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7th-Mar-2012 04:23 am(no subject)
Any one know any home made aleo vira cleaning product resipys I have a plant and Ive read it has antibactirial propites?
22nd-Apr-2011 10:03 pm - Food purchases
unschooling, homeschooling
I need a better system to transport food purchases- I use reusable bags for carrying the whole order, I have cloth produce bags, but flours and stuff are still going in disposable bags (which I then reuse for cat litter scoopings). I buy LOTS of bulk stuff: most shopping runs are a half gallon each of black beans, rice, pinto beans, oatmeal, flour, lentils, navy beans, then also a quart each of several kinds of nuts, nutritional yeast, etc. That's a lot of big glass jars to lug to the store, and my storage containers are seldom completely empty when I restock. We've also got a few frequent visitors with food allergies, so I worry about cross contamination issues reusing bags. Bag reuse gets complicated when gluten, almonds and cashews are potential toxins. There's got to be a better way to do this. Anyone have a good system?
29th-Sep-2010 12:23 am(no subject)
newsies
Hey fellow vegans! So I am seriously lacking in this contest that I have entered and I'm begging someone, ANYONE to vote for me (you can vote 3 times a day). I'm sorry to do this, but I'm DESPERATE!

http://apps.facebook.com/boredtodeath/essays/view/196?ref=mf

I would love you forever!!!
2nd-Apr-2010 11:55 am - Farmers Markets
Hey everyone!

I'm a huge fan of farmers markets, and I'm thinking about starting a website where people can purchase directly from farmers.  I'm conducting a nationwide market research survey to find out whether or not people think it's a good idea.  If you shop at farmers markets when they're in season and/if you eat locally grown organic food, I would really, really, really appreciate it if you could fill out this anonymous survey (which will take only 2 minutes).

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MQ2RKGP

Your input would be very helpful!

Thanks, and have a great day!
12th-Mar-2010 04:38 pm - Intro
Warcraft SoR
Hello everyone!  I am new to the community AND to the vegan way of life.  I pretty much decided last night during another sleepless night to make a change for the better.  I'm ready to get healthy and look and feel great again.  I'm going to be documenting my progress in my LJ so please feel free to add me, as I can use all the support and nudges in the right direction I can get! 

On a side note, does anyone have any suggestions on the best things to plan on preparing as a newcomer to vegan eating?  I am not the most talented cook, though practice will do me some good!  I just don't want to get discouraged by ruining meals from the start!
teddy kiss
I'm trying to find a "greener" toothpaste that's also vegan *and* has fluoride. I bought one variety (Nature's Gate? I forget), and after I used it the first time, I realised it didn't have fluoride. *sigh* I'm currently using a high fluoride paste that I got from the dentist, and while it seems to be free of animal products, I don't think the company is very green or veg-friendly. I'd prefer something peppermint (allergic to spearmint and wintergreen, and weirded out by non-mint flavors).

Is there such a thing as a vegan sensitive toothpaste? The active ingredient in sensitive pastes is not animal-derived, but I haven't been able to find it in a vegan paste from a reputable company. (I think what my husband's using now that actually works has potassium nitrate.) I keep googling, but with no luck so far.

And, finally, green dishwasher detergent! I tried Method tablets awhile ago (different home, different dishwasher), and they never seemed to dissolve properly. I got about two washes out of each tablet, but I'm not convinced that made for the most well-rinsed dishes for the first load. ;) Anyhow, I'm not sure if it was the dishwasher or not, so I hate to seek these things out again only to find out they STILL don't work that well. I'm currently using some green and vegan concentrate the little market by our house carries. The price is good, but I'm not convinced it's rinsing very well. We have to be VERY careful not to overload the dishwasher with the soap (1 tablespoon is too much, and one teaspoon is probably ideal, per load), or we get a white film on everything. Our dishwasher is TERRIBLE anyway, and not a heck of a lot better than a sanitizer (if that: we only have water jets on the bottom of the machine, and no dispenser for Jet Dry/rinse agents/vinegar), so I need something that washes and rinses easy, and won't wreak environmental havoc.

It's so frustrating to buy these things by trial and error, because I have limited storage space where we're at (in the past, I'd just buy a new product and save a disappointing product for emergencies/backup), and if I'm really disappointed in something (like the fluoride-less toothpaste), it's an awful lot of waste.

If it helps, I'm in the US, in East Bay/San Francisco bay area, so I've got some luck on my side when it comes to finding greener and vegan products.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions :)
30th-Aug-2009 07:15 pm - The World Peace Diet
angeleyes
Attn North Bay inhabitants,

I'm not sure if anyone has posted this yet, but either way:

Long time vegan, writer and musician, Will Tuttle will be speaking about his new book, The World Peace Diet.

Admission is free!!! Plus free vegan food from SEED yum!

Click for info
27th-Apr-2009 01:27 pm - Active Ion Cleaner
me
Hello everyone! I recently came across a new product and was wondering if anyone here has used it. It is called Active Ion. I am quite interested in it, but am specifically curious how well it works for food and oil stains on clothing. Any thoughts?

Thanks! :D
30th-Jan-2009 01:48 pm - Moisturizer?
armstrong
My skin is really, really dry. Does anyone have any good tips for a moisturizer and/or a lip balm? I've tried olive oil but then I wind up craving Italian food all day.
17th-Jan-2009 09:00 pm - Imported vs Locally grown
roger
This is something I've been wondering about for a while now, since a.) I'm pretty ignorant on the subject, and b.) some of the food I buy is imported. Sorry if it's been discussed here before - I just joined and although I looked through the tags I couldn't find a related topic! :)

When you can't get a locally-grown organic product, which option is kinder to the planet:

1. Buying non-organic locally grown food.
2. Buying imported organic food.

What are the pros and cons of either option? What are your opinions and what do you do?

I find myself making this decision a lot (although I can't afford to buy organic most of the time) but I don't feel like I'm educated enough to know what the best option is. If organic food is imported, doesn't that just contribute to global warming and would that outweigh the benefits of buying that food?

Sorry if that made no sense - I need sleep. -_-


EDIT:

Just to clarify, I'm not just referring to produce, but to stuff like pasta, convenience foods, etc. I live in NZ and some of the food I buy (particularly the gluten-free specialty products such as pasta and cereal) is imported from overseas.
10th-Oct-2008 06:11 pm - green webhosting
radioactivecake
if you were planning on buying webhosting, dreamhost is giving away bonuses for their 11th birthday. (unlimited disk storage and bandwidth)

http://www.dreamhost.com/hosting.html
http://www.dreamhost.com/aboutus-green.html

if you decide to go for it, i made some referral coupons that i posted over at my own journal.
http://supercarrot.livejournal.com/199175.html
(some are for free extra lifetime domain registrations, and one has $50 off and another is for a free unique IP)

6th-Oct-2008 06:31 pm - lemon tree bugs
glass
I have a dilemma I'm hoping you can help with. I have a lovely healthy lemon tree in my backyard I am hoping to get fruit from this summer. It has been flowering wonderfully, but I have noticed there are some weird looking bugs on it. They look kind of flat and they seem to be sucking something from the tiny little lemon nodules. I am hoping their presence isn't going to be detrimental to my lemon harvest, but if it is, and I need to remove them from my tree, I am hoping to know of a way to do this without harming them (I don't want to kill them).
Can anyone advise?

x-posted to organic garden/ vegan people
Elementary Data
So apparently, I managed to contract the chickenpox :-( I've never had them before and at 25 I am going absolutely bonkers quarantined in my house having to deal with this full body itch I can't scratch! Aside from oatmeal baths (of which I have been taking A LOT) does anybody have an idea of anything else I can do for some relief? Tia!
29th-Sep-2008 03:44 pm(no subject)
hand
I just wore holes in my flip flops and I'm wondering two things.

How do you dispose of your old shoes? If they are still wearable I give them to goodwill, but what about the ones that are too worn out? You can't really recycle them.

Also, I'm looking for new, green and vegan flip flops. I can't spend more then $30 max on them. I'm really interested in flip flops you've had, and lasted forever. I have a really small foot so, kids sizes are a plus.
12th-Sep-2008 04:58 pm - homemade laundry soap?
teddy kiss
awhile ago someone posted on one of the many vegan communities a recipe for homemade laundry soap in a food processor. it was a pretty simple recipe but i can't find it anywhere!

i swear it was just a bunch of stuff in the food processor with no cooking involved (like recipes i've found while googling), but maybe i'm wrong.

did one of you greenies happen to be the one who posted this awesomeness?

edit: i managed to find it randomly in another forum. just for the heck of it, you might want the recipe too.

1 bar of laundry soap, grated
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda

Mix together dry and use 1 tbsp for a normal load, 2 tbsp for a more soiled load.
10th-Sep-2008 03:09 pm - Mere Speculation?
I've been doing a bit of thinking lately about biology- about the cause of certain medical conditions. I don't have a lot to go on, but a few things have got me thinking.
An ad on TV about some sort of treatment product- I think it was a treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis- claimed that it's side effects include Lymphoma, which is a type of cancer.
A person I was talking to about parasites told me that he had a parasite, which was known to cause lactose intolerance.
Links between Mercury and Autism are swept under the rug.
I'm building a picture of the world wherein a group of individuals who hold all the cards have been lying to the rest of us about our bodies.
There are so many chemicals and whatever other things poisoning us on a daily basis. People just wouldn't believe it.
It seems to me that through dehydration, and various other methods including cigarettes, the human body loses it's ability to perceive itself. Once the body is at this stage, it loses it's propensity to react to things introduced into it's environment. Remember when I said that a drug doesn't have a definite effect, but the high people experience is actually the bodies reaction? Well the same principle applies. If the body doesn't react to something, then there wouldn't be any disastrous effects. What effects would still remain? What effects would slide under the radar? If there were no effects at all, there would be no reason to pump us with chemicals, so there must be a certain amount...
I can't help but remember when one person told me that there are so..so many things that cause flu like symptoms..and it got me thinking. What if the flu is not really the flu, but our reaction to various things in our system. It would make sense that they call the fall to winter timeframe 'flu season'. The weather gets colder, and our bodies get just weak enough for things to start effecting us more, and the result is the reactionary symptoms.
The general public seems to think that doctors are there to help us. It's been my experience that they don't do a damn thing. Oh sure they mend broken bones and the like, but when it comes to mysterious symptoms they turn into a bunch of retards who 'just can't figure it out'. It's almost like they are hiding something, or maybe they just don't receive that kind of training when they take their schooling.
A friend of mine said his mother had allergies. She went to a naturopath, and he used some kind of herbal treatment, which cleared up her allergies- completely curing them...Isn't that just fascinating. The medical community would have someone put on pills like antihistamines, which treat the condition but never cure it, raking in tons of money yearly by enslaving people to the false pretense that there is nothing that can be done about their condition.
The medical community is claiming that naturopaths are 'doing more harm than good', and are seeking to outlaw the practice entirely. The canadian government is attempting to ban all forms of alternative medicines such as herbal supplements. How interesting..it appears that somebody feels threatened by these people. Perhaps we should all look into these things more, and gain invaluable information before it too gets swept under the rug.
No this is more than mere speculation. This is the tip of the iceburg, and how big this really is...is yet to be seen.
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