Planning meals in advance will help you stick to what’s on your list and not over buy – and be more likely to contribute to food waste. Before you head out to the market, take a look in the fridge to see what you’ve already got that would make a perfectly delicious meal. To view… Continue Reading
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Avoid perfumes and scented shampoo and soaps. Personal care products are largely unregulated and may contain phthalates that can affect reproductive health. A government study found that one of these chemicals, called dibutyl, was present in every person tested for industrial pollutants. Choosing unscented products reduces your risk. To view more tips, click here. To… Continue Reading
This Sunday is Maine Maple Sunday! Celebrate by finding recipes in which you can swap in locally made maple syrup instead of using imported cane sugar. To find a list of participating sugar houses, click here. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Combine one quart of warm water and three tablespoons baking soda. Put the solution on a cloth and rub, then rinse. Learn other ways to clean your home using nontoxic ingredients by downloading our Clean Housekeeping brochure. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here…. Continue Reading
Freshen the air in your home with a few house plants. Living plants create and can remove some toxic chemicals. They also add charm and have been shown to improve moods. Look for a spot to put a plant or two in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. To view more tips, click here…. Continue Reading
Typical American washing machines that load from the top can use as much as 45 gallons of water. A front-loading washing machine can use as little as 15 gallons of water per load. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
Organic-ize your bedroom, where you probably spend one-third of your life! Look for mattresses, bedding, and towels made with organic cotton (and natural rubber in the mattresses) to encourage green manufacturing and reduce your exposure to toxic off-gassing. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click… Continue Reading
By methodically downsizing your life, you’ll be less likely to purchase nonessential items in the future, cutting down on waste and saving you money. To view more tips, click here. To subscribe to our Tip of the Day RSS feed, click here.
In a wood stove or fireplace, nitrogen and sulfur burn off during wood burning, but plant elements of remain that make ash good for neutralizing acidic soils—and non-acid-loving garden plants. Spread some around the base of shrubs such forsythia and lilacs and rake it into the soil, carefully so you don’t damage the roots. To… Continue Reading