Every Man Jack (or Andy)
Let face it dudes, when it comes to grooming products, cost and convenience often wins out. At least that is usually the case with my husband, Andy. I have a feeling he is not alone in these decisions, which is why the male market is certainly ready for Every Man Jack.
Available at Target, this line of inexpensive men’s products “contain no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, dyes, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or testrasodium EDTA, are never tested on animals” and are packaged in 100% recyclable materials. Not to mention, their natural scents are certainly interesting (Spiced Pepper, anyone?) Overall, Andy said that for someone like him, whose fairly sensitive skin doesn’t agree with bar soap and generic aftershave, that the products from Every Man Jack not only felt good on his skin, but also on his conscience.
It is no doubt that the green trend is catching on. And while this does mean that there is an increase in “greenwashing“, it also means that long-time recognizable brands are offering solutions for those of use who choose the green route when possible.
One such brand is the popular backpack company, Osprey. As a long-time favorite of serious backpackers and casual travelers alike, I was very pleased to see when I was recently shopping for a daypack that Osprey offered a ReSource Series built almost entirely from recycled materials. Knowing this, I was more than eager to purchase a pack from a locally-owned store that carried it. Osprey’s environmental efforts are detailed on their site, and I have been very pleased with not only the quality of the backpack, but also the thought that was put into creating it.
So, as outdoor adventure weather approaches, consider your choices if you need to purchase any related gear. In addition to Osprey, you can also find other eco-friendly choices by Mountainsmith and Millet and even Keen, Kelty and The North Face.
Earth Day Indiana 2009
Earth Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean the events celebrating it are! If you are in the Indianapolis area, consider heading downtown tomorrow (Saturday) for Earth Day Indiana. Liz will be visiting from Columbus, and we are looking forward to attending the event together.
Happy Earth Day
Happy Earth Day from Green-Lemonade.com!
We thought rather than take the time to write a lengthy post about all the things you can do today and tomorrow, we would instead just encourage you to GET OUTSIDE and enjoy your surroundings. We hope that seeing all the elements in your environment that need to be protected will make you more likely to make steps to do just that!
Friday Fave: Vegan Lunch Box
Welcome to the second “Friday Fave” post. I’ve been trying to pack my lunch for work on most days and when I recently came across the Vegan Lunchbox blog and was really impressed with all of the ideas for veggie packed lunches. Jennifer McCann, author of the blog and a cookbook by the same name, frequently highlights the creative lunches she packs for her son and even posts some recipes from her book. Make sure to check out the eco-conscious lunchbox accessories she features and I can’t wait to try McCann’s “Magical Loaf Studio” sometime soon!
Photo Credit: Vegan Lunch Box
Shrimp on the Bar-B
We’ve been experimenting with new recipes for fish lately. So, a few weeks ago we broke out the grill and made some sweet and tangy Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs which made a quick and easy healthy dinner with lots of flavor and veggies. The basic idea for the recipe below came from a Whole Foods fish booklet sitting at their fish counter.
Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs
1 lb. large (26/30) peeled and deveined shrimp
1/2 fresh pineapple cut into bite size chuncks
1/2 white onion cut into bit size pieces
1 medium zucchini sliced into 1/2 in rounds
1 bell pepper (red or orange) cut into bite size pieces.
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
Soak bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes in water. Alternate veggies, pineapple and shrimp on soaked skewers. Oil grill and pre-heat to medium high. Place skewers on hot grill and cook 5-7 minutes on each side, turning once and basting often with the vinaigrette. Serves 3-4.
Friday Fave: Not Eating Out in New York
Ah, Friday. What a wonderful day of the week. With the whole weekend in front of you, it’s a great time to be inspired and is certainly one of my favorite days to spend a little time catching up on my favorite sites and finding new ones.
Because we think we are not alone in those sentiments, we are starting a new category here at Green-Lemonade.com called “Friday Fave.” No interviews with the author. No detailed discussions. Just a sentence or two about how we found the site and why we love it (posted on Fridays, of course!) And kicking off this new category is…
I can’t believe I hadn’t come across this site before now. I found it when I was searching for a potato salad made with ricotta cheese (which I had left over from the Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe we sent in last month’s issue of The Squeeze.) I immediately fell in love with all of the simple recipes on this site. For someone living in a city with an endless amount of restaurant choices, Cathy Erway has made not eating out look easy, healthy and environmentally friendly. So check out more of her recipes and adventures next time YOU need a reason to eat in.
I Scream, You Scream….
Although the forecast is calling for light snow here in central Ohio today, we had a hint of summer weather over the weekend, so my husband and I took the opportunity to indulge in some of our favorite ice cream.
Some members of our family are lactose intolerant so we are always on the look out for a dairy-free alternative that isn’t loaded with artificial ingredients and still tastes good. Purely Decadent’s Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert fits the bill.
Featured on the Today Show a while back, Purely Decadent is also vegan and lower in calories. Check out all the delicious flavors, our favorite is the Mint Chip! I also like the SO Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt and SO Delicious Soy Yogurt too.