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Want Happier, Calmer Kids? Simplify Their World

August 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Most of kids’ behavioral problems today are a result of having too much stuff and too busy a schedule, author of Simplicity Parenting says

Portable Wind/Water Turbine Charges Your Smartphone In the Wilderness and On the Go

August 6, 2018 at 10:23 pm





This wind/water turbine can keep all your electronic devices charged while you hike, backpack, kayak, bicycle or camp. Perfect for charging overnight, in shady places or cloudy weather, when solar chargers don’t work.

Tropical Paradise Turned Into a Dump, As Waves of Plastic Continue to Roll In

August 5, 2018 at 2:21 am




Plastic emergency in the Dominican Republic highlights urgency of phasing out single-use plastic

UK Cuts Plastic Bag Consumption 90 Percent, Number of Bags in Ocean by Half

August 4, 2018 at 10:31 pm




England’s 5-cent tax has cut plastic bag consumption by 90 percent and the number of plastic bags in surrounding seas by half.

France Bans Smartphones and Tablets in Schools to Curb Screen Addiction in Kids

August 3, 2018 at 7:33 pm




Concerned about youth screen addiction, the French government has banned smartphones and tablets in schools

11 Reasons a Clover Lawn is Better than Grass Lawn

August 3, 2018 at 12:52 am




Time to give up and let the clover take over! Clover doesn’t need to be mowed, watered, weeded or fertilized, and it’s softer than grass.

The Amazon is a Man-Made Food Forest, Researchers Discover

August 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Most of the edible plants in the rainforest were planted by humans over 4500 years ago, new study finds. Modern farmers should look to these ancient forest gardeners for the key to sustainable food production.

Study: Grass-fed Beef Contains 300 Percent More Heart-Healthy Omega 3s than Factory-Farmed

July 31, 2018 at 7:13 pm




Grass-fed beef contains three times as many heart-healthy omega 3s, 7 times the vitamin A, 10 times the vitamin E and far more cancer-fighting antioxidants, study finds

Reduce Food Waste By Shopping at Salvage Stores

July 30, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Reduce food waste and fatten your wallet by shopping at salvage grocery stores


Nearly half of the food produced in this country is wasted. A good chunk of that waste happens at the grocery store when food is approaching it’s expiration date or cosmetically imperfect.

Up to 40 percent of produce is wasted before it even reaches the store because it’s not “pretty” enough, according to the Ugly Food and Veg Campaign.

Enter “discount” or “salvage” grocery stores. Like TJ Maxx, Ross and Marshalls are to the mall, “outlet” grocery stores are to regular grocery stores. They buy up what doesn’t sell and sell it at deep discounts, typically 50 to 75 percent off, or more.

Credit: Corinne Gompf via Mother Earth News

Items sold at salvage grocery stores include:

  • Food that is near or past its expiration
  • Items in dented or torn packaging
  • Items in seasonal or otherwise-dated packaging
  • Store closeouts
  • Manufacturer overstock
  • Salvage from truck wrecks

The one downside of a salvage grocery store is it’s not a one-stop-shop. Unlike a conventional grocery store, which stocks the same items each week, salvage stores won’t have everything on your grocery list and their inventory is constantly changing.

You might find a great deal on grass-fed butter one week, and organic blueberries or super cheap kombucha the next, but don’t expect to ever find the same thing twice.

If you have a salvage grocery store nearby — check this directory to find out — it could save you a ton of money to stop on your way to the regular grocery store.

Salvage grocery stores are inspected and regulated by the government just like regular grocery stores. As long as you follow a few rules of thumb, the food is just as safe:

  1. Frozen foods are still safe after their expiration date as long as they’ve been kept frozen.
  2. Sell-by, use-by, and best-buy dates all mean different things. Educate yourself on the difference here.
  3. Never buy expired baby formula and baby food. It’s the only food product that the federal government requires dating on.
  4. Avoid expired over-the-counter drugs. They may lose their potency or undergo an adverse chemical change after expiration.
  5. Dented cans aren’t always safe to buy. A small dent is fine, but cans with big dents or any dent along the top or side seam could be a botulism risk.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is As Effective as DEET for Mosquitos, According to CDC

July 29, 2018 at 3:45 pm





The CDC recommends lemon eucalyptus oil as a mosquito repellent, calls it comparable to DEET in effectiveness