Why I Created Healthy Harvest Facial Oils

Please enjoy this guest post by our dear friend Stephanie Tourles, creator of our silky soft nourishing Olive Essentials Facial Oils.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Stephanie Tourles, and I’m a licensed holistic esthetician, herbalist, certified aromatherapist, and author of 12 books on the subjects of natural skin and body care, raw food nutrition, and topically-applied herbal remedies.  I’ve written and taught about the benefits of pure, natural skin and body care for nearly 30 years, as well as created recipes and products.  I care about the purity of what goes onto my own skin and I care about what goes onto yours. I’m absolutely passionate about high quality, plant-derived, totally chemical-free skin care!

I discovered that they consisted primarily of water, synthetic skin softeners such as diethanolamine (a skin irritant and hormone disruptor), chemical exfoliating acids, a synthetic vitamin or two, propylene glycol (a cheap petroleum byproduct) artificial fragrance, and preservatives

Let me share a bit of back story with you as to why I began to develop facial oil blends in the first place.  

In the mid-1990s, I decided to see what all the hoopla was about concerning the highly touted “youthifying” commercial facial serums that many cosmetic companies were launching.  These ½-ounce to 1-ounce bottles of promise came at a hefty price – starting at around $50.00 per bottle, which was quite a sum back then.  After a bit of ingredient sleuthing, I discovered that they consisted primarily of water, synthetic skin softeners such as diethanolamine (a skin irritant and hormone disruptor), chemical exfoliating acids, a synthetic vitamin or two, propylene glycol (a cheap petroleum byproduct) artificial fragrance, and preservatives. To say the least, they were an undesirable “cocktail for the face.”   

So I decided to experiment and create my own natural, highly beneficial versions of these commercial serums using all manner of nourishing ingredients. The result:  herbal-infused and/or essential oil-based facial oil blends that your skin will literally drink!  For years, I wrote about my discoveries and taught women – and a few men – how to make their own. People were beginning to desire “clean skin care” . . . and they still are!

So why did I decide to formulate facial oils using Healthy Harvest’s Tuscan olive oil?  

In December of 2015, Karl Burgart, owner of Healthy Harvest, sent me a sample of his new unrefined, unfiltered, raw, low-acid, enzyme-rich, organic, high polyphenol count (read: high in antioxidants), Tuscan olive oil, intending me to consume it, which I did…but I also applied it to my skin one evening after my routine cleansing as a substitute for my regular moisturizer.  Well, let me tell you, that’s all it took . . . I awoke the next morning with dewy soft, smooth, unusually velvety skin. My 53-year-old skin glowed and felt comfortable! I just knew that I had to formulate a couple of exquisite facial oils for Healthy Harvest. 

“Think of these facial oils as skin food.”

Tuscan olive oil is different . . . it’s light and silky upon the skin – unlike many olive oils – which tend to be moderately heavy. Think of these facial oils as skin food – essential nourishment for the health of your face, neck, chest, and hands (the texture of your hands will greatly benefit each time you apply these – so be sure to massage it in well).

Additionally, I included organic and wildcrafted essential oils into these formulations with properties known to tone & tighten the skin, aid in healing, reduce inflammation, rejuvenate aging skin, improve conditions of psoriasis, eczema, and rosacea, and help prevent scar formation immediately post injury, plus they soothe and calm the psyche.

In every skin care book I write or class I teach, I always stress the importance of understanding the following:   Your skin EATS or absorbs up to 60% of what is applied to it. So, if good-for-you ingredients can affect your skin (and even muscle tissue or bloodstream), so can the potentially irritating synthetic colors, fragrances, and artificial ingredients – which I suggest that you avoid. Your skin is your largest organ, your “living hide,” so to speak – a living, breathing, and excreting organism – not just an inert covering.  The ingredients in Healthy Harvest’s Olive Essentials Facial Oils No. 1 and No. 2 are totally biocompatible with your body – your body will recognize the natural nutrients in the olive oil and beneficial properties of the essential oils.  Your cells will literally drink them up . . . thus aiding in healing, nourishing, rejuvenating, comforting, restoring, and “youthifying” your skin.  

How To Use Healthy Harvest Olive Essentials Facial Oils

Both facial oils are designed to be used INSTEAD of your regular moisturizer, twice daily.  The facial oils actually seal in the important moisture remaining on your skin from your toner/astringent/hydrosol – after you’ve cleansed – and truly nourish your skin, leaving it feeling fabulous, toned, tightened, plump, and lifted, with diminished wrinkle visibility – prolonging the youthful qualities and functions of your skin. Please don’t be afraid of using an oil on your face.  It only takes 4-8 drops with each application and rapidly penetrates.  The beautiful Italian and Greek peoples have used pure olive oil on their skin and hair for thousands of years – much to their benefit.  Many often appear younger than their years well up into their 80s and beyond.

Olive Essentials Facial Oils are guaranteed to contain no synthetic fragrances, silicones, mineral oils, parabens, GMO ingredients, phthalates, propylene glycol, DEA, EDTA, acrylates, nano technology, BHT, or any other questionable ingredients. No animal testing.

Olive Essentials Facial Oils No. 1 and No. 2 contain minimal ingredients that are exquisitely effective . . . Organic Tuscan olive oil plus absolutely pure organic or ethically wild-harvested essential oils. That’s it . . . and that’s all you need for glorious, healthy skin – in addition to good food and lifestyle habits (but you already know that).

This is what small-batch, artisinal skin care is all about – made by hand using superior quality ingredients offered by Mother Nature – not merely concocted in a chemist’s lab with the main focus being profit.  Karl and I want you to have the VERY BEST for your skin . . . and want to be transparent about our product’s ingredients!  Guaranteed purity, incredible effectiveness, with no useless filler. With consistent use, your skin will thank you with healthy radiance!

For more information about Stephanie Tourles, her books, events, podcasts, videos, and to follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and sign up for her monthly blog, visit her website www.stephanietourles.com

“Love is in the Air” Lavender-Vetiver Massage Oil

This month, we’re turning to our friend Stephanie Tourles, an herbalist aromatherapist, and skin care expert for inspiration for Valentine’s Day treats to share with your honey.

Her new book, Making Love Potions (available here), features something for everyone, whether you want to seduce with your scent, tantalize with tasty treats, or melt away stress with a sensual massage. Both the book itself and the recipes inside make a fantastic gift for your sweetheart.

As with most skin and body care products, many brands use a long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce, including chemicals that are harmful to our bodies or the earth. So we’re sharing Stephanie’s safe, all natural “Love is in the Air” massage oil.

Using Healthy Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the base, it is rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants to leave your skin silky soft and irresistibly touchable. The essential oils help to calm and de-stress while stirring flames of passion. Vetiver oil can be found at most natural or health-food stores. It is known to boost libido and stimulate desire, along with calming stressed mind and muscles. Lavender, an aphrodisiac to both sexes, also helps to ground and center while relieving pain.

Love essential oils? Try our Essential Facial Oils formulated by Stephanie, too!

"Love is in the Air" Lavender-Vertiver Massage Oil
 
Provacative vetiver brings the warmth, and lovely lavender brings the sweet, producing an earthy, smoky, exotic aroma with unisex appeal. Couples with a high-stress lifestyle will find this aphrodisiacal blend much to their liking, as it delivers calming, grounding, and centering properties, while stirring flames of passion.
Author:
Recipe type: Massage Oil
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 36 drops lavender essential oil
  • 28 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1,000 IU vitamin E oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the lavender and vetiver essential oils in an 8-ounce glass storage jar. Add the extra virgin olive oil and vitamin E.
  2. Screw the Top on and shake vigorously to blend the ingredients.
  3. Label the bottle and place in a dark location at room temperature for 24 hours so the oils can synergize.
  4. Store at room temperature, away from heat and light; use within 2 years.
Notes
Shake well before each use. Apply whenever you wish, whether for massage or as a deeply penetrating body oil. For use as a bath oil, add 1 tablespoon to running water, step in, and luxuriate in earthly blissfulness!

 

Excerpted from Making Love Potions, copyright Stephanie Tourles, used with permission from Storey Publishing.

Romantic Essential Oils

Not only do our Essential Facial Oils make you glow, the essential oils formulated by esthetician, herbalist, and aromatherapist Stephanie Tourles, are irresistibly seductive and known for their aphrodisiac effects.

Lavender’s floral fragrance is attractive to both sexes, but one study found lavender to be the most arousing smell there is for men. It has relaxing, calming, and soothing effects.

Frankincense and myrrh are warm, rich, spicy and sweet, known for calming and deepening the breath, and making us more present with those we love.

Rose Geranium and Palmarosa are uplifting, gently stimulating, and sensual.

Australian Sandalwood is woody and musky with a spicy top note. It’s known to relieve tension and anxiety.

All of these herbs and oils have long been used as perfumes for lovers, not to mention they are equally potent in protecting and healing skin from within.

 

 

Healthy Harvest Travels: Ketchum, Idaho

For the last three years, we have made the 12-hour drive to Ketchum, Idaho to meet with a local food buying club and give a presentation on the health benefits of pure, extra virgin olive oil.

This year, we packed our trailer as full as we could and set out for the Sun Valley of the Sawtooth Mountains.

Sunrise and Supermoon
Sunrise and the lingering supermoon in Wyoming

We split the long drive over a day and a half, and the views did not disappoint.

Mountains in Idaho

We arrived in the sleepy ski town just as the first winter storm was about to move in, giving hope to residents that resorts might be able to open for Thanksgiving.

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photo from Pinterest

Upon arriving, we were graciously hosted by Julie, owner of Nourish Me, a locally owned health food store and cafe located right downtown. Julie works hard to make foods not usually available in small towns accessble to residents and tourists in the area. She not only sells amazing foods from trusted sources like raw milk and cheese, kombucha, organic veggies, and supplements, but also serves wholesome meals from her in-store cafe and teaches community classes about ferments and other fun topics.
Nourish me health food store ketchum idahoSince Ketchum is nestled in a remote mountain valley,  passionate local foodies organize a food buying club to purchase organic foods and other necessities in bulk a few times a year. Members drove from nearby towns Bellevue, Hailey, and more to hear about our authentic Greek and Italian olive oils.

We had an absolute blast connecting with like-minded people who really know their stuff about healthy eating!! If you know of any food clubs interested in a presentation, give us a shout!

Are there carcinogens in your beauty products?

Most our community of friends at Healthy Harvest are healthy eaters. We read nutrition labels and are cautious of what ingredients we’re putting in our bodies. We choose organic and avoid GMOs and hormones whenever possible. But how often do we pay attention to what we’re putting on our skin?

Our skin is our biggest organ and absorbs ingredients directly into our bloodstream. A recent article by The Atlantic suggested as many as 1 in 5 beauty products contain ingredients linked to cancer.

So what’s in your cosmetic bag? We put together a list of ingredients we’ll never include in our organic small-batch facial oils. Here’s why:

Parabens

Also in: deodorants and antiperspirants, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, cleansers and scrubs

Parabens are a preservative that prevent bacteria in water based products. “About 85 percent of cosmetics have them,” says Arthur Rich, Ph.D., a cosmetic chemist quoted by Real Simple.com. So what’s wrong with them? Parabens mimic estrogen in the body, and estrogen disruption has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive problems.

Synthetic fragrances

Also found in: perfumes and colognes, baby lotions and wipes, air fresheners and candles, dryer sheets and detergents

In the U.S., manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of synthetic chemicals in the one word—“fragrance”—without revealing what those ingredients are.

Cited on Huffington Post, “Environmental Working Group (EWG) researchers found more than 75 percent of products listing the ingredient “fragrance” contained phthalates (THAL-ates) which have been shown to disrupt hormone activity, reduce sperm counts, and cause reproductive malformation, and have been linked to liver and breast cancer, diabetes, and obesity.” See more phthalates below.

Propylene glycol

Also found in: antifreeze, medicines, cosmetics, or food products

Propylene glycol is used as a skin conditioner and to enhance absorption, but Canada has listed it as toxic or harmful. While described as safe by the FDA, the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry claims it affects the skin, urinary system or kidneys, and respiratory system. It has been shown to worsen eczema and skin allergies.

Phthalates

Also found in: vinyl flooring, paints, shoes, disinfectants and deodorizers

According to Mother Earth Living, “phthalates are a probable carcinogen, some of which have been linked to reproductive harm, learning disabilities, asthma, and allergies – even at low exposure levels.”

Mineral oil

Also called: petrolatum or paraffinum

Also found in: lip balm, shampoos, conditioners, lotion, creams

Mineral oil is extremely common in skin care because it reduces loss of water. It is actually a byproduct from the distillation of petroleum for gasoline. Mineral oil doesn’t actually hydrate your skin; it just forms a barrier, so it can clog your pores or seal in bacteria, which can cause you to break out.

According to Livestrong.com mineral oil also”attracts needed moisture from cells deep inside your skin. This means that cell renewal is slowed, collagen breaks down, and the connective tissue is destroyed. Normal cell development is slowed down and the skin ages prematurely when skin cells are robbed of moisture.”

We want to hear – what are your favorite safe, non-toxic beauty and self-care products?

Sources

  • http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/worry-about-parabens
  • http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/radiation-chemicals-and-breast-cancer/parabens.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
  • https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/705315/PROPYLENE_GLYCOL/#
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/five-mustknows-on-the-dan_b_4737654.html
  • https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances/toxsubstance.asp?toxid=240
  • http://www.naturalnews.com/023138_propylene_glycol_products_natural.html
  • http://www.livestrong.com/article/185370-why-is-mineral-oil-bad-for-your-skin/

6 Ways Oregano Oil Can Help you Stay Well During Cold &Flu Season

healthy harvest oregano oilDoctors, naturopaths, and a number of other health professionals have long touted Oregano Oil as one of nature’s most potent medicinal plants. Oregano oil also has antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

According to natural health expert Dr. Mercola, “The most therapeutically beneficial is the oil produced from wild oregano or Origanum vulgare that’s native to Mediterranean regions.”

Healthy Harvest’s Oregano Oil is made using only wild Mediterranean oregano and certified organic olive oil and is much more concentrated than options sold in stores.

Although oregano oil has numerous benefits, here are 6 reasons it is especially helpful during cold and flu season.

  1. Ward off or ease infections. Our concentrated Oregano oil is a powerful antimicrobial to fight off infections.
  2. Alleviate sinus infections and colds. Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water, and then inhale the steam.
  3. Get the nutrients your body needs. Nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, boron, and niacin are also found in oregano oil.
  4.  Prevent or heal Respiratory infections.
  5. Eases sore throat.
  6. Disinfects the home.  Combine four drops of oregano oil with 10 drops of lemon oil and a quarter-cup of white vinegar, and then add to a bucket of water. Use this mixture to wipe and clean surfaces.

Do not use for children. Consult doctor before using if pregnant or nursing.

Don’t miss local, handmade holiday gifts before market season is over

IMG_20160826_100407Holiday Season. While some people love the hustle and bustle, more often that not, friends I talk to tend to feel a bit stressed.

Stores begin to coerce us to fulfill our duty as consumers just moments after the clock strikes midnight on Halloween. Black Friday asks us to choose between sharing food and gratitude with our families or saving money on a gift in hopes it will make our loved ones smile.

How can we truly enjoy the winter holiday season as a festive time of celebration to brighten the dark, cold days of winter? Of course, we think that presence is the ultimate answer.

But if you are going to buy gifts, then why not them reflect your values? You could support a small business and keep money in your community. You could celebrate local and handmade, rather than cheap, foreign products made by people in poor working conditions. You could purchase something one-of-a-kind, special as the person receiving it.

Where is one of the best places to find all of those qualities? The Farmer’s Market! As market season winds down, mark off your gifts early, avoid feeling rushed in November or December, and help make a community small business owner’s day merry and bright.

Here are 10 local gift ideas from Colorado Farmers’ markets on the Front Range.

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Musical Frogs and Owls – Breckenridge Market Sunday 9-2 or www.musicalfrogs.net

 

 

For Foodies

Olives, Oil, Dressings/Marinades – Healthy Harvest

Homemade Dips – Joe’s All Star Dips (Evergreen Tues 10-2)

For Women

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Dillon Fridays 9-2

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Dillon Fridays 9-2

Breckenridge Sun 9-2

 

 

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Boho Style Jewelry – Spicy Heart

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Shop on Instagram or Etsy @Spicyheart

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Natural Stone JewelryScarlet Rose Designs

Breckenridge Sun 9-2

 

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Soy CandlesBreckenridge Candle Cabin

Dillon Friday 9-2, Breckenridge Sunday 9-2

 

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Cabin Style Home Decor and Furnishings –  The Cabin Collection

Using Olive Oil to stay Naturally Healthy and Beautiful

While most of our community here at Healthy Harvest is on board with clean eating and the organic food movement, how many of us are still using household and beauty products filled with chemicals that are harmful to us or the environment?

Olive oil is a natural, safe, affordable alternative way to stay healthy inside and out. Mediterranean women have used olive oil for hundreds, if not thousands, of years for everything from cooking to sunscreen.

Check out these easy swaps and let us know your favorites! Did we miss something? Post your ideas on our Facebook or write info@healthyharvests.com

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30+ Uses for Olive Oil

healthy harvest olive oil coloradoThe amazing benefits of olive oil don’t just stop in the kitchen. Read below for nearly 30 ways to use olive oil to improve your life.

Kitchen

  • Sautee – Olive oil has a smoke point of 410 degrees and retains all nutrients up to medium-medium high heat
  • Fry – The recommended frying temp is 355, well below EVOO’s smoke point
  • Salad Dressings – drizzle over salads or veggies for good texture and flavor
  • Marinades – mix with olive brines for an easy, delicious marinade
  • Dipping oil for bread – Mix with high quality vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper, parmesan, or red pepper flakes
  • Grilled Cheese – Replace butter with EVOO for an out-of-this-world grilled cheese
  • Smoothies– Add a dash to smoothies to add antioxidants and keep you full longer
  • Make your own pesto Make heart-healthy pesto by grinding basil, or pine nuts, parmesan and garlic together, then incorporating EVOO until the texture is right. Serve over pasta or as a dipping sauce for bread

Medicine Cabinet

  • Aid digestion  Eating olive oil on a daily basis is said to help regulate your digestive tract.
  • Reduce inflammation – take a spoonful in the morning to reduce inflammation in the heart, gut, and throughout the body
  • Protect your heart   Over time, cells oxidize, leading to the common effects of aging. A specific polyphenol in olive oil is especially effective at protecting your red blood cells from oxidation.
  • Curb your appetite Having olive oil in your diet consistently makes you feel full and tends to make you eat less and have fewer sugar cravings.
  • Manage weight – Recent studies show that people eating a mediterranean diet including healthy fats like EVOO lost nearly  3x more weight than those on a low-fat diet.
  • Reduce bad cholesterol levels Olive oil contains polyphenols, which help to keep your levels of LDL cholesterol within healthy ranges.
  • Help fight cancer – Olive oil contains phytochemicals, and a Rutgers study found that they are effecting at killing cancer cells
  • Improve your memory  Some research has shown that olive oil can prevent and possibly even reverse the memory loss that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Soothe baby skin Use olive oil instead of baby oil to help soothe and soften baby’s sensitive skin.  Also can be used to help prevent diaper rash.

Household/Cleaning

  • Shine household surfaces  Appliances, faucets, stainless steel and laminate surfaces all benefit from a light coating of olive oil and a gentle buffing.
  • Condition cutting boards  Rub a small amount of olive oil into wood cutting boards to condition them.
  • Waterproof leather  Buff a small amount of olive oil into leather shoes, baseball gloves, etc. to protect them from water.
  •  Polish wood furniture Wipe wood furniture with a teaspoon of olive oil and a soft rag.  You can add a little bit of vinegar or citrus juice to up the cleaning power!
  • Fix a squeaky door Use a rag or cotton swab to apply olive oil to the top of squeaky hinges to help lubricate and stop squeaking.
  • Fix a stuck zipper  Apply olive oil on a cotton swab and rub on the teeth of the stuck zipper to help pull the zipper tab.
  • Condition cast iron 
  • Mix with essential oil – most essential oils should not be applied directly to skin. Pure, extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest mixing oil you can use

Beauty

  • Treat sunburns – the antioxidants, Vitamin E, and moisturizing quality soothe sunburnt skin
  • Face/Body moisturizer – or use our Olive Essentials Facial Oils 
  • Condition hair -Rub on dry hair and soak desired amount of time. Rinse for soft, smooth tresses.
  • Darker,thicker eyelashes – Massage a few drops on eyelashes
  • Exfoliate skin –  Mix together 1/4 cup olive and 1 teaspoon of sugar or salt.  Mix together and rub on skin to remove dead or dry skin.
  • Remove makeup – Apply olive oil to a cotton ball and wipe off makeup.
  • Replace shaving cream  Rub olive oil on your legs or area to be shaved and shave as usual.
  • Improve nail beds.  Use a bit of olive oil to moisturize cuticles, or mix oil and water and soak your hands for a few minutes before a manicure.
  • Massage oil – EVOO is a luscious chemical-free massage oil that will leave you silky soft (or try our Organic Comfrey oil to relieve muscle and joint pain!)

21 EASY ways to be more Earth-friendly in 2016

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Happy Earth Day! Below we share some ways to be more sustainable without having to make huge life changes. No one’s asking you to go off the grid. It’s strength in numbers we’re going for. Each of our small acts has a greater impact when combined. No act is too small to make a difference.

1. Wash your laundry in cold water and hang clothes out to dry.

Save money and energy at the same time by washing your laundry in cold water. If you have a yard or balcony, put up a clothesline, or use a drying rack for inside spaces.

2. Wear your clothes more than once before you wash them.

This will not only save time and energy, but your clothes will last longer.

3. Buy clothes and products that you love and will last a long time.

Cheaply made items such as clothing often do not include fair wages for the people who made them. Buying things we truly love ensures we get the most use out of them versus throwing goods in the landfill.

4. Use less (or no!) disposable items.

It’s a small change to use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper towels, disposable countertop wipes, and other one-time-use items.

bulk-food5. Buy in bulk.  

Many things we buy, especially convenience items, come in large amounts of non-recyclable plastic packaging. Save money and buy in bulk. You can then use reusable containers to serve and store in smaller portions

6. Buy organic.

Organic products not only protect your health, but the also protect the health of the environment by avoiding harmful pesticides and chemicals

7. Eat more fresh foods.

Processed foods require energy to run factories, contain chemicals, and added packaging. Eat mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, and take the trash out less.

8. Make your own beauty products.

Toothpaste and deodorant are easy to make at home with cheap, simple ingredients saving money and avoiding chemicals and disposable packaging.

9. Make your own household cleaners.

Again, a few cheap, simple ingredients can be combined to make almost any cleaner, from countertops to toilets, as well as dish and laundry detergents.

10. Buy local!

Support your community and discourage the costly transportation of goods cross-country.

11. Use public transportation or carpool.

Ok, we know this one’s not always convenient, but when it is, do it!

12. Use thermal curtains.

Save on heating and cooling costs while conserving energy.


13. PLAY OUTSIDE!IMG_6513

The more we are connected to nature, the more we will want to protect it.

14. Grow your own herbs. 

Add some life to your home and deliciousness to your food! Herbs require little space and little effort.

15. Add an air-purifying plant to your home.

Many of the best air purifying plants are some of the easiest to keep alive! Plus, adding green to your space promotes relaxation.

16. Unplug your phone and laptop chargers.

Did you know these common electronics still use energy even when they’re not in use? Save money and unplug them when you’re not charging.

17. Use reusable grocery bags.

In Boulder, we’ve already banned plastic bags. Hooray! Not only do reusable bags reduce waste, but you can fit loads more in one bag, making for less trips. YES!

18. Repair your leaky faucet.

Even a slow drip really adds up over the course of the year.

19 Ask to borrow items you don’t use very frequently instead buying them new.  

buyerarchy of needsLawnmowers, leaf blowers and power tools are expensive and take up space. Declutter and save money by borrowing instead.

20. Carry a reusable water bottle.

There are so many places to refill these days. Save money, avoid plastic, and use your own water bottle. 

21. Support companies that share your sustainable values. 

Vote with your dollar. Choosing companies who share your values allows them to continue or expand their efforts while encouraging other companies to jump on the bandwagon.

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