Monday, November 3, 2008

EXPO EAST-NATURAL PRODUCTS - SUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS




HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCTOBER 2008

Words, Judith Ecochard, Images from the Company Websites

In a previous clip, we noted some of our favorite picks from the large East Coast confab of all things eco.

Additions to our list…




OLIV’

Eco Cert ® anointed- an European organization with the highest standards, this anti-oxidant organic skincare line with olive leaf extract has a slew of highly moisturizing (and effective) creams and cleansers.

We tried the Soins Mains Hydratant (Moisturizing Hand Cream) that sunk right into our skin, repaired our peeling cuticles and chapped paws...leaving behind a light scent and no grease. This is one of the best moisturizers we have ever tried as it lasted for hours – we didn’t feel the need to slather up which we usually do like clockwork...

INFO: LA CLARÉE

ONE BAG AT A TIME

This is one of those great ideas that we are happy is working.

Founded by Lisa Forster, One Bag At A Time is a line of durable, re-usable bags – often branded with a customized logo-that replaces the plastic and paper bags that eventually clog up landfills worldwide.

Made from 100% non-woven polypropylene (PP or #5)-the bags are recycle-able, non-toxic, allergy free, and non-reactive to human skin and food.

Debuting at Expo East was the 100% biodegradable Jute bag-made from the organic jute plant- that’s not lined with anything…unlike some competitors that have plastic interiors.


We appreciated the bottom stiffner and long shoulder straps (the perfect size) in all samples we tried.

And the bag we got- hauled (held) 6 pounds of stuff. Whew.

INFO: ONE BAG AT A TIME







PEACEKEEPER™CAUSE METICS™"

Peacekeeper, Jody R. Weiss' gift to beauty junkies who care- is a winning collection of natural lip paints and glosses, nail paints and nail oil that amazingly donates ALL OF ITS PROFTS after taxes- to women’s health and human rights advocacy issues.

We zeroed in on the nail paints that are ranked the cleanest paint-based nail paint by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group. Loaded with healing Argan Oil from Turkey,


...the nail paints come in all the hip colors (like a berry Paint Me Grateful and pink Paint Me Tranquil) and BUT WITHOUT the creepy ingredients like Toluene, Formaldehyde, Acetone, Phthalates, Parabens or FD&C Coloring.

INFO: PEACEKEEPER 1.866.PEACE36






LASTLY:
We ate our way through aisles of food…


SNIKIDDY®
What we liked the most included the deliciously crunchy, good for us, kid friendly Snikiddy® Mac n' Cheese Puffs. Made with pure ingredients (real cheese, butter, whole wheat flour and unrefined cane sugar) these addictive snacks join a bunch of other flavors like Grilled Cheese and Pizza Pie. Snikiddy® also has a line of vitamin infused cookies in Chocolate Chippers, Cherry Oaties, and Banana Nibbles flavors.

INFO: SNIKIDDY®












FOODSHOULDTASTEGOOD®
Well, definitely scoring points in the no-brainer name category, FoodShouldTasteGood®, a company with a winning motto- satisfied our 4PM munchies with baked, perfectly crackly chips made from the highest quality, all-natural ingredients.

Available in seven different varieties: Chocolate, Multigrain, Buffalo, Jalapeno, Sweet Potato, Olive and The Works! (that combines some of the most flavorful ingredients—minced onion, garlic, poppy and caraway seeds—into a single chip).

We can eat just about anything-but we jazzed to know FoodShouldTaste Good chips are gluten and cholesterol-free, made without trans fats or genetically modified ingredients, are certified Kosher and lower in sodium.

Munch On.
INFO: FOODSHOULDTASTEGOOD


AMAZING GRASS GREEN SUPERFOOD
We have a tendency to be arch a skeptical brow when it comes to all sweeping Super claims.
But we’ve been mixing up the company’s surprisingly palatable Berry Green Superfood (available at Whole Foods) with Smabazon® Acai, a purple berry that flavors this powder -we mixed water.

It’s a natural de-toxer- loaded with antioxidants, healthy omega fats, fiber and protein and is equivalent to 5-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

Well, we haven’t had as much as a sniffle---so who knows?

But even nay-sayers have to agree…there is nothing wrong with boosting one’s liquids and the advantages of said fluids.

A smart idea that does not make us gag.
AMAZING GRASS