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articles by: Jana Ballinger

Gorgeously Green Alpha-Hydroxy Acid Mask

Want that fresh-faced glow without toxins like parabens and other potentially harmful ingredients? Try this easy DIY formula from Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie U…

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Carbon-Free Cruising: Now That’s Sweet

Eco-friendly is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of cruises, but Sweet co-founder and CEO Shannon Wentworth thinks it should be. So when the former Care2 editor-in-chief sta…

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Ordering Sustainable Sushi

Do you love sushi but are wondering which roll you can eat in good conscience? You're not alone. We all know our oceans have been overfished to the point of extinction for many species. Some scientist…

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A Frugal and Green Gift Guide

This year, even more so than before, it seems crucial that holiday giving be done in a cost-efficient manner and with a nod towards the practical. In other words, we don't have a lot of money to spend…

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Let There Be LED Light

One of the best part of the holidays is all the lights everywhere. They are so pretty and festive, but if you're like me you can't help think about all the energy they're wasting. Christie Matheson, a…

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Epsom Salt Peppermint Foot Scrub

This lively scrub might make you want to play footsie. Soaking your feet first in warm saltwater not only feels heavenly, it also softens tough skin for maximum benefits. INGREDIENTS 1 cup Epsom s…

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Porcelain Stain-Be-Gone Soft Scrub

Minerals in hard water and rusting hardware can stain a tub. A good tub is a clean tub--though the stains won't hurt you, they just don't look very nice. This formula dissolves stains with an item tha…

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Let’s Turn Black Friday Into Green Friday!

Things are bleak all around. It seems like every other day there's news, either in the news or from someone I know, about more layoffs. The housing market, the stock market--it's all going down, down,…

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Surviving Your Family for the Holidays

The thing about the holidays is that there are so many of them, and they are so close together! Say you don't see your family except at the holidays: You've got Thanksgiving, boom, then Christmas, wha…

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Hypermiling: 2008 Word of the Year

It's pretty hard to imagine now, with gas prices dropping below $2 in an area where it was dangerously close to $5 a gallon just a few months ago, but finagling your money's worth from fuel might just…

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about Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.

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