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Do You Buy Organic Produce? - Here's Why It Matters

I was at the grocery store the other day and I overheard a woman tell her adult daughter, "Grab a tomato, but not organic because we're all going to die anyway." This broke my heart, and since we like to focus on the good around here... I'm going to try to shine some light onto why organic is not only a healthier choice, but it's actually a less expensive choice in the long run.  Let's start with the basics. What does organic produce even mean? According to organic.org the term organic means,  "Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs,...

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Wool Dryer Balls Should Replace Your Dryer Sheets & Fabric Softener

What is a wool dryer ball?  Wool dryer balls are exactly what they sound like, a ball of 100% wool that is wound around into a ball shape. These balls offer many benefits in the laundry and are reusable for years! Why are wool dryer balls important to reducing toxins in our home and eco-friendly?Wool dryer balls are the next big thing in the world of eco-friendly laundry solutions. Why? Our Wool dryer balls are made of 100% USA farm raised sheep wool Reduce chemical exposure in our homes (no more dryer sheets or fabric softener) Reduce plastic usage (no more dryer sheets or fabric softener plastic containers) Save us on electricity costs (lower energy usage.) That is just the...

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How to Purchase in Bulk at Whole Foods (Bring your Own Containers)

I did it! Today I went to Whole Foods and purchased items from the bulk section and this time, I decided to bring my very own containers. I had been meaning to start this for months (in my continued efforts to be kinder to the Earth) but the last time I purchased in bulk the staff didn't even know how to use the machines and well... I was overwhelmed. My first time trying this (months ago) the person who helped me did not understand tare weight and was not aware that the scale by the bulk area did not offer a custom tare weight (it was pre-programmed to remove the plastic containers provided by Whole Foods.) Understandably, bringing your own containers is...

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Minimize Waste For School Lunches

A Simple Idea Can Transform School Lunches In Orange County, Florida there are 20 elementary schools taking part in a very important initiative... creating a "Share Table" for lunch. It's making an impact, minimizing waste, feeding the hungry, making kids smile, and overall is nothing but a benefit to the entire community. We at 4 The Greater Good LOVE this type of stuff! We have already shared with you how important it is to use reusable snack bags, purchase package free produce, and switch to plastic-free reusable water bottles for our kid's lunches, but this idea is another great one to add to the list!  So what is a "Share Table?"  A Share Table is a table for students to place...

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Sharing Kindness at Ben's Bells

Just a short drive north of New York City is a quiet treasure of kindness that very few outside of Newtown, CT know about. A non-profit organization with an aspirational mission; to inspire intentional kindness to build our communities all while helping to strengthen ourselves.  The mission of Ben's Bells is to inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.  When an organization's entire existence is based on kindness; 4 the Greater Good is interested in learning more... much more! Here's what we learned when we arrived... We arrived at Ben's Bell's in Bethel, CT not knowing what to expect and with the intention of painting...

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