FabTV got a sneak preview of H&M’s eco-friendly, flower-filled spring line, The Garden Collection. With fabric made using organic and recycled materials, The Garden Collection brings together flowy, feminine designs inspired by green gardens, sunny landscapes, and ‘70s hippie chic. The collection hits H&M stores March 25th, and has us asking: is green the new black?
Last year I told you about a Consumer Reports study, which detected bisphenol A (BPA) in the inner lining of most canned goods. And while the FDA has yet to ban the use of BPA in food packaging, it did announce earlier this year that the industrial chemical may pose some concern. As a result, the government agency is investing $30 million into a more comprehensive study on the effects BPA has on infants and adults.
In the meantime, those of you who are worried about your exposure should make sure your to-go containers and water bottles are BPA-free. Unfortunately, most canned goods are still made using BPA. In these instances it might be best to seek out foods packaged in glass, paper, or freezer bags. As I said earlier, most canned goods are made with BPA, but not all of them! The eco-conscious folks at Treehugger were kind enough to round up a list of seven companies making BPA-free canned goods.
- Eden Organic canned beans, grains, and chilis
- Vital Choice Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) cerified salmon, albacore tuna, sardines, and mackerel
- Oregon's Choice MSC certified albacore
- Eco Fish albacore tuna
- Wild Planet skipjack and albacore tunas
- Trader Joe's canned corn, canned beans, canned fish, canned poultry, and canned beef
- Edward & Sons Native Forest and Nature Factor goods of fruits, vegetables, chutneys, and coconut milk
Discerning parents, like the celebs who frequent the ultraposh SoHo House private club and hotel in New York and London, have been treated to the luxe products created by the Cowshed spa for years. Now, ordinary moms (like us) can grease up our tots with the same organic goods. The company was kind enough to send me the line to test out. Baby Cow Organics is made from sustainable resources and uses 100 percent natural essential oils, such as lavender and meadowfoam. We checked out the Frothy Hair & Body Wash and the Full Body Cream and were impressed with both the sweet and subtle scents and the product's quick absorption. For mamas-to-be, the spa's Udderly Gorgeous line includes rich stretch mark balms and oils, in addition to body washes made from sea buckthorn oil, carotenes, and minerals all designed to relax and moisturize pregnant skin.
Delivered in recyclable packaging, the paraben- and phthalate-free products incorporate organic ingredients such as apple juice, sunflower seed oil, jojoba, and essential oils. And bunny lovers will be glad to know that whether during the development process or in the finished state, the products are not tested on animals. An organic-based body care line at a decent price? How Swede it is.
New York Fashion Week is now in its fifth day, and hundreds of looks have already come down the runways. But though all the hair and makeup is undoubtedly cool, only a few looks will actually translate from the runway to your office or next date. To help you get on-trend fast, I've gathered the 15 prettiest, easiest to create looks from the shows so far. Which ones will you be wearing?
So, it's no surprise that the green movement is now invading tot's playdates. Companies like the NYC-based Unplugged on a Rug host eco-guided play sessions that feature toys, songs, and activities designed to teach even the youngest kids about the importance of living a green lifestyle. Using recycled toys such as yogurt containers and cardboard boxes, age-appropriate storybooks, and cute songs about eco-conscious living, the playdates aim to educate through play.
Would you seek out a green-oriented playdate for your baby?
When grocery shopping, you'll discover that organic fruits and veggies can be more than twice as expensive as conventional versions. But for some produce, I think it's worth the splurge knowing they weren't sprayed with chemicals. What about organic beer? Is it healthier to buy a six-pack of Wolaver's Organic Ale for $10 instead of a much cheaper sixer of Budweiser?
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At Fit, we often talk about the importance of eating local and organic produce. It's grown without harmful pesticides and fertilizers, travels a shorter distance to get to you, and buying locally produced fruits and vegetables helps support small farms.
Shopping locally is not without its problems, though. Organic and locally grown food can be expensive, which is why it's good to know what's worth always buying organic. Convenience can be an issue too — especially if you don't live near a farmers market — but subscribing to a CSA can help with that. Sometimes it's just hard to know what's in season, which is important to me because I like buying the freshest produce available.
The folks over at GOOD have made shopping seasonally a little bit easier by developing this great infographic — it displays what produce is in season depending on where you live. The infographic covers the 10 most common fruits and veggies consumed and breaks down their availability by region. Now you can figure out the closest place to buy a particular fruit or vegetable if it's not in season where you live.
I'll definitely be printing this out and hanging it on my fridge — how about you?
We love the pics that OnSugar blogger And She Finally Lived, Happily Ever After posted of her 2009 vegetable garden. When she cooks she just has to go as far as her backyard to pick fresh, organic carrots, corn, potatoes, and more.
- Pulling Them Carrots
- B With a Pulled Carrot
- Artichokes —This is Their Third Year With Us
- My First Time Growing Celery
- My First Time Growing Eggplant
- Butternut Squash Climbing Up a Tree
- Baby Pumpkin
- Rabbit Proofed Garden
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