Earth Day Fun Facts: April 22
- On the very first Earth Day, over 20 million people gathered- protesting the industrial revolution. As a result, the environmental movement was born! Gaylord Nelson was its founder.
- Although Earth day has been recognized here in the U.S. since 1970, it was not recognized world-wide until 1990.
- Panama once planted 100 species of endangered orchids, to celebrate Earth Day.
- The number of people that celebrate Earth Day hit over 1 billion in 2010, with more than 180 countries now participating.
- One of the most popular tools in spreading the word about Earth Day? Facebook!
Easy Ways You Can Help!
- Ever notice that you don't need as many lights on in your home as you think you do? It's easy to turn off those in rooms you aren't needing or currently using at the moment or even utilize natural light during the day and open up curtains or blinds and turn off the lamps and lights.
- Take a nice nature walk with a friend and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather :) This is a super easy and healthy way to appreciate the environment! Find a trail easily by state at traillink.com; here you can see what the trail looks like, how long it is, the surface, and a detailed map of its location- you can even see which activities are allowed i.e. biking, skating, walking, wheel-chair accessible.
- Try using a natural or organic skincare product or other organic food for example. Not only are you encouraging a healthy lifestyle, but you can be environmentally conscious at the same time. Skip on eating red meat as it's produced using over 800 gallons of water just for a single serving! :0
- Stop the ongoing junk mail and save trees too! Go to optoutpresecreen.com to stop those pesky credit card offers and try catalogchoice.org to greatly reduce the amount of unwanted catalogs sent to you. You can also visit your current providers of cable, phone, etc. that still send paper bills and opt-in to their e-bill options if they have one. Many companies even give small incentives for doing this too!
- Sign up for green energy at the U.S. Department of Energy's site, under their Green Power Network section. You can get to their Green Utility Programs by State >here<, that includes a detailed table with the program type/name, start date, and the kWh per. hr. rates.
The Beauty Closet Recommends:
By All Greens
Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask
I've only come across a similar product in the past- once...and this product blew it out of the water! I really love foaming masks and this one not only does the job, but it does it pleasantly- from beginning to end! For starters, I really dig the eco-friendly packaging that made this product a top pick for me in celebration of this week's Earth Day on April 22nd ;) The name- By All Greens also goes right along with this them and the product itself has a light green tint!
Formulated with Green Tea, Spirulina, and Spinach this mask will not only provide a deep cleansing of skin, but will leave it looking and feeling rejuvenated. It smells absolutely wonderful as well- I don't think I've come across a face mask that smelled as great as it worked...ORIGINS really outdid themselves this time. I admit to being a fan of their products, but this one in particular I would have to say is probably the BEST product that I've gotten from them.
To apply, I usually wet my face a bit and then apply about a quarter-sized amount to my finger and then apply it on my forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. Once I've gone around my entire face, I take a bit more water and "foam up" what I've applied and then let the mask sit there a few minutes and do its work :) At this point [as the instructions also advised], you can add a tiny bit more water and then "re-foam" the mask and then rinse OR you can just rinse it off and skip "foaming it up" again. I usually choose to go the first route and then rinse off the mask and then pat-dry my face with a towel.
You can see and feel an immediate difference and the health and cleanliness of your skin- plus it's super soft and smooth to boot! This does tingle a bit when you put the product on and while it's also doing its job, but you can add a bit more water to dilute the mask if it seems to be a bit much for you.
I've used similar products before so I did sort of expect a tingle and it didn't really bother me- I actually quite liked it as I felt like I could really tell how well it was working, but I can see how if you have super-sensitive skin, you may want to tone it down a bit the first couple of times that you give this a try to see what level it comfortable for you. I have beyond-sensitive skin and this one didn't cause irritation or any issues at all for me :)