Monthly Archives: June 2010

BP oil spill: Hands Across The Sand

photo credit tampabay.com

All across American beaches people are taking a stand against the oil spill. (There have actually been some international demonstrations as well!)  Making a human wall is our way of saying enough is enough and that this type of “accident” is unacceptable.  I love when people come together for the greater good of our planet.

Quick update: Oil still continues to flood into the Gulf reminding us of the importance and push for clean energy.  To learn more about the hands across the sand movement click here.

Current obsession: kids glass

Brought to you by Skyline Design, these super cute, eco friendly glass panels are the newest thing in children’s design.  The graphic illustrated glass is made for kids to doodle on, interact with and just plain have fun with!

“Kids glass is considered a sustainable material that is exclusively low-VOC or no-VOC. Skyline Design’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond the materials their products are made from. Cutting and polishing glass requires a lot of water to grind, polish and keep the surfaces clean. Skyline captures the water in their production process to be filtered and re-used. They also ship all of their products on a returnable frame system, so that they reduce the waste used to safely package the glass.”

BP oil spill in everyday terms

As sited from The Daily Green I found these astonishing comparisons that I felt were important to share.  We could go on and on about the horrific situation, but these simple comparisons are powerful in their own.

11,300 miles: The distance around the world the current amount of leaked oil would stretch if it was placed in milk jugs lined up side by side. To quantify, that’s farther than New York to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and back. (Source: New York Times)

102: The number of school gymnasiums that could theoretically be filled floor-to-ceiling with oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (Source: New York Times)

400: Number of wildlife species threatened by the spill. Threatened species include sea life such as whales, tuna and shrimp; dozens of species of birds; land animals such as the gray fox and white-tailed deer; and amphibians such as the alligator and the snapping turtle. (Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune)

400: Number of oil projects illegally approved for operation in the Gulf of Mexico under Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the oil surveys and drilling operations threaten marine mammal life in the region. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity)

To read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill-facts#ixzz0qyqfAIQq

Mustela: now with natural ingredients!

The 9 month skin care line has gone green! Yes, it’s true. Here’s the story: The ever so popular Mustela brand promises to lessen the appearance of stretch marks, provide leg pain relief,  help ease pain of nursing with a nursing balm, and provide an overall moisturizer for your skin.  Once known to contain such chemicals as parabens and phtalates now the products are changing their appeal.  Amongst other ingredients, avocado peptides and arabinogalactane, derived from the larch tree can be found in the products.  I’d say that’s a step in the right direction! Give it a try!

Fathers Day for the Eco-Friendly Father.

Father’s day is now just a few days away.  We spend so much time focused on Mommies, we think it’s only appropriate to give our Daddies a little praise too!

Our picks:

Dixon Earth Golf Balls- 100% eco friendly and recyclable!  No lead, no cobalt, no tungsten.  Dad’s are sure to love these earth balls on the links.  Apparently, the distance and spin of a high quality ball is GUARANTEED! Can’t go wrong with that….

Toms Shoes-  Super trendy, super comfy and made from recycled materias! Score! We can’t get enough of these kicks.  Aside from the style and comfort of these shoes, for every pair that YOU buy, a child in need gets a pair. How cool is that?  True definition of a win-win.

Peak Organic brewing company- Summer session ale.  For those beer loving Dad’s.  Ingredients for the brew come from organic local farmers. Enough said!

Surge, hybrid iphone charger- brought to you by NOVOTHINK, these stylish iphone cases not only protect your phone, they add battery life too!  State of the art solar panel technology allows your phone to power up using solely the sun! Plus, there’s a color choice for every Dad.  Cool.

Organic pacific gourmet- Delivered! Choose from a variety of meats all coming from grass fed, hormone free, additive free, and antibiotic free.  Literally delivers a gourmet steak to your door.  All you have to do is prepare it BUT that should be easy, right?  You can always use the line, “made with love” and i’m sure those Dad’s will love whats on their plate!  And for those Vegeterian Dad’s, check OrganicDirect for the best delivered organic, vegetarian options.

Eco Friendly pick of the week: Reusable Straws!

photo credit brook farm general store

We are totally loving these stainless steel reusable straws!  Not only are they resusable, they are produced from stainless steel which is a low carbon steel that comes from mostly recycled steel scrap AND it has corrosion resisting properties which means you don’t have to use harsh chemicals to keep it clean! Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and an overall great material to use when considering kitchen appliances, banisters in your home, office etc.

Now back to these straws- Your little ones will love then with a glass of milk, a home made smoothie, or juice! And as an avid iced coffee drinker, you better believe I’m using these cool straws myself!

Going granola

photo credit taste of home

Literally.  Sure, we at B nature like to live a “granola” lifestyle (who wouldn’t?!) and now we want to share with you a delicious, organic way to start your morning- Homemade Granola!  Here’s what you need:

Standard Granola recipe

5 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup organic honey

1/3 cup organic canola oil

Crispy Granola recipe

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup organic sunflower seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes

1/4 cup organic sesame seeds

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup organic flax seeds

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

1/4 cup organic brown sugar

2 tablespoons organic canola oil

1 tablespoon organic butter, melted

1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Let the yum process begin!

Standard:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine honey, oil and salt in saucepan. Heat until just warm. In a large bowl, add the warmed liquid ingredients to the oats and stir until well combined. Spread mixture evenly in a shallow roasting pan or cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring and respreading every 5 minutes until light and golden brown, Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.  Then feel free to add your favorite dried fruit, fresh fruit, yogurt or served over milk. Enjoy!

Crispy:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.  Stir together oats, nuts, seeds and flakes in large bowl.  Stir brown sugar, cinnamon, oil and vanilla into melted butter.  Pour butter-sugar-oil mixture slowly over dry ingredients while stirring it all together.  Small clumps are fine.  Pour the raw granola onto a cookie sheet or other flat pan and put in the oven for an hour or so.  Stir about every 15 minutes.  When its crispy to your liking, let it cool.  Keep in airtight container for maximum crispiness! Then feel free to add your favorite dried fruit, fresh fruit, yogurt or served over milk. Enjoy!