Aug 272014
 
Amaranth — An Ancient Super Food

By Centehua: There are over 60 species of Amaranth, a summer annual weed. Amaranth is tightly packed with flowers, and its foliage usually ranges from red and purple to green and gold. It is absolutely gorgeous, standing over 6 feet tall. This ancient plant is very dear to my heart. I come from a Mexican (or Aztec) as well as Spanish lineage, so on one side, Amaranth [READ MORE]

Aug 262014
 
2 Toxins Banned from iPhone and iPad Production

By Fredrica Syren: Apple has made big announcements about how they are taking steps towards going green lately. So, when two activist groups —China Labor Watch and Green America—pressured them to investigate the use of the hazardous chemicals benzene and n-hexane during the final production stage of their devices in overseas factories, they complied. This potentially could save workers from permanent damage. Apple conducted a four-month [READ MORE]

Aug 252014
 
Dog Racing Losing Popularity

 By Kim Robson: Horse racing still carries with it a veneer of glamour left over from its glory days. In the 1930s and 40s, well-dressed celebrities including Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, W. C. Fields, Paulette Goddard, Ann Miller, Don Ameche, Ava Gardner, Red Skelton, Pat O’Brien, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard graced the rails with star power. It was no different with thousands of greyhound tracks [READ MORE]

Aug 242014
 
Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

By Fredrica Syren: Every Sunday we eat pancakes for breakfast. These pancakes are both gluten-free and vegan and are my kid’s favorite. Buckwheat flour is a healthy gluten-free alternative that is loaded with protein and is low fat. It’s also rich in minerals such as magnesium, copper and iron. We eat our topped with maple syrup or agave nectar and fresh berries. ¾ cup+2 tbsp. almond [READ MORE]

Aug 222014
 
Summer Sun and Fun Tips for Hair

By Dawna Matthews: Summer is amazing– the sun, the monsoon season, swimming and playing outdoors. During all seasons of the year, our hair and skin changes with the weather, and summer is no exception. During the summer, our hair can dry out because heat from the sun deteriorates the protein in hair, which in turn lightens it, making it dull and brittle. Additionally, the increased humidity [READ MORE]

Aug 212014
 
Algae Bloom Caused by Chemical Fertilizers To Blame for Contaminated Drinking Waters in Ohio

By Fredrica Syren: There is nothing like toxic drinking water to make us realize how much we depend on fresh water for basically everything. In Ohio last week, 500,000 people were brought to their knees when their drinking water went toxic and a water ban sent them scrambling to find bottled water. Residents were told not only not to drink the water, but also not to [READ MORE]

Aug 202014
 
Green Laundry – Squeaky Green Clean

By Larraine Roulston: Doing laundry has a bigger impact on the planet than you might imagine. By greening your laundry habits, you can reduce both energy and water usage, and save money. First step – wear your clothes more than once. Next, look for eco-friendly detergents that are biodegradable and phosphate-free, as well as manufactured from plant/vegetable-based ingredients. One recombination is to use soap nuts As [READ MORE]

Aug 202014
 
Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble

By Fredrica Syren: There is nothing like the fresh sweet and flavorful fruits and berries during summer. The kids and I just can’t get enough and since they are only available a very short time each summer, I made a promise to kiddos that we’ll enjoy them to fullest while we can. So for our afternoon treat I made a rhubarb and strawberry crumble to the [READ MORE]

Aug 192014
 
Plastic Diet—Tips on Going Plastic-free

By Fredrica Syren: For so long, I’ve been fed up with plastic in my life, so years ago I decided to commit to no plastic bags at all. While living in the U.S., it was a challenge because every time I went shopping or got takeout food, there was that darned plastic bag. Plastic is one of the most wasteful materials in the world. Most plastic [READ MORE]

Aug 182014
 
Another Racehorse Dies at Del Mar Race Track

By Kim Robson: The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is known as one of America’s most scenic racetracks. It is located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the seaside city of Del Mar, California, 20 miles north of San Diego. Known for its slogan, “Where The Turf Meets The Surf,” the track was built by a partnership headed by Bing Crosby, and has been operating [READ MORE]

Aug 182014
 
Vegan Tomato Pasta Sauce

By Fredrica Syren: So many on Instagram ask for recipes when I cook something that I decided I need to post some of them here on Green-Mom.com. You can also find lots of my old recipes under recipes on the left hand bar categories. This week is my last week with all three kids home because my oldest Bella is going back to school. I have [READ MORE]

Aug 152014
 
Let It Bee — Time To Protect the Bees

By Centehua: There are many people who think cows, pigs, goats and chickens are the only animals who suffer from industrialized factory farm practices. In fact, probably a majority of people are not aware that bees are also exploited, and subjected to the most unnatural and unethical farming practices. Our pollinator friends are in need of assistance: they are vanishing by alarming numbers every day. If [READ MORE]

Aug 142014
 
How To Handle Criticism When Going Green

By Fredrica Syren: There always will be critics when it comes to the green movement. I have to say, I’m a bit surprised that I’ve not gotten as much as I had expected, considering I have blogged since 2009, written a book and founded Green-Mom.com. I also have been blessed with friends and family who whole-heartedly support me, even if they don’t always agree with me. However, I [READ MORE]

Aug 132014
 
Solar Loan or Lease, what is the difference?

By Kim Robson: Thinking about finally going solar? One of your first decisions will be choosing between a solar loan and a solar lease. Most people don’t have the ability to pay for entire solar power systems with cash, especially when a system can take 5 to 15 years to pay for itself. Loans have always been an option, but banks not used to solar power [READ MORE]

Aug 122014
 
What Does “Natural” Really Mean?

By Fredrica Syren: For many eco-conscious people, the word “natural” makes us look twice at a product. However, when it comes to food or personal care products, “natural” can have a hidden meaning and might be very misleading for the consumer. The label’s simply stating “natural” generated a whopping $43 billion in sales last year. That’s way more than food carrying the label “organic.” A new [READ MORE]

Aug 082014
 
Planning an Eco-Village

By Larraine Roulston: Mike Nickerson, environmental educator and author of Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want To Stay, has been fulfilling his dream by creating an eco-village.  An eco-village is an area where a group of like-minded people live together in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way. Eco-Villages are part of a worldwide movement by the Global Eco-Village Network. Some are [READ MORE]