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Insulate Your Water Heater...
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Written by Sean Murphy   

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An insulated water heater can save up to forty dollars a year. Next time you are at your local hardware store, pick up some insulation. Installation will only take a couple minutes.

 
Formaldehyde? What the Cosmetic Industry is Hiding from You!
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Written by Joanna Wemple   

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You are a sophisticated consumer. You read labels. You eat right. You do your best to feed your family organic foods free of GMOs. But there’s one more thing you may not have considered…what are you feeding your skin? Just like the food you eat, the products you put on your skin affect your health and well-being. Over time, chronic exposure to toxins creates health risks ranging from dermatitis to cancer. But how could this be? Isn’t the cosmetic industry required to follow FDA regulations? Of course they are, but in the U.S., cosmetic manufacturers are still allowed to “add preservative systems that employ any one of several chemicals, called formaldehyde releasers. According to The Environmental Working Group, nearly 1 in 5 cosmetic products contains a substance that generates formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen.” Formaldehyde? Like what is used to preserve frogs in biology class? Yes. That is what you may be putting on you and your family’s skin. Not good. Watch for these common formaldehyde-releasing chemicals: DMDM hydantoin • Imidazolidinyl urea • Diazolidinyl urea • Quaternium-15 • Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol) • 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane • Hydroxymethylglycinate

The good news is that there are companies who have chosen to avoid these harsh chemicals. To learn more, talk to your pharmacist or esthetician, or download EWG’s “Skin Deep” mobile app. Remember, your skin is your largest organ. Feed it responsibly.

 
Lovely Lavender...
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Written by Administrator   

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The uplifting fragrance of lavender is probably known best for its' ability to soothe a weary soul. The flowers are not only included in a variety of bath, body, and cleaning products, but are even edible, and found in the famous seasoning ingredient "Herbes de Provence." Lavender has analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and sedative uses. When used topically, lavender essential oil can help treat acne, athlete’s foot, and bee stings. Simply smelling lavender’s scent can help relieve feelings of stress and depression. To soothe your mind and body after a long day, add lavender oil to a warm bath.

 
Lovely Lavender...
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Written by Administrator   

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The uplifting fragrance of lavender is probably known best for its' ability to soothe a weary soul. The flowers are not only included in a variety of bath, body, and cleaning products, but are even edible, and found in the famous seasoning ingredient "Herbes de Provence." Lavender has analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and sedative uses. When used topically, lavender essential oil can help treat acne, athlete’s foot, and bee stings. Simply smelling lavender’s scent can help relieve feelings of stress and depression. To soothe your mind and body after a long day, add lavender oil to a warm bath.

 
Can Spending Time in NATURE Make You SMARTER?
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Written by Administrator   

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Spending days in nature, away from electronic devices, is linked with 50 percent higher scores on a test for creativity. The findings provide a rationale for trying to understand what is a healthy way to interact in the world.  Burying yourself in front of a computer 24-7 may have costs that can be remediated by taking a hike in nature. The research was done at the University of Utah.

 
Put An End To Paper Towels...
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Written by Administrator   

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What’s worse than throwing out barely used paper towels? Spending all that money on them. The cheapest paper towels on the market are about a dollar per roll. If you go through two rolls a week, that’s more than $200 a year! Save that money and keep dish towels and rags handy. It’s much more eco-friendly to launder them than it is to keep buying one-use paper towels.

 
Wooden Pallets: How Were They treated?
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Written by Administrator   

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USDA regulations require manufacturers to treat wooden pallets before shipping to prevent the spread of pathogens. They either treat pallets by fumigating them with methyl bromide, a toxic pesticide, or by heat-treating them in kilns. For reusing purposes, look for pallets stamped with an “HT”, which means they haven’t been exposed to chemicals (at least not in the treating process.) Check before using. Avoid unmarked pallets or those with “MB” for methyl bromide.

 
Staggering Consumption Facts...
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Written by Administrator   

In the course of a lifetime, a human being will consume or use:

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1,277,043 gallons of water / 31,350 gallons of gas / 29,700 lbs of garbage / 3,796 diapers (1,898 pints of crude oil, 715 lbs of plastic, 4.5 trees) / 13.056 pints of milk / 2.5 tons of beef or 5 average-sized cows / 1.7 tons of pork or 6 150 lb pigs / 2.3 tons of chicken or 1,423 chickens / 1.3 tons of eggs or 19.826 eggs / 9,917 lbs of potatoes or 20,000 potatoes / 4,376 loaves of bread or 87,000 slices / 5,542 hot dogs / 14,598 candy bars or 12 cart fulls (this adds 1,056 lbs to a person)/ 11,196 apples / 5,067 bananas / 12,888 oranges / 43,371 cans of soda / 28,433 showers / 700,000 gallons of water / 156 toothbrushes / 389 tubes of toothpaste / 656 bars of soap / 198 bottles of shampoo / 272 sticks of deodorant / 35 bottles of hair styling gel / 37 bottles of perfume / 50 tubes of lipstick / 567,575 gallons of sewage / 64 tons of aluminum and plastic from bottles/cans / 68 lbs of clothes thrown away/year / 48 new pieces of clothes/year / $1,000 on clothes/year / $52,972 spent on clothing (men) / 35 billion loads of laundry/year / 560 gallons of water / 13,248 beers / 942 bottles of wine / 5 refrigerators / 7 air conditioners / 10 TVs / 15 computers / 8 microwaves / 7 washing machines / 12.5 years of TV watched / 22,000 kilowatts of electricity from TV watching / 412 books / 5,054 newspapers / 627,000 miles traveled in a lifetime

These statistics are via the Wildlife Conservation Society's "The Human Footprint" project. Numbers based on the average American living approximately 78 years.

 
The Best Way To Lose 5-10 Pounds...
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Written by Administrator   

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Try cutting all white foods out of your diet. This includes pasta, bread, rice, and sugar. Obesity comes from eating sugar, which is found most readily in these highly processed foods.

 
Eat Less Sugar!
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Sugar has already been linked to diseases like heart disease, and may soon be linked to things like cancer. It's also very addictive; a little sugar forces you to have more. After the first bite of sugar, have a glass of water to wash the taste out of your mouth. It will keep you from craving more.

 
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