The animated map above (based on data from the US Energy Information Administration) shows how far we’ve come in the last 20 years as far as solar energy goes. While the majority of solar power is generated in the southwest, the map shows how energy is now being produced in pretty much every state. A […]
What is Carrageenan? And How to Remove it.
An ingredient that should be prohibited from organic foods Improving the Organic Standards Removing Carrageenan from Organic Foods On November 17, 2016, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted to prohibit carrageenan as an ingredient in organic foods. However, this doesn’t mean that carrageenan will no longer be allowed in organic foods right away. The […]
What Does USDA Organic Mean?
“Organic” is a meaningful label. It is verified and backed by USDA standards that are designed to promote sustainability and prohibit chemical pesticides, GMOs, irradiation, sewage sludge, and artificial ingredients (with some exceptions). How meaningful is this label? Meaningful 100% Organic: Highly meaningful. The organic label is highly meaningful for foods that are labeled as […]
How to Dispose of Old Gasoline
The Problem with Disposing of Gasoline We don’t need to sell you on the benefits of gasoline. If anything, we should all probably be using less of it. Either way, it’s a simple fact that it’s an essential tool for our daily lives. But what happens when it goes bad? You may not know it, […]
Best Instant Hot Water Dispensers of 2023
Coffee, tea, soup, cleaning, scrubbing – what do these things all have in common? They all use the power of hot water! In this article, we’re outlining one of the most effective tools for adding a hot water hookup to your sink – an instant hot water dispenser. These powerful tools can dispense near-boiling water, […]
What Does Fair Trade Certified Mean?
The Fair Trade Certified seal means that one or more of the ingredients in the product were produced and traded in accordance with Fair Trade USA’s standards. Fair Trade USA says it aims to help ensure that farmers and workers are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and earn community […]
How To Dispose of Dry Ice
Dry ice is such a cool substance (pun not intended). Popular for its misty, foggy effect, it’s a big hit at parties, shows, displays, and anywhere else you want to add some theatrics to the occasion. But when the show is over, you might be left wondering what to do with the ice. In this […]
What Does Pesticide Free Mean and Does It Matter?
Reducing pesticide use is an important component of a sustainable food system, but as a labeling claim, “pesticide free” is not trustworthy. The Food and Drug Administration does not have a regulatory definition or standard for the “pesticide free” claim. In the absence of a specific definition, the FDA expects the claim to mean that […]
Best Water Cooler Dispensers of 2023 Reviewed
The quality of your drinking water is something that is often overlooked, but much more important than we might think. A water cooler dispenser gives us access to crisp, clean, and safe drinking water at our fingertips. In this article, we’re examining the best coolers on the market. These dispensers are the ultimate in at-home […]
How to Wash Strawberries
Eating your fruits & vegetables would be easy if they were all as delicious as strawberries. But before you can enjoy the delicious taste of these berries, you need to properly wash and remove pesticides from them. Washing your fruit is such an essential step to clean-eating, and yet many remain unsure of how to […]