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Better Choices --10 Simple Ideas for Natural Living,Roses and Chocolate Skin Care
January 24, 2008
Greetings and Welcome In This New Year
What's In This Issue:
Check Out These 10 Great Ideas .
Treat Yourself With Chocolate and Roses.
10 Simple Ideas For Natural Living
1.Buy Rainforest Coffee
Did you know:
Your purchase of Rainforest Alliance certified coffee helps to preserve our rainforest and provide workers with a fair wage and better working conditions. Yes, it does cost more to buy specialty coffee. If this is beyond your budget Yuban a product from Kraft and available at most grocery stores could be an option. It does allow us to support rainforest growing in an affordable way. If at all possible when I shop for products with a big environmental impact I buy from the small company committed on all levels to doing the right thing.
2.Ditch toxic chemicals in cleaning products.
While you are getting rid of chemicals in your skincare products why not take a look at the products you are using around the house. The same problems exist here of so many different chemicals from so many different products. While you don't apply them to your skin, you and your family come in contact with them or they become part of the air you breathe in your home. Alternatives exist at affordable prices.
Check out Method. Great safe ingredients, no animal testing and they work very nicely. Affordably priced and they can be found in many area grocery stores or purchased online.
A leader in natural household products is Seventh Generation. Nontoxic, safe and effective, Seventh Generation can be found at some local stores or health food stores. Online I like to shop with Gaiam.
Click the link to save on Seventh Generation and other green items during Gaiam's sale this month.
$10 Off $50 Purchase. Use Code AP2P. (1.1.08 - 1.31.08)
You can learn more about chemicals in our cleaning products along with some simple recipes to make your own stuff for cleaning at World Watch.
3.Stop buying water bottles.
We go through 2 million bottles of water every 5 minutes in the U.S. and many of them are not being recycled. We aren't supposed to reuse them so out they go. This is quickly becoming a big problem which we can help solve in a fun and stylish manner.
Why not buy a refillable bottle? Not the plastic kind, I don't care what any one says I find my plastic bottles take on a slight odor after a few washes. Besides I am trying to stay away from plastics around things I consume.
Check out these fun designs at My Sigg. These bottles are long lasting, lightweight, attractive and have been tested for safety. At present 144 different styles are available for you to customize.
4.Become an educated label reader.
For those of us concerned about what we are buying knowing how to read a label is vital. It should be simple but unfortunately many times it isn't. When you know what to look for on the label you ensure that what you are buying is what you really want.
As an example suppose you want to buy an organic body cream. You see organic on the label but when you understand organic labeling you know to check further and you will know the difference in the different kinds of organic labels you might see.
To help understand labels on all kinds of products look to
Do you know what the term "cage free" means or what is GMO food? Learn what the terms we see on our foods mean in the Sustainable Dictionary.
5.Buy cruelty free products.
I think many of us are aware that cosmetics and skin care products may be tested on animals but what about your laundry detergent or oven cleaner? There is a good chance that some of your cleaning products were also tested on animals. We all want our products to be safe and many companies have found ways to provide great safe products without animal testing.
To learn which companies do and don't do animal testing see Caring Consumer. You may be surprised to find brands you buy everyday on the list of those that do.
6.Shake the plastic bag habit, buy reususable bags.
I just checked the reusable bag website and as of this writing 28 billion plastic bags have been used so far this year and it's still January. These bags require large quantities of oil to produce. When trashed they pollute the soil and harm wildlife.
This is something we can change by purchasing reusable bags. I have been using reusable bags for some time now and they are finally a habit. I am even remembering to take them in to places other than grocery stores. I still end up with a few plastic bags but what a difference. You can find a great selection in all different price ranges at Reusable Bags.
7.Clear clutter, save trees and energy.
End the deluge of unwanted catalogs and junk mail cluttering your life and making mail more of a chore than it already is. Sign up for GreenDimes. For $20 they will remove your name from mailing lists and monitor your account monthly. An added plus is planting 10 trees on your behalf.
Another service to look at is Catalog Choice. This free service helps us eliminate unwanted catalogs from our mail. I signed up for this service several months ago and while it can take up to 10 weeks for some companies to stop sending catalogs I have noticed a reduction.
8.Try skin brushing.
Taking care of ourselves is an important step to natural living and skin brushing is an easy, inexpensive, feel good and healthy way to take care of your skin. The simple process of dry brushing your skin exfoliates dead skin cells, stimulates circulation, prepares the skin for moisturizing and promotes lymph drainage.
All especially important during cold dry weather and winter heating. See Skin Brushing to see how to do this.
9.Buy something organic other than food.
Support organic farmers while purchasing products that are better for you and the environment. How about an organic t-shirt or maybe an organic hemp wallet and don't forget skin care. Now that there is finally beginning to be more clarification and certification for organics it will be easier to determine whether products other than food are totally organic.
Read about more options for bringing organics in to your life at Organic Living.
10.Make your own skin care recipes.
Save money by making your own fresh easy to make facial scrubs, cleansers, bath salts and more. You can use ingredients found in your refrigerator and pantry. If possible use organic ingredients to eliminate pesticides or wash items thoroughly.
Create more sophisticated blends with herbs and botanicals or butters and essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Each month new skin care recipes are highlighted in this newsletter for you to try.
What's In The Fridge Skin Care:
Why not make a date with yourself to spend a little time
relaxing. We have so many demands on our time and we women have
such a hard time saying no even if saying yes is inconvenient for
us. But with stress being on the rise our health is going to be
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