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Home Skin Care Pays!

 By Valerie Yoder A few days ago, after I steamed my face with a warm wash cloth, I reached for my beloved Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk. I put my finger on the nozzle, squeezed it, and … nothing. I shook the bottle and pumped the nozzle vigorously … there must be …

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The Challenges with Your Choice

By Fredrica Syren A very good friend from New York visited us this past weekend. She also is a vegetarian; in her case, it’s out of compassion for animals as well as for health reasons. She works in a very macho culture, Wall Street. She told us of the constant …

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Clean Burning Candles

By Kim Robson  The earliest documented candles, made from whale fat, originated in China around 200 BC. Candles were not seen in the Middle East or Europe until around 600 years later, mainly because olive oil was widely available for burning in lamps. Early European candles were made from a …

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Increasing Allergies in the U.S.

By Asha Kreiling Nowadays, it seems that almost everyone is allergic to something or at least gets a little sniffly during allergy season. Well, it’s true: more Americans than ever are suffering from allergies. Studies reveal that the prevalence of allergies, seasonal and all other types, has been increasing in …

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Rio Closes Its Massive Jardim Gramacho Dump

By Fredrica Syren After 34 years, Rio de Janeiro finally plans to close the world’s largest open air landfill, its own Jardim Gramacho dump. Environmentalists have long blamed Gramacho — a 5-mile high, 130-hectare site — for the high levels of pollution that now spoil Rio’s Guanabara Bay. Since opening in 1978, …

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Get Rid of E-waste the Green Way

By Fredrica Syren As technology is progressing quickly, e-waste is piling up in our offices and homes, or worse, in our landfills. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 200 million pieces of computer-related e-waste are being generated annually. Yet, only 18 percent is being recycled, which leaves over 150 …

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Is Your Sofa Killing Your Family?

By James Harker-Syren Last week, if someone had asked me, “What about this picture is potentially killing your kids?” I would have looked at them like they were crazy.  This is my Facebook profile picture, for crying out loud. What are you talking about? Earlier this week while driving to …

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Noise Pollution

By Kim Robson Last week I discussed light pollution and ways to mitigate it. Since they often go hand-in-hand, I’d like to address noise pollution also. The EPA’s definition of noise pollution is “unwanted or disturbing sound.” Sound becomes unwanted or disturbing when it interferes with normal life. Not being able to sleep or to …

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Just Like Groupon…But For A Cause

JUST LIKE GROUPON … BUT FOR A CAUSE By Amanda Wilkes Do you love your daily Groupon deals? I know I  do. In fact, it is one of my favorite e-mails of the day. Discovering what special deal they have to offer, whether a trip to Mexico, an exfoliating facial, …

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Downsizing Our Refrigerators

By James Harker-Syren One of the less green things we’ve maintained in our house is a second refrigerator in the garage. Why the heck do you have a second fridge in the garage?  Well, it’s been useful. Of course, we cook A LOT, so we usually have a lot food in …

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