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The True Cost of the Clothes on Our Backs

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Giving Back, Green Living | tags: apparel, Bangladesh, cheap, China, Clothing, costs more, environment, expensive, fair wage, fair-trade, fashion industry, free trade, garment factories, India, Indonesia, laborers, natural, organic, pay, sweat shop, sweatshop labor, sweatshops, thailand, women, workers

Fair Trade Clothing

I can trace my path to eco-awareness from a desire for undershirts. Baby undershirts, to be exact.

9 Easy Ways to Detox Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: air quality, beauty products, bedding, carpet, chemicals, cleaners, clutter, Cosmetics, decor, detox, dirt, dry cleaning, family, flooring, food containers, furniture, green, home, house, indoor pollution, natural, organic, paint, personal care, plants, resolutions, spring cleaning, take off shoes, toxic, toxins, VOCs, window, winter

Woman cleaning the kitchen

You’ve had “spring cleaning” on your to-do list for weeks now, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t despair; as with meditation and yoga, now is the perfect time to begin again (and again … ).

It is also a perfect time to detox your home environment. We spend much of our time indoors with our windows closed, so it is even more important to be mindful of healthy air quality. Consider this: The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals resulting in indoor air quality that is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Yikes!

Here are nine easy ways that you can detox your home, so you and your family and enjoy a healthier spring:

Give Your Manicure a Makeover

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | January 7th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Green Living | tags: beauty, biodegradable, carcinogens, colors, corn, Cosmetics, cuticle, DBP, dibutyl phthalate, eco-friendly, feet, fingernails, formaldehyde, hands, healthy, manicure, nail polish, natural, non-toxic, nontoxic, orange oil, pedicure, petroleum, pink, pretty, Priti, remover, safe, soy, spa, Spring, toenails, toluene, toxins

Priti non-toxic nail polish
Last night I went out with some girlfriends for a little spa treatment and I turned a few heads when I pulled out my own little travel mani and pedi toolkit, packed with all the essentials including my non-toxic nail polish and nail polish remover. After all, an eco-girl doesn’t have to be less fabulous to be eco-chic.

Tricky Food Terms

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | September 2nd, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: food, free range, grain, healthy-eating, hormones, labels, natural, organic

I learned something interesting today, something that I’m pretty sure that a lot of people aren’t aware of. You know that package of “hormone-free” chicken that you make a point of buying? Well, that claim to fame is one that any chicken or poultry product could make, because poultry by law cannot be given hormones. Packages that make the hormone-free claim are required to also have a statement on their packaging saying that federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones, although this statement might be easily overlooked if it’s in fine print. Pork, too, cannot be raised with hormones.