Author Archives: Carin Lynn

Tip of the Week – Use Organic Shampoo

Next time you are out shopping for shampoo look for products that are all natural or organic. Organic shampoos & other hair care products have lots of benefits including the absence of synthetic surfactants. Having these types of harmful chemicals on our bodies can lead to the development of cancer and other serious illnesses. Plus these toxic chemicals can persist through waste water treatment plants and septic systems to then end up in ground and surface water.

The following are ingredients you should try to avoid when selecting shampoos and conditioners, this list contains ingredients that dry out your scalp, irritate oil glands, and/or corrode hair follicles:Organic Shampoo

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfates
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol
  • Mureth Sulfate
  • Propylene Glycol (Antifreeze)
  • Olefin Sulfonate (Deodorized Kerosene)

Doctor’s Note: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is known to cause cataracts in adults and improper eye development in children. Despite this knowledge, this ingredient is commonly used in most store-bought shampoos and conditioners.

Product of the Week – Vegan Organic Chocolate Truffles

Vegan Fair Trade Organic Chocolate TrufflesLooking for yummy organic treats for your Easter baskets this year? How about trying these awesome Vegan fair trade, organic chocolate truffles.

A total of nine mouth-watering, bursting with flavor truffles so unbelievably good, no one would suspect they’re dairy-free as well! These rich velvety chocolates capture all the qualities of a fine truffle. Enjoy the raspberry, mocha and extra dark truffles knowing that they are organic. They are also a certified Fair Trade product which means by purchasing these products you are directly supporting a better life for farming families through fair trade prices, direct trade community development and environmental stewardship.

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Green Tips For Easter Sunday – April 12, 2009

naturally-dyed-easter-eggsEaster is this Sunday!
Are you ready for the celebration? We sure are & we have tips to share as well.

Here are the top 5 Green Tips for celebrating a more sustainable Easter Holiday this year.

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Tips For Easter:

1- Buy farm raised eggs – If you are buying eggs, look for farm raised eggs. This means that the chickens were not living in crammed boxes or crates.

2- Make your own Easter egg dye – If you choose to dye eggs this Easter, consider making your own. Here are some examples of ingredients: Beets & Cranberries for Pink, Red Cabbage or Blueberries for Blue, Red Onion Skins for Red, Yellow Onion Skins for Orange, Grape Juice for Lavender, Orange or Lemon Peels for Yellow, Spinach for Green, and Coffee for Brown. Boil the eggs and any of the mentioned ingredients for color with a teaspoon of vinegar for 15 minutes…and presto you have beautifully dyed Easter eggs!

3- Don’t buy cheap plastic Easter baskets – If you don’t already have Easter baskets, consider buying a nice well made basket from wood or other sustainable materials that can be used year after year.

4- Use real grass clippings or recycled paper in baskets – If you are making Easter baskets this year, don’t buy the wasteful plastic grass, consider using real grass or find some old magazines & cut up the pages to be used as a colorful filling.

5- Buy fair trade and organic candy – To fill those Easter baskets, choose fair trade and/or organic candy! That way you are supporting fair working conditions and keeping toxic pesticides away from your loved ones.

Have an eco-frindly happy Easter!

Product of the Week – Squirt Food Dispensing Spoon

For all you mothers & mothers to be…this one is for you!

The Squirt Food Dispensing Spoon by Boon allows for convenient feeding, one bite at a time. The easy-to-fill bulb holds up to 3 ounces of baby food and attaches firmly to the spoon end. Simply squeeze the bulb to dispense just the right amount of food. Squirt comes with a protective cover to seal food in and keep the spoon clean between feedings. By combining the spoon and food container into one product, Squirt makes one-handed feeding a snap.

Features:Squirt Food Dispensing Spoon

  • Dispense baby food one bite at a time
  • Convenient one-handed feeding
  • Large easy-to-clean bulb holds up to 3 oz. of baby food
  • Protective cover keeps spoon clean between feedings
  • Great for on-the-go
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • BpA-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • PVC-free

Age: 4 months +

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April is Water Conservation Month!

leaky_faucetSince the month of April is water conservation month it is time to consider the following tips to help conserve water in your home.

Repair Leaky Fixtures – One drop of water per second from a leaky faucet can waste as much as 10 gallons of water each week.

Install Low-Flow Showerheads, Faucets & Toilets – Low-flow faucets reduce water consumption and the cost of heating water by as much as 50%; using a low-flow toilet can save Americans 2.1 trillion gallons of water every day.

Turn The Water Off – Don’t allow the water to run when brushing your teeth. This can waste 2-3 gallons of water per brushing! Instead, wet your toothbrush, brush your teeth, and then turn the water on again to rinse.

Tip of the Week – Download Your Software

Software CDs are made out of nonrenewable petroleum products, and are difficult to recycle. They are placed in plastic cases, stuffed into boxes with manuals, & all wrapped in even more plastic.

This can all be eliminated if you download the software directly from the company via the Internet instead of shopping for it at the computer software store.

You won’t have to drive, the manufacturers won’t have to ship to the stores, and you can relax. So go green and save resources, as well as time & fuel.

Tip of the Week – Indoor Clothesline

A great way to save energy is to hang your laundry up to dry. But if you live where it rains a lot or you don’t have an outdoor space…what do you do? Well, I created an indoor clothesline. You can do this in a few different ways. What I found to work well is to hang a springrod across the top of your tub. Put your wet clothes on hangers, fold towels over hangers and clothespin socks and undies to the hangers. Then, when your clothes drip, the water goes right into the tub. This is a no mess, no expense, & an easy way to go green in your everyday life.