Four New Teas Hit the Market This Month Choose Choice!

June Fifteen Collection Turn Heads
While Helping The Planet

Honest Tea Launches “The Great Recycle” to Boost Recycling Nationally

Eco-Friendly Pet Care

First Fairtrade Chewing Gum Enters the Market

Buy, Sell or Trade with the People You Trust
Introducing:  Palcycle

Remyxx Sneakers Combines Comfort, Fashion and an Eco-Friendly Style
The World’s Only Landfill-Free Sneakers

Earnest Eats Introduces New Hot & Fit Cereal Made with Superfood Grains

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As we close out the last issue of the Green Living Newsletter for the year,  we like to go back and review past issues to discover which stories generated the most interest, were clicked on most often, and generated the most feedback.  Below you will find reprints of our most popular stories of 2012.  We want to take this time to thank all of ourreaders, advertisers, and supporters for helping to make this year a great one.  If you  have product you would like us to consider for review or have some exciting news to share, please contact us.

We wish you all a wonderful new year filled with all great things.  --Lynda

Four New Teas Hit the Market This Month Choose Choice!

Choice Organic Teas, the first exclusively organic tea crafter in the United States and the first in the country to introduce Fair Trade Certified™ teas, is adding four new varieties to its Original line of teas as part of its “go beyond” campaign. Starting this month, customers can purchase Premium Korean Green, Decaffeinated Green, Masala Chai, and Rooibos Chai. The four new teas reinforce Choice Organic Teas’ commitment to offer high quality teas from around the world while honoring their traditions.

-Premium Korean Green (Green Tea) – This lush tea hails from Jeju Island, South Korea’s “Island of the Gods.” From fertile volcanic soil to subtropical forests, this pristine isle offers rich tea-growing terroir. The leaves are steamed, rolled and dried in the Sencha tradition, for a fresh and savory cup.

-Decaffeinated Green (Decaf Green Tea) – Delight in the best of both worlds with a cup that’s both decaffeinated and flavorful. This crisp green tea grown in the mountains of India is gently decaffeinated using carbon dioxide, the only certified organic method. Enjoy the true essence of this refreshing and wholesome tea day or night.

-Masala Chai (Black Tea) – Spice things up with this bold classic, featuring malty Assam tea from India’s Brahmaputra River Valley. Choice Organic Teas blends rich, robust black tea with masala spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and black pepper) for a spirited cup that warms your body and soul. It blends perfectly with milk and sweetener for an authentic chai.

-Rooibos Chai (Herbal Tea) – Thrill your senses with this naturally caffeine-free twist on traditional chai. Choice Organic Teas blends rich South African rooibos with the finest masala spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and black pepper) for a cup that’s warming, robust and subtly sweet. It’s a luscious treat that pairs wonderfully with milk and sweetener.

“After careful consideration and research, we determined we needed to add these four varieties to round out our product line,” said Anne-Marie Phillips, Head of Sales and Marketing for Choice Organic Teas. “Made with pure ingredients, these perfectly balanced teas are sourced from some of the most beautiful places on earth. We invite our customers to go beyond their horizons and discover the world one cup at a time. We feel confident our customers will fall in love with these flavorful new teas.”

The four new teas are available starting this month through Choice Organic Teas’ website (, and will be available at independent natural food stores starting in February. The suggested retail price for the teas is $4.69 for a 16-count box. The teas are organic, Non-GMO Verified, kosher, and gluten-free, and three of the four are Fair Trade Certified. Visit for more information.


June Fifteen Collection Turn Heads
While Helping The Planet

With Earth Day just around the corner, many find themselves asking the question, what part can I play in the fight against environmental degradation? Living in a world with limited resources, one of the easiest ways consumers can make a difference is by eliminating single use bags.

June Fifteen allows consumers to tackle environmental issues in style, giving shoppers an ecochic alternative to widely used plastic and paper bags. A native of France residing in eco-minded Los Angeles, Sandrine Cassidy Schmitt, founder and CEO, sought to create products that would capture her two worlds. June Fifteen Collection was created to feature designs with an haute couture feel while remaining practical and affordable. While the reusable bag market may seem saturated, June Fifteen’s bags stand apart from others. Each bag in the collection has unique features that enhance their functionality, from bottle separators to pockets to shoulder straps.

June 15, Inc. started in 2007, with Schmitt’s vision to create stylish, sustainable bags and enable discerning shoppers and all retailers to replace disposable shopping bags. “We aspire to not only make bags that you remember to bring to the check-out counter, but ones that you can also use as purses, beach bags, gifts and accessories,” according to Schmitt. Bags can be purchased at and select retailers.

In addition to their recycling program, June Fifteen is a member of 1% for the Planet donating 1% of gross sales to environmental organizations. The company name represents the halfway mark of the year, a time to consider balance and equilibrium. For Schmitt, it represents a pivotal time towards positive evolution, when one should decidedly tip the scales in favor of better habits, for a better world.

Honest Tea Launches “The Great Recycle” to Boost Recycling Nationally

Honest Tea® earlier this month announced a new, national recycling initiative called “The Great Recycle,” which will launch in New York City’s Times Square on Monday, April 30th.

In a show of support for New York City’s pledge to double recycle efforts by 2017, Honest Tea and partners GrowNYC, Recyclebank, Coca-Cola Live Positively, Global Inheritance and Five-Boro Green Services will place a 30-foot tall recycling bin in Times Square and attempt to crowd-source recycle more than 45,000 plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers in ten hours. The plastic bottles collected will be recycled into essential gardening supplies including shovels, watering cans and plastic lumber, which will be used to build and cultivate an urban garden for PS 102, an elementary school in Harlem.

“National recycling rates are nowhere near where they need to be,” says Honest Tea co-founder and TeaEO Seth Goldman. “Honest Tea is committed to finding ways to help Americans recycle more. We’ve helped install recycling bins in our hometown of Bethesda, MD and now it’s time to expand our efforts.”

At the event in Times Square, bottles will act as currency. People who bring bottles down to “The Great Recycle” will be awarded points for each bottle recycled, that can be redeemed at the onsite TRASHed Recycling Store run by Global Inheritance. There, points can be redeemed for rewards such as cold bottles of Honest Tea, t-shirts and reusable bags, jeans, video games, and tickets to sporting events, concerts and Broadway shows.

“New York City is a world leader in many areas and is committed to actions that secure a sustainable and livable future for all residents. The goal to double the waste diversion rate includes initiatives like expanding access to recycling in public spaces, and other initiatives that will make it even easier to do the right thing. This is just one component of the Mayor’s efforts to make New York City one of the greenest, most livable cities,” says David Hurd, the Director of Office of Recycling Outreach & Education for GrowNYC. “Recycling beverage containers is a simple everyday way to combat climate change and reduce the cost of exporting our waste to other states.”

Those who cannot attend the event in Times Square will have an opportunity to participate in “The Great Recycle” by logging onto and making a recycling pledge and then solidifying it by recycling an old Facebook post. By taking the pledge, users will be rewarded with Recyclebank points which can be redeemed for discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses in categories ranging from food and beverage to health and beauty, restaurants, entertainment, sports and recreation, apparel, automotive, electronics and more.

Honest Tea partnered with TerraCycle in 2007 to create the Drink Pouch Brigade, a program which recycles drink pouches and ‘upcycles’ them into items such as pencil cases, book bags, and notebooks. Since 2007, nearly one million Honest Kids pouches have been diverted from landfills. The Drink Pouch Brigades now divert more drink pouches from the waste stream than Honest Tea produces each year.

In 2008, Honest Tea partnered with Bethesda Green and The Coca-Cola Company to install 33 recycling bins throughout downtown Bethesda. Within the first year the bins collected more than 4,000 lbs. of recyclable beverage containers.

Click here to Watch The Great Recycle Video.

Eco-Friendly Pet Care

The best intentions can sometimes go awry, especially when dipping travel toes into what may, or may not be, authentic green travel.

Company co-founder, Mother Hen and CEO, Lucy Postins started The Honest Kitchen ( in her own beach cottage kitchen back in 2002. “I had begun making a homemade raw diet for my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Mosi, but found it quite time consuming and frequently ended up with a very messy kitchen! I set out to find a way to make fresh, healthy pet food much quicker and simpler to prepare - and the answer was to dehydrate the ingredients,” stated Postins. Today, Lucy is guardian to two Rhodesian Ridgebacks, a rescued senior Pug, a former racehorse, and an elderly pony. Below she shares valuable tips for being an eco-friendly pet owner.

Don’t spend money shipping water
Did you know that canned pet foods contain 80% water? While dogs and cats need a high moisture diet, a more environmentally friendly option is to purchase dehydrated pet foods (where you can add your own water at home), and nix canned foods. The water weight in canned foods means that more resources are used to ship a heavier product.

Speaking of water…..
Think about installing a fluoride filter on your home if you live in an area where the municipal water supply is fluoridated. Fluoride has been linked to an increase in cases of osteosarcoma in human males – a type of bone cancer that’s also on the rise in dogs.

Look for humanely sourced meats for your pets as well as your human family
Hormone-free and free-range meats are beneficial for not only your health, but your pets as well. There’s growing suspicion that the plethora of growth hormones and other chemicals used to speed the growth of meat producing animals in China, are somehow linked with the epidemic of illness and deaths in dogs here in the US from consuming chicken jerky treats from China. (The Chinese Olympic committee are urging athletes to raise their own hens rather than consume supermarket meat, for fear of all the hormones causing them to fail their drug tests).

While ‘organic’ doesn’t always guarantee that meat has been humanely raised, organic meat in general is better for the environment and the animal. Free range and cage free meats are always a much better option than those that are intensively farmed.

Your pet food packaging shouldn’t go in the trash.
Your pet food company should care about their environmental paw print. Be sure to only use packaging that’s recyclable or biodegradable. Multi-walled plastic bags can’t be recycled currently in most areas of the US. Paper bags don’t protect food from contaminants but a single wall plastic bag that’s recyclable, plus compostable or recyclable box can keep packaging out of the land fill.

Make sure your pet food is GMO free
Wheat, corn and soy are among the most commonly genetically modified foods in the USA. They’re common ingredients in pet food too, and it’s possible that consuming GMO’s every day plays a role in the incidence of food sensitivities that plague so many pets; when a food is genetically modified, it can become unrecognizable to the body, which then ‘reacts’ with an inflammatory response like itching, or diarrhea. Cut wheat corn and soy from your pet’s daily menu (or if you do choose to fed them, select only organic options).

For more information about The Honest Kitchen, visit


First Fairtrade Chewing Gum Enters the Market

For the first time in the history of chewing gum, boxes of Glee Gum now will feature the FAIRTRADE certification mark. The mark guarantees that the cane sugar sweetening all six flavors of classic Glee Gum meets the social, economic and environmental standards set by Fairtrade International.

Fairtrade International, a non-profit organization, oversees an alternative system of global trade in which farmers and workers are paid a fair and stable price for their produce, regardless of changes in the market. As the mark gains recognition with conscientious consumers, Fair Trade sales continue to rise, with estimated increases of 12% in product sales and 21% in sugar sales from 2010 to 2011.

“We’re thrilled to debut the first Fair Trade certified gum, and hope to see many other candy companies follow suit,” says Deborah Schimberg, founder and president of Verve, Inc., makers of Glee Gum.  “From the outset, our products were designed to help people think about where foods come from, how raw materials and natural resources can be used responsibly, and how communities around the world depend upon one another to help build a healthier future.  This certification signifies an important and exciting step in our continued commitment to environmental and social justice.”

In addition to offering the first Fair Trade gum, Glee is the only gum in North America still made with chicle— a tree sap harvested sustainably from Central American rainforests.  The chewy texture of other gums comes entirely from synthetic materials. But Glee uses chicle as an eco-friendly way to help conserve the rainforest, giving trees more value standing than chopped down for lumber.

Glee Gum is made with all natural ingredients including: pure cane sugar, rice syrup, natural flavorings and colorings. Our gum base has super chewy natural chicle harvested from Sapodilla trees in the rain forests of Central America.

Glee Gum is: vegetarian, additive free, lactose free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, casein free, egg free, yeast free, nut free, and peanut free.  * All Glee Gum is soy free. Please note, however, that other products containing soy lecithin are processed in the same facility as Glee Gum.

Glee Gum has: all natural ingredients, rice syrup instead of corn syrup, natural chicle, delicious, long-lasting, and popular flavors: tangerine, peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, bubblegum and triple berry.

Glee Gum does NOT have: artificial preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners (e.g. aspartame, saccharin or cyclamate).

For more info, visit

Buy, Sell or Trade with the People You Trust
Introducing:  Palcycle

In the fall of 2010, Jeff Shardell, founder of Palcycle casually mentioned to his friends while walking them through his garage that he was looking at getting rid of a few items—an older vacuum cleaner and a lawn mower. One of his friends responded immediately, saying he was looking to buy both items but didn’t want to pay retail. A quick deal followed and Jeff realized that many of us would be happy to get rid of the stuff sitting in our garage and closets if it weren’t such a hassle. Traditional garage sales are a lot of work for generally very little return. There are also the other websites but some people may be uncomfortable with a stranger coming to your house for a product pick up.

Out of this was born the idea of Palcycle; the ability to buy, sell and trade within your trusted group of friends, friend's friends and groups and companies you are affiliated with! Not only is it a great feeling to clear out your house of stuff for which you no longer have a use, but you are also helping out a friend and keeping unwanted items out of your local landfill.

Palcycle is a new website that offers a smarter, safer way to sell or trade unwanted items by doing it exclusively with friends, family and colleagues.

Palcycle is a free and no-hassle way to recycle unwanted items in a safe environment where you control who sees your listing and how the deal gets done. Utilizing existing social networks—friends, family members, colleagues and acquaintances—Paycycle members can do business within their own communities. Palcycle members can also easily link their posted items to their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts, engaging an even a wider circle of friends and family in the online trading process.

For more information, visit

Remyxx Sneakers Combines Comfort, Fashion
and an Eco-Friendly Style

The World’s Only Landfill-Free Sneakers

Remyxx Sneakers are set to become the first 100 percent recyclable shoes in the world. They have currently reached their funding goal through the popular crowd funding website Kickstarter.

The mission of Remyxx is to deliver an enjoyable sustainable sneaker and initiate improvements in recycling. The recycling symbol appears on each shoe and is a great reminder that each shoe can be “remyxx-ed” to make new products.

“I not only wanted to create a shoe that can be recycled, but I wanted to create a shoe that people would want to wear,” said Creator Gary Gagnon. “These shoes are casual, comfortable and eco-friendly.”

You may remember Gagnon and Remyxx from his appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank. Since then, he has appeared on HLN with Jane Velez Mitchell and even mentioned in Perez Hilton’s blog “Fit Perez.” He has also been covered by the Charlotte Observer, Trend Hunter, Sneaker Blog DeFy New York, among others.

Just this week, Gagnon who was looking to raise $39,697.00 from donations through Kickstarter raised more than $44,000 so he can purchase material, build inventory and create new designs. “I brought my sneakers to Kickstarter because I love the idea of letting the public get involved,” said Gagnon. “I want to share my dream to change the way we think about sneakers and green-living with the world.”

Digital marketing agency, Command Partners, partnered with Remyxx to help make the Kickstarter campaign a success. Command Partners has a strong track record of helping startups and was excited for the opportunity to work with Gagnon.  

“Gary is passionate about the brand and he is going to do big things to disrupt the sneaker industry,” said Amish Shah, managing partner at Command Partners. “We’re psyched to be working with such a great product, company and team and look forward to a long term partnership.”

REMYXX cool sneakers 100% recyclable are the world’s first and only completely Landfill-Free Sneakers™. REMYXX are casual comfortable lifestyle sneakers, in strong colors with clever designs for mass appeal to all types, ages, and genders. They are manufactured using a unique mix of materials that look and feel like canvas and rubber but are made entirely from a special blend of lab certified recyclable materials. With the recycling symbol prominently displayed on the uppers and the bottom sole you can tell the world that you choose to walk the green-way supporting eco-friendly behaviors for a sustainable future. It also tells the collection agencies and recycling processors what they can do with REMYXX in their second-life. Ultimately, at the end of their lifecycle, all parts of REMYXX, can be “remyxx-ed” to make new products and materials, including a new pair of REMYXX.

With funding in place, watch for great things to come from Remyxx.

Earnest Eats Introduces New Hot & Fit Cereal Made with Superfood Grains

Earnest Eats, makers of natural foods rooted in the nourishment of whole, unprocessed ingredients, recently announced the addition of Hot & Fit Cereals to its line of products. The new Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals blend a unique trio of superfood grains, including whole oats, amaranth and quinoa, with a hearty selection of nuts, seeds and fruit to create a deliciously unique hot cereal breakfast offering that delivers a deeply nutritious and vitalizing start to any day.

“In developing our new Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals, I was incredibly inspired by the nutritional muscle and delicious simplicity of superfood grains used in different cultures around the globe,” said Andrew Aussie, president and co-founder of Earnest Eats. “We wanted to create a powerhouse hot cereal breakfast with flavors inspired from around the world that was unlike anything available in the market today – a breakfast option that enriches, energizes, and nourishes the body with real, whole-food ingredients.”

Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals combine satisfying superfood grains with ingredients from around the globe, like rich dark cocoa, naturally-sweet fruits, and toasted nuts and seeds. The globally-inspired flavor blends include:

  • American Blend: Superfood Grains, Cranberries & Almonds

  • Mayan Blend: Dark Cocoa, Almonds & Pepitas

  • Asian Blend: Mango & Green Tea

The superfood grains found in Hot & Fit Cereals, including whole oats, quinoa and amaranth, have been cultivated for centuries, and are highly esteemed for their superior protein, fiber and phytonutrient properties. Whole oats are prized for their high soluble and insoluble fiber content, which is well known for its positive effect on heart health. Quinoa has been regarded by the Incas as “the mother seed,” and is considered a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids. Like quinoa, amaranth is also well-balanced in amino acids, but is also known for its alkaline-forming characteristics, which help to boost energy levels.

A hearty and satisfying hot cereal that takes the “blah” out of old-fashioned oatmeal, Earnest Eats Hot & Fit Cereals take only five minutes to prepare and pair perfectly with milk, almond milk, soy milk or plain water. The unsweetened cereals can be complemented with the addition of honey, agave, brown sugar or any all-natural sweetener of choice.

Like all other Earnest Eats products, the Hot & Fit Cereals embody the philosophy that foods should be nutrient dense rather than calorie laden, and made with whole-food ingredients, not synthetic additives. Each serving of the 100 percent natural, vegan, and wheat-free cereals has 190 calories or less, and contains less than 2 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein while providing an excellent source of fiber (5 grams). Hot & Fit Cereals are available in multi-use canisters, retail for $4.89-$5.49, and can be found online or at natural foods stores nationwide, including Target, and For more information about Earnest Eats, please visit