Camping Gets A Charge

Camping Gets A Charge

Camping excursions without proper gear can be problematic. However, some high tech wonders that will only be a camper’s dream for most have moved past the idea phase and onto the drawing board. Not yet reaching into the world of available merchandise, these concept products would step up camping convenience a notch. One item that would have the power to literally transform an outdoor stay is the Orange™ Solar Tent. This idea combines solar power and turns a normal tent into a charging station for mobile devices. The design is constructed of sturdy photovoltaic fabric to help capture and store… read more

Make Your Own Solid Perfume

Make Your Own Solid Perfume

If you don’t like strong scented sprays but still want a hint of fragrance, try a solid perfume. These can be customized with favorite scents and all natural ingredients. Placed in a locket or other sealable container, they make resourceful gifts. Just be sure to make extra for yourself. Perfume sprays can contain chemicals and harmful ingredients that you don’t want on skin. Solid perfumes scent the skin without irritating sprays that aren’t so air friendly. Plus, homemade perfumes in a solid form are fairly simple to make. There are many recipes available, but most call for using beeswax. Be… read more

Go Ahead, Get Your (Healthier) Popsicle On

Go Ahead, Get Your (Healthier) Popsicle On

Not a fan of high-fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients? Then you probably know it can sometimes be a challenge to find frozen treats that aren’t full of them. For homemade popsicles with ultimate ingredient control, indulge your need for gourmet frozen novelties with these unique and nutritious spins on an old favorite. Let antioxidant packed fresh summer fruits have some fun. Making homemade popsicles can be as simple as pureeing some fresh finds and freezing them, like this watermelon and whole fruit pop. Martha Stewart has several good for you versions of popsicle recipes. Simple yet delicious, the fruit salad ice… read more

Organic Pantry Basics

Organic Pantry Basics

Sometimes we are so rushed we feel that we don’t have time to eat the healthiest foods. Having a few things on hand makes it easier to resist the not so good choices. Since the pantry is often the starting point for a home cooked meal or a wholesome snack, it is smart to keep it stocked with some quality basics so good food can be readily available. To start, organic. Whole wheat unbleached flours are a great alternative to white flours. White flours are bleached and refined, meaning they have been processed. This makes their shelf life longer, helps keeps… read more

Mineral Make Up

Mineral Make Up

Modern mineral make up is friendly to our planet and not contaminated with lead and synthetics. Mineral makeup contains all-natural ingredients such as seed oil, flower extract, titanium dioxide and mica. Mica and other minerals are naturally occurring and have been praised for their color for centuries – the ancient Egyptians enjoyed wearing mica. With mineral makeup there are no synthetic colors, artificial fragrances or petrochemicals. Additionally, mineral makeup is a natural UVA/B ray blocker. Many companies now offer mineral solutions in makeup. Companies like MAC and Origins sell different products with about 80% minerals that are all natural. Other… read more

3 Strange Dark Chocolate Combinations

3 Strange Dark Chocolate Combinations

Dark chocolate is renowned for its health factors, providing chocolate lovers with a sense of sweet contentment. Though favorite recipes may include desserts or dipped fruits, the following are some dark chocolate pairings that may not make the popular list, but they sure spark some culinary curiosity. Believe it or not, chocolate and avocado are a pair appearing in several recipes. One to check out is from two peas & their pod. Their vegan chocolate avocado cookies may sound odd but they look delicious. Avocados are rich in natural good fats and have many healthy properties. When paired with antioxidant rich dark chocolate it… read more

All Choked Up In China

Choking In China

  Earlier this year pictures of the air pollution swathing the skies in China’s highly inhabited cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Guangzhou were released, and it is hard to imagine living and working in that environment. Overdue reports on the increasingly bad breathing quality disclosed that the air’s particle count had exploded to 755 in Beijing, the largest amount ever recorded there. The air was thick with PM2.5, which is a tiny element filled with numerous toxins like heavy metals, chemicals and microorganisms. It can enter the bloodstream when breathed in and can contribute to health issues like cancer, cardiovascular and… read more

Meat without Murder: the Future of Beef and Leather

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Modern Meadow is a company co-founded by Gabor and Andras Forgacs, a father-son team, that produces meat and leather from bovine cells without killing livestock. Instead, meat is grown in a tech incubator in Columbia, Missouri, where Gabor Forgacs heads the biological physics lab at the University of Missouri, known also as Mizzou. Using a 3D printer, living cells are collected, fused together and printed into the desired shape. In this case, little patties and sheets of leather the size of a credit card. Bovine cells are biopsied without harm to the cow. For meat, this means taking cells from… read more

Organic Farming Reduces Carbon Emissions

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We already know that plantlife is good for the atmosphere. Filling your home with flowers is a necessary step towards creating a healthy environment. Roughly 20% of the earth’s oxygen is generated by the Amazon Rainforest, although that’s unfortunately in decay, as years of logging, poor farming practices, and corporate neglect have begun irrevocably destroying one of the largest sources of the stuff we breathe each day. So what’s our next bet for cleaning up the atmosphere? Well, it’s otherwise known as organic farming, and it might just be the solution. Although it’s not a sure shot by any stretch… read more

Concerns Over Environmental Links to Autism

Concerns Over Environmental Links to Autism

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have recently released a report regarding one of their studies involving autism and expectant U. S. Women. Their findings indicate that those who were prenatally exposed to increased air pollutant levels are twice as likely to be diagnosed with autism. Researchers looked at various locations that had been outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exposure database for areas deemed as being contaminated with high concentrations of air pollutants. Correlating this geographical information with the numbers of women in these highly air polluted areas showed that those in more contaminated regions were… read more