December 17, 2007
Our friend Alison moved to CA last year and has been working on marketing for SLO Chai Fair Trade Organic Tea
. When we told her about Really Natural, she offered to send along some samples of SLO Chai's products. We loved 'em, and wanted to blog about them. But at the time, they were only available at select grocery stores and farmers markets on the West Coast.
Well, good news, tea drinkers. SLO Chai has launched a new website, which includes an online store.
SLO Chai offers teabags, loose teas and other chai-inspired foods and beverages made with fair trade tea and organic ingredients. The company was founded three years ago by Joel Pace and his family to recreate the sweet, spicy chai he tasted while trekking in the Himalayas.
Today, SLO Chai sells not only Pace's original blend, but several varieties including Vanilla Spice Latte, 5 flavors of teabags, loose leaf teas, and Chai Cream Ale. All are made with high quality fair trade and organic-certified ingredients. We especially like their decaffeinated black tea and green tea blends, as well as their chai chocolates!
SLO Chai is a green business, paying close attention to the ecological and social impact of their company, and donating 1% of profits toward sustainability education.
Hooray! Fair Trade chai for everyone!
Available at SLO Chai.
December 11, 2007
Everything's Cool, billed as a "real-life disaster movie" is a film about Americans' growing awareness of global warming in the wake of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and Hurricane Katrina. It's also an incredible time capsule for our mass awakening to climate change as an issue that will shape our lives, with parallels to other political issues and the way they are framed by industry representatives and an easily-manipulated media.
The film follows a groups of "global warming messengers" through three years -- 2003 through the beginning of 2007 -- and looks at how the country came to realize what scientists had long recognized -- that global warming is happening and that something needs to be done about it.
Where an Inconvenient Truth focused on the science of global climate change, Everything's Cool looks at the political debate around the issue -- how a small group of energy-industry-funded think tanks created a debate when scientific consensus existed, and how the media's desire to present both sides of a story can move political dialogue way off course.
Everything's Cool, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, is available on DVD.
Buy Everything's Cool.
December 5, 2007
Speaking of rechargeable flashlights, how about this Piggy LED Rechargeable Flashlight from Kikkerland for the kids on your list? Give the piggy a squeeze to charge it! Oink!
Available at Kikkerland Piggy.
December 4, 2007
Considering buying a kitchen composter, but worried about the amount of work it will require? Concerned you don't have the yard space for an outdoor composter? Concerned about the smell? Consider the Porsche of composters -- NatureMill's automatic kitchen composter.
To use it, add your organic waste -- food scraps (including meat and dairy), coffee grinds, and even pet waste (yuck!), close the lid, and voila. NauralMill's composter uses the hot composting method -- mixing, air flow, heat and moisture -- to create compost without icky odors. The compost gets transferred via a trap door to a lower chamber so you can keep adding new waste and making more compost in the top chamber. Remove fresh compost every two weeks.
Worried about the energy such a composter might consume? From the NatureMill website:
A NatureMill automatic composter recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills. Compost returns nutrients to the environment, reducing our need for chemical fertilizers. NatureMill uses 5 kwh / month of energy - or about $0.50/month - less than a garbage truck would burn in diesel fuel to haul the same waste. It is made from recycled and recyclable materials.
Available at Greenfeet.
Looking for something smaller and simpler? How about a stainless steel compost pail?
Other composters stories:
Finding the Best Composter for You
Natural Urban Composter
Envirocycle Backyard Composter
December 3, 2007
Thanks to Really Natural reader Hol for sending in info on this promotion:
Ecocentric bodycare company Pangea Organics is offering 50% off purchases of $200 or more now through December 20th. The offer is available to the first 500 people who email Pangea with the words "Friends" in the subject line of the email.
We like Pangea because all of their product boxes are made using 100% post-consumer paper and organic seeds so you can soak 'em in water and plant 'em. That's what we call Zero Waste.
Email Pangea to take advantage of this offer.