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Holiday Gift Guide: Top Ten Green Toys

by Tracy McGill •

With the recent rash of toy recalls due to the use of harmful lead paints and suspected dangerous plastics containing phthalates and BPA, parents are demanding toys made with non-toxic, non-hazardous materials. Economic times being what they are, it helps to know you’re hard-earned money is going to trustworthy, earth-friendly companies.  By using renewable materials such as bamboo, rubberwood, organic …

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The Fluoride Debate

by Kristy Harvey •

It’s in our drinking water, our toothpaste and even the bottled juices and sodas we drink. Fluoride, according to the American Dental Association, is a key mineral in the fight against cavities and can even repair the early stages of tooth decay. The ADA warns, however, that, like any other nutrient, fluoride can be misused and, in some circumstances, can …

Efficient Glass Cleaner: Sprayway

by Tracy McGill •

Recently, I received a can of Sprayway claiming to be the “World’s Best Glass Cleaner”. I quickly put it to the test in the bathroom after my 3 kids were done with their morning routine of spraying toothpaste and hair products all over the mirror. I was impressed. It cleared the destruction with a few quick swipes and didn’t leave …

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Nutrients: Essential Elements of Healthy Teeth

by Kristy Harvey •

Brush. Floss. See your dentist. We all know the basics of keeping our mouths healthy, but if you’re hitting the high points and still having trouble staying out of the dental chair, there could be a missing link in your overall dental health plan: nutrition. We all know that eating our fruits and veggies and cutting down on the sugar …

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Choosing Sustainable Seafood

by Benjamin Roman •

Our food choices are a big part of our overall environmental impact, and seafood can seem like an environmental catch-22.  Its popularity has been on the rise as part of a healthy diet, but some types of seafood are surprisingly un-green.  So what makes a particular type of seafood environmentally friendly?  Read on to learn more about the issues, so …

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Men’s Road Bikes Under $1000

by Tracy McGill •

As a follow up to the Women’s Road Bikes Under $1000, here’s one for the fellas. With road bike sales climbing daily, men everywhere are giving up their mid-life crisis sports car purchases in favor of the greener and more fitness-conscious choice of a sleek road bike. We all want to be Lance Armstrong ripping up those hills, developing some …

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Women’s Road Bikes Under $1000

by Tracy McGill •

With the popularity of triathlons and charity bike rides reaching a fevered pitch, road bike sales have sky rocketed. The thrill of flying down a hill on your bike, the wind in your…. uh, helmet of course, is not just for kids anymore. Adults are embracing the love of the bicycle once again and recognizing the benefits bikes can have …

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Best Commuter Bicycle Tires

by Benjamin Roman •

Once you’ve found the perfect bike, bag, rack, and helmet, you’re all set for gas-free commuting, right?  Not quite – the right tires are an often-overlooked part of the package, and they can make all the difference for biking around town.  Here are four of the best tires for commuters, blending traction, durability, and low rolling resistance on pavement.  All …

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Widely Available Low-VOC Paints

by nicholas •

At Metaefficient, we try to only feature products that are toxin-free. Take interior paint, for example — how can a paint be considered “efficient” if it leaks toxic substances into your home for months or even years? According to the EPA, VOC-laden paint is a primary contributor to unhealthy indoor air, and it can significant impact your health. As anyone …