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See You Later Winter… Hello Spring!

Looking forward to spring?

So are we!

And depending where you are, perhaps you haven’t really seen it yet. We sure haven’t.

Luckily, our friends at the Rainforest Alliance have been thinking ahead with ideas to put a little more spring in our stepregardless if its here yet.

For welcoming spring, theyve come up with five eco-friendly, sustainable ideas to revitalize our bodies, homes and minds.

From the Rainforest Alliance:

To celebrate spring, the Rainforest Alliance has developed five green ideas to revitalize your body, home and mind, and give a boost to the planet while ensuring sustainable livelihoods. By choosing products and services that have achieved the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal, the Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo, you are supporting the environment and the well-being of farm and forest workers, their families and communities.

1) Rejuvenate your skin

Nourish your skin with the Rainforest Skin Care Formula by Alba Botanicals. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that the Andrioba and Brazil nut oil used in these products were grown on farms that help to conserve the very rainforests they were grown in. Be sure to try the renewal scrub, foaming cream cleaner, toning mist and facial cream.

2) Refresh your mind

There is no better way to refresh your mind than by learning something new! The United Nations has declared 2011 the International Year of the Forest. Watch this video to learn about forests and the vital role they play as the lungs of our planet, providing food, water and habitat to plants, animals and humans.

3) Revamp your outdoor living

It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors once again, and what better way to enjoy it than in the comfort of your own backyard. If you are looking for new wooden outdoor furniture, ensure it comes from responsibly managed forests, certified by the FSC. Explore the range of certified outdoor furniture at Jensen Leisure Furniture and Forest World.

4)  Reduce clutter

It’s time for spring-cleaning! Rid yourself of clutter and raise funds for the rainforest without dropping a dime! Hold a charity garage sale, donating proceeds to a nonprofit sustainability organization. Donations to the Rainforest Alliance go towards protecting wildlife habitat, reforestation, and promoting sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

5)  Relax on a vacation in Latin America or the Caribbean

Relax and soak up the sun in Latin America or on a tropical island in the Caribbean. Book your trip using SustainableTrip.org and rest assured, knowing that your vacation is supporting the environment as well as the livelihoods of local communities

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The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit .

Time to Clear Out the Medicine Cabinet!

January is a great time to get the medicine cabinet cleaned out.

In fact, the American Pharmacists Association encourages everyone to make an annual New Years clean out of their medicine cabinets.

Not only will you be reducing clutter and gaining more space, but you may also be securing your health. Old medications and cosmetics can at best be ineffective and at worse be dangerous.

So, pick a day this month to get ‘er done!

Medicine cabinets can quickly become filled with all sorts of expired and unused medication.

This is because each month, especially in the winter, can bring new conditions and ailments.

The first thing you should toss is old or expired medications.

The obvious reason is that they can degrade, become ineffective or make you sick. But there is another reason for tossing those old medications.

With extra medication around, you might inadvertently take the wrong one by mistake. Eliminating extra unused medication can also eliminate that risk.

Extra unused medication also carries the risk of being misused or abused. Unfortunately, someone else may decide to take advantage of it.

While many of use grew up with the direction to dispose of medication by flushing it, we now know that flushed medications do get into the water system and can be consumed in drinking water.

Properly disposing of medication is very important. Either throw them in the trash or dispose of them through a community disposal program.

To avoid anyone getting into the medication, such as children or pets, place it first in a sealable plastic bag.

If the medication is in a solid form, such as a pill, add water or dissolve the medication.

Then add something to make it unappealing, such as cat litter, sawdust or even coffee grounds. Seal the bag and then dispose of it in the trash.

Cosmetics and lotions should be tossed if they are opened and 12 months old (or older).

Mascara or anything that goes near the eyes should be tossed after four month because it probably has high levels of bacteria.

The same is true for any age cosmetic that has an off color or smell.