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articles by: Kara, selected from TreeHugger

11 Steps to a ‘Zero Waste’ Bedroom

“Zero waste” is a movement that’s rapidly gaining in popularity. It’s a lifestyle that embraces minimalism; rejects the ubiquitous disposable items that are everywhere in our society; challenges m…

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How to Grow Green Beans Even if You Have a Brown Thumb

Whether you call them string beans, snap beans, or haricots verts, green beans are a great addition to any backyard garden, and because they're easy to grow and harvest, they can be a good gateway cro…

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4 Health Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal herbs, but it has also become one of the best studied by modern medicine. According to one medical paper, more than one million cups of camomi…

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20 Toxic Ingredients in Makeup & Body Care Products

Labels on cosmetics and body care products are a tough code to crack. The industry is so shockingly unregulated that it's usually impossible to trust the claims that manufacturers place on their produ…

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Fetal Exposure to BPA Linked to Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, 15 percent of U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate …

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6 Reasons to Eat Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts deserve to be featured on dinner plates more often than they usually are. The unfortunate fate of many Brussels sprouts is overcooking, which is why so many people have unpleasant chi…

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Is Salting the Roads Harmful to the Environment?

This is a common scene in the Northern states and Canada, the salt truck spreading rock salt on the roads. According to Slate, more than 20 million tons of the stuff is spread each year, 13 times more…

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How to Eat Bugs: A Mealworm Muffin Recipe

When Rachael Young was a kid, the produce on her dinner plate came from her father's garden. She was a stickler for looking over the greens to remove the hidden critters from her food. She didn't want…

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Toxic Chemicals in Popular Children’s Clothing Brands

It’s the kind of deal you don’t want to score while out shopping for your kids – a cute, new shirt that comes with a host of invisible “little monsters” clinging to it. Greenpeace coined this phrase t…

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More U.S. Shoppers Demand Natural Food Flavors & Colors

Artificial flavors and colors are becoming less acceptable to American consumers. Nearly one quarter of U.S. shoppers reported checking food labels in 2013 in order to avoid buying products contai…

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about Kara, selected from TreeHugger

Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, planetgreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.

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Laura is a Care2 Causes Senior Editor. She graduated from Pitzer College with Honors in English and World Literature and a minor in Music. She’s... more

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oh, for heaven's sake, not ALL dogs HAVE fleas! some of us are responsible enough to ensure that we…

It is in his nature to carry food and store it like shown above.

Thanks for sharing.

surprised me with the cheese!!

Earth Day was garden day for me but I am planting!