I was reading the other day that 40% of all edible food products in the United States is wasted each year.That is around 34million tons!!!! Most of the food that is discarded each week is food that we fail to eat or just let go bad.
Food waste occurs at many levels. Farm fresh fruit and veggies are often left unharvested because their appearance does not meet aesthetic standards imposed by grocery stores. We also find that we buy more than we will use sometimes. Also a lot of time pieces are bruised during shipping and are discarded as well. Food waste represents the single largest component of all municipal solid waste going on in landfills.
Here are some ways to reduce our “food print”Getting into a habit of taking inventory of your pantry and fridge each week before you plan your grocery shopping can be a big help.Place leftovers at eye level so that they can be seen and move older items to the front. Make your list and stick to it! You will be surprised not only what you will save but how much less food you will discard just by sticking to your grocery list!
If you find you have limp celery or carrots, peppers,onions and mushrooms that were left over from the previous week and need to be used right away throw them all in a pot and make homemade broth that can be canned or frozen and used at a later date. Also by adding a few more ingredients of your choice great homemade soup can be made.When tend to over buy when we shop hungry so don’t go to the grocery with your stomach growling.Also if you buy local fruits and veggies they are not having to be transported far so they will be less likely to be bruised. A big bonus is that they are picked ripe so you don’t have to wait for them to ripen so you can use them! So let me ask you a question. Do you throw away a lot of food each week or do you do any of these tips and use most of the food you buy?
Okay now for the giveaway. We have now have hand wrought copper jewelry. Not only is copper jewelry beautiful but there was a paper from the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology that stated it also has antimicrobial properties as well. Which means that it helps kill bacteria viruses and yeast. Also a lot of people believe that it helps with arthritis. I know that I love the way it looks!!There are bangles, cuffs, necklaces, earrings and rings. The giveaway is for any bracelet or cuff of your choice. All you have to do to enter is to go to the site and look over the bracelets and cuffs come back and tell me which you would most like to win. Just go here
We are also offering a discount coupon code of 20% off of any of the copper jewelry. Just enter Bracelet at the checkout.
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At the beginning of the New Year most people make a list of resolutions of things that they want to accomplish. I want to issue a challenge to you and hope that you are up for it. The challenge is to start on a small scale if need be to eliminate some of the toxins in your home. I think that you will find it to be a lot easier than you think.
Did you know that the average home contains 500- 1000 chemicals? Many of these you are unable to see, taste or even smell. Indoor air is usually 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. is One of the easiest things that you can do is to leave your shoes outside the door.It is estimated that 85% of the dirt in our homes comes in from the bottom of our shoes! Just think about where you have been walking lately and what your shoes have come in contact with! Look how much dirt and toxins wouldn’t get in our homes if we just left our shoes right outside the door. Pretty easy to accomplish wouldn’t you say? Many of the cleaning products we use today are full of harmful chemicals. I found this awesome recipe for making your own enzyme cleaner a few years back and always make sure I have some on hand. It only has 3 ingredients and cleans wonderfully. If you would like the recipe I used it is here You can also use things like sea salt, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda to clean extremely well and without any harmful chemicals. What makes using these products even better is the cost! So much cheaper than buying expensive toxic filled products. Do you think that you could do either one or both of these things to eliminate harmful toxins in your home?
Are you ready for cold and flu season? I encourage you to look for all natural chemical free products this year. Check out our Germ Shield line along with all of our other organic chemical free products at Eco Natural
Happy Happy New Year to all of you!!
I love Fall. I love the weather, the pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apples, and apple cider, Fall Festivals,the beautiful colors of the leaves on the trees and of course THANKSGIVING!! I always think that pumpkins are so pretty and colorful.I think Fall Mums are just gorgeous!I love sweet potatoes and have been eating so many of them lately since the Fall crop has come in. Are you enjoying Fall and do you have special things you do this time of year?
We have some great Fall colors in our Crushed Earth Mineral Makeup at Eco Natural
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I did a post a few years back on the dangers of chlorine in the water we use and found out that a lot of people were unaware of this.Chlorine makes your skin unnaturally dry and therefore is considered to be one of the causes for aging your skin.
More importantly though is the harmful effects on your health especially from your shower. Chlorine and it’s by- product VOC ( volatile organic chemicals) can evaporate more quickly than water and chlorine concentrates in your shower steam and inhaling it can damage your health. Chlorine is very harmful in gas form and the steam in your shower probably contains elevated levels of this gas. This isn’t good for anyone but especially very bad for someone that has bronchitis or asthma! Chlorine is also a leading cause of fatigue which happens when we inhale the vapors released through the hot water. which my husband was having to deal with. Also don’t forget that your skin absorbs what is put on it and chlorine water is no exception.Chlorine in the water can actually alter hair color because of its bleaching ability and also make your hair dry and brittle. That is why a lot of hair salons now use water filtration systems.
About 9 years ago I was reading about this and immediately wanted to do something about it. I was reading how just by getting a good shower head filter that would filter out the chlorine you could see an amazing difference. So after several hours of research I found a wonderful filter for our shower. The only thing was it was a bit pricy. $100.00 to be exact and that was way more than I wanted to invest at the time. So I showed it to my wonderful smart husband and after researching what kind of filter it was he found the exact same type of filter at Home Depot for only $29.00!!!!!! It has been such an excellent investment and we saw such a difference within the fist few days. Our skin was so much softer and my husband noticed a big difference in how he felt after the first shower! So happy to say that since we got the shower filter he has not had to deal with the fatigue anymore. With this shower head you only have to replace the filter every two years and they are only $10.00.You can get these at any home improvement store. I hope that you will give a filtered shower head a try because I know your body will thank you! Not only do you get the benefits of not breathing the harmful chlorine gases, you get softer skin and beautiful hair and most are very Eco Friendly so you are saving money as well!