catnip
6. Abandoned hide/bone dog chews
7. Worn out rope and used masking tape
8. Any old leather - shoes, gloves, wallets, belts, "sexy" Halloween cat
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Honking cars emit foul black clouds, skyscrapers blot out the sun, litter lines the gutters and healthy green space can be hard to come by. But in many of America's biggest cities, these negative traits are being eclipsed by clean, efficient public transit, bike-friendly infrastructure, multiplying trees, reliance on renewable energy and a fierce pride in locally-produced products. Slashing greenhouse gas emissions and coming close to zero waste is no easy feat for a metropolis with a population of at least 250,000, but these 10 cities - from Boston to San Francisco - prove that sustainability is possible on the largest of scales, in good economic times and bad.
10. Boston, Massachusetts
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By Tina McCarthy
Your principal incentive to recycle? That one's a no-brainer: the environment, of course. But, it doesn't just have to be a green act of good will; it can add a little extra cash to your wallet as well. Recycling for money sure won't make you a millionaire, but these days every penny counts. So, cash in on your good conscience with these items.
I'm a soda addict, and I can go through a 12-pack faster than a roll of toilet paper. Even if you only drink a couple throughout the week, add your significant other or roommates into the equation, and the cans can pile up pretty quickly. Instead of tossing them in your recycling bin, bag up your plethora of cans and bring them to your local recycling center for some extra cash. You can also take them to a reverse vending machine, as long as they're not crushed.
The same goes for plastic bottles. Keep in mind that the majority of recycling centers pay by the pound, so save gas by accumulating