Name: Doree Klassen
Shop Name: Pink Quartz Minerals
Shop Link: www.pinkquartzminerals.etsy.com/www.pinkquartzminerals.com
Ships To: Worldwide
What inspires you? Colors inspire me! I love making unusual colors of eye shadow, unexpected combinations for example my Kjsagender eye shadow which is a sage green infused with lavender sparkles. Sounds odd, but is stunning! I have a new one called Green Bean Casserole, it is sparkle green loaded with shimmers of gold, silver, light and dark greens which combine to change how it looks in different light.
How long have you had your shop on Etsy? I've had my shop since March 2007 on Etsy
Is this a job for you or a hobby? Making and selling mineral makeup is my job, I support my family this way.
How did you get into your craft? I started by using a national brand of mineral makeup which caused me to break out terribly! I wanted to know why, so began to research, then purchased different ingredients and a how to book from the internet. I ended up making my own recipes as the book recipes were full of unnecessary fillers and ingredients. Friends and family all wanted me to make it for them, so I had to begin selling it so I wouldn't go broke! Personal circumstances late last year caused me to make this my full time job.
Do you have any advice for fellow Etsy shop owners? Treat every customer as you would like to be treated, whether selling on Etsy is a hobby or a job for you. Figure out to the penny how much it is costing you to make your items, then be sure to pay yourself. If everything you make is made with the utmost care, your customers will be happy and they will return.
What materials do you use for your ECO friendly products? I use minerals from the earth, all natural ingredients. I started a recycling program for my makeup jars whereby I give a discount to those that return jars to me. Another crafter friend uses them in his crafts, so the jars are not being thrown out, they are being reused.
Why did you decide to make ECO friendly products? There are many uses for empty makeup jars, holding beads,pins,buttons,nails,etc. I have customers who ask if I want the jars back as they do not want to throw them away, and since my friend was purchasing new jars from me for his crafts, I suggested the recycled jars. It's worked out perfectly!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Lemon: Cut up a lemon and squeeze out the juice where the ants are coming into the house or are building mounds on your land. Outside, change their route by pouring a line of cayenne pepper, dried peppermint or damp coffee grounds across the ants’ path.
Boric Acid and Corn Syrup: Combine one part boric acid to nine parts corn syrup. Microwave the mixture until the powder dissolves, about one minute. Poke four holes (one for each compass direction) along the bottom edge of an empty margarine tub and place a quarter-size drop of the mixture in the center before replacing the lid. The ants eat the syrup and share it with their colony, poisoning them all.
Eucalyptus Oil: Add a few drops to your laundry or stored clothing/bedding for dust mite prevention.
Marigolds and Chrysanthemums: Marigolds, like chrysanthemums, contain chemicals that repel bugs. If you plant them around vegetables that are prone to insect damage (tomatoes are a classic example), the flying critters often don’t bother trying to make their way through the flowers to find the vegetables. A bonus: Insects do not develop a resistance to this method of pest control.
Peppermint Oil or Citronella: Fend off a rodent invasion by placing cotton balls soaked in oil of peppermint or citronella around your home’s foundation, at the spot where you suspect mice are getting in.
Peanut Butter and Humane Traps: To give critters the boot, use snap traps that capture but don’t kill (try Tomcat’s, $5, pestdetour.com). Bait the traps with peanut butter and place them perpendicular to any wall that serves as an entry point, then deposit trapped rodents outside. Block every entrance into your house with silicon sealer or cement, and stuff steel wool in any gaps around your pipes.
Plant Oils: Up until recently, the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deemed only products containing one chemical — the potentially toxic DEET — effective at preventing mosquitoes from biting you.
But in 2005, the CDC gave a nod to products containing less risky ingredients: oil of lemon eucalyptus, as well as a lab-made chemical called Picardin, which has long been used in insect repellents in Europe and is considerably less irritating to the skin than DEET.
Other plant oils that may repel mosquitoes include citronella, cedar, verbena, pennyroyal, geranium, lavender, pine and cinnamon. If you want to mix your own repellent, dilute 1 oz. essential oil of pennyroyal in 16 oz. vegetable oil, then apply to your body with your hands, suggests herbalist Andrea Candee, author of Gentle Healing for Baby and Child.
Herbal Sachet: Make a sachet with two 4- by 4-inch pieces of natural fiber material, such as silk or tight-weave linen, sewing three of the sides together with a simple straight stitch. Or take a shortcut and use cotton tea bags, which come ready to fill with a drawstring (find them in health food stores or visit mountainroseherbs.com). Combine 2 teaspoons each of dried thyme, rosemary and mint, and 1 teaspoon of whole cloves in a bowl. Stuff your sachet about three-quarters full with the herb mixture and sew up the last side to seal, and leave the sachet in your drawer or around the closet where moths strike.
Cedar Chips and Lavender Sachet: Available ready-made at drugstores, cedar chip and lavender sachets work just as well as mothballs — and don’t fill your home with overpowering fumes.
Boric Acid, Sugar and Bacon Drippings: To clear your home of roaches, mix 1/2 cup of boric acid (a low-toxic powder available at drugstores), 1/8 cup sugar and enough drops of bacon drippings to form a stiff dough when mixed together. To use as bait, roll into marble-size slabs and place them behind the fridge or the stove where pets can’t reach them. Roaches will keel over from the poison in boric acid. Follow up with a thorough cleaning by scrubbing with soap and hot water, and vacuum all the nooks and crannies to get rid of any eggs.
Eucalyptus Oil and Water or Vegetable Oil: Even if you haven’t been hiking in the woods, you can still pick up ticks in your backyard or from family pets.
For a homemade repellent, herbalist Andrea Candee mixes 1/2 oz. eucalyptus oil with 16 oz. water in a spray bottle, then mists it on her body. For longer-lasting protection, combine the eucalyptus oil with vegetable oil instead of water, store it in a jar or vial, and apply with your hands.
To protect a furry friend, dip a thin rope in undiluted eucalyptus oil, then wrap the rope in a bandanna and tie it around your pet’s neck. Redip the rope about twice a week.
One note on going natural
“Natural products can provide protection, but they must be used more frequently, and more liberally, than any chemical-based product,” says herbalist Andrea Candee.
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Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Do you have scratched DVDs running around your house taunting you, because you can't watch them? You know you want to but at some point during the show it will start skipping or stop all together. Try this chemical free fix and start spinning those disks again!
What You Need:
- Scratched CD / DVD.
- Soft Cotton Cloth. An old shirt.
- Banana Peel
Polishing the CD
Now that you have all the materials ready, just follow these simple steps:
- Start by cleaning the surface of the disc. Run water on the disc. Warm water works best. Gently soap it using a mild detergent or some liquid soap and rub it around the disc to get rid of grime and other stains on the surface. Remember to rub the disc from the center going out. Rubbing it in a circular motion will risk adding even more scratches.
- Wash off the soap and shake the excess water from the disc. Let it air dry. Inspect the surface of the disc when completely dry. You may want to try reading the disc in your player or your computer to see if it already works.
- If it doesn’t, then you will need to further polish the CD using the banana peel you have. Get the and rub the inside of the peel on the surface of the CD or DVD. Remember to rub it from the center going outward, focusing more on the heavily scratches on your CD.
- Try reading the disc in the player or your computer again. Some players very sensitive to scratches. If it does not seem to work, try a different player.
- If it does not work repeat the process again. If that doesn't work, find a something useful to do with the disk, such as;
Rub the peel on the disc for about five minutes and wash the the disc completely afterward. Make sure there isn’t any residue on the surface or the side of the disc. Shake off the excess water and air dry the disc.
Posted by Hyla at 12:41 PM
Friday, July 18, 2008
Yep, it can be expensive but when you are in a pinch or just want something chemical free you can use olive oil for the following things. And there are a lot more uses if you search Google!
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1. Shave. Olive oil can provide a safe and natural lubricant for a close shave. Rub in an extra teaspoon after washing your body or face once finished.
2. Wood Furniture Polish. Wipe with a teaspoon of olive oil and a soft rag. Add a bit of vinegar of citrus juice to bulk up the cleaning power, and add a fresh scent.
3. Fingernails. Use a bit of olive oil to moisturize cuticles, or mix oil and water and soak your hands before a manicure.
4. Lubricate Measuring Cups and Spoons. Rub or spray olive oil on your measuring tools for easy clean-up of sticky substances like honey, grain mustards, and sugar syrups,
5. Control hair frizz. Comb a bit of olive oil through dry hair to tame the frizz and flyaways on humid days or in the winter.
6. Free a stuck zipper. Use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the teeth of a zipper, then gently ease the tab down.
7. Care for your kitty. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food to help prevent hairballs, and provide a shiny coat.
8. DIY Lip balm. Mix olive oil and melted beeswax in a 1:1 ratio, with an essential oil for fragrance, and say goodbye to dry and chapped lips.
9. Stop Snoring. Take a sip of olive oil before heading to bed. It might lubricate your throat muscles, and stop yourself, or your partner, from snoring.
10. Shine stainless steel and brass. Rub a bit of olive oil on a clean rag to prevent streaks, corrosion, and tarnish.
11. Exfoliate your face and hands. Rub your skin with olive oil, then scrub with sugar or coarse salt, and rinse.
12. As you bathe. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your running bath water. You’ll be amazed when you towel off.
13. Remove makeup. Dab a bit under your eyes, on your cheeks and forehead, then wipe with a damp cloth.
14. Cure an earache. Very carefully, use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax.
15. Remove paint from your skin. Rub on olive oil onto messy hand and arms (or faces) and allow the oil to soak into the skin for five minutes, then rinse with soap and water.
16. Treat lice. Apply olive oil to your youngster’s hair, and leave on for at least 40 minutes. Shampoo twice, then apply a preventative.
17. Stop a throat tickle. Take a sip of olive oil to stop the itchy flicker that is making you cough.
18. Fix a squeaky door. Use a rag or cotton swab to apply olive oil to the top of a problematic hinge in your home or automobile.
20. Personal Lubricant. It works…
21. Soften your skin. Rub olive oil daily on notoriously dry areas, such as your feet or elbows, especially after a shower, shaving, or waxing.
22. Easy clean up of garden tools. Spritz some olive oil on your tools to cut down on dirt buildup.
23. Condition leather. Rub olive oil into worn leather, such as a baseball glove, and let set for 30 minutes, then wipe away any excess.
24. As a hair tonic. Comb some olive oil through your hair for the vintage look of pomade without the build-up, or add a bit to wet hair for grungy, but clean, look.
25. Cure diaper rash. Gently wipe on olive oil to your baby’s bottom to help with the irritation of diaper rash.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
If not, make it, find it somewhere because you need to see this!
The Story Of Stuff with Annie Leonard
Monday, July 14, 2008
Researchers in Argentina are currently studying the effect of methane produced by livestock on global warming, and to measure the amount of gas produced by cows, they outfitted the animals with pink tanks to collect their farts. No, I’m not kidding:
The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country’s total greenhouse emissions.
As one of the world’s biggest beef producers, Argentina has more than 55 million cows grazing in its famed Pampas grasslands.
Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, said every cow produces between 8000 to 1,000 litres of emissions every day.
One of the researchers said that by feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain, we could reduce methane emissions by 25 percent. Spread the word!
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And about that lab grown meat...............hmmm, I'd eat it if it tastes good. But isn't that similar to eating soy burgers and what not?
Experiments during NASA space missions have proven that small amounts of edible meat can be created in a lab, but the technology that could grow chicken nuggets on a large scale without the chicken may not be just a science fiction fantasy.
There would be many benefits from cultured meat. It would spare the lives of animals and cut down on the environmental problems that are associated with farming. PETA is even offering a $1 million prize to the first scientist who can produce lab-grown meat in bulk.
A new public television show, Your Week, asked a bunch of people if they would eat fake meat. It seems a bit hard to swallow for them, but why not as long as it’s safe and tastes identical to the real thing?
Posted by Hyla at 1:27 PM
Saturday, July 12, 2008
CLEAR CLUTTER FOR CLEAN WATER (say that 5 times fast!)
Water is on the tip of everybody’s tongue these days. America is facing major crises with floods in some regions, hundreds of wild fires in others, and droughts throughout. As horrible as all of that may sound, the majority of us can all still go to our faucet and access safe and clean drinking water without a whole lot of effort. Not the case for many people worldwide.
Fact: 1.1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water.
Fact: Countless women and children walk on average 4 miles just to fetch a jug of water that is not guaranteed to be safe to drink.
Fact: $30 provides one person with a lifetime of safe drinking water.
Organize a yard sale (the bigger, the better, the more fun). Create a blue box to collect money earned from selling items that are… you got it, BLUE. Voile – instant hero material! It helps to put the facts on the box (use facts from above) and let people know that they are helping you save lives!
Tax deductible donations can be mailed to Blue Planet Run Foundation. 500 Sansome Street, Suite 205. San Francisco, CA 94111.
For more info, go to www.blueplanetrun.org
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Posted by Hyla at 2:05 PM
Friday, July 11, 2008
Shop Name: Subu, Inc.
Shop Link: http://subu.etsy.com
What materials do you use for your ECO friendly products?: recycled/discarded printer paper, vintage and discarded buttons, recycled card-stock, hemp, scrap paper
Why did you decide to make ECO friendly products?: because it killed me to see the amount of paper we wasted on a daily basis in my office. it was depressing. and i knew there had to be some way to use it.
What inspires you?: honestly, everything. i love patterns and colors. finding new stamps. or fun paper. texture. talking to other crafters. being around art/craft. seeing creative things. it all does the same thing. :-)
How long have you had your shop on Etsy?: i think i am coming up on my two year etsy-versary. can't believe it's been that long.
Is this a job for you or a hobby?: can it be both? i love doing it and started as a hobby but would love to call it my full-time job. one day!
Anything else you would like to add?:
Posted by Hyla at 6:25 PM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I love to take showers and being a mom of three, sometimes this is my only break during the day.
Sometimes I get to enjoy a long shower, but this only happens if this kids are down for a nap or intently watching a movie.
Here is how I can enjoy my long showers without feeling guilty about it, installing a low flow shower head. Installing a new shower head is not hard. You just unscrew the old one (make sure to save it, if you live in an apartment building, so you can reinstall it when you move) and with some plumbing tape ( so it doesn't leak) screw the new one on.
Here is a low flow shower head to take a look at;
This is the
It boosts a 50% to 70% reduced water use saving the average family about 250 a year. It runs about 2.25 gallons per minute with a built in soap-up valve.
What is a soap-up valve you ask? A soap-up valve is a button on the shower head that you can push during your shower to stop the water and apply shampoo to your hair or soap to your body, further reducing your water use.
This shower head will only set you back $12 plus the cost of shipping. And is one of the sites best sellers.
Posted by Hyla at 9:21 AM
Monday, July 7, 2008
A scientist with her feet on the ground, two commercial beekeepers, and for the first time ... Colony Collapse Disorder has caused a reduction in food production.
Maryann Frazier is a Senior Extension Associate at Penn State specializing in apiculture, and has been for over 20 years. She has a list of credentials as long as your arm making her uniquely qualified to be part of the CCD working group. She knows her stuff. And she has a lot to say about what’s been going on, and what’s been found.
Right off, she took the Subcommittee to task for their lack of action in securing funds to study CCD...
"However, I believe the magnitude and timeliness of the response (of this subcommittee to the CCD problem) has not matched the scale and urgency needed to save an industry valued at more than $14 Billion."
She next asked them, “How would our government respond if one out of every three cows was dying?” ... then continued ... ”While this committee held its first timely hearing in March of 2007, the funding that has been allocated to date falls far short of the time sensitive and potentially catastrophic nature of this problem.” Go Maryann!
She then proposed five additional “Action Items” that could immediately move critical research forward and help beekeepers survive. They include...
Reducing the cost of pesticide analytical services provided by USDA AMS
Creating a new USDA critical issues program to develop alternative control methods for varroa mites
Providing additional funding aimed at understanding pollinator decline and improving pollinator health that includes native species of pollinators
Providing direct financial assistance to beekeepers suffering from high losses
A recent survey from 11 states has revealed that IAPV (Israeli acute paralysis virus, a probable indicator, but not cause of CCD) is more widely distributed than previously observed
Two long term studies following 260 colonies have collected nearly 4,000 samples to date to study, and to keep for additional analysis.
The study looking at the role of pesticides in pollinator decline and CCD is ongoing in PA apple orchards; plus pesticide build-up in wax combs and foundation studies are still ongoing; lab bioassays on the synergistic effects of multiple pesticide residues and the potential impacts of pesticide adjuvants are under study, too.
Maryann then talked more about the pesticide studies....
“For example, pesticides at sublethal levels have been shown to impair the learning abilities of honey bees and to suppress their immune systems. For these reasons, we believe that pesticide exposure may be one of the factors contributing to pollinator decline and to CCD.”
Note: not the cause of CCD, but contributing to it.
“Of 108 pollen samples analyzed, 46 different pesticides including six of their metabolites were identified. Up to 17 different pesticides were found in a single sample. Samples contained an average of 5 different pesticide residues each. In a total of 88 beeswax samples analyzed, 20 different pesticides including two of their metabolites were identified. As was found in pollen, fluvalinate, coumaphos (these two chemicals are used by beekeepers to control varroa mites), chlorpyrifos, and the fungicide chlorthalonil were most common, with fluvalinate and coumaphos detected in 100% of the samples.
Her testimony went on to discuss the costs of analysis, the lack of research to date on controlling varroa by industry and researchers, leaving beekeepers to their own devices to solve the problem, and a request for financial assistance to beekeepers from congress to get through this problem.
The Beekeepers Speak
Next, Steve Godlin, a commercial beekeeper from Visalia CA told about his experience with CCD, going from about 5,000 colonies in July last year to 2,500 weak colonies in October. He discussed the advances on finding the cause and cure, but that it wasn’t there yet. And he, too, talked about pesticides. 60% - 70% of the forage his bees visit are crops that are treated with pesticides at some point. And his bees and those pesticides must coexist.
Following was Dave Mendes, a commercial beekeeper with 7,000+ colonies, who discussed a research project he is involved in, beginning with the statement that “There is something in our environment that is making our bees sick.” His project followed his bees from FL to MA to ME to CA. Higher than expected levels of imidacloprid and aldicarb were found in the pollen from Florida, and high levels of fungicide were detected while on cranberries in MA. 18 hives started the journey but after only 10 months only four finished, and only one was strong enough to travel to CA to pollinate almonds.
Dave discussed the cost of this research, and the fact that beekeepers were getting hit with the cost of dead hives. Who should pay? “It would likely be appropriate for the manufacturers of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides share in the cost of monitoring the distribution of their products in the environment as a normal cost of selling ag chemicals”, he proposed.
Next, Robert Edwards, in a single paragraph, summed up the situation better than most, I thought ...
“For over 10 years, a vital and profitable part of our farm has been the 100 acres of cucumbers we plant each year. I am sorry to have to report to this committee, however, that due to the severe and sudden rise in the price of fuel, the ongoing and worsening problem of a lack of labor to harvest these cucumbers, and the recent and increasing problem of a lack of honey bees needed to pollinate these crops, we have been forced to reduce our acreage of cucumbers by 50%.
“But we are here today to discuss a problem that is just as harmful as those previously mentioned: Pollinator availability, honey bees. The simple fact is no honey bees, no cucumbers.
“Our decision to reduce our acreage of cucumber production is directly related to the declining availability of honey bees for pollination of these crops.
What Mr. Edwards means, at least to me, is that the recent loss of honey bees now points directly to a reduction in food production. Scientists, beekeepers and headline writers have been saying that if we lose bees, we lose food ... well, here’s the first documented case of fewer bees = less food.
Colony Collapse Disorder, it seems, does not have a single cause. Scientists seem to agree on that. But pesticides in the environment and pesticides in the hive, whether they play a role in CCD or not, are having an effect on honey bees, and if it takes the crushing disaster of CCD to bring this to light, then all this research will have had more than one positive effect on our bees, on our environment, and on the food we eat.
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Posted by Hyla at 7:16 PM
Sunday, July 6, 2008
The Boston Red Socks are going GREEN! With a five year plan to install solar panels, a recycling program and provide locally grown produce at their concession stands! This is amazing and I hope that other baseball teams can follow their lead.
Read on for more information:
Here are a few of the new green initiatives at Fenway this year:
1. SOLAR POWER: “This spring the Red Sox will become the first professional sports team in the Boston area to install solar panels. Scheduled to be operational by mid-May, the solar thermal panels will be installed on the roof behind home plate to help heat water used throughout the facility. The panels will replace 37% of the gas traditionally used for the process, saving both energy and expense, and avoid 18 tons of CO2 emissions each year.”
2. POLAND SPRING GREEN TEAM: “On Opening Day fans were introduced to the Poland Spring Green Team, a corps of 30-50 volunteers per game who will spread throughout the seating bowl during inning breaks to gather plastic bottles and educate fans on recycling. The Green Team is the first of its kind in professional sports and is comprised primarily of local college students. All team members wear specially-designed hats and t-shirts featuring the new Red Sox recycling logo.”
3. A GREENER FIELD: “Ongoing maintenance features irrigation timing and diagnostic controls are set to minimize water and fertilizer use. The fundamental task of cutting the grass has “gone green” with mowers powered by biodiesel fuel, which is non-petroleum based and clean burning, and grass clippings are left to naturally decompose to help reduce the amount of fertilizer and water needed to sustain healthy turf. This year the grounds crew will also use two electric-powered utility carts, which are both noise and pollution-free.”
4. SUSTAINABLE REFRESHMENTS: Another long-time Red Sox partner, ARAMARK, is also doing its part to bring environmentally-sustainable practices to Fenway Park. All beverage and food containers used at the ballpark will be made from recyclable materials and all restaurant grease will be recycled by a certified vendor. It has also committed to using more items that are locally grown, which require less shipping and therefore use less energy and produce less pollution
Posted by Hyla at 11:05 AM
Friday, July 4, 2008
I came across this on stumble and I found it very interesting. I thought I would pass it along. Me myself, I only have an Aloe Vera plant inside, we have a ton of herbs on our balcony but not inside. I think I will try and find a Dragon Tree around here for the house, though I will have to make sure it is ok to have around children. I will try and find that information as well and post it at the end of this blog.
Using plants to Clean Indoor Air pollutants
Newly constructed or tightly sealed buildings, which were built with heating and cooling efficiency in mind, are prime candidates for the so-called "sick building syndrome". Tenants can experience respiratory irritations, coughing, sore throats and difficulty breathing. Headaches and frequent illness have also been reported in "sick buildings".
Toxins in such buildings originate from several sources:
New buildings or recently remodelled buildings are prone to emitting indoor toxins. New paint, carpets, furniture, newly stained or sealed wood and plastic surfaces release large amounts of chemicals into the interior environment. Copiers, inks and some cleaning products also release fumes, all of which can be detected for up to one year in the indoor air.
The idea of using plants as indoor air-fresheners and cleaners came from a NASA-researcher, Dr. B.C. Wolerton. In his experiments he found that certain plants can significantly decrease the concentration of some toxic materials such as formaldehyde, benzene and carbon-monoxide.
The major office pollutants are:
Tests found that most ornamental indoor plants can help clean the air of at least one type of the above pollutants. Certain indoor plants have the ability to remove all three of the most common toxins, although most plants are not able to remove high levels of these materials.
Roots of the plants proved to play the most important role in cleaning and decomposing these pollutants. Certain indoor plants, like Philodendron and Chlorophytum stood out with their efficiency. Further results of the research are shown below.
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"Plants are third only to medicines and household chemicals in causing poisonings among children in the United States. It is wise to place all plants and plant materials out of reach of very young children (including seeds, plant bulbs, soil and fertilizers). lf you have a young child, buy only non-toxic plants.
The following is a list of the toxicity of common houseplants, including some common ornamentals growing around the home. Following this list is a description of the toxic compounds found
in some plants."
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