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  • Green Party Tips & Ideas for Labour Day Weekend

    Written by Madiha Boolani, Four Green Steps

    Labour Day weekend is the one holiday everyone looks forward to. Most people celebrate the end of summer with a cookout. The timing's perfect-its right before its time to go back to school. BBQ=Carbon emissions? Not always! You can still enjoy the cookout party and the weekend with family and friends without compromising on your green values. Here are a few tips to stay green on labour weekend!
    1. Say no to individual bottles and aluminum cans! Serve pitchers of fresh lemonade, ice water, juices and even sangria!
    2. No more plastic cutlery and paper napkins. Use reusable flatware and cloth napkins which can be washed. Or use items that are biodegradable.
    3. Plates, plates, plates: Use biodegradable or compostable plates made from bamboo or recyclable paper.
    4. Drink Up. No need to fill up landfills with paper cups! Use glassware or tumblers for your drinks. If you want to stick with paper cups, keep a sharpie so people can label
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  • Green Tips for Keeping a Pet

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    cute kitten green pet tipsThe pet industry is global and an important sector affecting the environment. There are many situations where a pet owner can pollute the environment in the course of taking care of the pet. Much improvement can be done by pet keepers, and it would make a big difference to the environment. Here is a list of green tips for owning a pet:


    1. Feed your pet with organic certified pet foods. Ordinary pet foods are nothing like the ordinary food that we eat. A lot of them are cute kittenmade from what is known as 4D's, dead, dying, diseased, and disabled. This definitely does not sound pleasant, even for animals to eat. Choosing organic is not only good for the pet's health as they are made from FDA-certified meat, it is also beneficial for the cows and chickens. Organic meats are processed in sustainable and humane ways to ensure minimum pain.
    2. Buy pet foods in bulks instead of small individual packs. This will avoid much redundant packaging on each individual
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  • Five Natural Ingredients for Amazing Skin!

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    You don't have to spend extravagant amounts of money to have gorgeous skin. Use these five natural ingredients that you probably have in your pantry!

    Honey: For a simple skin lotion, mix one teaspoon honey, one teaspoon vegetable oil, and ¼ teaspoon lemon juice, rub on dry skin, and rinse off after ten minutes.


    Sugar: The glycolic acid in sugar serves as an exfoliant while giving skin a healthy glow. Make a body's worth of sugar scrub by combining ½ cup sugar, two tablespoons of cream or whole milk, five drops of orange oil and one cup of olive oil. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.


    Olive Oil: The vitamin E and antioxidants in olive oil are great for providing moisture. Soak your nails in a cup for a shiny, at-home manicure; apply it to your hair, leave on half an hour and then shampoo for gleaming locks; or rub it onto hands and feet for soft skin.


    Eggs: The protein in eggs is especially good for your hair. Add one to one

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  • Ten Tips for Soothing Sunburns

    Written by Madiha Boolani, Four Green Steps.com

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    Spent too much time soaking in the sun? If you forgot to put on sun block you will get tanned and severe exposure can even lead to a horrible sun burn which may burn and itch and cause peeling of the skin. Too muchhttp://shine.yahoo.com/write sun is harmful for health. If you did indeed burn yourself while lounging in the sun, try these home sunburn recipes for relief.

    1. Pat yourself with cool compress: For immediate relief from sunburn, soak burnt area in cold water or with cool compress for fifteen minutes. This will help reduce the swelling and cools the skin off.
    2. Bath: Add oatmeal to your bath and soak in it.
    3. Green tea: Make a pot of green tea and allow it to cool. Soak a clean piece of cloth in the tea and use it as a compress on affected areas.
    4. Peppermint: Use peppermint tea or mix two drops of peppermint oil with a cup of lukewarm water. Chill the mixture and apply to burnt areas.
    5. Take out the veggies: Rub sliced
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  • Five Natural Ways to Treat Anxiety

    Written by Dennis Liu, Four Green Steps.com

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    Anxiety is a complicated disorder; it originates from over expectation of something while being afraid of failing in achieving the expected. People with anxiety display not only mental illnesses like irritation and depression, but also physical illnesses such as insomnia ad dyssomnia. Short-term anxiety does not affect the person much, but long-term effects can decrease one's body weight and make the person venerable to other diseases.

    Anxiety can be classified into voluntary and involuntary. The former is when the person knows why he is anxious while the latter is when the person does not know what is making him or her anxious. Both voluntary and involuntary anxiety can lead to serious problems if not treated in time. Treatment should involve mainly self meditation, although medication can be applied. Here are some ways for some people to naturally treat anxiety:

    1. Try to increase confidence. Confidence is the unavoidable
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  • Surprisingly Simple: DIY Natural Pet Shampoo

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

    Organic products are usually a bit more expensive and hence take a toll on our wallets. Want to stay green and keep your furry little friend eco friendly too? Try these DIY Green Pet Shampoos!

    Basic Pet-Shampoo

    This will keep your pet clean as a hound's tooth!

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups of natural liquid dish-washing soap such as Method, or "gentle" dish-washing soap such as Dawn or Dove
    • 2 cups of warm water
    • 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
    • 4 ounces of glycerine (which can be purchased at your local pharmacy store)
    • 1 Recycled shampoo bottle or some other reusable container

    adorable cute golden retriever puppy

    Pour the liquid dish washing soap into the recycled shampoo bottle first and then add all other ingredients, including the warm water. Give the bottle a quick shake to thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together. In the tub, sink or other bathing area use additional warm water and rub the soap mixture into your pet's fur to create a good lather. This

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  • Breastfeeding VS. Baby Formula: Which is Really Better?

    Written by Dennis Liu, Four Green Steps

    Many people have a misconception about how to feed their new born babies. Breastfeeding is still the general trend, but it depends on what time scale we are talking about. Most mothers breastfeed their babies when they are first born, but they would soon switch to the new trend of using formulas.

    According to the World Health Organization(WHO), 90.3% of Canadian babies have been breastfed before, and 51.7% are exclusively breastfed after 4 months. The U.S. has lower numbers, showing 73.9% babies have been breasted before, and only 33.1% babies are exclusively breasted after 4 months. Knowing these statistics, we can compare the general trend in North America with the official WHO recommendations: "Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond."

    Why do new borns need to be breastfed up to two years of age? Why can't we

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  • Green Tip: Pay Your Bills Online!

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    There's generally no worse feeling then getting mail from the bank (unless maybe you're Bill Gates). If you're like me you probably have shoeboxes filled with unopen mail from the bank cluttering your closet, just waiting to be opened in the unlikely case of an emergency audit. In all seriousness I despise all banks for numerous reasons, the bulk of which pertaining to their elusive service hours. For some reason most banks get to sneak in a work day of 10-4pm, possibly to spite people who work a normal 9-5pm job. Recently I discovered the joys of online/phone banking and all my negative feelings for banking have disappeared, perhaps permanently!

    The best part of online banking is you can better organize yourself by setting up all of your mail to appear online only. This way you won't waste paper*, energy and you won't have to worry about misplacing old records! The best part of doing your banking from home is its 24 hours and you'll never have to

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  • Back to School: Tips for Packing Healthy Lunches (That Your Kids will Actually Eat!)

    Written by Madiha Boolani


    It's almost back to school time for kids and for parents this means preparing school lunches everyday! School lunches are very important since they help fuel your child's body and provide them with energy needed to get through the rest of the day. Kids can only get those nutrients if they eat healthy snacks and finish their lunch.

    Tips for making healthy school lunches


    1. Take kids grocery shopping and allow them to pick ingredients for lunches within established boundaries. If you feel like it would be a hassle to take them to the store, ask them what they would like for lunch before heading over to the store
    2. Use thermal containers to keep food hot and freezer containers to keep food items cool and fresh
    3. Make sure the lunch consists of at least 3 out of the 4 essential food groups(fruits and vegetables, meat or meat alternatives, grains and dairy)
    4. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods
    5. Most parents don't have the time to make
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  • Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

    Written by Four Green Steps.com

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup of soy milk (natural, chocolate or vanilla)
    • a small handful of ice cubes (maybe 4 or 5)
    • 4 teaspoons of smooth peanut butter
    • 1 banana, cut in 2 or 3 pieces

    Directions:

    Prepare ingredients and blend together on high. Enjoy!

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