Health By Nature…Where Clean Meets Green!

April 13, 2010, 12:52 pm
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Shaklee Independent Distributors reach out to help build greener communities in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Basic-H®

PLEASANTON, Calif. – (April 13, 2010) – Shaklee Corporation, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., will be hosting hundreds of events throughout the United States and Canada to help promote environmental responsibility in honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. These events, led by Shaklee Independent Distributors, will range from tree-planting activities to eco-fairs and informational meetings.

In addition to celebrating Earth Day, Shaklee also will be celebrating a significant milestone of its own—the 50th anniversary of Basic-H®, one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable surfactant cleaners in the world. In honor of the anniversary, bottles of Basic H Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate—an updated and more concentrated edition of Basic-H—will feature a commemorative seal for a limited time only. Basic H2, the flagship product of the Shaklee Get Clean® household line, provides a super-safe, really powerful, doubly-concentrated clean with thousands of uses. This phosphate-free formula is also concentrated, so it saves money and helps reduce waste compared to ready-to-use cleaners. In fact, the number of Basic H2 bottles sold last year contained the same amount of clean as nearly 1.7 million  26-ounce bottles of conventional, ready-to-use window cleaner—that’s enough bottles to wrap around the earth 11.4 times. Through sales of Basic H2, combined with last year’s sales of Get Clean Starter Kits, Shaklee saved 71 million pounds of greenhouse gases and 31 million pounds of packaging waste.

“There’s only one earth and we have to do all we can to protect it,” says Shaklee Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Roger Barnett. “That goes beyond reducing and recycling. It means reconsidering our options and changing the way we do things. It could be biking to work, using energy-efficient light bulbs, or switching to environment-friendly household cleaning products. If we all make a conscious effort to preserve the planet, imagine the difference we can make.”

The environmental heritage of Shaklee dates back more than 50 years—before Earth Day was established. The company was the first in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified in 2000, and was recently recognized as an Industry Innovator by the nonprofit group Climate Counts. In 2006, Shaklee initiated a nationwide campaign called A Million Trees. A Million Dreams.™ in collaboration with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai. As part of the campaign, Shaklee Distributors set out to plant a million trees throughout the U.S.; the millionth tree was planted on Earth Day 2009 at the company’s headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif.

For more information, contact Shaklee Independent Distributor Lisa Hummitsch at Use the *contact* me link on the page.


About Shaklee Corporation

Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 1.25 million Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit


A Safe and Powerful Clean!

It’s about that time–Spring cleaning! After the holidays, my oven has seen its share of spills and splatters. Does this look familiar?

scour-off-001.jpg <~ My very dirty oven window on the inside

My natural scouring paste does the trick! It has numerous uses: bathroom tile, outdoor grills, stains in the sink, countertops, caked-on food…Someone even found success getting permanent marker off of a wooden coffee table with the scouring paste! It was powerful enough and environmentally-safe enough to be used to scrub the boat decks for Wild Dolphin Project. Jacques Cousteau has also used these environmentally cleaning products onboard the Cousteau Society’s research vessels, the Calypso and Alcyone.

scour-off-003.jpg<~With a green miracle scrubber pad, I used the paste and some water (and with my bare hands! Would you dare use a conventional oven cleaner without gloves???) You can see the left side getting considerably clean. And no fumes to choke on!

scour-off-004.jpg<~Look at the difference on the left!

Without using any toxic, corrosive chemicals, I’ve ended up with a sparkling clean oven!

scour-off2.jpg For more information on this and other non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products, visit my website at

Is Your Home Making You Sick?


You’ve probably heard of *sick building syndrome*–people develop health symptoms, often at a workplace, and no identifiable disease or cause is known.  If you use conventional household cleaners at home, chances are you are adding toxins to your home and in turn making it *less clean*. As Dr. Herbert Needleman, pediatrician and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center puts it, “We are conducting a vast toxicologic experiment in our society, in which our children and our children’s children are the experimental subject.”

We generally spend 90% of our time indoors.  Newer homes and buildings are sealed up tightly, which is good economically in terms of heating and cooling costs.  However, inadequate ventilation increases the concentration of *indoor air pollution*–which the E.P.A. reports is up to five times higher than outdoors.

In addition to elevated concentration of household chemicals in our air, women are particularly at risk, because we often spend long periods of time working with potentially  toxic chemicals, and research suggests that women’s physiology is more conducive to absorbing such chemicals.  We have seen dramatic increases in the rates of asthma in women over the past decade, and longer exposure to a myriad of household chemicals is believed to be responsible.  Asthma rates in children under age 5 have more than doubled since 1980, and in that time, some 20,000 new chemicals have been introduced.On average, one in every 13 school-aged children has asthma.

Toxic chemicals in the home also pose a poison risk.  Chlorine is the number one cause of child poisonings in the U.S., and is an ingredient in several common household cleaners.Aside from poisonings, 150 chemicals found in many homes  can be linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.

These household items also have a negative impact on our environment. Common cleaners like chlorine bleach, oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and more are classified by the E.P.A. as household hazardous waste, and when disposed of improperly, can pollute the environment and pose a threat to our health.  The average U.S. household generates over 20 pounds of hazardous waste every year!

The National Institutes of Health Household Products Database is a useful resource to determine exactly what harmful chemicals are contained in the products you are currently using, as well as those chemicals’ toxicity and health information. You can locate this information at

So what can you, as consumers, do?  First, be sure and properly dispose of harmful products.  Dumping harmful chemicals down drains or in toilets has a negative impact on the environment.  Second, find better, safer choices.   To learn which products can replace your existing, harmful, chemical-laden ones, use this checklist and see what safer, powerful, alternative products you can replace your toxic ones with.

Greenwashing: The Latest Deceptive Practice in Advertising


Green.  Eco-friendly.  Fair trade. Natural.  Organic.  Do these terms look familiar?  Lately, they seem to be all around us on a variety of products, services, and companies.  The *green* movement is hotter than ever, and companies want to jump on the bandwagon.  But, do you know if the claims they make are accurate?

*Greenwashing* is the term given to the practice where a company makes claims about its products or services to make them seem more environmentally friendly or harmless to human health.  These claims can end up being false and misleading, and fool consumers into thinking they are buying something they are, in fact, not.

The term *natural* has a rather ambiguous meaning, and there is no regulation for its use.  Products that identify themselves as being *natural* have been proven to in fact have ingredients that have been genetically engineered.  Something created in a lab is not *natural* in the sense something directly derived from nature would be.  Also, some chicken companies claim they are 100% *natural*, despite feeding their birds antibiotics. Arsenic and formaldehyde are *naturally* occurring substances, but they aren’t something I’d want in, say, toothpaste.
One rather amusing case of greenwashing had the claim that its packaging consisted of *100% recycled paper*.  The container was plastic.

The term *organic* is another that is often misused in labeling.  Loosely, the term can mean part of it is derived from plant material.  Some companies that use the term *organic* may have a very small percentage of the total ingredients that fit the term.  Other companies go as far as claim that their product is *certified* organic, yet some consumer sleuthing does not result in any proof of such certification.

Third-party certifiers can give more assurance in proof of labeling, although there are of course exceptions to this as well.  A company that makes these claims should have proof of its accuracy, and it should be readily available for consumers to make informed decisions about what they are indeed purchasing.

Sometimes a company’s claims are accurate, but there are hidden trade-offs that are not mentioned; this kind of deception is more difficult to spot.  A company might produce a product that is packaged in recyclable material, but a trade-off may be their production methods are harmful to the environment.

For consumers, the best line of defense is a degree of skepticism.  Do your homework to find out if a company’s *green claims* are indeed worthy of your purchase.  There are several watchgroups that expose these fraudulent claims.  Check out and

Dreams, Goals, and a Desire to Succeed

I have goals, and I want to succeed.  Really, who doesn’t?  It is human nature to want to accomplish something on one’s own, and be rewarded for it.  When I started my own business, it was a first step to achieving my dreams.

The first thing to examine is what you want to get out of  it.  More money?  Flexible hours?  More time to spend with family or to get a little *me* time?  A sense of self-worth, that you are making a difference in the world? Personal growth & development?

Next, map out a path to get there.  How much time are you willing to put in?  What can you invest, both financially and in labor (because time is money!)?  How can you disseminate information and market your business?

There are a lot of at-home businesses available.  Many are scams, others are legit.  By researching companies, you will find the  one that’s right for you.

Steer clear of gimmicky or niche businesses.  Those are the kinds of businesses that sell a product to a select segment of the population, and the products are things that would be purchased one time or infrequently. Choose a company that you fully stand behind.  If you are not truly *sold* on a company’s product, how do you expect to get others convinced?

Lastly, enjoy it.  If you don’t love what you’re doing every day, then you really need to stop doing it.  I am passionate about my business–I am making a difference in the lives of others, and the impact we have on the planet. The products’ quality is measured by the solid research and longevity of the company’s success–over 50 years and growing exponentially.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities joining my team has to offer, visit my site.  You can contact me using the *contact me* link in the upper right-hand corner of my web page.  Whatever your journey, I wish you success!

Alternative Energy
January 10, 2008, 6:49 am
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We recently purchased a lot on which we plan to build a house in the next couple of years.  Although my husband & I had commented repeatedly in the pst that it would be nice to utilize some form of alternative energy source,  it never went beyond *talk*.  Now with this project ahead that we can plan any way we want, we’ve begun to research and seriously consider a couple of energy options in our future home.

We’re almost certainly going to implement geothermal heating.  This method has been along since Roman times; it conducts the heat from deep down in the earth.  It doesn’t produce heat, but rather transfers it.

Another method we’re seriously considering is solar power.  There are several homes in our neighborhood with solar panels on the roof–it’s nice to see that some people are taking the initiative to find different ways to power their home.  Solar power is expensive on the front end (at the time components are purchased and installed), but the savings over time pay for it many times over.  Since this is going to be our last and final home (I call it our final resting place!), it is an investment that we’ll recover in cost savings.

Here in Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry is building a *smart home* on its campus.  It will be a fully functioning exhibit that people will be able to tour.  The 2,500 sq. foot home will have water conservation features like a gray water system that will filter sink water and direct it to the toilets, and the toilets will have the 2-button flush system.  One for #1, and a more powerful flush for *the other* one ;^)

Its energy sources will be solar and wind energy, and it will also feature cost-saving materials that are recycled and energy efficient: triple-pane windows, LED light fixtures, cement siding, and *smart* technologies compliments of Wired magazine.

It’s heartening to think that our attitudes concerning alternative energy is changing in this country, to one of acceptance and consideration.  There is no doubt that we need to look to more creative ways to harness energy, in a way that will respect the planet and her resources.

Welcome to my world!
January 7, 2008, 3:49 pm
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Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you’ll want to visit regularly and contribute to this site to share anything on your mind about health and the environment.

First, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Lisa, and I live in a suburb of Chicago. Since childhood, my *pet cause* has always been the environment. In high school, I led a movement to eliminate styrofoam trays in the cafeteria, which were not recyclable, and replace them with eco-friendly cardboard ones. I participated in voluntary recycling programs. As an adult, I went on to become an educator and was able to incorporate eco-awareness into the curriculum.

Fast forward 9 years. I am now a SAHM to 3 lovely girls, ages, 9, 6 & 2. Heaven knows they keep me busy, and parenting is a job with rewards like no other. Despite that, I still had a restlessness to do something useful in another arena outside the home. Last spring, a fellow mom at my kids’ school introduced me to Get Clean. You may have seen these products on an Earth Day segment on Oprah (which was in re-runs this past week), or on her “Favorite Things” episode, or perhaps on BGTV. This mom loaned me some of the non-toxic, “green” cleaning products to take home over the weekend and try. On Monday, I ordered the whole set.

It wasn’t until October that I decided to try my hand at a home-based business. Never had I dreamed I would do anything remotely related to sales–it’s just never been my *gig*. But to me, it’s not about sales–it’s about making a difference, one home at a time, and improving the lives of others. I realized that this is my way to do something meaningful while maintaining my *stay-at-home* status and not sacrificing any time with my kids. What a win-win situation!

If you would like to learn more about my business, please visit my site here.