Three Easy Ways To Go Green In The Kitchen

No. 1 Skip red meat once a week.
Meat production―especially in mass-produced beef―is extremely resource-intensive. It can take seven or more pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef, and livestock consumes 70 percent of America’s grain. Eat less of it and choose pasture-fed, sustainably raised beef whenever you can. If you alone gave it up once every seven days, you would save the 840 gallons of fresh water it takes to produce a single serving.

No. 2 Clean up your dishwasher.
Switch to a dishwashing powder that’s biodegradable and plant-based. These cleansers cut through grime, but they do it without the bleach and phosphates that threaten river and marine life and leave chemical residue on your dishes.

No. 3 Choose the right appliance for the job.
A toaster oven uses up to half the energy of a conventional electric oven. An electric slow cooker makes soups and stews using less wattage than a stove.

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The Plastic Bag Ban Movement




Approximately two hundred U.S. cities and counties have banned plastic grocery bags or placed restrictions on their use as of 2015.

Did you know that each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags? That represents a huge percentage of the total worldwide (currently estimated at 500 billion). They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, harming wildlife and creating stagnant environments.

The next time you check out, consider bringing your own bags or opting for paper bags instead! Let’s all work together to protect our lakes, rivers and oceans, wildlife and to reduce the growth of landfills in our country.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of legislation being enacted in each state, or to see if your state has any pending legislation, check the National Conference of State Legislation’s website.
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IT’S OFFICIAL – EATING CHOCOLATE CAN SAVE THE PLANET!

Okay, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration, BUT we love this article about how a Peruvian non-profit is using carbon finance funds to help over 1000 farmers develop sustainable cocoa production in an effort to save a wildlife area endangered due to deforestation.

Pass the theo Dark Chocolate Coconut, please!

 

Spring Cleaning Checklist No. 3




One man's trash....

Did you go all-out cleaning this Spring and now have a pile of unwanted things? Before you throw something away, consider whether or not someone else might need it. Either donate to a charitable organization like Goodwill or The Salvation Army, or post it on a web site designed to connect people and second-hand goods, such as Freecycle.org.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist No. 2




Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. Believe it or not, the EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water. Check out some of our faves for reusable water bottles below.

Buy Local Produce




Spring is quickly passing and we are headed into the best time of year for local, fresh produce!

Still haven’t switched from buying your fruits and veggies at the grocery store…? Maybe if you knew that by buying your produce locally, whether it’s through the farmers’ market or a community garden, you can reduce the distance your food has to travel to get from the farm to your plate.
North American produce typically travels a minimum of 1,500 miles, which wastes barrels of crude oil and emits pollutants and greenhouse-gas emissions along the way.

Not sure if your town has a farmer’s market? Check out Local Harvest.org to help you find one.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist #1




Time to toss the old non-stick pans! If you don’t already know this, Teflon cookware can emit toxic chemicals within just a few minutes of being exposed to heat. Perflurooctanoic Acid (PFOA), is used in the production of non-stick cookware and has been implicated in increased instances of cancer in the pancreas, liver, testicles, and mammary glands, as well as miscarriages, thyroid problems, weakened immune systems, and low organ weights. Check out these alternatives posted by Blythe Copeland (@blythecopeland) Living / Green Home, April 23rd, 2012. Below are links to some of the products that we recommend as well.

A Special Thank You to Our Customers!

Today, Kimberly-Carr Home Designs is celebrating a milestone. We were just given the ranking of  #1 New Release in Shower Curtain Liners on Amazon, and we have YOU to thank for it!

We work diligently every day to offer only the best products with a healthy, clean lifestyle in mind. We are so proud that there are many others who feel the same way and your support has given us the success we have reached so far.

Thank you!

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More Tips to Reduce the Presence of Toxins in Your Home

Many of you mentioned that you enjoyed our post from December of 2014 and asked for more tips!

Please see below for some pointers are keeping your bathroom as clean as possible.

In The Bathroom

AVOID

Antibacterial toothpaste or mouthwash with Triclosan
Porcelain enameled sinks and tubs (possible lead)
#3 , #6, # 7 Labeled Plastic bottles or containers
Vinyl shower curtains
Chemical laden & synthetic scented cleaning products

SUBSTITUTE WITH

Non-antibacterial products
Acrylic tubs/Refinish porcelain with a tub refinishing kit
Glass containers or #1, #2, #4, #5 Labeled Plastics
Fabric (polyester, cotton, hemp) or PEVA shower curtains
Fragrance-free and biodegradable

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One Blogger’s Firsthand Account of the Prevalence of Unhealthy Chemicals

Given that there are so many conflicting news stories about what’s bad for your health, or might be bad for you long-term, it’s understandable that many of us are confused or don’t want to take the time to sift through all of the data.

Please read Frances Beinecke’s blog post from July of 2013 in which she relates an experience her family had with noxious fumes as well as some background on organizations like the EPA’s stance on regulations for these toxic chemicals.

Do you know about other’s experiences with these unfortunately common household toxins or would you like to connect with others looking for more insight? Connect with us on our social media pages.

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