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How to Spot Clean Your Carpet without Chemicals

18 May

So there was this stain on the rug in our office area. I honestly had no idea where it came from. It was also getting darker and darker over time as we walked over the spot. Gross.

I had some carpet cleaner left over from when we had a dog and were cleaning up Max’s pee spots all. the. time, on the carpet that we used to have in our house. I wanted to try something different because I knew that carpet cleaner was loaded with chemicals. Not ideal in the home of a toddler. And I can’t stand the smell of this carpet cleaner. It’s like a fake floral “clean” scent. The bottle has no list of ingredients, which I don’t like. So, I decided to make my own carpet spot treatment for carpet.

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This is so easy that I can’t believe I’m calling this a “recipe”.

Can anyone share other natural options for spot treating carpet stains? I’m also curious to know if anyone has natural options for cleaners to use in the tank of commercial carpet cleaning machines.

Happy stain removing!

Bright Agrotech: Towards a Brighter Future of Food

2 May

We are excited to share with you our first guest post! Woot Woot! Chris Michael from Bright Agrotech discusses his company’s sweet produce growing systems. It’s so cool to hear about new and innovative ways people are accessing fresh and healthy produce. We want to thank Chris for sharing this with us! We hope you learn something new!

“Towards a Brighter Future of Food”

Chris Michael

It’s hard to be optimistic about the future of food in this country… But we are!

We’re growing food that feeds our local community and we’re doing it vertically, sustainably, and profitably!

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The Bad News:

Let’s face it. When we look at the state of our agriculture system today, it can be very disheartening. Each day we’re bombarded by headlines about E-Coli, Listeria, and other food-borne illness outbreaks from tainted irrigation water or poor quality processing facilities.

We have no idea what’s really sprayed on the fields and how these pesticides and herbicides affect the health of our families and our environment.

It’s said the average American dinner travels an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate. Studies are also showing that our food loses nutrients as soon as they’re picked, plucked, or harvested from the fields.

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With that in mind, how on earth are we supposed to get the vital nutrients, vitamins, and nutrients that we’re trying to glean from eating “healthy foods?”

And, when we add in increasing urban sprawl, loss of precious topsoil, and a rapidly aging farmer population, things look pretty bleak, right?

But, in spite of all this gloom and doom…  

We’re hopeful and excited.

The Good News:

At Bright Agrotech, we’ve seen firsthand the challenges of being in agriculture today. We’ve seen the farms of our family and friends suffer from drought and crippling debt. Doing research at the University of Wyoming, our Co-Founder and CEO Nate Storey, Ph.D wanted to invent a more efficient method of growing healthier, more nutritious food that also helps farmers live better.

Before you write us off as deviant pot-peddlers, hear us out!

While it has an unfortunate stigma, hydroponics merely substitutes soil nutrients for a more potent, concentrated nutrient solution mixed with water. It’s WAY more efficient at giving your plants what they need to grow up big and strong, which increases the productivity of your farm or garden.

The type of hydroponics we use is called aquaponics.

This method of growing food is a more organic type that simply replaces a cleverly concocted nutrient fertilizer solution with fish!

That’s right, we use fish to grow [lots] of food!

Aquaponics is by no means a new concept. In fact. it’s been around for a long time. As cool as it is though, it’s having a difficult time transitioning from a backyard hobby to an economically sustainable commercial venture. Until now.

Practical Vertical Farming

You read that right. We’ve developed some kick ass vertical farming technology that provides some serious value across all three levels of food production and distribution (i.e. farmer, grocer, customer)!

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The ZipGrowTM Tower, our patented vertical farming tower that’s enabling a fresher food future, is the product of seven years of rigorous academic research.

Not only does it allow us to see some serious yields in our aquaponic greenhouse (Catch a video tour here!), we’ve designed it to transport live to market!

In the not too distant future you could be going to the store to cut the freshest produce from living walls.

Live Sales Model

About 60% of a farmer’s costs come from harvest, post-harvest labor, and packaging. Nate’s research confronted this massive cost head on and sought to eliminate it. Here in Laramie, we grow our towers and drive them a mile to the local grocer in which we have a specially designed and patented living green wall. The customer simply clips exactly what they need (helping to drastically reduce post-consumer waste), bag it themselves and take it to the checkout counter to be weighed and purchased. That means fresher food, more taste and better nutrients for the customer and the customer’s family!

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Healthier food grown in YOUR KITCHEN

As you can see, we’ve been realizing the benefits of vertical farming for a few years now and we’re going even one step past the living green wall. We believe that growing and harvesting is so innately human that we want everyone to have the opportunity to grow healthier, more nutrient-dense food in their homes.

The Spring is our home version of our innovative vertical farming system that consists of everything you need to plant and grow delicious food in your home without taking up much space. You may have seen our Kickstarter project that we launched a few months back and we’re now in the final steps of bringing it to life.

But there’s more…

The coolest part about The Spring is that not only does it allow anyone to simply grow food in their kitchens and patios, it also enables an even fresher farming distribution model. Instead of your farmer taking their towers of living produce to the local grocer, they now take it directly to your home (like a milkman used to do!). To learn more about that, see our “Bright Future of Food” here!

The Future of Food

Relax! Do yourself a favor and turn off the evening news declaring another food-borne illness contamination. Put down the newspaper and the headlines about the skyrocketing price of corn.

The future of food isn’t all doom and gloom.

That said, it is a future waiting to be enacted and adopted by those who see the bigger picture. The fresh food revolution isn’t going to magically appear, sadly. We need advocates and early adopters with that innovative eye constantly looking out for the health of their families and their natural world.

We hope you’ll help us spread this message of hope to your friends, family, local Co-Op, or grocery store and demand healthier, locally-grown, nutritious food!

- Chris Michael

If you want to learn more about Bright Agrotech feel free to click on the links below! We hope you find yourself in your garden this upcoming growing season, whether it’s horizontal or vertical!

Find more from Bright Agrotech:

Website: www.brightagrotech.com

Blog: www.verticalfoodblog.com

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/BrightAgrotechLLC

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrightAgrotech

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrightAgrotech

Giveaway Day: $50 Gift Card to The Honest Company

1 Apr

Hello everyone! Laura and I have wanted to plan a nice giveaway and have been tossing around when we wanted to do it. Well, guess what?! We thought once we hit 2,000 Facebook fans, a giveaway would be the perfect celebration for all of our friends! Woohoo!

We will randomly select one winner and provide that lucky person with a $50 e-gift card to The Honest Company! If you haven’t heard about this company you should check it out. Jessica Alba created a line of personal care, baby, and eco-friendly home products. They are not only gentle on you and the planet, but they are affordable as well!

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To sign up for this fabulous giveaway:

1. Sign up for our email subscription (you can do this in the right sidebar of our blog). If you are already subscribed, you can skip this step!

2. Activate your subscription when you receive the verification email. Your subscription must be active and verified when we pick the winner.

3. Comment on this post to tell us what your favorite safe/natural/green beauty product is!

Once you are subscribed, you will have a chance to win this great giveaway and now you won’t miss out on any of our new posts! You’ll get an update every time a new blog post is added to WholeGreenLove and can easily access it from your email account.

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You must enter this giveaway by next Tuesday, April 9th at 12:00pm CST. We will send an email to the winner, announce it on Facebook, and update this post!

Just to recap:

Prize: $50 e-giftcard to The Honest Company

To Enter: Subscribe to our newsletter and comment on this post to let us know what your favorite safe/natural/green beauty product is!

Deadline: This giveaway closes on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:00pm CST.

Number of winners: One

Other info to know: Only one entry per email address will be accepted. Come right back here for our winner announcement!

We want to thank you for sharing in our whole health and wellness journey and we appreciate you all!

Good Luck!

~xo

Joanna & Laura

 

**We have randomly selected our giveaway day winner! Please look at your email to see if it’s your lucky day! Thanks to all who have participated! **

January Link Love

8 Feb

Once each month, Joanna and I spend some time gathering together great blog posts and links that we saw the month prior from other real food bloggers. Consider these must reads we had to share! We also wanted to share a couple of photos from Sheets Studios. Very wintery and beautiful!

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  • I always love seeing alternatives to conventional food and drink products, like this sports drink alternative. Just a few wonderful ingredients to replenish the body after a hard workout.
  • Interesting take on when it’s NOT okay to workout from Our Nourishing Roots. Your body doesn’t always thank you when you exercise…
  • There is so much out there about how cough medicine just doesn’t work, or is harmful to your child’s health. This post from kids+love+acupuncture talks about tried and true cough relieving home remedies.
  • I want to be a “weird goat person” like Danelle from Weed ‘Em & Reap and raise goats! We fed goat’s milk to Lyla when we were transitioning her off of breast milk, so this is interesting to me. I know we all don’t have the desire or the outdoor space for raising milking goats, but I thought this post was pretty cool. Nic and I talk all the time about our next home being on a small property where we can raise some animals…still close to city life. This gets me excited.
  • I’m a little obsessed with coconut oil, so when I learn about new uses for coconut oil from Empowered Sustenance that I haven’t tried before, I got pretty pumped.
  • Getting a good night’s sleep sounds pretty basic, but Actual Organics offers some good reminders about the importance of restful sleep and how to create a tranquil environment.
  • We like homemade anything around here. I love this non-toxic version of homemade air freshener from Thank Your Body.
  • Looking to get into brewing your own kombucha? This post from Real Food Forager is a great place to start.

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Find anything new recently in the real food and wellness world you want to share?

Easy DIY Wash Cloths

31 Jan

Every now and then I go on no-waste rampages through our house. Creating garbage makes me feel guilty and sad for this beautiful earth we’ve been blessed with. In our house, we compost, recycle everything we can, and utilize reusable shopping and produce bags for our trips to the store. One major blunder I hate to admit: We use disposable diapers. I know, I KNOW! With how fanatical I am about being earth friendly and keeping our garbage production to a minimum it should be top priority to switch to cloth diapers. It’s probably easier than I think it would be, but with all of the laundry I’m already doing, having to extra loads of stinky diapers kind of freaks me out. If I was a stay at home mom, I might consider it. Not like stay at home moms have all of this extra time on their hands, but they do have a bit more access to their wash machine than I currently do. For now, we use chlorine free disposable diapers on our baby girl.

Now that Lyla is feeding herself, meal time is super messy! Whether she’s using her fork and spoon or feeding herself with her fingers, she’s usually covered in food when she is done. Paper towels with some warm water have been our go-to for getting Lyla cleaned up. What a waste! I don’t like using paper towel in the first place, but I wanted to avoid cleaning my daughters face with wash clothes that have been used to scrub the counter top or dirty dishes. Ick. That’s why we’ve been using paper towel.

On a recent trip to Joann Fabrics (I’ve been there a lot lately!), I picked up a 5-pack of flannel fabric squares from a random bin for $5 (yay for coupons!). Using pinking shears (those zig zaggy cutting scissors), my Mom (thanks, Mom!) cut each fabric square into 4 smaller squares that measure just a bit smaller than a standard wash cloth.

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Side note: Be sure to cut all sides of the fabric with the pinking shears! First time through, we did just the raw edges, thinking that the selvage edges would hold up to washing without fraying. Not so much. After they came out of the washer and dryer a little frayed up, I went back through and cut the selvage ends as well. Lesson learned.

Little known fact about me: I won the Family Living Award in high school. What does that actually mean, you ask? It means I took all of the cooking and sewing classes my high school offered and I know how to cook and sew. Okay honestly, the food classes…I was pretty good at. Sewing, not so much. But I tried. Aaaaaand haven’t touched a sewing machine since. So when my mom told me that surging the edges of the fabric would be the best way to prevent fraying, I made a scared looking face and opted for using the pinking shears instead. If you are comfortable with sewing, do it up with the surge machine! I’m a chicken.

Now we have soft and adorable pieces of flannel that are perfect for cleaning up even the messiest baby face. Unlike paper towel, I can rinse and re-wipe  Lyla’s face with the same cloth instead of reaching for more paper towel. Plus, they are gentler on her dry, wintery skin.

If you can, purchase organic fabric. Cotton is a crop that is sprayed heavily with pesticides! If you can’t find organic cotton, consider adding a cup of white vinegar to the water in your wash machine when you clean the pieces of fabric for the first time. This will remove some of the chemicals used in growing the cotton and producing the fabric.

Happy baby face, happy environment, happy mama!

What do you do in your home to cut down on paper waste?

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February 8, 2013 Update

Sooo…the first few washes of these cloths turned out fine. Now that they’ve been run through the wash machine a few more times, they are starting to fray and leave little shreds of thread on the rest of my laundry. No bueno. Because of this, I recommend surging the edges of these cloths so they stay intact. Does anyone know of a better alternative to solving this problem?