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Why we should all be tree huggers: How trees benefit us

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Why we should all be tree huggers: How trees benefit us

Why we should all be treehuggers: How trees benefit us Treehuggers: you've heard of them, you've laughed at the idea. But they're really on to something. Besides the shade they provide on hot summer days, trees are a real asset to the planet.  Here are some of the ways they've been keeping it real since, well, forever.  1. They help us breathe. And get rid of carbon.  Ok, this you learned in 3rd-grade science. But really, it's the main highlight in a tree's resume. One large tree can provide a day's worth of oxygen for FOUR people. That's impressive. And in...

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Why gardening is bad a$$

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Why gardening is bad a$$

Why gardening is bad a$$ It's not just your grandma's hobby.  Gardening gets a bad rap, but when you think about it, it's a really cool concept. You can literally sustain yourself. Live off the land. Create sustenance from what was once nothing. But gardening also has a pretty cool history. During WW1, Europe's farmland and agricultural workforce all became products of the war. Crop fields turned into battlefields and workers were recruited to military service. People got hungry, fast. So the burden of feeding millions landed on the U.S. and it was up to citizens to step up.  People...

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Yes, laughing is actually good for you. Here's why.

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Yes, laughing is actually good for you. Here's why.

Yes, laughing is actually good for you. Here's why. You know the cliche, "Laughter is the best medicine". Yeah, it's hard to believe. But! It is rooted in truth. (Mayo Clinic even says so.) Here's what laughter truly does for your body. Decreases stress. A good laugh actually gets your stress response going and then slows it down, resulting in a relaxed feeling. Boosts immunity.  Laughing literally increases infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells. Soothes tense muscles. Circulation is improved by laughing, which aids in muscle relaxation that can last up to 45 minutes after a good laugh.  Releases endorphins. Yeah, you...

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Not just organic, organic Pima cotton! What is organic Pima cotton?

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Not just organic, organic Pima cotton! What is organic Pima cotton?

The difference between organic and organic Pima cotton Each pair of Marc Skid undies is made with the “cashmere of cotton”. Marc Skid undies are made with organic Pima cotton sourced from Peru, but what does that even mean? Cotton is pivotal to Peru’s history. Archaeological evidence suggests that people began harvesting cotton from wild plants in what is now Peru nearly 10,000 years ago. Cotton fabrics have even been found in ancient Peruvian tombs that predated the Incas. The Incas harvested cotton for practical and artistic endeavors. Their cotton weaving techniques and the quality of their textiles impressed the...

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Start saving the world in your backyard with composting

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Start saving the world in your backyard with composting

Start saving the world in your backyard with composting Hoping to garden this summer? You can improve your soil, reduce your impact and save money -- with just one concept. Composting.  It's true. Composting is super easy and great for the environment. You're probably already recycling (and if you're not, come on, it's not hard), so this is an easy next step to reduce your contribution to landfills. How does it work? Well, simply start collecting kitchen waste like egg shells, tea bags, fruit and veggie skins and coffee grounds in a compost pile outside. You can also add weeds, leaves...

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