Monthly Archives: October 2010

Traditional Medicinals

My boyfriend, Rich, has had a nasty cough this week.  He’s been downing Robitussin, Tylenol, Sudafed… he even had to go to the Pharmacy counter to get the “good stuff”.  Sure, all this stuff is suppressing his symptoms, but at … Continue reading

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Frontier Natural Products Co-Op

This company can be a pantry-saver.  While Pittsburgh happens to have a fantastic Co-Op on the East End, too many people are not-so-lucky.  Frontier Natural Products Co-Op is big on ethical sourcing and has a whole section devoted to Fair … Continue reading

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Hundreds of organic farms all over the world are members of WWOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.  Organic farmers sign up to host volunteers and provide free food and lodging; volunteers agree to work on the farm 25-30 hours … Continue reading

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So you have a pair of TOMS shoes and your favorite scarf was knit at a collective in Peru.  That’s great!  But I ask you: how sustainable are your underpants? Sustainable underwear?! Oh yes. Think about it: what other wearable … Continue reading

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Zhena’s Gypsy Tea

Zhena’s a real gypsy, and this is real good tea.  All of Zhena’s Gypsy Teas are organic and fair trade.  She offers all of the basics (greens, blacks, oolongs, herbals) as well as some interesting season-inspired creations like Mojito Mint … Continue reading

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Sseko Designs

The best sandals come from Uganda. I’ve been a firm believer since 2005 when I found my first pair of Ugandan sandals at a market in Kampala.  Those shoes have served me well (and beautifully) for five years – and … Continue reading

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New Soap, Old Bottle

If you’re not ready to trade in your name-brand household cleaners for homemade baking soda-vinegar-lemon juice concoctions, New Soap, Old Bottle has a surprisingly simple way to be a greener cleaner.  The company purchases Windex, Formula 409, Dial liquid soap, … Continue reading

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