Eco friendly – fireworks?

July 6, 2012 Mere1dcrr Environmental Problems

If you are like most people, fireworks are one of the favorite events in any Fourth of July Celebration.  The flashes, the colors, the noise; what isn’t there to love?  However, if you are like me, you can’t help but notice the thick plume of smoke trailing downwind after the display has ended.  This can’t [...]

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Is makeup harmful for us and the environment?

May 28, 2012 Mere1dcrr Living eco-friendly

“You are what you eat” is a well known and typically true statement, indicating that what we put in ourselves will eventually show up on the outside and in our health.  But what about “We are what we put on our face”?  Not only does food these days contain a lot of toxins, chemicals and [...]

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The effects of smoking on the environment

May 20, 2012 Mere1dcrr Environmental Problems

We all know that smoking is bad for your health, but what about for our planet?  Onecigarette doesn’t produce that much smoke, but what happens when you combine the cigarettes, cigars and pipes that nearly 2 billion people around the world smoke? The amount of carbon and ‘smoke’ released into the air is miniscule, but [...]

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Eco friendly Mother’s Day gifts

May 8, 2012 Mere1dcrr Eco-Friendly Products

Mother’s Day is approaching, and if you or your motherly figure is eco conscious, we should treat Mother Nature with respect when giving gifts.  They look so pretty and natural, but the fresh cut flowers you get at your local florist could be blooming with environmental hazards and wasteful energy consumption.  Most cut flowers come [...]

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What is eco friendly jewelry?

April 28, 2012 Mere1dcrr Living eco-friendly

Do you know how much energy goes into making a diamond ring, a silver necklace or a gold bracelet?  Most jewelry is not just formed into a shape and fitted together; a lot of energy is used just to obtain precious metals and gemstones. At a typical gold mine, extreme measures are used to find [...]

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What are energy efficient light bulbs?

April 20, 2012 Mere1dcrr Eco-Friendly Products

Beginning in January of 2012, the Energy Independence and Security Act began phasing out incandescent light bulbs, and by 2014, your high wattage light bulbs will be a thing of the past (visit EnergyStar.com for more info).  Why are incandescent bulbs being phased out?  Here’s why: Incandescent bulbs: These are the ‘old’ kind of light [...]

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Why buy local foods?

April 14, 2012 Mere1dcrr Living eco-friendly

They say we should be buying locally grown foods, but why?  Here are eight good  reasons why it’s a good idea: -Fresher foods – In the typical grocery store, most produce is harvested 4-7 days before it is finally placed on the shelves.  If you buy locally at farmers markets and other local co-ops, the [...]

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The soapberry as a natural detergent

April 11, 2012 Mere1dcrr Living eco-friendly

As I strive to find natural (and cheaper) ways to do laundry, I have found the soapberry, or soap nut, to be particularly interesting and unlike other natural approaches.  So I think it deserves its own post. The soapberry comes from the Soapberry Tree (sapindus saponaria or Sapindus mukorossi).  Most of the soap nuts available [...]

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How to vermicompost

March 31, 2012 Mere1dcrr Living eco-friendly

First of all, what is vermicompost? Vermicomposting is similar to regular composting, except that it uses worms to break down organic waste.  The worms digest the organic matter then expel “worm castings” or “worm manure”, which is rich in nutrients.  The nutrient level found in worm compost is often much higher in concentration than in garden [...]

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How to make laundry detergent (and other homemade recipes)

March 27, 2012 Mere1dcrr Living eco-friendly

Why buy laundry soaps when you can make your own homemade detergent!  With some simple ingredients from around the house, you can have clean clothing the safe and inexpensive way! Laundry detergent: -1 ounce liquid Castile soap -1 cup washing soda -1 cup baking soda -1 cup white vinegar Add each of the above ingredients [...]

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