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Monday, December 4, 2023

Did You Know? Fun Green Facts

Green Living magazine has a new section! Check here every month for some fun facts and stay green! In our June Men’s Healthy Living issue we focused on fun green tips for Dad.

Throw out your aerosol shaving cream cans that contain propylene glycol, a pressurizing agent that is “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA.

There’s no need to lather in toxins when you can make your own luxurious shaving cream with these simple ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Shea nut oil or Shea butter
  • 2/3 coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda (optional)
  • Contents of 2 vitamin E capsules

In a double boiler, melt 2/3 cup of coconut oil and Shea nut oil/butter together, then turn off the heat and stir in 1/4 cup of olive oil or grapeseed oil. When melted, add in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Give it a good stir, and then set it in the fridge to harden. Once it has solidified, remove and let it soften slightly. Add the contents of two vitamin E capsules and the baking soda and beat until light and fluffy. Transfer to clean jar with a lid, and use as you would any shaving cream. You can omit the baking soda and, if you prefer unscented, the essential oil as well. Store in a cool dark place for up to a month.

Opt for a gas grill rather than charcoal for your summer barbeques.

Charcoal grills emit more carbon than a gas grill does and contributes to ground-level ozone. To make cleanup easier, use compostable plates and flatware.

Wash your car the eco-friendly way.

Save water by using chemical-free waterless car wash products or skip the hose and use a spray bottle for touch-ups to eliminate
large amounts of water waste. Make your own nontoxic cleaner for your car’s upholstery by mixing the following ingredients into a spray bottle, then spray upholstery, scrub the area with a clean brush, and wipe dry with a towel.1/2 cup distilled white vinegar

  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup nontoxic dish soap
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Smell good the green way by picking up a good-for-the-planet scent.

This Father’s Day, request a nontoxic, natural fragrance as a gift instead of the traditional chemical-ladencologne.

The U.S.’ number one selling weed killer “Round Up” has been declared a “probable human carcinogen.”

Don’t let those toxins hang around your family and pets – eliminate them by making your own weed killer. Combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle and get rid of weeds without risking your family’s health:

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 Tbsp of nontoxic dish soap
  • Water

Have a cold one.

This summer, try your hand at brewing your own beer! If homebrewing seems complicated, visit one of Arizona’s numerous breweries to support local businesses and learn the tricks of the trade.

For more green fun facts, visit greenlivingaz.com/greenfunfacts


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