Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | August 18, 2009

Urban Green Girl has moved – please visit my new URL

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In the meantime, here are some of my top posts:

  1. How to get rid of fruit flies naturally
  2. How to recycle your TV
  3. How to choose a healthy pet food
  4. How to feel great and cure acne through a liver cleanse

See you on my new blog

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Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | July 27, 2009

Can baking soda really clean your oven?

So after my oven caught fire and an embarrassing run-in with the firemen, I decided to clean my oven.

Dirty oven about to be cleaned with baking soda

Dirty oven about to be cleaned with baking soda

But over my dead body would i use those toxic oven cleaning foams. Environmental toxicity and aerosol can aside, I’m fricking worried about the health side-effects.  I once borrowed a can from a neighbour and 24hrs later, I could still smell the toxic odour in my kitchen. I couldn’t help but wonder if it would be contaminating my food, or worse, could the leftover fumes explode with the heat in the oven?

I have read in the past that a simple baking soda paste (baking soda + water) could do the trick if you let it soak overnight.

So I decided to give it a try… Read More…

Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | July 11, 2009

Reusable menstrual products – The Diva Cup review

The Diva Cup - Tampon alternatives

The Diva Cup - Tampon alternatives

Welcome!

Urban Green Girl is no longer hosted on WordPress, learn about Reusable menstrual products and my Diva Cup review on my new URL www.urbangreengirl.com

Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | July 5, 2009

How to feel great and cure acne though a liver cleanse

Urban Green Girl feels great!

Urban Green Girl feels great!

Hallelujah I feel great; I just completed a liver cleanse!

Let me tell you why. Being an Urban Green Girl is about dealing with issues before they become problems. I feel the same way about health and believe 100% in preventative measures to achieve optimum mental and physical health.

Unlike most adults, I was plagued with acne not as a teenager but as an adult.  After having my dermatologist put me on a wealth of dangerous drugs, namely Accutane (Isotretinoin) and Tetracycline I was put on Diane 35 (Cyproterone), a birth control praised for ridding acne in 99% of adults. And it did, brilliantly.

The Problem-

Ten years later, I decide to go off the pill because I don’t feel it’s right to have something synthetic Read More…

Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | June 22, 2009

How to naturally get rid of mosquito bite itch

Kayaking in the 1000 islands

Kayaking in the 1000 islands with many mosquitoes

Ah the summer! Finally we can shed our clothes and get out and play in the nature. The main hazard though, besides sunburns, is dealing with those damn mosquitoes. Whether you’re camping, horse back riding, hiking or canoeing, they’re everywhere.

I’ll be honest, I’ve yet to find a deterrent that works. And when it’s hot, the last thing I want to do is cover up. Plus, I hate the feel of mosquito repellents on my skin, especially on my hands.

Thus, here are (5) five natural remedies for mosquito bite itch relief:

  1. Baking soda and water (paste)
  2. Vinegar
  3. Apple cider vinegar
  4. Salt and water
  5. Crushed aspirin with a few drops of water

Does anybody have any natural mosquito bite prevention tips?

Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | June 17, 2009

BIXI: not all it’s cracked up to be

Urban Green Girl on BIXI

Urban Green Girl on BIXI

So much for being excited by something you end up being screwed by.

$67 dollars later, I realise BIXI wasn’t exactly what I thought it was.

Not ideal for tourists.

Not ideal for ad-hoc bike rides.

Is good for bike taxi needs.

I guess this would have been clear had I read their press releases but silly me, excited by their presence everywhere, I wanted to ride one impatiently. I misread their confusing rental fee stickers on the machine, despite the fact I read them in detail. Read More…

Whoever thought green initiatives wouldn’t be cool for urbanites never met BIXI!

BIXI with Montreal skyline

BIXI with Montreal skyline

Just over a month ago, the City of Montreal launched BIXI, North America’s first public bike system. It was part of the city’s overall object to improve public transport and reduce the amount of vehicles on the road. Read More…

If we were to pick a stereotype about women’s interests, shopping would probably appear. Yet, we know consumerism just contributes to waste and pollution from the production of the goods.

Well, what if I told you you could have your cake and eat it too?

While waiting for my flight home from Reagan National Airport inses Washington DC a few weeks ago, I found the cutest purse in a gift shop that put the biggest smile on my face.

Meet Ecoist -

Eccist purses made from magazine waste

Ecoist fair-trade purses and clutches from magazine waste and candy-wrappers

Ecoist develops unique gifts and fashion accessories for the eco-minded individuals with recycled candy wrappers, food packages, billboards, and other materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.  In addition to being adorable, Ecoist plants one tree for every bag bought.

Read More…

Posted by: UrbanGreenGirl | May 10, 2009

New York, Washington DC & Phoenix, still no public recycling!

As I’ve written before, recycling is not the answer; rather, the focus should be on reducing waste in the first place. However, in certain circumstances, like when you’re travelling in urban centres, it’d be nice to be able to recycle your water bottle rather than throw it out.

I recently made a few trips south of the border to New York, Washington DC and Phoenix and was greatly disappointed by the lack of recycling bins in the downtown areas for glass and plastic bottles.

Daily Manhattan garbage

Absolutely unacceptable - Manhattan garbage

Let’s start off with New York City, an avant-garde city that starts positive trends. Yet, I was horrified by the amount of waste that was thrown out each night in front of boutiques and restaurants, not to mention, the lack of recycling bins throughout Manhattan. I remember asking an employee at Burger King (yes, I ate there but I had the veggie burger) where I could recycle my water bottle and the girl looked at me like I was crazy!

I stayed at an awesome boutique hotel called the Room Mate Grace right in the Read More…

Green fashion tips with clothing exchange parties

Host a clothing exchange party with friends

Have you ever  heard the saying that if you haven’t worn something in the last year, you probably won’t wear it ever again? So why not spring clean your wardrobe?  Clear out those drawers of shirts that pinch under your arms and jeans that hug inappropriately tightly.  Empty the closets of scarves, gloves and jackets that looked great in the store but never worked right when you got them home.  Gather them all up and throw yourself a clothing exchange party. Read More…

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