By Jessica Marati
Sounds contradictory, but sometimes technology can actually help you get closer to nature. Take, for instance, the following eight iPhone and Android mobile apps, which arm you with ways to find nearby green spaces and the information to identify anything from animal tracks to constellations to rare butterflies. Most of the apps are available offline as well, so you can venture as far off the beaten track as you please.
Discover nearby parks, zoos, botanical gardens, nature centers, wildlife refuges, and more with the location-based NatureFind app. The app also pulls from event listings so you can join organized hikes or participate in educational lectures.
Available for iPhone for free.
With the Science Channel's SciSpy app, you can capture, tag, and share your wildlife sightings. Once your photo of, say, that funky looking beetle is uploaded, it is date-stamped, geo-mapped, classified, and offered up to a worldwide community to advance
house cleaning as a way to make their living environment safer and healthier, but according to the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) just-released "Cleaners Hall of Shame," many common products contain chemicals that can "inflict serious harm on unwary users."Most people think of
Consumers often assume that the cleaning products industry is strongly regulated by the government, but EWG Senior Analyst Nneka Leiba tells Yahoo! Shine that this is a misconception. "Most hazardous ingredients are legal and many are unlabeled." These include toxic compounds such as formaldehyde that are banned in other countries and are known to or suspected of causing cancer, blindness, asthma, burns, and other afflictions. There is also little information on how the hundreds of chemicals we are exposed to react together and what their cumulative effects on the body are.
The EWG came up with its "HallRead More »from The Worst Household Cleaners for Your Health
Comparing apples to apples...
By Sayward Rebhal, Networx
Is healthy eating expensive? Well . . . yes and no. "Expensive" is a relative term, but before we even get into all that, let's take a moment to define what we mean by healthy, shall we? We'll go with a more inclusive definition, something along the lines of: whole foods, mostly plants, organic when possible. Can we all agree on that? So with that out of the way, let's get down to business.
Is it expensive to eat healthfully? Well . . . that depends. Because of course, if you're talking about an exclusively organic, entirely whole foods diet, and you're comparing it to the most nutrient-negligent, gas-station-bought, bottom of the barrel processed food-like-substances available, well then of course the real food is going to cost "more" (in the short term, that is - we'll touch on that later). Slim Jims and Top Ramen will always be cheaper than real food, so we're going to have to set that stuff aside for the sake of discussion. We're trying to compareRead More »from How to Pay Less for Organic Food
Who says a cocktail can't be good for you?
-PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com
kanon organic vodka drink
Earth Day just passed and you may be thinking about eating and drinking healthier for the rest of the year. If you're not, but you're bored with your "go to" cocktails, take a look at these yummy cocktails made with organic ingredients.
Camarena Rosemary Lemonaderosemary lemonade
1 1/2 ounces Camarena Reposado Tequila
4 ounce organic lemonade
3 to 4 organic rosemary Infused Ice Cubes*
Place rosemary ice in highball glass. Add tequila. Top with lemonade. Stir. Garnish with rosemary sprig and lemon wheel.
* Rosemary Infused Ice
3 cups water
6 organic rosemary sprigs
Pinch 12 to 15 tips from rosemary sprigs. Set aside. Bring water to simmer. Add remaining rosemary sprigs to heated water. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Strain into heatproof container. Allow to cool. After rosemary water has cooled, pour rosemary water intoRead More »from 5 Yummy Organic Cocktails for Spring
Melissa Jarus is a blogger who shares her thoughts with us at SheSpeaks
Did you know that April 22nd was Earth Day? Did you remember to buy her a present? I hope it wasn't one of those cheesy, musical greeting cards that belts out Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move" - Mother Earth is more of a smooth jazz kinda lady…
Earth Day started in 1970, as a way of raising public awareness about air and water pollution. Gaylord Nelson, founder of the Earth Day movement, felt compelled to take action after seeing the devastating effects of the 1969 Santa Barbara (CA) oil spill (EarthDay.org). Over the years, the movement has grown to the global initiative that it is today.
So how will you celebrate Earth Day? Plant a tree? Recycle your trash? Walk instead of drive? If you're looking for inspiration, you can visit EarthDay.org for ideas on ways to take action and even sign the Act of Green Pledge.Read More »from Happy Earth Day
- Babble.com | Green – Fri, Apr 20, 2012 5:41 PM EDT
One Man's Trash is Another Man's TreasureEverywhere we look, there are items that could be repurposed and made anew into different objects - but it's hard to figure out what to do with all that stuff on your own.Read More »from One Man's Trash Can Be Your Treasure: 12 Affordable Repurposed Objects
That's why there are tons of awesome, creative people who make a living designing attractive, useful, often one-of-a-kind items out of things that no one else wants, from beat-up board games to soda cans to truck siding. This Earth Day, say thanks by supporting these upcyclers who prove time and time again that one person's trash is another person's treasure.
Check out 7 of the coolest repurposed items you can buy:
Burlap Coffee Bag1. Burlap Coffee Bag, $65
If only your everyday plasticy coffee bags could be transformed into a chic bag like this one, made from an old burlap coffee sack. Turning the material into a cute hobo-style bag with a magnetic closure makes this product chic and eco-friendly.
Get this bag
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Pencil Holder2. Pencil Holder, $15
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Nelson, who passed away in 2005 at age 89, served as the governor of Wisconsin and, later, a three-term senator. Back in 1969, with the United States embroiled in the Vietnam War, Sen. Nelson witnessed the effects of a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. He left determined to help.His goal, says EarthDay.org, was to harness the growing power of the antiwar movement and to "infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution." Sen. Nelson, a Democrat, didn't make it a partisan issue, recruiting Rep. Pete McClosksy, a Republican, to serve as his co-chair.
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The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, featured rallies and teach-ins across the United States.Read More »from Earth Day's History
- Babble.com | Green – Fri, Apr 20, 2012 5:31 PM EDT
6 tips for the lazy gardnerEarth Day is here and what better time than now to start a garden? I really wanted to plant some veggies and herbs and fruit for my family to use when we cook, but the thought of all the work is daunting. I have to admit, I'm the laziest and most cluless gardener around, but I did it! We built a raised bed in our small back yard and planted all kinds of things randomly spaced. Some of it never grew, but there were lots of things that did great, like lettuce and herbs and tomatoes. It's a salad garden! We even bought one of those Topsy Turvy hanging strawberry things that basically guarantees tons of berries, of which there were several, not tons, but I still did it!Read More »from Gardening Made Easy Just in Time for Earth Day: 6 Tips for the Lazy Gardener
My absolute favorite thing is the cheater basil. I buy a basil plant at Trader Joe's for $2.99 and try to keep it alive for at least a few months. If you are limited on space, there are mini gardens just for you. If you have a window, you can grow some herbs! Check out 6 examples of what I've grown and some small space
- Babble.com | Green – Fri, Apr 20, 2012 5:18 PM EDT
Home Green HomeIn honor of Earth Day, we're rounding up some of the most innovative, eco-inspired homes in the world - homes that are sustainable, smart, and environmentally conscious. Homes that make energy, instead of using it. (We'd like that gas bill, please!) Homes that will blow your mind. Although this list certainly includes some futuristic designs (like rotating houses) and multi-million-dollar price tags, most use materials and ideas that you could easily implement in your own "green home" upgrade.
zeroHouse is a pre-fab home (which can be yours for $350,000) that's designed to be completely self-sufficient, meaning there are no outside utilities needed. zeroHouse produces power through solar panels and stores it in batteries, collects its own water, and even turns waste into compost. All of these functions work with automatic sensors that can be controlled through a laptop.
The International Dome House Co. builds these eco-minded prefab Read More »from Home Green Home: The 7 Most Eco-Conscious Houses in the World
- ecomii.com | Green – Thu, Apr 19, 2012 5:09 PM EDT
By Sherry Brooks
It's fun to watch 'Extreme Couponing' on The Learning Channel, but how many of us have the time, space or desire to create stockpiles of discounted groceries and thousands of coupons.
Maybe you would like to have some extra cash to do something fun. Certainly spending less would free up funds to pay some bills and you don't have to look far for reasons to save money.
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The key? Get organized and it will only take a little extra time to master saving at least half the amount you spend on groceries.
If you spend $600 a month on food, you could be a saving $3,600 a year! And that is after-tax money. That means you would have had to make about $5,000 before taxes to pay the $3,600 extra that you are unwittingly spending now. More...
- Choose a style of cuisine that works best for you. Isolate an approach to eating (for example, vegetarian
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