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Reduce Household Toxics With 10 Easy Steps

DebLynn.jpgToday’s Guest Contributor is NaturalPath Featured Expert Debra Lynn Dadd. Week 5 in our Wednesday post swap with NaturalPath.
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We like to think of our homes as being a safe place to be–a refuge from a dangerous world. Yet some of the exposures that you have day-to-day that are most hazardous to your health and the health of your family happen right at home.

The good news is that for every toxic product you’ll find in your home, there is a safer alternative. You just need to know where to look for those toxic exposures and what safe solutions are available.

Here are ten common toxic exposures most Americans have in their homes, and some simple, inexpensive things everyone can do to reduce household toxics.

1. Save yourself from exposure to toxic ammonia by washing your windows with vinegar and water.

Ammonia can cause irritation of the eyes and respiratory tract, and burn your skin. Instead, mix distilled white or apple cider vinegar half-and-half with water in a spray bottle. Squirt on windows and wipe with recycled newspapers for a streak-free super shine.

2. Free yourself from toxic formaldehyde exposure by sleeping on untreated cotton sheets.

Formaldehyde exposure can cause insomnia and respiratory problems, among other symptoms. Bypass formaldehyde-coated polyester/cotton sheets and no-iron cotton sheets and choose cozy cotton flannel sheets or untreated cotton percale sheets, both available at major department stores and online.

3. Put up a detector to protect your family from carbon monoxide exposure.

Carbon monoxide starves the body and brain of oxygen and can be fatal. First symptoms include sleepiness, headache, dizziness, flushed skin, and disorientation. All homes with gas appliances or
Carbon monoxide starves the body and brain of oxygen and can be fatal. First symptoms include sleepiness, headache, dizziness, flushed skin, and disorientation. All homes with gas appliances or heaters should install carbon monoxide detectors, available in most hardware and home improvement stores or on-line. (more…)

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Special Night at Kaight’s – book signing, sale & after party

Tomorrow, Thursday July 26, 6-9pm

75-83 Orchard Street

kaight_1.jpgKaight’s summer closeout sale, Tahir Boutique’s bargain basement

Josh Dorfman autographs his green guide, “The Lazy Environmentalist”

Koca Lounge after party 9-11p. 15% off food and drinks.

Meet Kate and Josh, get designer eco threads on sale, a good green guide and healthy eats. What could be better?

details: 212 680 5630

Let me know how much fun you had…I’ll be in Saratoga:(

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Sunrise Springs Resort & Spa


As green as it gets. That’s what comes to mind when I envision Sunrise Springs Eco Resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Featuring organic, local and natural cuisine (some from their own gardens) and wines, house-made oils, vinegars and liquors, yogurt and breads, this resort is a member of Slow Food, USA and supporter of the Farm to Restaurant Project. And that’s just one bite of the delicious Sunrise Springs eco friendliness pie. Truth is, there’s too much to tout in one post.

Sunrise_Springs.jpgIn their spa and guest rooms, travelers will find equally impressive tactics that strive toward sustainability. Even the gift shop boasts locally made products. Accommodation choices come aplenty as well. Choose from a private casita, garden- or pond-view room.

Current room rates start at $125. Visit for rate and package details.

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wednesday’s mixed bag of green news


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hand knit – knit penguins


Each one of these adorable penguins is hand-knit by women who are part of a collective of knitters in rural Kenya. The collective is involved with the East Africa Hub, a non-profit organization comprised of socially responsible businesses that provide a link between artisans and the marketplace.

The importer of these products takes personal care to monitor the safe, dignified and healthy working conditions. They are committed to: the welfare of the artisans, respecting and sustaining the environment, and promoting and practicing fair and open trade ethics and principles.

Natural wool yarn, treated with natural vegetable-based dyes.
Filled with acrylic.
Small: 4″ tall. Large: 16″ tall.
maker notes: the handmade quality of these items may lead to variations

Starting at $18.00 @ May sound crazy, but these charming creatures have cast a spell on me.

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