Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Eco Party Time: www.EcoPartyTime.com
Kids Konserve: www.KidsKonserve.com
Magic Cabin: www.MagicCabin.com
My Mama's Love: www.My-Mamas-Love.com
Overall Beauty: www.OverallBeauty.com
Sweet P's: www.SweetPSkincare.com
Terra Trendz: www.TerraTrendz.com
This is it Creations: www.ThisIsItCreations.com
Wind and Weather: www.WindandWeather.com
World of Green: www.WorldOfGreen.com
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Introducing the newest additions to our Chocolate Body Treats collection...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Plan ahead Thanksgiving saves time, money and waste
You may balk, but the best way to save money, save time, save waste and save your sanity if you want to have an eco-friendlier feast this year, is to--say it with me now--plan ahead.
Planning helps zero in on when to buy, how much to buy, how to decorate, how to deal with leftovers and all the other details around hosting a fun, Earth-friendly celebration.
One hour of planning can make the difference between a pleasurable event and a frenzy of expensive over-consumption.
So gather the kids, a pen and pad (or be extra-eco and write on a blackboard), and start by posing and discussing these 10 questions:
1. What foods do we traditionally serve? Are we going overboard? If we usually provide eight side dishes, could we cut that to six?
2. What items should we be sure to buy organic? (Here's the list of fruits and veggies with the most pesticide residues and those with the least.)
3. How are we going to decorate the table? Can we use décor we already have? Borrow? Use items from nature? Do double duty with edible décor?
4. Can we check with friends and neighbors to see if they'd like to join us in buying organic produce in bulk at reduced cost?
5. Can we aim for a no-waste Thanksgiving by avoiding pre-packaged items?
6. Can we find what we need at a local organic farm and save money while having fun by picking veggies and fruits?
7. Can we consider an organic turkey or a heritage variety? (It's complicated and time consuming to wade through all the labels you may find on turkeys, but the USDA organic label offers pretty clear standards. If you're buying from a local farmer, ask about methods used in raising and slaughtering. Their turkeys may not be labeled organic because of the cost involved in doing so, but assuming you trust the farmer, you should be purchasing a healthier alternative to conventionally raised birds.)
8. Do we have enough dishes, flatware and glasses for the crowd? If not, how will we sidestep purchasing new? (We suggest asking guests to bring their own place settings. To add meaning to the greening, ask them also to be ready to share the history of the plates. Were they a wedding gift? Handed down from great grandma? Purchased with your first paycheck?)
9. How much of our meal can we make using in-season items instead of those imported from far away?
10. What will we do with leftovers? Will we provide guests with upcycled glass jars for them to take home what they like? Can we make something delicious from leftovers and take to a food bank? Freeze for later? Will we compost anything we can't use? If we don't compost ourselves and haven't asked, can we call our local trash service and ask if they will compost food scraps?
Whether you go all out in celebrating an eco-Thanksgiving or take one or two steps, be sure to give thanks for the bounty that the Earth provides.
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
- The BBC looks at the benefits of Fairtrade chocolate - (BBC News) Video
- 'Bitter' Chocolate Report: Hershey Dominates U.S. Market, But lags Behind Competitors in Avoiding Forced labor, Human Trafficking, and Abusive Child Labor - (CNBC.com) “Hershey has been hiding too long behind its image as America’s chocolate company and a responsible corporate citizen...”
- Pumpkin Cake Bars With Cinnamon Icing - (Food Renegade) Mmmmm...these look and sound so yummy - perfect for the winter holidays!
- Eco Homes from ECO HAB - (found via @GreenCartoons) Cool little eco homes in a "hobbit" kind of way.
- We Tested 9 New Energy Saving Light Bulbs. See Which Is Right for You - (TheDailyGreen)
Beauty & Fashion Stuff
- Inflatable Airbag "Collar" Protects Helmet-free Cyclists From Broken Skulls - (Ecouterre) Hmmm...cool or funny?? ...or both?!
- Freitag Launches Backpacks Made From Recycled Truck Tarps - (Inhabitat) These are cool for both guys and gals.
Tech & Science Stuff
- Cannabis Electric Cars: Canada 1, U.S. 0 - (Change.org) Why are we so afriad of industrial hemp?
- A perfect marriage: Electric car charging and solar power - (Mother Nature Network) "Envision Solar's 'groves' shade parking lot vehicles while also capturing power from the sun. GM is applying this no-brainer tech to the Chevrolet Volt."
- Insane Traffic-Straddling Bus May Come to America - (Inhabitat) Wow...imagine never getting stuck behind a bus again. We know...we should be on the bus instead of in the car behind the bus.
- San Francisco Will Launch Electric Vehicle Taxi Program - (Inhabitat) Pretty cool...
School, College & Student Stuff
Nature & Environment Stuff
- It's a Communication Challenge, Not a Scientific Challenge - (Huffington Post) When talking green to people... "You cannot change the mind of a global warming skeptic by citing scientific facts." Great read.
Political, Social & Economy Stuff
- FLOTUS and the NFL promote the "Play 60" campaign for childhood fitness - (Obama Pics Daily) Probably some of the best FLOTUS pics ever...the woman rocks!
- The Environment Is Not Political - (The Good Human)