Healthy Living: Buy These Certified USDA Organic Brands

BUY THESE CERTIFIED USDA ORGANIC BRANDS: Alteya Organics Baby Bear Shop Badger Brittanie’s Thyme Bubble and Bee Organic Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Earth Mama Angel Baby Golgi Indian Meadow Herbals Intelligent Nutrients Kimberly Parry Organics Little Angel Mercola Miessence Certified Organics Nature’s Paradise Niko Cosmetics OGmama and OGbaby Organicare Organic Essence Origins Organics Purely Shea Rose Tattoo … Continue reading

Healthy Living: Boycott Fake “Organic” Brands

  The following brands market their products as “organic,” but they don’t have enough organic ingredients to be USDA certified, and they use ingredients that would never be allowed in USDA certified products. The links below go to each brand’s entry in the Cosmetics Safety Database. Compare Hazard Scores for Dr. Bronner’s Products certified under … Continue reading

Living Green: Amazon starts up site for green products, does not claim it will solve the world’s problems

  By Sarah Laskow Today in refreshingly honest incrementalism: Amazon has launched a site called that sells green products. But the people in charge of it aren’t promising it’s going to save the world. They know what they’re offering is as “better-than” solution, rather than a “best” solution. Josh Dorfman, the guy who runs the site, told The New … Continue reading

Gardening: Hydroponics or Soil, the Big Question?

Hi Everyone: I know it’s been awhile since my last post, so I decided to re-connect to let you know what we’re up to.  We had a successful growing season for our experimental summer garden.  Although we had many challenges, we have a lovely bounty and are enjoying our tasty fruits and veggies.  We still … Continue reading

Living Green: Blu Homes to Build Sunset Magazine’s 2012 Idea House in California

New, Updated Sunset Breezehouse just one of nine Blu homes being built in Sonoma wine country; Healdsburg becoming Blu Homes’ hottest market SAN FRANCISCO and WALTHAM, Mass., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — California and Massachusetts-based green, precision homebuilder Blu Homes ( is thrilled to announce that it will build Sunset magazine’s 2012 Idea House, the striking new … Continue reading

Living Green: Nine Surprising Things About People Who Go Solar

Originally posted on March 29, 2012 There really are some surprising things in this Infographic created by One Block Off the Grid (1BOG). Below is the infographic (larger version can be seen on 1BOG or by clicking on the image). They are not doing it for the environment. Read more at: Copyright © … Continue reading

Living Green: Green Roofs

Green Roofs By Bill Marken PHOTO BY: Marianne Majerus It is difficult to pinpoint when the living roof jumped from eco-fantasy to eco-solution — there have been startling and innovative green roofs all across the country and in Europe seemingly forever. But in my mind, technology and design caught up with the dream in 2008 when a … Continue reading

Living Green: Westinghouse Solar Launches World’s First Fully Integrated Plug-and-Play Solar Panels

Originally posted on March 25, 2012 Instant Connect(TM) Eliminates Panel-to-Panel Wiring and Racking, Reduces Installation Costs by 50% Westinghouse Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEST), a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems, has recently announced the release of Instant Connect, a new line of solar panels that makes rooftop installations faster and easier than ever before. Instant … Continue reading

Green Meetings: It’s Easy to Be Green, When You Have the Right Tools

by Tara Swords This article originally appeared in One+ Magazine. These are the resources to turn to when you’re planning and executing sustainable events. You know how easy it is to waste resources if you’ve ever had a backyard barbecue. Maybe you print invitations. You stock up on bottles of water that people half-drink. The … Continue reading

Updates on Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable Energy Sources Nautilus Solar Announces New 1.9 MW Chino, CA Solar Project Posted: 09 Mar 2012 09:25 AM PST Nautilus Solar Energy, a leading independent solar power producer, has commenced engineering and construction of a 1.9 MW roof mounted, solar photovoltaic project located at 15710 San Antonio Avenue, Chino, CA.  The project is scheduled to … Continue reading

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