Category: Natural Living

Sustainable Transport: What’s the Best Way to Get From A to B?

The following is a guest post by Bobbi Peterson If you’re concerned about the environment — and who isn’t these days? — the ways you choose to travel from point A to point B can have a huge impact on your personal carbon footprint. If you live far from where you work and have a long daily commute, or if you just love to travel and explore the world, it’s a good idea to consider exactly what’s the best way to get from A to B. Picking a more sustainable method could help protect the environment and slow global...

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Pros and Cons of a Natural Latex Mattress

Who here is a fan of pros and cons lists? They can come in handy when you are trying to make all sorts of decisions. Such as weighing the pros and cons of a natural latex mattress to help decide if it’s what you want to invest in! Because mattresses are no small investment! They are a more expensive purchase and if you choose poorly, you will be stuck waking up sore every morning. Trust me, I know… that’s how our first mattress purchase went. Now I’m the daughter of a once mattress manufacturing family. I grew up seeing...

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An Alternative to Plastic Wrap

It’s pretty easy to find alternatives to plastics… until you get to plastic wrap. What is an alternative to plastic wrap? Glass wrap? Bamboo wrap? Stainless steel wrap? Nope, nope, nope. Sure you could try storing that hunk of cheese in a glass container but it will dry out in a flash or mold like there’s no tomorrow because there is so much air in the container with it. Which leaves us with plastic wrap. Sure it’s made of plastic which we’d rather avoid and yes, it creates tons of waste since plastic wrap is a single use item...

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All Natural Dryer Sheets

I’ll admit, I’ve always been too much of a penny pincher to opt for dryer sheets. I remember getting a box from someone and cutting each sheet in half to make them last longer because I surely wasn’t going to buy any! Of course, that was all before going green and crunchy. Now that I’m into a more natural way of living, I avoid buying dryer sheets for more than just frugal reasons.  Dryer sheets as it turns out are full of nasty ingredients. Did you know that over 25 volatile air pollutants are found in laundry products? These air...

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Why You Should Switch to Family Cloth and How to Start

Family Cloth. What is it? Have you heard of this? If you haven’t heard of family cloth before, don’t worry. Not many have. Family cloth is definitely one of those crunchy extremes and it’s also a topic that most people just naturally shy away from. Family cloth gives a slightly gross mental image. Most people hear it and think it’s one cloth that is shared by the whole family. Ummm… no. Thankfully that is not what family cloth is! What is Family Cloth and Why You Should Switch to Family Cloth Family cloth is just an odd name (probably...

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Gardening for Newbies

The following post is a guest post by Susannah Shmurak Calling All Newbie Gardeners! Interested in all things green but haven’t tried your hand at growing your own food yet? Know absolutely nothing about gardening? That shouldn’t stop you from growing just a tiny bit of your own food this season. You do NOT need to know a ton of information about plant types, soil, and growing zones to get started. I’m a proponent of “good enough” gardening and think anyone can start growing something, right away. And no worries if you have no extra cash for this project,...

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Home for the Holidays Simmering Potpourri

Do you remember the smell of the holidays when you walked into the house? A swirling mixture of Christmas tree, fresh baked goodies, and a fruity drink. Smell is a huge part of our memories. Just remembering the smell of Christmas can take us home for the holidays. Perhaps your home is lacking that holiday smell or perhaps you just want a way to make your home smell wonderful without the use of fake fragrances and toxic chemicals. I have the perfect solution for you; a simmering potpourri that will indeed take you home for the holidays! Simmering potpourri...

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