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4
MAY

11 Things You Don’t Want to Forget While Camping

Who wants to de-stress, unplug, connect with nature and give their overall wellness a boost? Everyone, of course! But who has the time? Everyone, of course!

Why? Because one single activity provides all of these benefits and more: camping.

Camping is a chance to enjoy the outdoors, re-energize and create lasting memories with family and friends. Make sure those memories are good ones by packing these 11 essentials (plus the tent…don’t ever forget the tent):

First Aid

A first-aid kit tops the list. A bare-minimum kit includes bandages, gauze, antibacterial ointment and tweezers (vital in tick-prone areas). To bulk up your kit, add medications you might need like those for pain or stomach problems.

Baby Wipes

All-natural, biodegradable baby wipes can clean a scraped knee, wash hands before dinner, scrub the sunscreen off your face before bed and so much more.

Matches or a Lighter

Or both to be extra cautious. You’re going to be cooking on a campfire or camp stove (don’t forget the propane in that case), so don’t forget the method to light it!

Water Bottle

Bring plenty of water in a reusable, refillable water bottle, especially if you won’t be near a water source (most campgrounds have water fountains). If you’re in the backwoods, bring a water bottle with an integrated filter to clean as you collect. Dehydration is a real danger when camping, so bring and drink plenty.

Healthy Snacks

Camping provides fun exercise opportunities, but activities like day hikes, swimming, kayaking and climbing will torch calories. Keep your energy up with healthy snacks like seeds, nuts, granola or dried fruit.

Toilet Paper

Enough said.

Headlamp

A flashlight is great, but a headlamp is better. Why? Late-night bathroom dashes are much easier if you’re hands-free. Same with washing dishes by campfire. Having both hands free to complete tasks in the early morning or evening hours is invaluable. (Stash a flashlight, too, to cover your lighting bases.)

Sunscreen

Even under a canopy of trees, you need sunscreen. Sun damage is real, and sunscreen is a simple way to keep yourself safe. Choose a natural formulation that will work for the activities you plan on doing (e.g., active, sport, water-resistant).

Bug Spray

Know before you go: What kinds of bugs are prevalent where you’ll be camping? Choose an insect repellent formulated for the worst offenders. Then, don’t forget to toss an anti-itch stick or cream in your pack to combat any bites you do get.

Waterproof Storage

Hopefully you have nice weather throughout your entire camping trip! Unfortunately, that’s never guaranteed, so waterproof storage is a must. Keep food and food prep items sealed tightly in food storage containers, and keep your matches or lighter in a separate waterproof container. As for clothes, here’s a packing hint: Pack outfits in reusable, waterproof storage bags. That way, they stay dry if it rains, and when you change your clothes, you can pack dirty, wet, stinky, sunscreen-covered clothes into the storage bag to keep your other outfits clean and dry.

Large Totes

Whatever you bring into your campsite, you must bring out. Stash large reusable totes to collect trash and recycling. If you’re camping with your car, keep them tucked inside to prevent wildlife from getting too interested; if not, be sure to hang your trash and recycling just as you do your food.

This list isn’t all-encompassing, of course, and so much of your camping packing list will be determined by your location and activities. That said, if you have these 11 items, the basics are covered and you can focus on the fun!




2
APR

3 Easy Ways to Help the Planet Right Now

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 4:53 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

It can be difficult to ignore the state of the environment these days. Each news cycle brings about staggering information on the direction the planet is headed (1). While action is being taken across the globe to counteract the damage that has been done, much more needs to happen to create a lasting difference (2, 3). The best way to show Mother Earth a little bit of TLC is by taking action yourself. Saving the world might seem like an insurmountable task, but real change can come about when individuals decide to step up and take a swing.

You don’t necessarily need to rush off to a snowy tundra to save the polar bears. Instead, you can find ways to create lasting change right in your own community. Start a ripple effect by exploring these ideas and see how you can get started with improving the environment.

1. Ride Your Bike

Instead of driving your car everywhere, ride your bike! This might sound simple but it can lead to big results. In recent years, several studies have been conducted on how using bicycles instead of motor vehicles can reduce harmful vehicle emissions and lower the overall pollution in an area. For instance, a 2010 study on the impact of bikes on local air quality in Wisconsin estimated a 57,405-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions if 20 percent of short car trips were replaced by bicycle trips in Milwaukee and Madison (4).

For some of us, foregoing the car for a bike can be a bit more of a challenge. If you live in an area where getting around requires an automobile, then you might have limited options. When a bicycle isn’t the most sensible mode of travel, take public transportation. These vehicles are already running, and taking advantage of them can still assist with reducing carbon dioxide emissions, especially in regions where “green” initiatives are enforced with public vehicles (5).

2. Reduce Food Waste

Wasting food is, not surprisingly, another big issue when it comes to environmental sustainability. While you are probably not trying to actively throw away perfectly decent food, you might also not know what to do with leftovers when they are sitting in your fridge. The easiest way to keep your conscience clear is by learning how to use your leftovers to make healthy new meals.

Another great way to cut back on how much food your household is wasting is by being a more mindful shopper. Many people go to the grocery store without any kind of real plan. This leads to items being purchased that are never actually used and get thrown away months down the line when they are discovered in the back of dark pantries and cabinets. A simple way to avoid this is by shopping for specific items and ingredients online. This step requires you to be a bit more focused and take a more active part in selecting what will fill your cupboards.

Donating food to local charities and food kitchens can be another great idea when you want to make a positive change in your community.

3. Use Eco-Friendly Cleaners

Some people love cleaning their homes. Whether you are the type who relishes when spring cleaning comes around or you only break out the supplies once every few months, it can be wise to think about how you are going about this task. Many household cleaning products are packed with dangerous chemicals. Though these chemicals are not always outright harmful to you and your family members, disposing of these bottles can lead to dangerous substances leaking into the ground, water supplies, and more (6).

Buying eco-friendly cleaning products can be a great idea when you want to do your part to keep toxins out of the air and sea. Some people also suggest making your own cleaning supplies! There are some great ideas out there to help you create natural cleaners and still allow your home to sparkle the way you’d like it to.

Taking action in small ways might not seem like much, but it is often all we can do to make real change happen.

 




3
NOV

5 Best Ways to Save Energy While Staying Warm This Winter

Filed Under: Environment,Home at 11:28 am | By: Guest Blogger
Cozy home. Candles, book and cup of tea

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Winter is coming and it’s going to bring along some seriously chilly days and nights. Though the worst of the season is still ahead, now is an excellent chance for you to start preparing. Many homeowners are aware that consuming too much energy in the winter to stay warm can be both expensive and bad for the planet. To help you through the season, here are some fun tips on saving energy and staying nice and toasty.

1. Windows

Homes are not always as well-insulated as owners might like to believe. Air leaks around windows and doorframes can cause your energy bills to skyrocket, as your HVAC system will have to work harder to maintain the right temperature. Ignoring a draft could easily cause your home to waste far more energy than you’d like. Contact professionals and learn about energy-efficient window options to improve your home’s ability to handle the chill of winter.

2. Thermogenesis

Thermogenesis is the scientific process surrounding a living organism’s ability to produce heat. Eating food that can help to enhance your own thermogenesis may allow you to stay warm without cranking the heat. Ginger, lentils, and coconut oil all help in this regard. It is important to remember that weight is a big factor in your body’s thermogenesis. Depending on your weight, specific foods might not have any effect on changing the way your body produces heat.

3. Spice Life

The way you season your food can also have a dramatic impact on how warm your body feels in the cold. Putting cumin on meals has been shown to raise body temperature and make an individual feel nice and cozy. While cumin is a top choice for many, spices like cinnamon and turmeric are also excellent candidates for the task. Several academic studies suggest using these spices can aid in diet or weight loss efforts, especially when mixed with protein-rich foods.

4. Temperature Regulation

What food you eat can assist your body to best regulate its internal temperature. Eating foods rich in magnesium, like bananas, has been shown to create a feeling of warmth in the body. Many foods that contain higher levels of magnesium are easy to carry around with you. By munching on pumpkin seeds or almonds throughout the course of the day, you are giving your body the opportunity to warm up no matter where the day takes you. While at home, eating magnesium-rich food can also help you to save on heating costs.

5. Metabolic Boost

When your metabolism is moving, your body is heated. Boosting your metabolism is easy when you drink coffee on a regular basis. A cup of coffee each morning can keep you warm simply through the power of caffeine. It does not matter that the coffee is hot or iced, so feel free to indulge in your favorite caffeinated drinks regardless of temperature.

 

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.

 




17
OCT

Doing The Planet A Favor Has Never Tasted So Good

Filed Under: Environment,Health Foods at 9:31 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Selection vegan protein sources on wood background, copy space

THE VEGIDAY™ MOVEMENT: Making the right choice – for you, and for the planet

Everyone on our marvelous planet deserves to be well nourished. But as Earth’s population continues to grow, how will we feed everyone? The simplest – and most sustainable – route to nourishing the world is to produce food that uses less of the planet’s resources. A seed only requires water, some nutrients from the soil, and a whole lot of energy from the sun to become a nourishing plant that can sustain life. Producing animal protein uses far more resources to deliver an equivalent amount of protein. When we choose to replace animal protein with plant protein, even for just one meal a day, we save enough resources to give five more people a serving of plant protein. Plant protein is also better for our health, and better for the environment.

Plant protein is better for the planet

Large-scale industrial animal farming has a negative impact on the planet.

  • The livestock industry is responsible for approximately 15% of global carbon emissions
  • The average meat-eater is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as the average vegetarian
  • By reducing your meat intake by half, you could cut your carbon footprint by more than 35%

Natural Factors Raw Organic Plant-Based Protein

Doing the planet a favor has never tasted so good! These deliciously nutritious protein powders are 100% certified organic and contain a wholesome blend of seven raw, non-GMO plant proteins: pea, pumpkin, sacha inchi, quinoa, chia, spirulina, and chlorella. By combining various plant proteins, the full spectrum of essential amino acids, including the important branched-chain amino acids, are included. These easy-to-digest proteins are made to the highest quality standards.

  • Raw and certified organic
  • 20 g of vegan protein per serving
  • Provides all the essential amino acids
  • Certified gluten-free and non-GMO
  • Easy-to-digest, soy free, and dairy free
  • Naturally sweetened and flavored
  • Supports healthy weight management
  • Helps build and maintain lean muscle mass

These delicious plant-based protein powders come in French Vanilla and Decadent Chocolate flavors, as well as an Unflavored option. Just mix one scoop with water, juice, or your preferred non-dairy beverage. For added variety try blending in fruit, berries, ginger, and greens or other powdered superfoods. Or just add a scoop to your favorite shake or smoothie!

 

Learn more at vegiday.com!




5
JUL

How Toxins in Your Home Are Affecting Your Health

Filed Under: Environment,Health Concerns & Ailments,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Excited Children Arriving Home With Parents

Fresh, clean air is essential for a healthy lifestyle but how can you ensure that the air you breathe is actually good? That’s a difficult task but there are many ways you can reduce a number of toxins in your home which may be affecting your health.

Exposures to toxic chemicals in your everyday life can actually increase your chances of becoming sick. A good number of these indoor pollutants are not easily detected but can still affect your overall health.

For example, chemicals released from modern building furnishing materials as well as chemical fumes from paints and solvents may only be noticed in the first couple of days but these potentially dangerous gases may hang around for weeks, sometimes months. Additionally, combustion gases from fireplaces and wood burning stoves, carbon monoxide fumes from attached garage as well as chemicals from cleaning products can stick around inside your home and damage your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to get sick. Removing these toxins from your home allows your immune system to regenerate naturally, and fight off all infectious diseases.

So, how to avoid these toxins? A few simple steps can significantly improve the quality of your home’s air.

First, increase fresh air supply (in other words, open the windows). Proper ventilation is the key to filter out some of the toxins and maintain healthy air inside your home.

Second, indoor plants can also help to purify air quality as plants can up oxygen levels by absorbing chemicals in your air.

Lastly, keep your home clean by regularly dusting and vacuuming to minimize the number of airborne particles. Choose natural cleaning products to reduce the amount of chemicals inside your home and definitely avoid disinfectants as some of these products contain immune-toxicants such as cresol, phenol, ethanol, and formaldehyde, which reduce the ability of the immune system to fight the germs they are killing.




5
JUN

6 Items To Always Bring On A Hike

flatlay top hiking with shirt hiking shoes and wristwatch

I’ve been hiking for a few years now and I still ALWAYS manage to forget (at least) one essential item when packing. Hoping you can learn from my mistakes, below are six things I always double and triple check before heading on an outdoor adventure!

1. Water
This may sound obvious, but often water is easily overlooked. No matter how long or how far you’re hiking, water is a “must-not-forget” item. Opt for a reusable water bottle that’s light weight & can fit comfortably in your backpack. Refill at a ranger station if necessary, or along the trail if the water sources are clean and your bottle has a filter. This also minimizes the amount of plastic waste you could potentially leave behind with on-time-use bottles.

2. Food storage
If you’re planning to have lunch at the overlook, you’ll need something to carry it in! Bringing a food container with a packed lunch is an excellent solution. It saves money to bring your own food and cuts down on packaging waste from convenience store lunches (another win for the environment!).

3. Trash bags
Since you will most likely need some snacks to keep you fueled for the day, have a plan to store the trash and wrappers from any protein bars, jerky and other trail snacks. As the biggest rule of thumb in regards to nature goes: take nothing with you and leave nothing behind. Make sure you bring along something to collect your trash!

4. Natural bug spray
When exploring a new trail, it’s hard to predict what the bug situation will be like. Bugs are not only annoying, but can carry diseases, so it’s a good idea to slip bug spray in your pack. Make sure it’s natural so as not to expose your skin or the environment to harsh chemicals!

5. First Aid
You never know what can happen outdoors, so always be prepared for even the most minor cuts and bruises. I don’t wear my hiking shoes often, so I know from experience it is the WORST when your shoes start to give you blisters. Because of this, I always have extra band-aids or some moleskin on hand.

6 Sunscreen!
Hiking can often include large portions of uncovered trail, so don’t get caught without sun protection! Same as with your bug spray, make sure to opt for something natural to protect your skin and water-resistant to prevent it from running in your eyes.

What are some of your hiking/outdoor adventuring essentials? Let us know in the comments!




12
MAY

5 Ways to Green Up Your Laundry Routine

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Cloths are hanging on clothesline

Did you know you can save money on your electric bill, extend the life of your clothes and significantly reduce your carbon footprint just by switching up your laundry routine? Saving energy and saving water are two of the best ways to go green—and laundry draws from both of those sources! Below are some simple changes you can make to green up your laundry routine.

1. Hang clothes to air dry
Clothes dryers consume so much energy that they should only be used in extreme cases. Use an outdoor line to hang-dry your clothes if the weather is nice or a clothes’ rack for rainy days or if you prefer to air dry your clothes indoors. This simple and efficient method can significantly help you save energy and minimize carbon emissions. Plus, it saves your clothes from the high heat of dryers, which often reduce the lifespan of clothes.

2. Use cold water cycles
You don’t need to wash your clothes in hot water and you can save a ton of energy simply by washing with cold water. Around 90% of the energy a washing machine uses is spent heating the water, which isn’t necessary for the majority of your laundry. Changing the temperature can save you energy and money and your clothes will still get just as clean!

3. Invest in green washing machines
Energy Star washing machines are the way to go as they use about 40% less energy and 50% less water than non-rated models. If you don’t need to buy a new machine just now, keep this in mind when the time comes and enjoy the long-term savings of an Energy Star model.

4. Switch to eco-friendly laundry detergents
One of the most important aspects of greener laundry is using eco-friendly detergents. Conventional products use harsh chemicals that linger on your clothes and drain into your local watershed. Switch to natural laundry detergent that uses plant-based ingredients. It’s just as efficient and is healthier for your family and the environment!

5. Hand wash whenever possible
Removing stains isn’t easy. Fortunately, a good number of them can be removed by hand washing and using natural soap instead of products containing strong chemicals. This simple change has a significant impact—as most conventional, stain-removing products contain harmful ingredients for the environment.

Incorporating these simple switches will make a HUGE difference for your clothes and your utility bills. Has anyone gone green with their routine already? Let us know your tips in the comments!




6
APR

5 Ways To Reduce Waste in Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 2:40 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
Beautiful young Asian woman bends down to pick up trash in the park. Male volunteers pick of trash behind her. They are wearing gray volunteer t-shirts.

Recycling is more than sorting the appropriate waste into blue plastic bins. While separating and recycling what we haul out to the curb once a week is incredibly important, there are even more ways we can better care for the planet, help reduce emissions and care for our future health!

Buy products made with recycled materials
Thanks to a strong push in the eco-friendly movement, there are more and more environmentally responsible brands stocking shelves with products made from recycled materials. Buying recycled paper and disposable products reduce the need to cut down more trees. Most recycled products are unbleached and free of dyes and harsh chemicals—making them hypoallergenic and safer for your home!

Ditch the one-time-use plastics
We’ve known for a while that one of the biggest environmental offenders are plastic water bottles. On average, it takes one plastic water bottle 450 years to decompose! Making the simple switch to a reusable water bottle can make a huge, positive impact on the environment. We can also be conscious about purchasing products that are returnable, reusable or refillable when possible. Buy in bulk to limit individually wrapped products, and keep an eye out for products with recyclable packaging!

Limit food waste
Fresh produce and foods are excellent for your health, but often food goes bad before you can eat it—especially when shopping for multiple family members. Spoiled food that is tossed ends up in landfills where it rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Store leftovers properly and track what your family eats in a week and try shopping for a week at a time. This allows you to buy fresh foods, and even though your trips to the store will be more frequent, less of the food will end in the trash!

Reduce the mail you receive
Going paperless is a great way to reduce paper waste in your home. Unsubscribe from print catalogs and magazines and opt for digital versions instead. Even most credit card companies and banks offer paperless payment options so all your bills can be waste-free as well. Going digital will reduce your junk mail accrual and will be less paper waste to manage on recycle day!

Be mindful of e-waste
Technology is rapidly changing and electronics are becoming obsolete more frequently than ever, and e-waste can be toxic if not disposed of properly. If your electronics are broken and can’t be donated, check to see if the manufacturer offers a take-back program. Retailers like Best Buy and Staples also offer free electronic recycling services!




19
DEC

New Brands Showcase: EcoSouLife

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Lucky Vitamin is introducing an eco-friend line of products to our customers: EcoSouLife.

EcoSouLife manufactures environmentally friendly apparel, accessories, and tableware made from plant based sources and recycled materials. The sustainably modern designs are all biodegradable or biodisposable, replacing everyday harmful plastics and melamines with guilt-free and affordable alternatives.

All EcoSouLife products are non-GMO and available with accessible prices. The company ensures that designs are modern, unique, and functional. Convenient and easy-to-use, EcoSouLife products are the perfect fit for busy lifestyles, whilst ensuring the health of our planet and the people we love.

EcoSouLife is an award winning Australian brand that aims to inspire an ever-growing environmentally conscious global network. The company is fully dedicated to changing consumer habits by offering eco-friendly, biodegradable tableware, and specifically aim to educate the next generation, hoping to create a society of environmentally aware adults who understand the part they take in guaranteeing a cleaner environment.

EcoSouLife products are made from the latest natural fibers and sustainable materials. With a range of rice husk, corn starch, and sugarcane, these products are safer for you and safer for the planet. With clever processing methods, EcoSouLife transforms these vegetable based waste products into everyday table, lifestyle and outdoor ranges as an alternative to traditional plastics. Choose from picnic and camper sets, tableware, cutlery outdoor products, cups, storage boxes, and much more.

Save even more when you shop EcoSouLife products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




29
NOV

New Brands Showcase: Repurpose

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a line of sustainable tableware that looks out for the health of you, your family, and the planet: Repurpose.

Repurpose offers an entire line of eco-friendly products exclusively from plants and are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment. Single use plastics are not sustainable and Repurpose believes we can positively impact the environment by changing everyday behavior.

Less than 10% of single use plastic is recycled in the United States. These products are designed to be thrown away but unfortunately are made of a finite resource: petroleum. Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exist today and about 8% of the world’s oil supply is used to make single plastics.

These alarming numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as waste is by far the biggest issue. The North Pacific gyre off the coast of California is home to the great Pacific garbage patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. In order to give you a better idea, the floating mass of plastic found in these waters is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1.

Repurpose creates products that are made from only plants, which are annually renewable resources. The company compostable are currently produced from the annually renewable resource corn (maize), the lowest cost and most widely available fermentable sugar in the world as well as sugar cane and bamboo. Repurpose products fit into any waste management system including traditional landfills.

Save even more when you shop Repurpose products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




13
JUN

Natural Ways To Enjoy The Outdoors

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Water Purification and Storage at 9:18 pm | By: Jessica Justh
camping

The frigid cold has subsided and the sun is a shining! Now’s the time to unplug, get outside and find oneness with Mother Nature. But before you do so, make sure you are prepared to handle the elements with eco-friendly and natural gear for the outdoors. It’s safe for you, your family and the planet.

Bug Spray
Steer clear off repellents that use high concentrations of DEET, which the EPA reports to be toxic to birds, fish and aquatic invertebrates. When selecting a product that contains DEET, look for a low dose— around 30% will do the job—or check out some of our DEET-free alternatives here to safely repel bothersome bugs without toxic chemicals or the noxious stink of synthetic sprays!

Sunscreen
When spending longs periods of time in the sun, you’ll need a sunscreen that’s safe and gentle for the entire family. Many of LuckyVitamin’s sunscreens contain ingredients that effectively protect against UV exposure while soothing and hydrating the skin. Make sure to apply 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure so that it can fully absorb.

Food Storage
Fans of the great outdoors will no doubt be familiar with the adage: “take nothing with you, leave nothing behind.” Doing so has never been easier, thanks to modern reusable storage options. Most of our storage products are BPA-free, phthalate-free and eco-friendly. Packing food for the kids? Then you’ll want to try these food containers—perfect for chia puddings, oatmeal and yogurts.

Water bottles
Unfortunately, the days of dipping a canteen into the cool running waters of a babbling brook or stream are pretty much a thing of the past, making some variation of the “water bottle” a modern day outdoor necessity. This insulated water bottle will keep any nature lover hydrated all day with refreshing, cold H2O, while larger groups are sure to love these reusable gallon water bottles.

 Travel Snacks
When you’re out and about exploring nature, you’ll want to keep a stash of on-the-go snacks and meal replacements to keep you fueled and energized. Protein bars are always a must-bring on long hikes and dried fruits, jerky and nuts also make excellent options. The key is bringing foods that are non-perishable and ready-to-eat!

With summer quickly approaching, how will you get out and into nature? What are your favorite items to bring on a hike? Let us know below!




1
MAY

It’s Gardening Time

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
It’s the best time of the year for one great outdoor activity: gardening.

Many people love gardening and can’t wait for warmer days to start growing and cultivating plants. Gardening can be done in two different ways: ornamental plants and useful plants.

Ornamental gardening involves a variety of plants grown for their flowers foliage and a much nicer overall appearance. That’s the case of beautiful gardens with colorful flowers, combined with a neat, well-maintained lawn to make your front yard or your backyard looking great.

On the other hand, useful gardening includes plants grown for consumption and that’s the case of fruits, vegetables, roots and herbs. Some people prefer to grow their own veggies whenever possible, (weather permitting of course) making gardening a year-round practice.

Considered by many as one of the best relaxing activities, gardening also requires a few tool and perhaps a handful of accessories. You don’t have to live in a house to enjoy gardening as this fun activity does not require a lot of space and it can be done on a patio or even be located on a roof or balcony.

It’s hard to say what are the most popular plants in gardening but many people like to grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs, sprouts, onions, and berries are they are relatively easy to grow. It’s also important to remember to keep it green and grow all plants without pesticides and, if needed, only using organic fertilizers. This way, flowers, veggies, and fruits produced will not adversely affect people’s health as well as the environment.

Click here to check out our incredible selection of garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.com.




14
APR

New Brands Showcase: Glass Dharma

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak

Just when we got some alarming news about the increasing number of plastic in the oceans, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand that can help reducing the plastic waste in our planet: Glass Dharma.

Glass Dharma offers an alternative to eliminate the need for straws made from plastic. Since 2007, the company has been producing glass drinking straws to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to the environment.

A recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched at the World Economic Forum is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act. In addition, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today. Despite the growing demand, just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.

Glass Dharma is not only providing more glass straws available but also wants to help educate the public about reducing the amount of plastic straws endangering the environment. The company’s goal is to provide glass straws to at least 2% of the American public. With the U.S. population at about 300 million, this works out to 6 million straws.

You can save even more when you shop Glass Dharma products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.




28
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Yoxo

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
B27Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce an innovative brand of toys to our customers: Yoxo.

Yoxo creates award-winning toys to inspire kids to design and build their own toys. The company has a sustainable and recyclable approach to making toys. The primary ingredient in all Yoxo products is wood pulp, considered one of the more sustainable and recyclable materials on earth.

All durable Yoxo links are made from 95% SFI-certified recycled wood fiber and are 100% recyclable. Additionally, the company uses FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard whenever possible.

Yoxo’s award-winning building sets inspire kids to design and build their own toys using recyclable Y, O, and X-shaped links that connect in countless ways with everyday household materials like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Yoxo even links with other toy building sets including LEGO, KRE-O and Mega Bloks.

You can save even more when you shop Yoxo products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




20
JAN

Join the Movement: Reusable Shopping Bags

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
If you are still using plastic bags when grocery shopping, it’s time to start thinking about joining the movement: start using reusable shopping bags.

Plastic grocery bags have been useful to carry items from a store to our homes for many years but we should not ignore the impact these single-use little monsters have in our environment.

Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed of, and due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose in landfills. Additionally, large buildups of plastic bags can cause other problems such as clogging drainage systems, contributing to flooding, and when carried long distances by ocean currents, plastic bags can strangle marine animals. Some stores have banned plastic bags but the majority of retailers continue to use this single-use item.

Of course plastic bags can be reused and people have found several alternative uses for this modern day problem. Lighter weight plastic bags are often reused as trash bags or to pick up pet feces. Plus, modern plastic shopping bags are increasingly using recyclable or biodegradable materials which is a step in the right direction.

However, an even better, more eco-friendly idea is to shop a reusable bag. Available in many different shapes, materials, and colors, these heavy-duty shopping bags have nearly no impact on our environment and are actually a much easier way to carry your grocery items home. These bags hardly ever break and can better protect fragile items such as glass jars, eggs, or fruits.

What are we waiting for? Don’t wait any longer. Get your reusable shopping bags and start helping our planet Earth right now.