Green News Hot Topics: August 20, 2011

Hot Topics:  GMOs, Environmental Toxins, and Five Bad Habits to Avoid

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Lettin’ it All Hang Out – On the Clothesline by EarthE Man Video


Baby likes fresh air and periwinkle skies…

If you’re a fan of clothes dried on the line or just have a passion for eco-frienldy living, you’ll like this cute song by EarthE Man – it’s all about lovin’ the planet!

If you want more eco-friendly laundry tips check our Project Laundry List.

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Social Networking the Green Way

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The Green Revolution

The push to live sustainably is gaining momentum.  Toyota Prius sales recently surpassed 1 million sold in the US, and more and more people are choosing to eat locally, grow their own food, and are opting for organic products.  We’re beginning to realize we have to change our ways if we want to leave a brighter future for our children – one that isn’t doomed to bring them extreme weather, horrendous environmental disasters (like last year’s BP Gulf oil spill), food shortages, and an overwhelmingly toxic environment.

So with all the useful information and discussions taking place on the internet these days about sustainability, living green, and caring for the environment, how can we keep up with it?  Take advantage of terrific social networking sites and tools like Twitter, Facebook, HootSuite, Feedly, and Paper.li.

I think I can safely say that most people are familiar with the biggies like Twitter and Facebook, but if you’re not that’s cool too.  When it comes to sites like HootSuite and Feedly, I find less people know about them, and how they can take social networking time to a whole new level.

HootSuite is my favorite way to manage all things Twitter.  With it I can follow what’s happening in the green movement by adding streams with keywords and hashtags like #green, #eco, #ecomonday, #vegetarian, and more.  Plus, I can schedule tweets and even manage my Facebook fan page with it.  HootSuite does a lot to make social networking easy – I highly recommend singing up for an account.

If you love reading blogs, but you’re list of favorites is getting a little unruly, then give Feedly a try.   Feedly allows you to follow all of your favorite blog feeds with ease.  You have the ability to categorize your feeds (like green blogs, DIY, etc.), plus you can read posts and leave comments without having to leave Feedly’s site!  I think that’s my favorite Feedly feature, but this handy feed reading tool does even more – check it out!

I signed up for a Paper.li account a few months back, but it wasn’t until recently that I took the time to configure it -  I am loving it!  With a Paper.li account you can turn Twitter and Facebook feeds into an online newspaper.  It’s a great way to share your passions and interests with others.  You can create a newspaper with your Twitter @lists, use #hashtags, or create a newspaper with your Twitter, and now Facebook, account.  It’s an awesome tool, you should definitely give it a try.

What’s your favorite way to stay in touch with everything happening in the world of green?  Have a great social networking tip?  Leave me a comment below, or send me a tweet @greenearthbazar .   I’d love to know what you think. ;)

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Our Green Future: Green Washing, GMOs, Toxic Skincare, and DIY Spring Gardening Projects

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Got Green?

Sustainability, the green movement, and protecting our environment are vital if we want to live happy, healthfully, and just – but corporate lies and greed mean we must make a constant effort to ensure we know what’s happening in the fight to live sustainably.

This week (as usual) has been filled with tons of great eco articles and blog postsI only wish I had more time to read and respond to them all. The fact that there is so much talk about sustainability and the environment is a good thingthe more we discuss it, the closer we are to seeing real, positive changes – and that’s good for everyone.

So whether you sit in treetops to save our precious forests (kudos to you if you do), or you just can’t stomach the idea of consuming genetically modified franken-foods, I think we can all agree on one thing:  Knowledge is Power!

Green Washing

If you think your “green” cleaning products are eco-friendly, think again.  A new study reveals some so-called green cleaning products are anything but.  If you want a cheap, eco-friendly alternative to store bought cleaners, make your own.  They’re easy to make, inexpensive, and non-toxic – you probably have everything you need in your kitchen pantry already!

GMOs

The thought of consuming genetically modified food makes me sick.  So much valid scientific research points to the fact that genetically modified foods should be avoided at all cost – of course that’s much easier said than done.  So much of our food supply is loaded with GMOs.  Simply take a look at food labels and you’ll see ingredients like corn, soy, cottonseed oil, sugar (from sugar beets) – all of which are some of the main GMO foods currently inundating our food supply.

Be proactive when it comes to knowing what you’re eating.  Learn what scientists and lawmakers are saying on both sides of the GMO food debate, and familiarize yourself with the basics of GMOs.  We seriously need a GMO reality check – these days it pays to be an informed consumer!

The Skin You’re in

Know what ingredients are in your favorite skin and body care products?  Know how to read those lengthy ingredient labels?  Take the time to educate yourself! You may be using items that contain harmful and potentially toxic ingredients – what goes on your skin gets into your body.

If you’re the adventurous type, you can always try making your own organic beauty products and treatments at home.  some of the best skincare ingredients are ones you may already have in your kitchen pantry.  Olive oil, coconut oil, honey, and yogurt are great for your skin and inexpensive too.

DIY Spring Gardening Projects

Now is the time to get your gardens ready for planting!  There’s nothing like growing your own food.  It’s great exercise, a terrific way to supplement your grocery bills, and you know what you’re eating is healthy and organic.  Plus it’s so neat to see your plants growing and changing each day – a truly miraculous experience!  Gardening is certainly something the whole family can participate in and enjoy.

If you’re short on space, don’t worry.  You can still grow your own veggies in containers.  And, if you’re short on cash (as many of us are theses days) you can certainly garden on the cheap.  There’s no excuse not to get your hands dirty!

Remember a little knowledge goes a long way – your body will thank you for your efforts!

Share your thoughts with us below, or send me a tweet @greenearthbazar . I’d love to know what you think. ;)

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We’re Gettin’ Social!

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Making Connections

First, I would like to take the time to say hello to all of @greenearthbazar ‘s new follower’s.  Thanks for taking the time to say hello, leave lovely comments, and make me feel really good about what I’m trying to do with Green Earth Bazaar.  It’s always a pleasure to share what I know, what I think, and what I feel passionately about with others.  Thank you!

Secondly, I’m excited to announce the launch of a whole new community for those who follow this blog, and have an interest in all things green.  You can access Green Earth Bazaar’s Community on Blog Frog at the present, and once the kinks get worked out you’ll be able to interact with other community members without having to leave Green Earth Bazaar.  Simply click on the Community link (it’s at top right in the menu).  Totally cool!

My goal with the community is to share thoughts, ideas, and inspiration.  It’s a way to connect individuals who care about green, sustainable living, are interested in learning more about it, or who just want share their knowledge with the rest of us – we can always learn something from one another.

The discussions needn’t only be about living green.  If you’re into handmade, make jewelry (like me), love DIY with a passion, or are a consummate foodie, feel free to share.  All are welcome.

There’s much to discuss about life, love, and caring for our planet.  I hope to see you there! ;)

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