Archive for March, 2010

Putting the Eco into Easter Fun

Our friends over at Celebrate Green have some great tips on how to add a little eco into your Easter celebrations.


5 Egg-cellent Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Ideas

1. You may have heard the not-so-great news that dyes used for Easter eggs, even though labeled non-toxic, may not be so healthy. Seems some of the dyes contain coal tar and other petroleum products.

Why purchase these kinds of products in the first place, especially when it’s so simple, fun and educational to dye eggs using items from your fridge or pantry?

Dyeing eggs with fruits and veggies is not much more complicated than using store-bought dyes. Choose brightly colored fruits and veggies (though sometimes a not-so-bright item, can yield amazingly vibrant results, onion skins being one example) and give it a try. Here are instructions for both hot and cold methods.

2. Hunting for colorful fruits and vegetables not your style? Check out the brand new eco-frendly tablets in the Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit where the colors come from purple sweet potato, paprika, beta carotene, red cabbage and blueberries. For $10, you get enough dye for two years.

3. If you hurry, you still may be able to pick up some souvenir eco-friendly wooden eggs that commemorate the annual Easter egg roll on the south lawn of the the White House. These commemorative eggs are made in the U.S. from FSC certified hardwood.

4. When it comes to candy eggs to hide or give in a basket, you’re in luck. There are more eco-friendly choices available now than ever. Check your local natural food store(s). If you’re lucky your local grocery or even big box chain might carry organic or Fair Trade chocolate eggs. If not, further the cause by letting the manager know you’d like this choice and that if she stocks them, you will buy.

5. Avoid buying new plastic eggs. But if you’ve held on to old ones or find some at a garage sale, give them new life! Cover with paper mache (made with flour and water); or glue on bits of yarn; or cover in glitter made from old piece of silver foil. You get the idea, bring out a box filled with odds and ends and let the kids have fun using eco-friendly glue of course, fill with healthy, green goodies.

(Don’t store unwrapped candy in plastic eggs because the eggs may contain chemicals that can leech into the candy, especially if left in the heat. Kids have been known to discover hidden eggs months after Easter and devour the contents.)

For more eco-Easter ideas, visit www.CelebrateGreen.net/blog

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net.

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Fill their baskets with good chocolate!

Our seasonal Chocolate-On-A-Sticks come in fun Easter holiday shapes the kids will love. All shapes come in your choice of milk chocolate or 72% dark chocolate.

Made from organic & Fair Trade Certified chocolate, these treats are good for planet & good for people!

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“Change begins from the moment you muster the courage to act. When you change, the environment will change.”

~Daisaku Ikeda

“…and when we buy Fair Trade chocolate, the cocoa industry will change.”


Coco-Zen Fair Trade chocolates

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Stuff We Found Today – 03.26.10

Ed Begley Jr. Just Says NO To Bottled Water

Family, Kids & Health Stuff

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Today, March 22, is World Water Day which was is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. It was started to raise awareness about the world’s increasing water quality challenges.

Check out this great educational film created by the folks over at the Surfrider Foundation (it’s animated!!)… and pass it along!

The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water from Surfrider Foundation on Vimeo.

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VIDEO: Chocolate Country (documentary)

Can’t believe we missed this film…

“In the isolated hill towns of the Dominican Republic, cacao farmers have been fighting a losing battle with the global economy (and hundreds of opportunistic middlemen) for as long as anyone can remember. “Chocolate Country” is the story of a village with a plan to turn the system on its head. Like many poor farmers, the people of Loma Guacanejo have never been able to afford herbicides or pesticides. Shifting demands in the first world are about to turn this disadvantage into an advantage. If the farmers can certify their cocoa beans “organic”, and leverage the benefits of “Fair Trade”, their product could instantly double – even triple – in value…

What the Loma Guacanejo cooperative is fighting for amounts to a win-win situation for consumers and growers. For consumers, it provides an alternative to the unsanitary and unappetizing conditions of conventional production, where cacao is dried on roadside tarps and exposed to rain, mold, car exhaust and wandering livestock. For growers, it promises a fairer, more direct relationship with the marketplace, and a better income for households where running water is still a rarity and electricity a far-off dream.”

~ ChocolateCountryFilm.com

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“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”

~Irish Proverb

“A good laugh and some Fair Trade chocolate are the best cures in our book.”


Coco-Zen Fair Trade chocolates

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