Have a red, white, blue, and green 4th of July!

Fireworks can unleash a shower of toxins into soil and water, and scientists are only beginning to figure out what that means for human health.

This patriotic season, consider the effects of the chemicals and propellants used in the production of the firework display exploding before your eyes. Think about the rain of chemicals, unseen, wafting through the air, to land on you, your children, the land and the water around you. Read more about fireworks and their affects on the environment here:

Be sure to eat local fruits and vegetables, use reusable party ware, a gas grill or solar oven, and eliminate waste. If you do have waste such as chip bags, then please send them to TerraCycle through their collection program.

TerraCycle has a solution for getting rid of all the non-recyclable waste from the Fourth and other summer parties through its collection program, the TerraCycle Brigade program. Anyone can send non-recyclable packaging from summer events – such as chip bags, napkin wrapping or plastic cups – to TerraCycle free of charge to be recycled or even repurposed into new, useful and innovative products.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun!

Happy 4th of July!

Festive cloth napkin from Eco-Napkins


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Chocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but for the children working in slavery conditions in cacao fields across West Africa’s Ivory Coast, the reality behind it is anything but sweet. Check out this great article: The bitter truth behind the chocolate in your Easter basket.

Haitian Spirit Recycled Steel Ornaments

I got these ornaments a couple years ago, and they are very nice quality craftsmanship. If you’re looking for some eco-friendly, handmade, ornaments, then these would add that special touch to your holiday decor.

“Every purchase of a fair-trade item from Haiti generates an extra donation to help Haitian artisans affected by the earthquake.”

“In Haiti, where recycled steel oil drums are a valuable source of metal, the artisans of Croix des Bouquets fashion amazing works of metal art that leave no carbon footprint. 55-gallon drums dumped there have been turned into art supplies by the residents since in the 1950s. They’re cut and purified with straw fires that burn out the residue. Once cleaned, the artisans use hammer and chisel to work them by hand, as the lack of electricity during the day makes power tools impossible. The result is greenest of green arts and the chicest of the eco-chic . . . and a keepsake entirely unique.”