Brad Bodon

LifeStraw Saves Lives

LifeStraw purification method

The “LifeStraw” is an invention that could become one of the greatest life-savers in history. LifeStraw is a portable water purification instrument that cleanses surface water and makes it safe for human consumption.  It is a 25 cm long, 29 mm diameter, plastic pipe filter and costs just a few dollars. The original idea was created years ago by Torben Vestergaard Frandsen, but over the years in partnership with The Carter Center and others, the Lifestraw has made clean water a possibility to many. Millions of people die every year because they don’t have clean water to drink. Until now,… read more

PUMA’s Sustainable Line

PUMA InCycle collection

Puma presents their newest concept of sustainable footwear, apparel and accessories for Spring/ Summer 2013. The product will be sold to help its consumers reduce waste and lessen their personal environmental footprints. PUMA will be launching a collection of shoes, apparel and accessories that are either biodegradable or recyclable. When consumers return the used goods to PUMA’s “Bring Me Back Program,” the work will be done for them. With the PUMA “InCycle” collection set to hit stores in Spring/ Summer 2013, PUMA will take the first step toward reducing the environmental footprint of its consumers’ disposal. By taking on the… read more

Common Cold Remedies

Common cold remedies

There is no definite cure for the common cold. Most products sold in stores act as short-term treatments. They provide symptom relief or shorten the duration of those symptoms. Or you can take a cheaper, natural approach. Below are seven home remedies that may help you feel better along the way. 1. Blow Your Nose Often It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. If you blow too hard, the pressure can cause an added earache. The recommended way to blow your nose is by pressing a finger… read more

Teaching Green Values

Teaching children to be greener

The choices we make in our home and in our lives will forever affect our children and all of the following generations. Here are a few ideas for ways to help your child be more environmentally aware. 1. Toy Swaps: Children outgrow their toys quickly. In order to reduce waste and save a little money in the process, set up periodic toy swaps. Parents and their children can take old and unwanted toys to swap out for newer, more age-appropriate toys. If you can’t do a toy swap, find a consignment toy shop in your area. It is better for… read more

Amazon Goes Green

Eco-friendly website

Amazon has launched Vine.com, a new website that sells products that are entirely green and eco-friendly. Right now, that includes everything from home living, sports, babies, beauty, pets, and health and wellness amongst others. Since it is new, Vine is offering a 30% discount when the user chooses to shop at the new site. According to the New York Times, products on the site must fall into one of the following categories: they must be designed to remove toxins, be energy-efficient, natural, organic, powered by renewable energy, reusable, and made of sustainable materials or water-efficient. The site is not only about… read more

15 New Year’s Resolutions

2013 New Years Resolutions

We are just hours away from the new year so it’s time to make promises about how we’ll better ourselves in the year ahead. Some resolutions are small and others are a lifelong challenge. More New Year’s resolutions are broken than kept every year, especially if they are not whole hearted decisions. Going green is a great way to start off the new year. Choose a few specific ways to green your life in 2013. Below are 15 suggestions to get you started. 1. Stop using paper and plastic bags all together. Start carrying at least one reusable bag with… read more

Teaching Kids About Energy

Tio Ghost Light

Energy conservation is a growing subject, and one that kids should be aware of. The younger children learn these habits, the longer they will practice them over their lifetime. We now know enough about the effects of energy consumption and over-consumption that we should be teaching today’s youngsters about the importance of saving energy. Tim Holley has designed a light switch to do just that. He calls it “Tio,” and it’s a ghost-shaped light switch that gives kids a visual reminder of how much energy they’ve used by leaving lights on. Tio starts out a green and smiling ghost. If… read more

It’s Getting Warmer

Climate change study

In a new study released by the Pew Research Center shows that more Americans are finally coming to the realization that climate change may really be occurring. According to Pew Research Center, 67% of people say that there is now solid evidence that the earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades. That number is up four points since last year and up ten points since 2009. An increasing number of people say that the rise in the earth’s temperature has much to do with and may be directly caused by human activity. As of today,… read more

Treat Acne Naturally

Healthy skin treatments

We have all had our fair share of acne and often treat it with toxic medications.  Fortunately, there are natural ways to treat acne and save some money.  These natural remedies have been tested by science and are shown to work for most skin types. Dairy – Science has confirmed that diet can cause acne.  According to the Mayo Clinic, eating dairy foods and carbohydrates can cause acne.  The problem is the rise in blood sugar from eating foods containing refined flour.   If dairy is a part of your everyday diet, try cutting back or replacing your usual dairy products with… read more

Fake ‘Healthy Food’ Labels

Food labelling

Some food producers have noticed that camouflaging simple snacks with a healthier label will help them sale, particularly producers of processed foods. They have figured out that adding certain healthy sounding or looking labels to their products might make them seem more nutritious than they actually are. Most companies have become so deceptive that the average shopper does not know the difference. Grist.org put together a list of some of the most deceptive labels that might seem like they are advertising a healthy product, but in fact, aren’t. Here are some things to keep an eye out for: Enriched: The… read more