Celebrating America's Eco-Friendly Lifestyle.

Author: Samuel Sinclair West

Pumpkin Spice Soap Has Arrived

Pumpkin Spice Soap Has Arrived

The Pumpkin spice craze has been on a roll for years and it all started with Starbucks famous pumpkin spice latte. Now you can almost find just about any popular food item annually that has a little pumpkin flavor, but what if you could shower […]

Foxtail Coffee & Vegan Eatery Leguminati Opens in Hourglass District.

Foxtail Coffee & Vegan Eatery Leguminati Opens in Hourglass District.

The days of driving to winter park for a nice cup of foxtail coffee or tea is no longer necessary. The coffee joint has opened a location south-east of Orlando located in the new hourglass district at 2401 curry ford road. This particular location is […]

How To Buy The Best Olive Oil

How To Buy The Best Olive Oil

Walking down the aisle of olive oils can be an intimidating experience. There are so many different types of olive oils and brands that are claiming to be the best. Over the years, there have been reports of imported olive oils not being 100% authentic and possibly mixed with lower quality oils but still labeled pure olive oil. There are some significant benefits to consuming olive oil, but only if you purchase olive oil the way nature intended it be. Below are a few things to look for when you are in the market for olive oil that will not only enhance the quality of cooked meals but boost your confidence in supermarkets and specialty grocers the next time you are shopping for olive oil.

1. Location
Yes, there was a time when we thought Spain or Italy had the world’s best olive oil. Which still may be true but are they keeping the superior liquid gold to themselves? We don’t know, but we don’t have time to play the guessing game. I recommend sticking with olive oil produced locally or somewhere domestically. This way you actually know where the olives came from and some place or brand to hold accountable for quality control that is familiar. Buying olive oil that is domestic is always sustainable. There are plenty of olive oils that travel for miles on a plane to later sit on a shelf and wait for a place on someone’s kitchen counter.

2. Harvest Date
On most olive oil bottles the only date that is clearly labeled is the best by date. The best buy date is the date where the product may taste the finest, but best buy dates won’t get you the best liquid gold. Knowing the best by date is not enough information for consumers to make an informed decision. The harvest date is the date or season when the olives were picked. Why is it so important? Most olive oils are only good for approximately 18 months after the harvest date. If you consume the olive oil after the 18 months, the oil may not be as flavorful or beneficial to your health. The key is always making an informed decision when purchasing any food item.

3. Lighting
Try to purchase olive oil in dark-colored glass bottles that are not exposed to a significant amount of light. Less exposure to light can extend the overall shelf life for olive oil. This tip is correct for numerous items that are typically stored in pantries as well. Remember always read directions on all food items to store food correctly for quality and food safety purposes.

Indie Saturday: Call on Me | Paul McDonald

Indie Saturday: Call on Me | Paul McDonald

Happy Saturday! This is our first indie Saturday post. Every Saturday we will feature a song by an indie artist we think you should know. Music can be so inspirational and uplifting. Plus music has a way of making us move. Whether you are a […]

Orlando’s Farm To Table Eatery, The Rusty Spoon, Will Delight Your Tastebuds.

Orlando’s Farm To Table Eatery, The Rusty Spoon, Will Delight Your Tastebuds.

The most sophisticated eatery in Orlando offering the best farm to table experience. Rusty Spoon is run by two times James Beard-nominated chef & restauranter Kathleen Blake. What makes the Rusty Spoon so unique? First the food and the peaceful ambiance right in the heart […]

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Annually there are marches and festivals that are for clean energy awareness, but do you honestly know about what renewable energy really is and when it all started? You may not know as much as you think. Sure, I believe most citizens have some idea of what renewable energy is, but there is so much to learn and so little time if we as a society want eco-friendly green tech to take off. I challenge you to take a moment and watch HBO’s documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. I, myself, was utterly blown away by all the many solutions that are available or future energy solutions that are on the horizon but need more support to become a reality. There is no doubt about green energy will be the future but the yellow brick road to get where we need to be has a few stumbling blocks in the way. This film was released in 2017 and within the same year, President Trump was inaugurated into office which brought a new head of the EPA(Environmental Protection Agency), Scott Pruitt. Most Americans felt environmental issues had taken a step backward to a time when eco issues were last on the list. The one thing we know for sure is with public support for clean energy there is little government can do to stop the clean energy revolution. The good news is even with all the craziness going on in Washington big companies are looking into green technology because they are finding out, in the end, its economical for them and that’s always a plus.

One thing for sure is after you view this film you will never think of the sin the same way you have before. The sun is definitely full of energy and the one source that just keeps on giving. After you watch this inspiring film, please don’t hesitate to tell me what you think and let me know what are some ways you think you could be of service to our planet earth to make it a better place environmentally.

Featured Eco Organizations

Push Buffalo | pushbuffalo.org

Natel Energy | natelenergy.com

California ISO | caiso.com

Windmill Image photo by HBO

Pancake Syrup vs Maple Syrup

Pancake Syrup vs Maple Syrup

It’s time to call it quits to the bottle of pancake syrup you may be reaching for on Sunday mornings and introduce yourself to mother natures sweet substance maple syrup. Most pancake syrups are filled with artificial caramel coloring and artificial maple flavoring. There is […]

Orlando’s Best Salad Bar: Greens and Grille

Orlando’s Best Salad Bar: Greens and Grille

The best salad bar on the planet is seriously greens & grille. The greens are organic, and the dressings and vinaigrettes are housemade. You can indeed have it your way by choosing what type of protein your heart desires from beef, turkey, salmon, chicken, or […]

Could Your Sunscreen Be Toxic?

Could Your Sunscreen Be Toxic?

Last year we went on a hunt to seek out sunscreens that have an SPF number that was not too high, but moderate and effective. Some dermatologists have reported a high SPF number could be damaging. We also went a step further and investigated the list of active ingredients in each product. There are a lot of sunscreens on the market loaded with so many crazy elements. We believe in feeding your skin nothing but natural ingredients that will be good for your overall body. So the lesson here is don’t just check the SPF number also check what other components included. Below is a list of sunscreens that we curated that we highly recommend trying out for future beach days. Furthermore, we always recommend reading the directions on any sunscreen to find out how often you should reapply to keep yourself protected. Sometimes applying sunscreen just once is not enough, in fact, if you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period, there is a high chance you will have to reapply.

7 Non-Toxic Sunscreens

 

Sustainable Independence Day

Sustainable Independence Day

We know supermarkets all across America will try to get consumers to purchase conventional brands by running special promotions this Fourth of July but don’t give in. Think of your family and friends by buying meat, produce, and condiments that are raised and produced with […]