US and Cuba to sign agreement on marine conservation and research

The United States and Cuba are set to reach their first accord on environmental protection since announcing plans to re-establish diplomatic relations, linking up marine sanctuaries in both countries to cooperate on preservation and research.

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6 Foods That Are Anti-Inflammatory Powerhouses

Chronic inflammation has been associated with an increased risk of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and cancer. Sure, some inflammation is good—like the acute kind is a form of self-protection, your body’s immune response to a

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Eco Simplista gives back to the community this holiday season

Eco Simplista gives back to the community this holiday seasonHere at Eco Simplista, our sister company Alternative Constructors, we pride ourselves on being a local and family run company. We are grateful to the new opportunities Fort Lauderdale has provided for our eco-friendly company; we are continuing to expand and grow. But each day, as we drive into work, we are exposed to the harsh truth that not everyone in our bustling city is fortunate enough to have a hot meal on their table, let alone a reliable shelter.

So this year, Eco Simplista, is hosting its first annual food and clothing drive that will benefit an organization dear to Eco Simplista: The Jubilee Center of Broward County.

The Jubilee Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that has been assisting those in need in South Florida for over 25 years. The Jubilee Center is a soup kitchen, food pantry and social services agency.

Every month The Jubilee Center provides over 3,000 life-sustaining meals. In addition to a meal, they provide the homeless with hygiene kits, clothing and walk-around bags of non-perishable food that does not require cooking. The Jubilee Center food pantry likewise provides boxes of food to families in need.

The Jubilee Center also assists individuals with getting Medicaid, food stamps, birth certificates, state ID’s and cell phones, as well as legal aid through Broward Legal Aid Society and counseling through Families in Distress.

With your help and participation, Eco Simplista hopes to contribute at least 30 pounds of food to The Jubilee Center by the end of the year. Here are some of the most needed items (anything and everything will help!):

  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Fruits/Veggies
  • Canned Tuna/Sausages/Meats
  • Canned Meals/Soups
  • Cereals (hot or cold)
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Washcloths
  • T-Shirts
  • Sneakers
  • Shorts and Pants
  • Shampoo and Conditioner

It means a lot to Eco Simplista to give back to the community this holiday season. Please feel free to drop off any donations at the store (619 East Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304) Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more information on donations or general questions, call 954-565-5900 or e-mail Contact Form.

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619 East Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954 565 5900

Mythic Paint – An Eco-friendly Paint by EcoSimplista

By EcoSimplista
Eco Simplista - South Floridas leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutionsThere’s a conventional way of thinking when it comes to the word sustainable. A few things usually come to mind when I see the word. The first is color: light greens, rich browns, etc. If I were to paint a portrait of what I thought sustainability looked like, I’m sure there’d be a mesh of earth tones and maybe a dancing tree among the foliage. The second is probably health. Which can be tricky because it’s not readily available to the eye. I think we spend a lot of our time labeling products unhealthy by nitpicking all its negative attributes. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just makes it a challenge to trust a product at face value. And the last, and maybe the most prominent, is lifestyle. With almost every facet of industry pushing towards the sustainable movement, it’s hard to not feel the weight of ‘green living’ thrusting itself into your homes. So how do we take a product’s word for it? Well, that’s a good question.

If you were to go to the mythic paint website (, the first things to catch your eye are their taglines: “Stronger, safer, smarter paint.” and “ZERO TOXINS. INFINITE BEAUTY.” These are important things to notice because it’s their warm, welcoming handshake. You may have stumbled onto their site entirely unbeknownst. This may be your first stop on a crazed internet search for an eco-friendly paint for your home. Either way, this is how they’ve decided to introduce themselves. And it’s honest. The website itself has a plethora of information on their products having ‘zero volatile organic compounds and carcinogens’ as well as a high resilience to odor. All positive attributes someone looking to paint a home would be interested in. But they don’t want you to just take their word for it, they want you to see it for yourself. They offer a ‘Legendary Performance Guarantee’ that refunds you entirely if you aren’t satisfied with their product.

Mythic Paint from Eco Simplista - South Florida

Mythic Paint from Eco Simplista

Mythic isn’t so concerned with the idea of being viewed as a sustainable brand because their products do most of the talking. Maybe its poetic irony, but I like the idea of using their earth tones to paint the sustainability portrait I was thinking of earlier. It makes sense to want a healthy product, but what’s safer than a product that cuts to the gist and tells you in bold letters “ZERO TOXINS” the moment they meet you. The sustainability movement started with the idea that we want products that are safe for people, animals, and the Earth itself. And by the look of it, Mythic has been on board all along.

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Eco Simplista – South Florida’s leader and supplier of eco-friendly building supplies and home solutions
619 East Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
954 565 5900

What ‘The Wall Street Journal’ Gets Totally Wrong About Bernie Sanders’s Agenda

This week, The Wall Street Journal dropped a terrifyingly large number on Senator Bernie Sanders’s upstart campaign, warning that his proposals would carry a “price tag” of $18 trillion over a 10-year period. It’s a number designed

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Could we run out of sand for eroded beaches?

By Ken Kaye, Contact Reporter, Sun Sentinel

With king tides, persistent winds and large waves from Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Joaquin making erosion particularly bad this year, the demand for sand is high – but is it possible we could run out?

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Bernie Sanders: What does he stand for?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has emerged as Hillary Clinton’s strongest rival for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but here’s the catch – he’s not actually a Democrat.

Sanders is officially an independent, and he caucuses with the

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