Are you watering your garden with lead and phthalates?

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

Garden hoses can leach nasty toxic chemicals, photo by Emillian Robert Vicol, flickr

As an avid backyard organic gardener, I always have my eye out for things to help me improve how I garden and how to live a more healthy lifestyle. So when I came across an article about how garden hoses leach toxic chemicals, I was a bit stunned. Though I generally water my garden by hand and/or with drip lines, I do use the hose to water other things around my yard, and to fill my dog’s outside water dish. This article is definitely a wake-up call.

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Enjoy chlorine-free summer fun with ECOsmarte

The ECOsmarte filtration system, courtesy of ECOsmarte

The ECOsmarte filtration system, courtesy of ECOsmarte

As we shift from spring into summer, dreams of summer pool parties dance merrily through our heads. Preparing your pool for summer fun means loading it with harsh toxic chemicals. With so many of us wanting to lead healthy lifestyles, going that direction makes no sense.

There’s a more efficient, healthier alternative.

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EcoScraps – real organic garden products

EcoScraps garden products are made from fruit and veggie waste

EcoScraps garden products are made from fruit and veggie waste

Very likely you haven’t thought about feeding your trees since it’s the middle of winter. But now’s the time to start thinking about it.

February is a good time to fertilize your trees, said Pam Eagelston of Gold Leaf Nursery.

“Feeding the soil is as important as fertilizing the tree,” she said. “It feeds the beneficial microorganisms in the soil, improves the texture of the soil and helps dissolve the nutrients to a form that the roots can absorb.”

If you don’t want to use chemicals this year, there’s an effective organic option.

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Living green for 2011 – a retrospective

One of 2 pesticide-free products that help control and eliminate bed bugs

We’ve made it to an exciting new year. While 2011 was an incredible year. during that time I profiled a lot of fascinating products, books and stories. Here’s a look back at my top picks.

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Eco-aware Moms have buying clout

A new report from EcoFocus Worldwide reveals that “EcoAware Moms” – made up of over 51 million women – have more than $1.45 trillion in buying power.

The new Consumer Trend Watch Report: “Are You Ready for EcoAware Mom?” is based on the EcoFocus 2010 US Trend Survey of 4,000+ Americans ages 18-65. It shows that today’s parents see buying eco-friendly products as an opportunity to improve their quality of life, set good examples. teach important behaviors to their children, and to leave a legacy for future generations.

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