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Last week, Jasmin covered Sephora's Waterproof Mascara kit with three different products to boost, condition and thicken your lashes. With the help of things like rice bran wax and olive esters, Sephora claims their Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 natural mascara by Tarte will not only lengthen and thicken your lashes but it will also condition them while you work. We took their challenge.

Lights, Camera Lashes! is called a 4-in-1 mascara because it is claimed to "1. lengthen, 2. curl, 3. volumize and 4. condition" your lashes while you are partying, working or just making your way out in this big old world. The "new" ingredients are supposedly what makes the difference. Rice bran wax helps lengthen lashes, carnauba wax extends and coats lashes; provitamin B is added to thicken and nourish the lashes; olive esters condition the lashes and finally mineral pigments are what give it its color. The mascara was given Sephora's Natural Seal, meaning that it passes an internal set of standards and doesn't contain any items on their "bad" list.

Here's what the mascara doesn't have: "paraben-free; petro-chemical free; phthalate free; sulfate free; synthetic fragrance free; oil free; gluten free; triclosan free; dye free; talc free; MEA/DEA/TEA free; Formaldehyde donor free; cruelty free; GMO free; PPG free; clinically and dermatologist tested." That certainly makes you do a double take and wonder what a "conventional" mascara is made from. The packaging, while "cute" as purple, shiny faux alligator skin, is a bit on the over-packaging side. For a "natural" mascara, it would have been nice to see some sort of biodegradable or reusable container.

I tried this mascara out recently and I must say that I definitely noticed a difference. I typically use "eco-friendly" mascaras and compared with those, this definitely made my lashes thicker, though I'm not sure it it did anything to lengthen them. I didn't realize that the mascara was supposed to do anything special when I tried it on, but did notice that it was way thicker and heavier than what I was used to. It was so dramatic that it was almost a shock and I had to get a lash brush to separate and tame my lashes. The mascara also stayed on through the night while I was out runnig around and I didn't have to worry about raccoon eyes, which was a nice bonus. Taking the mascara off, was not too much trouble, it clumped a little, but came off easily with a little soap and water. I would definitely use it again, and if it conditions my lashes with repeated use then so be it.

Unfortunately, long, thick lashes don't come cheap and they don't last for long. You can get the natural mascara by Tarte in black at Sephora counters for $18USD for a limited time. :Sephora

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07 July 2009 @ 03:20 pm
Here's an article from Ideal Bite to help your greenify your laundry habits. Click on the article's title to read the comments from other readers, there are a bunch of product suggestions and tips from them, too. Also, check here to find more home cleaning pointers.Happy washing!

Brain Wash

The Bite:
Want laundry detergent fit for a kidnapped heiress? Repeat after us: Use the Bite's fave detergents to avoid unhealthy chems. It's a better kind of behavior modification.
The Benefits:
  • Oil (not mind) control. If every U.S. household replaces one box of 48-ounce, petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based one, we'll save enough oil to heat and cool 5,300 homes for a year.
  • Coercing less irritation. Fragrances and harsh solvents such as ammonia in some conventional detergents can trigger allergies and asthma, and cause skin irritation.
  • Joining a cult of fresh fragrances. You'll wanna take a nice, long whiff.
  • Not losing concentration. All our fave liquid options are concentrated, so their production and transport uses less energy and packaging.
Personally Speaking:
As our resident laundry product tester, Jenifer (a devoted Laundress fan) has the cleanest clothes on the team by far.
Wanna Try:

  • Ecover Laundry Powder - powder's always a nice, cheap bet; this version works almost as well as our fave liquid ($7/19 loads).

  • Laundress Whites Detergent - solid bleach-free detergent that brings out the brightness in your whites and smells superfresh ($20/32 loads).
  • OxiClean Free - for tough whitening jobs, it gets whites whiter without the fragrance in typical OxiClean; you can also use as a booster for colors ($10/28 loads).

For the Laundromat
  • Dropps - portable (read: great for travel) liquid detergent in packets that biodegrade during the wash cycle; approved by the EPA's Design for the Environment program ($7/20 loads).

If 10,000 Biters replace their bleach- or ammonia-based cleaner with a biodegradable alternative for one year, we'll keep 400 bucketfuls of toxic chems from dirtying the planet.

14 July 2009 @ 12:18 pm

Sweet! I wonder if places like Whole Foods and Giant are still going to give you the 5cents for bringing your own bags.
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Mayor Fenty has signed a bill that will charge people five cents for every disposable paper or plastic bag they use at District businesses. The bill was unanimously passed by the DC Council in June.

Customers in the District will begin to see the charge on January 1, 2010. Some items including newspapers, plants, produce, and prescriptions are exempt from the charge.

Money raised by the surcharge will be used to fund the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Fund. The DC government will use the money to educate citizens about trash disposal, provide reusable bags to residents, and clean the Anacostia. The DC government and Department of the Environment will begin the education and bag distribution campaign this fall.

The law also requires disposable bags still used in stores to be recyclable and have a pro-recycling label printed on them.

D.C. Council gives final approval to bag tax bill - wtop.com

why.i.hate.dc: DC Council Approves 'Bag Tax' Wow. This blogger should probably move away from DC if they are making an effort to blog about how much they hate it.

D.C. Council approves plastic bag tax - Washington Times

Renewable Energy Turns Me On: Progress Report on the DC Bag Tax
30 June 2009 @ 12:13 pm
Thank you Starbucks corporation for changing your ways. We hope others will follow suit and that you'll keep your word. Get their kind offer while it lasts... which is only until 10:30am...

Starbucks Focuses on Healthy Menu Items from YumSugar.

"With the exception of the caramel sauce, which the company is working on tweaking, all of Starbucks' food and drink items are free of high-fructose corn syrup, and all of the foods are under 500 calories each. Although I wasn't able to taste everything, I tried the marshmallow bar, several reformulated pastries, and the Vivanno — and there was no noticeable difference in flavor without the high-fructose corn syrup. In fact, the strawberry smoothie is the Vivanno's best incarnation yet."  Hooray!

Starbucks' site:

You’ll be happy to know that your favorite Starbucks foods not only taste better, they are better. We’ve taken out artificial ingredients to leave room for more real goodness.

Our new recipes contain:  
No artificial flavor, No artificial trans fats, No artificial dyes, No high-fructose corn syrup

Starbucks revamps bakery food ingredients | Reuters



25 June 2009 @ 11:39 am
Hey green enthusiasts! I would really appreciate if you guys could take this survey. Your input and feedback would be greatly appreciated! It's for our ADPR 5740 campaigns class and the more honest feedback we have, the better for our team. :)

Click Here to take survey

Thank you for your time! 

10 June 2009 @ 11:40 pm
LJ added some Green Themed journal layouts.
Check them out here.

05 June 2009 @ 08:52 am
People are always asking me what to do with their bottle caps/top. It was the FAQ at my Girl Scout Presentations! Ideal Bite shares this tip on what to do with those lids.

The Top Scoop

The Bite:
The dish on recycling plastic lids, caps, and covers? Our top story: Although plastic lids and covers are recyclable, most processors ask you to trash them - but there are ways you can avoid sending 'em to the dump.
The Benefits:
  • Editing out certain trashy details. Small lids (think water bottles, milk jugs, and condiment containers) often fall through filtering screens and don't get recycled.
  • Good news for waste managers. At recycling plants, containers are easier to filter and bundle when plastics don't mix (lid plastic's different than bottle plastic) and the air is pushed out (lids trap air in).
Personally Speaking:
Animal-lover Jen has been spreading the word about how mama albatross birds are feeding bottle caps to their chicks.
Wanna Try:
  • Check with your local recycler (type in your zip here to find yours) to see if the plant's set up to handle small covers and lids. Either way, try to remember to separate caps from containers.
  • Aveda - take your caps into any Aveda store, and it'll recycle 'em (note: they do have to be the common, #5 plastic type).
Here's more on the tops:

From Aveda:

The program accepts caps that are rigid polypropylene plastic, sometimes noted with a 5 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol. This includes caps that twist on with a threaded neck such as caps on shampoo, water, soda, milk and other beverage bottles, flip top caps on tubes and food product bottles (such as ketchup and mayonnaise), laundry detergents and some jar lids such as peanut butter. Excluded from collection are pharmaceutical lids and non rigid lids such as yogurt lids, tub lids (margarine, cottage cheese), and screw on lids that are not rigid. If you can bend or break the lid with your bare hands, then it does not meet the rigid plastic definition. Please do not include any metal lids or plastic pumps or sprayers. Unfortunately, too much of the wrong types of materials can contaminate the recycling process. We appreciate your efforts in keeping it clean!
How can I reuse or recycle plastic screw-top bottle caps? Geared to craft projects mostly.

NY Fashion Week: Aveda Kicks the Cap Out of the Oceans : TreeHugger


Featured Do-Gooder: Aveda & Their Bottle Cap Recycling Program

The Plastic Debris Rivers to Sea Project
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04 June 2009 @ 10:40 am
Over the past few months I have been speaking to Girl Scouts about eco-living and assisting them in completing their "Eco-Action" badges. I focused on identifying recycling, beauty & health. I contacted a bunch of organic beauty companies to ask for samples, so I would have something to give the girls. Juice Beauty was so kind and sent me a box full of samples for the girls to try! The girls were super excited to have something to take home. I figured what better way to get our younger generation into the organic beauty products we have available than to have them actually try it for themselves. To the right is their Cleansing Gel, which was one of the samples we received. The stuff is great and smells really good, too. It runs $22 for a 6 oz size.
COMPLETE INGREDIENTS: organic juices of citrus medica limonum (lemon) juice, prunus avium (sweet cherry) juice, vitis vinifera (red grape) juice & aloe barbadensis leaf juice, organic botanical extracts of taraxacum officinale (dandelion) leaf, melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf & salvia officinalis (sage) leaf, sodium carboxymethyl lauryl glucoside, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, sodium hydroxide, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), retinyl palmitate (vitamin A), organic algae extract, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, sclerotium gum, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, litsea cubeba (may chang), citrus aurantium (petitgrain) & cananga odorata (ylang ylang)
Click on the photo for more info on the product. Here's more about the company. Commitments and In the Press. Try them for yourself!
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03 June 2009 @ 03:47 pm

Where do you put your CDs and DVDs when they break or when you can't use them anymore?

The other day I was burning music from my computer onto CDs. I had a faulty one come through and didn't want to throw it away, I got to thinking about how many faulty CDs people go through and how many end up in the landfills.
But... I wasn't sure what to do with it. I mean, it's not a 1-7 plastic. I have to say, that now there are plenty of recycling places to send your non-traditionally recyclable waste (batteries, electronics, etc). I'm not a fan of unanswered questions, so I researched it and am sharing the info with you so you can do this, too. Don't be lazy and waste things!! Just think about it first, there is a place to take this "trash"!

Each year, billions of CDs and DVDs are manufactured, while millions of these discs end up in landfills and incinerators.

For Manufacturers

If you use, sell, promote, distribute, or manufacture compact discs, it is your responsibility to promote how to recycle them. Compacts Discs, when recycled properly, will stop unnecessary pollution, conserve natural resources, and help slow global warming.

Spread the word to help us save the world we all live in.

Attention CD & DVD Manufacturers and Duplication Facilities - Click here

Tip of the week: Where can I recycle CDs and DVDs? by Jennifer Hofmann on March 29th, 20


Until a few years ago, the only options for recycling CDs included making mobiles from fishing wire and tiling your bathroom floor.

Despite their primarily plastic contents, CDs and DVDs can’t be included in household recycling and very few centers are set up to accept them. Most people chuck them in the trash - where they go from the trash can to the incineration facility to be burned or the landfill to never biodegrade.

Good news!

Several companies have taken up the challenge to remove these plastic disks from the waste stream and put them back into use. In some cases, they’ll recycle an unlimited number of disks and you only pay for postage!

CD Recycling Center of America in Salem, NH - accepts CDs, DVDs, and jewel cases free of charge. You pay for postage.

GreenDisk in Sahammish, WA offers unlimited CD recycling, technology equipment recycling, and their own line of recycled products.

FreeRecycling in Laguna Niguel, CA has a practically unnavigable website, but also offers CD and DVD recycling and bulk containers that destroy data on the CDs upon disposal.


More links on CD Recycling:

CD Recycling Center - Suggested_programs - CD and DVD Recycling


CDdvds.co.uk London Recycling
Tel: 020 7511 8000
Fax: 020 7511 3785
Email: recycle@london-recycling.co.uk

If you're the creative type you might be into these ideas:

Recycle Old Cds at Home

Earth911.org shows us how to Reuse and Recycle CDs

Top 10 Creative Ways to Recycle CDs