Our Plight with Plastic Packaging

Why You Need to Think About It If You Aren’t Already

"Every piece of plastic made still exists." Type that into your search engine and take note.

Although petroleum-based plastic disintegrates, it never goes away. It takes 500 to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade. Every year, plastic kills a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals, and smaller and smaller pieces of plastic infiltrate the natural world.

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Why You Need to Use Eco and Homemade Alternatives to Traditional Laundry Detergent

Take a moment to think about what is in traditional, petroleum-based laundry detergents: endocrine disruptors, estrogen mimics, carcinogens, phosphates, dyes and synthetic perfumes, and bleach.

For nearly 24 hours a day every day, you have the residue of those ingredients next to your skin—your body's largest organ. As an adult, you're covered with about 22 square feet of flesh that absorbs substances that come in contact with it.

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Water Woes: Where Does Our Water Go

With so much of the food we eat coming all the way from California and with California experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record, some of us are challenged to not be thinking about water. Some people wonder where our almonds and salad greens will come from if Californians can't grow it. Others wonder if other states or countries will face a drought in the next 10, 25, or 50 years. And others are completely in the now and are using water as if it's already scarce.

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What Is Dust?

If only it was as magical as fairy dust or star dust, but the truth is, it's even more unfathomable than that! Household dust is partly composed of fine particles of soil, pollen or soot from the outdoors, but the majority of the dust that you see floating in sunlight as it streams through the window is produced indoors. The ratio of outdoor to indoor is 1:3. Both kinds, however, pose their own health hazards.

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Bye-Bye Bathtub Blues: Bathroom Chemical Alternatives

Going off to university changes your world—in many different ways. For one woman—let's call her Sandy—her most memorable change was related to household cleaners. In her second year, she moved out of the dormitory and into a shared house with three other roommates. The house, which was an older character home, only had one bathtub but no shower.

One day, two of Sandy's roommates knocked on her door with a box of baking soda in hand. "We'd like you to stop using chemical cleaners in the bathtub. My skin is falling off."

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7 Methods for Cleaning Indoor Air

The windows in the house are seeing little action these days. The rain is beating down, and humidity is over 90%.

Perhaps your heating system is being well used. Your pets may be spending more time indoors, and the children, too. The house seems to be sweating from inside. A film of dust reveals itself when the light hits the furniture and the mantel just so but, then again...not much light is coming in these days.

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Does Your Tile Lack the Sparkle and Shine It Used to Have?

The porous nature of tile and grout means that oils and greases—as well as soils and other fine particulate matter—settle into its many small holes.

How can you tell if your tile and grout needs to be cleaned? The easiest way is to take a look at the grout in a low traffic area. Then look at the grout in a high traffic area. Most likely you'll see a tremendous difference.

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