fantastic resource for gardening...
If you want to go organic with your lawn, garden, farm or in buckets on your porch or rooftop visit
www.Dirtworks.net. Folks with organic lawns, gardens, golf courses and farms get their organic
fertilizer, organic pest control products including
earth, advice and a whole lot more from
Environmentally Friendly Supplies from Clean Air
the best in environmentally responsible lawn and garden
supplies like push reel mowers, compost bins, rain barrels,
gardening tools, organic fertilizers and much more at Clean
Air Gardening. They offer free US ground shipping for orders
over $50. Donít miss the unusual
Upside Down Tomato Planter, and their incredibly
effective, all natural, DEET
free mosquito repellent.
Mountain View Homes for Sale
a residential and commercial cleaning service in San Diego
that uses only eco-friendly products, like Seventh
Generation, Bon Ami and Mrs. Meyers. We're hoping that
this ingenious business model spreads from San Diego across
Mountain View California is considered one of the
greenest cites in the country. Along with being home
to Google and other leading tech companies, it has one of
the highest percentages of solar homes, and is ranked among
the most walkable cities in the United States.
changes in your everyday living can help the environment
tremendously in the long run. Most of the time, it will also
save you money.
For example; Instead of buying a brand new low-flow toilet
you can put a large bottle, filled with water in the
toiletís water tank. This will reduce the amount of water
you use, and prevent a perfectly good toilet bowl from going
When it is really time to change that toilet...then get a
low flow variety.
See our Green Home
A Jellyhead shares a tip.
After years of speedy and unsatisfying showers, I discovered
that I could save water and spend a bit more time in the shower by
installing a regulator on my showerhead - and I can still have
any kind of showerhead I desire!
Just go to your local hardware store and pick up an
extension with a spigot on it, install it directly onto the pipe
from the wall and then attach your showerhead of choice.
Now when showering, you can turn off the spigot instead of
the faucet! The water stays hot AND while you're soaping up or
shaving, there is a SMALL steady stream of water from the shower
head - just enough to wet your razor or help with the lather!
Regan E. Gust
Send us your tips!
We found out about
Way out Wax at the Yoga
Festival in LA a few weeks ago. They have been making all-natural
candles for eleven years, and they hand pour each one to order to
ensure that they are fresh. Each candle is scented with pure
plant based essential oils without the addition of artificial
fragrances or perfumes.
They use cotton wicks without metals, and
their soy wax candles are guaranteed all vegetable and GMO free.
When you burn Way Out Waxís aromatherapy candles, and the wax pool
is created, the essential oils are naturally diffused! For more
info check out their website.
feel good about!
Celtic Viking Furniture
creates absolutely beautiful furniture from reclaimed timber.
They dedicate themselves to the preservation of our environment
through art history and culture- and stunning elm that was logged
in the last millennium.
Viking Furniture online!
something that might catch many Americans by surprise. Did you
know that many Europeans are taken aback by our bedroom ritual
of making the bed first thing when we get up? Itís considered
standard practice in much of Europe to let the bed breathe in
the morning by turning back the comforter and allowing moisture
and odors to escape from the mattress by getting some air circulation.
moisture and odors - not me? Donít worry; itís not just
you. The average person loses about a pint of perspiration
during sleep each night. Fortunately, there is wool -
Pure Grow Wool TM to be exact. Due to the porous nature of the cells
in wool fiber, it can quickly and efficiently absorb and evaporate
moisture to ensure a dry sleeping environment all night long. In
fact, wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight without feeling
damp or clammy.
organic three-dimensional structure of wool-which may never
be reproduced synthetically-creates millions of air pockets
that provide natural insulation,
helping to keep your skin temperature constant. Wool is one
of the most versatile and healthiest choices for bedding as
itís sensitive to your bodyís temperature. So, whether
the bedroom is hot or cold, you will be just right.
Tests conducted at the
Polytechnic Institute of Wales that featured wool versus
synthetic fibers revealed that the heart rate under the wool
filled comforter was significantly lower 100% of the time.
In addition, the humidity next to the skin was shown to be
significantly lower 71% of the time under a wool comforter.
What does this mean to you?
If there is excess humidity
under the blanket your heart rate and blood pressure climb,
resulting in shallow sleep. Basically, if it is too hot or
too humid in your sleeping environment, you will experience
less deep (or REM) sleep.
Another nice thing is that due to its unique chemical
structure and built-in moisture content, wool is naturally
resistant to fire. Interestingly, even with its natural
moisture wool repels mildew and dust mites as well. In a
sense, wool is an active fiber.
Wool is known to be durable,
and thatís a result of the fiberís flexibility. Wool can
bend back on itself 20,000 times without breaking. How does
that compare to other fibers? Cotton will break at 3,200
times, silk at 1,800, and rayon at only 75 times. Wool =
Return On Investment
The question is, where to find wool
bedding that didnít harm any sheep, or destroy the farm
land in the process! Luckily for all of us, thereís NaturalEmporium.
They offer a line of natural bedding, including wool
mattresses and comforters that have actually helped the
manufacturer of their products has worked with more than 200
California wool-growing families who have pledged to follow
sustainable, humane farming practices. In 1999 the company
bought more than 75 percent of the wool produced in Sonoma
County, a land of rolling hills along the Pacific Coast just
an hour north of San Francisco.
This commitment to the local
wool-growing industry has reversed a 20-year decline caused
by rising real estate prices and plummeting wool prices.
Local farmers receive four times more than market price for
their wool in this program, which helps ease the pressure to
develop land for houses and industry. In turn, farmers have
agreed to adhere to the Pure Grow WoolTM
standards the company has developed.
The Pure Grow WoolTM program
asks participating ranchers to follow low-impact farming
practices, to treat animals humanely and to keep wool
scrupulously clean during shearing so that it doesn't need
to be bleached or dyed as conventional wool does. Features
of the Pure Grow Wool TM program
rotational grazing and responsible land management
pesticides on the pasture
chemicals in the animal feed
tattooing or dyeing of sheep for identification purposes (tattooing
makes it necessary to bleach wool during the production process)
shearing in rooms free of dirt, dust and pests (eliminates
the need for chemical treatments to remove impurities)
chemicals used during cleaning of wool. Shorn wool is soaked
to remove loose matter, then washed twice with biodegradable
Natural Emporium is offering free shipping on orders over
$50.00, and if you mention Redjellyfish by using the code
RJF upon checkout youíll get 10% off your entire order!
For more information, follow the link to NaturalEmporiumís
Healthy Organic Bedroom.
If you have any other questions, you can email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A HEALTH HAZARD?
By Andy Summa
Continuous, low-level traffic noise can cause health and motivational problems in children, researchers recently announced.
The low noise pollution of local traffic can cause stress in children and raise blood pressure, heart rates and levels of stress hormones, according to the Cornell University study. Boosts in stress hormones are of concern because they are linked to high blood pressure, elevated lipids and cholesterol, heart disease and a reduction in the body's supply of disease fighting immune cells, ENN reported.
ďWe also found that girls exposed to the traffic noise become less motivated, presumably from the sense of helplessness that can develop from noise they couldn't control,Ē Gary Evans, an international expert on environmental stress, told ENN. ďWe found that even low level noise can be a stressor because it elevates psycho-physiological factors, triggers more symptoms of anxiety and nervousness when the children are stressed (by taking a test) and can diminish motivation.Ē
The researchers studied 115 fourth-graders -- half who lived in quiet areas (below 50 decibels, equivalent to a quiet office) and the other half lived in noisier neighborhoods (above 60 decibels, about the intensity of a dishwasher). A typical US neighborhood has decibel levels between 55-70, the research said.
Andy Summa is a freelance writer in Sugar Land, Texas.
By Andy Summa
Letís face it: sometimes your house just stinks. Be it musty furniture
or that distinctive ďpet smell,Ē there are many reasons to combat
these odoriferous attacks with incense. Or maybe you just want the
soothing aroma of sandalwood or jasmine to melt away the dayís
anxieties. Either way, Annaís Incense is a great place to start.
If youíve never purchased incense before, you can check out the siteís
real-time best-seller list. At last check, by the way, jasmine, rose
and rain occupy the top three spots in the poll. Anna also has many
specials, and sells more incense holders to shake a Dragonís Blood
incense stick at.
If you still canít decide, you can opt for a $10 ďDisaster
which has 100 incense sticks in a package. The catch: you wonít know
what flavor they are until you burn them, but Anna assures us she only
uses top-grade oils and materials.
Also of note: Liíl Anna Roma, the official cartoon of the site. Itís
updated regularly, so be sure to check out her latest adventure in
marriage counseling, fishing or animal care.
The comics, of course, do not stink.
Andy Summa is a freelance writer in Sugar Land, Texas.
technology in this Los Angeles home, and the lucky couple who
resides there finds it a match made in heaven.
When Colorado-born Jana Montgomery pictured owning a home, a
two-story corrugated-metal cube capped by a roof made from
recycled petroleum waste wasn't exactly what came to mind. "I'm
a little more of a cottage person'', Jana confesses.
this story and many more on
Natural Home and
Ellen B. Klugman
Photography by Claudio Santini
FROM OLD BARNS!
The Wood Duck specializes in furniture made from recycled wood.
Their Berkeley, California factory creates a line of functional, yet
sophisticated furniture from recycled Douglas Fir.
also import classically styled furniture made from recycled wood,
as well as restored antique pieces from Indonesia, Europe and
China. Custom work is also available through their factory.
them online at The
does Red Jellyfish Internet compare with ECOISP?
Are you selling a home? You can shine it up and get top dollar
by using someone who does
They place furniture, plants, prints, etc. in your house and make it look like a showroom. It's an easy way to go, and one
service that usually pays for itself. If you are in the San
Francisco Bay area, check out
One Two Six Design.
The first thing youíll notice about
is the friendly, smiling caricature that greets you to the
page. The second thing youíll notice is a nice selection of
all-natural, cruelty-free cleaning products. The 23-year-old
company offers window cleaner, oxygen bleach cleaner,
all-purpose cleaner and basin, tub and tile cleaner. All four
products are all-natural (Heather herself is sensitive to
chemicals) and Heather-approved.
These awesome products can be found in retail stores all
over Washington. Or, if you want to order directly from
Heather will be more than happy to help. Cleaning green is her
spa users have reactions to chemicals such as chlorine and
bromine that are used to clean and disinfect the tubs, and
environmentally conscious consumers are concerned about the
chemicals effect on the environment. Now there is a nontoxic
alternative available that even chemically sensitive
individuals can use to clean and disinfect their hot tubs
and spas. Available from Eco One Spa,
the products are enzyme-based water purifiers that are
competitively priced with their chemical counterparts. The
Eco One line consists of three spa care products: A nontoxic
cleaner that removes chemical residue in spa water as well
as contaminants deep inside plumbing and equipment; an
overall spa treatment that contains organic enzymes, mineral
softeners, and other natural compounds that moisturize the
skin while helping to maintain sanitary conditions in the
spa; and a natural mold, mildew and bactericide for vinyl
Fernandez from Santa Cruz California is an amazingly talented
artist who does sculpture, photography and paintings. We
particularly like his African art series. To see some of
this amazing work check out
Look what we've found!
The laundry disc that eliminates your need for detergents completely. The environmentally friendly alternative laundry solution. Although the detergent manufacturers try to disprove it, half a million people use it, and like the results. No chemicals, no pollutants. Works for people with MCS. Several sites offer it on
10 ways to use
baking soda in and around the home...
Baking soda is indispensable for the nontoxic home kit. The magic of cleaning with alkaline minerals such as baking soda and washing soda is that they
neutralize many stains and acidic odors, are nonabrasive scourers, and
dissolve grime and oils.
) Make a Homemade Soft Scrubber
Pour about 1/4 cup of baking soda into a bowl and add enough all purpose
liquid soap or detergent (such as Life Tree's Home Soap or Dr. Bronner's
Peppermint Castile Soap) to make a texture like cake frosting. Scoop the
scrubber onto a sponge, scrub the surface to be cleaned, and rinse.
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