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Suburban Farming

Suburban Farming is a very important and growing trend across our country. As a society, we are all starting to embrace the fact that we need to take better care of our planet, by reducing plastic usage, reducing our waste, and drastically cutting back on our reliance on dirty fossil fuels.  There is good news... we can do all of these things with a simple shift; called suburban farming. More people than ever are starting to grow their own food again! The concept is simple and everyone (even apartment dwellers) can get involved. Don't you think it's time we all benefit from easier access to fresh, healthy vegetables? Isn't it amazing to think that we could grow our own Organic produce for a...

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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)

Can you bring your own containers to Whole Foods? In short, yes. The long version, they may or may not allow you to use them. My Whole Foods was good with it, other's, not so much. The FDA has some regulations in place that say you are only able to reuse containers that are purchased from the location that you are going to use them. I always bring string bags (apples, potatoes, and produce of all kinds,) produce bags (so far these have always been accepted), and bento bags for larger items (pistachios, rice, etc.) the glass containers seem to be on a store by store basis.

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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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