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All Natural Sunscreen – save your skin


I love walking barefoot on the beach on a beautiful sunny day, then lounging under a sun-brella — I imagine Vitamin D penetrating my hide, making my innards feel all warm and fuzzy. But with my fair skin genes, I have to be conscientious about sun protection year-round — slathering it on, daily. But it’s that time of year, when you’re probably shopping SPFs:

  • look for products with either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, natural minerals for sound UV protection
  • or choose plant-based ingredients, such as green-tea extract, which are high in antioxidants, and their anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent sun damage and minimize burn damage, if it does occur.

Fortunately, there are many good chemical-free sunscreen lotions available today, at various price points. Here’s my latest round-up of some Good Green Protection from sun’s harmful rays.

Alba Botanica SUN – paraben-free, fragrance free, with mineral sunscreen SPF 18 with aloe for sensitive skin

Aubrey-Organics – Natural Sun line – Check out their ingredients dictionary

Erbaviva – SPF 15 for “kids of all ages”

Lavera’s Family Sun Spray, SPF 15 – organic, vegan, waterproof

Shop Saffron Rouge for organic options

Check out your sunscreen’s rating with Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Sunscreen Report. And visit for some ingredients to avoid.

Use at least one ounce per slather. And re-apply if you’re in the sun all day or go for a dip. Now grab the cooler, and enjoy the sunshine!

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Enertia Building System stores energy in wood

History Channel and Invent Now have announced the winner of their 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge, Michael Sykes and his Enertia Building System.

winter1.jpgThe Enertia Building System technology turns a piece of wood into a thermal battery. Wood is no longer just a structural component, or just a decorative trim or paneling- it becomes a solar energy storing device, and when the house is properly configured and sited it can heat and cool itself. With this technology the more wood the better, so the invention is especially applicable to solid wood homes. Enertia Building Systems has developed a line of solid Gluelam wall homes to maximize the energy-storing potential of the wood, and to offer the mainstream appearance necessary to attract traditional housing buyers. Because Enertia® homes ‘sequester carbon’ in their massive wood walls, as well reduce carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, they caught the attention of the Modern Marvels’ judges – who were looking for breakthrough inventions with global potential. (more…)

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friday’s mixed bag of green news


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loll designs – recycled and refined


Loll Design makes these great looking, all weather, Adirondack chairs from post-consumer, superior grade recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE). The furniture has an attractive aesthetic and avoids the sterile look of more common recycled material.

07_rectangle_flat_1.jpgIn some pieces Richlite, a unique environmentally friendly natural wood fiber laminate is used. Made from resin saturated paper, this material is also aesthetically appealing and will hold-up in or outdoors with no maintenance. High grade stainless steel fasteners hold everything together forever.

Style, substance and sustainability.

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