Is your house making you sick?

23 07 2009




20 Green Fashion Designers You’ve Never Heard Of

12 07 2009


20 Green Fashion Designers You’ve Never Heard Of


the return….ORGANIC/FLY!!!

12 07 2009

DSC_8457Coming soon in NEW COLORS!!!


Stay Orgainc / Stay fly

Broccoli City is leading the way in bringing the urban community to a “green” lifestyle. With that as our goal, we use sublimation ink products in printing our shirts, which qualify as “green ink”. They are water-based, and, are measurably less harmful to the environment than any solvent based ink currently being touted in the industry…eco-, bio- or traditional. The result is an ink that when paired with our 100% organic cotton t-shirts, creates a finished product that is certifiably Green and USA made.

What’s in your bottled water?

9 07 2009



Turn on the tap and the water’s practically free — and regulated for safety too. Pay top dollar for bottled water, and you’ll likely get mystery water — with little to no information about where that water comes from, how pure it is, or what contaminants are in it.

That’s why the Government Accountability Office and the eco-nonprofit Environmental Working Group are calling for stricter labeling standards for bottled water. Both groups brought the issue to a a subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
Why are tap water and bottled water regulated so differently? The former’s regulated by the Environmental Protection agency, which requires a lot more testing than the Food and Drug Administration, the agency that regulates bottled water and has little authority to enforce standards. For example, the FDA hasn’t even set standards for phthalates known as DEHP, while the EPA “limits the presence of phthalates in tap water,” according to the Associated Press.
To find out where your tap water comes from and how healthy it is, all you have to do is read through your water utility’s mandatory annual reports. Bottled water companies, however, don’t need to disclose such info. In fact, out of 188 individual bottled water brands EWG studied, only 2 of the brands revealed this info on their labels or websites.
This lack of information’s especially disturbing since bottled water isn’t safer or cleaner than tap water. An earlier EWG study revealed that “38 pollutants, ranging from fertilizer residue to industrial solvents” in 10 major bottled water brands identified. “Pollutants in 2 brands exceeded some state and industry health standards.”
The good news? After many years of growth, bottled water sales have been stagnant this year. And in California, bottled water companies have been required to provide on their websites information about their water source, treatment, and testing since the beginning of this year. A similar bill in the senate could require the same disclosure at the federal level.
For now, you can look up how well a brand of bottled water stood up to EWG’s tests on the Bottled Water Scorecard. Of course, the best option’s to drink filtered tap water — BYOB (Bring Your Own (reusable) Bottle)!


8 07 2009


Brooklyn-based artist Edith Zimmerman is the Tom Friedman of snacks. Working with materials lifted from the veg bin and pantry, she crafts ingenious sculptures and catalogs the results on her blog. The results are instantly enjoyable and devilishly clever. Herewith, a teeny questionnaire with the artist herself:

Why do you work with food?
Because when I see a piece of food art there’s some super straightforward part of my brain that just goes, “that’s a fish made out of lettuce, haha!” or “that’s a cat made out of a carrot, haha!” Also because I’ve seen some really great food art by a bunch of other people and it looked like a lot of fun to make.

What are your favorite things about working with food?

Looking at a piece of food until it reminds me of something. That part is fun. Although sometimes it’s frustrating because everything looks the same to me. Like–nectarine: it looks like a head. Potato: it looks like a head. Grape: it looks like a head. Celery: I could turn that into a head.

Do you nosh your creations after making them?

Sometimes! But usually not. Which I know is a waste, but usually by that point my fingers have been all over them and they’re cut up into weird pieces. But I did chop that scallion praying mantis over a bowl of soup, and I ate the hard-boiled egg for sure.

If you had all the materials of the supermarket at your disposal…what would you make?

A full dinosaur skeleton. Or a human skeleton. I could use parsnips for the bones, probably. Or a full-size vampire that I kept in the closet like he was sleeping standing up. I might make him out of all sorts of things.


via: weloveuso

U NEED TO LISTEN!! Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic in the 21st Century

6 07 2009

D9C9NarG1ntfohiggs7HP28Uo1_5001. Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies
Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.

Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn’t just benefit your family, it helps all families live less toxically.

2. Reduce if Not Eliminate Off Farm Pollution
Industrial agriculture doesn’t singularly pollute farmland and farm workers; it also wreaks havoc on the environment downstream. Pesticide drift affects non-farm communities with odorless and invisible poisons. Synthetic fertilizer drifting downstream is the main culprit for dead zones in delicate ocean environments, such as the Gulf of Mexico, where its dead zone is now larger than 22,000 square kilometers, an area larger than New Jersey, according to Science magazine, August, 2002.

3. Protect Future Generations
Before a mother first nurses her newborn, the toxic risk from pesticides has already begun. Studies show that infants are exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in utero. In fact, our nation is now reaping the results of four generations of exposure to agricultural and industrial chemicals, whose safety was deemed on adult tolerance levels, not on children’s. According to the National Academy of Science, “neurologic and behavioral effects may result from low-level exposure to pesticides.” Numerous studies show that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility.

4. Build Healthy Soil
Mono-cropping and chemical fertilizer dependency has taken a toll with a loss of top soil estimated at a cost of $40 billion per year in the U.S., according to David Pimental of Cornell University. Add to this an equally disturbing loss of micro nutrients and minerals in fruits and vegetables. Feeding the soil with organic matter instead of ammonia and other synthetic fertilizers has proven to increase nutrients in produce, with higher levels of vitamins and minerals found in organic food, according to the 2005 study, “Elevating Antioxidant levels in food through organic farming and food processing,” Organic Center State of Science Review (1.05)

5. Taste Better and Truer Flavor
Scientists now know what we eaters have known all along: organic food often tastes better. It makes sense that strawberries taste yummier when raised in harmony with nature, but researchers at Washington State University just proved this as fact in lab taste trials where the organic berries were consistently judged as sweeter. Plus, new research verifies that some organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food. Let the organic feasting begin!

6. Assist Family Farmers of all Sizes
According to Organic Farming Research Foundation, as of 2006 there are approximately 10,000 certified organic producers in the U.S. compared to 2500 to 3,000 tracked in 1994. Measured against the two million farms estimated in the U.S. today, organic is still tiny. Family farms that are certified organic farms have a double economic benefit: they are profitable and they farm in harmony with their surrounding environment. Whether the farm is a 4-acre orchard or a 4,000-acre wheat farm, organic is a beneficial practice that is genuinely family-friendly.

7. Avoid Hasty and Poor Science in Your Food
Cloned food. GMOs and rBGH. Oh my! Interesting how swiftly these food technologies were rushed to market, when organic fought for 13 years to become federal law. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against these and other modern, lab-produced additions to our food supply, and the only food term with built in inspections and federal regulatory teeth.

8. Eating with a Sense of Place
Whether it is local fruit, imported coffee or artisan cheese, organic can demonstrate a reverence for the land and its people. No matter the zip code, organic has proven to use less energy (on average, about 30 percent less), is beneficial to soil, water and local habitat, and is safer for the people who harvest our food. Eat more seasonably by supporting your local farmers market while also supporting a global organic economy year round. It will make your taste buds happy.

9. Promote Biodiversity
Visit an organic farm and you’ll notice something: a buzz of animal, bird and insect activity. These organic oases are thriving, diverse habitats. Native plants, birds and hawks return usually after the first season of organic practices; beneficial insects allow for a greater balance, and indigenous animals find these farms a safe haven. As best said by Aldo Leopold, “A good farm must be one where the native flora and fauna have lost acreage without losing their existence.” An organic farm is the equivalent of reforestation. Industrial farms are the equivalent of clear cutting of native habitat with a focus on high farm yields.

10. Celebrate the Culture of Agriculture
Food is a ‘language’ spoken in every culture. Making this language organic allows for an important cultural revolution whereby diversity and biodiversity are embraced and chemical toxins and environmental harm are radically reduced, if not eliminated. The simple act of saving one heirloom seed from extinction, for example, is an act of biological and cultural conservation. Organic is not necessarily the most efficient farming system in the short run. It is slower, harder, more complex and more labor-intensive. But for the sake of culture everywhere, from permaculture to human culture, organic should be celebrated at every table.

via: atasteoflife/


29 06 2009

BC IN PARIS……quality

25 06 2009


Top 10 Organic Fast Food Spots to Eat

15 06 2009
Organic To Go

Organic To Go is an organic fast-casual chain founded five years ago, with restaurants on the West Coast, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. It serves tasty sandwiches, pizza, salads, wraps, soups, breakfast burritos and quesadillas, all made with organic ingredients. It also uses green packaging and uses a fleet of priuses to deliver food.


For the other 9 click Here


Jenn Savedge Kid-friendly ocean websites

9 06 2009
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Yesterday was World Oceans Day … the perfect day to chat with your kids about all of the amazing things the oceans have to offer. If you’re lucky enough to live near an ocean, take your kids out for a swim or even just a walk on the beach. If you’re landlocked (like me) you might want to let your kids click around a bit on the Web to see what they can learn about the oceans. Here are a few great kid-friendly resources for learning about our amazing oceans:
• Kids Against Marine Litter: Kids can find out why marine trash is bad from sources all over the world and see what they can do help.
• Planet Ocean: Kids discover what it takes for amazing ocean animals to survive in their environment.
• Enchanted Learning/ Earth’s Oceans: This site offers lots of cool facts and stats about the world’s oceans, as well as anwers to popular kid questions like, “Why is the ocean salty?”  or “What makes the ocean blue?”
• BBC Nature/ Blue Planet Challenge: A fun online game that helps kids understand marine habitats and ocean life. The game begins on a rocky beach, takes you into the sunlit shallows offshore and then journeys into ever deeper and darker water, until you reach the weird world of the abyss. Your challenge is to explore as much of the ocean as possible, without losing any of your five lives.
• Dive and Discover: This interactive website lets kids learn about an actual ocean expedition such as the East Pacific Rise or the Galapagos Rift.  Each expedition gives kids info about the scientists and ships involved and what was discovered on the mission.

Cameron Diaz models eco-couture

3 06 2009



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Continue Polluting…

1 06 2009




16 05 2009


How Climate Change & People Are Wiping Out the Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone…….TREEHUGGER

Yogurt that keeps on giving….Siel Ju

Michelle O Inspired Cupcakes……greengrownandsexy


PiCs | Broccoli Kung Pao This Past Tuesday……..Concept City


15 05 2009

underground flyer

Churches and Synagogues Worship Green Building

8 05 2009


(pic above) The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation synagogue in Evanston, Ill., is one of ten LEED certified houses of worship in the United States. Photo by Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing (courtesy of Ross Barney Architects).

Homes and offices are going green across the country, and an an entire city is even being rebuilt green. But there’s a new space embracing the eco-revolution. It seems churches, synagogues and other houses of worship are listening to their eco-friendly parishioners—and apparently their religion.

A report from the Associated Press published yesterday on featured the growing trend of houses of worship seeking LEED certification. So far ten U.S. congregations are LEED-certified, and another 54 have applied for approval.

So why are congregations making this move to greener spaces?

The AP article reveals the changes have as much to do with changing views among parishioners as it does with the view that people are “stewards of the earth.” Rabbi Brant Rosen from the recently re-gutted green Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois said,

It was about making a sacred statement. If we were going to talk the talk, we needed to walk the walk. The whole process forced us to look at our values in a deeper way.

The synagogue used reclaimed wood from barns for exterior cladding, recycled the cinderblocks from the old building, and made the new building’s cabinets out of sunflower husks. By the time the doors opened in February 2008, the project cost $9 million, of which about $750,000 was associated with going green.

click here for full article

via: treehugger


6 05 2009


Green Your Smoothies….Planet green

Solar in the Developed and Developing World….Treehugger

10 great green houses….Mother Nature Network


22 04 2009


Food Matters by Mark Bittman

2 04 2009


Mark Bittman writes about food from a common sense point of view. We know we should eat more veggies and less meat, but in his latest book, Food Matters, Bittman tucks in to the reasons why a less carnivorous existence will result in a more harmonious existence between ourselves and our environment.

The first section of Food Matters dishes out sound reasoning and a variety of statistics to put our meat eating habits and industrial food system into perspective. (Although Bittman is not necessarily advocating a vegetarian diet, eating less meat and less junk food are the obvious, but important, points of his book.) Part two takes us into the kitchen to learn to “cook like food matters”, including 70 or so recipes. Together the two sections combine to create “a guide to conscious eating”.

Bittman starts out part one by asking us to rethink our consumption.

for full story click here


Earth Hour Getting Traction in the USA

25 03 2009


Does Earth Hour (Saturday night at 8:30 local time) make a difference? A bit. Toronto last year saw consumption drop 8.7% as utility workers monitored the screens for trouble. Others will complain that more energy was used making all the candles and driving around to Earth Hour parties. But it is really about awareness, about drawing attention to the issues of consumption and climate change. And everyone from Donny and Marie Osmond to Desmond Tutu are hopping on the bandwagon.


In New York City, the lights will dim at Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the United Nations Headquarters.

Lights will go off at the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Acropolis in Athens, Niagara Falls, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Chicago’s Sears Tower. In Boston, the signature CITGO sign in Kenmore Square is scheduled to be switched off, as are the lights at the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower. In Nashville they’ll be turning off lights at the giant Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

Los Angeles structures participating in the event include the Capitol Records Tower, the Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel, the Getty Museum and the Griffith Park Observatory.

“This is big,” says Jacqueline Peterson, spokesperson for Harrah’s Entertainment, which owns eight casinos in Las Vegas. “Historically, the lights on the Strip may have been dimmed for a minute or so when Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and other Rat Pack celebrities died, but the lights on the Strip have never been turned off for a full hour.”

via: treehugger

7 Best Ways to Charge Your iPod Without an Outlet

18 03 2009


iPods and iPhones are not just another gadget. They’re so universal that even calling them a ‘phenomenon’ is inadequate. At least for now, iPods are a fact of life. They are simply how we listen to music in the 21st century (sorry, Zune).

Since that’s the case, maybe it’s time we stop powering them with chargers we plug into the wall—outlets are so 20th century, after all. And with so many options available to power our ‘pods with innovative, clean energy, who wants to be stuck in the past?

These are the 7 best ways to power your iPod without plugging it into the wall. They all make for good ways to green your iPod.

  1. Play with a yo-yo. Yes, the iYo-yo charger will generate power from a tiny battery that’s charged as you yo.
  2. Use portable solar power. There are more portable solar power chargers than ever—snag one like the Solio Solar Charger to power your iPod.
  3. Swing a pretend golf club. Ecofriend reports that you can find a faux golf club that will charge and store energy every time you swing it, which you can then use to power your iPod.
  4. Crank away. It’s actually sort of surprising how many hand crank chargers have emerged in recent years—and many will handily (hello, bad pun) power your iPod.
  5. Hit the dance floor. This one might seem ridiculous, if it wasn’t preceded by a fake golf club and a yo-yo charger…but it is indeed true—Orange is set to unveil a dance charger that will generate power as you groove.
  6. Do grip exercises. If you’re doing hand workouts to fight carpel tunnel syndrome, or you’d just like to work up to a firmer handshake, kill two birds with one stone with this strange hand exercise iPod charger.
  7. Harness wind power. A really tiny amount of wind power, that is—but that’s all it’ll take to keep the juice to your iPod flowing. This Mini Kin Green Generator is a really cool example, even if it costs around $50.

via: planet green


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