Author: Nerd

What’s in your deodorant?

After a trip to Africa, I discovered something interesting. It’s common for people in Africa to not use deodorant. Deodorant is more of a chemical luxury, meant to guard you against the smell of the breakdown of the bacteria caught in your pits from perspiration. If you keep your underarms clean and control your hair growth your “pits” shouldn’t have much of a smell.

Let’s look at the list of chemical ingredients in an average deodorant:

  • Aluminum Compounds.
  • Parabens
  • Steareths
  • Triclosan
  • Propylene Glycol
  • TEA and DEA
  • Artificial Colors

Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that clogs your pores and prevents sweating. People are exposed to aluminum in some cosmetics, antiperspirants, and pharmaceuticals such as antacids and buffered aspirin. When it enters the body it accumulates in the liver, brains, lungs, kidneys, and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s and estrogen hormonal imbalance.

Parabens are preservatives for beauty products and pharmaceuticals. They are used to preserve products so they have a shelf life of many years. As you may not know all things eventually expire. The more preservatives you put in something, the longer it takes. But the less effective it is holistically. Parabens are said to mimic the hormone estrogen, which would leave anyone with a hormonal imbalance. The biggest concerns from parabens are endocrine destruction, reproductive toxicity, and its association with prostate and breast cancer. 

Parabens can be found in most common beauty products such as;

Soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, dyes, lotion, shaving cream, waxes, household cleaning products, ointments, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, makeup, foundation, sunscreen, and fragrance.

Steareths is a synthetic polymer. It isn’t as bad as the other ingredients, it basically weakens harsh chemicals while simultaneously producing carcinogens and dioxanes. Steareths is found most often in eye creams, anti-aging skin care products, and moisturizers, but has been used to a lesser degree in many other forms of cosmetics.

Triclosan is a pesticide according to the FDA. It kills bacteria during the manufacturing process as well as the bacteria on your skin, which is the main cause of odor. The carcinogenic gas, chloroform is made when Triclosan is combined with water.

This ingredient can be found in hundreds of consumer products ranging from antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, cosmetics, fabrics, toys, and other household and personal care products. 

Here’s a full list of brands that use: Triclosan

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/programs/antibacterials/triclosan/products-containing-triclosan

If used every day, Propylene Glycol can cause damage to your heart, liver, and central nervous system. It is a popular skin irritant, especially if you are sensitive. Propylene glycol can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants generally have a high dose of 50%.

Surprisingly this ingredient can be found in antifreeze and some processed foods, what crazy extremes. You can also find it in many medications, and electronic cigarettes.

Triethanolamine (TEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) are chemicals that seep into your skin through pores, enter the blood stream, and directly affect the kidneys and liver.

In conclusion, the point here is to read and know what ingredients are being used in your products. Don’t just look at the marketing that says, clean, fresh, or natural. In some way some of these toxic chemicals are natural. But not natural for your body. So the only preventative measure is knowing, and being familiar with these terms.

This article is written a source of information. I encourage you to read more about the topic as everyone is different. Everyone’s body and immune system respond to chemicals and toxins differently. What may cause a disease in one person may not cause a disease in another. You can’t avoid everything you’re exposed to, as always the best solution is to detox.

Organic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Ice Cream is always a fun treat. As long as it’s enjoyed in moderation and s made with as many organic ingredients as possible. Remember the fewer toxins you put in your body, the less your body has to get rid of them.

Here’s a recipe below. 

Amount Ingredients
2 cups organic cream or colostrum
1 cup organic milk
To taste organic agave (sweetener)
To taste organic vanilla
2 eggs organic egg yolks (optional)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
Optional Cacao nibs
1/2 tsp Cinnamon


Put ingredients in a bowl; whisk to mix, pour into ice cream maker, turn on for 25 minutes (to taste), and you’re done.

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. – Bennington, NH Company Highlight

Another Brand to make an appearance at Sustainable Brands was this cool paper company from New Hampshire. Monadnock is a family owned an operated business with nearly 200 years in papermaking. They provide a diverse range of paper products including technical/specialty papers, premium printing, and packaging papers and melt blown non-woven media for leading brands worldwide.

With a passion for the environment and ingenuity, Monadnock is turning ideas into reality.

Across all levels of our organization, we believe there’s a lot to be said for doing the right thing — simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Socially and environmentally responsible investments in technology, processes, and products will deliver value to our customers and our community.

Monadnock Sustainability Commitment – http://mpm.com/about/sustainability/

Stewardship

We’re proud to be Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance.

All of our products are manufactured carbon neutral (VERs) using Green-e certified 100% renewable electricity (RECs). Monadnock is an EPA Green Power Partner, EPA Wastewise Partner, and EPA SmartWay Transport Partner.

You can tell a lot about a company by the company it keeps.  We have been recognized by leading environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and have earned the Governors Award for Pollution Prevention as well as the Cornerstone Award from New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility for our environmental efforts.

But awards and recognition aren’t why we do it. We do it because we live here. We do it because we raise our families here. And we do it because we would like to leave our beautiful area of New Hampshire as pristine as we found it nearly two centuries ago.

 

Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. is committed to responsible stewardship of the environment by:

  • Promoting environmental awareness among our customers, suppliers, converters, employees and local residents.
  • Providing environmentally sustainable products and services to our customers.
  • Maintaining our record of compliance with environmental regulations and standards.
  • Continuing to invest in research to determine innovative ways to reduce waste and to efficiently use natural resources.
  • Choosing materials with minimal environmental impacts during the design and development of new products.
  • Encouraging legislators and state officials to develop sound environmental policies and regulations.
  • Senior management is committed to continual improvement in pollution prevention and in reducing environmental impacts identified in our 14001 Environmental Management System

Ramblers Way – Kennebunk, Maine Company Highlight

Women’s Wool Eva Dress – Style #161- $105

Clothing for a Good Life – Est 2009

I met a representative at the Sustainable Brands conference. I was hoping to chat with him and get some insight on their brand so I could have more to write about. Unfortunately, they shoved this card in my hand gave me a few lines I could probably read on the site and sent me on my way. I asked to feel the material and it was worth the booth visit. Though I wish I had more personal insight the opportunity to feel this textile magic was enough for me to write this blurb.

That had to be the softest wool I’m ever felt in a t-shirt. 

You can use this code (SB10%) now through June 30, 2017, for %10 off 

I did get the chance to visit: https://www.ramblersway.com/

The Ramblers Way Story

For Ramblers Way, sustainability is the pathway to making premium quality clothing. Our definition of sustainability is stewarding natural and human resources. It also includes creating local jobs by breathing new life into the country’s textile industry. Fashion trends come and go – we alter our styles too – but what won’t change is our commitment to the responsible and sustainable use of the resources. Simply put, we weave sustainability into the fabric of our company.

Their Products

Rambouillet Merino wool and Pima cotton are both known for their long staple fiber, which is ideal for specific knitting and weaving applications.

The coat of a Rambouillet sheep, an American cousin to the Merino breed, grows long naturally, providing what is referred to as long-staple fibers for weaving or knitting into cloth.

Rambouillet fiber is 4” long and uniquely thin (18.5 microns) in diameter, which means we can spin it into a superfine yarn. And, since it’s also a long staple fiber, it’s surprisingly strong when spun together. So you’ve got amazing strength and luxurious softness all in one silky-feeling fabric.

Benefits of Rambouillet Merino Wool

Moisture-wicking.
Natural fibers transport sweat away from your skin to keep you dry.

Body-heat regulating.
Wool buffers the elements to keep you comfy in warm and cold weather.

Remarkable quality.
Our wool yarn is worsted, compacted and spun to remarkably fine diameter so it’s super fine, super strong and doesn’t itch.

Long-lasting.
Looks timeless. Buy fewer pieces. Wear them more often.

Odor-repellent.
Odor-Free.

Biodegradable.
It comes from nature and doesn’t use harsh chemical softeners or finishes to provide comfort.

Long-Lasting Worsted Wool

Worsted yarn is made of long-staple fibers that have been combed twice to remove any short fibers and spun parallel to each other (vs. a woolen yarn, which is randomly entangled). This careful spinning process produces a clean, smooth and tightly knit yarn that’s free of the usual fiber ends that cause you to itch.

Our fabric is further defined by proprietary spinning techniques that remove any excess fiber to reduce potential pilling. This produces super fine, super-strong clothing that you can wear time after time.

Pima Cotton

Long staple Pima cotton was developed and propagated by the Pima Indians of the American Southwest. Ramblers Way Pima Cotton is grown in the San Joaquin Valley in California using low water and pesticide-free growing methods. Pima Cotton is commonly called ‘the cashmere of cotton’ for its softness and durability.

Strange Matter. Green Earth Exhibits

Experience the Power of Materials for a Sustainable World. 

It’s an educational experience designed to support your corporation’s commitment to creating a sustainable world. It is an international travel science exhibition that will enable millions of people across the globe to explore ways in which advances in materials can lead to a more sustainable future.

 

 

While at Sustainable Brands I had the opportunity to visit and meet with Representatives from The Materials Research Society (MRS) 

The Materials Research Society (MRS) is an organization of materials researchers worldwide that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life.

Visit similar exhibits. http://www.strangematterexhibit.com/visit.html

 

 

Turn Waste Into Wonderful – Get Zera (Product)

FOOD SCRAPS TODAY, FERTILIZER TOMORROW

Zera™ Food Recycler is designed to fit seamlessly into your kitchen and make the most of your food — turning today’s food scraps into tomorrow’s ready-to-use, homemade fertilizer

THE AVERAGE FAMILY PRODUCES OVER 400 POUNDS OF FOOD WASTE PER YEAR.*

That waste comprises roughly 20% of space in landfills, decomposing and producing methane — a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

With Zera™ Food Recycler, you can recycle a week’s worth of food waste within 24 hours* through a fully automated process. That means better soil for your plants, less food waste in the landfill, and a greener future.

I ran into these guys at the Sustainable Brands conference. Though I don’t believe in waste, meaning wasting your money on buying products that solve problems stylishly. I think this would be a great gift to encourage new composters. Most people aren’t interested because either they don’t know about it, or don’t want to do the work to prepare the proper set-up. Tools like this help you make the transition to support less food waste with ease. 

 

 

 

Sustainable Brands Day Three #SBDetroit17

Started off with an old banana, granola bars, old wine and potent hash.

Here are the sessions I sat in on: 

Trends in Values-led Hiring: How to Go About Hiring and Engaging People with an Encumbered Past

Jo Confino   Jo Confino The Huffington Post

Amy Peterson   Amy Peterson Rebel Nell

Emily Hunt Turner   Emily Hunt TurnerAll Square

https://www.emilyhuntturner.com/law-prisoner-reentry

Aurelio Dorris   Aurelio Dorris Urban Ashes

Mike Brady   Mike Brady Greyston

Paul Hickman   Paul HickmanUrban Ashes

https://urbanashes.com/

This was a pretty important, factual, right in your face discussion. Addressing topics most people prefer to breeze over. They discussed challenges and issues that many low-income and no-income households. These are serious issues human face all over the world. 

I had a quick lunch and met the CEO of Common Impact 

Danielle Holly

http://commonimpact.org/

At Common Impact, they envision a society in which all individuals and businesses invest their unique talents towards a shared purpose: strengthening the local communities in which we live and work. 

After Lunch, I sat in on a session the Innovation Lab:  Good Supply Chains + Materials 

Hosted by Georgia from Forum for the Future

They are an international non-profit working with business, government and civil society to solve complex sustainability challenges.

She recommended to check out https://www.thefuturescentre.org/ as a great source for information. 

We briefly discussed common supply change challenges like:

Biomimicry for new materials

After that session, I met Kevin Farmer from Michigan Science Center

He is their innovation and discovery consultant and also did demonstrations for The Strange Matter. Green earth Booth. 

They are focusing on exhibits that allow you yo experience the power of Materials on a Sustainable World. Their exhibits typically live at the Michigan Science Center

I ended my day at this session: 

Redesigning the Fashion Industry by Proving the Business Case for Sustainability

Cara Smyth   Cara SmythGCU Fair Fashion Center

Frank Zambrelli   Frank ZambrelliGCU  Fair Fashion Center (MOD)

Melanie Steiner   Melanie Steiner  PVH Corp.

http://www.gcunewyork.com/fairfashioncenter/ is a young department of GCU New York their mission is to prove the business case for sustainability in the apparel and accessories industry. 

 

Sustainable Brands Day Two #SBDetroit17

Today started early and ended early with a nice bottle of Cabernet and great weather.

Here’s a recap of Day 2

I sat in on these 2 discussions:

From a Golden Past to a Glorious Future: Reinventing Brands Inside and Out with Compelling New Visions

Michael Arena  Michael ArenaGeneral Motors

Kimberly Kleiman-Lee  Kimberly Kleiman-LeeGeneral Electric

Simon Mainwaring  Simon MainwaringWe First

Deanna Bratter  Deanna BratterDanoneWave

 

The Dawn of the Employee Activist: Insights and Tools for Managing the Workforce of the Future 

Sally Uren   Sally UrenForum for the Future

Francis Janes   Francis JanesInternational Living Future Institute

Sarah Endline   Sarah Endlinesweetriot

Tony Calandro   Tony CalandroPovaddo

Freya Williams   Freya WilliamsFuterra

 

Had a great lunch and tried to crawl through the activation hub as much as possible.  The activation Hub is filled with great ideas, inventions, passions, and motivations. While walking around here are a few companies I interviewed;

Rareform 

https://www.rareform.com/

These guys repurpose 20,000 pounds of billboard wrapping a month to create one-of-a-kind products. 

Spoiler Alert

https://www.spoileralert.com/

Spoiler Alert helps businesses connect, collaborate, track, and save on food. 

Carlisle

https://www.carlislesyntec.com

For more than half a century, Carlisle SynTec Systems has been a leader in energy-efficient and sustainable commercial single-ply roofing. With more than 15 billion square feet of its single-ply roofing materials sold, Carlisle continues to lead the roofing industry by providing its valued customers with superior products, services, and comprehensive building envelope solutions. 

Hemming House

http://hemmingshouse.com/

Hemmings House Pictures is an award winning film production company that specializes in using a set of tools for positive social change-making. Founded by Greg Hemmings almost a decade ago, Hemmings House and its creative production teams have produced a broad scope of world-class, impactful media.

Shaw

www.shawinc.com

Shaw Industries Group, Inc.supplies proper carpeting. 

Innate Motion

Who We Are

 

Chipotle Maple Sweet Potatoe Burgers [VEGAN]

Makes 4 yummy veggie burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil 
  • 1 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), diced small
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1/2 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats, dry
  • 1/8 cup pecans, minced
  • 1 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 tablespoons quinoa
  • 1 cup of baby Bella mushrooms, quartered
  • dash of kosher salt or sea salt (½ teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup or Mike’s Hot Honey
    • If you choose the honey, add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4 hamburger buns

STEPS:

STEP1: In a medium saucepan, add the diced sweet potatoes and cover with water. Add a dash of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce to low and simmer for about 15 minutes until very tender. Drain and set aside for later.

STEP2:

In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the onions are brown.

STEP 3: 

In a large bowl, add the oats, add the quinoa, through spices and pepper. Whisk well to combine. Add the boiled sweet potatoes and the onion mixture as well as the maple syrup. Using a wooden spoon, mash the sweet potatoes and mix everything together very well.

STEP 4:

Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Coat your hands with a non-stick cooking spray and form the burger mix into eight large patties. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer.

STEP 5:

Bake at 400 F for about 45 minutes, turning the patties over halfway through. Once done, remove from oven and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes.

This will set the patties.

Serve hot, with barbecue sauce. Add avocado, arugula to buns for serving

add some Sweet Potato Fries to the Mix

 

Lemon Powers

When life hands you lemons, appreciate them, They are very good for you. 

Lemons though acidic to the taste, but do the opposite in the body. They actually are alkaline-forming to the body. Lemons are in fact the highest alkaline-forming food and are great at keeping the bodies PH level balanced. Because of their antibacterial properties, lemons can be found in kitchens all over the world.

Lemons are your livers best friend. It helps to stimulate and detoxify the liver. Starting your day with lemon water is a great way to daily detoxify. Lemons help dissolve uric acid and other poisons.

Lemon peels contain potent phytonutrient tangeretin which protect against brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease

Guards you against Hangovers Lemon juice and room temperature water helps reduce nausea and aids in metabolizing alcohol. 

Dissolves calcium like deposits Lemons decrease the acidity of urine; this prevents the formation of calcium oxalate and uric acid stones.  Lemons are rich in citric acid this helps to dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, and kidney stones. 

Lemons contain flavonoids and Vitamin C, making it a great immune system booster to help the body fight off infections. Also, vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals that lead to aging and disease.

They Treat Scurvy This seems random but if you’re a cruise ship traveler this may intrigue you. 

In 1747, a naval surgeon named James Lind cured scurvy with fresh lemons. To this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons so that every sailor could have one ounce of juice a day. In the past, lemons were replaced with limes; this is where the English got their nickname “limeys.”

Lemons protect from intestinal worms. One cup of spearmint juice, black salt, and lemon juice daily removes all types of parasite infections from the stomach. 

Lemon Nutrition:

  • Lemons contain vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, citric acid, flavonoids, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and fiber.
  • Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Potassium is beneficial to the heart. But you still need Bananas for your potassium fix. 

Warning: Stay away from restaurant and bar lemons. Lemons not washed properly can lead to microbial flora

“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” –Alfred E. Newman