5 Ways to Make Your Beauty Routine Eco-Friendly

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Earth friendly fashion, Green Goods, green living | 0 comments

It’s quite difficult to completely change your everyday routine and move towards 100% green consumption all at once. However, by changing one small part of your lifestyle and consumption habits at a time, you can contribute to making a huge, long-term change. Start with something small but meaningful, like your beauty routine, and make an effort to use only natural and eco-friendly products wherever possible. You’ll find that these small changes will help foster a sustainable lifestyle and change your attitude towards consumption, not to mention that your skin and hair will appreciate the tender loving care.

To get you started on the right path, try these five tips to make your beauty routine more eco-friendly.

1. Mineral makeup

mineral make up, beauty routineWherever possible, avoid cheap and generic makeup brands; opt for something from eco-friendly speciality stores like Biome, who stock 100% natural cosmetics and mineral makeup ranges from leading brands. Use a mineral makeup brand that is high quality, safe, not tested on animals and made in Australia from natural ingredients. Many options are available online and in stores, so do your research, read labels and think twice before purchasing standard, supermarket makeup next time your supply is running low.

2. Organic skincare

Much like makeup, many organic skincare products are available that are made according to the Australian organic standard, which is recognised as one of the most stringent in the world. A cosmetic product that received the Australian Certified Organic Stamp must contain 95% certified organic ingredients, and the remaining 5% must be natural. You would be surprised at the amount of chemicals that you put on your face every day. Choose an organic skincare product that suits your skin and keep your skin free of harmful chemicals. Use an organic skincare range to cleanse and tone your face and neck morning and night, before you put on your makeup and when removing it.

3. Natural soaps

organic soapWhether it is your basin soap or the shower gel you use daily, it’s not hard to find a product that you and your skin will love. Natural soaps are becoming quite popular on the green beauty scene, so look to specialty stores who can offer you advice on which brands are best suited to your skin. Natural soap comes as bars, lotions and many different bath products.

4. Hair treatments

Next time your shampoo and conditioner runs out, replace them with a natural and organic alternative that is made from plants not petrochemicals. It is also a good idea to consider hair treatments that are free from all chemicals, preservatives and synthetic fragrances if you really want to look after the environment and your hair. It may cost you a little bit more initially, but you’ll find quality eco products will make a big different to your hair.

5. Personal Hygiene

Your beauty routine stretches beyond your face and hair to include your whole body. Always seek the most natural, chemical-free personal hygiene products, and you’ll be surprised at the difference they can make. Did you know there are green alternatives for female sanitary products, deodorant, exfoliation products, body scrubs and nail polishes? You can always choose a greener option!

By replacing each of these five products with a greener option as your current supply runs out, you will eventually find yourself using a host of products that are good for the earth and your body. Your beauty routine will benefit from using natural, toxin-free products. And, once you have settled into a routine, you will be able to add more eco-friendly products to use in another part of your lifestyle.

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Consider Switching Your Home Over To Natural Gas

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Environment News, green living | 0 comments

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Natural gas as an energy source has seen huge gains in popularity over the last couple of years. Homeowners who use natural gas save money, cut their carbon footprint and keep their local economy stimulated. It’s estimated that about 85 percent of all natural gas consumed is produced in the United States, so when you use gas as a power source, you do your part to keep the economy up and running.

Some people are hesitant about switching to natural gas. People are creatures of habit, and this becomes clear when it comes to their choices about powering their homes. What they don’t know is that switching to natural gas comes with a myriad of benefits:

Money Savings

The first thing that homeowners notice when switching to natural gas is lower bills. When you make the switch, you can expect to pay 60 percent less for your water and space heating bills. Compared to propane or electricity, natural gas is a steal. Some people take it even further, and they convert their cooking and clothes drying appliances as well. If you do this, you can expect to cut costs even more.

It’s Easy To Convert

People who are hesitant about making the conversion often state that it’d be too hard for them to switch everything over. This isn’t true; switching to natural gas is inexpensive and easy.

It takes about a day for your home to be converted, and the installation costs are easily covered by your lower monthly bills. If you can’t swing it financially, you can pay in installments. It’s common for people to use the money that they save every month to pay for the installments, and once they are paid off, all the money that you save goes directly into your pockets.

It Makes Your Home Comfortable

Naturally heated homes feel better. There’s something warm and inviting about heating with a natural and clean product; you never have to worry about funny smells or chemical leaks from your system. When you switch to natural gas, your hot water warms quickly, your clothes dry faster and your stove’s adjustable flame gives you more control over your cooking. If you want to learn more, it’s a good idea to get updates from energy companies like Sentry Energy’s Twitter account.

It’s Reliable

If you heat your home using electricity, you’ve probably noticed that it isn’t always the most reliable source of energy. This is especially true for people who live in areas where the power tends to go out. You don’t want to lose your heat during a snowstorm, but this always seems to happens when you power your home with electricity. With gas, your system works when the power is out; it’s super reliable, and it’s very safe.

Switching your home to natural gas is a clean and inexpensive way to power your home. People are often hesitant about it, but when they make the switch, they find themselves wondering why it took them so long to do it. If you enjoy clean, reliable and inexpensive energy, then make the switch to natural gas today.

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Avoid a Bad Air Day by Checking Your Air Quality

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Care Tips, Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Repairs and Maintenance | 0 comments

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Many people already realize that certain parts of the country suffer from poor air quality at specific times of the year. People are so concerned about the air outside that many fail to consider the quality of the air inside their homes. In some cases, the air inside a house can be exponentially worse than what’s outside. Don’t have a bad air day; check the air quality inside your home and take action to make it better. 

What Causes Bad Air Indoors?

The air inside your home is directly affected by the quality of air outside the home. In addition to the regular pollutants found in the air outside, indoor air can be laden with cleaning solvents, viruses, fungi, formaldehyde, and all kinds of other pollutants. Pollen and dander can come in from windows and doors. Pets carry hair and saliva, in addition to airborne fecal matter. Paints, perfumes, and even chemicals on a new piece of furniture affect the quality of air inside your home. This may be even more noticeable if you have family members who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems. How can you combat the bad air?

Change Your Filters

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The ductwork in your home should have filters connected to it. These filters are supposed to help keep contaminants out. Over time, however, the filters become dirty from all of the contaminants they catch. This means that they need to be changed regularly in order to be most effective. Filters should be changed at least every six months, and your AC should be tuned up one to two times per year. Dust around the duct registers or settling on furniture around your home is a clear sign that not only your filters need changing, but you should probably also have your ducts examined and cleaned.

Go Green—Literally

Changing out your filters can dramatically improve your indoor air quality, but don’t underestimate the power of plants. There are many indoor plants such as spider plants, snake plants, English ivy, pothos, philodendrons and more that help to pull formaldehyde and a variety of other pollutants out of the air, replacing them with oxygen. If your home is lacking a little bit of green, then invest in some air-purifying plants strategically placed around your home.

Turn Bad Air Good

It’s possible to avoid a bad air day with proper air filter replacement and duct cleaning. Air-purifying plants are also beneficial if anyone in your family suffers from allergies or other respiratory issues. If you notice an inordinate amount of dust around your home or family members who are sneezing and coughing more than normal, then it’s time to take action.

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How Your Home Can Benefit from a Beautiful Garden

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Home Design Ideas | 0 comments

When building a new home, it’s easy to put all of your attention on the house and neglect your front and backyard. And that makes total sense; after all, the structure of your home, its interior, and its general layout are immensely important, and you’ll want to make sure everything is to your liking. But, with that said, don’t forget about your yards. Here are five ways your new home can benefit from a beautiful garden.

It Can Extend Your Entertainment Space

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A well manicured backyard garden can increase your at-home entertainment options. And this is perfect during summer and on those days when the weather is almost begging you to come outside. Instead of having to entertain guests in the living room or kitchen, homeowners with a beautiful garden can take everything outside and catch up with friends or family surrounded by colourful flowers, tons of plants, and the sound of trickling water.

More Privacy

Depending on what kind of garden you build and how high your fence is, a home garden can give both you and your family more privacy in your backyard space. Shade trees are best for creating a more private and secluded space, but they will take some time to grow. Just be patient and you’ll have a nice little private retreat just outside your back door in no time at all.

It Will Increase the Value of Your Home

According to landscape economist John Harris, a well-landscaped garden can increase the value of your home by up to 28%. In general, home buyers are looking for a home that’s fit for moving in right away and doesn’t require much work. A home with a poorly maintained garden, or none at all, can scare away potential buyers and lower the value of your home. This is why quality landscaping is valued by any home building agency that offers house and land packages, such as Coral Homes.

It Can Save You Money

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Not only will a beautiful garden get you more money when it comes time to sell your home, but, if you plant shade trees as soon as you move in, the added shade these trees provide can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40%. Large trees can block out much of the sun and leave your home naturally cooler during those scorching hot summer days. Also, if you create a little herb and vegetable garden in your backyard, then you can also save both time and money as you won’t have to make those short trips to the supermarket to grab some thyme, rosemary, or a fresh lettuce; you’ll have everything on hand, right in your own garden.

Better Air Quality in Your Home

Finally, if your garden starts or ends inside your home, then your plants can actually clear the air of environmental toxins. Plants such as English ivy, gerbera daisies, peace lilies, and bamboo palm are especially good at improving the quality of the air in your home.

Can you think of any other ways a beautiful home garden can improve your home? Leave your comments in the section below and help others see the light in building a garden in their backyard.

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Downsizing Your Home: What To Do With Your Excess Furniture

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Earth Friendly Activities, green living, Home Furniture, How To's | 1 comment

Downsizing! Whether you’re moving into a new life phase, getting rid of the past or making a fresh start, there’s always the dilemma on what to do with your excess furniture. Having trouble deciding on what to do with your excess furniture? Check out these ideas to help with downsizing.

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Pack It Into The Garage

Of course, the first place many think of to put excess furniture is in the garage. Why not – it’s close and it’s free. The problem many face when storing excess furniture in the garage is we tend to store too much. That antique or heirloom furniture often becomes something to store things on, in or around. Creepy crawlies love making homes in old draws, mould creeps in and before you know it, that beautiful furniture that you were hoping to keep for the kids has been scratched, rotted or infested.

Put It Into Storage

Without a doubt, storage comes at a cost. You’re paying for someone else to give you more space. A good storage facility will be mould and pest free, will ensure that old furniture does not have other peoples stuff stacked on it and will still give you easy access to your goods, if need be. Some storage companies such as http://www.yourlocalmovers.com.au/ will even come and collect everything you need to store. Look into the storage options in your area – you might even be amazed at how cost-effective it is!

Give It To The Kids

We all started out with second hand or used furniture, right? Your kids aren’t going to want your furniture. Not yet anyway. Why? Because that heavily stained chipboard table will look terrible in your kids townhouse, that’s why. The only time it is really appropriate to palm off excess furniture to the kids is if they need it AND they ask for it. Your kids aren’t going to want a bulk ‘donation’ of your old stuff.

Give It To Charity

We’ve all given a dodgy barbeque or brown couch to charity, but what about that furniture that is just that bit too good to turf? With most things in your home, furniture has a certain sentimental value. That couch you used to snuggle up on to watch the Saturday night movie. The table you spent many evenings eating around. That bed you spent many hours… sleeping in! Giving to charity is a great way to give things you truly don’t need or want anymore – but things with a special memory?

Those things you really ought to keep. Downsizing your home can often mean a change in life stage. The kids have left, maybe you’ve re-partnered and have excess furniture. Maybe it’s just time to update or upgrade. What have you done when you’ve downsized? Have you found any of these tips helpful, or would you do things differently? Leave your ideas in the comments, below.

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Eco-Friendly Home Organizational Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Green Goods, green living, Home Design Ideas, Home Essentials | 0 comments

One way you can alleviate stress in your life is to get rid of the junk inside of your home. Keep clutter at bay with these eco-friendly home organizational tools.

Bamboo Bathroom Décor

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A bamboo bath and vanity set can help improve the décor in your bathroom and provide you with more storage space for all of your beauty and health products. In addition to a bamboo vanity set, you can use other bamboo bathroom accessories such as a hand towel tray, wastebasket, and a soap dispenser to organize and spruce up your bathroom. Bamboo bathroom accessories and storage products are very appealing, and they hold up well in areas like the bathroom, where humidity is high.

Bamboo Storage Bins and Carts

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Bamboo storage bins are perfect for those smaller items that you want to keep grouped together but do not want to dedicate any of your precious counter and cabinet space for. Bamboo storage bins can be used as drawers on desks and tables or alone as décor. Carts are ideal for small kitchens and bathrooms where there may not be a lot of space to move around in. Carts can be used for storage or additional workspace. When they are not in use, roll them into a corner to keep them out of the way.

Shelves and Hooks

The use of shelves can open up a room and add some much-needed space since they can be placed practically anywhere. Consider adding a variety of shelving to the den, kitchen, bathroom, and garage areas to gain the maximum amount of storage capacity and utility for your space. Shelves can also add an extra touch to the décor in any room. Hooks, meanwhile, can be used in entryways, bathrooms, and anywhere in the home where there is not enough space to hang coats, towels, or other articles of clothing. You can also use hooks to hang up your pots and pans if your kitchen does not have much cabinet space.

It is not necessary for you to spend money on renovations to declutter your home. Discover additional eco-friendly organization changes to keep your home clutter-free while doing your part to save the environment.

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