History of Earth Day

Big Benefits of Bulk Foods

New Products Launch with Rainforest Alliance Certification

Trendy Eco-Friendly Bridal & Baby Registry Items for 2013

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History of Earth Day:

It was in September 1969, at a conference held in Seattle, Washington, that Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that in the coming Spring there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on the environment. He proposed the nationwide environmental protest to thrust the environment onto the national spotlight.

"It was a gamble," Nelson recalled, "but it worked." Five months before the very first April 22 Earth Day in 1970, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the rising tide of environmental events: "Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam...a national day of observance of environmental problems...is being planned for next spring...when a nationwide environmental 'teach-in'...coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned...." Senator Nelson also hired Denis Hayes as the coordinator.

The year was 1970. Citizens of United States were trying to understand the Kent State shootings and put their arms around the birth of fiber optics. While they were listening to an album called "Bridge over Troubled Water" they were stunned by NASA’s Apollo 13 mission. American’s were mourning a rock star named Jimi Hendrix and starting to pay attention to the environment. Earth Day 1970 preparations were in high gear.

On April 22, 1970, Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in what was to become the first of many Earth Day movements. At the helm was the national coordinator, Denis Hayes. Hayes, with his young and ambitious staff organized coast-to-coast rallies while thousands of college campuses organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. It soon became clear that the varied and passionate nationwide groups that had been fighting against oil spills, factory pollution, power plants, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, wildlife extinction now had a common platform and nationwide attention.

Each year, the April 22 Earth Day marks the anniversaryof the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Biography of Earth Day Founder, Senator Gaylord Nelson:

Gaylord Nelson (1916 - 2005)

Former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson's best-known achievement is the founding of Earth Day in 1970. Described by American Heritage Magazine as "one of the most remarkablehappenings in the history of democracy," Earth Day made environmental protection a major national issue. A distinguished and influential public servant, Nelson served ten years in the Wisconsin Senate, was twice elected Governor of Wisconsin, and, in 1962, began an 18-year career in the U.S. Senate.

Senator Nelson's many achievements included legislation to:

• Preserve the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail

• Mandate fuel efficiency standards in automobiles

• Control strip mining

• Ban the use of DDT

• Ban the use of 245T (agent orange)

• Create the St. Croix Wild and Scenic Riverway and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Senator Nelson also co-sponsored the National Environmental Education Act and wrote legislation to create the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission and Operation Mainstream/Green Thumb, which employed the elderly in conservation projects. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including two from the United Nations Environment Program.

Nelson became Counselor of The Wilderness Society (1981). During his 14 years of service at The Wilderness Society, Nelson worked to protect America's national forests, national parks, and other public lands. He also focused his attention on U.S. population issues and sustainability. He served as Chairman of Earth Day XXV, which was celebrated April 22, 1995. Senator Nelson was also the Founder of Earth Day Network's Earth Day 2000 Clean Energy Now! campaign.

Born on June 4, 1916, in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, he received his BA degree in 1939 from San Jose State College in California and his LLB at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1942. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II for 46 months, serving as first lieutenant during the Okinawa campaign. Returning to Madison, Wisconsin, Nelson practiced law from 1946 to 1958.

Senator Nelson died on July 3, 2005 survived by his wife, Carrie Lee, and his three children. On his last Earth Day, although frail and in declining health, he joined his grandson at a school tree-planting ceremony to mark the day. (Source: Earthday.net)


Big Benefits of Bulk Foods

The Bulk is Green Council is an organization dedicated to increasing consumer, retailer and grocer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of buying in bulk. Founded in 2008, the council serves as a research and advocacy group, promoting industry trends and offering educational tools and resources online.

According to a recent Bulk Foods Study conducted by Portland State University’s Food Industry Leadership Center (FILC), buying natural and organic bulk foods from the bulk bins provide significant benefits to the environment – chief among them being a substantial amount of packaging waste diverted from landfills. What better time than Earth Month for consumers excited about bulk foods and their environmental benefits?

To help celebrate Earth Month this April, the Bulk is Green Council (BIG) is challenging consumers to take the pledge to “Love Bulk Foods” (by bulk foods we mean foods bought from the bulk bins of a grocery store) for the chance to win a gift basket filled with everything needed to help create a natural and organic pantry filled with eco-friendly bulk foods.

Eco-conscious consumers interested in taking the pledge should visit the Love Bulk Foods pledge page on the BIG website and sign a digital pledge to purchase bulk foods once a week during Earth Month. Pledgers automatically will be entered in a drawing where winners will be selected once a week at random and receive their very own Earth Month starter kit filled with everything needed to help create a natural and organic pantry and get on board with bulk foods.

Additional information is available at BulkIsGreen.org


New Products Launch with Rainforest Alliance Certification

“These new product launches reflect growing recognition of Rainforest Alliance certification as an important tool that enables companies to ensure sustainable production of agricultural goods,” said Alex Morgan, senior manager of sustainable agriculture at the Rainforest Alliance. “By sourcing goods from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, companies can support sustainable agriculture while also ensuring the long-term viability of supply chains.”

Amy’s Organic Kitchen will launch Amy’s Gluten Free Brownies, made with cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. Consumers can find the brownies featuring the green frog seal in Whole Foods stores nationwide in mid-March 2013.

Balance Bar® announced the launch of three new flavors made with 100 percent cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut and Dark Chocolate Peanut. These bars featuring the green frog seal are available online at ShopBalance.com and in select retailers now, and in stores nationwide this spring.

Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier announced the launch of three new bars featuring the Rainforest Alliance Certified green frog seal: Banana Pecan Caramel Bar, Coconut Caramel with Red Hawaiian Sea Salt Bar and Dulce de Leche with Sea Salt Bar. All bars are made using 100 percent cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

Clif Bar & Company will launch a new flavor of CLIF Bar -- Clif Bar Sierra Trail Mix -- made using 100 percent of cocoa ingredients from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. This new flavor, featuring the green frog seal, will appear in retail stores nationwide in June 2013.

Endangered Species Chocolate announced the launch of two new natural chocolate bars featuring cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms: Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Almonds and Dark Chocolate with Cherries. Consumers can find these new bars featuring the seal in March 2013.

Justin’s has launched Organic Peanut Butter Cup Singles in milk and dark chocolate, featuring cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. Consumers can find Organic Peanut Butter cups nationwide in Whole Foods, Target, Sprouts, Wegman’s and other retail stores.

NibMor announced that it will expand its current offering of chocolates featuring the Rainforest Alliance Certified green frog seal with the addition of Mint Bar, featuring 72 percent cocoa content sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

 The Republic of Tea announced the launch of a new Moringa tea featuring the green frog seal, which is the first in the company's line of SuperHerb teas. This blend boasts healing properties from the leaves of the moringa oleifera. Made using green rooibos from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, this blend can be found online and in stores nationwide. In addition, the company launched its Limón Black Iced Tea, containing fine black teas from Rainforest Alliance Certified tea gardens.

Salazon Chocolate Co. announced that it will expand its line of salted-chocolate bars featuring the Rainforest Alliance Certified green frog seal with the launch of its new Organic Dark Chocolate with a Sea Salt & a Touch of Organic Caramel bar. Made with 57 percent, single-origin cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in the Dominican Republic, these bars will be available in select Whole Foods Markets and other natural food stores.

Seth Ellis Chocolatier announced the re-launch of Sun Cups, a line of chocolate cups that come in four different flavors, including milk and dark chocolate sunflower butter cups, mint cups, and caramel cups. The line is gluten-free and nut-free, and made using cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker announced the launch of a new Chocolate Maker’s Series Bar made with cocoa beans from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in San Juan de Cheni, Peru. Consumers can find these bars featuring the green frog seal online and at select specialty retailers.

Teatulia Organic Teas announced the launch of their Organic Round Teabag Collection, a line of organic teas featuring the green frog seal that come in five different varieties including black, green, earl grey, lemongrass and the brand new variety of jasmine green. 100 percent of all teas sourced or grown by Teatulia come from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and are 100 percent organic.

Yogi Tea launched its Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin tea, adding to its current array of herbal tea products featuring the green frog seal. Made using rooibos from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, consumers can find this new blend in stores nationwide.

By sourcing raw materials from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, these companies are helping to transform our marketplace into a more sustainable model, improving farming communities worldwide and conserving natural resources for future generations.  For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.

Trendy Eco-Friendly Bridal & Baby Registry Items for 2013

Supporting the environment is not only trending, it has become THE trend. The demand for eco-friendly products has become a standard within a variety of industries including food and beverage, transportation, and textiles. As online gift registries have become increasingly more popular, they are now filling up with eco-friendly products for bridal and baby.

As such, MyRegistry.com, the leading universal gift registry website, has compiled a list of predictions for the most popular eco-friendly bridal and baby products for 2013 based on analysis of trends found in its extensive database of users.

If you’re looking to create an online registry or purchase a gift for a family member or friend, and need ideas, opt for sustainable products, such as the items listed below. The benefits to supporting our environment can be rewarding for you, your family, and the world around us.  Some recommendations from www.MyRegistry.com for bride or baby include:

Bambeco Santorini Pitcher – made from 100% recycled glass
Butri Salad Servers and Bowl – made from environmentally-friendly reclaimed Mango wood
Organic Seersucker Duvet Cover and Shams – made from 100% organic cotton textiles (grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, and they’re dyed or printed with environmentally safe dyes)
Honest Diapers  - Jessica Alba’s brand - Premium plant-based disposable diapers that are non-toxic and chlorine-free
Sophie the Giraffe Natural TeetherMade from 100% natural rubber and food paint making it complete safe to chew
Beaba Babycook Pro2X - BPA-free, this Baby Food Maker allows for you to prepare fresh, healthy homemade meals for your baby

Intelligent Mommy Launches Online Marketplace

Just last week, Intelligent Mommy announced the launch of its marketplace that will help parents connect, recycle and sell used items in a safe online environment. This unique service will help keep tons of reusable kids clothing, toys, and gear out of landfills.

In recent years, “robbery-by-appointment,” has created a safety issue for anyone that uses online classified ads, bulletin boards, or other ways to buy and sell used items. Some of worst cases have even resulted in the loss of the buyer or seller’s life. Intelligent Mommy makes online buying and selling safer by allowing parents to keep their email addresses and contact information anonymous through a unique messaging feature, and parents can access a list of local businesses that have signed up to be safe exchange locations for completing transactions.

“Knowing that you can communicate with another parent in your area without sharing personal information is a huge relief for parents,” said Jeff Lorton, Marketing Guru with Intelligent Mommy. “The added protection of using debit or credit cards protects both the buyer and seller, while removing the danger of a cash transaction and makes it safe to recycle and make money while keeping good stuff out of landfills.”

When parents register for Intelligent Mommy, they can create a WePay account that securely transfers funds between a buyer and seller once they complete a transaction. To begin a sale, items are posted on the Intelligent Mommy Marketplace, parents communicate through the marketplace, and then meet in a safe location to exchange the items or they can ship to the buyer.

Intelligent Mommy offers free and paid membership options. During their launch get a free premium account by using this code JSL48Free when you join.  For more information or to create an account visit: http://www.intelligentmommy.com.