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Green Store Shout Out: Greater Goods DC

Jul13

Greater Goods is relatively new eco-friendly store that offers a wide range of products as well as free estimates for a broad range of green home construction and renovation projects.

On a recent trip I was really impressed with the store's wide array of affordable products to upgrade your daily routine. Some of my favorite picks...

 

  • Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner, $7: If you're a Dr. Bronner fan then this is the perfect home cleaner option for you. Side note, Mrs. Meyers products have the best and freshest smell of any cleaner I've ever used.
  • simplehuman Carbon Filters, pack of 2, $4: Anyone living in a small apartment can appreciate the beauty of sticking one of these bad boys on the trashcan or in the bathroom. Rechargeable via direct sunlight.

  • Preserve Razor - Triple Blade, $7.25: The EPA estimates that over 2 billion disposable razors are landfilled annually in the US. These razors are made with 100% recycled plastics in handle, 65% of which is recycled Stonyfield Farm® yogurt cups.

 

Check out Greater Good's website for online shopping, free registration for greener living classes, and DIY guides.

Bonus: The store will also recycle certain items for free if you bring them to the store: printer cartridges, cell phones and spent rechargeable batteries (from power tools, laptops, cell phones, appliances, etc.). The store charges 50 cents for each compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) you want to recycle.

On the cutting edge of all things green? Greener Goods is open to suggestions for new products, classes, and services!


Seasonal and Regional Delectable Dining

Jul01

Welcome July and with it a new set of seasonal produce in your locale! Help support local farmers, lower your carbon footprint, and enjoy some non-processed produce. You may only get to vote at the polls once every few years but consumers vote every single day with their wallets.

www.sustainabletable.org/shop/seasonal/ and www.fieldtoplate.com both have great lists of in-season produce by state. Check out whats growing in your hood, update those grocery lists, and start enjoying!

In NYC? Load up your cart with some Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cherries, Lettuce, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes


Green Goods: Recycled Chic

Jul01

Forestbound is one of my current Etsy loves. The shop uses salvaged materials to create great weekender or chic gym bags. The owners hunt for the well-worn textiles and hardware to produce each one-of-a-kind tote.

http://forestbound.com/Forestbound_Home.html 


Daily Green: Best Eco Beauty Finds

Apr08

Three eco-friendly beauty finds we've been loving of late:

1. Facial Oil Josie Maran's Argan Oil  

Argan Oil is an incredibly rich source of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids that absorbs into skin with glowing results. The oil can be used anywhere with great results but the cost has led us to usingly sparingly at night.

2. Volume Shampoo Lush's BIG Shampoo

Sea salt gives limp hair MAJOR lift, toothed wrack seaweed infusion brings nourishment and softness and fresh lime juice and lemon infusion adds loads of lustre. We swear by this shampoo for giant hair, craveworthy smelling hair, and visions of sun and surf.

3. Self Tanner $12.99, Smart Shield

This eco-friendly self-tanning product uses DHA, instead of dyes or stains to cause the body to produce melanin and create a natural tan. A great option for spring's bare legs.

 


Do Some Good: Eco Friendly Fitness

Mar15

Workout wear gets beat up and worn out quickly. Follow Women's Health recent tips on giving your gear a second life:

Recycle your shoes through Nike Reuse a Shoe program

Recycle any Patagonia clothing

Recycle or donate yoga mats through the Recycle Your Mat initiative

Go green. It does a body good.


Daily Green: Lunch with a Side of Sustainability

Feb22

I pride myself on having made the switch from plastic to reusable water bottles long ago but still find myself shamefully relying on plastic sandwich and snack baggies when packing lunch. Not sure what my options were I spent a little time shopping around this weekend and found a huge market of sustainable alternatives to plastic. Options range from organic cotton to recycled, but all divert waste from our landfills while saving you money in the long run.

Reusablebags has a great selection with lots of different design choices and prices from $3 to $30+.  If you have the time I recommend the DIY approach. The crafty people at CraftyStylish can show you how to make a reusable sandwich in a snap.


WINTER MADNESS

Feb11

Yesterday's snow day started off wonderfully with tea, music, and meditation. That segued into an afternoon of baking, reading, and movies. However, by evening (snow and wind still in full effect) things had gotten a little rough. Having eating more cookies than I will publicly cop to, cabin/ tiny apartment fever began to set in. Feeling claustrophobic and dried out from the radiator, I ventured outside for a quick walk and instantly felt better.

Intense weather reminds us of our vulnerability and responsbility to live in harmony with mother nature (lest suffer her wrath). The recent severe storms in the mid-Atlantic region have been garnering the attention of meterologists and climate change experts. TIME has a great article online today entitled "Snowstorm: East Coast Blizzard Tied to Climate Change." For a more satirical read check out NY Mag's It’s Snowing Today, Therefore Climate Change Is a Myth and Al Gore Is a Fraud -- Daily Intel

Just some food for thought.

Now for some real food: Healthy Snowpocalypse Cookies

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1/2 cup mashed banana

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup steel cut oatmeal (cook it first but allow to cool before mixing with other ingredients)

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup walnuts

1 cup reduced fat, unsweetened coconut (I found mine at Whole Foods)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream banana, applesauce and brown sugar. Add both eggs and vanilla.  Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, flour, and oats until cookie batter is fully incorporated.  Finally add chocolate chips, walnuts, and coconut until well distributed.  Drop about a spoonful of dough onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are nice and golden brown. Share with someone you love.

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Your Weekly Green: Meat Free Mondays

Feb04

Supporters of the campaign at the Meat Free Monday launch.

From left to right: David de Rothschild, Lauren Laverne, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Richard Jones, Moby, Kelly Osborne, Stella McCartney, Yoko Ono, Sir Paul McCartney, Mary McCartney, James McCartney, Sam Taylor Wood, Kate Bosworth, Anouck Lepere, Monty Don, Tom Conran

Goop readers were treated to a special edition this morning from Sir Paul McCartney on the increasingly popular Meat Free Mondays campaign. Read more here.

  • WHAT: An international campaign encouraging people to go meat free on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet.
  • WHY:The livestock industry produces uberharmfulmethane and nitrous oxide. Both gases are considered more harmful than CO2 and remain in the atmosphere for 9-15 yrs (methane) and 114 (nitrous oxide), meaning gases released today will continue to be active in degrading the climate decades from now.

Livestock production is both land and water intensive; it is the largest source of water pollutants, causes deforestation,  and accounts for around 8% of global human water use. It takes an estimated 634 gallons of fresh water to produce one 5.2oz beef burger (enough water for a four hr shower).

The industry is expected to double its production by 2050.

  • HOW: Now for the fun part! Going meatless one day a week is a super easy, healthy, and tasty way to help save our planet.

Below is one of my fav veggie meals from one of my favorite food bloggers, Closet Cooking (veg and non-veg recipes). Beware: his pictures are guaranteed to get your mouth watering in minutes!

Curried Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Carmelized Onions and Gorgonzola

Curried Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola

(makes 1 pizza)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups butternut squash (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion (sliced)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
1 thumb ginger (grated)
1 small green chili (chopped)
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoons broth (vegetable or chicken)
1 pizza dough
2 cups mozzarella (grated)
1/4 cup gorgonzola (crumbled)
1 handful cilantro (chopped)

 

Directions:
1. Toss the butternut squash in the curry powder with the olive oil to coat.
2. Roast the squash in a preheated 400F oven until tender, about 30 minutes and set aside.
3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan.
4. Add the onion and cook on low until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
5. Add the garlic, ginger, green chili and curry powder and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
6. Add the broth, deglaze the pan and simmer to reduce a bit. (You want it a bit liquidy as this will be the pizza 'sauce'.
7. Spread the onions over the pizza dough followed by the butternut squash and the cheese.
8. Bake in a preheated 500F oven until golden brown on top, about 5-10 minutes.
9. Garnish with cilantro.
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Live in NYC and don't feel like cooking? Check out some of the vegan/ veg restaurants I love:

Help Haiti

Jan19

The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their <a href="file://%20https:/american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?4306.donation=form1&idb=428732091&df_id=4306&JServSessionIdr004=yxa9a0v901.app194a">International Response Fund</a>.

UNICEF has issued a statement that "Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them." UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

•Donate through Wyclef Jean's foundation, Yele Haiti. Text "Yele" to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.

Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

Save The Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti. Donate to their fund to provide medical attention and clean water to children and families.

International Medical Corps is assembling a team of first responders and resources to provide lifesaving medical care and other emergency services to survivors of the earthquake. The IMC previously helped recovery efforts after September 2009's earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, and the massive 2005 earthquake in Pakistan. Donate to the International Medical Corps through their 24-hour hotline at 800-481-4462

•Ben Stiller's Stillerstrong campaign will be temporarily diverting all donations to support the Haiti relief effort.

Partners In Health reports its Port-au-Prince clinical director , Louise Ivers, has appealed for assistance: "Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS... Temporary field hospital by us at UNDP needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us." Donate to their Haiti earthquake fund.

•As a UN Special Envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton appeared on CNN on Wednesday to ask for further assistance in bringing relief to populations on the ground. You can donate through the Clinton Foundation or text HAITI to 20222 to donate $10.

Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders to assess damage, and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors. The agency aided families after earthquakes in Peru in 2007, China and Pakistan in 2008, and Indonesia last year. Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund; Dept NR; PO Box 2669; Portland, OR 97208.

Doctors Without Borders is on the ground and has set up clinics to treat injured in Haiti. Donate any amount so they can keep their efforts going.

Direct Relief is committing up to $1 million in aid for the response and is coordinating with its other in-country partners and colleague organizations. Their partners in Haiti include Partners in Health, St. Damien Children's Hospital, and the Visitation Hospital, which are particularly active in emergency response. Donate to Direct Relief online.

Oxfam is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation to provide clean water, shelter, sanitation and help people recover. Donate to Oxfam America online.

•The UN World Food Programme is gathering all available resources to deliver food to the recently homeless and impoverished in Haiti. Donate now to help bring food to those affected as quickly and efficiently as possible.

•The Baptist Haiti Mission is operating an 82-bed hospital that is "overflowing with injured." Donate online to BHM and 100% of your donation will go to the relief effort.

International Medical Corps is assembling a team of first responders and resources to provide lifesaving medical care and other emergency services to survivors of the earthquake. Donate online.

•Following the earthquake, Catholic Relief Services made an immediate commitment of $5 million for emergency supplies. They are distributing food and relief supplies, and importing plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and water purification tablets from the Domincan Republic. Donate toCatholic Relief Services to assist in these efforts.

•Give to the American Jewish World Service's Earthquake Relief Fund.

•CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince today to assist in recovery efforts. They're focusing their efforts on rescuing children who may still be trapped in schools that collapsed. Donate to CARE.

Orphans International America reports that they have been able to make contact with their program director in the town of Jacmel, a city about 20 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince that houses OI's hospitals and schools. Orphans International America is attempting to gather food, clean water and emergency medical supplies to Jacmel. You can contribute to them throughPayPal.

The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency response team to Haiti to deliver urgent assistance to earthquake survivors and to help overwhelmed local aid groups struggling to meet the immense emergency needs. They will focus on critical medical, water and sanitation assistance. Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.

NetHope is coordinating its response with its NGO member agencies and with the UN's Emergency Telecom Cluster to establish connectivity in Haiti. Seventeen of NetHope's members are already providing aid and deploying resources on the ground. Donate online.

The Haitian Health Foundation is still assessing the situation of their full-time facilities and staff in Haiti. They regularly provide health care, development and relief to rural mountain villages in Haiti.Donate to the Haitian Health Foundation.

•World Vision has more 370 staff in the country. Staff members from less-affected regions of Haiti are mobilizing, and World Vision's global experts are expected to arrive in the disaster zone as soon as possible. Donate to World Vision.

The Jewish Federations of North America is partnering with the American Jewish Joint Distribution committee and have created a dedicated Haiti Relief page for online donations.

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is the UN's humanitarian fund responding to emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donate online.

Friends of the Orphans will use donations to meet the needs of first responders such as first aid supplies, shipping of necessary materials to assist in efforts, and treating the injured. Those interested in helping the relief effort can visit www.friendsoftheorphans.org, or call 888-201-8880 to make a donation.

World Concern's staff is almost entirely composed of Haitian nationals and will be tapping into private as well as U.S. government supplies to help in the relief effort it hopes will soon be supplemented by cargo ships. Donate to World Concern.

Merlin USA is sending an emergency response team out to the region and have subsequently launched an emergency appeal to bring urgent medical aid and assistance to those affected. Donate to Merlin USA.

 


Copenhagen: What are your hopes for the summit?

Dec17

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen for the Climate Change Summit 2009 those of us following from home may feel frustrated by the lack of progress. Reading a recent BBC article on the summit I came across a small ray of hope in the form of a quote from UK PM Gordon Brown. Though the sentiment may not be enough to spur a real agreement between the countries it resonated in me and mirrored my hopes for the conference.

"In these few days in Copenhagen which will be blessed or blamed for generations to come, we cannot permit the politics of narrow self-interest to prevent a policy for human survival."

- UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown

What are your hopes for the summit? 


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