ECO-FRIENDLY FINDS FROM TRUE
Happy Earth Week!
The waves of warm weather and sunny days signal that it is time to trade in the hearty comfort foods of winter for the light refreshing meals of spring and summer. Many of the ingredients used in favorite summertime meals have an eco-friendly and sustainable component. So the next time you buy the following goods at the grocery store, save some money and the environment by replanting them.
Herbs are a favorite and easy way to add a refreshing touch of sophistication to any meal. Herbs do not have to be an expensive ingredient because they are sustainable. The next time you buy fresh herbs at your grocery store, do not throw the roots away! Put the roots in a glass of water and once the roots have sprouted, it is ready for planting. Transfer your herbs into soiled pots and you have your own eco-friendly indoor herb garden.
Fruit salad is a summertime staple present at almost every gathering. The next time you are cutting up pineapple for a fruit salad – keep the top! To grow your own pineapple plant, cut or twist off the leafy top of the pineapple and remove any remaining fruit from the bottom. Next, let the top dry out for a couple of days. After the top has dried for a couple of days, place it in a cup of water and be sure to change the water once a week. Once roots begin to sprout from your pineapple top, transfer it to a soiled pot and make sure your plant gets plenty of sunlight. Your pineapple plant could take up to 2 years to produce fruit, but in the meantime you will have a lovely tropical plant to show off to your friends.
Fresh salsa and guacamole are refreshing summertime favorites. The next time you make a batch of fresh guac – using cilantro from your herb garden, of course – save the pit. An avocado plant is not just nice to look at, but a great conversation starter! To plant your own avocado tree you will need to rinse the pit and remove any of the remaining fruit – be careful not to peel away the outer brown seed covering. Next, dry off the pit and position the pit with the pointed end facing up (this is the top) and the flat end facing down (this is the bottom). Fill a cup with water and insert toothpicks into the sides of the avocado pit. Place the pit so that the toothpicks rest on the cup – submerging the bottom half of the pit in water and suspending the top half of the pit above. The avocado will eventually sprout and grow roots. Once the roots are substantial you can transfer the plant to a soiled pot. Avocado trees can take around 8 years to produce avocados.
If you don’t have much of a green thumb – but still want to support eco-friendly products – try incorporating more green companies into your lifestyle. From makeup to cleaning products, there are more environmentally friendly options now than ever. Here is TRUE’s of TRUE’s favorite environmentally friendly finds.
Raw Gold is an Organic hair care line founded by Salicia Nash. The company is based on the concept, “Healthy Hair Matters.” All Raw Gold products are color, relaxed, and natural hair safe, as they are paraben, sulfate and alcohol free. If you want healthy hair, but don’t want to worry about harsh chemicals, Raw Gold is the brand for you.
Study NY is a contemporary womenswear line that was created in 2009, by Tara St. James. The New York City based brand designs fabulous minimalist-inspired clothing from ethical and sustainable materials.
Burt’s Bees company vision focuses on three P’s: “people, profit, planet.” All of the company’s ingredients – from product to packaging – are “simple, natural, and responsible.” From chapstick to lotion, you can feel good about wearing Burt’s Bees.
Tarte promotes high quality, healthy, and eco-chic beauty cosmetics. All of Tarte’s products are cruelty free, vegan, and formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and gluten. Tarte proves that one can still look fabulous while going green.
Bough Bikes is a company that takes corporate responsibility very seriously. This is why Bough Bikes are made from wood – an eco-friendly and sustainable material – that is derived from responsibly maintained forests. No materials are wasted at Bough Bikes and any surplus materials are repurposed or recycled by the company.
Kazmok is a company oriented around sustainability and known for its unique briefcases. The company designs bags and accessories from recycled materials, which further enhances the company’s edgy and industrial aesthetic. Kazmok bags are often constructed from recycled conveyor belts, so no two bags are the same making them the perfect one of a kind gift.
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