Organic/Green Living


With a sassy flare, idealbite.com dishes up tips for green living and shopping. A daily dose of humor and wit with simple, sound advice makes this newsletter a refreshing read each day.

I came across their site after reading numerous articles raving about two women who met by chance in a Manhatten bistro and became partners in green. A year later, they came up with the idea for Ideal Bite, an eco-living website that emails tips to more than 100,000 readers a day. Their aim is to provide digestible suggestions on making gradual green makeovers.

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Did you know?

20 Gallons of water you use per soak in the bathtub. (Shower takes about half that amount)

50 Gallons of water you can save each week by turning off the shower while you shampoo and condition your hair

1,600 Pounds of trash generated by an American every year

1 Million Number of trees saved when you buy a package of recycled-paper napkins (more…)

Just before I toss out my older magazine issues into the recycle bin, I always flip through to make sure there wasn’t anything I missed. Instead of saving the whole magazine, I’ve begun just tearing out the pages that interest me and keeping them in a notebook. Doing this also aids in keeping the clutter down in my home. Gathering up my recycle pile, I came across an old issue of Shape magazine, April 2007, and a great article on an A- Z guide of actions we can take today to protect the planet and our health. Here’s is a condensed version of some their ideas:

A-buy an Apple computer and they will recycle your old one

B-choose Biodegradable products and packaging whenever possible

C- replace bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb’s (CFL) (more…)

The best way to reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself to potentially harmful pesticides is to choose organic produce whenever possible, especially those varieties which are more likely to be contaminated. But if organic produce is cutting into your budget, it’s okay to buy non-organic varieties of the fruits and vegetables listed below, which tend to contain the least amount of pesticides. However, make it a habit to wash them thoroughly before eating or cooking, to remove dirt and bacteria.

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados (more…)

I think I’m in love! My favorite magazine was Martha Stewart’s Living. It’s pretty, glossy, over-sized pages are pleasing to thumb through. My eyes are entertained by the fantastic photography. The articles are well written and timely. But then, I received my first subscription issue of Body + Soul, from the same publishers. This magazine combines everything that interests me.

Body + Soul Sept 07The matte finish pages are printed on recycled paper. The contents can be broken up into departments covering Whole Living, Rejuvenate, Conscious Eating, Green Living, Going Natural, Balanced Fitness, Whole Health and Inner Growth.

Typically, when I first receive a magazine, I flip through all the pages to get an idea of what the issue is about. Then, I go back and read the articles cover to cover. Well, with Body + Soul, as soon as I turned the first page, the topics were of so much interest that I couldn’t help but begin to read. (more…)

There are some very simple steps we can all take to reduce energy consumption and wastefulness. Here are a few steps I’ve taken:

  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper
  • Use washable rags instead of paper towels
  • Turn off power strips when not in use
  • Unplug charges when not in use (more…)