10 Recipes for Homemade Air Fresheners

10 Recipes for Natural, Homemade Air Fresheners A great scent can change the feel of a whole room, so it’s natural to want to use pleasant smells to create a warm, inviting home. Unfortunately, though, a lot of the air freshening products available today are leaving behind more than just the smell of flowers or spices … Continue reading

How To Make Your Own Candles

How To Make Your Own Candles Candles will bring a relaxing light to almost any setting, from longs baths to family dinners to quiet evenings at home. But if you’re burning paraffin candles you might be bringing more than a friendly atmosphere to your dinner party – paraffin, which is derived from petroleum, releases toxic … Continue reading

Five Greenwashing Claims To Look Out For

Five Greenwashing Claims To Look Out For Green products are a booming business, but while many eco-friendly businesses work to conserve resources, reduce pollution, and promote sustainability, there are also plenty of companies out there looking to take advantage of consumers trying to shop green. These companies will use deceptive advertising and misleading claims to … Continue reading

What Does It Mean to Go Green?

What Does it Mean to “Go Green”? Going green – it’s a phrase that’s becoming more and more common as people start to realize the enormity of the environmental challenges we all face. Everybody knows the earth is in trouble: every day we see new stories about global warming, acid rain, oil spills, deforestation, or … Continue reading

VOCS: A Guide to Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCS: A Guide to Volatile Organic Compounds  So what are VOCs?  The term volatile organic compounds (VOCs) refers to a range of substances that evaporate at room temperature. It’s the same as steam coming off of a pot of boiling water, except that VOCs don’t need to be heated. Instead, liquids like paints, cleaning supplies, … Continue reading

What is Wrong With PVC?

What Is PVC? Most of us are familiar with the environmental issues related to plastics: they are derived from petroleum, which means they contribute to the environmental problems caused by the oil industry, and they are not biodegradable, which means that once you throw them out they are going to be sticking around for hundreds … Continue reading

Top Ten Eco-Friendly Toys for Kids

The Best Eco-Friendly Toys for Your Kids Follow these ten easy suggestions to help make the best green choices for your little ones. 1. Pick green plastics Go green with toys made from non-toxic, recycled and recyclable plastics. Especially be sure to avoid PVC and polycarbonate (#3 and #7, respectively), which leach chemical additives. You’ll be … Continue reading

Five Ways to Teach Kids to Be Green, Naturally

Five Ways to Teach Kids to Be Green, Naturally It’s great that children are taught to think green when they’re at school, but how much of that do they remember when they come home? You listen to their great enthusiasm to reduce, recycle, reuse and – the latest slogan – refuse, then turn around and … Continue reading