Monday, December 31, 2007

Resolutions... will I fail again?


New Year's is here and it's time to bite your tounge with those things you KNOW you NEED to do in order to have a healthier, more prosperous life.

So, are your New Year's Resolutions anything like these:

Loose weight, get in shape, make more money, spend more time with family, live healtheir, etc.?

How many times have you said those, or heard it at the New Year's Eve parties?

It's so hard to keep them! Why?

Habits that have formed our daily routines are difficult to change!

But.... change is easier when there's incentive, right?

If you got paid $10 for every pound you dropped, would you do it? Wait! If you had to pay $20 dollars for every one you gained back, would you still do it?

Maybe not.

If you seek out incentives for commiting to and keeping your goals, it might help. I found out that if you find a way to get paid, or get charged for failing, you can find more reason to fulfill those goals and actually start to change your life.

Here comes January's Visa Statement!

When the Visa statement doesn't fulfill it's promise of "use your visa, then you won't feel so bad" and you're being pulled to work one way and your husband or child pulls you the other way. When literally everyone is feeling this pressure, it's time to reach out and help eachother. Like I'm doing here.

What I found is that you need to learn how to create income from various things you already do in your daily life. Then you'll be able to get out of debt, fulfill the personal needs of your husband and children, and your need to be needed. Yes, the need to be needed by the others you help is a nobel and rewarding result of keeping those goals and following your dreams.

If you're wondering how you can possibly monetize your goals without having to get another job or sell off your stuff, visit this website and see more. I'll help you connect your need to fulfill your goals with a deeper reason for keeping them going and finally, providing incentive for you to reach them!

But do it now! Because the only way to ensure failure, is to fail to get started!

Here's to your new new years resolutions!

JoAnn

Sunday, December 23, 2007

What are your Eco-Resolutions for 2008?


With the end of 2007 drawing near, it's time to start thinking of my resolutions for the coming year. One of the top, is to be even more eco-friendly by adding animals to my list of those who I want to help.

Last year my resolution was to be more "green" by promoting an eco-friendlier lifestyle and recycle, reduce and reuse more than a couple of "earth days" a year. I've managed to keep going all year and will continue. I guess it really helps to get paid for it! (Check out the Get Paid To Go Green Site here) That's been the most successful new years resolution (next to the one I made years ago "I will never turn down money") yet! However, this one will result in a different form of incentive: a rich heart and saved lives!

This year I'll focus on learning more about animals, and how our toxic lifestyles effect their lives and the most sensitive subject, animal cruelty. I may have to play with the idea about going vegetarian after all. There's a few things on the PETA.org website that really get my mind working about what we're ingesting from eating these poorly fed and treated animals.

Support PETA.org and GoVeg.com by visiting their sites and contributing to the humane treatment of our furry friends!
Stay tuned...

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Reduce Your Impact For The Holidays! & Everyday!


Between Thanksgiving and New Year's day, Americans throw away a million extra tons [900,000 metric tons] of garbage each week, including holiday wrapping and packaging, according to Robert Lilienfeld. Lilienfield is co-author of the book Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are.

So why not recycle holiday gift wrap? Lilienfield, who has published a newsletter on reducing waste since 1996, notes that if every family reused just 2 feet [0.6 meter] of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles [61,000 kilometers] of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.

And not all gifts need wrapping. "Think back to your three favorite holiday memories," Lilienfeld said. "I'm willing to bet that they all involve time you spent with your family and friends."

By giving gifts that can be experienced, like tickets to a baseball game or a homemade dinner, you can minimize wrapping and still win points with the receiver. "People like these gifts just as much," he said.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Climate Talks-U.S. Humbled & Humiliated?


2007-12-15 00:00:00.0
Bali breakthrough launches climate talks
By David Fogarty


NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nearly 200 nations agreed at U.N.-led talks in Bali on Saturday to launch negotiations on a new pact to fight global warming after a reversal by the United States allowed a breakthrough.

Washington said the agreement marked a new chapter in climate diplomacy after six years of disputes with major allies since President George W. Bush pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol, the main existing plan for combating warming.

"This is the defining moment for me and my mandate as secretary-general," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after making a return trip to Bali to implore delegates to overcome deadlock after the talks ran a day into overtime.

Ban had been on a visit to East Timor. "I am deeply grateful to many member states for their spirit of flexibility and compromise," Ban told Reuters.

The Bali meeting approved a "roadmap" for two years of talks to adopt a new treaty to succeed Kyoto beyond 2012, widening it to the United States and developing nations such as China and India. Under the deal, a successor pact will be agreed at a meeting in Copenhagen in late 2009.

The deal after two weeks of talks came when the United States dramatically dropped opposition to a proposal by the main developing-nation bloc, the G77, for rich nations to do more to help the developing world fight rising greenhouse emissions.
The United States is the leading greenhouse gas emitter, ahead of China, Russia and India.

Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar, the host of the talks, banged down the gavel on the deal to rapturous applause from weary delegates.

"All three things I wanted have come out of these talks -- launch, agenda, end date," Yvo de Boer, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told reporters.

The accord marks a step towards slowing global warming that the U.N. climate panel says is caused by human activities led by burning fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

Scientists say rising temperatures could cause seas to rise sharply, glaciers to melt, storms and droughts to become more intense and mass migration of climate refugees.

"U.S. HUMBLED"
"The U.S. has been humbled by the overwhelming message by developing countries that they are ready to be engaged with the problem, and it's been humiliated by the world community. I've never seen such a flip-flop in an environmental treaty context ever," said Bill Hare of Greenpeace.


The European Union, which dropped earlier objections to the draft text, was pleased with the deal.

"It was exactly what we wanted. We are indeed very pleased," said Humberto Rosa, head of the European Union delegation.
German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel was cautiously optimistic.

"Bali has laid the foundations ...it was hard work and exhausting. But the real work starts now," he said in Bali.

But a leading Indian environmentalist was disappointed.
"At the end of the day, we got an extremely weak agreement," said Sunita Narain, head of the Centre for Science and the Environment in New Delhi. "It's obvious the U.S. is not learning to be alive to world opinion."


Agreement by 2009 would give governments time to ratify the pact and give certainty to markets and investors wanting to switch to cleaner energy technologies, such as wind turbines and solar panels.


Kyoto binds all industrial countries except the United States to cut emissions of greenhouse gases between 2008 and 2012. Developing nations are exempt and the new negotiations will seek to bind all countries to emission curbs from 2013.

DAY OF DRAMA
In a day of drama and emotional speeches, nations had berated and booed the U.S. representatives for holding out. A wave of relief swept the room when the United States relented.

"The United States is very committed to this effort and just wants to really ensure we all act together," said Paula Dobriansky, head of the U.S. delegation.
"With that, Mr Chairman, let me say to you we will go forward and join consensus," she said to cheers and claps.


James Connaughton, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said: "This is not a step taken alone by America. This is a step taken by all the countries that the time had come to open a new chapter."


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(Reporting by Adhityani Arga, Sugita Katyal, Alister Doyle, Emma Graham-Harrison, Ed Davies, Gde Anugrah Arka and Gerard Wynn; Editing by Alister Doyle)
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Monday, December 10, 2007

Give the gift of Gaiam! Green Health And Wellness Gifts!


Everyone knows about Gaiam, one of the top health and wellness sites of the century! If you’re an eco-convert and you’re looking to convert others with you, this is the place to get their Christmas gifts this year!
No more messing around with “trying to be green!” It’s time to get serious when it comes to green gift giving. It’s a sign of your dedication to your new lifestyle! Shout it from the tallest ice caps before they’re gone! I’ve always enjoyed giving the gift of Yoga DVD’s or Meditation CD’s. Everyone loves them and finds a soulful voice to be the voice of sanity during the Christmas rush!
So, click here or the picture if you’d like to see the thousands of ways to tell your loved ones that you love them enough to share the gift of green with them. Education is a key element here. If your loved ones need to be informed, send them to
KadabaCo.com to learn about more ways they can be green! Especially, if they need more green! (Who doesn’t?)
Happy Holidays from Eco-Converts!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Unique Eco Gifts


Are you wondering what to get that corporate client or customer this holiday season? Mom or Dad have everything already? I bet they don’t have these!

Give the gift of climate change!
Click the picture to see these gifts close up! There are other gifts like cosmetics, skin care, nutrition, etc. that can be made into gift baskets too. Something for everyone, what a treat.

These eco-friendly gift baskets are filled with organic and non toxic household products and goodies that anyone will appreciate!

From small to large, each gift basket comes with free shipping! Canvas tote bags and steel buckets are among the favorites.

Check it out at KadabaCo today! Tell ‘em you saw it on the Eco-Converts Blog!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hemp Gifts Are The Natural Eco Converts' Choice!

The Hemp Courier Bag
This hemp courier bag is a must have for new and old eco converts alike! Click to see full description!

For the Holidays, this year, try and think a bit differently. Us eco converts have to be obvious in our effort to influence others in this lifestyle but we don't have to look like hippies anymore! (Not that I'm throwing out my tie-dyed shirts mind you!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Shaklee & Oprah-Get Favorites Basket Here!


SHAKLEE GET CLEAN SPECIAL EDITION STARTER KIT

Viewers, may remember how much Oprah loves cleaning and spot removal—this gift gets things clean and helps the environment. The Get Clean™ Special Edition Starter Kit by Shaklee is filled with eco-friendly, high performance concentrated cleaners, stain removers and cleaning supplies. "Get ready to go green!" Oprah says.
Having trouble ordering your favorite thing? Due to heavy traffic, some websites may become inaccessible throughout the day. Call JoAnn, your Shaklee Distributor! Visit http://www.clean-safely.com/ or call us! You can also send an email to JJ@Clean-Safely.com

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Oil Spill in San Francisco Bay! 58,000 Gallons

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Friday after meeting with state, federal and local officials overseeing the cleanup. The proclamation makes additional state personnel, funding and equipment available.

About 770 workers joined cleanup crews on the water and along beaches to mop up the damage - a job said most of the spilled oil will never be captured and eventually will dissolve into the water. Concentrated globules could remain for months and cause problems for seabirds.
At least 60 birds were found dead while 200 live birds were recovered and sent to a rehabilitation center in Solano County.

State wildlife officials said they have received hundreds of reports of oiled birds found on Bay area beaches, two dozen of which were closed after tides carried the oil under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific Ocean.

Most of the injured birds are surf scoters, a duck-like species that lives on the water's surface and dives for fish. When oil gets on their feathers, it disrupts their waterproofing system and ability to stay warm, forcing them on shore where they are at risk of starvation.

"Oil and feathers don't mix," said Yvonne Addassi, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game. "We're in a time crunch. The birds can only stayed oiled for so long before they can no longer be rehabilitated."

Fish and Game officials said the fuel generally stays on the water's surface, and they had not seen any evidence that fish have been harmed - though they are concerned that the spill could affect bay herring that spawn at this time of year.

Bay Area fisherman want the governor to officially close the commercial and sport crabbing season on the California coast from Point Arena to the Mexican border until the waters are deemed safe, said Larry Collins, vice president of the Crab Boat Owners Association.

The sports season started on Nov. 3 and the commercial season was slated to start Nov. 15.
The crabbers said the oil spill does not harm the crustaceans, who dwell deep on the ocean floor. The oil harms crabs when they're transferred to the live tanks in which are housed after being caught. Collins said crabs brought in by some fisherman on Saturday were dead on arrival.

Read the entire article at: http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/B/BAY_SPILL?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-11-09-07-23-25

Monday, November 5, 2007

Shaklee and YOU: Staying Young


Today On Oprah, All New! Part II of YOU: Staying Young

Dr. Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen are back with more from their book YOU: Staying Young. Dr. Oz has said it's within your power to live to 100—now find out how to do it!
A big emphasis on detox, your home is VERY important to detox too! Your home's air quality can make a big difference in your healthy aging. "The smallest particles are the ones that do the most damage," Dr. Oz says.
Here's some ways you can make your home healthier:
Regularly open up windows to air out your home of all the fumes and particles trapped inside.
Making your house healthier starts right at your front door.
Take off your shoes when you enter to avoid tracking in pesticides and lawn chemicals.
When you microwave food, don't leave it in plastic containers or with plastic covering. That plastic could leak into the food. Instead, use glass or other microwave-safe containers.
Instead of using toxic chemicals to clean your sink and bathtub, Dr. Oz recommends using baking soda. And you can use white vinegar to clean your windows.
Or look for brands like Shaklee's Get Clean line. Oprah says she loves their Basic H2 Organic Super Concentrated, All Purpose cleaner. Click here for more on these great products!

To avoid the chemicals used in dry cleaning, take your clothes out of the bags while you're outside and throw the bags away. Then, let your clothes air out for at least a day before wearing them.

Use a dehumidifier to cut down on potentially toxic mold in places like garages.
If you must store old cans of paint and varnish, only do it in well-ventilated places that are far from your living area.

Include plants like spider plants, golden pothos and philodendrons in your home. They are experts at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen.
Thanks to Dr. Oz, Roizen and Oprah for this enlightening segment!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Building Green TV Features Shaklee!

Shaklee just featured on BuildingGreenTV!

Building Green isn't over when the keys are handed to the new homeowners. No, it's a lifestyle change for a healthier home and planet.

Watch the clip! Then go to www.Clean-Safely.com and convert your home today!


Monday, September 17, 2007

Environmentally Sustainable Gifts For Celebs At The Emmys Courtesy Of Shaklee Corporation



The 59th Annual Emmys Awards on Sunday September 16th was as glamourous an event as ever. Shimmering gowns and celebrities donned thier best on the red carpet.
As I watch, I always ponder what's in those gift bags that the celebrities get? I know someone from Shaklee went to the Emmy's, but why? Hmmm.... Are those celebs are getting some gifts from Shaklee? I found this in an article online:

Environmentally sustainable products were featured in the "green suite" where celebrities lounge with the media and browse the top brands, spa services, beauty products, one-of-a-kind jewelers, Celeb Pet Portraits, Eco-Friendly products from Shaklee.

I guess it's true! Once Oprah says she thinks something is "amazing" on live television, it's going to have the butterfly effect all over hollywood and the world. As Forbes magazine calls her "The most influencial person in the world" everyone follow suite.

Trying to help save the planet while having an opportunity to help others to succeed in their financial independence is truly what drives us leaders in this business! We want to change the way consumers think and act. Cast your vote for eco friendly products that benefit, you, your home and your planet too!


Sunday, September 9, 2007

11th Hour Action Now! The Three R's of eco friendly living aren't enough!


Go see The 11th Hour with Leonardo DiCaprio! Take a friend or TEN!

Global Warming, pollution, toxic waterways (and bodies) aren't going to budge with the non chalant, laid back version of eco friendly recyclers! Eco converts must committ to changing our ways AND we must committ to TELL everyone to do it too!

There's one more simple thing that we can add to our routines to help:

Simply go under your sink and throw away all of your toxic cleaning products!

www.Clean-Safely.com has the products that Eco Converts LOVE! No more toxic sludge going into our waterways and our bodies. These products were featured on the Oprah Show, Good Morning America, in countless magazines! The all purpose cleaner is superconcentrated—one 16 ounce bottle diluted per label instructions makes 5800 28-oz. bottles of ready-to-use window cleaner, costs less than $0.01 per bottle, and is just as effective as leading brands!

Come learn how buying just one Starter Kit can eliminate 108 pounds of landfill waste, 248 pounds of greenhouse gasses and it's the environmental equivalent of planting 10 trees!

Join in on the cause! It's the 11th Hour so make your VOTE count! Vote for friendlier products that come from corporations willing to make a difference in these times! Just look at our track record:

Click here to see what else our company is doing to better our world!

Do you want to take action now? Or wait until our children are taking showers with wet naps?
Go and see it today!!!!

Click here to see the YouTube video of Leo DiCaprio's message on The 11th Hour

Click here to see the Trailer for The 11th Hour!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Shaklee Convention Announcements

News From Shaklee Nashville Convention!

New Products-Vitalizer - the newest nutrition program from Shaklee.
This replaces all the original Shaklee Basics kits and comes in three specific combinations. With Iron, without Iron, and for people over 50 years of age. It contains a whole new combination of products. Just once a day!

Incentive Program: The 2008 incentive program will be taking its winners to the big Island of Hawaii. This is a point system for distributors to earn. This will stay as the way to earn all Shaklee incentives.

Next Years Convention Location: New Orleans, Louisiana. Not only is Shaklee helping to bring conventions back to New Orleans but they have a special program going to help out the people of New Orleans. Shaklee is very involved in the area.

Other News: Harry is the newest arrival from Roger and Sloan Barnett. A good looking boy with a full head of dark hair! Spencer is teaching his baby brother how to do the "number 1" sign already. Thank you Rosalie for the update!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Can You Feed Yourself?


I was just checking the top Digg's at Digg.com and saw someone posted an article about this. My husband and I were just talking about this the day before yesterday. We looked around the hills here in California and were stunned to think how many people would suffer if there was an emergency for food and water.


No one has more than a few days supply of food and water, if that. Most people live in ignorance that it's all ok, it'll never happen to me.
But what's become of our natural instinct of survival?
Our natural instincts have been suppressed to the point that our government has full control over what we eat, drink and spend. (cashless society is coming-you've seen the commercials, right?) Ok, enough consipiracy stuff.
It's just common sense to have your butt covered in an emergency. So what's stopping you from just stockpiling some supplies for a few more weeks?

Nearly everyone in America has gone camping at least once in their lives. So you know how to survive at least a weekend with proper planning. So keep your camping supplies well stocked and in an easily accessible place. Go to http://beginnercampingtips.com/ for tons of great information on how to keep the cost down and get your camping gear and supplies for a lot less than just going to buy it somewhere.
There are a lot of fantastic resources to make sure you're prepared. Don't let another week go by without doing this!

Spread the word! You wouldn't believe how many people I talk to just aren't even able to implement action to these words.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Little Ones Can Walk For The Cure Too!


Dear Eco-Friends,
I have a soft spot for helping and when a friend's 7 year old daughter joined HeartWalk For The American Heart Association to raise funds for research, I was touched.
It doesn't matter how young or old you are, it seems everyone has been affected by heart disease. I know I have. So here's more on what she's doing. Check out the website link below, and donate to her, or her team to help raise funds, it's really important!
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
These diseases devastate millions of people of all ages and kill more than 910,000 Americans each year.
To fight cardiovascular diseases, the association supports research, education and advocacy and helps heart disease and stroke patients. Research we've funded has led to such major advances as: - CPR - bypass surgery - artifical heart valves - pacemakers - clot-busting drugs - high blood pressure medication

Each year we train more than 9 million emergency medical services personnel, healthcare professionals and citizens in Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Millions of volunteers and supporters all across America help us help fight heart disease and stroke and make it possible for all people to live longer, better lives.
To find out how you can help, please go to: Abrianne's Team Page
Thanks!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ban On Kleenex, Cottonelle, Scott Products

I saw several articles back in February about this issue, but I don't think anyone's really continuing the ban.

I vowed to be an ECO-CONVERT so I could make a difference and not give in to consumerism and give up on my quest to do my part.

I'm linking an article at the NRDC website for you to see.......

Giant paper producers including Kimberly-Clark -- the maker of Scott, Cottonelle, Kleenex and Viva tissue paper products -- are forcing the destruction of our continent's most vibrant forests, and devastating the habitat for countless wildlife species in the process.

Instead of making better use of materials such as post-consumer recycled fiber and agricultural residue to meet the escalating demand for toilet paper, paper towels and other disposable tissue products, these companies buy virgin pulp from suppliers that reach deep into North American forests for timber, from northern Canada to the southeastern United States.

To help halt this destruction, NRDC and other conservation groups are pressuring the tissue products industry to change its practices and educating consumers about the choices they have when buying tissue paper products.

........Until Kimberly-Clark and other tissue paper manufacturers end their dependence on virgin fiber, North America's most ecologically rich forests will continue to be destroyed for paper throwaways.

Read the entire article and see the video clips here: http://www.nrdc.org/land/forests/tissue.asp.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

USPS Goes Green!



Not only are the USPS going Green, they're asking us to do it too. The USPS delivers around 500 million Priority and Express packages per year. That's a lot of trees, but these are made from 100% recycled material according to Postal Service spokeswoman Joanne Veto.

In the Bloomberg News May. 30, 2007 The U.S. Postal Service is requiring vendors to use environmentally friendly materials to create envelopes and packages that carry 500 million Priority and Express mail shipments annually. Packaging-products suppliers including Bell Inc. must use materials that can be recycled and won't harm the environment, Postmaster General John Potter said in an interview. The changes apply to 10 direct suppliers and 200 makers of products such as glue, ink and paper."We wanted to get to the point where everything was recyclable, where it wasn't going to cause any damage to the ozone layer," Potter said. He is scheduled to discuss the changes at a Washington press conference today.

How about, whenever we request something shipped to us, we start asking the question...."do you use recycled materials in your packaging?"

It's up to us to demand change or else we'll never see it. The world revolves on supply and demand. If we demand it, they'll supply it!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Unilever, the World's Largest Tea Company, Commits to Rainforest Alliance Certification


YES!!!
It just makes me so happy to see our world changing! The demand for environmental responsibility WILL prevail and Earth shall be saved! Not to mention mankind!

Unilever, the world's largest tea company, has announced plans to source its entire tea supply sustainably, starting with the certification of its tea producers in East Africa, to Rainforest Alliance standards.
The news also signals the Rainforest Alliance's move into certifying tea farms in addition to its long-established
programs in coffee, cocoa, bananas and other crops; sustainable forestry, and tourism.

Read the rest at my totally DUGG site http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/news.cfm?id=unilever

Then come back and tell me what YOU think!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Mom On A Mission!


Has anyone been following this story?
What an amazing person! You can follow her on her journey and see what she encounters.


Miami 2 Maine


This summer, Margo Pellegrino is paddling an outrigger canoe nearly 2,000 miles — from Miami, FL to Camden, ME — in the hopes that she can show her children how to make a difference in the world and inspire others to take an active role in the stewardship of our oceans. This coastal paddle started as the simple desire of an ordinary woman to undertake an extraordinary event to bring attention to the current state of our ocean. Follow her journey here where her location is tracked daily, along with her weblog journal featuring anecdotes from her journey along with pictures and video clips that will be uploaded remotely. Learn more about Margo and read her mission statement.



Cancer-causing Chemical Found in Children's Bath Products


So who do we trust? Just who do the FDA EPA and DEA work for??? Not us, that's for certain! This info isn't new to me, but I thought I'd post it anyway as I'm really reading deeping into labelling and came to find through this article that chemicals "created" in the manufacturing process aren't mandatory to list on the label! UGH!

Women’s Shampoos and Body Wash also Contaminated

WASHINGTON — A hidden cancer-causing petrochemical has been found in dozens of children’s bath products and adults’ personal care products, in some cases at levels that are more than twice the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s lenient recommended maximum.
Laboratory tests released today revealed the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in products such as Hello Kitty Bubble Bath, Huggies Baby Wash, Johnson’s Baby Wash, Scooby-Doo Bubble Bath and Sesame Street Bubble Bath. The tests also found the carcinogen in Clairol Herbal Essences shampoo, Olay Complete Body Wash and many other personal care products.

......“Consumers who have young children, as I do, have the right to expect the highest purity in children’s products,” Steinman said. “I call on American consumers to say no to dangerous petrochemicals in their children’s cosmetic and personal care products.”

Contrary to what many consumers may believe, the FDA does not review or regulate cosmetics products or ingredients for safety before they are sold to the public and has no legal authority to require safety assessments of cosmetics.

Click here to see more products that are on this danger list....
http://www.breastcancerfund.org/site/pp.asp?c=kwKXLdPaE&b=2483603

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Summer Safety-Skin Care


HI Everyone!
I thought this article was important with Summer coming. The rest of the article can be found at the link below.
I like the new spray on sunscreens from Banana Boat which apparently aren't the best and they also do animal testing. It looks like Burts Bees is a good one. It's rating is 2 and Banana Boat is 5. I'll try it.



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Dear Friends,
Today we are releasing a dramatically expanded and improved version of our popular cosmetics and personal care products database, Skin Deep. The site has been redesigned top to bottom, and we've added ratings for nearly 10,000 more products.


Now in its fourth year and third major update, our
Skin Deep product safety database provides safety ratings for nearly 25,000 personal care products - almost a quarter of all products on the market - and the 7,000 ingredients they contain. Due to gaping loopholes in federal law, companies can put virtually any ingredient into personal care products. Even worse, the government does not require pre-market safety tests for any of them. Our aim is to fill in where companies and the government left off.

Skin Deep is the only tool available to consumers to assess and compare the safety of personal care products.


Looking for safer sunscreen to protect the kids this summer? Or shampoos without dangerous preservatives? Skin Deep helps you learn what not to buy, and helps you find safer options for you and your family.

Go To EWG.org to find out more!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply



After a recent "run-in" with a swarm of bees on our boating trip, I've had an interesting new point of view of their work!!

May 03, 2007 — By Seth Borenstein, Associated PressBELTSVILLE, Md. -- Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet.

Honeybees don't just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have. Among them: apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers. And lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, too, including citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons.
In fact, about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and the honeybee is responsible for 80 percent of that pollination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Even cattle, which feed on alfalfa, depend on bees. So if the collapse worsens, we could end up being "stuck with grains and water," said Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for USDA's bee and pollination program.
"This is the biggest general threat to our food supply," Hackett said.
While not all scientists foresee a food crisis, noting that large-scale bee die-offs have happened before, this one seems particularly baffling and alarming.


You can find the rest of the article here, but isn't it interesting how much our lives depend on bees!? And you thought they only made honey!!!
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Monday, May 7, 2007

Is Mineral Makeup Safer?



I've been using mineral based makeup for years because I thought it was safer than the other liquid based ones. I was suprised when I read the article from the enviroblog.com


Here's part of the article:


Ask EWG: Is mineral-based make-up safer?
Question: Is mineral-based make-up safer for you than make-up bought at drug stores or department stores? Most of the mineral-based make-up contains titanium dioxide and/or silica, and some contain iron of some type. Is this okay for your skin? I am wondering how such make-up is absorbed into the body, too!
Answer: Like all cosmetics, mineral-based products raise more questions about their safety than answers. Many mineral-based make-ups contain (or potentially contain) nano-size ingredients, which are 10 to 1,000 times smaller than their normally-sized counterparts and are more likely to be absorbed into the body through the skin because they're so small. (
See EWG's research on nano-materials.)
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So what's your opinon? What makeup do you use?

Famous Caymans Coral Reefs Dying, Scientists Say


I'm very fond of snorkeling and protecting our marine environments too. Just yesterday we took the boat out to the waters just off Sanibel, by the lighthouse. I hope to be able to take my own picture of the reef someday soon!
Schools of stingrays were swimming by, dolphins were curiously swimming by. A tourist jumped into the water to swim with them.

I've snorkeled in the great barrier reef off the coast of Australia just the memory is still breathtaking!
I'm just reading this article today about the reefs in the Caymans and it's worrying me quite a bit. I've seen a few documentaries about our reef's health and the white ashy look is starting to take over. It's sad. I hope we can do something about it fast!

Exerpts from the article:

Ranked among the top 10 scuba diving destinations in the world, the reef system of the western Caribbean territory has lost 50 percent of its hard corals in the last 10 years in spite of strong environmental laws, scientists say.

.......Global warming is heating sea water, which leads to coral bleaching, an ailment that causes normally colorful corals to turn white, and white plague, a disease sweeping and killing coral around the world.

......"If the coral reef dies, the algae will go, and the tropical fish will go. Then there will be nothing left to see," says Nancy Easterbrook, operator of Divetech.
Manfrino said hope is not lost.
"We can't give up," she said. "Science is always coming up with major discoveries, so we may find a way to save our reefs."






Wednesday, May 2, 2007

A cleaner environment... through beer


They've finally found out how to harness the power of beer!


CANBERRA, Australia - Scientists and Australian beer maker Foster's are teaming up to generate clean energy from brewery waste water — by using sugar-consuming bacteria.

The experimental technology was unveiled Wednesday by scientists at Australia's University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster's Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state.

The fuel cell is essentially a battery in which bacteria consume water-soluble brewing waste such as sugar, starch and alcohol.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Pesticides and Pledging To STAY GREEN!

Today, as I sit at my computer looking out into the canal, palm trees swaying, the neighbor's NEUROTOXIN AGENT COMES A'SPRAYIN'!

Well! As I had to close up the windows and doors, bring in the dog and wait for the *&^$ to dry before inhaling again, I wondered what is there for us to do.

I know a few floridians who have issues with pests and there's just no other way, or is there?

I started searching...

I went to a cute website of child activists! http://www.kidsforsavingearth.org/index_high.html


From there I found:

Here's a little of it:

For ants, you can sprinkle red chili powder, paprika or dried peppermint where the ants are entering. You can also apply peppermint essential oil. For pet food that is stored outside, place the bowl of food inside a bowl of soapy water so that your pet can still reach the food. Ants aren’t very good swimmers, and won’t cross the bowl of soapy water!

For fleas, feed your pet brewer’s yeast. Simply mix powder into food. Or you can feed your pet brewer’s yeast tablets.

Borax can be used to control or eliminate ants, termites, lice, fleas, spiders and roaches. Mop or spray floors wherever you see pests. However, Borax is poisonous when ingested, so store and use properly.

Natural soaps can be used to control ants and fleas. Mix 4 ounces of a natural soap in 1 gallon of water and spray as needed. You can sprinkle powdered soap around the foundation of a home to keep ants out.

If you want to sign one of these pledges, go to: http://www.kidsforsavingearth.org/askadults.htm
I just love it! Kids are getting the boost they needs to take responsibility for their own generation already! I'm so proud!



GreenScaping



I've been looking for some Green advice on lawn care and I found something good.

This brochure from the epa called Green Scaping (pdf) has some short and simple hints for us.

I like the idea of using the grass clippings for nitrogen! (That way I don't have to use a bag on the mower!) Here in Florida, the grass IS crabgrass, so some of the pesticide options will kill it.

I just go and pull them, but some of these weeds have what seem to be tree stumps underground!

I think I might need some dynamite!!!

Is that eco-friendly??? Probably better than herbicide, huh?

More on that later, I'm sure!

Jo-Ann

Monday, April 30, 2007

My Poor Doggie Slipper!






My poor doggie!


I used a new shampoo on him with melaleuca oil and it gave him such a rash!!




He's so sensitive! I think Golden Retrievers in general have issues, but he takes the cake! He's allergic to so many things!



We love him so much! He's a great dog. He doesn't bark, not even to save his life! He always "goes" in the same spot, he eats at the same time and he's able to communicate with us humans just through his eyes! He's amazing! He's actually more like a big cat! Meow!



I guess I'll have to go back to the oatmeal brand of doggie shampoo!



I'll be sharing other stories about Slipper in the future. I just love him!



Ciao For Now!
Jo-Ann

Friday, April 27, 2007

Are YOU an Eco-Convert?



What’s That You Say?

I’m sure like, me, many of you are very conscious around Earth Day, but what about REALLY going Green? I know I’m guilty of that. But for some reason I’m just having a bit of a hard time with it!

But this time it’s going to be different! I promise! Really, I’ve already done some things I think will help me to stay on track and actually use!

So, I’ll start with an excerpt on my efforts:

I watched the Oprah show about Going Green and got a few tips from there about new things that have come out to make it easier to convert.

I bought 4 Powerstrips that will shut everything off with one button. I got them at Target for $9.99. I didn’t buy the super expensive ones Oprah recommends, but then again, we can’t all afford what she can either, right?

Then, I bought some new energy saving light bulbs for the most used lights in our house. It would have been way too expensive to switch all of them! (we counted 83 in total!)

I bought canvas bags to replace the paper and plastic at the stores. This one was the best deal so far! I got the best priced, best quality canvas shopping bags on ebay! 10 for $35!

Ok, I did buy one thing that Oprah has. I did switch to Oprah’s favorite non-toxic cleaners from Shaklee. It’s true, you really only use a few drops in a sprayer of the H2 cleaning solution for everything! This stuff will last and last. I like to double the strength so the $10 bottle (discount for members) so that’s only going to make a measly 24 gallons! I’m a little funny but, I like cute packaging and good smelling or non-smelling cleaners, so this was another aspect of it that I liked!

For recycling, I bought a plastic, three drawer storage chest with wheels for my kitchen. That way it looks like I've only got one garbage can. I use an old rubbermaid bowl and lid for my banana peels, coffee grounds, etc. (fyi: DO NOT use those for food anymore!!)

So what are you doing to make it easier to convert?

Please share!

jjkadaba (google it)
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