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Shampoo Bars De-Mystified

Shampoo Bars De-Mystified

What?!  You say. You wash your hair with a bar of soap? Why?  Or maybe you’ve tried a shampoo bar before with mediocre success. Just as there are many types of shampoo, not all shampoo bars are created equal. A well-crafted shampoo bar is completely natural, cleansing and conditioning, and leaves zero waste. I fell in love with making shampoo bars after years – I kid you not – years of looking for a natural hair-care solution that actually worked and didn’t cost its weight in gold. I had experimented with the “no-poo” method, mixed up home-made batches of castile soap and coconut milk, and tried nearly...

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A Better Way... to do Black Friday

A Better Way... to do Black Friday

When I was about 10, I decided that Thanksgiving was the ideal time for sleeping under the Virginia stars one last time before winter. Every year, I’d beg my cousins to sleep outdoors with me on Thanksgiving night. That was before we knew anything about mummy bags, base-layers or down. We were low-tech but determined! We would put on so many cotton sweatshirts that we looked like pumpkins. Weaseling into our giant sleeping bags, we’d roll ourselves burrito-style into old blankets for extra insulation. Then we’d cover up with plastic picnic tablecloths to repel the dew. The night was always eventful. Sometimes we’d wake up to drippy rain, sometimes...

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REDBUDSUDS joins NWEI for national EcoChallenge

REDBUDSUDS joins NWEI for national EcoChallenge

The National EcoChallenge is well under way. Our team, Team Redbud, currently has 12 members and joins over 4,000 people from across the country making changes in small habits that add up to a lot of good. Here’s a snapshot of our team: We’ve chosen challenges that conserve water, increase energy efficiency, increase sustainable food options and connect us with the Earth. We’ve saved at least 480 gallons of water through our documented efforts We’ve kept at least 9 lbs of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere We’ve snuggled more with our cats We’ve gone on more walks and even slept outside We’ve...

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