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Safe Cosmetics; five tips for frugal shoppers

If you never heard of Kris Carr or been to her web site I highly recommend you do that soon. Kris’s inspiring journey began when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer with no known cure. She refuses to just “sit” and wait as her doctors have suggested …

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The San Francisco Bay — One Large Trash Can

By Fredrica Syren: We recently spent a long weekend in San Francisco, which used to be our home.  When we lived there, the bay was the center of what we liked to do.  We loved hiking and viewing the bay from various points, walking across the Golden Gate Bridge or …

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Product Review: Imse Vimse Cloth Menstrual Pad

By Fredrica Syren: For the past three months I’ve been using Imse Vimse organic menstrual pads.The pads are made of 100% organic cotton and come in three different sizes: mini, normal and night.  Regular and nighttime pads are reinforced with a thin layer of polyurethane laminated polyester to make them …

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Fredrica Syren This is a day of buying, wrapping and driving … all actions that will cause damage to the environment.  We’re as guilty as the next person, but this year we’re making a few changes, not having gone “all out” on gifts, etc. Bella made all of her …

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Bicycling To Save the Earth!

By Asha Kreiling Driving makes me irritable.  I loathe traffic.  I despise looping around crowded streets while searching for a parking space.  I feel guilty whenever I fill up my gas tank, not only because of the cost, but also because this liquid I burn contributes to air pollution and …

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No — No Styrofoam

By Andrea Patin A couple of years ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to stop using styrofoam . . . or at least to GREATLY reduce using it whenever I possibly can.  As soon as I made this life choice, I was amazed at how many places and people …

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Enjoying the Slip n’ Slide Without the Waste of Water

Here in San Diego we’re having a beautiful January day with lots of sun and temperatures in the mid F80/20C.  When it’s this warm, it’s hard not to justify some play time on a slip ‘n slide, but it’s also hard to justify the water waste that goes into to …

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Review: Solar Powered Phone Charger and Flashlight

One of our goals for 2012 is to switch to and rely more on solar power for our daily use of electricity, and we are starting with our phone charger and flashlight. A couple of months ago, San Diego had a blackout that lasted many hours.  Both our phones ran …

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Be a Diva and Have a Green Period.

Chef Centehua Our family has made many life style changes in order to live more sustainably — from reusable coffee cups, water bottles, cloth sandwich bags, cloth grocery store bags, hemp paper goods, biodegradable dish and laundry soaps, rain harvesting and grey water systems, to growing our produce and composting.  …

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