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We'd love to win the 6-pack of gum. My daughter hasn't had gum in over a year; a feat for a 12 year old! We've been buying treats from the bulk bin such as chocolate covered almonds, yogurt pretzels, rice crackers. We are making it a point to bake something together once a week (like soft ginger cookies or banana bread) for snacks instead of buying in plastic. Our email is ecom8s@gmail.com 

9 months, 1 week ago on Truly Plastic-Free Chewing Gum in Plastic-Free Packaging!

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Thanks! My 12 year old daughter has not had gum in over a year after she read about what the ingredients actually were. I'm so proud of her! She'll be ecstatic to try this gum. 


9 months, 1 week ago on Truly Plastic-Free Chewing Gum in Plastic-Free Packaging!

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@Daxle My family loves my homemade tortillas so we no longer buy them in plastic. Here is the recipe:

4 c unbleached flour*

1 1/2 tsp baking powder*

1 1/2 tsp salt*

1/2 c organic butter, cut into 1" chunks

1 to 1 1/2 c warm water

To make vegan low-fat tortillas:  Instead of butter, take 1/2 c of the flour and blend it with 1/2 cup of vegetable/olive oil and freeze for 2 hours.  Then use in place of the butter.

1. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  (If you don't have a stand mixer, use a large bowl with a fork or pastry blender.)  On low speed, add the butter. When the butter is incorporated and the flour mixture looks crumbly, add the water in a slow stream with the mixer running, just until the dough sticks together and clears the side of the bowl.  NOTE: Don't add too much water... not only will the dough be sticky and difficult to work with... too much water makes for tough tortillas!  Knead briefly-- no more than 10 times-- until a smooth ball forms.  Shape into a cylinder and cover with a dish towel.  Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

2. After the dough has rested-- for 8"-9" tortillas-- divide the dough into 15 equal portions.  Shape each portion into a ball, cover with the dish towel and let rest for 20-30 minutes.

3. To roll out the tortillas, place the ball on your thumb and make an indention creating a "mushroom" shape.  The air pocket inside helps the dough roll out into a (near) perfect circle :)  Flatten the ball then roll it out into a thin circle just like you would for a pie crust.  Start from the center, making quarter turns often and never pressing the edges.

4. To cook the tortillas, heat an ungreased cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.  Place as many tortillas in the pan that will fit without overlapping.  Cook until bubbles start to form then flip to the other side.  Also, as bubbles form just take a spatula and press them down.  When the tortillas are done, the dough will look dry and have brown spots.

9 months, 1 week ago on Truly Plastic-Free Chewing Gum in Plastic-Free Packaging!

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@Sarah Agreed! I thought we were using a natural toothpaste that was good for you. However, my daughter kept getting weird little blisters in her mouth under her tongue. Finally, her pediatrician said it might be the SLS in toothpaste! Yup, a week or so after using a non-SLS (JASON) toothpaste her blisters were gone.


1 year, 1 month ago on Thinking About Toothpaste at a Meditation Retreat

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I want one! I am going to find out more about the tare machine and give the information to a local grocer and our local co-op market.

1 year, 2 months ago on In.gredients -- Possibly the Coolest Grocery Store Ever

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Have you heard back from them yet? I hate to order online too but my area is very rural and it is more convenient to order products online than to drive an hour to a city area. I found that Crate and Barrel (where I get my Weck canning jars) is very conscious about their packaging - all paper, all recyclable. The only plastic was the return label/receipt. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Dear Lotus Foods, Why Package Healthy Stainless Steel in Toxic Styrofoam?

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Thanks for sharing! I finally got my mother to buy an insulated stainless steel bottle for her morning coffee. When I showed her pictures and articles of trash from bins, beaches, etc. and told her that she throws away over 300 styrofoam cups a year and the fact that its toxic too seemed to resound with her, finally. We all need to encourage our friends and family to think about their waste. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Starbucks Trash: Behind the Scenes

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My favorite personal care tips - all the uses of baking soda! I now wash my hair with it and as a deodorant (mixed with coconut oil, tea tree ,lavender), which is the best and cheapest natural deodorant I've ever used. I do not like it for teeth, find it too abrasive for my sensitivity. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Aquarian Bath Handmade Personal Care Gift Set

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I have a Waring like this one that was given to me at my wedding 20 years ago! I've used it many times per week and it is just now starting to leak at the bottom. So, maybe just a new gasket? Motor still running strong. I am impressed and hope your lasts just as long. @Melody I just put a little soap and hot water in my blender (before food gets dried/stuck on) and rinse; haven't had any problems. I"ve also put it in the dishwasher without any problems. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Why I Love My Blender

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Kale does't stick around long in my house (my 12-year old veggie hater devours this) when I crisp it in the oven or dehydrate it. Wash and pat kale dry (or spin it in a salad spinner), sprinkle with a little olive oil, salt, onion & garlic powder. Put in 300 deg. oven until wilted and crispy or as desired. My oven is convection so I can actually dehydrate in it. I use the same recipe but set the temp. at 100 degrees. Takes a few hours but nice, crispy kale chips. If you don't eat them all (they rarely last in my house) you can put in a glass or stainless airtight container and they will stay crispy. Enjoy!

1 year, 3 months ago on My Morning Zero Waste Green Smoothie

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