Finding the perfect skin repair treatment is a difficult and time-consuming mission. Discovering what is best for your skin involves heavy research, trial and error, and a lot of money down the drain. Of course there are millions of reviews and testimonies out there, but what is most important to you? Here at GreenCupboards, we want to make sure the products you choose for your outer layer are not only the BEST, but also contain the safest and most effective ingredients.

Michael Todd True Organics produces skin care products that are made in the United States with certified organic ingredients and free of harsh chemicals. Michael Todd founder, Lewis Hendler, was shocked when he learned that most products that represent themselves as “natural” or “organic” actually contained harmful ingredients like parabens, sulfates, and the number one ingredient is usually water. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, most ingredients you put on your skin end up in your bloodstream and body tissues. Mr. Hendler follows the notion that you should “nourish your skin the same way you nourish your body”. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

All Michael Todd products are wonderful and made from organic ingredients. One of which is the Knu, New You, Anti-Aging Face Lift Serum. The serum is made from a combination of 70% organic ingredients and has amazing skin-regenerating abilities that heal, tighten, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature skin aging. The product comes in a small bottle with an eye dropper applicator so you know you’re using the right amount. To use, apply 2-4 drops on targeted areas all over the face twice daily on cleansed skin.

Read below to learn about Knu’s effectiveness from REAL people:

 Restorative, Smoothing, Moisturizing
“I really liked the texture of Knu and the way the product is dispensed (it has an eye dropper type tube). The serum itself went on very well and spread easily with little effort. The product is an anti-aging and brightening serum, and I definitely noticed improved moisture retention due to the aloe vera and other ingredients in the product. It provided similar results to using a hyaluronic acid serum that I’ve used in the past. I have fairly sensitive skin and I felt no irritation whatsoever. I loved using this serum daily, but mostly after a day in the sun at the lake as it is very calming & soothing with its 70% organic ingredients.”
-Sarah, age 27

 Good Product, Useful, Highly Recommended
“My skin felt very smooth, it did not leave me feeling oily or dry. Although I was hoping that it would take away the crease between my eyes it did make it smaller and smoother.”
-Kaci, age 27

 Light, Silky, Smoothing
“I really loved this product! I have tried other anti-aging serums in the past and they’ve never meshed well with my sensitive skin—they always seem to make my skin more oily which causes me to break out. This product was very light and not at all greasy, which I loved. I used the product for both daytime and nighttime, it worked very well in both instances. For nighttime I applied the serum after washing my face before bed and then washed it off in the morning. For daytime I used the serum in place of a moisturizer and found that it did a great job at hydrating my skin throughout the day while controlling shine. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for an anti-aging serum for sensitive skin!”
-Beth, age 24

Light, Clean, Cooling
“It helped my prematurely aged face look a tad fresher in the morning.”
-Alex, age 23

 Silky, Smooth, Lightweight
“I really enjoyed the silky texture of the serum.  It soaked into my face immediately and left it feeling hydrated and soft to the touch.  The dropper helped to ensure you were using the correct amount every time.”
-Katie, age 27

Michael Todd’s mission “…is to make the most effective, results oriented organic solutions for healthy, radiant skin. We use as much organics as possible without compromising performance and never use parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, artificial coloring or synthetic fragrance to avoid health concerns”.

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At Happy Seeds they live by the motto: What you put ON your body is as important as what you put IN your body. It is their mission to provide you with healthy, conscious products for day-to-day life, while making a positive impact within the community. Made with organic ingredients and will always be gluten, soy, nut and Cruelty Free. No parabens, sulfates or synthetic dyes and fragrances have been added to any of their products.

Happy Seeds Watermelon Foaming Hand Soap cleans hands gently and naturally. This foaming hand soap is perfect for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin. Formulated using gentle organic fruit and vegetable derived cleansers, soothing organic aloe vera and conditioning rice protein, leaves hands feeling soft and smooth. A natural aromatic extract blend leaves your skin smelling fresh and clean. With the organic extract blend derived from watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon seeds, this soap is perfect for your skin. Don’t believe us? Read the reviews below and decide for yourself!


light, textured, residue-free
“When I used the yummy watermelon soap it was just as if I was washing with water because there was no soapy residue. My hands felt cleansed after use!”
-Christine, age 22


moisturizing, clean, fragrant
“I love the smell! This soap does a really good job cleaning without leaving your skin feeling dry like other soaps. Happy Seeds actually left my skin feeling moisturized!”
-Deborah, age 47


fresh, rejuvenating, fruity
“The smell of the soap is wonderful, it even lingered after use! I was expecting the soap to foam a little bit more and leave my hands feeling cleaner. “
-Kaitlin, age 19


fresh, light, clean
“I replaced our bathroom sink soap with Happy Seeds Gluten Free. I liked how sudsy it got and the darling packaging it came in! Overall, I loved the fresh scent and the light feel!”
-Mary, age 45


fruity, bubbly, light
“I used this soap to wash off my dirty hands after practice. I liked how bubbly it was and the watermelon scent was great! Definitely a good, bubbly soap!”
-Mackenzie, age 15

Whether you are simply looking for the healthiest products for your family or if you have a family member with allergies or ingredient sensitivities, you know that Happy Seeds products will be gentle, safe, and feel good to use!

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GreenCupboards wants to make your back to school shopping as hassle free as possible.  By stocking up now on all your supplies, you can avoid the rush and relax the rest of summer! At GreenCupboards, you will find no lines and you can ask us as many questions as you need. Because organization is a key element to planning a successful year we want to make sure you have the tools to keep yourself on task as the school year kicks off. Here are some GreenCupboards products that may help point you in the right direction.The ECOlunchbox Solo Cube

The ECOlunchbox Solo Cube is a modern take on a vintage style. This stainless steel lunchbox is reflective of the elementary school lunch pale.  Unlike a paper sack, the ECOLunchbox is durable and will keep your mid-day meal safe.  It is also dishwasher safe for an easy cleanup. Another plus is the Solo Cube is non-toxic. Check out the ECOlunchbox Solo Cube on GreenCupboards.

Stockmar Wax CrayonsStockmar Wax Crayons are great for kids of all ages. From toddlers to adults, these artist tools are both safe and can keep up with any creative demand. The giant wax crayons are designed for an easy grip and practical use. Some of the benefits of using wax crayons are that they will not crumble, stick to the paper, smudge, are non-toxic. They also smell great. These crayons could be your toddlers first and only set of crayons as the uses for them develop with the skill level of the artist. Check out Stockmar Wax Crayons on GreenCupboards.

Little Duck Organic Dried Fruit Snacks is brain food for the mid-day energy drought. These Little Duck Organic Dried Fruit tasty treats are a much healthier alternative to anything you’d find in a vending machine. Whether you like apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries or mangos, Little Duck has them all and everything is organic. All little Duck Organic Dried Fruit Snacks are Gluten free with no added sugar. Check out the Little Duck Organic Dried Fruit snacks on GreenCupboards.

Burt’s Bees will keep your hands clean and fresh with their Natural Remedies Aloe & Hazel Hand Sanitizer. As kids go back to school, the germs will start to spread like wildfire. This hand sanitizer will kill 99.99 percent of the germs on your hands while the aloe and hazel will help to restore and rejuvenate your skin. All natural corn-based alcohol, vitamin rich aloe vera, and witch hazel are the ingredients responsible for keeping your skin healthy. Check out Burt’s Bees Natural Remedies Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer on GreenCupboards.

Planet Zak’s 16 oz. Stainless Steel Thermal Pop Lid Bottle is a great container to use for your Planet Zak Stainless Steel Bottlemorning coffee or tea. You can bring a beverage from home or get it filled up on the way to school or work at your local coffee stand. Planet Zak’s BPA free stainless steel thermal bottle is leak proof and requires a simple push of a button get a drink. The bottle is made from recycled stainless steel and can be re-recycled at the end of its life span! Check out Planet Zak’s 16 oz. Stainless Steel Thermal Pop Lid Bottle on GreenCupboards.

GreenCupboards hopes it can help you get on a greener, cleaner, and healthier start to the new school year!

 

 

 

Aaron representing our Original Sprout vegan sunscreen.

We all like a deal. As shoppers, we all look for the biggest bang for our buck.  Now that summer is just around the corner, stocking up on sunscreen is a necessity. But as you gear up for summer and start shopping for sunscreens, do you know what you are looking for? GreenCupboards specializes in providing the best eco-friendly, organic and vegan alternatives to mainstream sunscreens. We recognize that our sunscreens may cost a little bit more than the mainstream selection– but trust us when we say it is worth it. There are both health and environmental benefits to choosing sunscreens that are organic, vegan, biodegradable, gluten free, dairy free, BPA free and gmo/msg free.

If you buy an organic sunscreen, you can be assured that what you are putting on your skin is safe and natural. According to organic-sa.com: “Sunscreens made without organic ingredients contain chemical ingredients that can be as harmful to your skin as the sun itself.” Commercial sunscreens are full of chemicals that have the potential to leech into your skin and stay there– even after you wash the sunscreen off.  The skin is the largest organ on your body and it is important to take care of it. Organic and vegan sunscreens are much better for you because they are naturally full of vitamins, minerals and herbs that are good for your skin.

You can also take it one step further and buy a vegan alternative which means the product contains no ingredients that come from an animal.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control “97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.” By purchasing organic sunscreen you can be assured that you’re not one of the 97% exposed to oxybenzone in their sunscreen.

 

full body health tea

I can’t get enough of green tea.  It’s not just the warmth that washes over you when you pick up a hot cup or the grassy taste and smell; like most comfort foods have a tendency to do, green tea conjures good memories.

A couple years ago, I spent a rainy spring break at an abandoned summer camp with my teammates.  Between practices we would come back to the only heated building, (which happened to serve as a cafeteria, game room, and meeting place for the entire week) cold and slightly soggy, we spent hours sitting at cafeteria tables putting together puzzles, playing cards, and studying.

I remember vividly the sense of relief that hit me when I entered that room.  After 2 hours practicing in the rain, and a 2 minute cold shower, all I wanted to do was wrap myself in my sleeping bag and get to that warm room.  The unlimited store of hot water and tea bags in the cafeteria served as the savior of our spring break.  As we spent hours before, in between, and after practices in that cafeteria, we completely extinguished their supply of hot drinks by the end of the week.  Previously a “sugar-holic”, this trip taught me to appreciate the wonder of pure warm liquid and the comfort of the simple things.  Although it was wet, chaotic, and dramatic, it was one of the best team building exercises I had ever experienced.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but what I know now is that green tea doesn’t just provide comfort.  The antioxidants in tea are similar to the ones in berries, red wine, and dark chocolate.  These antioxidants have been said to help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.  What if you could improve your health one cup at a time? Not bad, right?

When the cold winter sets in, or you find yourself caught in the rain (physically or metaphorically), tea may just be the thing to set you back on your feet.

Images:

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http://www.healthy-green-tea.com/black-tea-vs-green-tea.html

 

The Grand Opening

Yesterday I took a trip with some friends up to the newest hot spot in Spokane: Trader Joe’s!

I’d like to use this as an opportunity to give a shout out to the people in this community who are dedicated to eating organic.  The shelves which were fully stocked with organic specialty items just a week ago are already being restocked after the mad rush of customers during the last five days.

When I arrived Trader Joe’s was still bustling with customers.  I passed three girls who were on a mission to find the Trader Joe’s prepared pizza dough, and a man in an orange hard hat attempting to decide between two organic brands of granola.  My friend, Anne, walked away with a giant purple eggplant with high hopes of making eggplant parmesan.  Meanwhile an elderly woman dressed for the weather in a stylish polka-dot coat gushed to the checkout clerk about her favorite wine.

I was impressed by the prevalent theme of organic eating.  A woman holding a small bottle of saffron shared a recipe for her favorite chicken dish.  Everywhere, people were chatting and comparing organic goods.

Even though I had intended to come only as a spectator, I couldn’t resist all temptation. I left the store with my own organic hummus, three pears, a small spice jar of saffron, and a box of granola (which Mr. Construction Man recommended).   I’ll be eating a special chicken dish tonight.  And I’ll be returning to Trader Joe’s sometime very soon.

Images:

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http://blogs.orlandoweekly.com/index.php/2011/09/trader-joes-coming-to-florida/

 

Eben Bayer's sustainable plastic

I’ve been pondering the problem of plastics for the past few days and in my research I’ve discovered what some consider being the most menacing member of the plastic family.

Styrofoam.

Did you know that 20% of the waste in landfills is comprised of Styrofoam?  I remember using this material at parties in grade school, at church brunches, and family gatherings.  Styrofoam can support a whole meal, making cups, bowls, and plates.  Not to mention my last computer came padded in Styrofoam packaging, and come to think of it, so did my TV.

Now consider this:  Next time you sip out of a Styrofoam cup or take your new appliance out of the box, take a look at the white material in your hands.  This packaging is going to last longer than you.  When humans die, our bodies decompose and become part of the earth within the first 100 years.  Any Styrofoam that you’ve encountered in your life will still be around long after you’ve been dead and buried.

It’s a disturbing thought.  People talk about leaving behind a legacy.  Is this the legacy of our generation?

Looking for something to reaffirm my faith in  humanity I consulted TED Talks.  Here I found Eben Bayer, a man who asks “Are Mushrooms the new plastic?”

Bayer says they could be.  Using a part of the root system of mushrooms called Mycelium, Bayer and his collegues have been able to grow an insulating, fire resistant, vapor resistant alternative to plastic which can also absorb impact like Styrofoam.  This organic material is compostable, which allows it to fit into the natural recycling system of the natural world.  Bayer is proving that the great minds of our time are putting themselves to good use.

Sources:

http://www.ted.com/talks/eben_bayer_are_mushrooms_the_new_plastic.html

http://the-green-campaign.blogspot.com/2009/01/what-you-should-know-about-styrofoam.html

http://www.highcountryconservation.org/pdf/The%20Facts%20on%20Styrofoam.pdf

Images:

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-styrofoam-cup-image14196359

http://www.motherboard.tv/2010/12/2/now-mushrooms-can-be-turned-into-plastic

 

Greenie Guru Juice

Greenie Guru Juice:

 

Here’s a Guru creation that’ll put your taste buds in Nirvana. Straight from the scribbling hands of the GreenCupboards CreativeCave, feast your slurp on this superfood concoction:

 

- ¼ cup organic blackberries

- ¼ organic raspberries

- 4 tbs. greek yogurt

- ¾ cup pomegranate blueberry juice

- 6 small wheatgrass ice cubes

- 2 tsp. flaxseed

- ¼ cup spinach

 

Purée to perfection, and enjoy!

 

Powerfully Pure

The sun, age, and even certain lotions cause our skin to wear, and dry. It is impossible to protect your skin at all times, unless you’re bubble boy, but you can restore it using natural lotions, balms, oils, and the ever important sun screens.

With summer coming into full bloom, Greencupboards.com would like to recognize Badger health care products. Badger products consist of Certified USDA Organic ingredients; the most wholesome, organic, healthy, and safe ingredients. You will not find any chemicals, synthetics, parabens, or GMOs in Badger products.

The Badger Startup Story:*

Bill Whyte was a carpenter by trade and an herbalist by avocation. He could never find a product to heal his rough, dry, cracked hands—the result of daily hard work in the tough New Hampshire winters. Bill whipped up a batch of the original Healing Balm in his kitchen using Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera and Essential Oil of Sweet Birch—a traditional New England herbal remedy.

Today Badger is run by a team of about 40 people and has been going strong since the company started in 1995.

Currently all Badger Products are 100% natural, meaning all the ingredients come from natural sources and are not chemically processed. Badger supports organic farming and all of their products contain certified organic ingredients. Badger Headquarters, known as the Badger Mines, is located in Gilsum, New Hampshire and uses local resources whenever possible. Recycling is the forefront of the Badger business. They say on their website that even the Styrofoam packing peanuts get recycled. To learn more about the Badger ingredients and recycling efforts click, HERE.

Badger Business Principles:*

  1. Individual responsibility in a team concept
  2. Personal and caring approach in communications
  3. Supporting organic, sustainable agriculture through our purchasing practices
  4. A business environment that is respectful and supportive of all employees, and of the people we serve
  5. Personal and social healing through our charitable giving
  6. Environmental responsibility
  7. Honesty and integrity in our business practices
  8. Fun is good
  9. Generosity

If your bathroom cupboards are not stocked and prepared for the summer sun, or the winter cold, make sure to check out Badger balms, oils, and sunscreens at Greencupboards.com. Greencupboards strives, much like Badger, to provide the most environmentally and health friendly supplies available on the market today. Greencupboards is proud to provide Badger products and testify to their healthy greenness.

Badger on Greencupboards.com

To learn about Badger community involvement

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