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Environmentally conscious living leads to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Learn to keep your home and laundry chemical free, and spruce up your front yard by learning how to garden. Look to us for easy to use guides and a green thumb to help. From advice on recycling, to CFL lights and composting, there are endless things we can do in our everyday lives to protect our earth and keep ourselves healthy, fit, and happy.

Beginners Guide to Green Cleaners

Soap on a log

As the world becomes more aware of the impact we are having on the planet, many of us are taking steps to live greener lives. One of the biggest ways that people are contributing to the eco-friendly effort is by transitioning to green cleaners. Take a look at what makes a cleaner green and see some examples of effective green cleaners on the market today…

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Best Solar Pool Heater Reviews: Stop Diving Into a Cold Pool

Hat laying next to pool

You’ve worked hard all week long and it’s a beautiful Saturday. You and the family decide to hop in the pool but the kids are complaining about the cold water and you’re all having trouble enjoying the gorgeous day in a cold pool. Solar blankets are frustrating to pull on and off the pool and pool heaters are expensive and run up the utility bill. So why not get a solar heater for pool? We’ll teach you how solar panels for pools work, why they’re a smart decision and which ones are the best…

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LED vs CFL vs Incandescent vs Fluorescent: Which Shines Cleanest?

Two lightbulbs

The future looks dim for incandescent light bulbs, the world-changing invention introduced by Thomas Edison in 1879. Part of the blame goes to LED bulbs, also known as light-emitting diode light bulbs. However, the cost can sometimes deter buyers, so they turn to CFL bulbs, also known as compact fluorescent lamp bulbs. CFL bulbs also save consumers money and energy but not as much as LED bulbs over the long term. You may be saying, “But LED bulbs are more expensive than CFL bulbs.” That is true, but have you taken into consideration the lifespan and cost of energy? We’ll go over all the features of incandescent vs CFL vs LED light bulbs below…

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Best Small Solar Panel Kits for RVs, Boats, Campers, Tiny Houses and More!

Camper with bike and solar panel

Do you want to ditch the noise, smell and pollution of a portable generator when you travel off the grid in your RV, boat or camper? Or want a clean way to power your tiny house, shed or cabin? If you’re on our site, our guess is yes! And we suggest that solar power is the way to go. We’ll tell you all you need to know about how going solar works and give you our reviews of the best small solar panel kits to get you on the road in an eco-friendly way…

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Can You Recycle Envelopes With Window In Them?

Envelope with plastic window

We once heard that throwing just a small amount of unrecyclable material would screw up the recycling process and cause the entire portion of recycled material to go to waste. So for a long time, we would spend tedious hours cutting out the plastic windows from envelopes to make sure no non-recyclable materials got into our recycling bin. After a while we got fed up with all the time this process took, thinking – “why should we have to spend hours to make up for the credit card and other advertising companies’ neglect of the environment?” Well, after some research, it looks like some recycling facilities can process those little plastic windows. So are envelopes recyclable after all?…

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What is the Best Whole House Water Filter?

Best Whole House Water Filters

Have you ever taken a shower and got out feeling dirtier than when you got in? No one likes to take an unproductive shower or drink water that tastes bad. You can choose the town or county you live in, but you can’t always rely on the city’s water that comes with it. The results can mean bathing water that leaves a film on your body or your skin dry and drinking water that has a bad aftertaste to it. One solution to this is to install a whole house water filter which can further purify the water used in your home…

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Organic Bouquet Reviews: Reducing the Chemicals in Our World

Bouquet of roses

Organic flowers reduce the toxic chemicals used in our world and in your home. Pesticides and other chemicals can be transferred to florists and farmers which can then result in dermatitis on their hands. By ordering from Organic Bouquet, you are guaranteeing there are no chemicals used on your flowers. Your organic flowers will also be more fragrant and have a longer bloom life. Read more about Organic Bouquet in our review…

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Best Compost Bin: A Down and Dirty Comparison

Person holding pile of compost in hand: Best Compost Bin

Looking for the best compost bin but feeling lost in the weeds? Composting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while also creating fertilizer to help your garden flourish. In our experience it also decreased kitchen odor from food rot in the trash can while also reducing your amount of trash, especially if you combine it with recycling. Earth’s Friends has researched the best indoor and outdoor composting bins so you can feel confident with your decision and get to composting soon! Get ready to toss away those scraps into a stylish and smell-free system while lowering your impact on the landfill…

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Electronic Recycling: Nextworth vs Gazelle vs Usell

Pile of old cell phone parts

We all want the latest smartphone when it hits the market but what do we do with our used cell phones? Don’t just recycle your iPhone or Galaxy. Sell it! Why not make some money off that old hunk of junk that seemed so crucial to your existence a few days ago? 😉 Selling used cell phones not only makes you money but it keeps our landfills “cleaner”. Selling your iPhone to one of the companies listed in this article might be a great opportunity for you. You might even be able to recycle that old laptop that’s been sitting around!…

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