How Can Going Vegetarian Help the Planet?

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“Pass up one hamburger, and you’ll save as much water as you conserve by taking 40 showers with a low-flow nozzle.” – Ed Ayres, World Watch Institute

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Would you consider a plant-based diet, at least part time? People that do are often motivated by health, weight loss goals, and/or concern for animals. But there’s another reason so powerful that it’s been the subject of numerous books and documentaries. You guessed it: environmental benefits! Without a doubt, going vegetarian is one of the most effective actions you can take to ease the strain on our fragile planet. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Common Questions About Fair Trade

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If you’ve followed our fair trade series this month, you should be rather familiar with the subject by now. If you’re just tuning in, however, the following information can provide a quick, handy foundation to build upon.

5 Common Questions About Fair Trade
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Fair Trade Valentine Gift Ideas

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“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Fair Trade Valentine Gift Ideas

As Valentine’s Day approaches, are you considering a gift for someone special? Celebrating your love for others─including sweethearts, parents, siblings, kids, and pets─is both heart expanding and wellness boosting. You can make your gift even more meaningful by choosing fair trade. In doing so, you’re not only treating your loved ones, you’re also supporting social justice, empowering communities across the globe, and encouraging healthy environmental practices. For example: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Recognize Fair Trade Products

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If you like the concept of fair trade─a market-based system that ensures better trading conditions for producers in developing countries─you may want to choose fair trade options over others when given the chance. Fortunately, more stores are carrying fair trade products than ever before, and there are numerous on-line sites as well, offering items ranging from coffee and tea, to body care products and apparel, to home décor and jewelry.

Fair Trade Worker in Textile Factory
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Understanding Fair Trade

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Many Americans are hearing more about fair trade these days, which is fortunate, given the tremendous benefits this system offers to people and planet. Fair trade is both an organized social movement and a market-based approach that aims to create better trading conditions for producers in developing countries.

Fair Trade Worker Collecting Coffee Beans

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3 Keys to an Organic, Toxin-Free Household

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Do you have an organic household? This might be defined as a home that goes beyond organic foods to include other non-toxic, organic, and/or green alternatives. These 3 keys to creating a healthier, safer living space are easy, don’t cost much, and can really make a difference: Read the rest of this entry »

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Bird-Friendly Holiday Décor

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Along with dressing up your home for the holidays, how about “decorating” your garden too? Eye catching, edible ornaments are the perfect outdoor décor to attract winter birds. Not only will you share your holiday spirit with your local feathered friends, you’ll also help them to better survive the winter. You may even attract new bird species along the way!

So, how should you start? First off, designate the trees─ideally those within view from rooms you spend time in, so family members can enjoy watching the birds explore and feast. The trees you select should have plenty of widely spaced branches so multiple birds can easily access the treats. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate & Save: 5 Keys to a Merry, Thrifty Holiday

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As the holidays approach, what should be a joyous time can instead be a source of anxiety for many families on tight budgets. But it doesn’t need to be! Especially if you place the emphasis on loved ones, delicious food and drink, and much-needed relaxation─with gifts as an accent, rather than the whole show. These tips can help ensure a happy celebration with minimal financial strain: Read the rest of this entry »

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Halloween – Safe, Healthy & Green

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Halloween is just around the corner, which is good news for kids of all ages. Did you know that Halloween began centuries ago as a pagan holiday that honored the dead? It has since become a day for fun─and even breaking a few rules. How can you keep the thrill intact while ensuring it’s a safe, healthy experience for all?

Green your costumes

Years ago, mothers made costumes by hand. Today, they’re practically disposable─despite the fact that they can be costly. How about going green and saving money too by buying gently used costumes this year? You might also start swapping and sharing with friends and neighbors as kids outgrow costumes. How about keeping a costume trunk in the garage so there’s always something to pick from, purchasing new accessories as needed? Make it fun, your enthusiasm will be contagious! Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebrate the Green—Made in the U.S.A.

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If you love beautiful things, but also live a planet-friendly lifestyle, you may be on the quest for special items that are also green─such as recycled, upcycled, sustainable, compostable, and/or biodegradable alternatives. Can you accomplish all of this and still support American workers? Yes! In fact, more U.S. companies are “going green” than ever before, resulting in a terrific range of options for the conscientious consumer. For example:

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All USA Clothing offers a line of affordable bamboo/cotton garments that are manufactured with as small an ecological footprint as possible. Bamboo is a highly renewable grass, with natural antibacterial properties. Also, bamboo fabric “breathes” and is biodegradable. Read the rest of this entry »

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