January 31, 2011

Really Natural January 2011 Monthly Roundup

Beauty

Blogpire News

Business

Food

Gardening

Green Cleaning

Green Deals

Kids

Monthly Round-Up

Politics

Product review

Really Natural Books

Really Natural Products

Recycling

Travel

environment

technology

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January 28, 2011

Lowila Sensitive Skin Soap-Free Bar is Back!

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If you have sensitive skin, soap can be drying and irritating. Lowila Care is recommended by dermatologists.

What actually sets it apart from other cleansers that address dry or itchy skin is that it is soap-free which means that it works to hydrate skin more so than bar soaps do, making it ideal for anyone with skin sensitivities. The product can be used on both body and face and if you or your friends have babies...it works on them too! Who doesn't love a win, win?

Lowila is ideal for those who suffer from dry or irritated skin conditions such as eczema. In fact, here are some stats we thought you might find of interest for you or your loved ones:


  • Atopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects males and females at the same rate.

  • Although it may occur at any age, it often begins in infancy or childhood.

  • Though it's difficult to determine exactly how many people have eczema - since many never seek a formal diagnosis - it is estimated that 10-20% of infants and children experience symptoms of the disease and, of those, 60% continue to experience symptoms well into adulthood.*

Lowila has been reintroduced by Ranbaxy (it used to be made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.). The Environmental Working Group's hazard score rating for this product is six, but that was for the old bar. The ingredients list has changed; however, I would not consider this a natural product (nor does it claim to be), although some of the ingredients are derived from beeswax and coconut oil.  It is vegan and contains no artificial colors or fragrances, which are often the most toxic ingredients in beauty products.  

Lowila has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.


Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 27, 2011

Warming Temperatures May Cause Loss of 30% of Species

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An increase of 3.6 degrees does not sound like much to humans, but to small species, even the slightest increase could be catastrophic. Species typically respond to warming temperatures by moving to a colder climate by traveling north or to a higher elevation; however, some species may not be able to respond to climate change with this method warn scientists.

The New York Times explains:

Over the next 100 years, many scientists predict, 20 percent to 30 percent of species could be lost if the temperature rises 3.6 degrees to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit. If the most extreme warming predictions are realized, the loss could be over 50 percent, according to the United Nations climate change panel.

Polar bears have become the icons of this climate threat. But scientists say that tens of thousands of smaller species that live in the tropics or on or near mountaintops are equally, if not more, vulnerable...

"It's a really simple story that at some point you can't go further north or higher up, so there's no doubt that species will go extinct," said Walter Jetz, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale, whose research last year predicted that a third of the 1,000 mountain birds he studied, or 300 species, would be threatened because warming temperatures would decimate their habitats.

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January 26, 2011

EVOLUTIONMAN Not Tested on Animals, Recyled Plastic Tubes

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Men's skincare options are often limited, and frankly, I am not sure why they can't use the same products targeted for women if they are not fragranced. EVOLUTIONMAN has got men and the environment in mind with their line of skincare and grooming products:

We are proud that all of our recyclable tubes are made with post-consumer recycled materials. Our boxes also use paper generated from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and bear the SFI logo. The EVMAN Bag is hand-made from recycled tires, right here in the United States. This is proof positive that environmental can be stylish.

We sampled 6 EVMAN products (and darn it, not the recycled tire bag!):

  1. EvolutionMan Lip Balm SPF 15

  2. EvolutionMan Cleanse & Shave

  3. EvolutionMan Wash & Buff - Facial Exfoliating Cleanser

  4. EvolutionMan Revitalize Eye Gel

  5. EvolutionMan Moisture Protect SPF 20 - Bronze

  6. EvolutionMan Moisture Protect SPF 20

Since I was sent only small samples (other than the lip balm), I am not privy to a full list of product ingredients (although the EVMAN website does identify "key" ingredients). The Environmental Working Group has not evaluated EVMAN, but the company assures:
We have also worked closely with our labs to ensure that we are using the friendliest ingredients for maximum function. Our products do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, dyes, GMOs, triclosan, camphor, formaldehyde donors, most don't contain silicones, and our Moisture Protect uses Titanium Dioxide to naturally block the sun's UVA/UVB rays. Our ingredient listings currently state fragrance - menthol is the only fragrance used in our products.

The lip balm I was sent does fully list the ingredients. I looked up PHENOXYETHANOL on Skin Deep, which is used as a preservative. It received a hazard score of four.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 25, 2011

Beach Garbage Hotel in Madrid Opens to Raise Ocean Pollution Awareness

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Would you want to stay in a hotel made of garbage?

The Beach Garbage Hotel has opened in Madrid. The walls are covered with garbage that has washed up from tides on European beaches. The BBC reports:

German artist Ha Schult built the five-bedroom hotel in the central Plaza de Callao as part of the city's hosting of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur).

Schult said he hoped to draw attention to the massive amount of waste generated by mass tourism in Europe.

"I created the Beach Garbage Hotel because the oceans of our planet are the biggest garbage dump," he told the AFP news agency.

If we had to reside with our garbage on our walls at home, we might produce less. 

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January 24, 2011

Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment

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I love neuroscience! I think it is really fascinating, and this science of the brain is finally catching up to what humans have known for centuries.

I recently attended a conference in which neuroscience backed up traditional methods of natural parenting. Now, Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Villoldo combine neuroscience with spiritual practice in their new book Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment:

The quest for enlightenment has occupied mankind for millennia. And from the depictions we've seen--monks sitting on meditation cushions, nuns kneeling in prayer, shamans communing with the universe--it seems that this elusive state is reserved for a chosen few. But now, neuroscientist David Perlmutter and medical anthropologist and shaman Alberto Villoldo have come together to explore the commonalities between their specialties with the aim of making enlightenment possible for anyone.

Joining the long-separated worlds of science and spirit, Perlmutter explores the exciting phenomena of neurogenesis and mitochondrial health, while Villoldo brings his vast knowledge of shamanic and spiritual practices to the table. Together they draw from the most powerful tools in each discipline to create the Power Up Your Brain program, a ground-breaking, five-week plan that helps prime the brain for enlightenment. With nutritional advice, dietary supplements, physical exercise, shamanic practices, meditation, and visualizations, Perlmutter and Villoldo guide readers, step by step, through a program to help them clear their minds from previous trauma and open themselves up to experience the inner peace, vast insight, and extraordinary creativity that define the experience of enlightenment, paving the way to successfully face the challenges to come.


Of course, the authors recommend, "Choose as many organic foods as possible." The connection between chemicals, food, and our brains cannot be ignored, whether seeking spiritual enlightenment or just optimum health.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 21, 2011

H2O Plus Skincare Uses the Nourishing Power of Milk and the Sea

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Made in the USA and opposed to animal cruelty, H2O Plus skincare products use milk proteins and sea minerals to improve your skin.

Stress, sun and dehydration all take their toll on the skin. There is no single cause of aging and the signs that reveal themselves in our skin. But while aging is an inevitable part of life, the damage to your skin doesn't have to be.

As we grow older, the biochemical processes that repair and regenerate cells begin to break down. The rate of this degeneration is mainly determined by our genetic makeup. At the same time, our skin is exposed to tissue damage caused by free radicals, particles that are created by normal metabolism but also by pollution and sun exposure. Antioxidant ingredients in many skin care products help fight free radical damage to nourish and protect the skin. Thankfully, sea-derived skincare brand H20 Plus provides a solution.

We tried the following H20 Plus products:

  • H2O Plus Milk Body Lotion
    A luxurious, nourishing body lotion that helps replenish depleted moisture, soften skin, and improve elasticity. (#466) Rich in concentrated milk proteins and milk lipids, this body lotion replenishes depleted moisture and strengthens skin while drenching it with wholesome goodness. Nourishing vitamins A, D, E, Provitamin B and natural oils help improve skin texture and elasticity. Milk proteins add a glossy sheen while binding high levels of moisture.
  • H2O Plus Milk Hand and Nail Cream
    A must-have treatment for hardworking hands, this hand cream soothes and heals while promoting healthy cuticles and nails. Essential vitamins protect hands from environmental exposure and maintain essential moisture balance. The soft aroma of our classic Milk scent, a blend of lily, jasmine, melon and cucumber, provides a fresh, clean and delicate scent.
  • H2O Plus Milk Shower Gel
    A luxurious, foaming shower gel enriched with milk proteins and lipids to moisturize and soften the skin while gently cleansing. (#465) Used in the shower or as a luxurious bubble bath, this silky shower gel contains Vitamins D, E and Provitamin B to restore moisture balance, soften skin, and aid in tissue repair while cleansing.
  • H2O Plus Sea Results Overnight Perfecting Peel
    A liquid peel formulated to revitalize and smooth skin's surface, this high performance treatment delivers balanced tone and clarity, prevents clogged pores and potential breakouts, all while revitalizing and brightening dull complexions. Reveals a softer, more youthful you.

Some of these products do contain sodium laureth sulfate, which is "naturally" derived, but can cause skin irritation. It is an ingredient I try to avoid in beauty products (makes a great engine cleaner though).

H2o Plus products receive hazard scores from four to eight on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetic database. From cancer to organ system toxicity, some of the company's ingredients are a cause for concern.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 20, 2011

Scientists Call Collagen Wrinkle Creams "Waste of Money"

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Women (and men) spend tons of money on products to fight the aging process. One popular ingredient of anti-wrinkle remedies is collagen, but scientists have proven these products are not effective. For example, L'Oreal Paris Collagen Filler Wrinkle Treatment claims:

New Anti-Wrinkle Action: Collagen Filler can be applied on all wrinkles: Forehead wrinkles; Wrinkles around the eyes; Brow furrows; Laugh lines and Vertical lines around the mouth. Actions: Collagen Bio-Spheres penetrate the surface of the skin. As they come into contact with water naturally found in the skin, they expand to plump and fill facial lines and wrinkles. Results: Visibly Smoothes Wrinkle Creases: Immediately, the appearance of expression lines and crow's feet is softened and diffused by up to 20%. With Continuous Use, Consumers Saw Improved Results: In 1 week, 38% saw fewer forehead wrinkles and 44% saw fewer lines around the eyes. In 3 weeks, 46% saw fewer forehead wrinkles and 54% saw fewer lines around the eyes.

The Daily Mail reports these claims are false and biologically impossible:
But scientists have disputed the claims made by many beauty firms, saying the collagen molecules used are too large to penetrate the skin's outer surface.

Richard Guy, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Bath, said: 'The idea created by many of these products is that collagen can get through the upper layers of skin and reinforce our own natural collagen, but this is preposterous.'The simple fact is that collagen is a huge molecule and the skin is designed to keep such substances out.

Save your money and drink water! Hydrated skin is the best method to fight the signs of premature aging.
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January 19, 2011

As Seen on Entourage: Avion Tequila Made from Blue Weber Agave

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The first time I heard of Avion Tequila was on the HBO series Entourage. I didn't realize it was a real product until I was sent a bottle.  This tequila is made from one of the world's finest agaves.

Tequila Aviõn is produced with only the finest Blue Weber Agave found in the highest regions of Jalisco, Mexico. Higher elevation and topography creates more stress on the plants which in turn leads to more depth and character in the tequila. The plants found in this region are known to be the most coveted plants for tequila production due to their rich mineral content and distinct quality and character. Once harvested, the Tequila Aviõn agave is slow roasted in brick ovens under low temperatures, producing a more rich and robust flavor.

There are many delicious cocktail recipes that can be made with Avion.
Refreshingly Citrus Cocktail

Ingredients

1.5 oz Tequila Avion
.5 oz Orange Juice
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Fresh Lime juice
1 oz Simple Syrup

Method

In a cocktail shaker Muddle 5 mint leaves
add Ice and build all ingredients Shake until ice cold and frothy
Serve over fresh ice, garnish with a Mint leaf and lemon Twist


As far as the eco-friendly characteristics of this tequila, it is made naturally with traditional methods. Of course, the glass bottle is recyclable. I am not aware of other sustainable practices.  

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 18, 2011

Congress Spends $760,000 on Bottled Water a Year

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Bottled water is bad for the environment and not any healthier than tap; however, the United States Congress spends $760,000 a year on the stuff. Food & Water Watch reports:

Bottled water cost Congress $190,000 in the first quarter of 2010 alone! Rather than waste public dollars on a privatized resource, our members of Congress should support investment in the nation's drinking water infrastructure so that we all have access to safe, clean, affordable tap water.

Speaker Boehner proposes cutting this unnecessary expense.

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January 17, 2011

Eco Clean Cleaning Products and Hand Soap Made in Denmark

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Eco Clean products are biodegradable and free of petro-chemicals:

The Eco Clean Collection reflects this greener scheme of things and adheres to the need of perfecting homes with safe and eco-conscious cleaning products. Eco Clean is an indigenous Denmark cleaning product range made from pure, local Danish ingredients available at a shockingly reasonable price. Made from Danish sugar beets, Eco Clean is a sustainable, renewable, readily biodegradable resource that comes from farms on the island of Falster.

When looking through the ingredients list on the hand soap, I don't exactly believe the above quote, as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is the second ingredient after water. SLS is often considered a natural ingredient, as it is derived from coconut, but it is still a concerning ingredient. Furthermore, I don't believe that coconuts grow in Denmark. The hand soap also contains chemical colorants like CI 74160 and CI 16255.

We received the following products from Eco Clean:
  • Eco Clean Kitchen Countertop Cleaner, Orange and Rosemary
    This new cleaner is specifically developed for the kitchen and contains our ACTIVE ECO BOOSTER to clean more efficiently and effectively. Non-Toxic, Biodegradable Kitchen Countertop cleaner can be used on all kinds of stove tops, sinks, tiles, cabinets, and all kinds of surfaces like ceramics, marble, glass, granite and vinyl Safe to use around Children and Pets. Does not harm your skin or the environment. Scented with essential oils to leave your kitchen smelling heavenly. Free of Petro Chemicals, Bleach, Ammonia and Phosphates. This product is not tested on animals.
  • Eco Clean Hand Wash, Lavender
    Extra Gentle Hand Wash for frequent use. Leaves your hands clean, soft and delicately fragranced. Allergy Friendly fragrance. Mild to your skin. Paraben Free. Biodegradable. This product is not tested on animals.
  • Eco Clean Glass Cleaner, White Tea and Sage
    This new cleaner contains our ACTIVE ECO BOOSTER for a sparkling clean and streak free shine. Non-Toxic, Biodegradable Glass cleaner can be used on all glass surfaces such as mirrors, windows, automobile windscreens, TV screens, appliances and even glass and stainless steel. Safe to use around Children and Pets. Does not harm your skin or the environment. Scented with essential oils. Free of Petro Chemicals, Bleach, Ammonia and Phosphates. This product is not tested on animals.
  • Eco Clean Toilet Cleaner, Cool Mint
    This new cleaner contains our ACTIVE ECO BOOSTER to clean more effectively and efficiently. Non-Toxic, Biodegradable Toilet cleaner has a superior cleaning action and removes dirt and limescale from ceramic and porcelain. Safe to use around Children and Pets. Does not harm your skin or the environment. Scented with essential oils to leave your bathroom smelling clean and fresh. Free of Petro Chemicals, Bleach, Ammonia and Phosphates. This product is not tested on animals.
  • Eco Clean Bathroom Cleaner, Lavender and Mint
    This new cleaner contains our ACTIVE ECO BOOSTER to clean more efficiently and effectively. Non-Toxic, Biodegradable Bathroom cleaner can be used on all kinds of marble, tiles, sinks, taps, floors, toilets and bathtubs. Safe to use around Children and Pets. Does not harm your skin or the environment. Scented with essential oils to leave your bathroom smelling amazingly fresh. Free of Petro Chemicals, Bleach, Ammonia and Phosphates. This product is not tested on animals.
I have to disagree that SLES is allergen-free, as my own son gets eczema from it. Lot of "natural" companies use it, but I am not sure why Eco Clean uses chemical colorants.


Eco Clean's name may imply they are completely green, and I am thankful they disclose their ingredients; however, just examining the hand soap alone causes concern. The cleaners may be more natural, but I can't help but feel cautious with this line.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 14, 2011

All-Natural Beauty Care: Jess' Bee Natural

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I love featuring handmade, truly natural beauty products, especially when they come from my home town! Jess' Bee Natural makes delightful products you can trust!

Jess' Bee Natural is an eco-conscious business specializing in high quality skin care. Our lip balms and lotions are produced in small batches using some of nature's purest ingredients known for their moisturizing, healing, and soothing capabilities. Ingredients like rich shea butter, all natural beeswax, vitamin E, and the purest essential oils ensure that you are only putting the best on your skin. We also hand pour all of our products to ensure every batch is perfect.

Here are the chemical-free products we tried:

  • Lip Balm: Comes in six flavors of natural, lime, cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, and grapefruit. These lip balms are also available in bulk!

  • Shea Butter Lotion: Comes in three flavors of natural, tangerine, and lavender.

 The prices on these products are all affordable. Lip balm is only $3 (bulk $22.50 for 10) and the shea butter lotion is $8.00.

These are great products you can rest assured are truly natural.  Jess' Bee Natural has signed on to the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 13, 2011

Wal*Mart Greenwashes Consumers Committing Environmental and Human Rights Violations with Love, Earth Jewelry Line

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I've always been suspicious of any green claims by Wal*Mart. I just don't trust a company whose business model is based entirely on mass consumption of cheap Chinese-made goods and driving out competition from local shops (see How Walmart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It). It is contrary to eco-friendly shopping in all regards!

Three years ago, I exposed Wal*Mart's Earth, Love jewelry line as greenwashing. Now, there is further evidence against the company that it has committed environmental and human rights violations in the Bolivian production of the jewelry line. Alternet reports:

The mines also rely on a controversial process called cyanide heap-leaching, which can result in one of the most toxic substances on Earth entering local water supplies. Indeed, the process is so problematic that it's been banned in Montana, and the European Union is considering a similar prohibition...

The story is a must-read--there's way more in it than I can explain here. But I asked Friedman-Rudovsky about pieces she wasn't able to include in the article--she talked about the impact of U.S. mining on surrounding communities, that the Love, Earth line promises to be community-friendly and engage with populations living on the territories or near the mines, but "there is a lot of documented evidence about how that's not necessarily true."

She added that workers in subcontracted factories don't receive aguinaldo, which she explained is like a Christmas bonus in Bolivia, except that it's legally mandated and should be ten percent of yearly earnings. She said one worker told her that she and friends are "so ashamed to be working in jobs where they don't get aguinaldo, they pull together to buy baskets with treats to bring home to pretend they did get the bonus."

Photo:  Attribution Some rights reserved by J from the UK

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January 12, 2011

Kids' Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games

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Kids' Garden: 40 Fun Indoor and Outdoor Activities and Games is fun deck of large cards with great ideas to get your child outside (or bring outside in).

Get outside and grow with some child-friendly fun with gardening! Kids Garden includes forty activities and games and an eight-page booklet that contains information on gardening tools, year-round plant care and garden safety. These step-by-step instructions are enhanced by colorful collage artwork on each double-sided card and they create a fun and easy way for budding green-thumbs to plant, investigate, learn and experiment.

I strongly believe gardening should be part of every child's education, both at home and at school. Not only does gardening teach children about the natural world, it improves their nutrition and willingness to try new fruits and vegetables.   Products like this one help give you ideas and motivate families.  

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 11, 2011

Haiti Earthquake Rubble to be Recycled into Strong Concrete

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The devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti last year was beyond description. Largely to blame was faulty construction methods, such as not reinforcing concrete and mixing concrete by "eye". As you can imagine, the amount of rubble left behind is enormous, but engineers in Georgia have devised a way to recycle this debris into safe, concrete for rebuilding. Environment News Service reports:
Nearly one year after a severe earthquake devastated Haiti, most of the damaged areas are still in ruins. But today, engineering and concrete experts at the Georgia Institute of Technology published a method of recycling Haiti's estimated 20 million cubic yards of broken concrete and other rubble into strong new construction material.
Testing Haiti concrete debris, researchers found it to have 2700 pounds per square inch less strength than typical concrete in the US. They have found a way to strengthen this inferior concrete with locally sourced aggregate and sand, as well as mixing batches by hand, to reach US standards of strength. 
 "Based upon these results, we now believe that Haitian concrete debris, even of inferior quality, can be effectively used as recycled coarse aggregate in new construction," said Kurtis. "It can work effectively, even if mixed by hand. The key is having a consistent mix of materials that can be easily measured. We are confident are results can be scaled up mix procedure where quantities can be measured using common, inexpensive construction equipment."
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January 10, 2011

Eco-Friendly Spirits: Puerto Rican DonQ Rum's Green Initiatives

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Nothing is more refreshing than a mojito, and you don't have to feel green guilt if you use DonQ Rum in your mix. DonQ has been produced in Ponce, Puerto Rico since 1865. This very old, family-owned American business is on its way to being 100% sustainable.

We approach sustainability as the challenge of finding ecologically responsible solutions within the context of an economically viable enterprise. Our waste reclamation program not only allows us to maximize our production capacity, it provides valuable energy return and cost reductions in the form of Biogas, electricity, service water, and industrial products that we can sell to other businesses. All this while we do what's best for the vibrant ecosphere of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Sea.

I applaud all of DonQ's green efforts, and there is a lot of information available on their website, including this chart.
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And here's the recipe for a delicious mojito:

dash......................................................SUGAR
1 1/2 oz.......................................................LIME JUICE
5......................................................CRUSHED MINT LEAVES
1 1/2 oz.......................................................DONQ CRISTAL
Crush mint leaves with sugar,rum and lime juice, shake well, add ice and a splash of club soda.
Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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January 7, 2011

Made in France: BPA-Free Glass Reusable Water Bottle with Silicone sleeve

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The search for the best reusable water bottle has ended! Lifefactory Beverage Bottle is made of glass, the safest container for your beverages. The lid is plastic, but fortunately it is BPA-free plastic. The glass bottle is protected from breakage with a silicone sleeve that is dishwasher safe.

  • Glass beverage bottle with 22-ounce capacity protected by stylish silicone sleeve in green
  • Glass does not add a chemical or metal taste to your beverage
  • Patent pending silicone sleeve provides a great gripping surface and helps to prevent breakage
  • Wide mouth bottle makes it easy to add ice, citrus slices and tea bags
  • Both bottle and silicone cover are dishwasher safe
Lifefactory creates innovative, non-toxic products that make it easy to lead a healthy and eco-conscious lifestyle. They fuse modern sensibility, eco-friendly composition, and exceptional utility to produce a glass beverage bottle that is free of known harmful chemicals such as BPA, phthalate, PVC, and polycarbonate. All materials are FDA approved. The unique patent pending silicone sleeve is free of plastics, 100% non-toxic, provides a great gripping surface and helps prevent breakage. The benefit of using a glass beverage bottle is that there is no risk of chemicals leaching into your drink and no metallic taste. The widemouth bottle design makes it easy to add ice, citrus slices, tea bags, etc. Beverage bottles are easy clean and dishwasher safe (the glass bottle and silicone sleeve can also be washed together in the dishwasher)

I recently bought a Lifefactory bottle for every member of my family: no metal taste, no plastic safety concerns. I like that the bottle is made in France (the silicone sleeve is from China). I really love our bottles!  Staying hydrated is the single most important thing we can do for our bodies and minds. A safe vessel for beverages is crucial. I am so happy I found Lifefactory!

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January 6, 2011

January 5, 2011

5 Green Deals: 7th Generation Wipes, Recycled Bedding, Bamboo Storage, Green Toys, Dual Flush Toilet

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1. Seventh Generation Baby Wipes Refills, Chlorine Free and Unscented, 70-Count Packs (Pack of 12) (840 Wipes) $42.99 $32.68

Only the best for your baby! Our fragrance free, hypoallergenic wipes clean baby's bottom with plant-derived ingredients. Whitened without chemicals containing chlorine, these soft cloth wipes do not contain alcohol, synthetic cleaners, dyes or fragrances. They're a safe and soft choice that cleans with power of nature to help keep your baby's skin pure and clean.
2. Park B. Smith Eco Houston Recycled Cotton Full/Queen Mini Quilt Set, Loden $169.99 $63.66
Do something special for yourself and the environment with this quilt set, made from 100% Recycled fabric. 100% recycled cotton fill. Recycled fabric is made from fresh clean fabric cuttings, shredded into fiber, spun into yarn which is used to make soft fabric.
3. Household Essentials Bamboo Storage Chests with Hinged Lids, Small, Set of 2 $54.99 $44.99
A great way to tidy up the home, dorm room, or office, these paired Household Essentials storage chests combines stylish design, versatile function, and environmentally smart construction. Created with a birdcage design that allows for free flow of air, the chests are built on solid wood bases with solid wood framing. Their sides and tops, however, are fashioned from bamboo sticks, a quickly grown sustainable resource that is a helpful alternative to timber.
4. Green Toys Recycle Truck $24.99 $16.00
Sort bottles, cans, and paper or just have a blast. Your eco-conscious little one will learn recycling basics while playing with this super cool recycling truck that has a movable recycling bed and open/shut rear door. The awesome eco-design has no metal axles. The Green Toys Recycling Truck is made in the U.S.A. from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
5. American Standard 2480.216.020 FloWise Dual Flush Right Height Elongated Toilet, White $439.00 $340.35
The American Standard Flowise dual flush Right Height toilet is constructed of vitreous china, a type of ceramic fired at high temperature to form a non-porous body coated with a ceramic glaze which is fused to the body and is certified in the EPA WaterSense program as a high efficiency, low consumption toilet with a 1.6-Gallon per full flush and 0.8-Gallon per flush partial flush. It has a 12-Inch rough-in and comes with a chrome-plated, top mounted push button actuator.
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January 4, 2011

Which eBook Reader is best? DO NOT BUY NOOK!

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Last year for Christmas, my daughter received a Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook Reader. She has read over a hundred books on her Nook. I wish I could say this has been a trouble free experience, but NOOK is not worth the money.

Ebook readers certainly are environmentally-friendly when you consider how much paper is saved; however, the electronic components and energy used in production do not balance out saved paper if the device is buggy and ultimately fails.

Our first Nook was a constant source of frustration. Regularly books would not open and have to be sideloaded. A few times the device simply got stuck and had to be restored to factory defaults. Software updates are usually buggy and do not solve the problems. Then after eight months, our Nook got a crack in the outer bevel case. Barnes and Noble shipped us a new one. Five months later, the e-ink screen has failed on the replacement device.

Our warranty has expired just days ago, and Barnes and Noble will do nothing for us. We are left with a worthless device. It has been nothing but trouble from the beginning, when you had to go to a store to actually register and use the device. I am extremely disappointed with Nook and Barnes and Noble.  I will no longer support this bookstore chain.  A little bit of internet research and you will discover how buggy these devices are.

I will not be buying a replacement device. The Nook is slow, and even though you get used to sideloading, it isn't always possible when traveling. Looks like a Kindle is in our future, now that we are hooked on eReaders.

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January 3, 2011

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