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Boxed Water’s Social Reforestation Campaign

Boxed Water’s Social Reforestation Campaign

As I’ve mentioned, I love to support companies that do their part to give back. Whether big or small, these incentives allow consumer to better understand bigger issues and how they can impact us all. One such company that is doing their part-both as a […]

One Tribe Apparel: Bohemian Fashion Brand that Gives Back

One Tribe Apparel: Bohemian Fashion Brand that Gives Back

The beauty of so many modern companies is that many support and educate the public about important causes, allowing the consumer to connect to bigger issues while supporting a brand that gives back. One such company is One Tribe Apparel, a Bohemian fashion brand that began […]

Summertime Sides from Organic Kids L.A

Summertime Sides from Organic Kids L.A

Lazy summer weekends are around the corner. One of the cornerstones of this time are BBQ’s and with Father’s Day right around the corner, we are definitly inspired to get our grill on. One way to get get kids involved is to have them help out with the cooking. To inspire young chefs, we are sharing two summertime sides from Lisa Rotondi of Organic Kids L.A, a company that provides lunches to preschool, elementary, middle and high school students throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Read on to check out some of these awesome healthy and easy to create side dishes.

Summertime Sides

Summertime Sides

Organic Summer Succotash Edamame Salad:

Ingredients:
· 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
· 1 medium organic onion, chopped
· 1 bag (1 pound) shelled organic edamame, thawed
· 1 bag (1 pound) frozen organic corn, thawed, or 3 cups fresh-cut organic corn kernels (from about 4 ears)
· 2 large ripe organic plum tomatoes, diced
· 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
· 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
· 1/4 cup minced organic fresh chives or basil

Instructions:
Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the edamame and corn and cook, turning often, until heated through, about 7 minutes. Stir in the tomato, salt and pepper. Let cool and then chill if packing in a lunch box. When ready to serve, stir in the chives or basil.

Organic Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Ingredients:
· Lemons
· Water
· Sugar
· Simple Syrup

Instructions:
Squeeze the lemon juice through a hand presser. Mix 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Boil the water and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let the simple syrup cool.
Mix the remaining 6 cups of water, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and enjoy!

For more information, please visit: http://www.organickidsla.com

Say Bye, Bye to Bug Bites this Summer with U.S. Organic’s Anti Bug Spray Line

Say Bye, Bye to Bug Bites this Summer with U.S. Organic’s Anti Bug Spray Line

Bugs! They are everywhere, and so, so annoying! While sun protection is an obvious factor of the summer, so is protecting your skin from bug bites–some of which can be harmful, like ticks and certain mosquitos! That’s why I was so psyched to learn more about […]

Reconnect with Nature at Camp Navarro for Adults

Reconnect with Nature at Camp Navarro for Adults

Some of my favorite memories from childhood come from sleep-away camp. I fondly remember leaving Brooklyn, discovering a new sense of freedom where I made incredible friendships, learned to swim and picked up a few new skills (juggler for hire, anyone?!). Sadly that time came […]

What are the Differences Between Artificially and Naturally Alkaline Water?

What are the Differences Between Artificially and Naturally Alkaline Water?

There has a lot been said about alkaline water and how it’s less acidic than tap water. But now we’ve been hearing about artificially and naturally alkaline water and have been confused by the differences and benefits for the body. To help us out, we interviewed Ryan Emmons, founder of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water to learn more about this topic. Read on to learn more about his company and to better understand the differences.

Interview with Ryan Emmons on Artificially and Naturally Alkaline Water

 Artificially and Naturally Alkaline water: interview with Ryan of Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water come about?

Ryan Emmons: I grew up in California and Hawaii, spending all of my winters and summers there with my Hawaiian family. During that time, I gained an incredible appreciation for the environment and the active, nature-filled lifestyle that’s unique to these places. That, coupled with a history of involvement with clean water, education, and conservation NGO’s led me to try to begin developing the concept for Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water after I realized there was a dire need for a lifestyle brand that could create positive industry and social change.

I went to the Marshall School of Business at USC because it had the number one undergrad Entrepreneur Program in the country (the LLoyd Greif Program for Entrepreneurial Studies), and started developing the concept, feasibility, and business plan over the next few years before graduating early and launching it full time.

Wellness Patterns: What are the differences between artificially and naturally alkaline waters? When measuring alkalinity, an alkaline pH can be the result of natural or unnatural conditions in the water.

Ryan Emmons: Naturally alkaline water has a chemical makeup that is vastly different from artificially alkaline water. A naturally alkaline water’s pH corresponds with the amount of minerals present in the water — the higher the mineral content, the higher the pH. On the other hand, artificially alkaline water has undergone a process they call ionization, or “electrolysis”, that gives the water a certain pH, but rarely possesses the minerals found in naturally alkaline waters.

At the end of the day, more research needs to be done on high pH waters. The health benefits are uncertain as there is very little research to prove that a high pH can have any effect on our bodies — our stomachs need to be acidic to digest food and our bodies have powerful mechanisms to balance our internal pH, whether it’s in the blood, digestive tract, or internal organs. What we do know is that healthful minerals found in naturally alkaline waters, such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium, are bioavailable in water and have many FDA-approved health benefits.

Remember, I’m not a dietician or doctor, nor am I offering any medical advice. There’s just a lot of conflicting information floating around out there and this topic will only be settled once conclusive studies have been published. But as Dr. Mercola says in one of his publications on alkaline water, the value of alkaline water has much more to do than pH alone. And that’s really the difference between artificial and naturally alkaline water.

Wellness Patterns: How is the water sourced?

Ryan Emmons: 2,400 miles from the nearest industrial landmass and surrounded by 10 million square miles of ocean, Waiākea is completely isolated from the rest of the world, originating in Hawai’i through both snowmelt and rain on the pristine snowcapped peak of the active Mauna Loa volcano, one of the purest environments on Earth. Waiākea is then filtered through thousands of feet of porous lava rock before re-emerging at its source, a deep volcanic well, located at the eastern base of the Mauna Loa volcano in a secluded area surrounded by rich and bio-diverse forest preserves.

Wellness Patterns: What differences will a consumer notice in drinking your water?

Ryan Emmons: Waiakea has a smooth mouthfeel and a very subtle hit of sweet (that’s from the silica!).

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

Ryan Emmons: As a company, we’re always evolving. Some of the most exciting endeavors on the docket
involve furthering our commitment to sustainability and ethics.

For example, in the next year, Waiakea will be the first premium-bottled water to biodegrade in anaerobic and aerobic environments—yes, that means that all our bottles will be biodegradable, even in landfill or ocean environments.

Additionally, we’re expanding charitable partnerships beyond our long-standing relationship with Pump Aid, to include local nonprofits on the Big Island, and more specifically Hilo.

Furthermore, Waiakea is expanding their partnerships with local nonprofits in conservation and education on the Big Island, and will be making some pretty significant announcements of our new community programs.

Awesome Green Festival Expo (and a Discount Code!)

Awesome Green Festival Expo (and a Discount Code!)

There are so many exciting things going on in the wellness community that it can be hard to be on top of everything. One way to meet brands that are doing their part to make a difference is at the upcoming Green Festival Expo in NYC. As […]

Ready for a Challenge? Check out the 2017 UA Mountain Running Series

Ready for a Challenge? Check out the 2017 UA Mountain Running Series

Ready for a challenge for 2017? Oh, we’ve sure got one for you with Under Armour Mountain Running Series! In partnership with POWDR Adventure Lifestyle CO, the UA Mountain Running Series kicks off in July at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor, the largest ski area in the Cascade Mountains […]

Coyuchi For Life: New Subscription Service for Environmentally Sustainable Linens

Coyuchi For Life: New Subscription Service for Environmentally Sustainable Linens

Coyuchi For Life: New Subscription Service for Environmentally Sustainable Linens

Did you know that 10 million plus tons of textiles, like clothes, bedding, towels, etc, end up in landfills each year?! While that is shocking, there are a lot of companies out there that are doing their part to change the way we consume like Enter Coyuchi, a pioneer of organic cotton linens, and their program ‘Coyuchi For Life,’ a service where users can subscribe to organic bed and bath linens in six, 12, or 24-month increments. When the subscription period is up, customers send back used linens to be recycled or renewed, and receive a new set. A refreshing, environmentally-friendly option, the service can benefit customers and the planet with less waste and the use of GOTS-certified sheets, duvets, and towels are made from natural and organic fibers, free of the toxic dyes, bleaches, and finishes used in conventional textiles. to learn more about the service and how it works, we spoke with Eileen Mockus, CEO of Coyuchi. Read on to learn more about how this service is major game changer in the textiles industry.

New Subscription Service for Environmentally Sustainable Linens

New Subscription Service for Environmentally Sustainable Linens

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Coyuchi for Life come about?

Eileen Mockus: With over 10M tons of textiles ending up in landfills each year, Coyuchi wanted to create a solution that would help customers reduce their impact on the enviornment that also works with their busy lives.

Wellness Patterns: How does the service work?

Eileen Mockus: Coyuchi for Life is a new, first-of-its-kind subscription program designed to allow shoppers to get new towels, sheets and duvet covers every 6, 12 or 24 months, and send back their old ones to Coyuchi to be renewed, upcycled or recycled instead of ending up in a landfill. A handy return prepaid label makes the return process a breeze.

Coyuchi For Life: New Subscription Service for Environmentally Sustainable Linens

Wellness Patterns: What are the benefits of using a service like?

Eileen Mockus: The service allows consumers to subscribe to sustainability and change their sheets for good.

Wellness Patterns: What happens to the linens when you are done with them?

Eileen Mockus: The Coyuchi for Life products will not be sent back to the same owner; they will be sold back as renewed by Coyuchi or other partners like The Renewal Workshop.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.coyuchi.com/subscribe

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 […]