1. A/V Fridays – Using Bugs to Fight Pests

    Posted on October 29, 2010 by Allie

  2. A Surfing Koala Wouldn’t Lie

    Posted on October 28, 2010 by Stefanie

    Here at The Greenists, we spend a fair amount of time talking about the seemingly harmless household items that are possibly not so harmless after all. Not because we’re alarmists, of course (I certainly don’t want to come off like the guy in the teaser promos for my local Fox News affiliate, all “It’s in YOUR CUPBOARD, and it could be KILLING YOU! Find out MORE, at ten!”), but because we’re all trying to raise our awareness, guard our health, and minimize our environmental impact in whatever small ways we can.

    A few months ago, I learned that traditional paraffin candles aren’t the best way to add scent or ambiance to your home, but did you know that most commercial air fresheners aren’t a great choice for that task either?

    Of course you did; you’re all smart and savvy Greenists. As for me, I didn’t really look into the details until something prompted me to do so. That something was the sample of JulAir that arrived in my mailbox.

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  3. Rahua Shampoo and Conditioner

    Posted on October 27, 2010 by Courtney

    If your hair is anything like mine, it needs something new to give it a little boost every now and then. I’m not one to spend a ton of money on shampoo and conditioner, but I don’t like to use the same shampoo every day either. Changing up the products keeps my hair on its toes (not that my hair has toes, but you know what I mean.)

    So when Rahua sent me some samples of their all-natural shampoo and conditioner, I was all too happy to give them a try. Rahua products are organic, free of parabens and sulfates, and 100% natural. I’m not a vegan, but if I were, I could use these products because they’re also 100% vegan-friendly. Read more…

  4. What’s Going On: The SunChips Bag Edition

    Posted on October 26, 2010 by Courtney

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    A couple of weeks ago, The Greenists launched a campaign to save the SunChips bag. In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the gist: We were big fans of the biodegradable, compostable bags SunChips used to offer in place of plastic bags. Unfortunately, a lot of people did not agree. The bags made of plant-based materials were more crinkly and crackly than plastic bags, which some people found unacceptable. A lot of these people contacted SunChips to complain, and in response, SunChips decided to go back to plastic bags on all varieties of their chips except one.

    Well, we think that is unacceptable. Because we would rather listen to a noisy chip bag than live with the knowledge that more and more plastic bags are going to litter our planet, The Greenists launched a campaign to save the biodegradable SunChips bag.

    I’m pleased to report that in less than two weeks, we’ve banked 89 signatures on our online petition, and our Facebook cause page has 27 members! We’d really appreciate it if you’d consider taking part in both. When we have enough supporters, we’ll contact Frito Lay (which owns SunChips) and show them that we still prefer compostable bags over plastic ones, even if they’re loud. Read more…

  5. Make Your Own Soda

    Posted on October 25, 2010 by NPW

    It’s no big secret that I love seltzer water. I buy cases of the Polar seltzer water and stockpile them like a hoarder, as if I’m living in a bunker because any day my house might get bombed and I’d be- GASP- without seltzer! But what can I do? It’s delicious. It’s refreshing and fizzy and it tricks my brain into thinking I’m getting extra caffeine in the middle of the day. It also has the added bonus of not killing me with aspartame like my other guilty love, Diet Coke.

    So when Sodastream offered me the chance to review one of the soda makers I jumped on it. A machine with which I can mass produce my own seltzer water? SOLD!

    And let me tell you, since the day it showed up in that brown UPS box it was love at first sight. I chose the Penguin soda maker and it is a classy looking appliance. See?

    It came with two glass carafes and bottle tops that seal in the carbonation. The package also included two CO2 bottles and multiple seltzer flavors, including Berry, Orange, and Lemon-Lime. Not to mention the organic soda flavors like Apple Mango and Pink Grapefruit.

    Parents: think about it. Soda with no high fructose corn syrup, made from all natural ingredients with no preservatives? Win. Not having to buy cans of soda that are boxed and shipped all over the country, which then need to be recycled? Double win! They also have a recycling program for their CO2 cartridges so that they don’t end up at waste facilities. You can’t even buy new CO2, you must trade it in to them to get new ones. It uses no electricity and it literally takes ten seconds to make two full glasses of your own carbonated beverage. Three pumps on the handle, and voila! A delicious drink.

    Can you tell that I’m in love? I think you will be too.

  6. Win a MAVEA Water Filtration Pitcher

    Posted on October 22, 2010 by Deborah

    Win a FREE Mavea Water Filtration Pitcher!

    Earlier this week I wrote about the amazing MAVEA Water Filtration Pitcher and how it turned me into a water lover. It’s not just me, either; my husband commented (totally without prompting) that the MAVEA filtered water “tastes different — not like that stuff that comes out of our tap.” Ha! Fooled him, didn’t we?

    Not only do the folks at MAVEA provide a 100% BPA-free pitcher and an easy way to recycle the used filters, they have now generously offered to GIVE A FREE MAVEA Water Filtration Pitcher to one of you!

    Just leave a comment on this post telling us about your relationship with water — unique conservation method, what you look for in filtered water, how you get your minimum daily amount of water, etc.

    One of you will be selected at random from the comments section. Comments that will be included in the contest will close on Friday, October 29, 2010, at 11:59 pm, EST. Good luck!

  7. Molly Mutt Dog Bed Freshener

    Posted on October 21, 2010 by Allie

    Argo loves his blanket.  He’s taken custody of an old comforter and he loves it more than any dog bed he’s ever had.  Sometimes, he’ll share it with Stella, but it is unmistakably his.  And while he seems to take great pleasure in lying on his blanket when it’s fresh out of the wash, he mopes like crazy when I take it away to wash it.  I try to wash it often, but it is an entire load of laundry in and of itself and I don’t always have time. Read more…

  8. Method ANTIBAC Cleaning Products

    Posted on October 20, 2010 by Courtney

    I’ve only gotten the flu shot once in my life, and you know what happened that winter? I got the flu. Since then I’ve opted to forego the giant needle in my arm and instead keep myself healthy by other, less painful means. So far it’s worked, since I haven’t had the flu in years (*knock on wood*) and I’d like to keep it that way.

    One way to ward off the sickness is to not let your home become a safe haven for germs. There are plenty of toxic chemicals you could use to go on a germ-killing spree in your house, but remember: You have to live there too, and since the whole point is to keep yourself healthy, perhaps poison is not the answer. You know what IS the answer? Non-toxic cleaning products that will lay the smackdown on germs while not hurting you in the slightest.

    I’d already fallen in love with Method for its hand soap and laundry detergent*, so I was especially excited to see their new line of antibacterial cleaning products. Method partnered with CleanWell (whose hand sanitizer we’ve reviewed before) to create cleaners that use a thyme-based disinfecting ingredient that kills 99.9% of common household bacteria, including salmonella, influenza A, and H1N1. It’s also safe to use on the hard, non-porous surfaces in your home. Read more…

  9. Water Is My New Best Friend

    Posted on October 19, 2010 by Deborah

    I’ve been suspicious of water ever since I was a child. Family friends gave us a few guppies and instructed us to fill the fishbowl with water, but … we had to let it sit overnight before putting in the fish. Why? Because, they said, the chlorine in the water had to evaporate or the fish would die.

    If water kills fish, I thought, it can’t be good for people, either.

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  10. Make Your Own Party Lighting

    Posted on October 18, 2010 by The Modern Gal

    I knew when the Modern Fiance and I started planning our wedding that I didn’t want to spend a lot of time, money or brain power on decor. We’re having our reception in a historic, art-deco style train station, so the venue is beautiful on its own merits. Plus it just seemed wasteful to spend money on things that people wouldn’t eat or dance to.

    I was inspired this summer when I saw a post on my favorite home design blog, Apartment Therapy, on clustering jars on tables with small candles inside for a simple but striking way to add some awesomeness to any gathering. With a year before our wedding date and some help from our parents and wedding party, I knew we could gather a bunch of spaghetti sauce, salsa and jam jars just from the stuff we eat on a regular basis.


    Apartment Therapy

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Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

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According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.


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