Eco-Friendlier Paper Straws

What:  Paper Straws

Features: Thick paper straws coated with food-grade wax to protect them from liquid. Yes, these are single-use items but if you are in a situation where you need straws and glass or steel straws are not an option (i.e. parties, large gatherings, house guests) this is a far better option than plastic straws, which are typically non-recyclable.

Green Factor: Biodegradable, compostable and made with food-grade soy inks

Bonus: Made in the USA by Aardvark Straws

Find It Here:  Amazon

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Great Green Gifts for Her

recycled materials green gym bagThe Everything Fits Gym Bag

•  100% recycled polyester with polyester mesh
•  Vented outside compartment to hold shoes wet items, shoes or towel

This eco-chic bag will keep a girl organized with its roomy interior featuring a zippered pocket, an elastic pocket and a key tether. Includes an easy-reach outside pocket for water bottle, inside and outside holsters for cell phone and MP3 player and bottom adjustable straps for your yoga mat (not included). 18″L x 8½”W x 13″H.

Bonus: Free shipping!

Find it Here:  Gaiam

The Organic Chocolate Pleaser Kit

A pleasing assortment of organic and fair trade Gourmet Chocolate Goodness from California. Rich Rainforest Dark Fudge, exquisite raw chocolate hearts and brittle, lots of mouth-watering gourmet chocolate bars, tasty chocolate bites, plus amazing Lavender Truffle Hearts!

Bonus: Made in the USA

Find it Here: Kate’s Caring Gifts


Organic Cotton and Hemp Infinity Scarf
With the feel of linen, the rich color of silk and the strength of hemp, this versatile organic scarf works for all occasions and brightens any outfit with texture and pop. 42″ long and available in ten colors.

Bonus: Machine washable

Find It Here: Sprigs




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DVR Alert: What’s Really in Your Food?

It’s been four years since the film Food Inc. lifted the veil on America’s food industry and exposed how the nation’s food suppliers put profit ahead of the health of the consumer.

But Americans are still being served harmful foods including burgers made out of pink slime, chicken “marinated” in chlorine and injected with salt water with sodium content equivalent to a serving of fries, artificial flavoring in ice cream that is otherwise used in lice killer and carcinogens in bread commonly found on the kitchen table—most disturbing is the fact that these practices are all perfectly legal.

On Monday, February 27, the hosts of the talk show THE DOCTORS, along with special guest, chef Rocco DiSpirito, take a closer look at American food staples and examines the harmful additives and processes used to prepare them.

Burgers* – Would you eat a burger made out of “pink slime”—the name given to the mechanically separated meat that’s treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria like E-coli?  McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, once purveyors of pink slime, say they have discontinued their use of this meat, made from discarded beef (i.e. everything else from the cow that had been deemed inedible), but who still does? Schools serve it up daily in kids’ lunches. GROSS!

Chicken –To disinfect and cool chicken post slaughter, chickens are often soaked in a chlorine bath with a water-to-chlorine ratio up to 50 times more potent than the average swimming pool.  Then, to help hide the chlorine taste, the chickens are “plumped” with salt water, making the chickens larger in both weight and price.  Plus, via a scientific experiment, THE DOCTORS determined that chlorine baths may not even rid chicken of the bacteria the chlorine bath is supposed to prevent.

Ice Cream – One billion gallons of ice cream are consumed by Americans every year. The most popular flavor?  Vanilla.  Real vanilla beans are expensive, so to save money, many ice cream makers use a synthetic flavoring called piperonal which is also an ingredient in lice killer.

Bread – Many breads are made with potassium bromate, which has been banned in Canada and the UK and has been named a carcinogen by the EPA, but has been approved by the FDA.  Plus, azodicarbonamide, found in many manufactured donuts and hamburger buns – as well as plastics, rubber and foam – has been found to  aggravate asthma symptoms and contribute respiratory problems in humans.

So, what do the doctors of THE DOCTORS recommend to avoid these harmful foods? Read the rest of this entry »

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Glassen Insulated Reusable Travel Mug

glassen insulated coffee mugWhat: Grosche Glassen insulated glass travel mug

Features: This 12oz  travel mug is handmade of double-walled glass which helps keep your beverages hot. It has no metal or plastic parts and is a better fit for car drink holders than a standard coffee mug.

Green Factor: It’s made of glass so there is no leaching of chemicals into your beverages and the lid and grip are made of food-safe silicone. Since it’s reusable, you can also forgo the yucky styrofoam poison cups.

Bonus: Right now they’re 40% off at Amazon.com.

Editors Note: I got one of these for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It doesn’t leak and my coffee stays piping hot!

Find It Here: Amazon


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Vinegar: Over 400 Various & Versatile Uses

What: Before chemicals were king, people used natural products like vinegar for cleaning, cooking, preserving and health. This book is a great resource for all the different ways you can use vinegar as a natural alternative to numerous chemical products.

Features: This comprehensive guide covers all types and uses of vinegar. Contains a full index and whimsical illustrations make the book informative and fun.

Green Factor: Any time you can use something natural instead of a potentially dangerous chemical, it’s green. This book gives you over 400 ways to do that.

Bonus: Using vinegar instead of expensive chemical-based cleaners also saves you money!

Find It Here: Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile, and Very Good Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of

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$20 in Organic Coupons

• Get $6.00 worth of Annie’s coupons just for liking their Facebook page.

• Save $1.00 on a 4-pack of Stonyfield Farms YoBaby organic yogurt.

• Save up to $7.00 on Organic Valley products

• Save up to $6.00 on Simply Organic products


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BPA Marketed to Children? Take Action!

In their new report, BPA in Kids’ Canned Foods, the Breast Cancer Fund has discovered BPA in six popular canned foods marketed directly to kids.

BPA, an endocrine-disrupting hormone, leaches from the lining of cans into canned foods and has been found in Elmo, Toy Story and Disney Princess Campbell’s soups, Chef Boyardee products and even in some organic canned foods like Annie’s Homegrown and Earth’s Best Organic.

This is very disturbing when you consider that BPA has been linked to early puberty (as well as breast cancer, obesity, learning disabilities, infertility, and more).

The physical and mental ramifications of early puberty are substantial. Girls who begin puberty at an early age are more likely to experience low self esteem, poor body image, and depression. Physical side effects include an increased risk for breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and elevated blood pressure.

And it’s not just girls who are affected. in 2010 Barack Obama’s President’s Cancer Panel acknowledged the links between BPA and undescended testicles and the penile birth defect hypospadias in newborn boys and infertility and erectile dysfunction in men.

So WHY is this clearly dangerous chemical found in the can liners of foods made for and marketed to children????

I hope you are as outraged as I am and will join us in telling these top canned goods manufacturers to stop marketing the dangerous BPA to our kids.

Let your voice be heard by signing this petition from Momsrising.org and then send a link to friends and family so they can sign it, too!

Learn More: Outrage! BPA is in Canned Foods for Kids, Even Organic


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Tell Kraft No More Artificial Dyes!

All across America, artificial food dyes can be found in everything from packaged macaroni and cheese to breakfast cereal and practically every processed food product in existence.

Artificial food dyes have been linked to cancer, ADHD (hyperactivity) in kids and serious food allergies and in response to enormous consumer pressure, multinational manufacturers like Kraft Foods voluntarily removed these artificial food dyes from products they sell in OTHER COUNTRIES, but not from the same products they sell in the US.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ella’s Kitchen Organic Smoothie Fruits

What: Fruit blends in a pouch

Features: Crushed fruits with no added water, sugars, concentrates or preservatives and free of dairy and gluten.. They come in a pouch so they can be packed in lunch boxes and diaper bags when you don’t have fresh organic fruit available.

Green Factor: Ella’s Kitchen Organic Smoothie Fruits are made with 100% organic fruits.

Bonus: Smoothie Fruits can also be used for cooking!

Find It Here: Amazon

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True Food Now

guidecover.jpgDid you know that genetically engineered food crops actually require more pesticides and herbicides than non-genetically modified food crops? This means we’re ingesting more toxic chemicals on genetically engineered or modified (GE/GMO) foods, which, incidentally, have never been proven safe for the environment OR human consumption. It’s also not labeled as GE/GMO  so we can’t even avoid it just by reading the ingredients. This is why the True Food Network’s True Food Shoppers Guide to Avoiding GE Foods was created — because you have the right to know what’s in your food!

The list, compiled primarily from direct communications with food producers, focuses on foods made with ingredients that are commonly derived from GE/GMO crops — the most widely grown being corn, soy, canola and cotton. The list also contains companies that have made a concerted effort to avoid GE/GMO ingredients and have company policies asserting their position on avoiding GE/GMO foods.

Download the list, print it out and keep it handy for when you’re grocery shopping or get the mobile app for your phone.* According to the New York Times, more than 70 percent of car buyers do some research before making a purchase. Shouldn’t we put at least that much effort into learning more about the food we eat?

*Get the mobile app for free on iTunes (for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) or Android Market by searching for “True Food.”

For more info on avoiding GMO’s, please read this article from Healthy Child, Healthy World.

Find It Here: The True Food Network

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Whole Foods Organic Strawberry Sale

Strawberries…they’re so delicious and good for you that it’s hard to imagine any reason to avoid them. Unfortunately, it’s a well-known fact in organic circles that conventional strawberries have an incredibly high pesticide load and are to be avoided like the plague. Lucky for strawberry-lovers like me, organic ones are commonly available theses days—for a premium, which means they’re usually really flippin’ expensive.

Tomorrow (4/29), however, Whole Foods is having a sale on organic strawberries. While supplies last, you can get a pound of delicious, antioxidant-rich, pesticide-free strawberries for the bargain price of $1.99. That’s $4 less than I usually pay and if my math is correct, an 80% discount. I plan to buy extra and freeze them for smoothies, which are my old stand-by when I find myself without any fresh fruits or vegetables for dinner.

Don’t forget, Friday 4/29. Enjoy!

Find It Here: Whole Foods

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Earth’s Best Coupons

Earth’s Best Organic makes more than just baby food. They also make baby cereal, baby and toddler snacks, infant formula and chlorine-free baby wipes and more.

I love that Earth’s Best provides coupons—I hang onto mine and use them when my grocery store has buy one, get one free so I really rake in the savings—always a nice bonus as organic foods tend to be a bit more expensive.

Find It Here: Earth’s Best Organic Coupons

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