Print is a great source for information
I finally had time this weekend to browse through two of my favorite magazines which had been beckoning to me from my bedside table. I gleaned quite a bit of useful information that I want to share. The July/August issue of Whole Living featured these interesting items which seemed affordable to me:
• The Side Walks, a journal for exploring your city and seeing your hometown in a whole new light, $17 from chroniclebooks.com
• The Cooler Box by Cascades which is made from 70 percent recycled cardboard and has a stay-fresh inner lining and is free of the slow-to-biodegrade foam found in most coolers, $15 from boutique.cascades.com
• The Crumpled City Maps are a neat idea as they are made of Tyvek and designed to be scrunched up and tossed into your backpack or bag. These waterproof city maps are large and at only $20 might make a great gift for your favorite traveler, $20 from brooklyn5and10.com.
I have to admit that most of the products I read about in this magazine, while amazing and clever, are way over-priced (a 15-inch-tall LED Luau Lamp at $198? Come on!). I glean the pages for tips and ideas I can afford.
Some fascinating tidbits I picked up from this issue included:
• The Green Ribbon Schools federal program recognizes institutions that reduce their environmental impact, promote health, and provide high-quality environmental and outdoor education. Get your favorite school into gear and apply.
This is a whopper — Burger King has committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs, and pork from sows that have not been confined to gestation stalls, by 2017. I had to read that one twice and I just about fell off my chair. That’s great news and my hope is other fast food chains make similar commitments so we can bring an end to factory farming some day (a girl’s gotta dream).
There’s a new light out called the Philips L Prize LED which has a life span of 20 years — that’s pretty impressive. I have to say Now for the cost: around $58. If you spread that out over 20 years, that’s not too shabby.
My favorite saying in the magazine was in the 10 Thoughts List: There’s a reason why nature is sometimes called vitamin N. I love that and am thinking about posting it on the back door for my kids to read as I boot them out.
The other magazine I enjoy is Natural Home & Garden. The July/August issue is chock full of great information; I am saving this one. It has great all-natural summer first-aid remedies, a useful sustainable grocery guide, how to keep cool during summer heat for less, natural mosquito repellents, natural bug bite relief, getting more from your garden and a terrific nontoxic personal care guide. Could they pack any more stuff in one issue? Trust me, I am not a magazine promoter, I just couldn’t believe the great information in this issue and would recommend it.
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four with a special interest in green living.