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Nov
08

Secret Garden: Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

Greenista Girl Neha

We’re spilling the beans … or cukes rather on Greenista’s fave new product. Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes ($5.99) is the new lazy girl’s facial. It uses organic cucumbers for a mild astringent to reduce puffiness and remove dead skin cells, aloe vera for a gentle moisturizer, and green tea for a natural antioxidant … great for breakouts. Plus, it’s 98.7% natural, biodegradable, FSC certified, dermatologically and opthalmologically tested, oil-free, non-comedoenic (won’t clog pores), and hypoallergenic. It also is free of parabens, phthalates, and SLS. Use it at night to remove makeup … you don’t even have to rinse … and in the morning for a sunny refresher. You’ll be addicted to your veggies in no time.

Written by Greenista Girl Neha

Photo by Yes to Carrots

A report published in the Journal of The American College of Toxicology in 1983 showed that SLS concentrations as low as 0.5% could cause irritation and concentrations of 10-30% caused skin corrosion and severe irritation.
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Greenista Girl Neha is a proud vegetarian.
Oct
19

Greenista Girls Greenversations: Veggie Salad

Brianne

Watch as Greenista Girl Neha whips up a yummy veggie salad with a light vinaigrette dressing. It’s so good even the dog is begging for some. Aw!

Eating local, vegetarian, and organic can reduce the ecological footprint of our diet by 90%.
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Look for local Organic Harvest month celebrations taking place at your local farmers market, grocery stores, restaurants, and parks.
Sep
02

Celebrate National Organic Harvest Month

Brianne

As August slowly slips through the cracks, September brings a yummier month. It kicks off National Organic Harvest month. The Organic Trade Association started Organic Harvest month to celebrate all the plentiful fruits and veggies that fall brings. Experiment with fresh fruit recipes and feel free to veg out the all-natural way. If you don’t eat organic already, this month can be your fresh start – take this as your cue to experiment away. Check out this yummy list of bountiful fruits and veggies that are ripe in September.

  • String beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Collard greens
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Lima beans
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raspberry
  • Watermelon

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photos by Kiwi

Organic produces tends to contain higher vitamin C content than non organics … really!
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Sep
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According to http://www.greenearthorganics.com, “organic” refers to how the food has been grown and processed. The standards for the production, processing and certification of organic foods have been established by the Federal Organic Food Protection Act of 1990. Organically grown foods are grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Instead, common practices used in organic farming and food production include the use of natural fertilizers and composts; crop rotation for building healthy soil; pest and weed control using naturally occurring toxins, predator insects, and hand cultivation. Organic farming is time-consuming and often more costly than the non-organic methods but it provides the highest quality foods without the risk to public health or to the environment.

So, want to know the down and dirty about what Organically Produced means?

1. 100% Organic - is actually 95% organic.  The other 5% have to be approved on the “National List” of items that are not available on an organic farm.  Products cannot be made using sewage sludge, ionization radiation, and excluded methods.

2. Made with organic ingredients - is actually 70% organic.  Can list up to 3 organic ingredients.  USDA Seal cannot be used.  So for example, if you buy a CAN OF SOUP, and it states - “Made with Organic Vegetables” (It is only 70% organic).

Remember those eggs of yours?

Listen to this! There are no restrictions regarding: “No drugs or growth hormones used…Free Range….Sustainably Harvested”  Ack!

For more information please go to:
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?navid=ORGANIC_CERTIFICATIO&navtype=RT&parentnav=AGRICULTURE

3. Take a Few Steps to Green Your Diet!
http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating-plans/

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Sep
25

Are You Scared Of Your Food?

Greenista Girl Neha

Have you noticed that sometimes while you are conversing over dinner, that the topic has ended up about the epidemic caused by food-related diseases? I am amazed that the one source that nourishes, satiates, and fulfills every breath of our being - could possibly be the one thing that takes our breath away.

Kevin

One of the most heartfelt stories I heard in relation to food, was Kevin’s Law - from Food Inc.  - which begs the meat-industry to follow higher safety regulation in factories and lower food-borne illness.  Kevin was a young toddler who passed away from eating a burger that had E.Coli within 12 days.  Please see below for more links regarding Kevin’s family - and ways you can take action.

After hearing this story, you must be wondering - who knows the true difference between organic and conventional?

Well, as someone who has been in this industry for years, I can tell you, there is a HUGE difference in terms of producing a product ethically, and non-ethically.  Organic farmers have to abide by much stricter regulations that conventional farmers - in relation to soil, farming techniques, pollution, health conditions, and much more.  Therefore, sometimes organic production can be much more labor intensive.

Let’s do a simple math problem.  Let’s say you go to buy a tomato plant. (Now here in Texas, it is impossible to make a tomato plant grow no matter how GREEN your thumb is).. Let’s say that you use organic fertilizer and soil growing this plant vs. conventional soil and fertilizer.  The yield of the amount of tomatoes you receive is not going to be the same.

The next question posed is - Do you believe in quantity over quality?

My answer, if you are even remotely interested in http://www.greenista.com - is that you are definitely into quality - uniqueness - ethics- purpose - sustainability - etc.

So, rather than ending up in the hospital for salmonella - wouldn’t it be better to focus on local, homegrown, organic produce - which may be a bit more painful on the wallet - but much less than a hospital bill? I think so.

Here are some further articles regarding Organic Food Vs. Conventional:
http://www.organicauthority.com/organic-living/lauras-letter/organic-food-and-safety.html

Kevin’s Law:
http://www.cspinet.org/new/200305221.html

Kevin’s Story:
http://www.foodborneillness.org/kevins_story.htm

How to Help Kevin through Petition Signing, Donations, and More:
http://www.foodborneillness.org/take_action.htm

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  2. Oda Pedroza says:

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