Friday, May 24, 2013

Green Living AZ Magazine's Cool Outrageous Stuff Feature

by Mistie Dawn

So excited to announce that Green Living Magazine featured our For Pits Sake natural deodorant in their Cool Outrageous Stuff May 2013 issue. 

Green Living AZ Magazine

"A natural deodorant designed with you and the environment in mind. For Pits Sakedeodorants come in four different mild scents that will leave you feeling fresh. Free of parabens, propylene glycol and aluminum, this 100 percent all-natural deodorant uses only non-toxic, natural skin ingredients with a blend of essential oils to keep odor-causing bacteria away." 
We are very happy to be included with such great company. Summer time is the best time to give our natural deodorants a try. See what all the buzz is about!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Homemade Kitty Litter - What really works?

by Katy Green

Eco Kitty Litter
Mother Cat and her Kitty

I am on a hunt for a feline friend for my 5 year old daughter which is not an easy task. 

Of course, I am also calculating all the costs that are associated with owning a pet such as: kitty litter, cat food, cat toys, vet visits, pet insurance grooming, etc. 

I have owned several cats over the years and what I dreaded the most was changing or smelling the toxic litter box. I can still smell the putrid fumes and imagine the countless offenses to the environment so I searched for an eco-friendly alternative to store bought cat litter and I discovered several options. I am sharing those with you (you probably aware of these already) and if you know of any please share in comments.

Homemade Kitty Litter - Version 1 

This was pulled from the website A Life Unprocessed, she recommends the following:

  • Course bag of ground wheat preferably organic, she uses 50 lbs of organic animal-grade wheat 
  • course grinder or blender (long term it's best to get a course grinder)
  • once used, compost the used litter or throw it in the yard as fertilizer

Homemade Kitty Litter - Version 2  (free except for the baking soda the rest is an upcycling or alternate use experience)

The Greenists recommend the following to make your own kitty litter (their process requires a bit more preparation)

  • Collect used newspapers and shred in a paper shredder
  • Soak the shredded papers in warm water with a few squirts of organic soap or biodegradable soap. They don't say how much water but I would add it slowly until you get a cooked oatmeal like  consistency from the combination of the water, paper and soap. 
  • The water will clean the shredded paper but not totally (remember they used to wrap babies in newspaper so don't gasp)
  • Drain the water from the paper (they suggest an old colander) and repeat the soaking process without adding additional soap.
  • Sprinkle organic baking soda liberally on the wet paper. Knead it in to the mixture (they suggest using gloves).
  • Squeeze the remaining moisture out until it’s as dry as you can get it.
  • Crumble over a screen and leave to dry (it takes a few days).
Once it’s dry, they add an inch and half or two inches of paper crumbles in the litter box. They suggest you  scoop solids daily and change it once a week. Estimated time frame takes half an hour to 45 minutes to make a 2-3 week supply of litter.

Homemade Kitty Litter - Version 3 and 4 and more...
  • Chicken feed mixed with ground corn
  • Grass shavings
  • Corn husks
  • Wood Pellets
If you don't have time to make cat litter, try the following:
  • The World's Best Cat Litter (spoke to many and they it's great but also expensive and it has clumping issues so you will go through a lot)
  •  Tidy Cats Pure Nature (several Moms told me that it is less expensive but gets into the cat's paws)

    Although the cat has the final decision because if they don't like the litter they will go elsewhere. You can always train cat to go to the toilet? 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Romance the Green Candle!

by Katy Green

Soy Tea Lights

Candles are so romantic and mysterious...when did candles become the definition of romance? 

We spoke about the origin of the candle and which candle is best for you in Eco Romantic Candles....Love Affair

Many claim it's the glow of light against a face....or low light which is complimented by candles is the reason for the romantic allure of candles.

I think the romance of the candle heated up in the early years of the Victorian Era because everyone used candles to see before electricity was discovered in the late 1800's. Portable sources for light such as candlesticks, candelabras and oil lamps, or the light of the fire was used to see after sundown. 

Beeswax Candle - Frosted Silver Moroccan Tea Glass

The romance of candle still lingers and since electric usage has increased and conserving energy is more important than ever...I say go back to using candles it brings people together.

Shoptobegreen Top Romantic Candle Quotes:

  • "Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life." Buddha

  • "It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." Eleanor Roosevelt

  • "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle"James Keller 

Candle Safety Alert
Did you know that 7 out of 10 U.S. households use candles! The candle fragrance is the most important characteristic of a candle and did you know that scented candles are made mostly of paraffin and that paraffin wax emits toluene, benzene, and a host of other toxins linked to asthma, eczema and cancer?

Be romantic the green way and choose an eco-candle!