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Raising My (Almost) Teen to Be Green

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 21st, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: eco, farm-fresh, fast food, green, organic, pack lunch, teen, Ziploc

Teen Going GreenMy daughter loves anything that comes individually wrapped. She adores new clothes. She’s mad about electronics. And has never met a nail polish she doesn’t crave.

She takes 40-minute showers. Hot.

She groans at the prospect of riding her bike to school. Begs to go to the mall with her friends.

Eat Locally: An Introduction into the Locavorian World

Jessie Lucier by Jessie Lucier | February 19th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: community supported agriculture, eating local, economy, environment, fair-trade, locavore, organic

Buy LocalHave you ever caught yourself, mid-bite into a juicy burger (veggie, beef or buffalo) loaded with all the fixings, and stopped to consider where it all came from?  Like, how did your home-grown tomato end up nestled next to an avocado from California, topped upon a patty of ground beef processed in Kansas?

Put Mother Nature to Work Feeding Your Family

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 19th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, healthy-eating, natural food, organic, organic foods, organic garden

My grandfather, not one given to understatement, frequently declared many modern-day foods to be “poison” and dismissed them with a wave of his hand. Among the offenders? Margarine (“anything that doesn’t freeze at freezing temperatures isn’t right…”). Pam cooking spray (“work of the devil!”). Whipped cream in an aerosol (“Unnatural!”).

I can only imagine his response to today’s offerings.

No Toxic Love, Please.

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | February 12th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: chocolate, flowers, love, organic, organic flowers, sex, Valentines Day

Many of us will send (and receive) flowers for Valentine’s Day (as well as Mother’s Day and/or Easter). However, many of us are unaware the $40 billion floral industry often exploits laborers, and deals in toxic chemicals – not what you want to associate with a gift of love! Check out some of these facts from the bestselling book, The Flower Confidential. We have an opportunity to use this holiday to improve our health, as well as minimize our impact on the environment and build community by making better flower choices, like shopping at Local Harvest, Organic Bouquet, or California Organic Flowers.

Should You Use Fruit and Veggie Wash?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 4th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: buy local, DIY, do it yourself, fruit, homemade, make your own, organic, pesticide-free, produce, recipe, vegetables

Get good-looking strawberries like this with a homemade fruit and veggie wash

It’s not that my mind isn’t teeming with important thoughts. It is. I read literature. I watch documentaries. I bandy about intellectual ideas with my Ph.D.-waving friends.

But that doesn’t seem to stop my mind from obsessing about the little things.

For example, just this morning I was picking up a few things at the market. I noticed a bottle – from an eco-conscious company – of fruit and veggie wash.

Organic or Conventional: What’s a Jack-O-Lantern to do?

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | October 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: conventional, economic, halloween, jack-o-lantern, organic, pumpkins, toxins

Add up all the chemicals that go into candy, face paint, costumes and conventionally grown pumpkins and it’s easy to see that Halloween wins the most-toxic-holiday award hands down. So it’s no wonder that there is so much information out there these days on how to make it greener. In flush times, following these green tips seems like a no-brainer. But these days, I’m looking to cut the fat from my Halloween budget.

What the Price Tag Doesn’t Tell You: How to Be a Conscious Consumer

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | October 19th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: conscious consumer, consumer, eco-friendly products, fair-trade, green products, local, locally-made, Mammoth Hot Springs General Store, organic, renewable, responsible consumer, virtuous consumer

lesliepostYellowstone National Park, of which I’m a huge fan, recently launched a really exciting venture. Its Mammoth Hot Springs General Store has been re-created as an interpretive center to educate the public about climate change and the implications of consumer purchases, recycling, conservation and more. The store’s products are identified accordingly as fair trade, organic, renewable, locally-made and so on. Consumers can then make their choice based on a true understanding of the product’s value.

Gaiam Employees Harvest Fruits & Veggies from Organic Garden

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | September 18th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: community garden, gaiam, gardening, harvest, organic, organic garden, vegetable garden, veggies

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Gaiam garden volunteers have harvested and enjoyed a bounty of delicious organic fruits and veggies this summer from the Gaiam community garden at our headquarters in Boulder, Colo.

We began harvesting our plentiful red-leaf lettuce in June and now have a healthy new crop of green-leaf lettuce.

Dining Out with a Conscience

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: charity, cleaning methods, community involvement, dining out, eating out, energy efficient, free range, Green Restaurant Association, green restaurants, humane meat, LEED, local food, organic, salvaged, sustainable eating, sustainable seafood, vegetarian

One of the biggest things you can do to support and encourage responsibly raised food is to vote with your wallet. You may be patronizing CSAs and farmers’ markets for local produce, buying organic brands from your supermarket and studying nutrition labels for evils like high fructose corn syrup and artificial preservatives, but if you’re eating in restaurants blissfully ignorant of where the food on your plate comes from, then you might be undermining your efforts.

Gaiam Employees Plant an Organic Kitchen Garden at Our Colorado HQ

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 8th, 2009 | 13 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back, Green Living | tags: community garden, compost, gaiam, gardening, harvest, herbs, natural fertilizers, organic, vegetable garden, veggies

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“Our garden has gotten people so fired up,” says Kate Weaver, a lead volunteer in a team of Gaiam employees who’s bringing a new organic garden to life at our Boulder, Colo., headquarters. “I’ve never seen so much heart go into anything.”

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