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August 16, 2018 2 Comments
The Roots of Something New: Packaging Made from Mushrooms!

Mycelium: A Biodegradable Replacement for Foam Packaging Have you heard of mycelium? If you’ve read our blog post mentioning mushroom dresses you might have. But now this eco-friendly material is being used in even more new ways! Ikea Is Replacing Their Polystyrene Packaging With Mushrooms! Sometimes we feel like polystyrene packaging is unavoidable on things […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Environment, Food, Reuse Recycle
August 14, 2018 4 Comments
What Happens When Almonds Come Out of Their Shells

How a Seed Is Putting Sustainability on the Menu Ahh, the almond…one of my favorite snacks! Almond kernels—or drupes—are healthy, flavorful, morsels nestled inside a hard shell that’s surrounded by an exterior hull. But did you know that, for every pound of almond kernels produced, there are more than two pounds of hulls and shells […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Food, Reuse Recycle
August 9, 2018 4 Comments
Why You Should Donate Old Pill Bottles

The Surprise Throwaway Item that Other Countries Need Do you ever wonder what to do with pill bottles once they’re empty? Many people recycle them, and that’s a good thing. Better to recycle than add to the landfill, right? But have you ever considered donating your empty pill bottles? The little containers that most of […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Community Project, DIY, Health
August 7, 2018 9 Comments
What Is Body Burden and What Can I Do About It?

15 Ways to Lower Your Body Burden It’s called Body Burden—the alphabet soup of pollutants that accumulate in and contaminate our bodies. And though we’ve touched on it before, I think it’s worth a closer look at this pervasive problem that’s really one of the main reasons for this blog—to help us all live a […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Chemicals, Environment, Food, Health
August 2, 2018 2 Comments
VOCs Are in the Air [Infographic]

11 Products that Hide Volatile Organic Compounds VOCs are the culprit behind the strong, physical reactions many of us suffer from when we’re exposed to certain products like paint, air fresheners and chemical-based cleaners. At Norwex’s 2018 U.S. National Conference, visitors at our Norwex Movement booth were treated to an informative bookmark explaining where VOCs […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Chemicals, Environment, Health, Safe Havens
July 31, 2018 4 Comments
Out of India: Organic Farming Is on the Rise

How Indian Farm Women United Against Chemicals When a group of women farmers in India were faced with mounting debt and decreasing crop yields, all due to expensive agrochemicals, they decided to do something about it. They turned to eco-farming, but it was a slow start. Here’s what happened. Flash back to the 1990s. In […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Environment, Family, Food, Health
July 26, 2018 4 Comments
#Move4Michael and Help Find a Cure for ALS

Michael Strasser Pushes the Pedals—and the Limits Meet Michael Strasser, one of the coolest people we know. Triathalete, ski-mountaineer and world-record-breaking cyclist, Michael crossed the entire continent of Africa, on his bike, in just 34.5 days, beating the previous record by 7 days. Now Michael is undertaking his biggest quest to date. And Norwex is […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Health, How You Can Help
July 24, 2018 14 Comments
McDonald’s Makes It the Last Straw

McDonald’s Going Retro with Paper Straws Remember those little paper straws we use to get with our milk in grade school? Or maybe you just remember your parents telling you how the delinquent students could turn those little paper straws into spitball cannons. Either way, you may be seeing more paper straws when McDonald’s starts […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Conservation, Eco-Friendly Cities, Plastic
July 19, 2018 9 Comments
How to Give Broken Dinnerware a Beautiful Makeover

The Ancient Art of Kintsugi: a “Golden Rejoining” In Japanese, it means “Golden Rejoining,” and the ancient art of kintsugi is all about highlighting—rather than hiding—an object’s flaws. In the process, broken pots, vases, plates and bowls become beautiful instead of unsightly. This is a prominent theme in the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which is […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, DIY, repair, Reuse Recycle
July 17, 2018 3 Comments
Good News Blowing in: Wind Energy Is on the Rise

More Businesses Are Choosing Green Power! Businesses today are relying more and more on renewable energy sources—and it’s easy to see why. Costs of solar and wind power are dropping globally. In fact, they’re projected to become two of the cheapest sources of electricity for most of the world after 2030. And savvy businesses are […]

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Posted in: Amy's Green Blog, Eco-Friendly Cities, Energy, Environment