An Eco-conscious Way to Exhibit
Your Artwork and Photos

REAL SIMPLE Picks Best Iced Teas—Summer 2012

The Organic Center Offers Advice on Maximizing Antioxidant Intake

Fashionable Philanthropy:  Shoes for the Soul

VOTE NOW!  PEOPLE & PLANET AWARDS
Polls Close Sept. 4!

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An Eco-conscious Way to Exhibit
Your Artwork and Photos

Eco-Friendly Canvas provides its customers with a means to display their art and photography ecologically. All of their canvases are made from bamboo, one of nature's most sustainable resources. Bamboo is incredibly durable and can be made into any number of textiles such as clothing, curtains, and now canvases.

To order your photo on a bamboo canvas, Eco-Friendly Canvas has an incredibly user-friendly, simple three step ordering process. Customers can first upload their picture and preview what it will look like on their chosen canvas. Because Eco-Friendly Canvas serves customers all around the world, they offer translation into all languages as well as a currency converter so that customers anywhere can order their canvas printing with a few clicks of a mouse.

Eco-friendly canvas art is a great gift for any occasion. Want to surprise a friend or family member with a memorable reconstruction of a favorite photo? Eco-Friendly Canvas uses only water-based paints that withstand both heat and humidity very well. Their production assembly includes the use of archival C-type ink, InkJet inks, and pH-neutral adhesives. All of their images are printed on Fuji and Kodak silver halide paper, known for their resistance to color-fading over time.

Choosing to buy an eco-friendly canvas printing means that customers will be supporting local manufacturers and local companies who utilise sustainable growing and harvesting techniques which protect the natural environment. All of the bamboo suppliers at Eco-Friendly Canvas are FSC-certified, and are therefore devoted to maintaining the beauty and eco-diversity of the earth. Eco-Friendly Canvas also purchase recovered corrugated cardboard boxes for reuse rather than new boxes, and all of their boxes are made from at least 50% recycled materials. Eco-Friendly Canvas provides their employees with free daily organic vegan lunches, and they compost their food leftovers. Their print materials are all made from recycled paper using greenerprinter.com. Their webhost ipage is also classified as a green business, dedicated to the preservation of the environment. www.ecofriendlycanvas.com

Want to make a difference in the world? You can start by beautifying your home and your work with photographs printed on an Eco-Friendly Canvas. www.ecofriendlycanvas.com

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REAL SIMPLE Picks Best Iced Teas—Summer 2012

Whether you like your brew crisp and thirst-quenching or sweet and silky, one of these iced tea winners—chosen by Real Simple magazine from 74 contenders—will suit you to a tea.

Best Lightly Sweetened: Tazo Organic Iced Black Tea
Brisk, flavorful, and satisfying, this crowd-pleaser comes from—surprise!—the java aficionados at Starbucks (which also owns Tazo).

Best “Sweet”:  Sweet Leaf Organic Sweet Tea
This iconic southern take on tea is strong and sugary but never cloying. Happily, you don’t need to be below the Mason-Dixon Line to enjoy it: Just head to the grocery store.

Best Unsweetened:  Tejava Unsweetened Black Tea
Unsweetened teas can be harsh and tannic. But not this soft, smoky favorite made with hand-picked leaves from Indonesia.

Best Lemon:  Pure Leaf Iced Tea With Lemon
Like your tea with a little pucker? Give this icy refresher a try. Fresh and tangy, it stops just this side of tart, thanks to a welcome dash of sugar.

Best Peach: Snapple Peach Tea
Lush, juicy fruit flavor elevates this black- and green tea blend far above the syrupy, candy-like competition. Make it your new convenience-store go-to.

Best Green:  Honest Tea Classic Green Tea
Sure, it’s healthy—courtesy of all those antioxidants. But it’s also delicious: Think vibrant notes of green apple and mango.

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The Organic Center Offers Advice on Maximizing Antioxidant Intake

Organic farming systems increase antioxidant concentrations in fruits and vegetables by, on average, about 30 percent, compared to food grown on otherwise similar conventional farms. The greater density of antioxidants per ounce – or calorie – of food consumed reinforces other health benefits linked to organic food and farming. These include higher levels of some essential vitamins and minerals and lower levels of pesticide residues in food and drinking water.

You might wonder why and how organic farming elevates antioxidant concentrations. The Organic Center explains…

One explanation is linked to pest pressure and other sources of stress. When plants are under stress from pests or sunlight, they produce a diverse array of natural chemicals called secondary plant metabolites (SPMs), many of which are antioxidants. SPMs also are responsible for giving fruit and vegetables their bright coloring and distinctive flavors. Plants on organic farms typically have to deal with higher levels of pests than plants on nearby conventional farms, where pesticides are routinely applied. For this reason, plants on organic farms more fully engage their innate defense mechanisms, and in the course of doing so, elevate antioxidant concentrations.

A second explanation arises from the fact that antioxidant levels tend to be higher in organic fruit and vegetables because plants on organic farms tend to grow slower and mature at a smaller size than fast growing, heavily fertilized conventional produce. This explanation has its roots in the “dilution effect,” the tendency for vitamins, minerals and antioxidant levels to be reduced – or diluted – in large, fast growing and high yielding crops.

FOODS WITH THE HIGHEST OVERALL ANTIOXIDANT CAPACITY PER SERVING:

Access more information on antioxidants and the State of Science Review, Evaluating Antioxidant Levels in Food Through Organic Farming and Food Processing at www.organic-center.org.


Fashionable Philanthropy:  Shoes for the Soul

Established in 1986, etnies is the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company. etnies not only pushed the envelope by creating the first pro model skate shoe, but it pioneered technological advances and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever.

Fashionable philanthropy at its finest:  etnies' one-for-one program called Buy A Shoe - Plant A Tree. With every pair purchased from the collection, etnies will plant a tree in Brazil's Sao Paulo Rainforest. Their goal is 100,000! Sizes available in Mens, Womens and Kids, something for the whole family!

For additional information, visit www.etnies.com

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VOTE NOW!  PEOPLE & PLANET AWARDS
Polls Close Sept. 4!

A public voting period will close in one week for finalists for the first quarterly Green America “People & Planet” award recognizing America’s best green small businesses. Each of three winners will receive $5,000.

Voting for 10 finalists is open to the public online at www.greenamerica.org/green-business-people-and-planet-award/index.cfm until 5 p.m. EDT on September 4, 2012.

The new quarterly “People & Planet Awards” recognize innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that deeply integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The first round of the Awards focuses on green businesses that also have a community action component. Public voting began on August 2, 2012 and will close at 5 p.m. EDT on September 4, 2012. After the votes are tallied, the first group of three quarterly winners will be announced during the week of September 17th.

The 10 final contenders for the first round of People & Planet Awards are: Coffee By Design, Portland, ME; Fiberactive Organics, Raleigh, NC; GladRags, Portland, OR; Green Kid Crafts, Anchorage, AK; Livability Project, Kensington, MD; MiaDonna & Co., Portland, OR; Old City Green, Washington, DC; Raleigh City Farm, Raleigh, NC; Root-n-Roost Farm, Livingston Manor, NY; and Sonoma Compost Co., Sonoma, CA.

Future rounds of the quarterly small business awards from Green America will focus on clean energy, workplace innovations, and other sustainability practices.

Judges for Green America's People & Planet Award include Katie Galloway & Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar; Cheryl Newman, Honest Tea; Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Theresa Marquez, Organic Valley; Eric Henry, TS Designs; Reed Doyle, Seventh Generation; Fran Teplitz/Andrew Korfhage, Green America.  www.greenamerica.org