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Running the Brooklyn Half (or How I Pretended to be Brave!)

Running the Brooklyn Half (or How I Pretended to be Brave!)

A few weeks ago I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, a race I never thought that I would ever do. And yet I did and had an incredible experience facing something that I thought was out of my reach. But it didn’t happen overnight. Over the […]

Solstice in Times Square: (FREE) Mind Over Madness Yoga

Solstice in Times Square: (FREE) Mind Over Madness Yoga

What better way to channel your inner zen than amongst thousands of other New Yorkers at the center of the city? Well you can do just that on June 21st for the annual Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga event where you can enjoy free yoga […]

Greener Home with ECOS and an Interview

Greener Home with ECOS and an Interview

ecos products for a green home

One of the easiest steps that anyone can take to become a greener consumer is to seek out green companies. And thankfully there are more options out there these days that have even hit mainstream stories, making it even easier to shop ethically. One of our favorites is ECOS, a company that makes all of their products with plant-derived cleaning agents! Started in 1967 with a singular mission: to make affordable environmentally-friendly cleaning products that would not only tackle life’s dirtiest jobs but also protect the planet’s precious resources in the process. Amazing, right!

Today, they continue to adhere to these values and now offer more than 200 environmentally friendly products. We are huge fans and recently had the chance to try out some household staples, like the ECOS Hand SoapECOS All Purpose Cleaner and ECOS Dishmate that we use on the daily. Not only do these products effectively clean up all of the grit and grime from life, they do so without any yucky add-ons. You can opt for a mild scent (we are digging the citrus/green combo of the lemongrass), or opt for an equally powerful collection of products from their free and clear range.

ecos free and clear line

Additionally, all of their products are mode in the U.S. at one of four manufacturing facilities that are carbon neutral, water neutral and Zero Waste Platinum certified, saving over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually and diverting over 95% of all waste from landfills. To learn more about this company, we had the chance to speak with Jenna Arkin, Earth Friendly Products’ Product Development Director. Read on to check out even more about ECOS and why they are one of our favorites.

Interview with ECOS

Wellness Patterns: Can you tell us what it means to produce products in a carbon neutral, water neutral facility?

Jenna Arkin: We power our sustainable manufacturing plants with 100% renewable energy, including solar panels at each facility. Since we became carbon neutral in 2013, we’ve saved over 53 million pounds of carbon dioxane annually. That’s the equivalent of removing 5,089 passenger vehicles from the road each year! Water neutrality is a measure of “zero net water usage.” We achieved this by significantly reduced our water use and by supporting programs that restore water to critically depleted ecosystems.

Wellness Patterns: What does it mean to be zero waste platinum certified?

Jenna Arkin: Zero Waste Platinum certification means that we divert over 95% of our waste from landfills and incineration.

Wellness Patterns: How do you save waste from going into landfills?

Jenna Arkin: We provide extensive training to our employees to help them minimize waste in their daily activities through reducing, reusing, recycling, and most importantly, rethinking ways to prevent waste. Our vendors are a critical part of our Zero Waste success, as we work closely with them to minimize the packaging they send to your facilities and ensure that materials are recyclable.

Wellness Patterns: What are some of your innovations for 2017 and best sellers?

Jenna Arkin: Our long time best seller is our ECOS hypoallergenic Laundry detergent. Just this past year, we have added a new enzyme formula that has added stain removal power, available in two new signature scents – Fresh Geranium and Honeydew.

We are also excited to unveil our newly rebranded “ECOS for Pets!” line of products, wth stain and odor removers and grooming solutions for all of our furry & feathered friends. All of our pet products have been formulated using “Human” personal care and cleaning standards, ensuring that only the safest products come into contact with pets. Our new Peppermint Hypoallergenic Grooming Shampoo is also the first ever Safer Choice certified pet product on the market! This means that the formula has been vetted by the us EPA to contain only the safest ingredients in class.

Wellness Patterns: How did the company start?

Jenna Arkin: Our company was founded in 1967 by a man that embodies the ideal of the American Dream. Van Vlahakis came to our country from Greece with $22 in his pocket and put himself through a rigourous college education in Chemistry. He founded our company in his garage with the mission of providing safer, greener cleaners at a time when no one yet understood the dangers of toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Today we continue to be inspired by Van’s pioneering and innovative spirit, and we’re proud to provide environmentally friendly cleaners that work great at a much lower price than other green cleaners. This year we’re celebrating 50 years of green cleaning!

Wellness Patterns: What are some of your goals for the future of the company?

Jenna Arkin: We’re going to continue to innovate and be at the cutting edge of green chemistry! We’ll also continue to work with local and federal legislators to lobby for safer chemical policies and ingredient transparency to protect American consumers. Most importantly, we’ll continue to grow and provide green jobs in the four local communities in the U.S. where we manufacture our products.

To learn more about ECOS, please visit: http://ecos.com

FREE Yoga on International Yoga Day!

FREE Yoga on International Yoga Day!

International Yoga Day 2017 is quickly approaching! And to celebrate, the Consulate General of India, in collaboration with New York City Public Advocate’s Office and the Parks Department, are presenting a celebration of mindfulness with 30-minute yoga and meditation sessions. Led by such organizations as Hindu Temple of […]

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

Latest Food Craze: Drinkable Soup from Fawen

As a busy mom on-the-go I’m always looking for healthy snacks that I can pack for myself and my kids during whatever adventure we may venture on. While I do love me some fruit and nuts, there’s now another option to add to your ever-growing magic […]

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

Book Review: Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day

fitter faster book

Working out is one of those challenges that we are all trying to figure out. We know that we are supposed to work out but the list of excuses (kids, no time, work, and so on) can rule whether we get our sweat in or not. We have been and are always looking for more ways to making exercise easier while still reaping the benefits. Tall order? Not so much, especially with the release of Fitter Faster: The Smart Way to Get in Shape in Just Minutes a Day, a new book by award-winning health journalist Robert J. Davis, PhD and celebrity fitness trainer Brad Kolowich, Jr, that is designed to provide you with tips to get in shape in as little as 15 minutes a day! Sounds amazing, right?!

We had the privilege of reading through this guide book, soaking in their easy-to-digest tips and step-by-step workout plans that highlight the aerobic, muscle-building, and fat-burning benefits that are similar to—or even greater than—what you’d get from much longer regimens.

This include high-intensity interval gaining, which alternates vigorous and gentler exercises in shorter hurts, with circuit training that works multiple muscles. Not only providing tips to work out your entire body, the book squashes the boredom aspect of working out where you can actually add in some much needed choice and variety to our routine!

Divided into four exercise programs (Get Ready, Get Smart, Get More Out of Exercise, Get Going), you’ll find a plan to help you tackle every aspect of working out. We really loved the Get Smart section that included tips on strength training, stretching and how to increase cardio.

A guide that’s all about shorter, more focused routines, Fitter Faster is a great way to revamp your thinking about working out with a guide that actually makes fitness fun, focused and really convenient!

For more information, please visit: https://fitterfasterplan.com

We were provided with a sample for review. All opinions are our own.

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Review: Farm-to-Table Desserts: 80 Seasonal, Organic Recipes Made from Your Local Farmers’ Market

As much as we try to do our very best when it comes to eating healthy, we have to admit it: we have a huge sweet tooth! And while we are all about wholesome eats, we still want a treat every now and again, cause, […]

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

Healthy Start with Grain-Free GrandyOats

By now it’s safe to say that most of us have tried granola at some point in our lives. While this isn’t a new food, there are definitely variations of this classic breakfast option that covers a wide-range of choice! Hooray to advances in granola. […]

First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

First Ever Vegan Tri-State VegFest and an Interview with the Founder!

tri-state vegfest comes to the NY area

We just learned about an incredible vegan event coming to the NYC area with the first-ever Tri-State VegFest! Held at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 12-6PM, the Tri-State VegFest is an entirely vegan festival that showcases plant-based cuisine and cruelty-free products that are part of a vegan lifestyle. This festival is all about food, community and entertainment and attendees will have the opportunity to experience over 100 national and local exhibitors.

tri-state vegfest

tri-state vegfest

Presented by Experience Expos, a multifaceted empowerment company founded by South Florida-based entrepreneur Kyle Michaud, there will literally be something for everybody at Tri-State VegFest including the best health-conscious food and beverages, children’s activities, happy hour wine sampling, live music, cooking demos and much more. The event will also be presented in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere where guests do not have to worry about asking about where food is from, as it’s a guarantee that everything is ethical and 100% vegan.

VegFest is a celebration of the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. There will be vegan food to sample and purchase, engaging speakers, exciting performers, and members from the local vegan community to answer questions and showcase what inspires them. As a participant, volunteer, or attendee, your presence assists us to achieve our mission in educating as many families and individuals as possible about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.

National and local vendors participating at the Tri-State VegFest include:

• Harmless Harvest – Coconut water and organic tea
• Suja Juice – offers a variety of cold-pressed organic juices packed with fruits and vegetables.
• Daiya – give you the delicious joy of dairy, without any compromise.
• Rhythm Superfoods – an innovator in plant-based snacking. Rhythm’s organic, non-gmo, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian snacks are high in nutrient
• Hippocrates Health Institute – Committed to fostering a natural lifestyle complemented by enzyme-rich, living-foods vegetarian cuisine
• Nature Has Flavor – specializes in teaching flavorful whole food cooking recipes for a plant based diet lifestyle. Learn to plan beneficial vegan meals.
• Macro Vegitarian – carefully crafted vegan meals for people who are tired of boring choices such as grilled vegetables and cardboard veggie burgers.
• Vegetarian Society of New Jersey
• And others

And to learn even more about the Tri-State VegFest, we had the honor to speak with founder, Kyle Michaud to learn more about how it started and what you can expect.

Kyle Michaud: founder of tri-state veg fest

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for the Tri-State VegFest come about?

Kyle Michaud: The Tri-State VegFest was born out of my love for food, and animals. The cruelty-free festival allows attendees to explore 100+ vendors that have made a commitment to being vegan. Unlike other events we welcome vegans and vegan wannabes to come explore the delicious and nutritionally dense entrees that are being served up!

Wellness Patterns: What about for families?

Kyle Michaud: We encourage families to attend, and we offer FREE admission to children under 12. In addition to food and education, the festival features booths promising to engage and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds.

Wellness Patterns: How did you get into wellness?

Kyle Michaud: I started a cold-pressed juice company in 2014 and soon discovered that reaching ‘green consumers’ was more difficult then I had anticipated! I become motivated to connect eco-conscious consumers with green products and services. The festival was born!

Wellness Patterns: What are your goals for the Tri-State VegFest?

Kyle Michaud: My goal in 2017 is to become the largest event of it’s kind, promoting a plant-based lifestyle to as many people as possible. We are aiming to attract over 12,000 attendees to come explore what everyone is talking about!

Tri-State VegFest Info

Saturday, June 7, 2017
12:00PM – 6:00PM
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Ave,
Edison, NJ 00837

Tickets are $15 for adults, children 12 and under are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at http://vegfestexpos.com/

 

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

Incredible Plant-Based Body Lotion from Kneipp

We don’t know about you but as of late our hands and legs have been akin to sandpaper. Since the changing of the seasons and general dryness are definitely not winning combos we have been on the hunt for a body lotion that means business with […]