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5 Ways to Green Your Business

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The last several decades have seen American society  becoming more technological and further distanced from nature, in terms of work and environment, and many business owners have noticed some of the results in the people they employ: less enthusiasm about work, less productivity at work, and more depression, apathy, and social isolation.  If you as a business owner are concerned about this trend, there are some simple or relatively painless ways to incorporate nature into your business and increase both productivity and employee satisfaction.

 
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This Yoga-in-Schools Program Just Raised $31,000 in Crowdfunding

This Yoga-in-Schools Program Just Raised $31,000 in Crowdfunding | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
R.I.S.E. introduces Bay Area teens to yoga, to help with self-image, grades, and other adolescent nightmares.
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Sun-kissed skin through eating fruit and veg

Sun-kissed skin through eating fruit and veg | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
A new study into facial attractiveness has found that skin colouration is an important factor and that carotenoid colouration through the ingestion of fruit and vegetables may give the best appearance.

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Who doesn't want youthful skin and eating your fruits and vegetables is the right way to get that skin glowing. Allison Riley of Kings County Florist
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The Truth About Natural Beauty

The Truth About Natural Beauty | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
If you think back to ancient times and medicinal healing, the only way to cure skin-related ailments or beauty concerns was with what nature provided: plants, herbs, flowers and extracted oils. Despite the fact that skin care has come full circle, there’s still something to be said for planet Earth’s most powerful and valuable natural healers.
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Five things we learned about fashion, technology and sustainability

Five things we learned about fashion, technology and sustainability | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
In a recent live chat, experts took questions on the marriage of technology and fashion and the implications for sustainability
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The 21 best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in America

The 21 best vegetarian/vegan restaurants in America | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Trust us, you're going to want to start eating all your vegetables.
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Insurer Surveys Identify Four Timely Travel Trends

Insurer Surveys Identify Four Timely Travel Trends | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Polls cite social media’s growing influence in travel-making process, rank vacation costs and spotlight top 2014 family travel destinations.
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9 Surprising Foods that are Great for Your Skin (Infographic)

9 Surprising Foods that are Great for Your Skin (Infographic) | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
9 surprising foods that are GREAT for your skin. Make sure these are on your grocery list next time you head to the store!

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, July 26, 10:20 AM

Beautiful infographic!

Richard Haddad's curator insight, July 27, 7:13 AM

Il est trés important de s'occuper de son microbiote ,de ses muscles ,de ses os .Mais il ne faut pas oublier de traiter sa peau par creme ,peeling laser , mais pourquoi pas grace a l'alimentation ? 

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Travelling Green: The World's Top Eco-Friendly Hotels

Travelling Green: The World's Top Eco-Friendly Hotels | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
A boutique hotel offering a private beach and rooftop pool, the Hi Hotel Eco Spa and Beach has received Green Globe certification for using recycled paper, organic paint, eco-friendly cleaning products and organic food....
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Limi Valley Eco Trek - Eco Holiday Asia

Limi Valley Eco Trek - Eco Holiday Asia | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Limi Valley Eco trek on of the most wilderness trekking trail of far-western Nepal.Natural beauty and off the beaten trek destination for adventure seekers.
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10 In-Season Fruits & Veggies (& Why You Need To Eat Them)

10 In-Season Fruits & Veggies (& Why You Need To Eat Them) | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
We’re all for supermarket produce — hey, the more fruits and veggies in your life, the better — but now’s the time to take advantage of the offerings at your local farmers’ market. Why? They a) taste infinitely better, and b) are actually healthier. “The nutritional value of fruits and
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How To Cure Cracked Heels - The Natural Way -

How To Cure Cracked Heels - The Natural Way - | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Cracked heels are a sign of lack of attention to foot care rather than just over exposure or lack of moisturizing. Read on to see how to get your heels in tip top condition for the summer. As we expose our feet after a winter wrapped away they often look neglected and the most common […]

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Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Two techniques that fit into any schedule.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, May 23, 12:43 PM

As an entrepreneur, I like the idea of micro-meditation, 1-3 minute slowdowns in the day, but it doesn't replace meditation for me. 

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I love including mindfulness in my daily life. 

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Site lets consumers trade green behavior for eco products

Site lets consumers trade green behavior for eco products | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Recyclebank has launched One Twine, an online shop where members of its green rewards scheme can buy eco-friendly items with the points they've collected.
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Infographic: Find the Yoga Style Perfect for You!

Infographic: Find the Yoga Style Perfect for You! | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
In honor of National Yoga Month we're sharing this handy infographic from our friends across the pond at Spafinder Wellness 365 UK! Learn about the different styles and find the practice that's perfect for you.

Learn more about yoga and find classes and studios near you with our Yoga Guide.

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26 GENIUS Ways To Recycle Old Things...

Recycling is one of the best and easiest ways you can help our planet stay clean, and what better way than to re-purpose old things that would otherwise see the bottom of a recycling bin! I’ll admit, some of these ideas might be a little hard to achieve (especially by yourself), but you could grab a friend, put some work into it, and really surprise yourself!

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Here Are 10 Pictures of Your Daily Recommended Servings of Fruits & Vegetables — Delicious Nutrition

Here Are 10 Pictures of Your Daily Recommended Servings of Fruits & Vegetables — Delicious Nutrition | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
What's the most important part of a nutritious diet? Most of us can automatically recite the answer: Fruits and vegetables. And yet it can be tough to eat the daily recommended amount of produce, and most Americans simply don't. I've certainly been among that 75% — the estimated percentage of us who don't eat enough veggies. I realized, though, that part of the problem was that I didn't really understand how much we were talking about. What does a daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables look like? I decided to find out, once and for all. Here are 10 photos of fruits and vegetables, each one a complete daily serving. It may not be as much as you think!
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12 Things About Yoga You Probably Don’t Know

12 Things About Yoga You Probably Don’t Know | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
If you're not already taking a yoga class, I bet you'll want to after you read these twelve surprising facts about yoga.
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10 Tips for Enjoying & Choosing More Raw Food

10 Tips for Enjoying & Choosing More Raw Food | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Kris Carr dishes on raw food with tips from Gena Hamshaw, author of Choosing Raw. Grab ten raw food tips so you can start enjoying and eating raw food.
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5 Veggie Burgers That Can Compete with Beef

5 Veggie Burgers That Can Compete with Beef | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it

Recently, New Yorkers waited several hours in line for a one-night-only offering from Del Posto’s pastry chef Brooks Headley. It wasn’t the next Cronut. It wasn’t free ice cream. Headley was selling veggie burgers. And according to F&W Chef-in-Residence David Chang, they were worth the wait. In an Instagram post, Chang described the creation as the best veggie burger he’s ever had.

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New York City's Green Carts Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts

New York City's Green Carts Bring Fresh Produce to Food Deserts | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Top image credit: Illumination Fund. Obesity and diabetes often plague cities. Such is the case for New York City where 40 percent of school kids are considered obese. One of the main drivers in New York and other cities is the lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in low income communities.
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Hidden health risks in your beauty products

Hidden health risks in your beauty products | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Consumer Reports ShopSmart releases results of a year-long investigation in popular cosmetics and beauty products.

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Organic skincare products are one of the fastest growing markets in the health movement…..

You no longer want to keep using mainstream commercial products, when they contain chemicals that actually can cause skin problems for some sensitive individuals.

Practicing natural skin care is one of the best ways you can improve your skin and stay healthy. Maintaining your skin through daily natural treatments is imperative for healthy, young beautiful skin.

 

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Insecticides put world food supplies at risk - HortiBiz

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk - HortiBiz | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.

The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, the landmark 1962 book by Rachel Carson that revealed the decimation of birds and insects by the blanket use of DDT and other pesticides and led to the modern environmental movement.

Billions of dollars’ worth of the potent and long-lasting neurotoxins are sold every year but regulations have failed to prevent the poisoning of almost all habitats, the international team of scientists concluded in the most detailed study yet. As a result, they say, creatures essential to global food production – from bees to earthworms – are likely to be suffering grave harm and the chemicals must be phased out.

The new assessment analysed the risks associated with neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides on which farmers spend $2.6bn (£1.53bn) a year. Neonicotinoids are applied routinely rather than in response to pest attacks but the scientists highlight the “striking” lack of evidence that this leads to increased crop yields.

“The evidence is very clear. We are witnessing a threat to the productivity of our natural and farmed environment equivalent to that posed by organophosphates or DDT,” said Jean-Marc Bonmatin, of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France, one of the 29 international researchers who conducted the four-year assessment. “Far from protecting food production, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides is threatening the very infrastructure which enables it.” He said the chemicals imperilled food supplies by harming bees and other pollinators, which fertilise about three-quarters of the world’s crops, and the organisms that create the healthy soils which the world’s food requires in order to grow.

Professor Dave Goulson, at the University of Sussex, another member of the team, said: “It is astonishing we have learned so little. After Silent Spring revealed the unfortunate side-effects of those chemicals, there was a big backlash. But we seem to have gone back to exactly what we were doing in the 1950s. It is just history repeating itself. The pervasive nature of these chemicals mean they are found everywhere now.

“If all our soils are toxic, that should really worry us, as soil is crucial to food production."

The assessment, published on Tuesday, cites the chemicals as a key factor in the decline of bees, alongside the loss of flower-rich habitats meadows and disease. The insecticides harm bees’ ability to navigate and learn, damage their immune systems and cut colony growth. In worms, which provide a critical role in aerating soil, exposure to the chemicals affects their ability to tunnel.

Dragonflies, which eat mosquitoes, and other creatures that live in water are also suffering, with some studies showing that ditchwater has become so contaminated it could be used directly as a lice-control pesticide.

The report warned that loss of insects may be linked to major declines in the birds that feed on them, though it also notes that eating just a few insecticide-treated seeds would kill birds directly.

“Overall, a compelling body of evidence has accumulated that clearly demonstrates that the wide-scale use of these persistent, water-soluble chemicals is having widespread, chronic impacts upon global biodiversity and is likely to be having major negative effects on ecosystem services such as pollination that are vital to food security,” the study concluded.

The report is being published as a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research and was funded by a charitable foundation run by the ethical bank Triodos.

The EU, opposed by the British government and the National Farmers Union, has already imposed a temporary three-year moratorium on the use of some neonicotinoids on some crops. This month US president Barack Obama ordered an urgent assessment of the impact of neonicotinoids on bees. But the insecticides are used all over the world on crops, as well as flea treatments in cats and dogs and to protect timber from termites.

However, the Crop Protection Association, which represents pesticide manufacturers, criticised the report. Nick von Westenholz, chief executive of the CPA, said: “It is a selective review of existing studies which highlighted worst-case scenarios, largely produced under laboratory conditions. As such, the publication does not represent a robust assessment of the safety of systemic pesticides under realistic conditions of use.”

Von Westenholz added: “Importantly, they have failed or neglected to look at the broad benefits provided by this technology and the fact that by maximising yields from land already under cultivation, more wild spaces are preserved for biodiversity. The crop protection industry takes its responsibility towards pollinators seriously. We recognise the vital role pollinators play in global food production.”

The new report, called the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on Systemic Pesticides, analysed every peer-reviewed scientific paper on neonicotinoids and another insecticide called fipronil since they were first used in the mid-1990s. These chemicals are different from other pesticides because, instead of being sprayed over crops, they are usually used to treat seeds. This means they are taken up by every part of the growing plant, including roots, leaves, pollen and nectar, providing multiple ways for other creatures to be exposed.

The scientists found that the use of the insecticides shows a “rapid increase” over the past decade and that the slow breakdown of the compounds and their ability to be washed off fields in water has led to “large-scale contamination”. The team states that current rules on use have failed to prevent dangerous levels building up in the environment.

Almost as concerning as what is known about neonicotinoids is what is not known, the researchers said. Most countries have no public data on the quantities or locations of the systemic pesticides being applied. The testing demanded by regulators to date has not determined the long-term effect of sub-lethal doses, nor has it assessed the impact of the combined impact of the cocktail of many pesticides encountered in most fields. The toxicity of neonicotinoids has only been established for very few of the species known to be exposed. For example, just four of the 25,000 known species of bee have been assessed. There is virtually no data on effects on reptiles or mammals.


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What's the difference between organic and biodynamic?

What's the difference between organic and biodynamic? | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Winemakers are taking steps toward organic grapes and biodynamic vineyards. So what exactly does it all mean, especially in Virginia’s wine country?
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Natural Beauty Products: Expert Tips for an All Natural Beauty ...

Natural Beauty Products: Expert Tips for an All Natural Beauty ... | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
There are some aspects of going natural with your beauty routine — staying away from chemical ingredients, shopping at organic stores, etc. — that are common sense. But, like any new endeavor in your life, there are plenty ...

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Your Food Is Poisoning You

Your Food Is Poisoning You | Eco-Friendly Lifestyle | Scoop.it
Despite being treated like Bigfoot believers by their opponents, pesticide ascetics are inching their way toward credibility. Introduced by Monsanto in the early 1970s under the trade name Roundup (and used primarily back then as a weed killer), glyphosate is now used throughout the world on wheat and soy crops and since 2007 it has been the most widely used herbicide in the U.S.
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