August 31, 2011

GE: Energy Smart Lightbulbs from a Company Making Record Profits and Not Paying Taxes

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We've come a long way when it comes to the energy we consume to light our homes. GE has been the leader in home appliances from the beginning. From Thomas Edison's first light bulb to today's CFLs and LEDs, GE is paving the way.

We were sent the following GE Energy Smart bulbs to try:
GE 74437 15-Watt Energy-Smart Covered Glass CFL Light Bulbs, 60-Watt Equivalent:

GE Lighting 74437 15-Watt energy smart CFL all glass light bulb, 60-Watt output, 1-Pack This bulb was made to look like a regular incandescent light, but uses a fraction of the electricity. Our compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs bring all the advantages of fluorescent lighting to regular incandescent sockets. They use up to 75-Percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer. This bulb has the same look and size as a standard incandescent light bulb, but has GE spiral bulb on the inside. The instant on feature allows it to perform similar to an incandescent. It is energy star compliant and RoHS compliant requiring it to contain lower mercury than before. It uses 73-Percent to 78-Percent less energy! This bulb will pay for itself with energy savings. It provides the same warm soft-white light and lasts 5 years (8,000 hours), 8 times longer than the standard incandescent equivalent.

GE 62180 9-Watt LED Soft White A19 Light Bulb
This 9-watt GE energy smart LED is an A19 General Purpose Bulb. A19 is a Shape of light bulb that you see in most homes also known as a "Household light bulb". They're the most common bulbs in the world and never before has an LED A19 existed that actually sends light out in all directions. We have the solution! This bulb uses fantastic LED technology to ensure it will last longer than other bulbs you've seen. this bulb specifically will last 22 years based on normal 3/hour per day usage. Its rated at 25,000 hours and puts out 450 lumens. The instant full brightness doesn't need to warm up and makes you feel like you have a normal bulb in the socket. It has omni-directional light distribution. Color temperature of 3000K. RoHS compliant with a 10-year warranty.

I think the future of light bulbs are LEDs. Sure they cost a lot more now ($42 a bulb!), but the technology has really improved. The LED bulb we were sent is fabulous, lighting up in all directions as promised.

If GE's record profits and lack of tax paying bother you, than you will want to shop around for other alternatives.  As ABC reported:

For those unaccustomed to the loopholes and shelters of the corporate tax code, GE's success at avoiding taxes is nothing short of extraordinary. The company, led by Immelt, earned $14.2 billion in profits in 2010, but it paid not a penny in taxes because the bulk of those profits, some $9 billion, were offshore. In fact, GE got a $3.2 billion tax benefit.


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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August 30, 2011

Caffeine May Naturally Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer from Sun Exposure

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Good news for coffee addicts like me! According to a new study, caffeine may naturally reduce your risk of skin cancer from sun exposure.   The Huffington Post reports Rutgers University researcher Allan Conney's findings:

"The study we did with colleagues at the University of Washington identified the ATR kinase pathway as being inhibited by caffeine." The result? More DNA damaged cells are killed off, potentially preventing non-melanoma (basal or squamous cell) skin cancer from ever developing.

But caffeine doesn't only inhibit this important protein. Caffeine itself also acts as a sunscreen, absorbing harmful UV rays, according to Conney. So will your sunscreen contain a shot of caffeine one day? "I would think that's a real possibility," he says.

Until that day comes, there's some good news for coffee drinkers: You're already getting some sun protective benefits from your daily cup of joe. A 2007 study of nearly 94,000 women found that those who sipped caffeinated coffee daily had an almost 11 percent lower risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. Women who drank six or more cups of coffee on a daily basis saw a 30 percent reduction in risk.

Actually, many sunscreens already contain coffee, like Nature's Gate Mineral Kid's block. How well topical versus ingested coffee protects your skin, I don't know.

Be sure to always check the Environmental Working Group's sunscreen guide to find the safest protection.

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August 29, 2011

Really Natural Books: Vegan for Life

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I have been a vegan in the past, but I abandoned this diet when pregnant with my first child. We do eat a lot of vegan food, and I love learning more about how to eat healthy!

Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet by Jack Norris, RD and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD is a great book for those just beginning their vegan lifestyle, as well as those you have chosen this animal-free diet for years.

Praise for Vegan for Life:
"A no-nonsense guide to explode the myths, avoid the pitfalls, and maximize health on a plant-based diet. Required reading for every vegan, old or new."--Michael Greger, MD, Director, Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society of the United States

This incredible resource addresses concerns of a vegan diet, such as calcium, vitamin D, and bone health, as well as food choices for managing chronic diseases. The horrors of the omnivore diet are discussed, in addition to exploring the issues about the safety of eating soy.

Whatever your questions are about being vegan, you are sure to find the answers in this book.


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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August 26, 2011

Lapostolle Chilean Wines Earn 90 Points from Wine Spectator

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I love wine, although I typically stick to California vintages. It's not hard to be a locavore when in you live in the Golden State. My experience with South American wines has not always been positive. They are usually more affordable, but there is also usually quality issues.

We were sent two varieties from the Chilean winemakers Lapostolle:

Cuvee Alexandre Carmenerre 2009:

Color: Deep dark purple red, very intense. Nose: Expressive nose, with fresh black fruit aromas, spices, red pepper and bitter chocolate. Palate: Smooth and well balanced tannins, with a good structure and a long finish. Needs aging. Service and Food Pairing: Cellar for several years or decant and serve at 16-18°C (60 to 65°F). Ideal companion for meats and elaborate dishes.

Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay 2008:
Color: Bright light yellow with subtle lime notes. Nose: Elegant aromas of sweet citrus fruit, sweet flowers, tropical fruits and subtle spices. Palate: Very round and elegant mouth feel with good volume, a lively acidity and a long persistent finish. Service and Food Pairing: Serve at 12° C (53° F). Ideal companion for medium seasoned dishes, fish or chicken.

I did prefer the carmenere over the chardonnay, but both bottles had cork issues that broke upon opening.  

The vineyard does disclose its environmental practices. These wines are made from organic grapes in the process of certification, although the label does not disclose this important information. I am much more inclined to buy an organic bottle over conventional. Furthermore, the vineyards are 100% biodynamic.

Under the leadership of Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, Lapostolle is wholly committed to natural winemaking techniques, including: 100% organic and biodynamic vineyard management, new green packaging, water conservation and recycling, and 100% night harvesting across three vineyard sites in Chile. Night harvesting not only makes "green sense" by reducing energy consumption, but consistently delivers a more full-bodied expression of the grape.

I commend all of the environmental practices of Lapostolle, but I still think it is better to get your wine locally.

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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August 25, 2011

Really Natural Recipes: The Best Organic Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting

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I've made simple cream cheese frosting, and I've made simple whipped cream frosting. Both are good, but combined is an unbeatable frosting that holds its form but is not overpowering like traditional powdered sugar icings.

Whipped Cream and Cream Cheese Frosting
Use organic ingredients for best results!

Combine:

Using a whisk attachment on a mixer, stir until smooth. Then slowly add:


  • 2 cups heavy cream


Continue mixing until sturdy and stiff. Frost a cooled cake. No refrigeration required before frosting.

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August 24, 2011

Etsy Finds: Organic Cotton Ghost Elephant T-Shirt

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I love Alternative Women's Organic Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Tee, so when I see Etsy designs featuring them, I am in love!

RC Tees Ghost Elephant design is very cool. I had a thing for elephants as a child, and this graphic design is very appealing! 100% organic pima cotton and supporting Etsy merchants: You can't go wrong!

These t-shirts really fit nicely. I think the above photo does not do it justice!

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August 23, 2011

Cooling Climate? Warming Climate? Climate Change Since 1953 [video]

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August 22, 2011

Tropical Tamanu "Miracle" Oil: Naturally Heals Acne, Toenail Fungus, and Skin Ailments

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Dr. Oz touts its benefits, so do many celebrities. Heals scars, wrinkles, acne, toenail fungus...

I've had a small patch of toenail fungus on my big toe since high school. It has not grow any larger, but it is a bit annoying, so I decided to try New Chapter Tropical Tamanu Oil. It's only been a week, yet I feel the tamanu oil is actually shrinking the spot. I like the oil so much, I have started applying it to my face and even tried it on my poison oak rash.

Mountain Rose Herbs explains all the benefits of Tamanu oil. Here's a little excerpt:

Tamanu oil is a remarkable topical healing agent with skin healing, antineuralgic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibiotic and antioxidant properties... The Tamanu tree is indigenous to tropical Southeast Asia; it is found in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian islands...

Fiji natives use Tamanu oil for joint pains, arthritis, bruises, oozing wounds, chapped lips and preventing diaper rash. In most south sea islands it is utilized as an analgesic for sciatica, rheumatism and ulcers.

Pacific islanders apply Tamanu oil to scrapes, cuts, burns, insect bites and stings, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, anal fissures, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, diaper rash and herpes sores--and even to reduce foot and body odor!..

Tamanu oil possesses significant antimicrobial qualities, as proven in antibacterial and antifungal tests. It contains powerful bactericide and fungicide agents that defeat human and animal pathogens...

Tamanu oil fades stretch marks with incredible results. It also works miracles on scar tissue, making scars look less unsightly.


I don't think there is anything this oil can't do!

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August 19, 2011

Green and Healthy Back to School with Naked Binder

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Back to school time starts earlier and earlier each summer it seems. My kids went back to school on Monday. Unfortunately, many common school supplies are toxic and not environmentally-friendly. In particular, binders are often covered in PVC vinyl. The new binder smell alone is enough to make parents seek out greener back to school supplies.

Naked Binder to the rescue!

Started in 2008, Naked Binder emerged having multiple goals: sustainability, great design, preserving wilderness we love and giving back to education that helped us get here.

We designed the strongest, most sustainable 3-ring binders available - cutting waste in manufacturing, processing and travel. We make our binders, folders and tabs in Des Moines, IA in the US of A out of FSC certified, 100% post-consumer waste binders board, 100% cotton cloth, a few FSC certified papers and metal rings. No plastics, vinyls or toxins.

We designed our 3-ring binders to look so good you won't want to get rid of them. We have everything you might need to impress a client, store your taxes or decorate your office.

Naked Binder donates to support wilderness areas and schools around the US. Learning to think and space to think in are important for a better world.


These are great, sturdy binders that are aesthetically pleasing and sure to be the envy of all the green minded kids at school. Plus, Naked Binder makes more green back to school supplies with folders and dividers for those binders! These products are great for teachers too!

I love Naked Binder!

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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August 18, 2011

Forget the Price of Gas: What Does it Really Cost to Drive Your Car?

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I happened to notice that gas had dropped about 10 cents per gallon here in northern California. Of course, when we fill up the tank, we notice that the cost of driving is expensive; however, there are many more costs that contribute to our expensive driving habits such as insurance, water pollution, CO2, etc.

The True Cost of Driving helps you calculate the actual costs of driving your vehicle.

When considering the cost of driving, most people think only about how much they pay for gas. Drivers also pay to buy and maintain a car, including tune-ups, oil and tires, as well as for insurance, registration, and parking.

Indirect costs of driving, such as road construction and maintenance, add to drivers' financial burden through taxes and fees. In addition, there are quality of life costs that drivers and non-drivers alike pay to support automobile transportation. Though challenging to quantify, these added impacts include air pollution, traffic congestion, and health care.

Use this educational tool to calculate both your out-of-pocket Direct Driver's Expenses and the Indirect Costs of your driving habits. Once you consider the true cost of driving alone, other transportation options such as carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, walking, riding a bike or telecommuting may look more attractive.


My cost added up to $1.39 per mile or $19,473.30 a year. There are some assumptions and omitted items in this calculator, like variance in state taxes and fuel efficiency, but it definitely gives you an idea of the financial burden of our cars.

Via: MNN

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August 17, 2011

125 Best Blender Recipes Bookazine Perfect for Hot Summer Meals

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Published by the Hearst Corporation, 125 Best Blender Recipes: Smoothies, Shakes, Cocktails is a Bookazine full of refreshing summer recipes.

The summer will be a lot cooler with recipes for refreshing smoothies like the Blueberry Blast (pg 19), cocktails including the Miami Mojito (pg. 29) and Mango Margarita (pg. 23), and desserts like Watermelon Granita (pg. 94). Now on newsstands nationwide, 125 Best Blender Recipes is $9.99.

125 Best Blender Recipes also includes recipes for speedy hors d'oeuvres, light entrées and no-stress party menus, complete with entertaining tips, plus a blender buying guide. A detailed recipe index divides dishes by category, with appetizers like Speedy Hummus (pg. 39) and Arugula Pizza (pg. 36), salads such as the Mediterranean Shrimp Caesar Salad (pg. 55), soups like the Chilled Cucumber-Melon (pg. 57) and entrées including Chicken Tostadas with Avocado Sauce (pg. 78) and Whole Wheat Rotini with Walnut Pesto (pg. 77), making it easy to plan new meal ideas and party menus.

I've personally never felt the need to have a recipe for a smoothie. I make them with whatever fresh or frozen fruit we have on hand, and they always end up delicious. I do like the cocktail and breakfast recipes in this bookazine.

This bookazine is not just full of blended drink recipes but shows you how to use your blender to make great sauces and mix ingredients, like for crepes and basic pesto. It is not strictly vegetarian, and you may want to substitute some ingredients. The photographs are very appetizing!

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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August 16, 2011

Armed FDA Raids on Raw Milk Farmers [video]

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August 15, 2011

Alo Natural Aloe Vera Drinks Made in Taiwan With Real Aloe Chunks

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Made with 25% Aloe Vera, alo is a thirst quenching beverage. It is not organic, but there is no high fructose corn syrup to worry about.

ALO line of aloe vera infused drinks is the leading RTD aloe vera drink in the U.S. mass market and natural grocery channels for a reason. Our drinks are made from only the best, all natural ingerdients. We never use artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Nor do we add gellan gum, xantham gum, thickeners, or emulsifiers, as some others do. Our proprietary manufacturing process yields larger chuncks [sic] of real aloe pulp than any other aloe vera drink in the market. And we have totally unique blends like none other.

I think the chunks of aloe pulp are a little strange, as my first thought was the drink had gone bad and the aloe solidified until I read it is suppose to be there. These drinks contain 25% aloe vera juice and pulp content, but my biggest concern is they are made in Taiwan. That is a heavy carbon footprint to ship to western markets considering the first listed ingredient is water.

Alo comes in the following flavors:


The cranberry is my favorite flavor.

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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August 12, 2011

MountainSmith Recycled Lumbar Fanny Pack Provides Comfort and Convenience for Day Hikes and Travel

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When we go backpacking, we always take day hikes that require a smaller pack for lunch and water. I have hip problems, so most fanny packs annoy me and I prefer a daypack. I recently purchased the Mountainsmith Swift II Recycled Lumbar Pack for my daughter, and I was surprised at how comfortable it is.

  • fleece
  • Removable shoulder strap and air mesh foam back panel; tuck-away waistbelt; two water bottle pockets and elastic rigging
  • Made from 100 percent recycled ReDuraTM PET fabric
  • Zippered main compartment, interior zippered hanging pocket, zippered front panel with key clip
  • Bright yellow lining promotes visibility and 3M reflective highlights
  • Removable shoulder strap. Fleece-lined eyewear pocket with cord port. Internal organizational dividers. Front panel water resistant zipper.
This is a smaller fanny pack for long day hikes, as it would be challenging to fill it with all you need; however, the size makes sure you don't overload it and put extra strain on your hips and lower back.

 

This is also a great fanny pack for traveling and not looking like a geek!

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August 11, 2011

Healthy Food Costs More in US

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Researchers have discovered that eating right according to recommended dietary guidelines is expensive! Anyone who has been to the grocery store can confirm. Medical News Today reports:

The researchers gathered data on over 1,000 adults in King County, Washington, to work out how much it would cost to make up for their dietary shortfall in order to meet federal dietary requirements. If the average American consumer upped their potassium intake to federal guideline levels, they would have to spend an extra $380 per year - and that is just for potassium...

They found that those who already spent the most on food came closest to the overall recommended daily values.


It's a shame that eating well is reserved for well to do in this wealthy nation.  It wasn't always so before the mass industrialization of farming.  

Considering the size of my bill at the Coop yesterday, I must be eating right!  This study doesn't even factor organic prices into the bill.  

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August 10, 2011

PETA Humane Products for Unwelcome "House Guests"

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PETA is know for the advocacy for animal rights. It only makes sense PETA would provide humane traps for household pests. We were sent three of these products to try:
Frog Saver Lily Pad:

Save the rain forests! Save the whales! Save the frogs? You bet! This ingenious "lily pad" gives frogs just the leg up they need to prevent them from drowning in swimming pools. Snapped onto the pool ladder or attached to the wall, the Frog Saver helps frogs, lizards, and other small animals.

Humane Bug Catcher:

If you're a compassionate person who wouldn't hurt a fly and your motto is "live and let live," even when it comes to tiny, six-legged, uninvited house guests, then this humane bug catcher is for you! Complete with a plastic sliding door and housing to safely contain the insect, the bug catcher makes the transport from your home to outdoors simple.

Humane Smart Mousetrap
When tiny guests stop by, turn compassion into action. Plastic trap catches mice alive and unharmed so they can be released outdoors. Be sure to check the trap frequently, so mice won't suffer needlessly. Each trap is reusable so that you can catch and release each mouse for relocation. We will enclose our Humane Control of Mice and Rats tip sheet with every order.

Glue traps are among the cruelest pest-control devices on the market today.


Personally, I think these products are like trinkets. My father says the frogs get out of his pool just fine using the ladder, and I catch bugs easily enough without a plastic device. Wasps I kill. Sorry PETA. My solution for mice is a cat.

That being said, the bug catcher is actually cool for collecting bug species outside for viewing and identifying. Sure it is not the intended use, but it entertains and educates my kids.

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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August 9, 2011

Is Your Meat Injected with "Flavor Enhancers" Without Your Knowledge?

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I don't eat meat, so I really know little about purchasing it, but a recent story caught my attention. Apparently, meat is regularly injected with "flavor enhancers" without consumer knowledge and labeling may soon be required. Organic Authority reports:

The widely used practice of injecting meat and poultry with "marinades" or solutions to plump up flavor content and texture may now be more visible to consumers through a proposed new rule suggested by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Currently, raw meats and poultry do not have to be labeled to note the addition of these widely used flavor solutions, which may boost the sodium content of the meat unbeknownst to the consumer.

In a statement from the USDA, the proposed rule would "require that the common or usual name of these products include an accurate description of the raw meat or poultry component, the percentage of added solution, and the individual or multi-ingredient components in the added solution. The print for such labels would be presented in a font, size, and color that are easily visible to consumers."


With all of the regulations requiring food products to list ingredients, I am surprised this practice has gone largely unnoticed until now. What about food allergies? I wonder if flavor enhancers are injected into organic meat too.

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August 8, 2011

Ditch the Bottled Water: ZeroWater Pitcher Removes all Total Dissolved Solids

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Bottled water is one of the biggest scams sold to Americans, but it is true the tap water sometimes doesn't pass muster. ZeroWater ZD-001 Filtration Pitcher with Electronic Tester, Filter Included removes all Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) through a 5-stage ion exchange filter exceeding bottled water standards.

Tested and certified by the Water Quality Association and NSF International for removal of several minerals, ZeroWater is the only filtration system that fits the FDA definition of purified bottled water. And at a fraction of the cost of ordinary carbon filters.

The ZeroWater pitcher not only improves the taste of your tap water, it also helps to improve the environment. When you use the ZeroWater Pitcher, you'll reduce your use of plastic water bottles that clog up landfills and harm ecosystems. You'll also contribute to water conservation, because unlike reverse-osmosis systems, ZeroWater is gravity operated and doesn't waste electricity or water.


I like the idea of pitcher filters to keep cool water in the refrigerator, but I trust my Multi-Pure more.

My only concern is the plastic of the pitcher could contain BPA. There are no recycling numbers on it to indicate the type of plastic.

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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August 6, 2011

The Strongest Glass Water Bottle: The Bamboo Bottle

bamboo_bottle.jpgThe Bamboo Bottle is a glass bottle with an outer bamboo shell that protects the glass better than silicone shells. The bottle comes apart for dishwashing, and it is said to be safe to drop from great heights!

One of the most stylish, cleanest and unique water bottles you can drink from - all while being as environmentally responsible as possible. The Bamboo Bottle is a reusable water bottle made of a bamboo insulator and a glass bottle. To clean, simply unscrew the top and bottom and insert the glass bottle into the dishwasher. Unlike plastics and metals that can leach chemicals, this BPA-free water bottle keeps your drink safe at all temperatures. This is the best reusable water bottle to drink from- it's eco friendly, it's clean, it's stylish and it's safe to drink from whether your beverage is hot, or cold. The glass lining ensures clean drinking at all temperatures. It's eco friendly and reusable.

I have not dropped our Bamboo bottle to test at what height it will break, but I love its design. My only complaint is that it is not larger. I am used to the 40 ounce Klean Kanteen.

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August 4, 2011

During Recession and Energy Crisis Chevron Reports Record Profits

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It's hard not to complain about the price of gasoline as you fill up your car, and it is a constant reminder that this nonrenewable energy source is running out. Coupled with tough economic times, it is unfathomable that oil companies are making record profits. SF Gate reports:

Buoyed by high oil and gasoline prices, Chevron Corp. on Friday reported earning $7.73 billion in the second quarter, putting the San Ramon company on track for what could be its most profitable year yet.

Chevron, the nation's second-largest oil company, made $13.94 billion in profit for the first half of this year, easily topping its previous record of $11.14 billion in the first half of 2008.


Can you say, "outraged"?

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August 3, 2011

SunRidge Farms: All Natural Trail Mixes and Treats

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If you are looking for a convenient, all natural snack for the trail, car, home, or beach, SunRidge Farms has many flavors to suit your desires. We tried out four new varieties:

Tropical Trail Mix
INGREDIENTS: Unsweetened Papaya, Roasted Peanuts, Raisins, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Unsweetened Pineapple, Dates, Coconut, Bananas, Peanut Oil, Salt. 


Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops
INGREDIENTS: Chocolate Center (evaporated cane juice, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, soy lecithin [an emulsifier], natural vanilla), Colored Shell (evaporated cane juice, rice starch, gum arabic, tapioca dextrin, carnauba wax, natural food colorings [vegetable juice colors]).


Berries & Chocolate Antioxidant Mix
INGREDIENTS: Chocolate Stars (dehydrated cane juice, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin [an emulsifier], natural vanilla), Roasted Peanuts (peanuts; safflower, peanut, and/or canola oil; salt), Dry Roasted Almonds (almonds, sea salt), Dry Roasted Cashews (cashews, sea salt), Dried Cranberries (cranberries, evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil), Dried Cherries, Walnuts, Dried Blueberries (blueberries, evaporated cane juice, sunflower oil).


Women's Vitality Mix
INGREDIENTS: Dark Chocolate Chips (Unsweetened Chocolate, Calcium Carbonate, Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (An Emulsifier), Vanilla), Cranberries (Cranberries, Evaporated Cane Juice, Sunflower Oil), Pumpkin Seeds, Raisons, Dry Roasted Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Dry Roasted Cashiews, Organic Roasted Soy Nuts (Organic Soybeans, Salt, Organic Canola Oil Or Organic Soybean Oil), Cherries, Pistachios, Blueberries (Blueberries , Evaporated Cane Juice, Sunflower Oil).

My favorite blend is the Women's Vitality Mix. It has the right mix of sweet and salt, although, I wish there were more organic ingredients. That's true of all of SunRidge Farms products. I do commend that 70 percent of their distribution and manufacturing facilities are powered by solar, and they use biodiesel in their deliver trucks. SunRidge Farms just needs to make the jump to 100 percent organic ingredients!

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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August 2, 2011

Flat Screen TV Energy Consumption Declines 60%!

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Three years ago, we reported on how the trend towards flat screen TVs were harming our environment. Now there's some good news when it comes to television watching. Flat screen TVs are more efficient and impressively reducing energy consumption. EcoFriend reports:

Basing it on a data compiled on 1800 models of TV sets, Sust-it, the UK energy efficiency site, reports that energy usage in flat screen TV sets has shown an impressive 60 percent decline since 2006. Ross Llamas, the founder of Sust-it, says this improvement is from the use of LEDs to backlight the TV. LCD panel TVs have largely replaced Plasma displays that look to be on the verge of being phased out. The Sust-it study is confirmed by the magazine Which?. The editor, Martin Hocking says that his own studies show a 40-inch flat screen TV, that consumed 300 watts 3 years ago, now consumes only 70 watts. Since 2009, LED TVs have taken a 20 percent share of the 9.5 million UK flat TV market. As LED TVs consume less power than LCDs, the change to LEDs is good for reduced power consumption.

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August 1, 2011

Really Natural July 2011 Monthly Round Up!

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