50 Simple Ways to Go Green

Most of us would like to be greener, but sometimes it seems like such a huge effort to transform our homes and lifestyles into the ultimate temples of green, zero waste, carbon neutral, uber healthiness. Because it seems like such a huge feat, many people simply don’t bother making any changes. So we’ve compiled a […]

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Easy DIY Natural Deodorant Recipe That Really Works!

It’s hard to find a DIY natural deodorant that really works. I tried loads of recipes and products, but nothing really seemed to suit me or my family, so I eventually came up with my own natural deodorant recipe, and it works! We all smell lovely and fresh, and we aren’t putting nasty chemicals and […]

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How to Grow Strawberries From Scraps

Strawberries are a delicious summer treat. Naturally sweet and bursting with good stuff. They are versatile and, as long as you choose the right varieties, they are easy to grow, and you’ll have beautiful fruit from early summer to early fall. But you really don’t need to spend a small fortune on expensive hybrid plants […]

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175 Dehydrator Recipies

So, you’ve finally done it. You read our article on buying a dehydrator and now what do you do? Your brand new machine is in your kitchen, but you’re not sure where to start. What do you try first? There are literally thousands of recipes available, and not just dehydrating apples and grapes. We’ve compiled […]

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GreenGeeks Web Hosting Review — How Does This Green Web Hosting Company Stack Up Against Mainstream Rivals?

GreenGeeks web hosting rivals the market leaders and is quickly taking the web hosting market by storm, surpassing many of its older, more established competitors. Yes, there are a few niggles, just like with any other hosting company, and this GreenGeeks review will cover them. But overall, there’s very little to be discontented with when […]

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How to Control Slugs Naturally

Slugs are an absolute nightmare in the vegetable garden. They’re bad enough in your ornamental garden, but among your fruit and vegetable plants, these little mollusks are the gardener’s nemeses. The rasp away at your plants and can devour entire crops in short order. Young, tender seedlings are often the victims of the insatiable appetite of an […]

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Anker PowerPort 21W 2-Port USB Solar Charger Review

We found the at a great price, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to review it. Now, portable solar chargers are great if you’re camping or pursuing other outdoor activities. If you’re smart, however, you can easily increase their value. Even when you’re at home, you can use them to charge your portable devices. […]

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Foraging For Beginners: Why Bother Foraging?

Well, foraging has a huge range of benefits, if it’s done correctly, and it’s something humans have been doing since we first clambered out of the ooze and into the sunlight. Let’s look at some of these benefits:

Physical Activity

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If you’re going to forage, whether for salad greens, seeds, nuts, or anything else, you’ve got to get out of the house and move around. In the digital age, we humans don’t do anywhere near as much physical activity as previous generations, because everything’s done for us. Our predecessors had to work to get anything done, from making their own bread to going to the green grocers, the butchers, the chemist, the haberdashery, and a variety of other vendors to get their weekly supplies. We hop online and get it all delivered, or else we just drive up the road to the nearest supermarket, where everything’s all crammed together in one place. So many of us lead very sedentary lives, with some getting no real physical activity, and the extent of their contact with nature and the great outdoors is the trip from the front door to the car. We all know we should get out more and do more, but it can be a challenge. Foraging allows you to focus on something other than actual exercise. You’re busy looking for food, after all, so you bend, stretch, walk, and generally move around. Which means you’re exercising without consciously doing so, improving your general health, flexibility, and range of movement. You’ll find yourself enjoying the great outdoors, getting back to nature, and away from the television, tablet, laptop, desktop, game console, and the rest of our electromagnetic radiation-generating devices. This helps to recharge your batteries, lift your mood, and improve your mental and physical well-being.
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Foraging For Beginners: 6 Basic Things You Need to Know

Foraging sounds like a great idea, right? Get back to nature, save loads of money, get some exercise, get loads of free food, and so on. And it is – but there’s a bunch of things you need to know. So, before you go haring off to harvest anything and everything, there’s a variety of basics you need to be aware of. Please, please take the time to understand the basic essentials of foraging.

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Foraging For Beginners: Wild Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis, or common asparagus, is the regular variety that is cultivated by people across the globe, but it’s also the most common type that you’ll find in the wild. It escapes from kitchen gardens and allotments and goes “feral”, reverting back to its natural state quickly, where it produces large numbers of long, slender […]

Cotton’s Dirty Secret: The Shocking Reasons to Avoid Dirty Cotton and Choose Organic

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Cotton – harmless and cheap – right? Sadly not. In fact, regular, everyday cotton, more accurately known as dirty cotton, is exceptionally dangerous. Yes, it’s cheap in terms of your bank balance, but it’s devastatingly expensive in terms of your health, the environment, wildlife, and the people who live and work in and around dirty cotton production. You hear “Organic cotton is just a silly fad. There’s no difference.” But there really, really is. Let’s look at some of the more shocking reasons you should avoid dirty cotton at all costs and why you should switch to the safer alternatives.
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10 Simple Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption

We’re all guilty of wasting energy from time to time. Our busy lives mean that sometimes we just don’t stop and think about the energy we’re consuming. Yet reducing the amount of energy you use isn’t just about saving the planet – it’s about saving you money, too. So, if it helps you remember to […]