March 31, 2007

March 2007 Monthly Wrap-Up for Really Natural

lamb.jpgMarch comes in like a lion and goes out before you know it. It's been a busy month here at Really Natural. The days are getting longer and we're filling them with daydreams of spring and summer harvests of fresh local produce.

Since Russ and I are expecting our first child in July, we also spent a lot of time talking to friends about baby stuff. (We're also thankful to get our daily dose of baby gear at our sister site SuperCoolBaby.) Anyway, here's what we were talking about this month:

Gardening

AeroGrow AeroGarden: Grow Veggies in Your Kitchen

Five Favorite Organic Gardening Books

Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants by Carol Steinfeld

Baby Stuff

BabyGanics Non-Toxic Cleaners on SuperCoolBaby

TenderCare Chlorine Free Disposable Diapers

Free Baby Product Samples from Avalon Organics

Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes

Eco-Friendly Fashion

Indigo Handloom: Fashion with a Mission

Spring Fashion in Bamboo and Organic Cotton from Doie Design and Stewart+Brown

Free Sweater Stone - All Natural Way to Remove Fabric Pills


Green Homes (and Eco-Friendly Toilets!)

Eco-Friendly Toilets: Waste Not, Want Not

LED Lamps Infinity Flat Head Floor Lamp

Food: New Organic Food News, Product Reviews and Recipes

Food Fight: Time Magazine on Organic vs. Local

Yogi Organic Bedtime Tea

Adding Oomph to Your Oatmeal

McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal

Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese

Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls: Yum!

Pets

Mmm...Chicken: Dog Treats from Newman's Own Organics


Books (and other Weekend Reading)

Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Five Favorite Organic Gardening Books

Latest Harry Potter Goes Green

Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants by Carol Steinfeld

Paper or Plastic by Daniel Imhoff

Weekend Reading: Fields That Dream by Jenny Kurzweil

Weekend Reading: The Soil and Health

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March 30, 2007

Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

0060852550.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V42265610_-1.jpgI'm a fan of several of Barbara Kingsolver's novels, including The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees, and Pigs in Heaven. And now, together with her daughter, Camille, she's written her first non-fiction book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, a recounting of her family's move from the Arizona desert to a family farm in Appalachia.

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March 29, 2007

AeroGrow AeroGarden: Grow Veggies in Your Kitchen

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Can't wait for those homegrown tomatoes or garden fresh herbs? Don't want to get your hands dirty in the garden?

Well, according to our friends over at Kitchen Contraptions, there is another solution. Get yourself an AeroGarden and you can grow vegetables and herbs -- dirt-free! -- on your kitchen counter all year round.

The AeroGarden is evidently an "aeroponic gardening system" sits on your countertop and grows lettuce, herbs, cherry tomatoes, etc. without soil or natural light.

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March 28, 2007

Five Favorite Organic Gardening Books

Spring is here! Planning your summer garden? Here are a handful of our favorite natural and organic gardening books.


1. Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every Gardener - The Bible of organic gardening. They don't call it an encyclopedia for nothing.

2. Eliot Coleman's The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener (A Gardener's Supply Book) - I had the opportunity to work with Eliot when I was in high school at The Mountain School in Vermont. He's a living legend in the world of organics, and with good reason. (If you already have a copy of The New Organic Grower, pick up Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long (Paperback). If Coleman can grown vegetables year-round (in Maine, no less!), you can, too.

3. The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals (Paperback) - A great reference, focused not only on how to keep pests and diseases out of your garden, but how to get rid of them if they're there.

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March 27, 2007

Latest Harry Potter Goes Green

0545010225.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V24367846_.jpgNormally I like to write about books whose topics are eco-friendly. But in this case, I'll make an exception. Grist reports that the new (and seventh) book in the Harry Potter series is going green.

Is Draco Malfoy green with envy, or is it just the paper he's printed on? With only 121 days until the last Harry Potter book hits the shelves (not that we're counting), U.S. publisher Scholastic has partnered with the Rainforest Alliance to green up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The 784-page book will have a first printing of 12 million copies in the U.S., and nearly two-thirds of the 16,700 tons of paper used will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as coming from sustainable timber.

Pre-order Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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March 26, 2007

BabyGanics Non-Toxic Cleaners on SuperCoolBaby

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A shout out to our friends Peter and Laura Kovacs at SuperCoolBaby.com for blogging about BabyGanics non-toxic cleaners.
The folks at BabyGanics have created a line of cleaning products that are safe for children, pets, and the environment. Created using all natural ingredients, BabyGanics claim to have superior performance to conventional cleaners. The cleaners have no fillers or dyes, contain no pollutants, caustic ingredients or volatile organic compounds.

You don't want your baby crawling around on a floor that's been cleaned with toxic chemicals, right? Neither do we. Thanks, Peter and Laura, for letting us know about BabyGanics.

Read more at SuperCoolBaby.

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March 23, 2007

Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants by Carol Steinfeld

0966678311.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgWant more on greywater? Or yellow water, even? Here's a three-fer.

Carol Steinfeld, co-author of The Composting Toilet System Handbook, also wrote Liquid Gold: The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants and Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling.

Steinfeld, who lives in our hometown of Cambridge, MA is a writer, researcher, and program designer who specializes in ecological resource management solutions. As project director for Ecowaters, a nonprofit public information project, she conducts workshops worldwide on wastewater recycling.

Her book Liquid Gold focuses on how urine can safely be used to grow food, fuel, fiber, and beautiful landscapes while protecting the environment and providing free and safe fertilizer.

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March 22, 2007

Indigo Handloom: Fashion with a Mission

smitapaul2.jpgIndigo Handloom founder Smita Paul always had an independent streak. A former professional journalist, she found she did her best work as a freelancer. As she explains:

I love the freedom and adventure of coming up with an idea and seeing it to fruition. The thrill of watching an idea grow - there is no bigger high!

wooly_sequins_desc.jpgThis same spirit led Paul to found Indigo Handloom, a Brooklyn-based importer of gorgeous handloomed scarves and fabrics from India and South Asia. Handloom is part of the growing eco-textiles movement because it leaves no environmental footprint and requires no energy other than human energy to produce.

Purchase one of these Indigo Handloom's scarves, and know that your money is helping to support artisans and craftspeople around the world.

Check out Indigo Handloom.

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March 21, 2007

TenderCare Chlorine Free Disposable Diapers

B000E8WH1I.01._AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgJennifer from TenderCare saw our posts on Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Diapers and baby wipes and couldn't resist writing in to tell us about TenderCare diapers and baby wipes. According to the TenderCare website, they are pediatrician-recommended and

*100% Chlorine-Free and Non-Chlorine Bleached Materials
*Latex-Free
*Dye-Free
*Perfume Free
*Breathable Sides
*Cloth-like Cover
*Moisture Barrier Cuffs
*Premium Absorbency

TenderCare or Seventh Generation? You choose.

Buy TenderCare diapers.

Buy Seventh Generation.

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March 20, 2007

Spring Fashion in Bamboo and Organic Cotton from Doie Design and Stewart+Brown

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Looking to update your spring wardrobe with some fresh looks in bamboo and organic cotton? Clothing made from the sustainably-grown and harvested fabrics is showing up everywhere.

Sean from Pangaya just wrote to let us know about some of the season's best looks from designers Stewart+Brown and Doie Design.

Howard Brown and Karen Stewart-Brown are pioneers of the organic fashion industry. Stewart+Brown's clothes are made from organic materials, sustainably grown and produced. And unlike some of their crunchy-not-chic predecessors, the clothes refuse to sacrifice fashion for eco-friendliness -- combining the two for clothes that inspire compliments for how they look as well as how they're made. We like the yoked tee in organic cotton, pictured at right.

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March 19, 2007

Free Baby Product Samples from Avalon Organics

avalon organics.jpgAvalon Organics is offering free samples from its line of baby products.

These gentle formulations are made with soothing, organic botanicals and nutrient-rich, organic plant emollients providing a healthier alternative for your happy, growing baby.

To get your free samples, go to Avalon Organics and type "Samples" in the comments box.

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Eco-Friendly Toilets: Waste Not, Want Not

18green.1901.jpgAmerican flush away nearly 4.8 billion gallons of water every day, accounting for nearly 40% of our total indoor water consumption. Turns out toilets are "a big player" for homeowners interested in going green, according to author Florence Williams.

Writing in this Sunday's New York Times, Williams describes "the latest in eco-friendly elimination" -- from waterless urinals to superlow-flush toilets. She discusses her own experience with the Sun-Mar nonelectric composting toilet.

I didn’t want anything to do with it at first. The idea of human waste sitting in one spot — right next to you — for months at a time is difficult to stomach, but I had little choice. Our solar-powered summer cabin has limited running water and soils that are too shallow for a septic system.
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March 16, 2007

Paper or Plastic by Daniel Imhoff

1578051177.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgTo be or not to be? And just as importantly, paper or plastic?

Paper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged World by writer Daniel Imhoff and designer/photographer Roberto Carra explores the environmental implications of this question with some captivating results.

More than half of America's solid waste comes from packaging -- more than 300 pounds per person per year.

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March 15, 2007

Free Sweater Stone - All Natural Way to Remove Fabric Pills

free_sweaterstone.jpgYour favorite sweater. It's there for you all winter -- your trusty companion through thick and thin. And suddenly, you pull it on one morning and realize it's got more pills than a medicine cabinet.

Don't despair! Instead, introduce your old buddy to the Sweater Stone, an all natural way to get rid of sweater pills. And thanks to the folks at Sweater Stone, you can do it for free (well, actually $4.99 for the shipping and handling).

(Via Daily Candy.)

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March 14, 2007

Food Fight: Time Magazine on Organic vs. Local

timecover.jpgThe organic vs. local produce debate has gone mainstream. The cover of this week's Time Magazine proclaims, "Forget Organic. Eat Local."

John Cloud investigates the battle between the "local foods" movement and Big Organic.

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March 13, 2007

Yogi Organic Bedtime Tea

B0009F3SA0.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_AA160_.jpgHave trouble sleeping? Looking for an evening ritual to help you relax before bed? I've long been a fan of Celestial Seasons Sleepytime tea. But even better than Sleepytime? Yogi's Bedtime Tea.

The organic blend includes valerian, chamomile, St. John's wort and passion flower. I like it with milk and honey just before bed.

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March 12, 2007

Adding Oomph to Your Oatmeal

outrageous-outback-oatmeal.jpgHere are some ingredients I like to add to our oatmeal to make it oat-mmm....:

- Granny Smith or Gala apple slices
- Grade B maple syrup
- chopped pecans
- ground flax seeds
- dried cranberries
- wheat germ
- fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries (if you add frozen, add them to the pot and cook over low heat to thaw)

Pick some combo of the items listed above. Mix into your oatmeal before serving.

Enjoy.

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McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal

B000FH19D0.01._AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgMcCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal is the quintessential breakfast that sticks to your ribs. It takes longer to cook than regular oatmeal - about 45 minutes - but the nutty, hearty goodness that results is worth the effort.

Here's our secret cooking tip to reduce preparation time:

Before you go to bed, pour boiling water over the oats and soak overnight. In the morning, reheat, and voila! Delicious.

Buy McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal.

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March 9, 2007

Weekend Reading: Fields That Dream by Jenny Kurzweil

155591506X.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgA Really Natural reader just told us about Fields That Dream: A Journey to the Roots of our Food by Jenny Kurzweil.

The book explores the lives of small-scale sustainable farmers who sell their foods at the Seattle Farmer's Market. Each chapter focuses on a farmer, and explores a different part of the social and cultural history of agriculture in the U.S.

100% of the royalties from book sales go to support The Neighborhood Farmers’ Market Alliance and the PCC Farmland Fund.

Buy Fields That Dream by Jenny Kurzweil.

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March 8, 2007

Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes

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We blogged a while back about Seventh Generation chlorine-free diapers.

Well, what goes hand-in-hand with the diapers? Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Baby Wipes, of course. Take our advice and buy 'em in bulk.

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March 7, 2007

Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese

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For comfort food, it doesn't get any better than mac and cheese. And Annie's Homegrown Organic Shells & Cheddar is the next best thing to homemade. Better yet, looks like it comes in Family Size! Ingredients:Organic Durum, Semolina Pasta (Organic Durum Semolina, Water), Organic Cheddar Cheese (Organic Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Organic Whey, Salt.

Buy Annie's Homegrown Organic Family-Size Shells & White Cheddar Mac & Cheese.

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March 6, 2007

Mmm...Chicken: Dog Treats from Newman's Own Organics

B000CR41KG.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_AA160_.jpgYou enjoy organic food. Why shouldn't Fido and Fifi?

With Newman's Own Organics Dog Treats, they can.

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March 5, 2007

Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls: Yum!

B000H2XYKO.01._AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_V44096005_.jpgOur cereal bowls brimmeth over. Especially when we're pouring Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls.

Sweetened with molasses, Shredded Spoonfuls are made with whole oat flour and whole wheat flour, providing a good source of fiber (15% of the recommended daily value). They have no hydrogenated oils -- so no trans fats - making every spoonful a great tasting way to a healthier heart.

Buy Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls.

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March 2, 2007

Weekend Reading: The Soil and Health

soil-and-health-cover_150.jpgSir Albert Howard's The Soil and Health is back in print.

Howard's writings were the inspiration behind J.I. Rodale's seminal Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. Which makes Howard the forefather (or forefather's forefather) of the organic movement, writes Tom Philpott on the topic of the book's reissue:

Howard's books belong on the shelf with other 20th-century classics like Jane Jacobs' The Death and Life of Great American Cities and E.F. Schumacher's Small is Beautiful. These works challenge a scientific/bureaucratic establishment that seeks to solve the problems of mass industrialization with more industrialization. In the words of the great German-Jewish writer Walter Benjamin, a contemporary of Howard, they seek to "make whole what has been smashed" by a zeal for specialization. Much-cited and little-heeded, they may yet point a way out of our mounting environmental and social crises.

Buy The Soil and Health.

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March 1, 2007

LED Lamps Infinity Flat Head Floor Lamp

B000LBXH7Q.01-A8METEVCB05GJ._AA280_SCLZZZZZZZ_-1.jpgYou light up my life. Or the room at least.

The Infinity Flat Head Floor Lamp contains 20 LEDs, but uses only 2-watts of electricity. We like its minimalist look, not to mention its energy efficiency.

According to the blurb on Amazon, the LEDs on these lamps never have to be replaced, saving you time, money and storage space. Plus, the LEDs use a fraction of the power (80-90%) required by conventional filament bulbs.

Infinity Flat Head Floor Lamps available at Amazon.

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