By Luanne Bradley
You'd be surprised by which magazines use recycled paper these days. While it's expected from from publications like Plenty and Ode (and many on our list below), there are plenty of others using recycled content in addition to publishing articles on conscious and environmental topics. Here are nine magazines worth plunking down cash for in the age of online media.
1. Mother Jones
Never the mother of convention, Mother Jones seeks not just to expose but to move to action, as witnessed in its recycled pages and commitment to pressing planet-worthy issues. Environmental coverage ranges from asking how green your Thanksgiving menu is to the next frontier in natural gas wars.
Audubon Magazine stays off the endangered list by staying current when it comes to fish and fowl play, tracking stewards of the planet who are protecting forests and swamps from urban encroachment, serving up responsible seafood guides and measuring solar power in the southwestern
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By Sara Ost
Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks pastries and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber. Give your brain a kick start: eat the following foods on a daily or weekly basis for results you will notice.
20 foods that will supercharge your brain:
1. Avocado Start each day with a mix of high-quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day. Avocado with scrambled eggs provides both, and the monounsaturated fat helps blood circulate better, which is essential for optimal brain function. Worst alternative: a trans-fat-filled, sugar-laden cream cheese Danish. Green it: you don't need to buy an organic avocado - conventional is fine. But make sure your supplementary
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By Amy DuFault
Holiday dresses can be the bane of our December existence. If you're lucky, you're able to swap frocks with a friend or know of a fabulous consignment boutique that helps justify buying something new for a single party. Why not think even further with your purchase this year and how you could wear it year round? We've found 10 dresses that can do just that and with just a spark of creativity, can be the dress that keeps on giving.
Carrie Parry's Red Bow Dress
Carrie Parry's Red Bow Dress made from 100% organic wool is a feminine, shift dress with a removable bow collar that "transitions easily from a day at the office to a night on the town." We love the festive red tights for the holidays as they add a fun style element to what could otherwise be a boring shift with safe, black tights and shoes. (Also available in black.)
Camilla Norback's Butterfly Sleeve Dress camillaholiday
If you opt for a LBD this year, try stepping outside the straight and narrow you're seeing in popular
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By Stephanie Rogers
Juicy, aromatic and highly acidic, lemons bring out the flavor in sweet and savory foods but they nearly always play a supporting role in the kitchen. Stop relegating them to the rim of your glass and give these winter citrus fruits their due - because they're serious cleaning and freshening powerhouses. These 20 unusual uses for lemon juice will make your home look and smell fresh, brighten your laundry, and improve your hair, nails and skin. Quick tip: roll a fresh lemon under your palm on the countertop to soften it up for easier juicing.
Nails looking dull and yellowed after a long period covered in dark polish? Just squeeze a lemon into a small dish, clean your nails and soak them in the lemon juice for a minute or two. Some women claim that this treatment will also make nails stronger, particularly when adding a tablespoon or so of olive oil to the dish.
Keep cut fruit and vegetables like apples, pears, avocados and
- Uncage the Soul Productions, the video is a composite of timelapses, giving us an intimate look at the day and night sky in some of the most remote places in this western state known for its natural resources and beauty. This video is a fresh respite from our everyday, overloaded, technology dependent, lives. It reminds us of the natural rhythms that we have almost become unaccustomed to, reintroducing us to the power and routine of nature. Photographer and Uncage the Soul team member Ben Canales knows a thing or two about timelapses, and in this EcoSalon exclusive behind-the-scenes he shares his inspiration and process, giving us a look into the reality of creating a magical 3 minutes.
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By Stephanie RogersRead More »from 20 Unusual Uses for Coffee
Can you imagine life without coffee? We'd all stumble around like drones for hours every morning, lost without our precious fix. We love coffee for its flavor, its aroma and of course its pick-me-up, but there are at least 20 more compelling reasons to stay stocked up. These tips will give you surprising and unusual uses for fresh coffee beans or grounds that have gone stale, the pounds of used grounds you toss out every week and the dregs at the bottom of your cup.
Kill fridge odor Wouldn't you rather smell coffee than two-week-old leftovers, half-rotten produce and spoiled milk? If your fridge is a nightmare of foul odors, place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors and you'll crave a cup whenever you open the door. This odor-killing trick works for practically anything else as well - just place the item in a sealed plastic bag along with an open can of coffee grounds and bye-bye stank.
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By K. Emily Bond
Tony Fadell, the inventor of the iPod, left Apple last year to revolutionize the thermostat. Hot, huh? But not too.
Did you know that heating and cooling costs take up half of our monthly household energy bills? That's as much as the refrigerator, lighting, TVs, computers, and stereos combined. Thermostats are in control of all that usage. In the United States, thermostats determine 10% of our consumed energy usage overall, which equals some 1.7 billion barrels of oil per year.
The thermostat is boxy and stout and not nearly as sleek as a brand new Energy Star icebox, but it is an essential tool in the fight against climate change. Nevertheless, need it look so plain and utilitarian?
Heck no, says Fadell who founded Nest Labs upon his departure from Apple. In October, they released their first product: the world's sexiest thermostat.
At $249 it's expensive and, by some accounts, a bit tricky to install. Nest however, is smarter than your average thermostat in