Placing a small, easily accessible recycle bin in your kitchen is an easy way to encourage you to recycle those plastic containers, bottles, cardboard boxes and other recyclables that you would normally just toss in your trashcan out of convenience. Most cities will provide you with a free recycle bin. I find that I just keep my big ol’ recycle bin out in the garage because it is too big (and unattractive) to keep in my kitchen. Unfortunately, by not having a designated recycle bin in my kitchen, I fail to recycle as much as I should. To remedy this, I recently added a small plastic bin and designated it for recyclables only. My kitchen recycle bin fits neatly next to my fridge and I’ve noticed a huge change in my recycling behavior!
I have recently been poking around online to find a more attractive and innovative recycle bin idea. Here are a couple of my favorites.
Get the classic steel recycle bins in the picture above. They are great for separating out paper, glass and plastic recyclables.
These Kangaroom Recycle Bags are a fun twist on the boring old recycle bin.
For those of us looking to reduce the amount of harsh chemicals we keep in our homes, finding an effective natural solution for whitening our white clothes and linens can be difficult. Concentrated chlorine bleach is toxic and can be harmful to our health; it can also destroy clothing over time. Here is an excellent way to gently and naturally whiten and brighten your white clothes without using chlorine bleach or other harsh chemicals.
What you’ll need: lemon slices, water (chemical-free, filtered water for best results) and a clothing line or spot to hang your clothes to dry in direct sunlight.
1. Start by filling a large pot with filtered water. Bring water to a boil.
2. Add lemon slices. I usually use one normal sized lemon all sliced up.
3. Turn off the heat and add your white clothes to the pot. Let soak for at least two hours.
4. After soaking, gently ring out clothes and hang out to dry in direct sunlight. Note: If you do not have a place to hang clothes in the sun, you can always use your regular dryer on a low heat setting.
Why this works:
Lemon juice has been used as a whitening agent for years. The citric acid in lemons gently and effectively fights stains and unlike chlorine bleach, is even safe to use on colors. Sunlight is also a powerful and completely natural bleaching alternative. Drying your clothes outside on a clothing line with not only brighten and refresh your clothes, but it will help cut down your energy bill and save you some money. As always, we recommend using Aquasana filtered water to clean and wash your clothes. Unlike tap water that is ridden with chemicals including high amounts of chlorine, Aquasana filtered water is virtually chlorine and chemical-free. Clothes washed in filtered water last longer and stay brighter than those washed in unfiltered, chlorinated water.
Click here to check out our home filtration solutions so you can start filtering your water.
It’s that time of year again when gift giving abounds. Gift exchanges and gestures of appreciation can really start to add up when you consider purchasing gifts for party hosts and hostesses, neighbors, teachers, coaches andbabysitters. To make things a little easier we’ve come up with some super easy, gift ideas for everyone on your list using our Aquasana refillable glass water bottles. Create the perfect gift by filling our glass water bottles with thoughtful treats for a present they will enjoy this holiday season and a reusable bottle they will love year round!
Going to a few holiday parties or get-togethers this year? It’s always appropriate to take a gift for the host or hostess. Fill an Aquasana glass water bottle with one of the following for a gift that is sure to be unique and appreciated.
- Premium loose leaf tea in a relaxing or fragrant blend. Tie a tea infuser around the Aquasana lid with a festive bow and a hand-made tag that identifies the name and flavor of the tea.
- Gourmet coffee beans for the coffee-lover. Choose a tasty holiday or dessert blend, add a bow and a gift tag.
Gifts for the Teacher
It’s always nice to show your appreciation to the dedicated teachers that make an impact on our family’s lives. For a fun and festive “thanks for all you do,” fill an Aquasana glass water bottle with one of the following goodies: Jelly Bellies, home-made hot cocoa mix, red and white peppermint candies, mini individually wrapped chocolates. Add a note of appreciation and some ribbon and you’ve got a quick, thoughtful gift that will stand out amongst all the candles and coffee mugs.
Gifts for the Coach
A refillable Aquasana glass water bottle is perfect for the coach! Fill one with a healthy snack such as trail mix or almonds. Add a stopwatch or whistle with a ribbon and a note and you have a season win!
Gifts for the Babysitter
Show your appreciation for all those times they were there when you needed them. Fill an Aquasana glass water bottle with their favorite treat such as Jelly Bellies, chocolates, bubble gum or home-made goodies. Add a gift card or movie passes and you’ve got an awesome way to say “you’re the best.”
Gifts for the Neighbors
Don’t be caught empty-handed when neighbors stop by with holiday cheer and goodies. Fill some Aquasana water bottles with gourmet coffee, mini-chocolates, snack mix or peppermints. Top with a bow and a festive ornament for the best gift on the block.
Gifts for the Dog
Whether it’s your favorite canine friend or your friend fond of canines, an Aquasana glass water bottle filled with treats for Fido is sure to delight! Make your own delicious treats at home or fill with a special store-bought goodie. Add a bright colored collar around the top of the water bottle and you’ve got a guaranteed tail-wagger!
Make sure you have Aquasana refillable glass water bottles on hand this holiday season to make gift -giving a joy. It’s not too late to stock up! From now until December 24th, all of our glass bottles come with gift tags especially made for you to share with friends!
You recycle. You turn off the water while brushing your teeth. You started doing the laundry in cold water. But despite taking steps to reduce your family’s carbon footprint and save the planet, you still feel slightly guilty about not doing enough.
Sound familiar? It’s called Green Guilt: the anxiety and self-doubt that we are not doing enough (or that our efforts mean nothing) to reduce our carbon footprint and preserve global resources. Green Guilt is becoming less of a problem in today’s tighter and more stressful economy, since the overriding concern is “Will I have a job in three months?” not “How can I reduce my environmental impact?”, but it still occurs and adds unnecessarily to your stress level.
Don’t beat yourself up
What can you do to avoid feeling this way? Well, for starters, understanding goes a long way. Do your part, do more when you can, and don’t beat yourself up too much if you choose paper towels over cloth for the sake of convenience once in a while. To help you along, I’ve gathered a few extra tips to help you save time and money and get a little greener at the same time:
1) Use a water filter and refillable water bottles. You know how we feel about disposable plastic water bottles. They aren’t really that much safer than tap water in a lot of instances, water leaches plastic molecules, and when we’re done with them they often as not pollute landfills and oceans. Not a lot to love there. But there is an upside to drinking filtered water: not as many of those bottles. I know it’s often a quick decision to make your life easier to just grab some water bottles to toss in the cooler when you go camping, but during the rest of your life, make a concerted effort to use refillable bottles and fill them with filtered water.
2) Walk your neighborhood, not a treadmill. Gyms are all the rage, but are they really worth it? They’re noisy, crowded at all the wrong times, expensive, and they guzzle energy. Plus, those fancy elliptical machines lie about how many calories you’re burning. Try finding a place to walk near where you live—a trail or park that has some good hills. Or just walk or jog through your neighborhood. Do some pushups and sit-ups when you get home. The world will thank you!
3) Carpool. Seriously. I know it’s hardly appealing and takes trust, coordination and sacrifice, but if you can be one fewer car on the road, even once in a while, then you’ll be responsible for cutting down pollution, fossil fuel addiction and household expenditures. Gold star for you!
4) Ask your boss about telecommuting options. Save fuel altogether and work at home a day or two a week, if your job type allows it. Not all jobs lend themselves to working at home, and I am a staunch believer in the value of a tight-knit team, but since a lot of the work that occurs in an information economy happens in your head regardless of where your bottom is, this is becoming an increasingly viable option for many companies.
For the start of the New Year, and to help our friends and fans get a great head start on those New Year’s goals, we rounded up 11 expert tips from nationally renowned health & wellness and culinary experts, including bestselling longevity expert Dr. Maoshing Ni, bestselling weight-loss expert Dr. Ann Louie Gittleman, and Chef-to-the-Stars Lulu Powers, whose clients have included Madonna, Will Smith and Bill Clinton.
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If you’re like most people, losing those last few holiday pounds is high on your list of to-dos this month. Fortunately, one of the best diet aids is free, abundant and right at your fingertips: water.
According to research from Virginia Tech, dieters who started each meal with two eight-ounce glasses of water lost an average of five pounds more than those who didn’t. Researchers say this is the first study that provides real evidence that water’s appetite-suppressing benefits translate into actual weight loss.
But you know the saying, “You can lead a horse to water…”
Fortunately, these 11 easy tips from a variety of health and wellness experts are sure to make you drink:
1. To make water taste better, Todd Bartee, the CEO of Aquasana, a leading maker of water filters for the home, recommends using an easy-to-install countertop filter to strip out the chlorine and other chemicals that are put in tap water to disinfect it. Says Bartee, “Once you remove the contaminants, you’re left with the most pure and delicious water you’ve ever tasted. You’ll notice a difference immediately.” Top consumer rating organizations recommend Aquasana’s AQ-4000 counter top filter, which uses a patented process to remove the chlorine, pesticides, lead and other chemicals in tap water.
2. Chef-to-the-stars, Lulu Powers, who just released a new cookbook, Lulu Powers Food to Flowers, recommends adding slices of orange, mint or cucumber to your water to complement meals.
3. Powers also suggests adding specialty ice cubes made from fresh fruits and herbs for an extra hint of flavor and to up the aesthetic factor.
4. Ann Louie Gittleman, Ph.D., author of the national bestseller, The Fat Flush Plan, recommends diluting your juice with water, adding less and less juice—and more water—as time goes by.
5. Dr. Gittleman also recommends including in your diet water-rich foods like broth-based soups, lettuce, broccoli and citrus fruits.
6. Dr. Maoshing Ni, author of the bestseller, Secrets of Longevity, and the just-released follow-up, Secrets of Longevity: Dr. Mao’s 8 Week Program, refers to filtered tap water as “a key to losing weight.” Says Dr. Mao, “Filter your own water with a high-quality water filter like the one from Aquasana and drink it throughout the day to help with fluid retention. It is also a natural appetite suppressant.”
7. Dr. Mao also suggests making a “detox soup” with filtered tap water, seasonal vegetables like kale and winter squash, dried beans and legumes and aromatic herbs and spices. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for a couple of hours.
8. Track and monitor your daily water consumption by downloading an application for your phone such as Water Me or Water Your Body. www.itunes.com/appstore
9. Substitute a cup of warm water with a drop of honey for the coffee you might have after lunch and dinner. This will also help you eliminate caffeine, which dehydrates the body.
10. Outsmart the mid-afternoon blood-sugar blues. Set the alarm on your phone to ring at 3 pm to remind you to stop and drink a full glass of water before the afternoon munchies hit.
11. Design your own, one-of-a-kind, stainless steel water bottle to make drinking water more fun and a way to express yourself. This works especially well with kids. www.siggskins.com