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Is 100% Recycled as good as it sounds?

Is 100% Recycled as good as it sounds?

For consumers trying to make responsible choices, marketing language can be confusing. One example is the label “100% Recycled.” I used to assume this meant the entire product was made from stuff that had been used, disposed of

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Make your own reusable tissues

Make your own reusable tissues

This is a simple way to save trees and money! The idea of using a tree to blow my nose just doesn’t sit well with me. Cutting down a majestic being and grinding it up, pulping, bleaching and mashing it into tissues that will be used and...

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Vegan Soap?

Vegan Soap?

If you use handmade soap, you’ve probably seen “vegan” on the label of more than one product. People sometimes ask me if I make “vegan” soap. Well, let’s talk about this! “Vegan” implies the absence of animal products, including fats, milk...

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Armpit Ecology!

Armpit Ecology!

As we all know, deodorants are big business! I’ve spent my fair share on commercial products over the years in trying to shut down the stink! But I have not used commercial deodorant now for many months, since I began making my own natural...

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Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

I’ve been in a whirlwind of making lately, not that you’d know from my (lack of) blog entries! I also went ice climbing recently with friends, which was a blast! Here is a classic recipe for yogurt that all yogurt lovers should know. It’s very...

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Plantain Salve

I’ve been very impressed with how well common plantain (Plantago major andPlantago lanceolata) works to stop itching. I’ve had plenty of practice, because the mosquitoes around our house have been vicious this year as usual, and I’ve had a couple...

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Making mountains!

Making mountains!

Our recent trip to Ten Sleep WY and Glacier National Park inspired me to try to make soaps that look like mountainscapes. I might live in the flatlands of central Indiana, but the mountains are always in my heart! I spent some time thinking about...

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Super tasty snack squares

Super tasty snack squares

Hi Friends! I have a great new recipe to share – a twist on the old snack balls that is super easy to make and has been getting rave reviews. These snacks leave out the protein powders and have a nice crunchy texture. I’ve made two basic...

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