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:

Clothing
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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Clean Air Month

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May is Clean Air Month, brought to us by the American Lung Association─now in its second century as the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The mission? “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy.

Clean Air Month takes on a special significance this year, given recent congressional proposals to diminish the Clean Air Act. In April, a coalition of nearly 500 concerned health, consumer and business organizations sent letters urging Congress to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to protect Americans from toxic air pollution.

And with good reason. In 2010 alone, the Clean Air Act prevented 160,000 premature deaths; 1.7 million instances of asthma exacerbation; 54,000 cases of chronic bronchitis; as well as 41,000 respiratory and 45,000 cardiovascular hospital admissions. It is estimated that if today’s EPA standards are dismantled by amendments like these introduced in the Senate, 230,000 Americans will die prematurely in 2020 due to toxic air pollution. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mambo’s Valentine’s Day Awesome Gifts You Can Give Someone You Love Without Being Cheesy List

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We know some of you would say this is a made up holiday, but hey we love holidays here at Mambo! I mean we celebrate National Hug Day. Something else we love at Mambo─making lists. So this Valentine’s Day we have decided to make The Awesome Gifts you can Give Someone you Love without being Cheesy (i.e. Big Bear with a box of Heart Chocolates) List. If you are feeling a little love towards Mambo feel free to buy us anything on our list. Did we mention we love gifts too?

Christine, Mambo’s Love of all things Baby, really wants a Nook Color, the ultimate reading experience. So Mr. L we couldn’t give you a bigger hint of what your sweetie wants this Valentine’s Day. I mean this saves trees and has instant access to books. Knowledge + Trees = CC + AL sitting in a tree….

TaraLynn, Mambo’s Love of all things Hilarious, is taking a completely different approach this Valentines Day. She wants a Vegan Tofu Zombie. With the zombie craze hitting the airwaves who wouldn’t want a Zombie. The fact that it’s a vegan zombie just makes it the best of the best in Zombie world. So this Valentine’s Day give the gift that keeps on eating. Vegetable eating that is. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Year, New You

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If wellness is important to you, you may be concerned about falling away from your healthy routine during the holidays. Well, it happens to the best of us. The important thing is deciding how you want to recalibrate moving forward. With the New Year comes an opportunity to freshly embrace the daily habits that empower you–mind, body and spirit.

Set Your Priorities
If your goal this year is vibrant health and fitness, make it an active priority. When you put your own wellness first, it’s actually the most unselfish thing you can do, because it means you have more to give others. Consider simplifying your affairs to create more time for the things that really matter to you. For example, if you treasure nourishing meals shared with family and friends, plan these weekly. What about that daily walk, hike or yoga class? Make a daily fitness appointment with yourself–and keep it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interview with EcoKaren, Superhero of All Things Eco

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Introducing EcoKaren – a stay-at-home-mom and blogger working hard to save the environment one day at a time. How does she do it? We found out.

We asked: “What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned along your eco-conscious journey?”

She answered: “I was never a big spender on frivolous things. I don’t frequent Target or Wal Mart but I became more aware of how little I actually need to live on. Sure I need food and water but I don’t really “need” too much else. And when I think I “need” something, I can always find them ‘used.’ I don’t want to contribute to more waste and pollution from buying new goods. And I think if everyone follows that rule, the world would be a better place to live. Consumerism was getting out of control. The bad economy has curbed our appetite for buying new goods for a little while but the ultimate test will be when the economy recovers and people don’t feel that economic ‘pinch’. Would people realize that they were fine without all that stuff? I hope so.

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Celebrate Mom – and Mother Nature, Too!

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Mother’s Day is approaching! It may not seem like an opportunity to go green but if you look you’ll see that eco-friendly options abound.

What does Mom look forward to doing on Mother’s Day? Probably avoiding the kitchen! So make her a special meal that day or take her out to a restaurant. Look for green restaurants to celebrate Mother Nature while you are out celebrating your Mother. Check out DineGreen.com to find a Certified Green Restaurant. Or try Local Harvest’s Organic Restaurant Finder and discover local, seasonal, fresh and delicious dining out.

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Interview with Blogger “The Good Human”

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Blogs are an excellent way to spread the green news. So we interviewed one of our favorite bloggers, David, whose blog, “The Good Human”, regularly offers fresh tips, advice and news bits for green lifestyle aficionados. See what he has to say about his good green choices – and mistakes.

We asked: What is the single most important lesson you’ve learned along your eco-conscious journey?

David answered: I think the most important lesson I have learned so far is that people respond better to encouragement to “go green” than they do to being made to feel guilty about not doing enough.

We asked: How did you come to learn that lesson?

David answered: I used to be a little more harsh in my assessment of what others could/should be doing, but I changed my tune a few years ago after realizing that small steps and positive encouragement works much better. I know that I don’t want to be “guilted” into action, so I highly doubt it works well on others. Also have discovered just how easy it really is to be environmentally aware once you start doing it – it’s the getting started that sometimes takes the most effort!

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Celebrate Ireland’s True Green Colors!

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When many of us celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, we are not only remembering Saint Patrick, but the country in which his story takes place – Ireland! Shamrocks, the popular image of clover leaves, and other green decorations fill the day’s celebrations. Anyone who can claim a drop of Irish blood proudly wears “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” somewhere – a button or tee shirt. Potato-based dishes, cabbage and corned beef are on many menus this day.

Considering what green means to us, we’ll be celebrating another aspect of Ireland this month. We’re celebrating the country’s choices to protect the integrity of its beautiful land and waters. Check out these four wonderful ways that Ireland is green!

What happened to all the plastic?

Ireland, also known as The Emerald Isle for its many shades of green, has made a bold move to end the widespread use of plastic bags – and it worked! Ireland’s government started charging a tax of 33 cents per bag back in 2002 and saw a 94% drop in plastic bag use within weeks! Who would have ever thought that it could be so easy? Talk about instant green gratification!

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6 Online Resources for Going Green in Real Life

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We’re always looking for great ways to make living naturally practical. In today’s world, it can be exhausting to go against the mainstream and live a green lifestyle. Sometimes it just feels impossible! But it isn’t impossible, and it doesn’t always have to be difficult. Check out these six great websites that help everyday people take better care of themselves, the planet, and their families.

Love Food, Hate Waste

Wasting food is not only bad for your wallets, but also for the environment. To help raise awareness on this issue, a great UK based campaign and website called Love Food Hate Waste www.lovefoodhatewaste.com was born. It is a great online resource with easy practical actions we can implement in our homes to waste less food. Visit their website to find a quick-start money saving guide, a two-week meal planner, food storage tips and much more. Plus, browse through helpful recipe categories like “Cook Once, Eat Twice”, “Time Savers” and “Rescue Recipes”.

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Organize Your Home With What You Already Have

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width=Clear out the clutter and get that “Chi” moving swiftly and peacefully through your home this Fall. Here are some simple and easy ways to organize your space without spending top dollars, and utilizing things you already have at your finger tips!

1. Boxes: Gather up old boxes you may have been saving (shoe, hat, postal, etc), and creatively decorate them with leftover fabric scraps or gift wrap. Attach an Index card to the front of the box and write a detailed list of the interior contents. These make great inserts on bookshelves, or in closets, and they can also organize your basement in a professional manner. Read the rest of this entry »

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