Category Archives: Organic

Why Eco Hipsters are saying NO to the latest trend in Jeans

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As the fashion forward mavens that we are, we also choose to keep our philosophies on our backs, literally.  We not only tout organic and vintage threads, but we also are aware of the practices that some fashion labels are doing in the name of style.

This season stone wash jeans are in … and they are all the rage!  Little do people know what it takes to create this look.  It is actually quite toxic and energy intensive to produce soft jeans with that accidentally bleached look.

In the production process of manipulating fabrics to attain that distressed look and feel, manufacturers are going to great lengths to keep up with the industry.  Even if it requires compensating with an environmental impact.

There have been reports of environmental poisoning from the toxic run-off from factories that are distressing and stonewashing denim jeans.  This run off is usually laden in blue dye, chemicals such as sulfur, caustic soda and hydrocyanic acid, a close relative of cyanide as well as large quantities of potassium permanganate, a chemical once used to induce abortion.

Using the technique to soften jeans with a washed look takes 5 gallons of water and about the amount of electricity one would use in a day.  Does not sound like too much, but why not take advantage that we have the resources to make products that do not take the integrity of nature for granted.

Conventional cotton, being one of the most pesticide laden crops in the United States, destroys the soil, water quality and bio-diversity.  Consumers purchasing these products are also inadvertently effecting their own health by exposing themselves to these chemicals that are embedded in their clothes.

Support fairtrade and organic cotton when you have the opportunity, or better yet – buy vintage!

Perhaps, we are being a bit ecocentric to take our ethics in the name of fashion.  The fact of the matter is, this is what we are about, truly living within the integrity of everything we do, eat and wear!

Oh, and by the way, stone washed is so 80’s anyways … lets create a new style!

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Avoid High Corn Fructose Syrup

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The studies have been done, and the verdict has been report, high corn fructose syrup (HCFS) is extremely dangerous to our health.  Not only does it derive from subsidised corn that has been gentically modified, but now …. studies have discovered that it also contain mercury.

This is a ubiquitous ingredient, literally found in everything.  It is a persistent sweetener that you will find in anything from your favorite ketchup to your favorite sodas.  In a recent study conducted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) detected mercury in nearly 1/3 of 55 popular brandname food and beverage products where HFCS is the first or second highest labeled ingredient-including products by Quaker, Hershey’s, Kraft and Smucker’s.

Not enough attention has been placed on this product nor the implications.  It has been directly associated with obesity.  It has become a popular substitute of sugar in most conventional foods.

Avoid it at all costs!  Organic food will never contain HCFS, rest assured and eat organic!

Creative Citizen on Yahoo Green

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Are you a creative citizen?

By Kastle Waserman

Posted Tue Jan 27, 2009 10:50am PST

The idea of global warming can sometimes be a daunting, overwhelming concept. How can one person help fix this problem that is literally changing the face of the earth? The website Creative Citizen offers a manageable answer — by one action at a time. Based on the idea of social networking, Creative Citizen consists of a community of people who are taking simple measures and have found creative ways to conserve, reuse, and recycle.

Together, they post and share ideas such as: Wash your car with a waterless cleaner, tell your dry cleaner to keep the plastic, have plants in your house as natural air purifiers, and the list goes on. Each solution tracks how much it will save in water, energy, waste, emissions, and dollars. You can search for creative solutions, read information about each idea, see photos, add or read comments, edit and provide more info, and then take an action by sending to a friend or bookmarking it.

By clicking “I’ll do it” you add to your “Greenage” as a Creative Citizen. “Greenage” is a tally of points Creative Citizens earn by participating in the online community. People with the most Greenage points can go on to make the Top Citizens board that lists the biggest contributors. In your Citizen profile, you can keep track of what solutions you’ve adopted and connect with friends and see what actions they’ve taken. It makes you feel like what it would like to live in an ideal green world where everybody cares and shares, and it’s a demonstration of what happens when people take small actions to make a big impact.

Now that’s getting eco-creative!

Check it out, Take a tour

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Free Green Living Workshops in Santa Monica

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Workshops will be held:

SM Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street @ Ocean Park
Santa Monica, CA 90405

January 24, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Part 1
Green Living

This workshop on Green Living, will help lay the foundation to create your green abode
– whether you own or not. Learn the simple ways to make your home energy and
water efficient while eliminating toxins and drastically improving indoor air quality!

The workshop will cover a DIY cleaning product demo, lecture, and interaction with the
audience.

I will provide all attendees with an E-Book on all material covered as well as local
resources!

January 31, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Part 2
Green Decor

Few people are aware, that just as in our homes as our workplace, there is an
opportunity to choose objects and products that do not pollute our homes and are
harmful to us and the environment.

Learn how to decorate your home in a way that improves your indoor air quality, and
your overall state of being, by pairing down on clutter and waste, eliminating toxins,
and breathing in a new breathe of fresh air into your home!

I will provide a basis of information that will help guide you in a direction of knowing
what questions to ask from your suppliers and manufacturers to insure that the
materials and finishes you choose for your home are environmentally sound.

There will be samples and materials incorporated, to provide a better understanding for
greening your decor!


Februray 07, 2009 @ 2:00 PM
Part 3
Green Landscaping/Gardening

A basic introduction, offering everything you wanted to know about greening your
garden and landscaping!

This workshop will provide an introduction to Permaculture and good gardening
practices, that you can begin implementing in your green space today!

Information will be provided on local programs, through Santa Monica, on sustainable
gardening and landscaping.

Learn simple tools that will help you save time, money, water and energy in your
garden!

Calender of Events in The World Of Green – Winter 2009

January 15 Green Building Workshop (Brooklyn, NY)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: LC 400, Dibner Library Building   5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY
A workshop that brings industry researchers and developers of green buildings technologies, entrepreneurs, investors, representatives from green buildings and sustainability initiatives, regulators, architects and building designers.

I will be speaking on ‘Integrating Green Building in the Urban Environment’

at 9:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

January 24  – Green Living Workshop  – Part 1  (Santa Monica, CA)

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Santa Monica Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street   Santa Monica, CA 90405
This workshop on Green Living, will help lay the foundation to create your green abode – whether you own or not.  Learn the simple ways to make your home energy and water efficient while eliminating toxins and drastically improving indoor air quality!

The workshop will cover a DIY cleaning product demo, lecture, and interaction with the audience.

I will provide all attendees with an E-Book on all material covered as well as local resources!

January 25 –   Go Green Expo –  (Los Angeles, CA)

Time –  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street   Los Angeles, CA 90015

Go Green Expo is a showcase for earth-friendly products and services – a trade show that wholly focused on green living.

I will be on the panel for Green Building and Design on the tradeshow floor on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

January 31  – Green Decor Workshop  – Part 2 (Santa Monica, CA)

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Santa Monica Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street   Santa Monica, CA 90405

Few people are aware, that just as in our homes as our workplace, there is an opportunity to choose objects and products that do not pollute our homes and are harmful to us and the environment.

Learn how to decorate your home in a way that improves your indoor air quality, and your overall state of being, by pairing down on clutter and waste, eliminating toxins, and breathing in a new breathe of fresh air into your home!

I will provide a basis of information that will help guide you in a direction of knowing what questions to ask from your suppliers and manufacturers to insure that the materials and finishes you choose for your home are environmentally sound.

There will be samples and materials incorporated, to provide a better understanding for greening your decor!

February 07 – Green Landscaping Workshop  – Part 3  (Santa Monica, CA)

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Santa Monica Public Library (Ocean Park Branch)

2601 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405

A basic introduction, offering everything you wanted to know about greening your garden and landscaping!

This workshop will provide an introduction to Permaculture and good gardening practices, that you can begin implementing in your green space today!  Learn simple tools that will help you save time, money, water and energy in your garden!

Information will be provided on local programs, through Santa Monica, on sustainable gardening and landscaping.

Did you Know?

  • 1. You can make a huge difference by being aware of your habits?
  • 2. Burning coal produces CO2 – the main contributors to global warming
  • 3. Americans use 170 gallons of water per day – 7x per capita average
  • 4. We are in a severe drought all over the state, and world wide
  • 5. Our water travels as far as 500 miles to get our faucets – its comes from the Sierra’s and the Colorado River
  • 6. 2.5 million bottles of water are tossed every hour in California
  • 7. 3 million bottles end up in landfills daily in California alone
  • 8. Plastic out weighs plankton in our oceans 24:1
  • 9. Glass can be recycled indefinitely
  • 10. Plastic downgrades and after being recycled become inert and ends up in landfills
  • 11. Fish and birds mistake plastic for food, and consume it – this effects our food supply
  • 12. Many popular types of fish are endangered – reference your Seafood Watch card when making your decisions!
  • 13. Garbage thrown on the street in Pasadena will make it to the beaches threw the storm drains – if it is not collected by beach clean up after a storm, it washes into the ocean
  • 14. Plastic does not biodegrade
  • 15. 6-pack rings should always be cut
  • 16. Americans consume 400 – 500 beverage containers annually
  • 17. American use 326 lbs of plastic annually
  • 18. 90% of floating marine litter is plastic
  • 19. Californians use more than 90 billion plastic bags annually – about 552 bags per person
  • 20. In LA county we have: 318 miles of polluted rivers, 250 sq miles of polluted lakes, bays, and wetlands, and 116 miles of polluted beaches and coastline
  • 21. Californians throw away 600 plastic bags per second
  • 22. Tossing cigarette butts into the streets end up on our beaches and in our oceans
  • 23. Even when electronic devices are turned off, but plugged in, they still uses energy – Save over 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and $256 per year
  • 24. Can save 300 lbs. of CO2 by changing 3 frequently used bulbs with CFL’s
  • 25. Its illegal to throw away batteries
  • 26. You an save 5 Lbs. of CO2 per ream of paper if used 100% post consumer
  • 27. You can remove your name from receiving junk mail for free?
  • 28. Dimmer save 25% of energy
  • 29. What is considered hazardous waste? Know how to dispose of it locally
  • 30. Clean or replace dirty air conditioner filters as recommended. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150 per year
  • 31. CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb
  • 32. Keep your water heater thermostat at 120°F and save 550 lbs. of CO2 and $30 per year
  • 33. Move your heater thermostat down 2 degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer – Save 2000 lbs of CO2 and $98 per year
  • 34. Caulk and weather strip your doorways and windows – save 1,700 lbs. of CO2 and $274 per year
  • 35. CFL’s lasts 10x longer and a regular blub and each bulb will keep 1,500 lbs. of CO2 over the lifetime of the bulb
  • 36. Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket – You’ll save 1,000 lbs. of CO2 a year
  • 37. You can save 700 lbs. of CO2 when you air dry your clothes for 6 months out of the year, use a clothesline instead of a dryer
  • 38. You can save 2,400 pounds of CO2 a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates
  • 39. That recycled paper products takes 70 – 90% less energy to make recycled paper and it prevents the loss of forests worldwide
  • 40. The average fruit or vegetable travels over 1500 miles to get to your store
  • 41. Conventional farming destroys biodiversity, pollutes our water and is responsible for 1/3 loss of top soil
  • 42. That the FDA approved cloned meat in January 2008 – It is not required to be labeled
  • 43. 40% of waste is food waste – organic matter that can be composted and used instead of placed in a landfill
  • 44. By shopping at the farmers market it reduces the amount of energy required to grow and transport the food to you by 1/5
  • 45. Frozen food uses 10 x more energy to produce
  • 46. Almost 60% of food found in conventional supermarkets is genetically modified
  • 47. An estimated 13 chemicals are found on conventional fruits and vegetables
  • 48. FDA only samples a very small percentage of food sold to consumers
  • 49. You can improve gas mileage by more than 3% by checking your tires for proper pressure
  • 50. The average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in garbage during their lifetime
  • 51. We throw 90% of what we buy within 6 months
  • 52. A low flow shower head uses 1 gallon of water less per minute – using the technology of air to distribute the same amount of pressure
  • 53. One ton of recycled paper uses: 64% less energy,50% less water, 74% less air pollution, saves 17 trees and creates 5 times more jobs than one ton of paper products from virgin wood pulp
  • 54. In the United States, we have less than 4% of our original forests left
  • 55. 40% of waterways in the U.S. have become undrinkable
  • 56. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but we’re consuming 30% of the world’s resources and creating 30% of the world’s waste
  • 57. 75% of global fisheries now are fished at or beyond capacity
  • 58. 80% of the planet’s original forests are gone
  • 59. In the Amazon alone, we’re losing 2000 trees a minute – that is seven football fields a minute
  • 60. There are over 100,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today
  • 61. Only a handful of chemicals have even been tested for human health impacts and none of them have been tested for synergistic health impacts, that means when they interact with all the other chemicals we’re exposed to every day
  • 62. In the U.S., industry admits to releasing over 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals a year
  • 63. The average U.S. person now consumes twice as much as they did 50 years ago
  • 64. During WWII we produced 40% of our from our Victory Gardens
  • 65. Our landfill, Puente Hills, has an estimated 5 year maximum capacity
  • 66. In the U.S. we are targeted with more than 3,000 advertisements a day
  • 67. Americans each generate 4.6 lbs. of garbage a day
  • 68. Recycled aluminum saves 95% energy vs. virgin aluminum
  • 69. Recycling of 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours
  • 70. Recycled aluminum reduces pollution by 95%
  • 71. 4 lbs. of bauxite are saved for every pound of aluminum recycled
  • 72. Recycled glass saves 50% energy vs. virgin glass
  • 73. Aluminum can endlessly be recycled
  • 74. Recycling of one glass container saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours
  • 75. Recycled glass generates 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution
  • 76. 1 ton of glass made from 50% recycled materials saves 250 lbs. of mining waste
  • 77. Glass can be reused an infinite number of times; over 41 billion glass containers are made each year
  • 78. Recycled paper saves 60% energy vs. virgin paper
  • 79. Recycled paper generates 95% less air pollution – each ton saves 60 lbs. of air pollution
  • 80. Recycling of each ton of paper saves 17 trees and 7000 gallons of water
  • 81. Every year enough paper is thrown away to make a 12′ wall from New York to California
  • 82. If we recycled every plastic bottle we used, we would keep 2 billion tons of plastic out of landfills
  • 83. According to the EPA, recycling a pound of PET saves approximately 12,000 BTU’s
  • 84. We use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year
  • 85. A ton of recycled paper equals or saves 17 trees in paper production
  • 86. Production of recycled paper uses 80% less water, 65% less energy and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production
  • 87. Global paper use has grown more than six-fold since 1950
  • 88. 1/5 of all wood harvested in the world ends up in paper – it takes 2 to 3.5 tons of trees to make one ton of paper
  • 89. Pulp and paper is the 5th largest industrial consumer of energy in the world, using as much power to produce a ton of product as the iron and steel industry
  • 90. In some countries, including the United States, paper accounts for nearly 40 percent of all municipal solid waste
  • 91. Making paper uses more water per ton than any other product in the world
  • 92. Over a ton of resources is saved for every ton of glass recycled — 1,330 pounds of sand, 433 pounds of soda ash, 433 pounds of limestone, and 151 pounds of feldspar
  • 93. A ton of glass produced from raw materials creates 384 pounds of mining waste
  • 94. Using 50% recycled glass cuts the waste by 75%
  • 95. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for four hours
  • 96. If every household in the U.S. replaced just 1 bottle of 25 oz. conventional based petroleum based dish liquid with a plant derived natural cleaner we would save 86,000 barrels of oil a year – enough to heat and cool 4,900 homes for 1 year!
  • 97. The average home has 60 toxic chemicals in it
  • 98. LEED buildings use 25% less, on average, than conventional buildings
  • 99.  The average new home off gasses 2600 chemicals

Irradiated Food – Accpeted?

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Beware of produce or food products bearing this symbol – It is the radura symbol, which represents food has been irradiated.

The symbol RADURA is used as a symbol of quality exclusively for food processed by ionizing radiation – the controversial practice of infiltrating food with high levels of x-rays (ionizing radiation) to destroy disease causing pathogens. Unfortunately, in the process of irradiation, other hazards arise, like the creation of toxic free radicals, vitamin and nutrient loss, and the formation of carcinogenic chemicals.

The FDA has approved, this week, the production and sale of irradiated lettuce and spinach on all conventional produce, and will be available at your local markets Mid-September.

The labeling is required in supermarkets, although does not include restaurants.