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Green Living Product Picks: Spring 2013

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
May 1, 2013
File under: Fashion, Food, Home, Personal Care, Products

Only last week I wrote about being a non-consumer for Earth Day . . . And I did celebrate Earth Day this year by unplugging (mostly), not buying anything, cooking nourishing meals, and getting outside as much as possible. It is always a great time to sort out my priorities, and I usually find a bit more balance between my ideals as a green diva and the reality of the world I try to live in harmony with. Let’s face it, this is what makes me a green diva!

I strive to be more conscious about everything I do and the potential impact it has on me, my family, my community, animals and ultimately the earth. Seems lofty, right? Well, thankfully I don’t have to live off the grid and make everything by hand, which is an awesome concept, but probably not realistic for me at this time. There are companies making progress in providing healthier, more sustainably manufactured products that keep people and planet higher on the priority list.

We get offered products to review EVERY day — some rather large and expensive things like cars, which are fun reviews, but most are practical, every-day things. We have gotten backed up with a nice bounty of great things we chose to review and play with, and finally spent some time focusing on most of them. We decided to dedicate a show to sharing about our favorites, and well, we just didn’t have enough time, so there is another roundup coming soon!

Important note: we are never compensated for the reviews, and we only review products that we like and want to recommend. So, while we don’t get paid cash, we do have a lot of fun and hope to offer some good ideas for our listeners to try new healthy products that are good for us and better for the environment.

I will list some of the products from this week’s review show, but to see the full post by our awesome intern GD Jamie (this was her last show and we will definitely miss her – great job, we love you Jamie)

but for ALL the fun details and witty commentary, please listen to the Green Divas big review podcast!

GREEN DIVA KITCHEN

green diva kitchen product picks

Pure Sky Living

Pure Sky Living offers an alternative to reusable paper towels. They are durable, 100% all-natural cotton towels that will allow you to finally kick paper towels — and save a few trees! When you buy them just remember to wash them in cold water a couple times, so they become more absorbent.

Wean Green

Wean Green is a Canadian company dedicated to providing safe and environmentally friendly products. There glass food containers are created for babies and kids, but can be used by anyone. They are handy and so much better than plastic containers. An added bonus is that Wean Green is a partner of 1% of the Planet, an organization dedicated to building and supporting an alliance of businesses financially committed to created a healthy planet.

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The Original Green Pan

The GreenPan uses Thermolon, a non-stick technology that is heat resistant and will not release toxic fumes. GreenPan products are also cadmium and lead free and emit 60% less CO2 emissions producing Thermolon than traditional coatings. Green Diva Meg got to try the egg expert which makes the perfect breakfast egg.

FOOD & HEALTH

Kaeng Raeng Detox

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Read Green Diva Meg’s posts about her experience with the 3-day Kaeng Raeng DetoxKaeng Raeng is an all natural detox meal replacement designed to help you lose weight, remove toxins, bolster your immune system, and improve your digestive system. GD Meg did the beginner level and said she lost a few pounds and just felt better after she got over the initial grumpiness.

Balance Bars

balance barsBalance Bar was one of the originators of energy bars and sent us their new Balance Bar Dark. We were like locusts and descended upon the box as if we hadn’t eaten in 17 years — I think we loved these. We got to sample the dark chocolate crunch, the chocolate peanut, and the dark chocolate coconut. Green Diva Mizar barely even let the other Green Divas try the dark chocolate coconut bars because she loved them so much.

Bixby Bars

The foundation of Bixby Bar ($15.99 for 4 bars) is pure chocolate, completely free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), preservatives or added sugars. All their chocolate is combined with exotic spices, healthy nuts and dried fruits. All ingredients are natural or organic and delicious!

Crunchies

For the last two weeks the Green Divas having been munching away on Crunchies ($4.99). We were lucky enough to be sent the Roasted Veggies and Tropical Fruit variety but they have many more and they are all freeze-dried, sugar free, gluten free, with no preservatives and high in fiber. Just beware they are most definitely crunchy!

Numi Tea

After Green Diva Meg wrote about earl grey tea, Numi Tea sent her a package of their Aged Earl Grey, which has already disappeared because she loved it so much. Numi is 100% natural, organic, and uses eco-responsible packaging.

NumiTea_Box

SHOES
(green divas LOVE their shoes!)

Naya Shoes

green diva jamie in naya sandals

Naya sent me a pair of sandals, which didn’t exactly fit, so I gave them to our intern GD Jamie as a goodbye gift — she earned them! These shoes don’t compromise style, they are fashionable and environmentally friendly, because Naya uses materials that reduce environmental impact. They will definitely go with any summer outfit.

Teysha Shoes

Teysha_Shoes

Teysha sent an adorable pair of flats to me, and they are my new go-to summer shoe. The shoes are unique, handmade in Panama and Colombia and help to create jobs for women, who might not have jobs otherwise. A portion of their proceeds got to Global Village Initiative which works to incubate social enterprises, provide educational opportunities, increase food security, create access to technologies, and off set their environmental impact through reforestation and sustainable development.

To find out about some wonderful organic, non-toxic, natural skincare products and more, please visit the full post by our awesome intern GD Jamie

for ALL the fun details and witty commentary, please listen to the Green Divas big review podcast!

 
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Green Diva Tips for Eco-Friendly Hair Removal

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
June 27, 2012
File under: Health, Personal Care

2 Billion (yes BILLION) disposable razors are purchased and then tossed into our landfills in the US every year!

(and I’m no math wizard, but I bet there is a ton of icky plastic packaging that adds to this mess)

Forgive me for being a diva about this, but I’m just not ready to have fuzzy legs in the summer . . . we’ve written and talked about this topic before and I always get some grief about how going hairy is the natural and hence the greenest way to go. This may be true, but I’m just not there yet. So, if you are offended by my desire for smooth legs (and less hairy other parts) in the summer, just click away from this post and accept my apologies in advance. BUT, if you are like me and you care a great deal about the environment, but don’t want to be too crunchy about it when it comes to personal leg hair style, read on!

So, if we are past the debate about smooth v. furry, let’s move on to how we can do it greener, shall we?

Go Electric? Ok, seems counter-intuitive and I’ve personally never used an electric shaver on my legs, but perhaps I should consider it:

  • It saves on three important resources, WATER, MONEY & SHAVING CREAM
  • A LOT less waste headed to the landfill
  • You can buy a solar-powered or rechargeable one (to minimize batteries and dirty electricity)

Get Sweet with Body Sugaring- I just learned about this method this past year when we did our Sleeping Naked is Green segment on “No More Shaving.” Essentially, you use a simple mixture of sugar and water to create a sticky substance that can be applied and when removed properly takes unwanted hair with it – voila, right? seems low-stress for the environment and perhaps on our legs too (and seriously low-budget too!). Fellow green blogger and author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, Beth Terry, offers a great DIY sugar was with honey recipe and a fun and detailed description of how it works.

…read more of Green Diva Tips for Eco-Friendly Hair Removal here

 
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What is Green Burial & Why Should We Consider it?

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
February 15, 2012
File under: Books, Environmental Concerns, Family, Lifestyle, Personal Care, Sustainable Practices, Waste Reduction

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

WHY SHOULD WE CARE . . .  ABOUT A GREEN BURIAL?

I know. It seems like a dreary topic on the heels of Valentine’s Day. It’s probably never a wonderful time to hit you up with this subject, but we’re all going to face it one way or another, and for reasons you are about to catch a glimpse of, we should be making more informed decisions that can help us and those we love leave this earth with a much lighter carbon footprint.

Our audience seems to be fascinated by this topic and every time we have the Green Reaper, Elizabeth Fournier on the radio show, the numbers skyrocket. So, whether we admit it publicly or not, we DO want to know more about this topic.

What we are learning is that more people not only want to have a greener goodbye, but a more meaningful and personalized one. We are astounded at some of the ways that both of these can be achieved. But first, some crazy statistics on why we should care . . .

…read more of What is Green Burial & Why Should We Consider it? here

 
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9 Low-Stress, Fun & Healthy Ways to be Your Own Valentine

By Green Diva Meg thegreendivas.com
February 13, 2012
File under: Eco-Friendly Activities, Family, Health, Holidays, Personal Care, Stress Management

Why Should We Care? by Green Diva Meg
These posts explore a myriad of topics relating to green, sustainable and healthy living and offer simple and clear information from the fun and quirky point of view of the Green Divas. Each post provides practical, no nonsense information on What Can We Do to make a difference.

This post isn’t my typical Why Should We Care. Green Diva Lisa (Lisa McWilliams) wrote a great (and timely) post with some thoughtful ideas about how to be our own Valentine. Enjoy!


Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday. But its not going away, so why not embrace it? When asked about Valentine’s Day, a good Quaker would say, “Every day should be like Valentine’s Day.”  I actually believe that and wish we all lived in the spirit of letting everyone know just how much we love them as part of our daily practice. Oh and don’t forget to add to love ourselves.  Having said that, we all get caught up in our everyday lives and I guess I am thankful that we have this reminder. After all I do have fond memories from when I was a little girl of my Dad buying me flowers like he did for my Mom, which made me feel very special.  And I’ll always fondly remember getting those Victorian looking 3D cards from my Grandmother that always smelled like her.

So what do you do when you don’t have an adoring Valentine? You get to be your own Valentine!  When doing things for yourself, pick things that are healthy and develop a positive mantra to overshadow any of that inner dialogue of feeling sorry for yourself. The good feeling of choosing healthy “treats” will last longer and help you extend those good feelings throughout the year.  Here are a few low cost, low impact, nurturing suggestions to help you make that heartfelt shift.

  1. Go see that movie that you’ve always wanted to see and embrace that you get a good seat because you are on your own. Don’t “treat” yourself with a bunch of garbage to eat, “treat” yourself with some un-buttered popcorn and a juice instead of a soda and pat yourself on the back for taking good care of yourself.  I often sneak in some edamame to munch on instead of popcorn.  It gives me my salt fix in a healthier way.
  2. Refresh your environment and bring new energy to your home and outlook.  Pick a room that you like to spend time in and de-clutter and freshen it up.  Look around and take everything out that doesn’t bring you joy.  Donate, recycle or give away what you don’t need.  Turn on some great music and clean every corner of the room. Wipe out the cobwebs of the room and your mind at the same time.  Freshen up the space with a newly covered pillow or some fresh flowers.  Heck, you might even be inspired to buy some VOC paint and brighten it up with a little color. Thank yourself for taking such good care of yourself.
  3. Get together with a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. There’s nothing like catching up with a really close friend that loves you in spite of any flaws.
    …read more of 9 Low-Stress, Fun & Healthy Ways to be Your Own Valentine here
 
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Don’t Lose your Sense of Wonder

By Linda Brown-Kuhn
January 25, 2012
File under: Goals, Health, Lifestyle, Personal Care

I’m typically a glass half full kind of person though I can get knocked low by any number of current event depressors: the economy, the state of the environment, taxes, etc.

But when I’m feeling negative I’ve learned what to do. I take myself into the woods, walk with my senses on alert and soon I find some amazing creature or plant that blows the curtain of cynicism from my eyes like a fresh breeze. …read more of Don’t Lose your Sense of Wonder here

 
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