TAG: Organic

Our Health is Precious

Healthy personal care

Good health is a precious thing, and so it follows that you need to be vigilant about what you put in and on your body. The personal care and household products you choose not only affect your health and well-being, but also the health and well-being of those you share the planet with. As a consumer, you have the power to choose products that are safe for everyone. If a personal care or household product is labelled “eco-friendly” or “green”, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it is earth-friendly, people-friendly or animal-friendly as even the “natural” and “fragrance-free” products often still… read more

Green Smoothies

Vitamin boosting smoothies

Green smoothies are a fast growing fad that could see you give off a new glow and have boundless energy! Packed full of antioxidants, green smoothies are natures youth elixir. A great start to the day and a perfect alternative for an afternoon snack. Below are some ideas to get you started, however there are endless options and it is always up to your preferred tastes.   Place all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately. If too thick add some filtered water to the blending process. Vitamin Booster ½ bunch Kale – high in beta carotene, vitamin k, vitamin c,… read more

Buy Local = Buy Better

Local produce helping the economy and environment

Chances are, if you’re here, you already have taken or might plan to take environmental action to reduce the effects of pollution and urbanization on the planet. It could be as simple as turning off the lights and unplugging the toaster when not in use, or you could be living without plastic and installing solar panels. Either way, the little things we do every day can add up to help preserve our environment. Out of ideas? Well, if turning off the lights isn’t enough, here are some other ways to reduce your footprint in one of the lesser known ways…. read more

Urban Farming

Urban farming

Would it ever be possible for people to walk down their own street and instead of seeing bare land in the landscape visualize urban farms filled with fresh vegetables grown by a community and shared by that same community? Regardless of whether it is a small cluster of herbs or a larger space covered in fruits and vegetables, it creates the idea of food sustainability within a community. Not only does it spread the ideology of food sustainability, it composes the thought that community collaboration is essential. Urban farming can have a major impact on climate change as well. If… read more

Shampoo Dilemma

Shampoo dilemma

Is your shampoo killing you? It’s an outlandish thought but one that actually demands your attention. There could be some ingredients in shampoos that cause you harm and should be avoided as much as possible. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) create the foam we are generally used to when engaging in the shampoo experience. The fact is these chemicals are closely related to compounds you find in heavy duty cleaners and degreases and have been linked to eye damage, depression, diarrhea, and severe skin irritation. DEA’s are a hormone disruptor and linked to kidney failure and… read more

Eco friendly wine

Green wine

Green wine doesn’t exactly sound very palatable to the average oenophile; however its popularity has grown rapidly around the world. There are many types of ‘Green Wine’ and unless you live in Portugal and are au fait with Vinho Verde (literally green wine) which translates as “young wine” with slight pétillance, ‘green wine’ means that it is cultivated in an environmentally friendly way. There are organic wines, biodynamic wines and organically grown grapes. All labelled under the umbrella of ‘green’, yet their meanings are very different. Biodynamic wineries are fast taking a strong hold on viticulture (the science, production and… read more

Eco Fashion Designers

Stella McCartney eco sunglasses

A trend for the trend-setters. Eco fashion is becoming the hot new thing and one of the most fashionable of all is leading the way. Stella McCartney has a new found conscience that has led her to create a range of eco-friendly sunglasses. For Spring Summer 2012, Stella McCartney launches a new ‘eco-friendly’ collection of sunglasses. It is a sustainable collection with the use of raw materials stemming from natural origins, such as castor-oil seeds and citric acid. The collection is made from over 50% natural and renewable resources, and to top it off McCartney’s offices and studios are powered… read more

The organic home

Organic home

If you haven’t noticed the onslaught of “natural/organic” products in the past few years then you have been hiding in the Himalayas. Pure products are omnipresent and it seems the “organic” industry can only get bigger. Amongst some stellar natural products, there are also some dubious impostors that claim to be something they are not. Of course the only way to truly know how natural the products are, is to make it yourself. In a modern world there are some commercial beauty and cleaning products I cannot live without, however, there are some common natural products found in your cupboard that can… read more

Green and Gorgeous

Green hair dye

Many people assume that the beautiful have it easy. That glamour is for the blessed and deserved. That good things come to gods and goddesses effortlessly. Well, it may be so, however beauty can also come at a price. Preening oneself is an age-old tradition. Some cultures go to extreme lengths to adorn themselves with what they consider beautiful. Members of an African Shilluk Tribe are considered to look their best with body scarification. Shona witch doctors wear skins and beads. Kayan people wear neck coils from as young as two years old. All have an effect on the bearer… read more

Organic eco-fashion

VBN - Vicarious by Nature

The Vicarious by Nature collection of fashionable, organic & eco-conscious contemporary clothing will be on show on March 8, 2012 at the Attire to Inspire fashion show as part of Los Angeles fashion week. Founded in 2007 by Robb Hanson & Devon Craychee, Vicarious by Nature (VBN) is an eco-contemporary clothing line that fosters the ideals of quality and style with a “naturally” conscious approach. They aim to be forward thinking environmentally, while still being fashion forward. Attire to Inspire, Breathe LA‘s second annual charity fashion show, will be held at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. Other eco… read more