Ban Those Bags!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:21
Everywhere, USA, October 2014—California made big news recently when it announced the first statewide ban on plastic shopping bags set to kick in during the middle of 2015.

Beginning last July, large grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers in the Golden State were no longer able to send shoppers home with plastic bags. Convenience markets, liquor stores and other small food retailers can continue to dole out the plastic a big longer—but must join ranks next year.

Back in 2007, San Francisco became the first U.S. municipality to ban plastic shopping bags. In intervening years upwards of 132 other cities and counties in 18 states and the District of Columbia instituted similar measures. Of course, Americans are late to the party when it comes to banning plastic bags: The European Union, China, India and dozens of other nations already have plastic bag bans or taxes in place.
A New Kind of Subscription Service
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:16
New York, New York, October 2014—Here’s a new take on subscription service.

Farmbox Direct is a new subscription-based company that delivers seasonal 100% USDA certified organic and pesticide-free produce from New York to Washington DC. For those looking to embark on a healthier, cleaner lifestyle, Farmbox Direct offers seasonally selected produce. Farmbox Direct produce is boxed, assembled and delivered weekly, helping families rediscover the health benefits of a seasonal and local diet.
Natural Fix
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:57
Everywhere, USA—Much as we hate to admit it, the cold and flu season is coming around again. That means the increased possibility of runny noses, sore throats, watery eyes and worst of all, nagging headaches.

And taking stuff for these aches and pains don’t always cut it. Some have little effect, while others may make your head-pounding subside for awhile, but then rebound at a higher level of hurt.
Natural Products Expo East Exposed to New Options
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:33
Baltimore, Maryland, September 2014—The natural products industry converges at the sold-out Natural Products Expo East at the Baltimore Convention Center in September. The trade show, held this year from September 17 through 20, long dwarfed by its big sister Expo West, is developing into a show in its own right. More than 1,200 exhibitors show products at this sold-out event in Baltimore’s beautiful Convention Center. 

Attendance is up at both shows.

Expo West attracts attendees from all over United States and world. Expo East has become more of an Eastern region show, drawing from the Southeast by being in Baltimore.

The increase in exhibitors and attendees can be attributed to consumers’ insatiable demand for natural, organic, and healthy products. In addition to growing interest in healthy eating and special diets, other notable trends include GMO-free and transparency in labeling.
It’s Getting Easier to be Green
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:09
Los Angeles, California, September 2014—America’s top sustainability radio show, Green is Good, plans to partner with Green Festival, the large, long-running sustainability and green living event series. Green is Good is hosted by John Shegerian and airs every Saturday at 5 p.m. ET to nearly 40 million registered listeners nationwide on iHeartRadio’s America’s Talk channel.

The partnership will involve a sharing of resources and a collaborative, multi-disciplinary roll-out of cross-promotional branding opportunities by Green Festival and Green is Good Radio. Green Festival events this coming up this year are set for Chicago (Oct. 24-26), and San Francisco (Nov. 14-16). Green is Good will also be taking its show on the road for the first time, to record interviews at the Green Festivals.
How Clean is Your Laundry Detergent?
Friday, 26 September 2014 16:22
Tampa, Florida, September 2014 — Many consumer branded laundry detergents contain toxic ingredients, like diethanolamine, and a string of other chemicals with difficult to pronounce names. That being the case, it’s a good idea to understand the harmful potential that ingredients such as these can pose to you and your family.

For starters, it’s good that you know about potentially harmful ingredients NOT shown on the label—particularly Dioxane (1,4-dioxane). The Organic Consumers Association explains that 1,4-Dioxane is a by-product of the process called ethoxylation, a cheap shortcut many companies use to provide mildness (reduce risk of skin irritation) to harsh cleaning ingredients.

Many top laundry detergent brands contain this synthetic petrochemical, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a probable carcinogen. This is a by-product contaminant of the manufacturing process and is not required to be listed on product labels.
The Skinny on Ethanol
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:45
Everywhere, USA, September 2014—Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels. But recent research has shown that the federal government’s push to up production of corn-derived ethanol as a gasoline additive since 2007 has actually expanded our national carbon footprint and contributed to a range of other problems.

U.S. corn producers started ramping up ethanol production in 2007 as a result of George W. Bush’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which mandated an increase in the volume of renewable fuel to be blended into transportation fuel from nine billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion by 2022. Ethanol now makes up 10 percent of the gasoline available at filling stations.
No Place for GMOs
Friday, 26 September 2014 15:15
Everywhere, USA, September 2014—Celebrate Non-GMO month during October with these four food and beverage companies that are dedicated to creating products without harmful GMOs:
Important Anniversary
Monday, 25 August 2014 20:02
The lifestyle of your editors, which has always been healthy and active, began to soar this time last year. And since it’s been awhile that we talked about it, we thought perhaps this would be a good time to provide an update.

Our important anniversary coming up is September 23. It was on this date last year when we were introduced to Zija, an all-natural, made-in-the-USA product derived from the Moringa Tree. The person introducing it was a client, but not one of our health and wellness accounts. He was (is) just a smart guy who had done his due diligence and was using the product to lose about 50 pounds and keep it off. And eight months later, he did, but has lost 80 pounds. Most importantly, everything else in his system improved. Today he looks like a new man, and not necessarily a six-footer who had just rid himself of 80 pounds.

Like most anyone we were somewhat skeptical, but something from the past caused a bell to ring when he began talking about the product: We had done an article on the Moringa Tree about two years ago, reporting on its efficacy.
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