Is UV Protective Clothing Worth Buying – Pros and Cons

All clothing protects you from the sun to some extent. UV protective clothing, however, has a specific, protective scale not unlike sunscreen. A lot of UV protective clothing actually contains sunscreen in the fabric itself. Some garments are said to be UV protective due to their weave, color, and/or reflective nature.

SPF and UPF are acronyms you will see as you look into UV protective clothing. SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” and it’s what you see on lotion, sunscreen, and other topical protectors. SPF is measured by how long it takes your skin to turn red in the sun.

How to Clean Your Jewelry the Green Way

All jewelry becomes tarnished, discolored and dirty over time. Some of the conventional cleaning options may involve chemicals that are not eco-friendly. To clean jewelry the green way, here are some tips.

1. Use any of various commercial jewelry cleaning products that are plant-based and non-toxic.

2. In a rubber dish pan or other container (you don’t want your jewelry to slip down the drain), soak gold jewelry in warm, soapy water for about 5 minutes. Use biodegradable liquid dish soap and filtered water, as chlorine can discolor some gold jewelry. Using a soft brush – an old toothbrush is ideal – gently scrub each piece of jewelry, rinse, and lay on a soft towel. Then gently rub them dry with a soft cloth.

Keeping Your Swimming Pool Clean without the Use of Toxins

A swimming pool full of crystal-clear, cool water is so inviting on a hot summer day. But if you’ve ever had a pool, you know that keeping the water clean is no small task. And it usually involves the use of “pool chemicals” such as chlorine. There are some non-toxic options out there today, however. Here are some ideas.


Have you seen bottles of ionized water in your health food store? Water that is ionized has been purified by an electrical process, usually involving copper and silver. Copper and silver are ionized, or given a positive electrical charge, and then these copper-silver coils are placed in the pool. As the water circulates around the ionized metal, sanitizing water ions are released back into the pool.

Vegetarian Fourth of July Party Ideas

The great American Fourth of July picnic, with its traditional foods like grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and fried chicken, is something vegetarians can enjoy participating in, too. Here are some ideas for making your Fourth of July very vegetarian.

The Grill

The outdoor grill is actually very conducive to preparing vegetarian fare. There is quite an array of pre-prepared, frozen burgers made from vegetable protein available in grocery stores. There are also hot dogs made from soy protein. Perhaps even more satisfying is making your own veggie burger patties and grilling them outside. There are many recipes online and in vegetarian (and conventional) cookbooks. Home-made black bean burgers are especially good on the grill.

Easy Ways to Set Up a Recycling Scheme at Work

The office can be a wasteful place. Paper, plastic water bottles, defunct office equipment, toner cartridges, pens, and so on, float around and often end up getting discarded. This kind of waste in the workplace is of growing concern. Setting up a recycling scheme at work can help. Here are some easy ways to make that happen.

1. Involve Your Boss

Have a meeting with your boss and include him or her in your plans. Point out that recycling will save the company money in the long run, and make sure your boss is on board before proceeding. If you proceed without his or her knowledge, you may find your efforts thwarted.

2. Contact Your Local Waste Authority