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Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever

How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist Each American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep …

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Soil Sisters

Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist More women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to …

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Troubled Waters

Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist All water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of water and thus a part of this cycle, we …

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Toxin-Free Beauty Salons

Pure Pampering Feels Natural and Safe by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist When clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around in hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While …

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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses

Agrihoods Use Onsite Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson For thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments in corporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the …

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Eco-Beauty

Eco-Beauty

Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes Many of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many grocery and …

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Greenhouse Magic

Green House Magic

Eat Homegrown Organic Veggies Year-Round by Avery Mack Much of America’s supermarket produce is expected to ripen in trucks, stores or at home after traveling many hundreds of miles from field to table. During the past six years, as Americans’ hunger for fresher, better-tasting food has deepened, the number of …

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A Practical Guide to Composting

A Practical Guide to Composting

Pick the Best Option for You by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy Yard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space …

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Nature’s Wisdom

Nature's Wisdom

It’s Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald “The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us.” ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman While the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature …

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Green Arts

Green Arts

Tips for Finding Safe Eco-Supplies by Avery Mack “Creative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature …

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