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Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 22, 2014
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Natural Products, Organic, Shopping, Vegan

Every year, since 1981 manufacturers distributors and retail buyers of natural, organic and healthy products converge at Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show in the country.

That first year there were 3,000 attendees and 234 exhibitors. This year more than 2,600 exhibiting companies played to an audience of over 67,000 industry members.

Companies from the US and around the world displayed all manner of food, beverage, supplement, beauty, household and pet products demonstrating the phenomenal growth of the global natural products industry.

Among industry veterans, there were 635 first-time exhibitors.  Many Natural Products Expo West first-time exhibitors are ‘home cooks,’ passionate moms and nutrition-focused athletes who have launched their own products. …read more of Expo West, World’s Largest Natural, Organic and Healthy Products Event here

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Frugal Pantry 101: Getting Started with Coupons

By Sherry Brooks
April 12, 2012
File under: Meal Planning, Saving Money, Shopping

It’s fun to watch ‘Extreme Couponing’ on The Learning Channel, but how many of us have the time, space or desire to create stockpiles of discounted groceries and thousands of coupons.

Maybe you would like to have some extra cash to do something fun. Certainly spending less would free up funds to pay some bills and you don’t have to look far for reasons to save money.

The key? Get organized and it will only take a little extra time to master saving at least half the amount you spend on groceries.

If you spend $600 a month on food, you could be a saving $3,600 a year!  And that is after-tax money.  That means you would have had to make about $5,000 before taxes to pay the $3,600 extra that you are unwittingly spending now. …read more of Frugal Pantry 101: Getting Started with Coupons here

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5 Green Ideas for Spring to Revitalize Body, Home and Mind

By Anna Clark
April 7, 2011
File under: Environment, Shopping, Sustainability


Give a boost to the planet while ensuring sustainable livelihoods with five green springtime ideas from the Rainforest Alliance that revitalize your body, home and mind.

By supporting companies that have the Rainforest Alliance Certifiedtm seal, the Rainforest Alliance Verifiedtm mark or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo, you are supporting the environment and wellbeing of farm and forest workers, their families and communities.

1. Rejuvenate your skin
Nourish your skin with Alba Botanicals Rainforest Skin Care Formula. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that the Andrioba and Brazil nut oil used in these products were grown on farms that help to conserve the very rainforests where they were grown. Be sure to try the renewal scrub, foaming cream cleaner, toning mist and facial cream. …read more of 5 Green Ideas for Spring to Revitalize Body, Home and Mind here

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Rainforest Alliance Green Guide to Valentine’s Day

By Anna Clark
January 21, 2011
File under: Shopping, Sustainability


This Valentine’s Day spoil your loved one without spoiling the planet. The Rainforest Alliance has just released their Green Guide to the perfect Valentine’s Day. Conscientious consumers can use this handy guide to find gifts and activities that help to protect the environment and the rights and wellbeing of workers around the globe.

Green Guide To Valentine’s Day

Rise and Shine:
Kick-start your day with a cup of Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM coffee; then surprise your love with certified blooms, available at Whole Foods Market, Costco and online at

Rainforest Alliance certification is your assurance that coffee, flowers, tea, cocoa, fruit and other farm products were grown using methods that protect forests, soils and waterways on farms that provide decent wages, housing, education and health care to workers and their families. …read more of Rainforest Alliance Green Guide to Valentine’s Day here

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Recycle Your Shopping Addiction: 12 Frugal Ways!

By Sherry Brooks
January 10, 2011
File under: Household tips, Saving Money, Shopping


Are you a power shopper? Do you subconsciously use shopping as a form of entertainment? If so, you probably spend more money on things you don’t need than you would like to admit. What if you channel your shopping passion toward acquiring healthy, satisfying food? You might find your home more comforting, your health stronger, your bills less alarming and meals more pleasurable.

1. Think of food shopping as an ongoing game; how can you find the freshest, organic foods at the best price?

2. Buy produce featured in local weekly grocery flyers, which is in season and that makes it delicious, sustainable and affordable.

3. Rather than splurging on fresh flowers for your home or office, find a beautiful wooden or glass bowl for displaying a bountiful arrangement of seasonal fruit. Enjoy snacking all week. …read more of Recycle Your Shopping Addiction: 12 Frugal Ways! here

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