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Bars are no longer banished!

Added January 6, 2020, Under: Environment, Technology

It was not so long ago that bars of soap were looked down upon with disdain - and quickly replaced with plastic bottles containing liquid soap. In fact, just about everything you could imagine came in liquid format in a plastic bottle whether it was face wash, body wash, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, dish washer, laundry detergent and more. But now, the very good news is that all of these are now available in bars! What are the best things about using bars in ...

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Dry Eyes & How to Cope With This Common Problem

Added December 22, 2019, Under: Environment, How To, Inflammation, Insomnia, Natural remedies

Do your eyes sting and burn? Do they look red? Do they feel gritty as if there is some sand lurking there? Then you may well be suffering from Dry Eye. Why do we get Dry Eye? The tears that appear in our eyes help to keep the surface of the eye smooth, comfortable and hydrated while washing away dust and debris - and protecting them from infection. When our eyes are healthy, they make tears all day long.  They stay moist.  They do not suffer ...

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That Ducky Could Be Yucky

Added December 19, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Diseases, Environment

Young children just love playing at bath time. What can be more fun than sitting in all that warmth with water and toys all around you to push, pull, pour and put underneath the surface - and plastic toys are often used for obvious reasons. Now someone has taken the trouble to cut one of those yellow plastic ducks in half! And apparently, it is not a pretty sight! Your children's bath toys could be infested with bacteria and fecal matter Young children just love playing ...

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Bars of Soap are Back in Vogue!

Added November 23, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

In very recent years, the humble bar of soap has come back in fashion. It is now the "hand and body cleaner" of choice to those growing numbers of consumers who want to cut down or cut out their use of plastics. For fifty years, there was a sharp decline in the popularity of bars of soap as they were overtaken by liquid soaps and shower gels. But the bar of soap has started to fight back, starting a trend that fits the ...

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A Cluttered, Messy Home Can Lead to Stress and Anxiety

Added , Under: Environment, Health, How To

In fact, psychologists say that it is a definite trigger of stress and anxiety even though this is not generally realized. Psychologist  Sherrie Bourg Carter explains: “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.” What is it about clutter that it can act as a trigger? Sherrie tells us there ...

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How to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee!

Added November 5, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

I am not a coffee drinker - my beverage of choice is black tea with fresh lemon - but many of my family are avid supporters of the coffee habit.  And I do love the smell of freshly brewed coffee. My daughter-in-law has shared her tips on how she makes her own perfect cup of coffee, tips that she learnt on a trip to Costa Rica. How to make two average sized cups or one large mug of black coffee Yourwill need your ...

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The Dangers to Wildlife as Halloween is Celebrated

Added October 23, 2019, Under: Environment

Halloween decorations become more popular and more realistic every year. But how safe are these decorations and can they cause harm? Fake spider webs are often hung to scare children dressed in costume as they make their way around their local suburbs. But they can also be a nightmare for birds and small animals who can get caught in them. How can this happen? Kathryn Dudeck, wildlife director of the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Georgia has shared grim images of a western screech owl caught ...

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Grow Milkweed to Help Save the Monarch Butterflies

Added October 12, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

Throughout the world, wildlife is under threat with so many species in danger of extinction. One such species under threat is the Monarch butterfly.  Their caterpillars ONLY eat milkweed with the plant providing all the nourishment the caterpillar needs to transform into the adult butterfly. But very sadly, these milkweed plants are rapidly disappearing.  They are losing their habitat because of land development and the widespread spraying of weed killer on the fields where they grow. We all need to do our best ...

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How Safe Is Your Daily Cuppa?

Added September 30, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Technology

Here in the UK, we are a nation of tea drinkers - and most of us use tea bags to make our mug of tea. And "cuppa" is the slang for a cup of tea. But how safe is our cup of tea? Should we be concerned? Researchers at McGill University in Canada have found that a single tea bag releases around 11.6 billion microplastic particles, and 3.1 billion even smaller nanoplastic particles, into that mug.  This is thousands of times higher than the amount ...

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The Problem with Plastic Straws

Added September 28, 2019, Under: Environment, Technology

Most plastics don't decompose, or biodegrade, when we get rid of them.  Sadly, plastics can stay in landfills for hundreds of years - and plastic in the ocean floats around as small pieces (called microplastics) that can poison marine life and hurt the environment. Plastic straws are little, but they are part of a huge problem. When did it become such a way of life that seemingly no one could drink anything without having to use a plastic straw to suck it up?  Is it a ...

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