Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Company Review: Only Green

I have been happily using Only Green products for several years now, and I have to say that I absolutely love what they have to offer.

A few of my favorites products are in their cosmetic line; it's so important to be conscious of what we put on our skin and not just in our bodies. Their cosmetics are empty of those terrible additives and heavy metals that we want to avoid, they are gentle on the skin and comparative to many expensive cosmetic brands.

I have been using them for over a year including the foundation, lip gloss and eyeshadow and I haven't had a single problem. My skin is healthy, the prices are great and I love the way I look and feel while using their products.

Their body care products are of equal quality, my favorite is their bar soap. Most soaps leave my skin feeling tight and dry, but I haven't had that problem since I switched over. They also come in several refreshing and clean scents which you are guaranteed to fall in love with!

I also frequently use their cleaners; all of which are empty of harmful chemicals. The dish detergent cleans brilliantly and lasts for what I suspect could accurately be called a coons age. You hardly need more than a drop in a whole sink-full!

Have I mentioned that Only Green is a Canadian company with Canadian products? Cause they sure are!


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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Saving your Seed!

Just to clarify things, before we start; this blog post is all about plant seeds... just wanted to make sure you knew that.

It is an unfortunate truth that sometimes organic goods can cost more than your standard contaminated variety. It is important then, to minimize costs wherever you can!

Seed Packs

If you plant your own garden, and tend to buy your plants and seeds new every year, then harvesting your own seeds can help save on the yearly start-up costs for your garden.

Harvesting seeds can be different for every plant - however a little bit of research will teach you when and how to harvest seeds for all your various plants.

What you will need to begin saving your seeds:

1. Knowledge about the life cycle of your plants.
2. If there are any specific ways you need to harvest the seed.
3. A place to safely dry your seeds.
4. A way to store your seeds until the following year. (Cool dry places are the best.)

Dill Seeds

If you would rather learn hands on without so much research, I have heard of a few workshops that will teach you how it is all done.

There are two; one in Ontario and one in Alberta. For more information on these workshops you can go here: Seeds of Diversity - Seedy Events

Another idea that I love is community seed saving. It is often the case that you will be able to harvest much more seed from your garden than you personally will be able to use the following year. However, you could organize a community project which allows members to swap extra seeds that they have harvested. There are many different ways you could go about this, but the key points would be to ensure that all seeds are properly harvested, stored and labeled; and of course ensure that everyone involved is organically inclined.

Homegrown Quinoa!

A few websites I have found that seem to include good and relevant information on seed-saving are the following:
Seed Sanctuary for Canada
How to Save Garden Seeds

I also came across this great video on the importance of saving seeds and tomato seed harvesting! (I didn't have a clue that this was how you found viable tomato seeds...)

Photos via LollyKnit, kirstyhall and net_efekt.


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Monday, 29 August 2011

Sweeping the Nation

A few years ago trying to live a green and organic life was incredibly difficult; there were few places that carried organic food and people looked at you like you were going crazy if you tried to explain it!


Lucky for us, times are changing, and the choice to live in a way that benefits your heath and the environment is becoming more mainstream. Thanks to these changes, there are wonderful new companies and opportunities popping up all over the place! It is also easier to find people who share the same passion and people who will encourage you when you're not entirely sure where to go next.

I would love to get to know some of the people who are part of this change that is sweeping the nation - if you're Organically Inclined, please feel free to leave a comment and say hello!

Photo via Dave Parker

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Start of Something New

Thank you for your interest in this brand new blog; there isn't much here yet, however if you check back in a few days I think you will like what you see.

Forest lake in summer

As a Canadian who is determined to live life as green and environmentally friendly as possible, I have created this blog as a way to share what I learn with you. I would like to focus on organic foods, Canadian companies that are environmentally friendly and various ways that you can live a green life without too much hassle or breaking the bank!

Don't forget to come back and see what I have dug up for you!

Image via Axel-D