Another One Bites Into the Plant Based Diet

by Kelly Behr

Native Foods Cafe

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I feel it was only a matter of time until climate change advocate Al Gore took the vegan plunge. It makes sense for the 2007 Nobel Peace Price winner for his documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" to make this lifestyle change because it is said that the meat industry is a large contributor to this global crisis.

Even after his documentary came out Gore was still sticking to his meat eating ways saying only that he had cut back. But not it seems he is fully committed. 

According to the Huffington Post. It was actually in my hometown of St. Louis where he requested a vegan meal at one of my favorite spots, Local Harvest Cafe that had the media stirring about a potential diet change. 

Here is a video of an interview Gore did about his vegan diet. 

 

 

So congrats to Al Gore in joining his election running mate in eating a plant based diet!

Mother Nature’s Playground

By Sammy Caiola

Native Foods Cafe

There’s a fine, fine line between admiring nature and abusing it. It’s a line that Yosemite National Park straddled last week as it contemplated banning a wide variety of recreational activities in Yosemite Valley in order to protect lands. The eventual compromise and the conversation that led up to it raise a number of questions about the way humans currently approach the outdoors, and I’d like to briefly delve into some of them here.

Last year, the park released plans to prohibit dozens of recreational activities in order to restore natural conditions along the Merced River. The decision was met with outrage from citizens and members of Congress, who argued that visitors had the right to enjoy the park through activities like biking and kayaking.

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On Friday, the park released a new 3,000-page plan that accommodates many recreational concerns but still makes notable changes.  People can still rent bikes and rafts along the Merced, but those rental stations will be located further down the river. A number of swimming pools that were originally slated for removal will be saved and nearly 200 campsites will be added to the park, but a 1920’’s-era ice rink will be moved away from the river, and the west end of the valley will not be developed, despite earlier motions to do so.

Yosemite, an 1,200 square mile sprawl of scenic wilderness, is the third most visited national park in the United States and is distinctive in its dense pine patches and steep waterfalls. Under the new plan, the number of visitors to the valley will be limited to 18,000 per day, and 21,000 per day during peak times in an effort to ease congestion.

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Personally, I think this is a really good decision and I’m proud of park officials for taking a stand. To me, the thing that makes nature so beautiful is its separation from the human world. It is an expansive and sacred thing that predates us and deserves our respect. Having spent a few months exploring New Zealand, a far less populated country with much more raw land, I have a constant need for wilderness that is quiet and pure. In America, that is rarely the case.

On too many occasions I’ve embarked on a hiking trail only to realize it’s been paved for my ease and convenience. Too many overlooks have been spoiled by the sounds of cyclists and kayakers below. As much as I understand that everyone needs a fix of outdoor activity, we need to space it out in a way that doesn’t ruin it for everyone. Not to mention the irrevocable damage that mass human presence does to the land.

It’s my hope that other national parks will follow Yosemite’s lead in keeping as much land as possible reserved for viewing purposes only and preventing developers from turning public lands into tourist traps. No matter how many people take interest in a national park, it should never feel like a resort. It’s a wilderness. Let’s not tame all of it for our own selfish purposes.

 

Baby boomers: Zoo’s everywhere bring new, rare animals into 2014

By, Sammy Caiola

Native Foods Cafe

Okay, you caught me. Researching this blog post was just an excuse to look at cute pictures of baby animals for a few hours. But after a long work week, doesn’t everybody deserve a little distraction? And these animals certainly deserve the attention.

2014 will be a big year for these little guys, who are just getting their paws (or fins, or talons) wet in zoos around the world. In a time when animals are constantly disappearing, it’s important to take a moment to celebrate new life, and lend support to the organizations that make that life possible.

A December National Geographic story puts the extinction count at nearly 20,000, a number that will inevitably increase should the abnormal climate patterns persist. If you want to try to ameliorate some of the damage, please check out the amazing work being done by the World Wildlife Foundation. In the meantime, make some new friends:

 

1. Coquerel Sifaka Lemur Baby

Just a few miles away from my house, a pair of Sacramento Zoo lemurs birthed a beautiful 121-gram offspring on January 5th. It has a distinctive blend of white and auburn fur and legs so long it cannot walk on all fours, a problem which it solves by swinging from tree to tree (it can jump up to 20 feet horizontally!) There may be only 10,000 Sifaka’s left in the wild. They are native to Madagascar.

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2. Black Ribbon Moray Eggs

January brought a scientific breakthrough for Zoo Vienna Schönbrunn in Austria, where a Moray eel egg hatched for the first time ever. There are nearly 200 species of Moray eel, but none had been successfully bred until now. These are in the larvae stage right now so they’re basically just sea blobs (not the most cuddly). But they’re already eating, and with the proper care they will surely grow to something magnificent. 

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3. Twin Polar Bears

Well, these two were technically born at Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo in 2013, but they just opened their eyes which is a pretty big feat in itself. The twins’ eyes were closed for the first 33 days of life, during which 7-year-old polar bear mom was busy nursing them to health (they were born small, at 44g each). According to experts, polar bear cubs are one of the most likely animals to die in the first few weeks of life, so keep your fingers crossed for these cuties.

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4. Abandoned Cougar Cubs

Huge round of applause for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, who rescued a trio of orphaned three-week-old cougars from the woods and brought them to the Oregon Zoo. The blue-eyed babes arrived last January and are in the care of Oregon Zoo staff (they were dependent on their mother for food and would have died if left alone in the wild). Their eye-opening moments occurred shortly after their arrival.

 

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None of your beeswax!

By, Kelly Behr 

Native Foods Cafe

 

The definition of vegan is a person who abstains from consuming or wearing any animal or animal by-product and according to this definition, honey falls into this category. It is a product created by animals.

People understand abstaining from meat, dairy and eggs but usually have questions about honey. How are these bees being exploited or harmed when they make honey? 

I was at dinner with a friend at a vegetarian, mostly vegan restaurant. She ordered a cocktail and asked if it was vegan (she is not) and I said it would be without the honey.

“Honey?!, she exclaims, are you kidding me how are these bees being exploited or harmed when they make honey, it’s their job!”

So here lies the question, are we abstaining from honey only because it fits in the definition of the word “vegan” or is there something happening making it harmful to the animals or the environment by consuming this little by product.  Let’s take a look.

First off, bee colonies are awesome, I might be terrified of bees but the organization and work they do is astounding. I remember being fascinated by the bee videos we would watch in school, the queen bee, the drones, the honey bees. They all work together in what appears to be a simple task but when dissected is a very complex working order.  And another fact is that almost every bee in the colony is a female, there is like a 4000 to 1 ratio, the males are only around to mate with the queen and are discarded once that job is complete. Talk about girl power!

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I came across an awesome article on my bee research on www.vegetus.org. They broke it down into a few interesting sections to think about. 

Their first argument was on bee enslavement. Bees are kept in confined environments only to benefit human consumption. Although these bees might not realize they are slaves and just get to work on what they know best, making honey. However it isn’t just being kept in the commercial hives but that bee keepers often disrupt the hives by killing off certain bees or queens to ensure they are getting the best honey production amount per colony.

 

“Queens can live for as long as five years but most commercial beekeepers replace them every two years" (Shimanuki & Sheppard, 181) (and often yearly). "Replace" is a euphemism for killing the old queen. Backyard beekeepers also regularly kill their queens. This is done for numerous reasons that all boil down to exerting control over the hive. For example, it is done to prevent swarming, aggression, mite infestation, and to keep honey production at a maximum. Queens come from commercial queen suppliers. The image to the left is hundreds of queens with a few nursing bees in individual cages waiting to be flown around the country (Beekeeping). Travel can be rough on the queens; according to Eric Mussen, a UC Davis Extension Apiculturist, "Once at the post office or shipping depot, nearly anything can happen. Queens can be over heated, chilled, left out in the sun for hours (desiccated), banged around in baggage compartments, and exposed to insecticides. Often, the post office or shipping hub fails to contact the customer when the queens arrive and they may sit in storage for days. It is surprising that the queens come through as well as they do" (Mussen). Finally, colonies (hives) are routinely split in half according to what the keeper wants, not the queen.” –www.vegetus.org

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Aside from this practice a lot of large commercial bee keepers are also known to kill off their colonies before the cold sets in resulting in hundreds of colonies being disposed of every winter.

The other argument is that we are indeed stealing the honey.  The honey they make is for their food to be eaten in the winter. Honey is actually a form of nectar that has just gone through a specialized process so it doesn’t spoil. Fun fact: honey is one of the only foods that will not spoil!  The bee keepers extract all of the honey from their hives and feed them corn syrup instead. The act of getting the honey often kills off many honey bees from smoking them out from the hive.

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So this might not seem as extreme as say, slaughter houses or dairy farms  but it is still something to think about. Not all people are on the same page with the honey debate and I have even heard the word “beegan” being used to describe vegans who are okay with eating honey. But like I say, there are no vegan police and people can make their own choices. So what do you think? To bee or not to bee?

I encourage you to read the full article on the bee debate as well at www.vegetus.org.

 

 

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Taxidermy: a tribute or an atrocity?

By, Sammy Caiola

 

For me, the New Year meant a much-needed relocation to sunny Sacramento, where I settled into a dilapidated art palace full of rowdy bohemians. Upon first entering the foyer, I almost jumped back when I saw a pointy-eared dog staring me straight in the face. I normally wouldn’t have been fazed (I love dogs), but this one wasn’t running around with its tail wagging. It was dead.

I’d always thought taxidermy was a sick game played by sick men who hunted animals for sport and mounted their carcasses as trophies. I gagged at the majestic deer turned decoration at every ghost town bar, wept for the thick bear pelts strewn across ski lodge parlor floors. I hated looking into the flat eyes of a sorrowful eagle and thinking how it belonged in the sky, not on a mantle. So you can imagine why I was confused by my hippie roommate’s stuffed animal collection.

But it turns out that many animal lovers see taxidermy not as a cruel hobby but as a spiritual memorial, as was the case with my roommate, who had her dog taxidermied in remembrance. There is a whole faction of vegan and vegetarian taxidermists who only use the carcasses of animals killed by natural causes or accidents. As vegan taxidermist Nicola Jayne Hebson said in a recent interview in Vice, “I would never kill or harm another animal for the purpose of my art. My only intentions are to preserve the beauty of animals that would otherwise be discarded and labeled as waste."

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One of Jebson’s piece of taxidermy art, which she sells on Etsy and in art shops. Native Foods Cafe uses this photo courtesy of vice.com.

In a way, taxidermy draws on the Native American tradition of respecting the animal by using every single part of it. Some taxidermists feel that bringing an animal “back to life” through taxidermy is a way of restoring its dignity.

That said, there are more than 75,000 taxidermists in the U.S. according to community sites, and I’d venture to say that most of them are more worried about aesthetics and bragging rights than the spiritual well-being of the animal. Not to mention those who do hunt and kill game for both food and commercial purpose. Apparently, those wishing to create and sell taxidermy pieces are supposed to possess Wildlife and Countryside Act General Licenses, which regulate the ethics and procedures surrounding the sale of taxidermy. But that’s not to say there aren’t weirdos holed up in rooms full of poached animal carcasses ignoring the rules entirely. 

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It’s a tough line, and one that most vegans probably don’t even want to approach. But next time you enter a home or establishment flaunting a taxidermy mount, it might be worth it to ask for that animal’s story. Because maybe it’s not all bad. 

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Steve Carrell’s taxidermy mice, who were his obsession in 2010 flick “Dinner for Schmucks”. Native Foods Cafe uses this photo courtesy of artofthetitle.com

 

 

 

 

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Time to get Sticky!

by, Kelly Behr        

Native Foods Cafe

It is that time of the month again for Native Community Days. We look so forward to helping local organizations who work so hard in our communities. 

This month we are featuring our newest dessert on the menu, the Sticky Toffee Cake. It is available FREE today and tomorrow with purchase of an entree, side and Native drink. 

So do not get stuck without trying this delicious dessert, I know these groups will appreciate it! 

 

LA, Orange County and Palm Springs stores are helping 

A Home Forever Rescue on Tuesday

We rescue abused, abandoned, neglected, and stray dogs who find themselves in over-crowded county animal shelters and at risk of being euthanized for space, cost, behavior, or medical conditions. We save hundreds of dogs from OC Animal Care every year, more than any other registered Adoption Partner.

We depend on foster homes to care for dogs until suitable forever homes are found. 

HOBY- High O'Brien Youth Leadership  on Wednesday 

HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. HOBY also provides adults with opportunities to make a significant impact on the lives of youth by volunteering. Over 4,000 committed HOBY volunteers plan and execute the programs each year, serving both at the local HOBY affiliate level and on HOBY’s Board of Trustees. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, nearly 9,500 students participate in HOBY programs annually.

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Wee Companions on Tuesday

Our mission is to rescue guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, and other small exotic mammals from shelters, places of abandonment, and from persons relinquishing their pets. Whenever possible, we offer a safe house to these animals, irrespective of age, temperament, or health status. These animals will receive veterinary care and socialization in the hopes that they will be placed in a "forever" home. Animals given Sanctuary Status will be placed in our Foster Care Network to live out their lives in comfort and with love. We are also focused on educating foster parents, school children and others on the care, feeding and prevention of unwanted litters of these animals.

Community Resource Center on Wendesday

Our comprehensive Food Programs serve more than 11,000 low-income and episodically homeless individuals (including domestic violence victims) in coastal North County San Diego every year. These programs help individuals and families in need avoid hunger while dramatically reducing the financial stress on households struggling to stabilize. 

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Center for Ethical Science on Tuesday 

The Center For Ethical Science is a non-profit animal advocacy organization dedicated to educating the public on the vast amount of invasive animal research and testing that goes on every day, how their tax dollars pay for much of it and what they can do to help eliminate it. There are much more effective and humane ways to search for cures to disease and protect the public from the dangers of household products and cosmetics. We also are dedicated to promoting ways to prevent disease such as a healthy diet and lifestyle, which is the best way to avoid illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc.

A Just Harvest on Wednesday 

Our mission is to fight poverty and hunger in the Rogers Park and greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals daily while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural, and socio-economic lines in order to create a more just society.

 

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Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon on Tuesday 

The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon is a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for feral and stray cats living in Oregon and SW Washington. The goal of the program is to reduce suffering for existing feral cats and prevent the births and suffering of future generations. The program's services are targeted for feral cats who have caregivers feeding them. The caregivers trap the cats, bring them to a clinic, and return the cats to where they are being fed with a commitment to feed the cat(s) on a permanent basis.

The Nature Conservancy on Wednesday 

In Oregon, The Nature Conservancy owns or manages 49 nature preservesand has helped protect over 500,000 acres of important habitat.

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No Kill Colorado on Tuesday 

No Kill Colorado is an organization working to improve the Animal Shelter system in Colorado. Tens of thousands of pets are killed each year in Colorado because of the lack of life saving programs that can be implemented without additional cost, and possibly adding revenue to the current funds provided to municipal shelters.

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The purpose of No Kill Colorado is to facilitate a Colorado where every shelter is open admission and saves more than 90% of the animals in their care. No Kill Colorado's intent is to create, provide and share the necessary resources, education and options to stop the euthanasia of homeless pets in Colorado shelters.

 Community Food Share on Wednesday 

 

We collect donated food from many sources, and store the donated food in our warehouse where it is sorted, packaged, and checked for spoilage. Approximately 50 local human service agencies rely on us for free food to pass on to their clients. We also operate programs like the Feeding Families program which provides free food to families with school-children living in poverty.

 

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Could 2014 be the year of the vegan?

by, Kelly Behr

Native Foods Cafe

 

 

There is no mistake that vegan diets have continued to rise in the ranks of popularity. Most people have heard the word and might even know a vegan, “yeah my mom’s friend’s niece is now vegan.”

 

Beyonce and Jay-Z declared they were going on a vegan diet for 22 days and her Instragram pictures including the ones she snapped at Native Foods got hundreds of thousands of likes.

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Mainstream grocery stores are now carrying vegan products like Tofutti and Vegenaise. I saw them both at my local stores in St. Louis, the Midwest of all places!

 

We do five reasons to vegan every week that feature cool new products that make vegans everywhere smile with the rise of vegan companies, but this week I thought with the new year here I would do, what I feel, are the main reasons to vegan.

 

1.)  Animal Welfare

This is my number 1 but that doesn’t mean it has to be everyone’s. But they do not call it a compassionate diet for nothing. The PETA website declares that a vegan saves up to 185 animals a year! That is a good enough reason to vegan in my book.

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Native Foods Cafe uses this picture courtesty of Harper Smith Photography. 

This is my friend Harper's pig and pug showing that it does indeed seem odd that you would choose to eat one of these for dinner.  

 

 

2.)  Health

This is what our, In the Spotlight, Skinny Bitch author wrote an entire book about. There is just no denying the health benefits of a plant-based diet. I never knew giving up dairy could make you feel so good, but it can. Just be sure to do your research and make sure you are eating a balanced diet of grains, veggies and legumes. It might sound boring but you would be amazed at all the cool and delicious foods you will find within these categories. Our menu is a testament to that. Next time you are at the grocery store really look at the produce, pick something you have never tried and cook with it, it is a fun way to open your palate to a whole new adventure.

 

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 This is a jackfruit. If you haven't heard of it you need to try it. It is a fruit that can be used as a meat susbstitute, mind blowing right? It's flesh takes on a meaty consistency that molds into whatever flavors you are using. It is even an excellent crab replacement in crab cakes. Native Foods has gotten pretty creative over the years with the beloved jackfruit, I urge you to do the same! 

 

3.)  The Environment

I do not think people realize the true impact the factory farming industry is having on our planet. We are slaughtering so many animals every year that our waters are being tainted with their waste and our air with the emissions that are being produced. The website, Do Something, has a list of startling facts about how our environment is truly affected everyday by these factory farming practices.

 

4.)  Being vegan tastes good!

Like I mentioned before there are delicious vegan options of everything. My holiday consisted of making 10 different appetizers for my family that came over for Christmas Eve. We had things like spinach artichoke dip, jalapeno poppers, mushroom turnovers and a myriad of other tasty treats. My family raved at how good everything tasted and not how good this was for being vegan but that it was just good food.

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5.)  It’s cool,  it’s awesome,  it’s rad,

I mean come on, what is cooler than saving the planet, yourself and animals just by choosing different food items? If you put it this way it seems crazy not to be. That is why we feature new products every week to show how easy and fun it is to be compassionate. From food to fashion, vegan really is the new black. Watch out 2014, we are coming for you.

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Is your city feeling green?

By, Chef Kendall Huff 

Native Foods Cafe 

 

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Even though the EPA hasn’t officially made a list of criteria for ranking US cities , there are a several things that they do look at to determine a city's "greenness".  These include air and water quality, efficient recycling, waste management, amount of LEED certified buildings, acres of land devoted to green space and access to services like buying organic, local and clean. So who is looking the greenest thus far??

#10- Austin , Texas

Austin contains 206 parks, 12 preserves, 26 greenbelts and more than 50 miles of trails. Austin Energy hopes to be carbon neutral by 2020.

 

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#9- Chicago, Il

Chicago’s Green Roof Program has more than 2.5 million square feet of city roofs that support plant life. With that, 500,000 new trees have been planted.

 

#8- Seattle, Washington

More than 20 public buildings are LEED-certified or under construction to be so very soon. Sustainable Ballard, a green neighborhood group, offers ongoing programs about how to live with nature.

 


 

#7- Berkeley, CA

Not only is this a great city to find great local, fresh food, but is also known as the leader in clean technology for wind, power, solar power, biofuels and hydropower. 

#6- Cambridge, Massachusetts

In 2002, the city implemented a major climate protection plan and today most vehicles are fueled by B20 biodiesel or electricity. All construction and renovations must meet LEED standards. AND…  ”Compost that Stuff” collects organic waste from homes, restaurants, bars and hotels.

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#5- Eugene, Oregon

Aka the Emerald City has been working on being green since 1960. In 2008, the Emerald Express ( a hybrid public transportation system) won a Sustainable Transport award.

#4- Oakland, CA

This port is full of organic local grub, has the cleanest tap water, the country’s oldest wildlife refuge and hydrogen powered public transportation. And it gets 17 % of its energy from renewable sources.

#3- Boston, Mass

The goal here is “Green by 2015” by replacing taxi cabs with hybrid cars, recycle trash to powder homes, use more solar panels and electric motorcycles. They also have a Down2Earth program that educates residents about how to live more sustainably.

 

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#2- San Francisco, CA

San Fran has an innovative recycling program with an artist-in-residence at the recycling facility. The artist uses his work to inspire residents to recycle and conserve. It is also the city to ban plastic grocery bags. 

#1- Portland, Oregon

The most bike-able city in the US having over 200 miles dedicated to bike lanes. They also pride themselves in DIY sources like gardening, making beers, clothes and vegan treats!!

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5 Reasons to Vegan, my holiday gift guide edition

By, Kelly Behr

Native Foods Cafe

 

Gifting is one of my favorite things to do. It is so rewarding to find the perfect gift for someone that you know will appreciate it. I always get so excited about giving my friends and family the presents I got them, sometimes it is even hard to wait until Christmas.

But, with every business offering gifts and specials during this time of the year, it is easy to lose focus on the act of giving. There are some companies that have been started and thriving in helping others. I wanted to take this opportunity to show some sweet gift ideas from places that help others or help the planet.

1.)   Pura Vida (Spanish for pure life) Bracelets

I love these bracelets. I first saw them in a small store when I was on a vacation and really loved all the colors in which they came. They took me back to my days of friendship bracelets, a trend I never really grew out of. The coolest part about these bracelets is the story behind it:

During a visit to a small community in Costa Rica, they crossed paths with two men named Jorge and Joaquin who were peddling bracelets on the street. The colorful bracelets were handmade in a simple way that seemed to capture the essence of their journey. When they first met Jorge and Joaquin, they were living in a single room with three beds shared by several other members of their family. Seeing this, Paul and Griffin asked them if they would be willing to make 400 bracelets to take back to the United States with them. Jorge was delighted to make such a sell, and the guys were thrilled to help them out, but to everyones good fortune, soon after returning to the states their friendship blossomed into a full-fledged business relationship. –www.puravidabracelets.com

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 The pura vida bracelets come in tons of colors and styles and if what these two guys did for this small business in Costa Rica isn’t enough they also have a charity line with a variety of causes from Animal Rights to LGBT and everything in between. All of their bracelets can be purchased right on their website. 

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2.)   Pangea products

This is an interesting company that started in Boulder, CO. They wanted to have a line of products that helped (rather than hurt) the environment at every stage cycle. Their goal is to create a more sustainable future. The motto is, “You only have one body, and we only have one planet. We promise to do all that we can to take care of both.”

This holiday season they have great gift sets to offer. Pictured below is one of their body care sets, to find out more about their company and to see all their product lines, visit http://www.pangeaorganics.com.

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3.)   Hooray for the Underdog

Hooray for this company! Anyone who helps show rescue and shelter dogs  in a positive light gets a gold star in my book. Shelter dogs can have a bad rap. People do not always think to look at a shelter first, they think that they are not going to have the pure bred breed they are looking for, when a lot of times they actually do. Dogs end up in shelters for so many different reasons, people move, they lose their job, their landlord says no, they are put in a nursing home, etc. It isn’t just because a dog isn’t desirable. If I had it my way everyone would adopt a dog before even thinking of buying a dog. This company is doing their part in making shelter dogs the star of the show. This professional photographer duo has made a line of stationary and greeting cards that feature all shelter animals and part of the proceeds go to help these shelters. Not only are these cards adorable but they are helping such a worthy cause! 

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Now you tell me who wouldn’t want to receive that card in the mail?! 

All of their cards and stationary can be found on their website at http://www.hoorayfortheunderdog.com.

 

4.)   Lush Charity Pot

This body lotion made of fair trade cocoa butter, almond oil and ylang ylang oil is giving 100% of the proceeds to small grassroots organizations that need the extra help. So for the beauty product junkie on your gift list, Lush has you covered (in lotion).  Visit their website http://www.lushusa.com

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5.)   Krochet Kids hats

This company empowers the women of Uganda and Peru to make products for a sustainable life by knitting and crocheting hats and other items. I encourage you to go to their website and read the story of how a couple of kids were able to get this company off and running. http://www.krochetkids.org

Their story is uplifting and their products are pretty rad and everyone could use a new beanie this holiday season, right?

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