TAG: Organic

Winter Whites

Winter Whites

Wearing white in winter can celebrate the season, and some designers with an ecofriendly focus know how to do it right. These cold weather fashions were seen at the Vegan Eco Fashion Label Vaute Couture show this season. This dress was refashioned using recycled satin. An organic print shirt. From the founder of Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, this vegan friendly coat is completely elegant. Vaute Couture, who partners with several animal rights and rescue organizations, uses low impact and ecologically conscious fabrics in their designs. Their Fair Trade and vegan selections use materials like bamboo jersey and organic cotton, moleskin and… read more

Top 12 Must-Read Foodie Books

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Here are 12 must-read books for those who are interested in food, health, and sustainability: 1. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan – A fascinating investigation into the ways in which industrial, organic, and alternative foods are produced and distributed, and their social, moral, political, and economic implications. 2. Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare by F. Bailey Norwood and Jason L. Lusk – An exploration of ethical issues, the feasibility of various animal welfare measures, and what could be done to promote the health and happiness of farm animals…. read more

Natural Baby Treatments

Natural Baby Treatments

If a little one is in your care you probably have dealt with product overload and label reading, and lots of it. It seems there are tons of chemicals in everyday items, and baby products are unfortunately no exception. Instead of resorting to shelf anxiety, there are a few natural methods you can turn to for basic therapies. Infant massage can work wonders for cranky babies. It is good for sore muscles and can help with stomach aches. It is also a source of relaxation, for both of you. Massage should unwind a fussy baby, but be sure to check with… read more

Making Alcohol Organically with Apples

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The resources required to produce and transport liquor results in an extensive 6.30 pounds of carbon dioxide per 750-milliliter bottle. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t enjoy a warm spirit in the drinking vessel of your choosing on occasion. But there are ways in which you can make your own, organic brew instead. And, with the passing of the autumn equinox, what better choice than hard apple cider? Beyond cutting the carbon footprint of your liquor consumption, you’ll be informed of your drink’s origins and find the cost of concocting your cider-y brew to be favorably scant by measure of… read more

Soil-Free Methods for Growing Crops Indoors

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Growing vegetables can seem daunting even for those with a yard, let alone the dwellers of a small apartment complex. But as the population continues to converge at ever-expanding metropolises, we find the need for healthier food that is self-sufficient is actually attainable – and becoming more so through increasingly efficient processes. All of which are suited for application to urban environments, as is evident in the following methods. Hydroponic Gardening Hydroponic  gardening is a prime method of growing plants in which no soil is used. Instead, all nutrients necessary to the plant’s vitality are obtained through water. Organic vegetables… read more

Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible Dresses – Good For Budgets And Boredom

Convertible fashions offer more ways to wear an item and can add both utilitarian and fun elements to a wardrobe. Several designers wanting to offer their customers versatile pieces in addition to ecofriendly choices in fabrics are adopting the conventional convertible dress and giving it an ecological makeover. Here are a few examples of adaptable clothing options and how they can be recreated in different looks. This 5 in 1 dress from Thieves Boutique offers a multifaceted style that even allows sleeves to be worn several different ways. Watch the demo and learn how the dress can be effortlessly changed around: The… read more

5 Reasons Why it is Better to Invest Locally

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The rise of corporate chain stores has had a profound effect on society. Rather than walking a couple blocks to a familiar shop, we drive miles to reach stand-alone super-centers inaccessible by foot. And instead of paying a fair price on items of lasting value, we invest in items of poor quality, impulsively giving ourselves over to supposed “sales” and “discounts”, which merely cost us in the long run. Despite the clutter of chain stores, there remains a future for independent business, and investing in small businesses in your town or city reaps many benefits for yourself and your community…. read more

Food For The Future

Food For The Future

In 2011, the Environmental Working Group released a report comparing the environmental impacts of various protein sources. The study found that lamb, beef, cheese, pork, and farmed salmon are the worst for the environment in terms of greenhouse gases produced. With the exception of farmed salmon, they also require the most inputs (feed, fuel, water, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, etc.) and generate the most manure. Turkey, chicken, canned tuna, and eggs also scored highly for greenhouse gas emissions. Where do all these greenhouse gas emissions come from? A lot of this pollution is caused by feed production and the nitrogen dioxide… read more

Organic Pantry Basics

Organic Pantry Basics

Sometimes we are so rushed we feel that we don’t have time to eat the healthiest foods. Having a few things on hand makes it easier to resist the not so good choices. Since the pantry is often the starting point for a home cooked meal or a wholesome snack, it is smart to keep it stocked with some quality basics so good food can be readily available. To start, organic. Whole wheat unbleached flours are a great alternative to white flours. White flours are bleached and refined, meaning they have been processed. This makes their shelf life longer, helps keeps… read more

Sustainable Fast Food – Is It Possible?

Sustainable Fast Food

Can fast food be sustainable? For the most part, the answer is no, with a few notable exceptions. Overall, the fast food industry has built its success upon fuel-intensive, large-scale industrial inputs that are harmful to human health and the environment. However, having a reputation for corporate social responsibility has become increasingly critical to a company’s success. This paradigm shift has motivated many fast food companies to reduce their ecological footprints and inspired the establishment of a number of greener fast food restaurants and small chains in various regions. The Swedish fast food chain, Max Burgers, is a good example… read more