Denver is the latest city to propose measures to slash plastic bag use. The city is considering a 5-cent charge per bag in an effort to reduce landfill waste by 20 percent.
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Portland, Oregon, has outright banned plastic bags. The city allows paper bags at checkouts, but shoppers are asked to bring reusable bags when possible. "Plastic grocery and shopping bags may offer short-term convenience, but they have long-term costs. Not only do single-use bags require resources such as petroleum and natural gas to manufacture, their disposal presents a number of problems as well," city leaders say.
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They add, "These flyaway bags litter our parks and trees, enter storm drains and can eventually end up in rivers and oceans where they break into small, toxic pieces." With 1 billion plastic bags used every year in NYC alone, according to the Bag It documentary, there's certainly reason to look at
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Though some doctors tell pregnant women that products containing synthetic salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are not safe during pregnancy, as mine did 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest, others find it safe. Personally, I'd rather go with my trusted doctor and search for more natural products to use. Here are 7 stellar natural acne products I've found to use during pregnancy. - Tracy BrennanRead More »from 7 Natural Products to Banish Pregnancy Acne
- BabyZone | Green – Wed, Aug 14, 2013 12:46 PM EDT
If you're hoping to minimize waste at your child's birthday party, consider going "green." From compostable tableware to charitable gifts, there's no shortage of ways to celebrate that special day, making Mother Earth proud. -Alice Gomstyn
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Overwhelmed by going green? Don't be, says Christopher Gavigan, CEO of the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World and author of Healthy Child Healthy World. So, even if you try just one of these 7 tips, we'll still give you a gold-er, green?-star. -Marisa Bardach
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- Babble.com | Green – Wed, Aug 7, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
gardeningDo you want to grow your own food in the city, but don't have any green space? Not to worry - containers can turn rooftops, terraces, porches, windowsills and fire escapes into fertile farmland. The whole concept of "urban farming" seems contradictory, yet more and more people are living in cities, and more and more urbanites are growing their own food.
The benefits of homegrown produce are amazingly diverse: it's safer and more nutritious than conventional foods, it's more flavor-rich - it can even act as an anti-depressant. And in the face of climate change and rising energy prices, it makes better environmental sense to grow closer to home -reducing the energy and carbon costs of moving perishable food in refrigerated trucks long distances from farm to fork.
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- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Aug 5, 2013 12:14 PM EDT
Though it's still pushing 90 degrees around the country, it's back-to-school shopping time again. While the appeal of shiny new pencil boxes and a unicorn-covered Trapper Keeper is undeniable, all that new stuff often ends up in the landfill come June. So, here are seven ways to keep the school year a little more eco-friendly, with a variety of eco-friendly school supplies, recycled and upcycled products, and green art materials. The list includes everything from crayons to backpacks to make sure your student is all set for the school year to come. -By Oz Spies
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- Lover.ly | Green – Thu, Aug 1, 2013 12:59 PM EDT
When the dog days of summer are upon us (like, um, right now), the idea of getting married outside sounds awful. But you don't have to lose your cool! From chic fans to breezy dresses, here are ten ways you and your guests can beat the heat at a summer wedding.
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Hydrangeas are a classic wedding flower, and for good reason! This pretty flower looks elegant at many different styles of weddings and is in season in the summer (which also happens to be wedding season). Here are our favorite hydrangea arrangements to inspire you.
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- Lover.ly | Green – Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
Floral crowns are so in for weddings right now, and it's easy to see why. Halos bursting with blooms have a romantic, vintage cool vibe that we love for weddings. We love it as a fresh and summery alternative to the veil. Let these brides in floral crowns inspire your wedding day look.
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Our kids watch TV, we love educational and creative apps, and totally see the cognitive benefits of screen time for the Touch-Screen Generation. But there are also impressive-stunning, really-intellectual and emotional benefits to being outside, for both kids and adults, and we want to lay them out for you.
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