Kickstarter Project: Pesticide Documentary "Toxic Profits"

A plea from Katy at Non-Toxic Kids about a Kickstarter project - with 46 hours left! - for a documentary about the now-global problem of rampant pesticides. The film includes a focus on the six companies that control the industry and how the US government skirts the law to make a profit. It's a chilling topic that affects every living thing on this planet:...more

American-Made: Green Back-to-School Guide

Summer is drawing to an end and lists of supplies are arriving in mailboxes for dreaded back to school shopping. The conscious parent may be concerned about some of these back to school necessities. Choosing back to school supplies made in the US strengthens our economy, helps us protect our children from toxins and supports environmental regulations. I've waded through the options for these school essentials, finding the best of the green American-made options, as well as providing good and bad criteria to consider when shopping....more
Love the good and bad comments for each item, but noticed everything is much more expensive than ...more

The Teflon-Coated Catch 22 of Kitchen Tools

It’s always scary for a green-minded parent when something sneaks up on you: the realization that your penchant for antique furniture could mean flaking lead paint or that your favorite brand isn’t as eco-friendly as you thought....more
No Teflon here and I don't use a bread machine. All baking, etc. by hand.more

Hidden Dangers of Food Dyes

In my quest to eat more real foods, I’ve become more conscious of how often I see synthetic food dyes in our world.  Halloween candy is already set-up in the stores and it’s a billboard for Red Dye #40. (Synthetic food dyes are listed with a #, like Blue #2.) In the past couple of years, I keep reading that food dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in children, eczema, ear infections, headaches, asthma, sleep issues and more....more
We avoid artificial food dyes and other additives made with petroleum: BHA, BHT, TBHQ, propylene ...more

Encouraging Reuse: An Online Option

When we think about the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we immediately recall recycling and the efforts cities make to enforce this practice. Although, there are many practical and effective solutions, the 3R’s don’t receive equal attention. Typically, recycling is made easy by providing receptacles to separate paper, aluminum, glass, plastic and even tires.We are also mindful to reduce our consumption of water, electricity, paper products, adopt walking, biking and opt for public transportation.But one R - reuse - tends to be overlooked. Consumers participate by using grocery totes, reusable water bottles and by donating items to charities. But these facilities have limited space, and many items are not accepted such as furniture, exercise equipment, textbooks, encyclopedias and electrical fixtures. Much of this never ends up back in circulation even though it could be used by others.   Image: Lord Jim via Flickr ...more

Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy

Did you know that seven out of ten people are allergic to poison ivy? We just returned from a family vacation with one child covered from head to toe with poison ivy. Poison ivy symptoms are pretty straight forward:...more
Washing immediately after exposure is best, of course. It's the oil from the plant that causes ...more

Salvaging Bolted Lettuce

One week, the lettuce is a gorgeous bounty of green, but much too quickly, it goes downhill. Anna turned to her online crowd for help and found several non-waste solutions for past-their-prime greens:...more
I wouldn't have thought to save bolted lettuce, I use it as compose, or as mulch between rows..  ...more

Vegan For Life: Dietary to Ethical

A few weeks ago I shared my “vegan conversion” story  on James McWilliams’s Eating Plants blog.  Since then, I have been thinking a lot about my transition from a dietary vegan to an ethical one. Image: Tambako the Jaguar via Flickr I always give credit to the big three:...more

Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner

We have a lot of windows and mirrors in our home, and LOTS of little fingers, which means we end up with lots of little glass smudges that need to be cleaned up on a regular basis! I take care of all those little fingerprints with my own homemade, all-natural glass cleaner....more

'Upcycled' Blogger Business Cards

In preparation for BlogHer '12 this week in New York, the first thing you'll need are business cards. Eco Chic offers clever strategies for creating unforgettable cards without wasting resources - yours included:...more
nope. all my old business cards were recycled at the school's Paper Retriever (so they get some ...more