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Ever wonder what the healthy alternatives are for our everyday products? What conscious changes are you making in your life? Let this group be a place for support and ideas.

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Latest Activity: Jun 2, 2012

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Companies to Avoid & Companies to Support

Started by MiraCulous. Last reply by Paromita Ray Oct 30, 2009. 6 Replies

Homemade All Natural Cleaning Products

Started by Bobbi. Last reply by MiraCulous Sep 22, 2009. 15 Replies

How about environmentally friendly toys

Started by Precious Lotus. Last reply by Kimberly V Jun 15, 2009. 2 Replies

Dish Washer Detergent

Started by Precious Lotus. Last reply by Precious Lotus May 21, 2009. 2 Replies

Searching

Started by Bobbi. Last reply by Joshua Gerald Mar 14, 2009. 3 Replies

Environmentally Safe Clothing

Started by Bobbi. Last reply by Joshua Gerald Mar 14, 2009. 3 Replies

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Comment by Jill Yodels on June 6, 2009 at 12:50pm
If you buy with the leaping bunny logo...not only it is natural, but no animals were harmed, or by products, tested on animals. It really states that the company has made a honest long term stance, not just words.
Comment by on June 5, 2009 at 7:48am
A school teacher friend told me years ago about Quassia wood chips for getting rid of head lice, if you have kids you will know how often the kids pick them up.

I have seen many complicated ways of using the chips on the net, but all I used to do was bring to the boil a hand full, about half a mug, with 2 pints of water, it does not matter the exact amounts. Simmer for 10 minutes, leave to cool and after washing with a good chemical free shampoo use the mixture, after sieving it, as the final rinse. Repeat for five days to cover the cycle of the lice, but there is no need to shampoo again unless the hair is dirty.

It worked for me and my kids.

The liquid tastes really bad so if you have a nail biter dip their fingers in the liquid and they won't bite their nails. That's after you have had a long hard think as to why they are biting them in the first place.
Comment by on June 5, 2009 at 7:37am
You want to avoid products that contain SLS if you can, it's in a lot of so called green products. You should investigate Borax.
Comment by jimmsfairytales0com on June 5, 2009 at 2:25am
I have just waded through 4 pages(!!!) of comments to see if anybody has talked about hair conditioner yet.
Forget the Loreal (et al) ads: all commercial conditioners damage your hair. but what if you want soft, manageable hair?
Use ordinary vinegar. It's cheaper (MUCH!), less damaging to the environment once it's washed down the drain, works just as well - or better -, keeps the danger of head lice to a minimum (without being poisonous - this is VERY important for use on children), AND is a LOT healthier for your hair. not to mention - in case you DO have children - that it can be safely left in your bathroom without worrying about the children poisoning themselves on it.
I use apple cider vinegar, chain supermarket brand, for reasons of economy. But - of course - if you can afford it, organic would be the best.
Comment by jimmsfairytales0com on May 19, 2009 at 2:11am
And while I'm on the subject of intimate throw-away vs. recyclable...
If you've got children small enough to need nappies (diapers in the USA), do NOT fall for the sales pitch about disposables being SO mjuch easier. In fact, this has become such widespread pseudo-fact that it's hard to find cloth nappies anymore (at least in some countries).
A friend of mine travelled in Spain with her 10-month-old daughter.
"If I'd gone for disposables, our luggage would've been about doubled in bulk... And then you've got to look for them, and pay for them, and look for a place to throw them away... I've brought 3 cloth nappies. When each one gets dirty, I wash it out, and in this climate it dries in no time [they travelled in Summer]. If we're hitching, I just hang it out the car window and it dries even faster!"
I WILL point out that she used (at home in Ireland as well) paper-based (but without chemicals) nappy-liners - use once and throw away (stops the cloth nappy from getting too dirty). These are sold in boxes of fifty or a hundred, very cheap and compact compared to the plastic-welded-to-paper monstrosities everybody seems to think are necessary. The cloth ones need a separate plastic outer liner, that is even easier to wash and dry (in a pinch you can tear up a supermarket plastic bag) to keep clothing dry.
And in warm weather... let the little darlin' go about without. It's easier to wipe up / mop up than to deal with nappies - disposable or cloth - and it's much healthier for the child (less heat rash, less irritation...)
Cloth nappies - AND babies - RULE!!!
Comment by jimmsfairytales0com on May 19, 2009 at 1:45am
Should have added (before you start destroying loads of sponges) that - since the sponges (unlike tampons) don't swell up when they absorb blood, you cut them to a larger size (they squeeze DOWN to fit, instead of swelling)
Comment by jimmsfairytales0com on May 19, 2009 at 1:33am
Re: Bobbi's question: "Something I haven't researched, but have been thinking about lately, is tampons, pads, and liners. Does anybody know of any that are eco-friendly? "

I've seen / heard a couple of women being enthusiastic abot the divacup (or similar product) though that was right at the beginning of their using it, and I don't know if they continued to be satisfied.

My ex-girlfriend used to use natural sponges (which she cut herself to the right size) [NOT plastic sponges] instead of paper-product tampons. She probably carried one spare, but that isn't really necessary. Every time she went to the loo, she'd take it out, rinse it clean, squeeze it out, and pop it back in. In between her menses, she'd keep it in a cup of salted water (to keep it from smelling bad, and as a natural disinfectant).
It's the tampon equivalent of rechargeable batteries. Totally ecological and NO waste - not even ecologically sound waste - except after several hundred uses, they might wear down. No chemicals that attack your vaginal flora...
Comment by on May 18, 2009 at 7:09am
Comment by MiraCulous on May 8, 2009 at 11:56am
which one did you try? there are a few different kinds.....some of them are harsher than others ( like the peppermint as opposed to the lavender) , depending on what you were using before, your skin may not be used to it.....like if you were using a really creamy cleanser, the doctors bronners is very deep cleaning and you may feel liked it is drying, it is good to follow with a moisturizer....
Comment by Bobbi on April 23, 2009 at 9:54pm
thanks for the info on the tampons! : ^ )
 

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