July 31, 2006

Fruit Sticker Tells You When Fruit is Ripe

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I have to admit - I'm terrible at knowing when fruit is ripe. I pour over the entire bin of apples and often get fruit that isn't even close to being ripe. Looks like those crazy scientists may have found an answer to my problem - a sticker that changes color as the fruit ripens. Perfect.

Via SCI FI Tech at USA Today

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July 28, 2006

Use Less Stuff

Face it. We all have too much stuff and we all use too much stuff everyday. This interesting book suggests that if we don't do something soon, then recycling won't save us either because in the end, the garbage will win.

Q: What do all of the previous civilizations that practiced recycling have in common?
A: They're extinct.

Let's face it. Recycling has its limits. But so does our Earth. As environmentalists Robert Lilienfeld and William Rathje explain, the answer to our twenty-first century garbage crisis is both simple and practical--use less stuff. This groundbreaking consumer guide suggests helpful money- and energy-saving tips for everyone who cares about how we live today and tomorrow. Learn to reduce and reuse with creative suggestions for all areas of your life, including:

At Use Less Stuff

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July 28, 2006

Study Finds Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms

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We're more into natural than being totally into vegan, but a recent study has found that if you eat right, you too can reap the benefits before the reaper stops by. What do you need to do? Try out a vegan diet and you'll lower your blood sugar and reverse back some of the symptoms of diabetes.

People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said on Thursday.

They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association.

Participants said the vegan diet was easier to follow than most because they did not measure portions or count calories. Three of the vegan dieters dropped out of the study, compared to eight on the standard diet.

"I hope this study will rekindle interest in using diet changes first, rather than prescription drugs," Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, which helped conduct the study, told a news conference.

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July 27, 2006

Crispy All Natural Green Freeze Dried Fruit

Crispygreen It's summer and lugging a nice ripe peach on a hike might be okay for some, but for us it can lead to smooshed peach disasters. That's why we recommend Crispy Green for hiking and trekking around.

Crunchy, tangy and tasty, these are handy for snacking, lunchboxes, hiking, etc., and contain only 100% fruit with no additives or preservatives and come in apple, peach and apricot.

Six pack bags of Crispy Apple, Crispy Peach or Crispy Apricot are available online for $7.99.

Via Cool Hunting at Crispy Green

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July 26, 2006

Really Natural Organic Cotton Sheets

Y-DamasksFinding bedding that is both natural and comfortable can be a challenge. We recently came upon some premium bedding made from environmentally friendly hand-picked certified organically grown cotton.

We like the fact that all of these organic fabrics are pre-shrunk and have eco-finishing which gives the bedding an exceptionally soft, inviting hand feel. The bedding is available in: Flannel, Percale, Damask Check, Damask Stripe, and Sateen. The thread count varies from 220 to 300 and the fibers of the flannel are compacted until the first wash.

At Organic Cotton Sheets

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July 25, 2006

Organic Juice Cocktail Mixers

Modmix PomegrqaniteWant some organic pomegranate juice in your cosmo? Well if you do there's a ton of new drink recipes you can make with this new Mod Mix including citrus induced margaritas or . There are 3 flavors available: citrus margarita, lavender lemon drop, and pomegranate cosmopolitan.

From Mod Mix:

what is organic? it's simple - literally! think of organic living as a simpler, healthier, more honest approach to food production that includes no harsh soil chemicals, no synthetic pesticides, and no substances or practices that would harm our environment or our farmers.

instead, our organic fruits and herbs come from clean, well-balanced environments that result in a cleaner, better-balanced planet. last but not least, because they're raised without the interference of artificial substances, organic foods taste better, and they're better for you.

Via Treehugger at Mod Mix

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July 24, 2006

Small Wind Turbines for Your Home

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We think getting a little wind turbine might be a good way to reduce your dependency on fossil fuels and give a little back. We found Bergey Windpower to help us on our quest. They're the world’s leading supplier of small wind turbines. With installations in all 50 U.S. States and more than 90 countries, and an international network of ~ 600 dealers - so they'll be able to get you going on a more natural way to running those lights and things in your house.

At Bergey Windpower Co.

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July 21, 2006

Un-Naturally Fit with Nike iPod Combo

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You may be surprised to see an iPod ad Nike shoes on Really Natural - and so are we. Nike has really been trying to clean up it's act and we're going to give them some credit for also trying to get americans off their rather large asses and get out and get fit. A natural healthy body can be achieved with un-natural means - and sometimes that's just the way it has to happen.

How does the Nike iPod help get you fit?

The Nike+iPod Sport Kit lets you tailor your running experience for the ultimate workout. Just put the sensor into a special pocket in the Nike+ midsole, then plug a receiver into the Dock connector on your iPod Nano. The sensor & receiver give you instant feedback on your performance, through the iPod and its screen. You'll be able to track distance, time, pace and calories burned. You can also set up PowerSongs -- access teh tunes that get you pumped instantly. It's everything you need to manage your workout AND enjoy it more.

At Nike + iPod Sports Kit

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July 20, 2006

The Ever Growing Natural Foods Market

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It's really no surprise that what's old is new again. Natural foods are now being renamed - organic food products and they're just taking off. This article from the Chicago Tribune really outlines what's happing at the grocery store.

Some old world foods are cutting edge again, as consumers clamor for organics and other natural products. Just ask Julie Smolyansky and Chad Pawlak, two dairy industry entrepreneurs who see opportunity in foods that harken back to simpler times.

With organic products on the rise, Smolyansky, president and chief executive of Morton Grove-based Lifeway Foods, is targeting company sales of $24 million this year. That's double the level of 2002, when she took the helm of the publicly traded company upon the death of her father.

The 100-employee company has been introducing a growing number of products made with organic milk and other organic ingredients, including its latest, Probugs, a kefir drink for kids launched at retail this month.

Read more at A growing market for natural foods | Chicago Tribune

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July 19, 2006

Organic Food Samplers Now Available Online

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We're pretty excited that Amazon.com is now offering groceries via their site and also that their offering really natural organic food. We like the fact for many people this may be a good way to sample some organic difference and have it delivered to your home.

This sampler contains a unique selection of organic specialty greens and lettuces, mesclun salad greens, fresh herbs, root vegetables, and seasonal fruits. The selection will vary according to availability at time of packing so you're in for a little suprise. Price includes overnight delivery to most areas.

At Organic Food Sampler

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July 18, 2006

Firefly Water Bottle Light

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We love the oh so not natural yet natural look of this Firefly Water Bottle. It's made by Guyot Designs and will set you back $22 bucks. Why is it so cool? How about an integrated LED light to turn your natural spring water into a glowing lantern of refreshness. YEAH - TAKE THAT WATER!

Via Uncrate at Firefly Light

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Junk Food Versus Organic Food

Gabyjacq180706 228X200It's really an age old debate - junk food versus healthy food or now organic food. We realize the need for you to choose better quality food for your family or yourself, but a little junk food really won't kill you. Or will it? This article from the UK has some interesting tidbits on the topic.

More of us than ever are choosing organic foods. But while it might seem a healthier option, would you really notice a difference in wellbeing if you went totally organic? We challenged a dyed-in-the-wool organic family to swop lifestyles for a week with a family who love ready-meals. The results make fascinating reading.

At Junk food versus organic | the Daily Mail

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July 14, 2006

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July 13, 2006

How to Buy Organic "Green" Milk

Th News CowsMilk. We all drink it and we all know we'd rather have it good for us and the planet. We just stumbled across this interesting video at Treehugger about "Green" milk. What's green milk? Milk that's both organic and also made from cows that don't impact the planet too much.

Got milk? Want it to be good for you and the planet? This week TreeHuggerTV goes shopping with nutrition expert Marion Nestle to figure out which milk is the least impactful on the planet and the most healthful for us. We continue our ode to the white stuff with a look at EcoHood's organic rap. (Warning: This segment's friendly, but not vegan-friendly. Rest assured TreeHuggers, we do have joy for the soy. . .and the rice and the almond and the oat!)

At Treehugger TV

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Organic Sales in UK Supermarkets Lead to Profits

180Px-Apples It's no surprise that food organic food sales are also growing in Europe as they are here in the US. What's really surprising is how much traditional grocery stores in Britain are turning around sales by offering organic.

Sales of organic foods are booming in supermarkets in England. In 2003 sales of organic food and drink rose twice as fast as the rest of the grocery market. Now in 2005 Sainsbury’s,the third largest supermarket, has increased sales in the last three months by 5% and attributes a significant part of this profit to higher sales of organic foods.

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GoGo Rice Pre-Cooked Organic Steamed Brown Rice Bowl

With all organic ingredients, these GoGo brown rice bowls look pretty good. Simple to make - you peel up to the dotted line, you heat on High for 1minute 30 seconds, and remove carefully - HOT!. We also like the no cholesterol and no preservatives as well.

At GoGo Rice Pre-Cooked Organic Steamed Brown Rice Bowl

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