Blog Posts by FourGreenSteps.com

  • Meatless Monday: Refreshing Gazpacho Recipes for Hot Summer Days

    Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps.com

    Gazpacho is the perfect summer soup for a handful of reasons: Not only is it full of vitamins and antioxidants, it only takes 10 minutes to make! Healthy and incredibly easy to prepare, try one of these refreshing summer soups tonight, or the next time there's a heatwave and it feels too hot out to eat or cook.

    Fresh Summer Gazpacho

    Meatless Monday: Healthy and delicious cold gazpacho soup for hot summer days


    Cucumber White-Grape Gazpacho

    Meatless Monday: Cucumber White-Grape Gazpacho Recipe


    Traditional Gazpacho

    Meatless Monday: Delicious gazpacho recipe

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  • Treat Your Hair...Au Naturale!

    Written by Laura Sigler

    The weather is heating up as July is just around the corner. A concern for women from around the globe is what to do with their hair. Instead of taming the frizz or styling your hair with chemical products, opt for the natural hair care methods. It's easy and it's eco-friendly! Give it a shot and here is how...


    Hair Growth

    • Massage scalp with pure coconut oil

    Dandruff Reduction

    • Apply almond oil and gooseberry juice to the scalp
    • Boil hibiscus flowers in coconut oil and wash hair with it
    • Apply yogurt with methi powder

    Shampooing
    • Soak amla, reetha and shikaki in warm water overnight (separate pump from seeds

    Conditioning

    • Use egg whites
    • Use curd or beer (it'll add some shine)
    • Apply crushed avocado to damp hair, wash in cold water

    Dry Hair

    • Massage scalp with olive oil
    • Apply paste of egg yolk and water
    • Mix egg yolks, vinegar, hair oil

    Oily Hair

    • Apply lemon juice

    Frizzy Hair

    • Apply jojoba oil
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  • Green Ways to Recreate Your Wardrobe

    Written By Madiha Boolani
    Too many old jeans taking up all you closet space? Tired of wearing the same old shirt again and again? Living on a limited budget? Here is the solution to all your problems! Clean out your closet, get a pair of scissors handy and get ready to let your imagination run wild!

    1. Dye your tank tops or faded t-shirts to coordinate with your existing wardrobe. You can also tie dye them to get funky new t-shirts.


    2. Make a scooped, square or v-shaped neckline at the front of a top with a different neckline at the back. Add in lace or sequins to brighten up the neckline.


    3. Create an opening at the front or back of a top. Add an interfaced strip of fabric to create a buttoned or laced closure.


    4. Cut the logo of a shirt you love and couldn't part with and apply it onto a simple basic shirt.


    5. Design a new skirt by cutting off an over-sized shirt right underneath the armpit. Fold the top part inward and hem it. You might need to sew it tighter or

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  • Green Tip: Healthy Houseplants Increase Happiness

    Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps
    Many believe that singing to your plants will help them grow (possibly because if assumes you've made great efforts to care for your plants) but even more people believe that having plants in your home/office will make you happier. Plants are scientifically proven to increase happiness as well aid those in recovery! Surrounding yourself with plants adds life to your environment and makes us feel more relaxed, similar to how we feel when we are outdoors appreciating nature. Caring for plants also takes us away from our stress and troubles and focus on other things. Some plants even purify our air!

    From the Gardening Guide:

    "Studies show more and more that taking care of plants can be the most efficient method to improve the physical and emotional general condition. They have a serene effect, they can reduce stress and relax muscles and therefore improve the mood people taking care of

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  • Is Your Hotel Green? Tips for Making Your Hotel Eco-Friendly

    Written by Madiha Boolani,Four Green Steps

    Green Hotels not only help save resources but also save money in the process! It reduces energy and water bills as well as decreases costs in disposing off wastage. According to a recent study conducted by Cornell University 90% of all respondents were willing to pay a premium at green restaurants and hotels. Hence being green provides hotels with a profitable differentiating factor. Furthermore it increases the long term value of the property and hence the owners can demand a higher price when the property is sold since the value is enhanced by lower utility bills per square foot, healthier aspects and owner care.

    Ways hotels can make their business more eco-friendly:

    1. Fill your hotel with organic, sustainable and vegan products and furniture (Shop our Green Marketplace for an endless supply of items)
    2. Implement a towel and linens reuse program. Research at Cornell University has shown that putting information cards which have
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  • DIY Mosquito Repellents & Natural Remedies for Bites

    Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps.com

    If mosquito bites are jeopardizing your perfect summer here are some simple ways to make your own natural insect repellent and to take care of the itchy mosquito bites that are driving you crazy.

    DIY Mosquito Repellent:

    • Essential Oil (citronella, thyme or lavender)
    • Vegetable Oil

    Combine 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil with 10-15 drops of essential oil.


    Need to get rid of a mosquito bite? Try rubbing one of the following to the affected area:

    • Salt (wet the bite first with warm water)
    • A freshly cut onion (Onions are known to absorb bacteria and odors)
    • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Tea Tree Oil
    • Aloe Vera

    Image courtesy of Creative Commons.

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  • DIY: Get Smooth Summer Legs Without Buying Shaving Cream

    Image courtesy of Creative CommonsImage courtesy of Creative CommonsWritten by Madiha Boolani, Four Green Steps.com

    It is a hot summer day and you would love to wear that miniskirt you just bought a few days back. But you are all out of shaving cream and don't have the time to go to a drug store to grab some. Or maybe you are tired of applying chemicals to your skin and are looking for a natural alternative. Well it is time to try out a few natural substitutes for shaving cream and get that smooth shave you've always desired.
    Soap

    One of the best alternatives to shaving cream is glycerine soap. Not only is it organic but a bar of soap also lasts longer then a can of foam. It allows the razor to glide well over the skin as well as helps keep them clean and better for longer. It is also biodegradable so you don't waste resources. You will always have soap around the house so never again will you have to fret about getting shaving cream before you shave.


    Hair Conditioner

    Hair conditioner helps in keeping hair soft. An organic or herbal

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  • Meatless Monday: Red, White & Green Recipes for the Fourth of July

  • Meditation, Not Medication: Easiest Way to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack

    Peaceful meditating stone statuesPeaceful meditating stone statuesWritten by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps.com

    Heart disease is currently the leading killer of men and women in the USA. While many are turning to medication or struggling to change their diet, a new study suggests the easiest way to reduce your risk of a heart attack is through regular meditation. Research shows that meditating for twenty minutes, twice a day can decrease your chance of a heart attack by approximately 50%!

    From Planet Green:


    The randomized controlled study followed 201 men and women at an average age of 59 with narrowing arteries. Half went to a control group and half studied TM as a part of their treatment. Both groups received regular medical care. After five years the following results were found:

    • 47% reduction in heart attacks, strokes and death, compared with those who did not.
    • Reduced their blood pressure by an average of 5 points.
    • Had significant reductions in psychological stress as measured by standard
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  • Americans Less Bothered by Cloned Meat than Europeans

    Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps.com

    A new study suggests that Americans are more accepting of cloned meat than Europeans, corresponding well with the FDA's extremely loose regulations of meat labelling. Americans are more inclined to eat cloned meat regardless of their intentions as they may be consuming it unknowingly: the FDA doesn't require cloned meat or dairy products to include any labelling concerning if the product comes from a real or cloned animal.

    From Food Navigator:

    The survey asked participants about their likelihood of buying and eating meat and other products from cloned animals.

    Prof. Fox and his team's results showed differences in attitudes and opinions on both an international and local level, the most significant of which being that American consumers are more accepting of cloned products than European consumers.

    The researchers reported that students both Ireland and France were less likely to consume cloned products than American

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