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Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, our weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts from the past week and more from our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes articles on stevia as a “natural” sweetener, how to clean up your laundry, aerial yoga, a DIY Earth Day project, how to trace your food’s source and how to tell if a company is really eco-friendly. 

1. It is well known that sugar is not good for you, but many of us still have a sweet tooth we like to satisfy. Like sugar, artificial counterparts also pose risks to our health. Stevia, the purposed “natural” sweetener, might not be as healthy as we think. Head over to Experience Life to read more about the potential pitfalls of stevia as a sweetener. 

2. Your laundry is clean, right? We wash our clothes to get rid of dirt, but we end up adding toxins in the process. Many detergents and dryer sheets contain many different chemicals, some that can even cause severe reactions of the skin. Learn how to clean up your laundry on MightyNest.

3. Take yoga and turn it upside down and now you have aerial yoga! Aerial yoga combines aerial artistry with yoga poses for a unique experience. This challenging workout allows you to fall deeper into poses and try something new. For more about the aerial yoga experience, visit Blisstree

4. Earth Day is on its way! Repurposing objects from around the house is a great way to celebrate. One fun activity to try is transforming an old pair of socks into a fun stuffed animal. For DIY instructions, check out YogiTimes.

5. Knowing where your food comes from is a great way to insure its quality. To increase your food’s traceability, try 5 simple steps from The Organic Whey.  

6. Eco-friendly is a word that is thrown around constantly. With so many companies and products claiming to be eco-friendly, it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. Head over to Ecosalon for 5 great tips that will help you determine the ecofriends from the ecofoes.

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