{Green Living} Why I’m Crazy About Bananas

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photo: Kanelstrand In my childhood bananas were only available in the winter and so I grew up believing they were a winter fruit. To this day I associate the smell of a banana with Christmas but some time ago it became an even more exciting fruit for me. Yes, bananas are not simply fruit, they […]

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{Eco Tips} Be Kind to the Earth this Fourth of July

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There are many celebrations planned for this national holiday. Lots of picnics and outdoor festivities mean lots of disposable dinnerware and lots of waste that is not recyclable.  Here are some ways you can ensure that your celebration is one that won’t harm the Earth like many parts of this day’s celebration surely will: First, […]

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{Green Living} Want to Live Longer? Brush Your Teeth!

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Photo: Andres Thor There’s nothing revolutionary in the idea that you should brush your teeth to prevent cavities, plaque and to maintain good mouth hygiene. But recently Swedish researchers found a link between higher levels of mouth bacteria and dying of cancer up to 13 years earlier than expected! The more bacteria in your mouth, […]

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{Eco Tips} Green Your Hotel Stay

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Last month I wrote an article about eco-friendly camping practices but I realize that not everyone is a camper.  My friend’s idea of “camping” is to stay at a hotel chain with few amenities.  She prefers the plush environment of the 5-star hotels.  Staying in a hotel is a fun way to travel and there […]

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{Green Living} Stand up, Walk More and Look in the Distance!

Photo via Sparre.Enger Have you noticed how often we bloggers give advice that we need to hear ourselves? Earlier this year I organized a Simple Living Challenge on my blog, which connected me to incredible new friends and in the course of three weeks we explored the ways to simplify our everyday and to make […]

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{Eco Tips} Green Your Camping Vacation

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We just got our camper out of winter storage and I’m anxious to begin our summer camping vacations!  In the years we’ve been camping, I’ve observed that there are eco-conscious and not-so-eco-conscious practices of campers everywhere.  I would guess that the not-so eco-conscious campers don’t know how to camp with the environment in mind or […]

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{Green Living} Put Some Sunshine in Your Laundry the Eco-Friendly Way

Laundry – It seems to breed at my house!  It seems that no matter how often I do the wash, the amount of it stays constant.  I like to do the laundry, though.  Especially during the nice weather, because that means I get to spend more time outside in the sunshine, hanging my clothes to […]

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{Green Living} Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

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Photo: rainbreaw Life has changed drastically in the past 20 years. People are spending less time outdoors as opposed to spending insane hours sitting indoors in front of the computer or TV. Today, many of us work indoors and use our cars to get from place to place, instead of walking. In addition to that, […]

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{Eco Tips} Scaling a Mountain of Fabric Scraps

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Recently I posed a question to my fellow seamsters of Team EcoEtsy: is it safe to put fabric through a paper shredder? Why, you may ask, would I consider such a hair-brained idea? If you’re like me, you hate wasting fabric, even the smallest of scraps, and I have a veritable mountain of them! I […]

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