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Organic Charity Flower Bouquets

Over 45 Charity Bouquets at Organic Bouquet!

Get beautiful organic flower bouquets and also support a charity of your choice.  This is the mission statement from Organic Bouquet:

Flowers for Good™

Our Flowers for Good™ program was established to help our non-profit partners continue to make positive changes in the work they do. Choose from any one of our charitable bouquets and 5% of your purchase will go toward making the world a better place.

Here are two of my favorite examples:

Organic Bouquet for The Nature Conservancy

White and Pink Lillies

The Nature Conservancy Lilies + Vase.


National Wildlife Federation Daisies

Gerber Daisies

National Wildlife Federation Daisies 


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Organic Holidays 2009 Giveaway

Win one of three (3) sample sets and/or one (1) full size bottle of MiEssence Certified Organic Botanical Perfumes.  The first drawing is Friday, November 20, 2009 and the last drawing is on Friday, December 4, 2009.  You can submit multiple entries and they are valid for all four (4) drawings.  Get all of the details and make your entries HERE.MiEssence Botanical Perfumes

Image of all six scents in full size bottles

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Top 10 Green and Eco-Friendly Toy Manufacturers

Here is a list of the top ten Green and Eco-Friendly Toy Manufacturers:

PlanToys–PlanToys are wonderful wooden toys that have very high play value. All PlanToys are made with clean, natural rubberwood from rubber trees which no longer produce latex. PlanToys does not use dyes containing lead or any other heavy metals. They use non-toxic water-based dyes on their toys and soy and water-based inks on their printed materials. They use solar energy and low emission biofuels to power the machinery that kiln-dries the wood and the finished toys. Find Plan Toys at Amazon.com

Haba–Haba Toys are made primarily of indigenous maple, beech wood and water-based paints. Fabric, felt, leather, cardboard and glass add dimension and variety to the Haba line. Their manufacturer process includes thermal energy and using wood scraps instead of coal for heating. Awarded national and international prizes for their top-quality, child-oriented design, Haba’s inventive playthings are a perfect match for inquisitive minds. Read more about Haba’s Green PhilosophyFind Haba Toys at Amazon.com

Habe–Habe is also known for their wooden toys made with natural materials. They have just launched the world’s first collection of bamboo toys. It took Habe years to develop this line of toys because bamboo, a giant natural grass that grows as tall as a tree, is its sensitivity to sawing, cutting, filing, dyeing, temperature and bending. Once cut, bamboo grows back completely in a mere three years. Bamboo also combines lightness with stability and is flexible but very strong. The bamboo grain has a wonderful tactile feel and is enhanced with a bright water-based paint.

Wonderworld–Uses rubber-wood that is made of replenishable source from plantation and widely accepted throughout the world as the environmental-friendly material. They also use non-toxic water based paints as well as biodegradable fabrics. Find Wonderworld Toys at Amazon.com

Sprig Toys– has an exciting line of battery-free, eco-friendly, paint-free, kid-powered toys. They have expanded their line to include even more imaginative toys. Find Sprig Toys at Amazon.com

miYim–makes a wonderful collection of plush toys using organic cotton. Find miYim Toys at Amazon.com

imagiPlay–Their toys are made of natural materials such as wood from Rubber Tree and Bamboo. Some of their toys utilize MDF, compressed sawdust. They are utilizing the byproducts of another industry. The MDF they use is formaldehyde free and tested for child safety. Every step of their toy production from seed to shelf is carefully thought out to minimize impact on the earth. They select factories that are close to our raw materials to avoid this needless expenditure of gas, oil and greenhouse gases. Read more about imagiPlay’s Green Philosophy. Find ImagiPlay Toys at Amazon.com

Thames & Kosmos–provide hands-on science kits with serious foundations in real science. Their mission is Key to connect science education with relevant issues, including an alternative Energy & Environmental Science line. These include updated versions of Fuel Cell and Power House kits, along with entirely new Hydropower and Global Warming kits. Their commitment to environmental issues extends beyond the kits themselves, as they donate one percent of sales of their Wind Power and Hydropower kits to environmentally focused non-profits. Find Thames & Kosmos Toys at Amazon.com

Orange Blue Games—a Blue Orange Games are made of wood, in order to provide quality and durability, warmth and appeal. Blue Orange uses natural playing materials. Pine, Birch, Beech are among the trees planted by Blue Orange Games for renewal of the environment. Blue Orange plants two trees for every tree used to create Blue Orange games. Find Orange Blue Games at Amazon.com

Green Toys–Got Milk! Well, Green Toys does. They make all of their toys from recycled milk containers. The same ones you and I drink our milk out of. When we throw our container away in the recycling bin, it gets sorted out and sent to Green Toys. Next, the milk containers are reprocessed into super clean fresh plastic. The material is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE). This material is considered one of the safest, cleanest plastics around. They make a variety of cooking sets, trucks, and sand toys. Find Green Toys at Amazon.com

Mara Kaplan is an expert in play and inclusive toys. You can find many more toy recommendations at her blog: letkidsplay.blogspot.com. Learn more about Mara’s work to increase the number of accessible playspaces at www.letkidsplay.com and www.accessibleplayground.net

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Organic Bouquet for Thanksgiving

25% Off Site Wide Sale from Organic Bouquet (sale items, gift cards & gift club excluded) Ends 11/20

We are always on the lookout for good vendors of organic products.  Organic Bouquet is one of the best.  They’ve been around for a long time.  They reliably market truly organic products.  And I have used them and love their products. 

Festive Thanksgiving Gourmet Gift Baskets, Wreaths

Organic Bouquet carries much more than just flowers.  Check them out now while they have this terrific sale going.  But hurry; it will be over next Friday! 

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What it Means to Buy Organic Products

Organic products may not be a priority to some people, but there is one thing that cannot be disagreed upon. Fertilizers are not used with these products which is always a benefit when it comes to pollutants that enter our rivers, lakes and streams.

I came across this article today and wanted to share it with all of you.  It was posted on Beauty Salon Glasgow in August of 2007 but it is just as true today as it was then.  Their title of the article is “What Does it Mean if you Buy Organic Products” so I shortened it slightly.  It’s a fairly long article, but very clear and informative.  You might reallly enjoy reading it.  Here is the link:  http://beautysalonglasgow.com/anti-wrinkle/what-does-it-mean-if-you-buy-organic-products/

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Organic is more nutritious

agro_coverYou may remember the report last month from Great Britain claiming that Organic food was no more nutritious than other foods. Most of us were pretty sure that was wrong.  But it’s good to see in print a good authority disputing that observation.


The major points of The French Agency for Food Safety study are:

  1. Organic plant products contain more dry matter (more nutrient dense)
  2. Have higher levels of minerals
  3. Contain more anti-oxidants such as phenols and salicylic acid (known to protect against cancers, heart disease and many other health problems)
  4. Organic animal products contain more polyunsaturated fatty acids (protect against heart disease)
  5. Carbohydrate, protein and vitamin levels are insufficiently documented
  6. 94–100% of organic foods do not contain any pesticide residues
  7. Organic vegetables contain far less nitrates, about 50% less (high nitrate levels are linked to a range of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s)
  8. Organic cereals contain similar levels of mycotoxins as conventional ones

You can read the the news article on this report at Foodmag.com.au with a commentary from Andre Leu, Chairman of the Organic Federation of Australia.  Or you can access the full scientific report at http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu/organic/ASD_Lairon_2009.pdf 

The positive characteristics of organic food also apply to personal care products made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients such our MiEssence products.  Good news for all!
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Because we are all connected

I just got this in a Tweet from OrganicFest, which is an organic festival in Ashville, NC next weekend. It’s a terrific video and couldn’t resist sharing it.

This video (on YouTube) is a charming little cartoon totally suitable for everyone, even small children. It’s done by the World Wildlife Fund, but they aren’t pushy at promoting themselves. They just state at the end that this is the business of http://wwf.org I really love this! Hope you like it, too!

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Support Environmental Organizations

There are many great ways to have a positive impact on the preservation and conservation of our precious environment here on the Earth.  Just to name a few:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle;  Buy Local and Organic;  Use Renewable Energy; and much, much more…  But we can also make financial contributions, no matter how small, to organizations who will use our money work in the field, doing the actual conservation and preservation work.  Here are a few organizations that I try to support. 

 Tell us about other organizations that you consider worthy of a donation.

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Summer Rayne Oakes – Eco-Model

Perhaps I’m just oblivious to mainstream media, or maybe just oblivious.  StyleNaturallyBut I had never heard of Summer Rayne Oakes until today.  I have to thank Gideon Wayne Fitzpatrick for writing a blog post about her on his site yesterday.  That’s how I found her.  He mentioned her new book and the fact that she reviews MiEssence products in it.  The book is titled Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty.  I guess I’ll have to buy a copy to see the product reviews and also her pages about Narelle Chenery, our ONEgroup founder.

But I became intrigued by this beautiful young woman and just what exactly an Eco-Model might be.  So, I Googled her name and got 59,500 links.  She has websites, www.summerrayne.net, a blog, www.summerrayneoakes.blogspot.com,  her own WikiPedia listing (with LOTS of reference links), and is a contributor at www.Treehugger.com  and www.planetgreen.discovery.com.  She seems to be the real deal, Brains AND Beauty.  

Here’s her definition of Eco-Modeling: 

Values-based modelingnoun
The act, art, or profession of aligning your values and image with the core social, ethical, and environmental values of a company, brand, organization, or program.

synonyms: cause-related modeling, eco-modeling”

I have to applaud her efforts.  She is using her notoriety to promote green values.  She can have so much more of an impact than most of us.  I respect and support her work.

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Organic Clothing

Usually I wear organic clothing if I can find it and afford it.  But there’s the rub.  There just isn’t a whole lot out there.  Looking in local stores, at least here in Myrtle Beach, SC, is usually a lost cause.  But even on-line, there just doesn’t seem to be much for adults.  I’ve seen lots of organic baby clothes, and who can deny that babies are more important than us lowly adults.  But…  I want organic clothing.

So when I found this site today, I was excited and wanted to share.  Yes, It’s Organic has a really extensive range or clothing for men, women, AND babies.  They also carry organic bedding and bath products, organic bags, organic home products, and sustainable furniture.  I was just blown away about the range of their offerings!

I know there are lots of other sites out there with organic clothing, and I hope you will help me find them.  Please leave us a comment with your suggestion!

Linda Murdock
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