Posts Tagged ‘insecticides’

Bug Killing Cedar Oil

One of my pet loving readers recently told me about CedarCide all natural, organic pet animal products whose base is non-toxic cedar oil. She swears by their shampoo, which leaves her Great Dane’s coat shiny and smelling great.

Cedar oil, a proven insect repellant, has been around thousands of years. Cedar chests and closets have long been used for storage of winter clothes to protect them from moths and other bugs. Now, CedarCide offers products with the same bug killing ingredient.

CedarCide’s pet products deter fleas and ticks and are a safe alternative to chemical based drops and flea collars. Their Vet’s Choice is a concentrated product containing 90% cedar oil used for a flea dip or flea and tick spray. Petsafe Granules releases aromatic cedar oil and can be sprinkled around your pet’s house or bed to provide a protective barrier against ticks and fleas, and provide odor control.

I was always uncomfortable applying chemical tick control to my dog’s coat, but living on Cape Cod with a high deer tick population, she needed protection. I am so relieved to learn about this organic alternative.

Click here to see CedarCide’s full line of pet, personal care and outdoor pest control products safe enough to be sprayed directly on people or pets, poured into standing water or sprayed onto surfaces with no harmful effect to people or the environment.

Thanks to my reader for this great tip. If you have a green living tip I haven’t written about, please contact me. We’re on this green road together!

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Information compiled from cedarcide.com.

 

ECO-FRIENDLY DRESSING

Now that you recycle, conserve water and electricity, and eat organic food, have you thought about what you wear?

Cotton is labeled the world’s “dirtiest” crop because of its heavy usage of insecticides, the most hazardous pesticide. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land and uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop.  Several of these insecticides are considered acutely hazardous to human health by the World Health Organization, and affect wildlife and ecosystems as well.  The majority of the world’s cotton farmers are in developing countries where children, who are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of chemicals, the poor and uneducated work in the fields.

Image by Jankie Flickr.com

Projects are underway to help farmers change from chemically-dependent growing to sustainable growing, using more biologically-based and organic farming practices.  Cleaner Cotton™ uses up to 73 percent fewer chemical inputs than conventional cotton.  These changes benefit the grower and the environment with fewer chemicals ending up in the soil, the air and the water supply.  Organic cotton protects the wearer too and is becoming more prevalent.

Other options for natural fabrics include wool, silk, linen, hemp, ramie and jute.  Wearing and doing creative things with vintage clothes and fabrics is popular now.

Image by Amy Wild

My artist daughter buys clothes from second hand and vintage stores and restructures them into today’s styles.  She also appliqués antique doilies onto t-shirts, an adorable and great way to reuse vintage fabrics.  (www.wheredesigns.com).

In addition to the environmental and health concerns, there is also the issue of sweatshop labor with hazardous working conditions, exploitation, low wages, and lack of basic human rights.  The next time you go shopping, think about buying vintage clothes or natural fabrics.  The cost of buying less expensive clothes comes with a hidden price.  By voting with our pocketbooks, we can make positive changes in the world.

Cotton information compiled from a 2007 report from the Environmental Justice Foundation with Pesticide Action Network, UK.