January 15, 2009

Unwanted Catalogs

If your mailbox is like mine, you find catalogs in it all the time from places you have never even heard of. Maybe you still get them from places you had ordered from years ago.

Either way, they don't need to send them to you anymore. Most of them have telephone numbers on them - call them and ask to have your address removed from their mailing list. You can also go online to catalogchoice.org to put a stop to them.

Not convinced you should do it yet? How about this...every year about 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers, according to the Daily Green. These catalogs require more than 53 million trees and 56 million gallons of wastewater to produce. Not only do they waste our precious resources, but they also cause pollution being produced and distributed.

Most companies have their products on their websites, making all those catalogs unnecessary.

Do something about it today!

Scouring Cleanser

Need a little grit in your cleanser, but not all the harsh chemicals? Make your own out of things that are already in your kitchen.


1/4 cup baking soda
1 Tbsp. liquid detergent
a little white distilled vinegar

Adding the distilled vinegar to the other ingredients makes a thick, but creamy texture.

Getting it clean without the chemicals. Awesome.

New Years Resolutions

Let's say good-bye to some old bad habit, and start some new good ones! Now is the perfect time to get rid of some things in your life that are just BAD.

What about all of those nasty chemical laden products that you clean with? Try natural cleaners. Stores are just filling with better options.

One of the best new habits you can form is throwing things into your recycling bin instead of the garbage. Paper, plastic, aluminum, electronics...most of it can be recycled.

What about making donations with some old stuff? Those old blankets in the back of your closet would be greatly appreciated by a local animal shelter. Go to pets911.com to find shelters near you.

Make it a great year!