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Organic and plant-based lemon verbena-scented BeeKind shampoo from Gilchrist & Soames leaves hair feeling clean and healthy. This non-toxic beauty find also comes in recyclable packaging. A portion of the proceeds benefit honey bee and sustainable pollination research at UC Davis. Conditioner, shower gel and lotion are also available. $15.00 gilchristsoames.com

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By Jenna Heitlinger

When most people hear the phrase “sustainable desert landscaping,” they don’t necessarily think of lush, shade-giving trees. Avondale is working to reverse that misconception with a new tree planting initiative that will dramatically transform the natural landscape around the city’s streets and walkways by 2030. Dubbed the Street Tree Master Plan, the initiative’s goal is to beautify the city and provide much-needed shelter from the Valley’s blazing temperatures, but environmental enthusiasts note a bevy of benefits in addition to these.

For one, the trees will provide 25 percent more shade to the rights-of-way around the city. The City of Phoenix Cool Urban Spaces Project found that an area with 25 percent tree canopy cover is about 7.9 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than an area that is completely unshaded. Comparatively, areas shaded by roofs receive a decrease of about .5 degree Fahrenheit from an unshaded space. The trees will also shelter the city from other types of weather like wind and rain, while improving the air quality by nullifying noxious carbon emissions and releasing fresh oxygen into the streets.
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By Amanda Harvey

According to a 2013 report from Feeding America, 49.1 million Americans (33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children) live in food insecure households. This number is not falling fast enough. In Arizona, the statistics for hunger are also bleak, with one in five children going to bed hungry each night. The majority of those who have an abundance of food may wonder what it feels like to be food insecure. As a nation, we’re all throwing away perfectly good food into landfills every day. Arizona nonprofit Waste Not aims to save as much of that local perishable food as they can. Read more

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By Laine Seaton

Isn’t it ironic how often the things which are supposed to make our lives better and easier, end up adding more stress, complication and sometimes even harm? Take your cell phone, for instance. At first you’re in love with the zillion-and-one things it can do for you. The ultimate convenience, you say to yourself. But then this seemingly innocent device starts to own you, sucking up excruciating amounts of attention, and you find yourself utterly compelled to check your email at 3 a.m. just because you can.

An article from iDigitalTimes reveals that U.S. smartphone users check their phones at least 100 times per day, and often more. Kyle McMahon of the Huffington Post writes, “We aren’t experiencing life. We’re losing moments with every tap. It’s cheating, really. We may be physically present with our friends and loved ones but we’re texting someone else.” It’s no wonder, then, why the word “unplug” has become a popular term for disconnecting from the 24/7 noise of our digital world. In fact, “unplug” was the fifth most popular New Year’s resolution on Twitter for 2015, right behind stopping smoking. Read more

citrus-collageGreen Living magazine is having a citrus recipe contest! In the comments, submit your original citrus drink or smoothie recipe along with a photo for the chance to win prizes such as local restaurant gift cards or the opportunity to be featured in the June issue of Green Living.

Please join us at our May issue launch party on Thursday, May 7 where we will announce the winner(s). We will also announce them the following day online if you cannot make it to the party.

By Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

Known as the Kid Against Chemo, a 17-year-old young man named Jared Bucey was featured as the February issue cover story. He is treading uncharted health and wellness waters, as he’s the only child currently known to have survived both an infant heart transplant and teenage lymphoma. Cancer has been an ongoing epidemic over the last 100 years and is a terrifying word to many people. Now one in two men and one in three women are diagnosed with cancer according to the American Cancer Society.

The February article describing Jared’s journey inspired many but also elicited questions about Jared’s situation. To provide our readers with the best information possible and to continue the conversation, we posed those questions to Lisa Diacik, Dr. Shaida Sina, N.M.D., and Ty and Charlene Bollinger. Read more

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Chef Marcellino Verzino of Marcellino Ristorante in Old Town Scottsdale created an olive oil, fresh garden mint and lemon dressing to be used on fresh salads and even layering over baked or sautéed fish or chicken. Chef Marcellino offers this delightful mix over his Ahi tuna Carpaccio which blankets peppery organic arugula. Read more