• 3 Common Indoor Air Pollutants

    Did you know that the air quality in your home can be many times worse than outside? This is significant, because while we can’t control what’s in outside air (other than doing our part to reduce air pollution), we can control what’s in our homes. In


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    Why you should try natural deodorant (and which ones really work)

    Summer can be a scary time to think about testing a new deodorant. Especially a deodorant branded “natural”. But there are a few good reasons to ditch your conventional anti-perspirant and opt for a deodorant with fewer chemicals. The best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice personal hygiene to do it! Here’s why natural deodorants are the way to go, and what…


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    What’s in Fragrance and Parfum

    HINT: Mountain air and meadow flowers are not actually used in your air freshener. We’ve been sold on the idea of a clean smell. So we use air fresheners, room sprays, plug-ins, candles and dryer sheets to add fragrance to our home. But the ingredients used to create those “Mountain Fresh”, “Spring Meadow”, and “Lavender Vanilla” scents are not as natural…


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  • All About Baking Soda

    Baking soda has been used for decades as a workhorse around the house. What exactly is it and what makes it so great? I’m glad you asked, because here’s everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe some things you didn’t) about baking soda. (more…)


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    How to Breathe Easy for the Holidays

    There are lots of things to worry about over the holidays – don’t make your indoor air quality one of them. With more people and more seasonal decorations in our homes, there can be more chemicals in the air we breathe. Follow these simple tips so you and your family can breathe easy…


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  • A Greener, Stress-Free Holiday

    The last thing we need is more to think about over the holidays. What if you could do less and get more out of the season? In my article for So Fresh Mag, I show how you can decorate, host, and give green while staying festive. I’m willing to guarantee you get through it with more…


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  • 10 Quick Tips for a Greener Home

    Think you need a lot of time or money to have a meaningful impact on greening your home? Think again! Whether you’re already living green, or just starting to make some changes, here are 10 quick tips you can implement now for a greener, healthier home.


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  • How to Choose Natural Baby Care Products

    Since many labelling terms aren’t regulated (like “natural” and “non-toxic”), it can be hard to determine whether they are true or part of a greenwashing campaign – unless you know how to read ingredient lists. But between chemical names and scientific names of botanicals, it can be quite daunting when you start paying attention to labels. To help get you started, here…


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  • How to Identify and Remove Carcinogens from Your Home

    Did you know that many common household products contain known or suspected carcinogens? The regulatory environment in Canada is based on the premise that a product is safe unless proven otherwise. Consequently, new chemicals are introduced into products without truly understanding the implications on our health. The good news is, there are readily available alternatives that don’t contain potentially harmful ingredients. Here are…


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  • What Are Natural Cosmetics, Anyways?

    There are several campaigns out there that make it sound like our shampoos, lotions, soaps, and make-up are single-handedly giving us cancer and making us infertile. While I am suspect of many ingredients used in conventional cosmetics, and I greatly appreciate the work consumer interest groups are doing, the scare tactic approach goes against my goal for this blog…


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