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September Staff Product Picks

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Of course that’s Coconut Oil on my face!

Dallas’s Pick – Coconut Oil

There’s nothing I’d rather be using as my makeup remover, face moisturizer, toothpaste, body butter AND cooking oil. Coconut oil truly rocks my world. Many (like myself way back when) think that coconut oil will have negative impacts on their health due to it’s high level of saturated fats. This however could not be further from the truth! The saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and are metabolized differently than the saturated Long Chain Triglycerides you would find in meats or cheeses. MCTs are digested by saliva and gastric juices and are then absorbed directly from the intestines into the portal vein. After this they head over to the liver where they are used as a quick source of energy. Very little, if any MCTs are stored as fat.

So not to worry! You no longer have to think coconut oil is the enemy!! But asides from being loaded with essential fatty acids coconut oil has literally hundreds of uses all of which have fabulous results for your hair, skin and health! Use it as a hair mask, sunscreen, lotion, makeup remover (this is my favourite use… it seems like absolute magic), lubricant, cooking olevel-ground-coconut-oilil, mouthwash (great for oil pulling), diaper cream, lip balm, coffee creamer, shoe shiner, deodorant and more!

If you haven’t discovered coconut oil… well I’m very excited for you to unearth all of it’s glory. If you are thinking of purchasing coconut oil ensure that you pick up a cold-pressed, unrefined, organic one. If you’re into supporting sustainable business practices or just want to look out for your fellow human being, find a fair trade one (we carry Level Ground’s Direct Trade coconut oil!!).

I hope you all can find happiness in this wonderful product of coconuts!

Seriously…I know coffee!
Still obsessed!

Ana’s Pick – Coffee Sock

A couple months ago my pick for the month was coffee! And I rambled on about how much I loved it (and maybe came off as a bit obsessed with it). Anyways, this month I pick the Coffee Sock- another product that I use almost daily in order to brew that always satisfying cup of Kicking Horse.

There are quite a few reasons why I love the Coffee Sock. They are made in Austin, Texas from organically grown and untreated coffee sockcotton. In addition to that, they are sewn by people who are making a fair and living wage (awesome!). The company is family owned and has been operating since 2011. They have a variety of products for hot brew and cold brew (although I have yet to venture into the wonderful world of cold brew).

By using the coffee sock instead of conventional, disposable filters, I have cut down my kitchen waste… a lot. You also don’t have to worry about that terrible moment when you open to pantry to an empty bag of coffee filters… The filters come in packs of two and they are also super easy to care for, just rinse with water and toss in your drying rack. You can even save your coffee grinds to make face or body scrubs! Come check out our stock at Generation Green so you can brew an ethical, environmentally friendly, and totally delicious cup of joe!

 

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Brusha, Brusha, Brusha!

Sherry’s Pick – Radius Source Recycled Toothbrush

The Source Toothbrush is the best toothbrush I have ever purchased! When we first opened the store a customer recommended them to me,  and have been stocking them ever since! This ergonomically designed brush leaves your mouth feeling amazingly clean and you get this bonus massage for your gums. The wide headed brush is loaded with these soft, fanned out bristles (which are 100% vegetable based nylon for a petroleum free option), and the slim neck allows you to reach into tight spaces.

IMG_1607-3 Now for the really cool part…1) The handles are reversible, so that’s a bonus for lefties like me! 2) They are made from repurposed & recycled materials – like wood, paper and even money! 3) You don’t throw away the whole toothbrush, instead you just replace the head. The brush comes with an extra head and then you can purchase packages of just the heads which means less waste! yeah!

Source brushes are BPA Free, Latex Free, Phthalate Free, Vegan & Made in USA.

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Ommmmm!

Savannah’s Pick – Ganesha’s Garden Incense

Soooo I just recently moved out into my own place, which excitingly means living by my own rules… and by that I mean burning incense daily!

Burning incense in my apartment provides me great joy and peacefulness. It really sets a lovely mood and environment. It gets even better… ganeshasbulkincenseAt GG we sell natural Ganesha’s Garden incense! Conventional incense is often made with who-knows-what ingredients (sometimes meaning leftover animal by-product shiz) and scented with fragrance oil. This is not only awful for the environment but the fragrance oils are not good for you. Tons of people react to them and they can cause headaches and dizziness. Oh AND the who-knows-what ingredients often burn off black and smoky causing damage to your walls!! The beautiful part about ganesha incense is that none of these factors are relevant. The sticks are made with bamboo and hardwood shed – totally environmentally friendly. Scents used are purely essential oil – totally gentle. And they burn a beautiful light-smoky grey, causing no damage. (And it’s 15 cents a stick so like, why not?!) This is definitely why Ganesha incense qualifies as my favourite product this month.

August Staff Product Picks

Max are you listening?
Max are you listening?

Dallas’s Pick – Chaga!

Just recently I tried out my first cup of certified organic and wildly harvested Canadian chaga tea from Annanda Chaga, and well…. I was more than pleasantly surprised. I’ve never tasted a tea so truly earthy before (I guess I’m pretty bad at describing tastes… but it was wicked).

I never was a huge tea drinker, it had always just tasted like watered down nothingness to me, but after I made a commitment to quit caffeine I needed something other than hot lemon water to keep me lovin life. So I tried various caffeine free, organic and fair trade teas but found nothing I fell in love with. I’m not saying I’m in LOVE with chaga just yet, but I’m certainly on the journey towards falling head over heels for this wonderful super food.

Chaga grows naturally on living birch trees, and slowly harnesses the strength, nutrients and longevity of living trees into a concentrated form. This makes chaga one of the most nutrient dense and powerful superfoods found on our planet! It’s been traditionally used for thousands of years to prevent diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancers while benefiting the organs and immune system. For me, the prevention aspect of drinking chaga is what drew me in.

In our modern world of medicine there is so much talk of promoting awareness for various cancers and solving a wide spectrum of health issues with prescription medication.  Now I’m not saying this aspect of medicine is completely wrong, but I do believe there needs to be a shift to promoting and discussing prevention which in turn, will lead to less talk and need for treatment. I want to protect my future self as much as I possibly can now , and chaga is helping me do just that! So lets protect our future selves, lets  fall in love with chaga. Purchase chaga in our online store through this link.

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I literally drink it out of the bottle on the go!

Sherry’s Pick – GLA Borage Oil from Lorna Vanderhaeghe 

You know how you have those certain products that if you stop taking/using them you immediately notice? Well GLA is one of those for me and that’s why I’ve chosen it as my pick this month!

GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) is an Omega-6 essential fatty acid that the body doesn’t produce but is essential for optimal health.   Borage is one of the  best sources of GLA and is available in either an oil form or in a softgel capsule. Not only can you take it orally, but you can also use it topically on your skin.

As I have aged it’s been really important to me to pay special attention to my skin, in hopes of delaying the aging skin effects for as long as possible! I believe the best way to combat is from the inside!  Lorna Vanderhaeghe, a women’s health expert, has written many books, but an excellent resource is her book “Beautiful Skin Begins Within” (which I can offer you for free when you purchase any of Lorna’s skincare products).  Lorna talks specifically of GLA in the book noting that GLA is what will help maintain healthy, glowing skin and prevent aging and wrinkles!   I can totally attest to the glow it gives my skin! I also noticed a huge improvement with moisture retention. If you don’t think you can take it by the spoonful, we also have it available in capsule.  I personally just add it into my morning smoothie.

Not only does GLA benefit our aging skin, but it is offers amazing results for those suffering with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and even acne.  Also great for breast health and will help with period pain.  Stop by Generation Green and we can talk more about healthy, glowing skin! Purchase Lorna Vanderhaege’s GLA Borage Oil here through this link.

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Did I mention how much I love Hemp Hearts!

Ana’s Pick – Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

This product is a staple in my fridge and it’s so easy to incorporate into your diet. I love hemp hearts! The fact that they are also a Manitoba product just has me head over heels!

Packed with omega’s, digestible proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, this product not only tastes awesome, but is super mega good for you!  I absolutely cannot pass up these little, tender, delicious, nutty tasting seeds when it comes to yogurt, smoothies, baking (hello banana bread, cookies, etc, etc), stir fry, salads…lets be honest, pretty much everything gets a little sprinkle. I’ll also admit I often just eat them straight from the bag…that’s how good they are.

This product is vegan, non GMO project verified, made with 100% wind power (so cool), all natural, and raw! …did I mention Manitoba? As a super fan of our awesome province, I love all things local and these are right up there with my faves. Please do yourself a favor and try them! At Generation Green we have other products from Manitoba Harvest as well, such as the new Hemp Heart Bites (a drool worthy quick and easy snack), and Hemp Protein Powder.  Purchase Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts in our online store here through this link.

This is pure Mango Magic!
This is pure Mango Magic!

Savannah’s Pick – Level Ground Trading Mango Dried Fruit

Mmmmango…. Is my August pick! What could be a better summer snack than some fruit? How about some organic, fair trade, totally natural fruit!

Dried Mango is definitely one of my favourite snack foods here at Generation Green!  Brought to us by a fantastic company called Level Ground Trading, a super ethical distributor with only the best food products.

Level Ground Trading is not just offering certified fair-trade products, they participate in direct fair-trade. This is debatably even more beneficial than just having the fair-trade certification. The fair-trade certification itself means that the farm and farmers deal with the fair-trade cooperative which then distributes their product. This is a fabulous program, but the benefit of direct fair-trade is that the farmers deal directly with the company selling their product. Direct fair-trade accounts for even more ethical production, lower costs, and eliminates the need for a large cooperation. Level Ground Trading is very open and honest about their production and company, and produces plenty of literature on the topics.

The other best part is that the ingredient list consists of solely “dried organic mango”. That’s it! No sweeteners, preservatives or sulphites! Just the benefits of eating the most suitable food for your body.

PS. Level Ground Trading also has organic, fair-trade, Dried Pineapple, Tropical Fruit Mix, and Exotic Fruit Mix.