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How Supporting Local Businesses Makes a Huge Economic and Environmental Impact

How Supporting Local Businesses Makes a Huge Economic and Environmental Impact

The technological boom of the last decade has created an appetite for immediacy that threatens entrepreneurs and local businesses worldwide.  Big Stores Are Dominating the Market in Our “Now” Culture  It’s no secret – big stores like Amazon dominate the market with an overflow of stock ready to deliver immediately.  And others are following. At least those who can compete... Did you know that 51% of retailers offer same-day delivery, and 65% plan to within the next two years? Large stores like Walmart, Target, and Kroger have been forced to compete. They must offer comparable buying options – especially during...

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How to Make Your Laundry Room Greener and Cleaner

How to Make Your Laundry Room Greener and Cleaner

Common household laundry practices contribute a surprising amount to energy consumption, carbon footprint, water waste, and water contamination in the U.S.  It's Sunday afternoon and you're dreading that mountain of laundry sitting in your closet. You're missing the days when mom would take care of it all. You’re just trying to get it done as soon as possible… whites, sheets, towels, darks. You sigh as you brainstorm how to be more efficient throughout the week so every Sunday isn’t consumed by laundry.  Maybe you’ll start throwing in one small load each day to lessen the tedious laundry day. You’re generally...

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Best Makeup Remover Recipes for All Skin Types

Best Makeup Remover Recipes for All Skin Types

Cleansing your face of makeup and other residues before bedtime is vital for your skin’s health and longevity, and makeup wipes have remained a bathroom necessity for getting this important job done. There is an undeniable convenience to wiping your makeup away, throwing the towelette in the trash, and going to bed with a clean face. This sounds great in theory-- yet in practice, you sacrifice the health of both your skin and the environment by using cleansing wipes. Read on to explore the risks of makeup wipes and find the perfect zero-waste recipe for DIY makeup remover! Makeup Wipes...

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Eco-Friendly Mascara Options: Homemade Vs. Store-bought

Eco-Friendly Mascara Options: Homemade Vs. Store-bought

Store-bought mascaras are far from ideal because they’re almost never sustainable. Your makeup drawer need not be filled with plastic and harsh ingredients. There are a few ways you can cleanse your cosmetics cabinet of wasteful products and restock with a small number of versatile, earth-friendly makeup options.  Ever considered making mascara at home or having it delivered to your door? Handmade mascara can have great quality and be absolutely zero-waste. Here's a guide to the best eco-friendly mascaras! The Trouble With Buying Eco-Friendly Mascara   When you are first looking for a way to avoid overpriced, wasteful mascaras, you...

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The Eleven Best Alternatives To Shopping On Amazon

The Eleven Best Alternatives To Shopping On Amazon

  Jeff Bezos started Amazon over two decades ago selling books out of his Seattle garage. He's now the world's richest, worth over $190 billion. WOW. Hey, I'm really happy for Jeff. But in reality, our country's infatuation with Amazon comes at the expense of so many other entrepreneurs.According to a 2020 NPR/Marist poll, 92% of America's online shoppers buy from Amazon. Amazon Prime boasts 100 million memberships! But there are some serious problems with shopping Amazon:* Amazon's over-packaging is notoriously wasteful. Example: my mom received a lip liner PENCIL in two layers of plastic bubble wrap and a 8x10x3" box! What the...

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