10 Most Polluted Cities In The World

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Everyone hates smog. We hate the smell, hate the nasty taste it leaves in your mouth, and hate the consistency. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, because no matter where you are, it’s nice to know what places to avoid. 10.) Kabwe, Zambia This city is on the list due to their extremely high levels of lead deposits near the city. A $40 million project will soon begin cleaning up the lead, but it won’t save the children and villagers already affected by the historically fatal lead poisoning. 9.) Hong Kong You’ll see… read more

DIY Shirts To Skirts

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Are you looking for a new use for that old sweater you’ve got lying around? Would that tie dye shirt look better around your waist than your shoulders? This video will likely blow your mind, and open up your world to a whole new realm of possibilities.   Donating your unused clothing to charity is great and all, but if you can get a few more uses out of it, then why not? This project is simple, fun, and gives a whole new meaning to the word “reusability”. The best part? Zero sewing is required. Have a thought? Share it… read more

Tips For Capturing A Great Environmental Portrait

Tips For Capturing A Great Environmental Portrait

Do your photographs always turn out terrible? Whether you can’t pull off a good group photo, your nature shots tend to turn out grainy or you just want to enhance your image, a few tips for taking environmental portraiture will improve your chances of capturing that perfect picture. Though good photography equipment does help, it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Using what you already do have along with some suggestions can get that optimal environmental shot of wildlife or people. Try these easy to follow tricks for netting better outdoor images from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Simple tips… read more

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Recent strikes have been occurring over the past few months and probably more are in the works for the restaurant industry. Fair wages are on the itinerary, and low wage workers are tired of waiting. If you have ever been employed in fast food production or know someone who has, this is a pertinent subject. Long hours, no benefits, and often irregular schedules can also come with a side of low pay for many food service workers. Fast food is no stranger to criticism over rising obesity levels and poor nutrition. However, healthy options offered or not, current society is… read more

Search Walk Score and Walk Some More

Search Walk Score and Walk Some More

In metropolitan areas the foot commute can be a part of the everyday. Walkways can often be overlooked in places where concrete tends to take over the greenery. Community walk paths that are arranged around nature and not intruding upon it can be found in several designs. Safe, easily cleaned and synthetic materials kept to a minimum, these paths actually encourage walking. Great for sneaking in exercise and improving health, walking as opposed to riding saves environmental energy while increasing individual energy levels. So, how does your neighborhood or favorite spot do on a walkabout? You can find out at Walk… read more

School’s Insecticide Contamination Proves Fatal

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The Mid-Day Meal Scheme in India is the largest school-based feeding program in the world, serving 20 million children every day.  It was originally introduced in 1925 as a means to provide free meals to poor and disadvantaged children, with meals that provide a range of 450-700 energy calories and 12-20 grams of protein. Despite alleviating hunger (though malnutrition certainly remains a problem in India), the program suffers from poor hygiene, and has been caught in multiple scams. Recently, the program’s lack of sanitation resulted in the death of 23 students, who became ill after ingesting cooking oil contaminated with… read more

Sweetness With A Sting

Sweetness With A Sting

Many people substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar in the hope of losing weight, but studies suggest that these products have the opposite effect. A Purdue University study found that animals given artificially sweetened foods gained more weight (primarily fat rather than lean muscle) than animals eating naturally sweetened foods. Another survey conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center found that diet soda consumption was linked with increased risk of obesity. Both the large-scale Nurses’ Health Study and a study of nearly 80,000 women conducted by the American Cancer Society linked weight gain to artificial sweetener use. The San… read more

Headache Remedies

Natural Remedies

You don’t always need a doctor’s prescription to treat your headaches or migraines. Instead of popping a pill from the doctor, try these natural cures to relieve your headaches first. Try applying an ice pack or a damp wash cloth to the painful area of your head. You may also try placing it on your forehead, temples, or the back of your neck for cool relief. Who doesn’t love a good massage? Ask someone to rub your neck and back, or treat yourself to a massage. For quick relief try gentle, steady rotating pressure to the painful area of your… read more

Organic Skincare With Cantaloupes

Organic Skincare With Cantaloupes

A popular skincare ingredient in many high end brands, cantaloupes are packed with nutrients and have hydrating properties. They are full of vitamins A and C, antioxidants that have been found to have regenerative effects. Ideal for dry skin types as they are comprised mostly of water, they can actually increase the skin’s collagen production. Homemade skincare blends are easy to do and don’t require many ingredients, though organic cantaloupes are preferable for topical applications. Cantaloupe can be smashed and applied to the skin for about 10 minutes and rinsed for a lush, natural vitamin mask. The juice from the melon can… read more

You Don’t Have To Buy These 4 Products

You Don’t Have To Buy These 4 Products

There are chemical concoctions for nearly every need. Often there are alternatives to the store bought versions that can be made at home with only a few supplies. Here are 4 simple to make items that you can replicate more naturally at home. Disinfectant Wipes Handy, convenient and perfect for quick clean-ups, these are hard to resist purchasing. However, if eliminating paper waste and chemical exposure is on the agenda, then try Live Renewed’s homemade cleaning wipes. Made with recycled paper towels or reusable cloths, these work just as good as a pricey container. There are 2 recipes to choose from that… read more