February 9, 2009
is a new line of five advanced, cosmeceutical grade skin prescriptions that are 100% natural from Suki Pure
The new sukispa™ treatments - renewal bio-resurfacing facial peel, targeted bio-brightening face serum, bio-active purifying face serum, bio-C 10% formula face serum and facial lift ultimate firming cream are packed with organic actives like cranberry glycolic aha, pumpkin enzymes, goldenseal extract, apple enzymes, tetrapeptide-9 and resveratrol to exfoliate damaged skin cells, decongest pores, even skintone, improve firmness and dramatically improve the over all health of the skin. And of course, not one trace of synthetics, gmo's, fragrances, lake colors or chemical preservatives will ever be found in any of the suki® formulations.
My favorite Sukispa products are:
- facial lift ultimate firming cream: uses high performing antioxidants like green tea and olive leaf to improve visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, loss of firmness, and/or uneven tone and reoccurring dryness.
- bio-C 10% formula face serum: oil-free serum supports collagen production & helps reduce future signs of aging using time-released vitamin c glucoside.
- sensitive cleansing bar: fair trade shea butter and 100% organic ingredients makes this vegan body bar effectively clean, soften and awaken your skin and senses.
September 29, 2008
Did you know that just one reusable bag eliminates the use of 1,000 plastic bags per year? ECOBAGS makes several natural and certified organic, recycled cotton and cotton/hemp blend reuseable bags. All ECOBAGS are made with fair wage/fair labor practices. My favorite bags are the Classic String Market Bags and the Lunch Bags, which I like to use as a produce bag. I am an avid farmers' market shopper, and it defeats the purpose of local shopping to accept a plastic bag made thousands of miles away from the farmer, besides the environmental impact. ECOBAGS has been in business for 19 years and is a member of Co-Op America, the Organic Trade Association, and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.
August 18, 2008
Certified organic, fair trade, low impact dyes: what could be better? Go Natural Baby
offers such eco-goodness in its Zah Collection of children's clothing. I got the Paloma dress for
my niece. The simple design and silk-like organic jersey cotton fabric is perfect for warm temperatures, as well as can be layered with a long sleeve onesie or t-shirt for cooler Fall temperatures. Since my children are growing up too quickly, I am glad to see that Zah Collection will soon offer select styles in sizes up to eight.
Go Natural Baby espouses corporate social responsibility:
Go Natural Baby™ will only put our name on products that are made with Fair Trade values, including providing a healthy work environment for its workers, paying a fair wage, and ensuring that children are not in the work environment. Each year a portion of our profits will be given to the people that work in the factory, fields, and/or the school in our factory's village.
Eco-friendly and corporate social responsibility must go hand-in-hand for green companies. I am proud to support Go Natural Baby.
February 22, 2008
Green and Black's Organic Milk Chocolate Bar with Whole Almonds
is absolutely the best chocolate I have ever tasted, and I consider myself a connoisseur of organic chocolate (aka a chocolate junkie).
Soy Lecithin, Organic Vanilla. Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Almonds (25%) Organic Whole Milk Powder (20.2%), Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier
Green and Black's
motto is "As Chocolate as Humanly Possible", which means of course, they use fair trade ingredients. In fact, the company was the first to earn the UK's Fairtrade mark.
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.
October 19, 2007
Speaking of Fair Trade Month, why not pick up a copy of Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide by Jacqueline Decarlo. Here's the description from Amazon:
Grounded in the inspiring power of Fair Trade as a positive alternative to poverty, environmental destruction, and human exploitation, this enlightening book explains how we can make a difference. Providing an accessible explanation of the principles behind the movement and tracing its development into the powerful economic and social justice tool it is today.
Available at Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide.
October 18, 2007
October is Fair Trade Month. And what better way to celebrate Fair Trade Month than by roasting your own fair trade coffee beans.
This highly rated Gene Cafe Drum Coffee Roaster comes with 9 lbs of fair trade coffee. Done.
Available from Seven Bridges Cooperative.
June 20, 2007
So your kid has a Mimi the Sardine Lunchbug lunchbag. What about something for you?
Allow me to recommend a Basura Bag tote bag. Made from recycled juice packs by a women's cooperative in the Phillipines, each bag is unique. According to the write-up on ReusableBags.com, the women's coop purchases the containers "through a network of local school children."
Indestructible and non-biodegradable by nature, foil juice packs clog landfills, fields and streets throughout the Philippines. Using clever designs that combine the material's strength & brilliant colors, the co-op helps keep the environment clean via this very cool method of recycling.
Buy Basura Bags.
June 7, 2007
Ideal Bite published a newsletter last week dedicated to eco-tourism sites. Among the sites recommended:
* EcoTour Directory - lists over 65 eco-holiday providers.
* G.A.P. Adventures - offers tours for groups of 12 or fewer and encourages carbon offsetting.
* Sierra Club Outings - tour the world with other eco-conscious travelers.
* Sustainable Travel International - a non-profit that helps you book all sorts of eco-adventures, from archaeological digs to yoga tours.
* Relief Riders International - guided horseback rides that let you help the Red Cross and distribute books to kids along the way.
* Responsible Travel - awesome trip packages geared toward folks in the UK.
(Via Ideal Bite)
May 29, 2007
Ah, Memorial Day. The start of summer - time for beaches, frisbees, kicking a soccer ball around in the park. If that sounds like your idea of fun, allow me to steer you toward Fair Trade Sports
, makers of Fair Trade soccer balls, frisbees and sports apparel.
All their sports balls are certified to be stitched by adult workers paid fair wages and ensured healthy working conditions. All apparel on the site is certified to be sweatshop-free. And all their after-tax profits are donated to children's charities.
Read more at Fair Trade Sports.