Martha Stewart Living
Kimberly Rider, an eco-designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area and author of "The Healthy Home Workbook: Easy Steps to Eco-Friendly Living," shares her simple 10-step program to a healthier and more Earth-friendly living space.
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1. Inspect Your Beauty Products
Look at the ingredients of your personal-care products. Educate yourself, research the chemicals, and read what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has to say about them. Be aware that there is a healthy, petrochemical-free alternative to nearly every product you use, from shampoo to deodorant.
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2. Assess Your Clothing
Ask yourself: Is the fabric natural? Has it been chemically treated? Was it mass-produced? Consider buying from companies with small production lines so you're not contributing to the waste generated by factories. And buy vintage! That's the best way to recycle clothes.
3. Look at the Food You Buy
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Bea Johnson and her family have done something extraordinary - they've reduced the amount of trash they generate down to nearly nothing. Over the course of 1 year, they only add about 1 quart of waste to our landfills!
Bea is the author of the new book "Zero Waste Home," and in this clip from "The Jeff Probst Show," she shares some of the tips and tricks that they employ to live a more environmentally-friendly life. From composting to bringing containers to the supermarket to cut back on wrappers, Bea is full of good ideas on how to lessen your contributions to the local dump. Check it out!
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We've got seven clever and organic remedies for indoor and outdoor plants, plus green gardening tips from Martha Stewart, whose passions include gardening and organic choices. From your hanging planters all the way down to the soil in the ground, Martha gives tips to make sure every aspect of your garden is green.
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Bring the outdoors in with these darling hanging planters! If you have a sad corner that could use an upgrade, consider making one of these cheerful DIY's, no green thumb necessary! They are also a great way to repurpose old bits of fabrics, tins, planters, and even boots they may be missing their match. Take a look at the slideshow below for 7 fun ideas of how to make your own hanging planters. - By Jennifer Hadifield
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National park trips can make ideal summer vacations: They're relatively inexpensive, appropriate for all ages, and brimming with entertaining activities. Even with the high season fast approaching, there are ways you can save on travel to national parks. Here are six tips for exploring national parks on a budget:This year take a road trip to a National Park or two.
1. Carpool. Not only will you save money on gas by piling family and friends into one car, you'll also save on entrance fees: Most national parks charge per vehicle, rather than per person, which can make a tight squeeze worth it. Within large parks, take advantage of free shuttles and try to avoid getting gas until you get back to civilization, where it's more plentiful and affordable.
2. Obtain a pass. If you're a frequent visitor of national parks, it might benefit you to purchase an annual pass from the National Park Service. For $80 a year you gain unlimitedRead More »from 6 Ways to Save Money on Summer Trips to National Parks
- Martha Stewart Living | Green – Wed, May 8, 2013 8:17 PM EDT
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Don't let these commonly held false beliefs stop you from living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Organic Food Is Always Best
Wait one minute. From ice cream to salsa to peanut butter, the organic supply keeps proliferating. So have the places that sell these foods; mainstream retailers now account for nearly half of all organics sales. But along with growth comes change -- and often confusion. We dug up the facts, stats, and expert opinions to answer the burning questions about this important issue.
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Buying Organic Is Always More Expensive
Not so. Growing consumer demand continues to drive down the price of organics, but many conventional foods remain cheaper. To help balance out the extra cost, consider these tips.
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Natural Cleansers Aren't Tough Enough
Think again. If green-cleaning problems have you stumped, read on. These easy solutions will keep your momentum going strong.
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Leaves of green on one side, and silver on the other? Yes, please. They add texture and movement to any arrangement.
Branches with white or orange-red flowers add height to an arrangement.
A sure sign that spring has arrived, bring daffodils inside to cheer up any room.
Moody as can be, we love hellebores of any color as an element to an arrangement.
Whether still in bud, or as fully-opened purple thistle flowers, artichokes are great in a vase.
Pro flower arranger Max Gill, of Max Gill Design, advises, "On a magenta clematis (C. 'Madame Julie Correvon'), trim the longest stems of the lower leaves, place them into the vase, and let them spill down to the
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Gardening will get a whole lot easier now that you know the tricks of the trade. Next time you boil up spaghetti, let the nutrient-filled water cool and pour over plants to help fertilize. Stick plastic forks into the ground to deter cats from using it as a litter box. Make a note of these 8 brilliant tips and tricks to keep your garden growing healthy and strong.
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, May 6, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
Redecorating for spring isn't always just an aesthetic change. With everything in bloom, it's a great time to think about making your home more environmentally friendly and efficient- without sacrificing style, of course. These 7 products will put you right on track to leaving a smaller footprint on the earth with what you've been looking for anyway. Happy shopping!
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Is your mom a gardener? Celebrate her love of flowers and gardening this Mother's Day with a garden-inspired gift. A gift of fresh flowers in a new vase is always lovely, or give her special gardening tools to make her work more fun or a book to inspire to new vegetable beds might be just what she needs. Below you'll find lots of ideas the flower-loving mom! - By Chelsea Fuss
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