Creating an Eco-Healthy Household (including
Less-toxic Housecleaning, Gardening, Pet Care,
& Pest Control)
For your convenience, I've gathered
my Ask EcoGirl print columns into themes, often with additional
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Green: A Pop Quiz (November 2012)
- This month, EcoGirl flips the format and asks her
readers the eco-questions. Yup, it's time for a Pop Quiz!
Here's your chance to see the bigger picture of how you're doing
in some key green arenas -- and maybe identify some upgrade
opportunties. You can also compare your scores with your family
and friends, for a little competitive fun!
Our Tiny Ant Friends (December 2008)
- Ant invasions can tempt one to use poisons. But studies show
that toxics are no more effective than household cleansers!
Instead of putting your family at risk, follow this three-tiered
approach for addressing your visiting ant armies.
- "Dear Patricia - I just read your article, "Taming Our Tiny
Ant Friends." I think it's just great that you write these
articles, and always with such conscious respect for the earth,
and in this case, all those amazing little ants."
Care Without Toxics (September 2010)
- Very often folks will grab mainstream pet care products
without realizing that these can contain neurotoxic pesticides
that can harm both their pets and their families. How do you avoid
the products that are the most toxic and swap to less-toxic
approaches instead? This column shows you how!
It Clean: Less-Toxic Cleansers for a Healthier Home (September
- Cleaning green doesn't have to be more expensive. In fact, you
can clean your house less-toxically - and save money too! Did you
know that you can do most of your cleaning with four common and
inexpensive ingredients? This also makes space in your supply
cabinet, reduces packaging waste, and keeps your home a truly
healthy clean smell.
Need Recycling Too (July 2007)
- No, household batteries don't belong in the trash! Here's the
straight scoop on where to properly dispose of your spent
batteries in Sonoma County and beyond.
Through Green Eyes: Remodeling Green on the Cheap (October
- Yes, being cheap can be good for the planet - when you see
through green eyes! Here are great ways to remodel green and save
money, including local resources that most folks don't even know
a Healthy Garden from the Start (March 2008)
- Here in one place are the easy steps to creating a good
foundation for your garden so that toxic pesticides and
fertilizers just aren't necessary. Your harvest will be healthier
food and flowers, a nurturing place to hang out, and a healthier
world for all.
Cookware (March 2011)
- A reader asks how to avoid the toxic PFCs used to make
nonstick pans and other consumer products. "What are our
options?", she wonders. "Those nonstick pans are so useful!" This
month's column describes the issues with PFCs, what products
they're in, and how to help reduce our exposure by buying
healthier cookware and more.
Our Products & Our World (April 2011)
- How can we truly protect ourselves from the multiple toxics
permeating our products, bodies, and world, given the overwhelming
evidence that they're threatening both our health and the planet?
This column describes some key resources to avoid toxics in our
personal lives, as well as two approaches being taken to stop
toxics at their source, Green Chemistry and California's Green
Plastic's Pollution (October 2008)
- Plastic offers us durability, but makes long-lasting trash,
both in our landfills and ecosystems. Even remote spots are
becoming cluttered with this debris, creating for instance the
"plastic island" in the northern Pacific. Scientists estimate that
each year at least a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals
and sea turtles die from eating or getting entangled in plastic.
Here's how to help protect the planet by reducing, reusing, and
recycling your plastic.
* THEME: Enjoying
Ecological Food & Agriculture (including Organics &
* THEME: Implementing
the Key Notions of Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
* THEME: Accessing
Earth-Friendly Energy (including Solar Energy &
- * THEME: Greening
Your Holidays, All Year Round
- * THEME: Being
a Smart Eco-Consumer
Return to EcoGirl's
Theme Page Index.
MY ASK ECOGIRL
I'm delighted to offer you my Ask EcoGirl booklets, "Healthier
Housecleaning" and "Detoxing Your Life." These unique, handy, and
cheerful resources bring together key information you need to create
a healthier home for your family and the planet. They make a great
gift, and quantity discounts and wholesale prices are available. Plus
all sales support my eco-healing community work. Tell a friend! Find
out more at www.askecogirl.info/booklets.html.
OTHER PRINT ARTICLES I'VE
WRITTEN ON THIS THEME
Deeper Shade of Green" (NorthBay biz
magazine, Green Scene, March 2010). This column gives you a look
into Petaluma's Sonoma Compost Company (SCC) and it's organic
community composting operation. For 25 years, SCC has been diverting
yard and ag waste from the landfill and turning it into useful
organic composts and mulches. Yes, this is where your green can waste
Compost: Celebrating 25 Years"
(Sonoma-Marin Farm News, Feb. 2010). This article gives you a
peek behind the scenes at the wonderful Sonoma Compost Company, which
for 25 years has been diverting yard and ag waste from the landfill
and turning it into useful organic composts and mulches that nurture
local farms and gardens.
"Dear Patricia - Thanks for the story on Sonoma Compost.
It's a great read that our readers will find both interesting and
educational. We are happy to have the work of a pro and welcome
further stories by you on topics related to the agricultural
industry in Sonoma and Marin Counties."
Tim Tesconi, Editor Sonoma-Marin Farm News, Previously Ag Staff
Writer for the Press Democrat (33 years)
* " Eco-Clothing
Direct: Wear the change you want to see in the
world," North Bay
Bohemian, Nov. 26, 2008. For savvy local eco-shoppers, one of
this season's special delights is Indigenous Designs' holiday
warehouse sale, offering significant discounts on Indigenous'
beautiful, handcrafted, fair trade, organic and natural-fiber
clothing. This column goes behind the scenes to learn more about this
idealistic company and its successful journey.
MORE OF MY PRINT ARTICLES
- * My Next
STEP newsletter, which has lots of information on
toxics and alternatives, plus government and community-level
actions. "It's your handy guide to less-toxic living."
Look up topics of interest in the The Next STEP
- * North Bay Bohemian. I also wrote several articles on
these topics for the Bohemian's Green
* I also cover these topics on my Facebook
page and blog.
- Ask EcoGirl is written by Patricia Dines, Author of
The Organic Guides, and Editor and Lead Writer for The
Next STEP newsletter, which gently educates readers about
toxics and alternatives. For more information about my work for
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