Proposal to Ban Plastic Microbeads in NY

microbeads ban in NY by ecokaren

Microbeads are tiny plastic beads used in exfoliating face and body washes in personal care products like lotion and toothpaste. The beads act to gently exfoliate or scrub away dead skin cells. I fully understand the need for better personal care products that give you improved results but I’m not sure about using plastic beads… 

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5 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is coming up in a few days and you haven’t had a chance to plan on a romantic getaway. Don’t worry; there is still time left to plan on a meaningful romantic surprise without breaking out in a sweat or breaking your bank. The day is not about buying the biggest or the… 

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What’s on My Christmas Gift List for Everyone? (And my wish list too)

ecokaren's gift list

I am done with shopping for Christmas. We don’t usually go overboard and especially now that kids are older, we don’t have to go near the mall or toy stores where people become psychotic this time of the year. I shopped on Etsy, Uncommon Goods, and Amazon and I am done! So, What’s on my… 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013

holiday guide 2013 by ecokaren

Seasons Greetings! As the holiday season draws near, I wanted to share my tried and true green holiday tips, crafts and recipes with you. I can’t think of more meaningful gifts than handmade crafts and homemade treats for the holiday season. So I created a Green Holiday Guide 2013, where you will find simple but… 

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How to Clean A Moldy Shower Curtain Without Bleach

clean moldy shower curtain without bleach from ecokaren

Does your shower curtain get moldy like mine? Am I the only lazy slouch who waits until it looks disgusting and then try frantically to make it clean again? Granted it’s made of nylon, not PVC vinyl so I don’t have to worry about pthalates or other toxins but mold is just as dangerous, according… 

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Is Walmart on the right track in eliminating toxins from their products?

Walmart announced it'll eliminate toxic chemicals by ecokaren

Back in April of 2013,  Safer Chemical Healthy Family (SCHF) started  Mind the Store Challenge and urged 10 biggest retailers, including Walmart, to change their policy on toxic chemicals and to create an action plan to address 100+ hazardous chemicals in their consumer products. And kudos to their persistent pressure with emails and petitions, Walmart recently announced… 

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