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Deal of the Day for the Socially Responsible

Hello readers, I’ve found a new website for everyone to check out! By now many people are familiar with “Groupon” – the deal-a-day website that offers you location-specific deals/coupons. While the deal-a-day concept is probably most associated with “Groupon” there are actually many similar and niche deal-a-day websites you can join! So today I am introducing you to ROOZT.COM – the deal-a-day site for those of us who consider ourselves to be part of the “socially responsible” crowd!

We all like to receive coupons or discounts on products/services we actually buy or use right? I hate flipping through pages of cat food coupons, designer check offers, coupons for fast food places I never eat at…bleh. Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a coupon circular tailored just for you!? That’s what is so great about a deal-a-day site such as Roozt.com. I already know I prefer to spend my money on products that are recycled, produced using sustainable practices, or that contribute to charities I deem valuable. Roozt has the same values and partners with companies that produce such products. AND they donate a portion of every purchase to a socially responsible non-profit which you personally select at check-out!  That’s a quick overview- let’s get into the details now…

To use Roozt you sign-up for an account on their site. This provides them with your email address to which they will send  your deal-a-day notices. Roozt features a highly discounted product each day for a limited time- often 24-48 hours or until the designated quantity is sold out. Examples of types of products they offer include:

  • fair-trade/organic coffee
  • all organic/natural skin care products
  • fair-trade or organic clothing lines
  • Eco-Bags
  • fair-trade/organic chocolates
  • eco-friendly stationery products
  • and lots more!

A sample deal would read something like this: “$33 gift card for “Brand” natural make-up for $18″ See image below:

The savings are significant. My own experience with Roozt got me an $80 gift card for only $18!!  I can personally attest to the great-ness of the deals. Each product also gets a “Roozt rating” telling you if the product is “Community Conscious” or “Organic” or “Eco-Friendly” etc.

Another thing I like about it is that it introduces me to brands and products that I wouldn’t necessarily see otherwise. And, it’s great for gift ideas. I have a wedding coming up so I am always looking for gift ideas for my 5 wonderful bridesmaids (they deserve the moon!!) and a deal-a-day site like Roozt is perfect- with my $80 gift card for only $18 I can now easily get each of my bridesmaids a product from that company and at such an affordable price! Not to mention, I am spreading the socially responsible message on to them (they don’t mind!) and supporting a company that aligns with my values.

I really encourage you to join Roozt and start learning about the companies and products featured on the site. It’s really amazing the products that people are creating these days that are eco-friendly, recycled, or that benefit society through charitable giving. Come back and share your finds and/or purchases with us here at HoG! 🙂  Enjoy!

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Perfect for Fall- Homemade Body Butter!

I recently found an enticing recipe for homemade body butter and HAD to try it! The description “body butter” has always tempted me but I haven’t found any that was free from chemicals that I try to avoid. This recipe was sure to be chemical free- and it sounded delicious!

The “Luscious Pumpkin Body Butter” recipe was posted recently on Care2.com which is one of my favorite websites for everything green-living!! You can also follow them on Twitter- @Care2 or @Care2Green or @Care2Causes. The simple recipe is as follows (Full article here: Luscious Pumpkin Body Butter)

1/2 cup pumpkin puree, preferably organic
1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Mix ingredients in a bowl. Apply generously to clean skin (standing or sitting on a towel, if you like), massaging gently to work well into the skin.

2. Allow to remain on for 10 minutes or so, then rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Some comments on the original article mentioned how “weird” or “difficult” it would be to sit with pumpkin all over yourself…here’s how I dealt with that. I did a quick shower so my skin would be “clean” as specified in the recipe instructions. Then I sat in the empty bath tub and applied the body butter and sat there reading for the specified “10 minutes or so” – making it then easy to rinse off under the shower and not making a mess on anything. It worked great. Now, for my review…

PHENOMENAL. Truly- it was SIMPLE to make, smelled heavenly, and really did moisturize my skin! Not to mention- it was absolutely well, intoxicating, to sit with fresh food rubbed all over! It felt so natural and nourishing- not like rubbing some mass-produced, chemical-laden, over-priced lotion all over. It not only made my skin feel great- it made ME feel great. It made me want to toss all my products (even those claiming to be “safe”) and turn to purely natural fruits and veggies for my all my skin and beauty care. Seriously.

Now, there is one caution I would mention that is NOT mentioned in the original article. Cinnamon CAN burn the skin or cause sensitive skin to react- so do NOT overdo the amount of Cinnamon in this recipe- especially if you have sensitive skin. It felt terrific- and warming- as the recipe promises, but I would be careful putting it on your face if you know you have sensitive skin. It wouldn’t do any horrible damage, but it might make your skin a bit red. It can be combated by taking an anti-histamine (if extreme) or probably by applying witch hazel to the skin. I did not experience this anywhere on my body except slightly on my face and the slight redness quickly disappeared.

Enjoy! Please try it- and come back and let us know what you thought! Any recipe variations you would suggest? Any similar concoctions you’ve tried and loved?

Blog Action Day 2010- Water

Today, October 15th, is Blog Action Day. This is a yearly event where bloggers around the world join change.org to spread the word about a crisis wrecking havoc world-wide. This year the topic is water. Why water? As change.org points out, “…water moves beyond just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue, an animal welfare issue, a sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, deserving a global conversation.”

To go along with the general theme of Hints of Green, I am going to make my contribution by sharing some simple changes you can make in your home and community to help conserve your water supply and keep it clean!  Remember, the small things really DO add up- and in addition to your changes I ask that you share these changes with others!

So let’s take a look at some of the things we are dealing with world-wide regarding our water supplies…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above photo is from the Mother Nature Network’s slideshow entitled “The 15 Most Toxic Places to Live”. This photo haunts me as one of the most disturbing photos I’ve ever seen. According to the MNN slideshow, this photo was taken in India- in the Yamuna River, which is the largest tributary of the Ganges River. It flows through Delhi, and it’s estimated that 58 percent of the city’s waste gets dumped straight into the river! Millions of Indians rely on this water source you see pictured for washing, waste disposal, and drinking water! This brings us to Blog Action Day Water Fact #1: Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

What can you do about this? Help keep your local water ways clean! According to change.org’s blog action day site, “Today, 40% of America’s rivers and 46% of America’s lakes are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or aquatic life.” Most trash you see blowing and rolling around is going to eventually make its way to a water source- down a drain or into a creek, river, or lake. It’s such a simple task to bend over and pick something up. Get kids excited about it too- spend an hour with your family or friends picking up trash along your street or near a local body of water. This is a small act but it can and does make a big difference! The trash you keep out of our waterways helps us as well as the wildlife and natural environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another photo from the Mother Nature Network slideshow depicts the North Pacific Gyre. This is an area of the Pacific Ocean that is essentially a trash island- and it’s twice the size of Texas!! MNN’s photo caption reads, “The trash, which is mostly made up of plastic debris, floats as deep as 30 feet below the surface.” Can you imagine!? This is real life- not some fairy tale!

What can you do? Stop buying and using (and re-buying…) plastic bottled water. Avoid plastic packaging as much as possible. Make sure your plastic makes it to the recycling center. And, again, pick up any plastic you see roaming our streets! Just imagine that water bottle as part of this North Pacific Gyre trash island! There are so many alternatives to our plastic objects. Make a concerted effort to take a glass from home for water at your office desk. Get a reusable and plastic-free water bottle for your athletic (and even non-athletic) adventures. Think your bottled water is safer than your tap water? Think again– A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council tested 1,000 bottles and 103 brands of water. 1/3 of the bottled water tested contained contamination including arsenic, bacteria, and synthetic chemicals. Why? Because water that is bottled and sold in the same state (~65% of all bottled water) is EXEMPT from FDA regulation!! Even the water that is regulated by the FDA is subject to less testing and lower purity standards than tap water. If that isn’t reason enough to toss the bottle, I don’t know what is! (You can find more information about the study at nrdc.org).

In addition to unsanitary and polluted water sources, a lot of problems stem from lack of water sources. The blog action day fact sheet lists that “Many scholars attribute the conflict in Darfur at least in part to lack of access to water. A report commissioned by the UN found that in the 21st century, water scarcity will become one of the leading causes of conflict in Africa.”  They also tell us that “That cotton t-shirt you’re wearing right now took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters”. So at a time when water scarcity is causing worldwide strife, we should all be doing our part to conserve this precious resource.

So what can you do? There are lots of ways to conserve water in the home. I’m going to highlight two that you can implement today in your own home. First, keep an extra pitcher or small bucket under your kitchen sink. Anytime someone leaves some water in a drinking glass or an ice cube falls on the floor- toss it in this bucket. Need hot water but your tap takes a while to get that temp? Run the water into this bucket until it gets to the temp you need. Then, with the water saved in this bucket water your house plants (or even garden plants).

The second thing I encourage you to do is displace water in your toilet tank. You can also buy toilets that use less water- but for an easy option try this. Find a container that is tall and skinny- that will fit in you toilet tank without impeding on any of the flushing mechanisms- and that has a lid that will seal completely. You fill this container with water (and possibly some rocks at the bottom to weigh it down) and place it in your toilet tank. With each flush you will save that amount of displaced water because the tank does not have to fill up with as much water. Make sense? Here is a step-by-step how to article for more help: Convert-Any-Toilet-to-a-Low-Flush-Toilet.

For more information about water and ways you can help, visit the Blog Action Day website! They have a petition you can sign and a collection of water-related facts and resources. Most of all, forward the information on to others and spread the word! Come back and tell us what other changes you’ve made and how we can do the same!