Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
These are the kind of small steps I would love to see every business taking, because change will happen faster when we are encouraged by mainstream interactions out in the world.
Photo: Jim Jamesson
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
UPDATE: So I emailed Wacky Rubbers and asked what type of paint it was, if it was non toxic or food safe... and they emailed back this one line "It is safe for use by humans", period. That's it. I say keep your pets and lab rats away from these, you know, just in case.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Check out the rest of the eco tips here!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Check out CROW now!
Grechen says "Hopefully, the day will come when more designers will create plus-size eco-friendly collections, and by this I mean not just upsizing their "regular" collections, but really designing clothing for the larger sized woman. "
What are you waiting for, start shopping with this awesome list!
Designer Andrea dyes each piece by hand with low impact dyes, or will leave it natural with no dye. This is a completely fair labor, organic, local and low impact operation - nothing is made that isn't ordered keeping waste to a minimum. Andrea gets 5 green stars for being an awesome environmentalist and designer! Check her out at The Oko Box!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
So here's a review of these 100 proof healthy yum yums:
1. Lemon Bar - mmmmm, this one is lemon flavored in that delicious way that traditional lemon squares are, you know those super unhealthy ones with powdered sugar, gooey lemon and wheat crust underneath. Lara Lemon Bars totally take the place of old school lemon squares, they just got the boot.
2. Pecan Pie - this is pure goodness and with only 3 ingredients, the go to favorite that isn't too sweet, but has rich subtle flavor. Now since my mom is cajun and cooked the best pecan pies ever known to humankind I can not say this is anything like that...but it is still dang good. It's like your favorite shirt, shoes or pillow. Comfort food.
3. Apple Pie - my first ever Lara Bar experience, which could be why it's my favorite. Also I am a huge fan of cinnamon and this baby has got bunches of it, plus is super apple-y without being gross. It's not apple flavored like a Jolly Rancher or Nerds, it's wholesome goodness that tastes yummy yet totally real.
4. Cherry Pie - Wowsers, this one is intense. You absolutely must be in the mood for strong decadent cherries to go with this one, but when it's right it's mmmmmmm. It's high class, power punched and shoot it's gluten free.
There are tons of flavors, so more reviews to come.....
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
So here's what's on their calender:
Upcoming Green Drinks Events...
August 22nd - Dogwood Alliance's Adam Macon will speak about fast food packaging and how it is destroying our bio-diverse southern forests and wha we can do to stop it.
August 29th - Yuri Koslen from the City of Asheville will speak about sustainable transportation.
Sept 5th - Asheville Living Wage Campaign's Sarah Olsmer will discuss Asheville's new Living Wage Employer Certification Program, spearheaded by Just Economics. Just Economics is a grassroots, community organization based in Asheville dedicated economic justice and sustainability issues.
*Join us each Friday night at 6:00pm for socializing, 6:30pm speaker, 7:00pm socialize again! BoBo Gallery, 22 N. Lexington Ave. *
If you don't have a Green Drinks in your city, why not start one! It's all about socializing with like minds and learning about eco related issues. Check out what these guys are up to on their website and then go for it!
This is my awesome neighbor & friend Heather who got the traps and found the place to get them proper care- and just in time! The little yellow kitten was apparently bit by another animal and has one disgusting wound on his neck.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"Since 1999, Tara Lynn has been designing custom eco wedding gowns. Tara Lynn’s bridal gowns are made of silk, cotton, bamboo and hemp blends that look and feel luxurious. Tara Lynn will create a custom bridal gown especially for you. It can be simple, traditional or embellished with Tara Lynn’s unique artwork. In order to get the most out of your investment and the earth’s resources, Tara Lynn can design your eco wedding dress so it can be worn for another special occasion."
I love when a wedding dress designer offers to make the dress into something that can actually be worn again- rather then drowning the bridal gown in freaky chems, shoved in an heirloom box, to forever turn yellow and smell so nasty no one wants to wear it again. Upcycling rocks. And so does Tara Lynn's designs.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
"The green bamboo top named Doie Bamboo is much loved. The cut of the sleeved lets my armpits breath and I have been looking for a top I don't outwear in this way in just one day.The universe provides. While working in it I felt comfortable and relaxed under its shape and I love the neckline for this reason also, as it is flattering but while being unrevealing. It still smelled fresh after 3 days! Thats antibacterial quality." -Customer Lily Kempf
With fall approaching but a few months of warmth and transitional weather left - this is the perfect top to wear with a blazer, shrug, or shall - since the fabric is not too thin.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I made my own sweet rice flour from actual sweet rice grains using a special VITAMIX blender my parents were nice enough to give me a few years ago, but you can buy your organic sweet rice flour instead.
Put the flour in a mixing bowl while you are boiling the water.
Once the water is boiling pour it slowly over the sweet rice flour, and then once it cools some go ahead and start kneading. Keep adding flour or water as needed (or kneaded) ;) . Work that dough for about 5 minutes or until you think you are done being amazed by the sticky textured rice dough that won't come off your fingers.
Form any shape dumpling you like, as long as it stays 1/2 inch thick and no larger.Throw into a pot of boiling water and like magic when they are finished they rise to the top! Yay, that makes it so easy... no timer necessary.You can put the yummy yum yum dumplings in clear soup, eat as is, dowse in soy sauce, dip in rice syrup, roll in chopped nuts or eat with savory rice dish like I did. I have no idea whether they store well, but I put some in a mason jar in the fridge and will update ya'll on how it works.
You actually have to squeeze your body into the rain barrel to screw all these nipples, spigot and washers together - which heroically my friend Nick Coe volunteered to do. (I think he just liked sticking his head in the barrel and screwing the nipple on the spigot) ! oi!