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Deepwater Horizon Update: Five Years Later
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Friday, 28 August 2015 15:21
The United States, August 2015—The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010 resulted in 11 lost lives and hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Various failures resulted in the loss of well control, an explosion, fire and an ongoing spill. Five years later, the U.S. Department of the Interior reports that there are more floating deepwater drilling rigs working in the Gulf of Mexico today than prior to that devastating spill, and drilling activity is only expected to steadily grow.

In light of this, and in response to the findings of investigations into the tragedy, the Interior Department announced a proposal earlier this year that will encompass “the most ambitious reform agenda in the Department’s history to strengthen, update and modernize offshore energy regulations.”
Skinny Cow
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Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:21
Oakland, California, February 2015—After 21 years of making impossibly indulgent treats, the Skinny Cow® brand is launching nine new products this year: Three Creamy Iced Coffee Drinks, two Blissful Truffle Candy Bars, three Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Bars and one Ice Cream Candy Bar flavor are joining the family of indulgent yet sensible treats. They are:

SKINNY COW CREAMY ICED COFFEE DRINKS: A blend of roasted coffee whipped with milk, the new beverages offer flavor at 120 calories per bottle. The Iced Coffee Drinks come in three flavors — Mocha Latte, Vanilla Latte and Creamy Cappuccino — and are now being sold in four-packs and individual bottles in beverage aisles nationwide.
Ultimate Comfort Food
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Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:46
Everywhere, USA, November 2014—(With most of the country in a cold chill right now, just reading about these new soups made us feel warm all over. Hope it affects you the same way. Ed.)

Baby, it’s cold outside! There’s a polar vortex (or something similar) bearing down on much of the United States. Everyone is bundled up and rushing home at the end of the day. And everyone needs a quick, warm and healthy dinner solution. Enter Boulder Organic! Soups (formerly Boulder Soup Works). Boulder Organic! Soups.
How Clean is Your Laundry Detergent?
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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.
It’s Getting Easier to be Green
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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.
Global Consumers Putting Their Money Where Their Heart Is
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 17:30
New York, NY, July 2014—A recent Nielsen poll finds that 55 percent of global online consumers in 60 countries say they would reward socially conscious companies with their shopping dollars. The propensity to buy socially responsible brands is strongest in Asia-Pacific (64%), Latin America (63%) and Middle East/Africa (63%). The numbers for North America and Europe are 42 and 40 percent, respectively.

Apparently, it’s no longer a question if consumers care about social impact. Consumers do care and show they do through their actions. Now the focus is on determining how a company’s brand can effectively create shared value by marrying the appropriate social cause to consumer segments.
“Consumers around the world are saying loud and clear that a brand’s social purpose is among the factors that influence purchase decisions,” said Amy Fenton, global leader of public development and sustainability, Nielsen. “This behavior is on the rise and it provides opportunities for meaningful impact in our communities, in addition to helping to grow share for brands.”
Sweet ‘n Salty
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:14
Chicago, Illinois, December 2014 – G.H. Cretors—best known for their Chicago Mix, the diabolically addicting combination of caramel corn and cheese corn in the same bag—has introduced a new certified organic line of popcorn, which includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Simply Salted varieties.

The Extra Virgin Olive Oil flavor is the first ever popcorn to be wet-popped in EVOO, and the Simply Salted is seasoned with sea salt for a clean, classic treat.

Every ingredient in each G.H. Cretors bag is engineered for obsessive devotion by using simple, high-quality ingredients, completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. The new organic line uses only organic non-GMO popcorn, 100% organic oils, and pure sea salt, which means each kernel (or handful) you put in your mouth will be a nice experience.
A New Kind of Subscription Service
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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 Products Expo East Exposed to New Options
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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.
A Loverly Bunch of Coconuts
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Monday, 25 August 2014 19:54
Bali, Indonesia, August 2014—Big Tree Farms has announced that their unrefined, organic Coconut Sugar line has received Fair Choice certification from Control Union Certifications.

The acquisition of this certification makes Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar the first and only fair trade coconut sugar on the market. As a pioneer in the fast-growing coconut sugar segment, Big Tree Farms’ certifications extend beyond Fair Trade, including USDA Organic, Non-GMO and Low Glycemic Certifications. All certifications will be featured on Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar packaging going forward, allowing shoppers to see a clear difference in coconut sugars.
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