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Green Living

Do Your Cosmetics Contain Mercury?

Watch out for mercury in cosmetics; it may be a hidden ingredient in one of your favorite products. Likely candidates include skin lighteners and anti-aging aids.

GTECH Helps Turn Your Waste Cooking Oil into Fuel!

Waste cooking oil can be a problem and a pollutant. Unless it is disposed of properly, waste cooking oil clogs sewer pipes and damages water systems. However, it can be a solution to pollution when the oil is filtered and reused as fuel. GTECH Strategies, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit dedicated to community revitalization, has partnered with Fossil Free Fuel to recycle waste vegetable oil. Every gallon of oil collected and used as fuel reduces air pollution and climate change emissions by 80%. Learn how you can help!

Stylishly Green – Karma Organic Nail Care Products

You can go green with environmentally friendly polish in all the colors of the rainbow!

Karma Organic nail care products – nail polish remover and nail polish – can you make your nails beautiful in this life while they repair past neglect and prepare your nails for a healthy future. The polish remover is so outstanding it won Allure Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award in 2009.

Green and Clean: Home Remedies for Cleaning Solutions

Are you looking for environmentally-friendly, natural cleaning products? You can find safe, non-toxic products available commercially from companies like Ecover, Seventh Generation, Nellie’s All-Natural, and Green Works, or you can make your own cleaners from items already in your pantry. Check out our short list of home remedies and the standard recipes for homemade cleaning solutions.

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products

Jessa Blades, Glamour Magazine’s Eco-Hero and founder of Blades Natural Beauty, shares her list of 30 ingredients to avoid in our personal care products. Jessa encourages us all to “Be curious” about what’s in our products and to vote with our wallet for safe, effective and healthy personal care products. You can also learn more from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

Jessa Blades Gives Us the Skinny on Healthy Skin Care!

Most of us don’t think about the ingredients in the skin care and body care products we buy.  But we should.  The lotions, creams, soaps, scrubs, and hair color we apply to our bodies enter our bloodstream through our skin. If the products contain contaminants or toxins, we absorb them and they can make us sick. Natural Beauty Expert and Make-up Artist Jessa Blades, founder of Blades Natural Beauty, has made it her business to help women look and feel gorgeous, using only organic make-up and beauty products.

Sustaining the Future: Compass Green

As the Earth’s climate changes, droughts and depleted soil threaten agriculture worldwide. However, there’s good news because new, sustainable farming methods can keep the planet green and growing. Justin Cutter and Nick Runkle, the two twenty-something New York founders of the Compass Green Project, are men on a mission to spread the word and teach the techniques of sustainable agriculture across the USA and beyond.

Locavore Options: Community Supported Agriculture Programs and Farmers’ Markets

Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Learn to be a locavore! It’s great to report that there are convenient options to purchase fresh produce that you know is locally grown. Let’s compare farmers’ markets and CSA shares to see which choice is the best for you.

Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP: The Big, Bad 3

When you’re choosing personal care products, read the ingredients before buying. Be on the lookout for the Big (and Bad) 3. Check out the Skin Deep database for more information on toxic chemicals in products we use every day.