Waste Free Living – Bulk Additions/Changes

We have been answering so many questions lately about our refill products, that we felt we should probably fill you all in on some changes and additions.

First off we want to give a huge shout out to all of you that have been using the refill system in an effort to reduce waste.  We have been amazed at the amount of interest and use at this location, so much so that we want to keep adding to it!  Please be sure to let us know your requests and if there is enough interest then we would look at bringing that in.

The biggest change that many have noticed is the brand switch of our main household line.  We had been stocking and offering bulk products for the past 5 years from Sapadilla Soap Co. and have now been replacing it with a line from The Unscented Company.  The reason for the change had nothing to do with the product itself, it’s a fabulous line!  Unfortunately though Sapadilla has been sold to a US Corporation called Gorilla Glue and this is just not inline with our mission and commitment to stock Canadian.

The Unscented Company is from Montreal, it is entirely plant-based, biodegradable and yes, unscented.  However, we know many loved the scents that the previous line offered so we are encouraging customers to try their hand at scenting using essential oils that we stock in store.  We have considered offering a custom scenting add-on if there was enough interest.

In addition to the The Unscented Company we have a hair/body line available for refill from local manufacturer, Pure Anada, our always in demand Dry Patch lotion from Di Erbe and from Mama Pacha we offer refills for their popular Calendula infused diaper cream & wipe away bum spray as well as their face cream and beard oil.  Our newest addition is an unscented castille liquid soap that is locally made in Steinbach by Naturally Powerful.

The last of the Eco-life cleaning products are available for purchase & refill until they are finished.  There are also some of the bulk concentrate available for retail purchase on a clearance price.  This line is no longer being manufactured it seems after the farmer that created it passed away.  It’s a wonderful line that we have carried from day one and are sad to see it fall away.

Lastly, we have heard from many of you that are interested in making your own products that you are wanting us to bring in raw ingredients.  We are slowly doing this!  We currently have organic dried Calendula, lavender and rose petals. We plan to add a couple of carrier oils next, citric acid and some popular clays.  Again if there is something you are hoping to find here and there is enough demand we will do our best to add it to the line up!

Of course we should also mention our small bulk food section, this is the list of what we currently offer for organic bulk food:

  • Adagio Acres Naked Oats *MB
  • Tamarak Farms Quinoa *MB
  • Wildman Rice *MB
  • Pistachios
  • Spanish Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Non GMO Popping Corn
  • Garbonzo Beans
  • Medjool Dates
  • Aluminum Free Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Lightly Dusted Ginger
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Lentils
  • Cane Sugar
  • Trail Mix
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Xylitol

One last reminder, you are more than welcome to bring in your own container to fill, we will weigh it before you fill and deduct that off the product price.  Please only bring CLEAN and dry containers to be filled.

Thank for doing your part to reuse and reduce as well as support local!

 

Facial Friday = Fresh, Fabulous, Faces!

Every Friday evening I love to give myself a facial.  It has become such a self-care ritual, that I am always looking for ways to improve either the atmosphere I create to enjoy my facial, or trying out a new facial product. It’s a great way to end the week, detoxify your skin from all the free radicals we are constantly exposed to that are so damaging to our skin.

When I was first learning about the possible toxins in skin care, I made my own facials from whatever I could find in my kitchen!  This is a fun way to experiment and can even include the kids!  I have sons and taught them early on about the importance of self care and taking care of your skin. Now that they are older they often come to me asking for me to whip them up something to help with either winter dry skin, sun stressed skin or occasional breakouts.  I now of course have access to ready to use facial masks that offer amazing benefits and make “Facial Friday’s” that much easier!

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Locally made, Naked Skincare Apothecary currently offers two types of facial masks.  Detox Mask & Radiance Mask.

Photo Courtesy of Naked Skincare

I lovvvve both of them! They are my go to’s and available at Generation Green!

Detox Mask will help neutralize oily skin and prevent or clear up breakouts.  Thanks to the activated charcoal & kaolin in this mask, it will basically pull out dirt & toxins.  Super easy to use, simply add a small amount of  liquid to a teaspoon of the mask powder.  Play around with different liquids to add like a toner, facial oil, or even hit up the kitchen for honey or yogurt!

Ingredients: Activated Bamboo Charcoal, Kaolin Clay, Fuller Earth Clay, Papaya Extract, Turmeric Powder.

Radiance Mask will do just that! Make your face radiate!  Offering up some magical ingredients like Australian and French Pink Clay that not only detoxify and do away with dead skin, but also leave you with a refreshed look!  This one really is great for mature skin too thanks to the addition of  Mango Extract which helps prevent the decline of elasticity in the skin.

Ingredients: Australian Pink Clay, French Pink Clay, Mango Extract.

Mama Pacha : 

Another locally made favourite that we stock at Generation Green and is offered in refill is Mama Pacha’s  Daily Face Wash & Super Scrubby Face Wash.  These face washes can also be used as a face mask just by leaving on longer. They are gentle enough for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Both offer the benefits of kaolin clay (the mildest of clays). Kaolin clay contains a high content of silica that not only can remove dead skin but also regenerate skin. Also offers purification by removing toxins and oils without drying out skin.

Both masks contain oats that offer a gentle scrub as well as the soothing benefits of chamomile.  The only difference in the two is the Super Scrubby contains jojoba meal as an exfoliator (really good scrub) without dangerous microbeads (little pieces of plastic that are not only bad for your skin but also the environment) that can be found in some conventional face scrubs.

Orgaid Sheet Masks : 

This is a new stock item that I’m anxious to try out!  

Orgaid masks are not made like other sheet masks. Not only because of the serum combination in the masks but the delivery system they use!  The unique fibre, (called Ecoderma) Orgaid uses is not only breathable and adheres well but more importantly the fibre helps absorb the serum deeper into skin, helping you to get all the benefits those ingredients offer.  The masks are made with certified organic ingredients,  all safe ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I also love the rating they get on EWG’s Skindeep Database!

Yes, you might look a little scary wearing one (think Jason from Halloween), but makes for great selfie pics! (before & after).

Available in 3 types: (information taken from Orgaid Website)

VITAMIN C 
 Reduces the appearance of brown spots and sun damage 
 Provides potent antioxidant protection to keep firm and youthful skin 
 Improves skin’s natural healing response, resulting in skin revitalization 
+ Orange peel and pomegranate boost healthy collagen synthesis
ANTI-AGING & MOISTURIZING
+ Vitamin B3  reduces skin aging
+ Aloe Vera  helps moisturize and calm skin
+ Witch hazel  reduces swelling and blemish
+ Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin
GREEK YOGURT
+ Organic Greek Yogurt supplements essential nutrition on skin
+ Organic Botanicals soothe  skin smoother
+ Pro-Vitamin B5  and Allantoin tightens skin
+ Beta Glucan and Vegetable Proteins condition skin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Natural Stress Relief

Everyone at some point has dealt with stress and feeling anxious.  Deadlines, exams, parenting, relationships, health, can all cause stress at some point or another.  How we deal with the stresses life throws at it can greatly affect the outcome.

For some getting rid of the stress can be done by exercising, meditating, getting a massage, or even having a quiet moment alone.  For others though, stress can linger, start to cause anxiety, maybe even panic situations.  This is when it can really effect your health and your life.

Unfortunately we are bombarded with messages that there is a pill that can fix that, and since many are wanting a quick fix, or just plain want to feel better, they resort to the prescription remedy.  Usually these medications can be addicting and come with a list of unpleasant side effects, not to mention possible longterm health issues. I personally believe in exhausting all my natural resources first before I would consider a prescription.

I was excited to find a natural remedy that actually worked for stress relief, and have been amazed at just how many others have reported the same!bach-rescue-remedy-10ml

Dr. Bach formulated RESCUE Remedy nearly a hundred years ago and it is more relevant than ever! Dr Bach’s natural stress relief pastilles are convenient when dealing with stress and worrisome situations.  The formula works on an emotional level, not physical, and it’s amazing how all of a sudden you just realize your not feeling stressed anymore! Bach Rescue Remedy contains active ingredients such as Star of Bethlehem, Clematis Cherry Plum, Impatiens, Rock Rose. These flowers soothe irritability, help with shock/panic and provide a general calmness in times of stress.  Also available in liquid drops that can easily be added to water and sipped throughout the day, as well as formulas for pets!

magnesiumAnother natural remedy is a mineral that affects are neurological system and that most of us are deficient in, magnesium!

When we are feeling stressed, it causes the cells in our bodies to release magnesium which helps us feel more calm.  However, if we are continually dealing with stressful situations, and our bodies are not having time to recover, the level of stress you feel will increase because there just won’t be enough magnesium released.  In addition, our diets can be filled with foods that also tax out our magnesium.  Sugar especially is huge for causing depletion of magnesium, not to mention vital nutrients!

There are some great options for magnesium supplements, like Innotech Nutrition’s Liquid Ionic Magnesium that doesn’t just taste great, but the nano size particles can easily be transported to the cell membrane, directly through the mouth membranes bypassing the digestive system.  Same can be said for Mama Pacha’s new Magnesium lotion, rubbing onto your skin is going to absorb more magnesium directly into your blood stream than having to go through the whole digestive system.

Bottom line is, stress is not something we should allow to linger long, our health is just too important!

Contest Time! How “Green” is Your Baby?

Time for a little fun!

I am continually impressed with how many “green” mom’s & dad’s we have shopping at Generation Green!

Parents are not willing to compromise their child’s health, and have really become aware of the lurking hazards that are out there! We think that’s awesome so we want to reward you!

We have two Prize Packages to be won! All you have to do is…

1) Be a follower here on our blog (doing that get’s you entered automatically every month for a $20 gift certificate)

2) Post a photo on any of our social media outlets of your favourite product purchased for your child (with or without your child in the photo) from Generation Green. Please add the hashtag #greatgreenbaby so we can get your entry 🙂

We will keep this contest open until Sunday and announce the winners on Monday, May 25th

Here’s the prizes:

AMP One Size Diaper plus Insert, Mama Pacha Wipe Away Bum Spray, Hankettes Organic Cotton Reusable Wipes, Twinkle & Blink Change Pad, 2 Franklin Storybooks
AMP One Size Diaper plus Insert, Mama Pacha Wipe Away Bum Spray, Hankettes Organic Cotton Reusable Wipes, Twinkle & Blink Change Pad, 2 Franklin Storybooks
My Natural Love Blankie, Colibri Large Snack Bag, Mama Pacha Chubby Cheek Lotion Stick, Belly Buttons & babies Lip Smoothie, Wysi Wipe Travel Pack & 2 Franklin Storybooks
My Natural Love Blankie, Colibri Large Snack Bag, Mama Pacha Chubby Cheek Lotion Stick, Belly Buttons & Babies Lip Smoothie, Wysi Wipe Travel Pack & 2 Franklin Storybooks

 

New Arrivals From Mama Pacha

 [highlight]Mama Pacha has been busy creating more fabulous products for us to enjoy! Here are the latest…[/highlight]

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[highlight]*NEW* Pure Essential Oil Blends[/highlight]

Perfect for wool dryer balls, diffusers and diffusing jewellery

Hit The Ground Running – Great for increasing energy

Set The Mood – a romantic relaxing but slightly stimulating blendMama EO

Hello Spring – The perfect light spring feel

Winter Wonderland – fully of winter spice and warmth

Breath Easy – Great to purify the air, congestion and coughs

Thieves – This is a highly cleansing and purifying blend

Focal Point – To help with concentration and focus

Pope’s Hill – Your favorite body butter in the E.O blend for your whole house

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[highlight]*NEW* Facial Serum[/highlight]

This is a beautifully nourishing facial serum adding moisture, antioxidants, reducing fine lines and creating an incredibly smooth surface.  This is light enough to apply in the morning and wear under makeup and also great for your night time routine as well.

Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Cherry Kernel Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Essential Oils

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Mama Pacha Shoo Fly/SunscreenGearing up for summer, we have just stocked Mama’s Folkfest must have’s!!!

[highlight]Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me -[/highlight]

An effective bug lotion you can feel great about putting on your skin and rubbing on your kids.

Most people aren’t aware that Catnip is more effective than Deet at repelling mosquitoes.  You don’t need to cover your body in chemicals to keep the skeeters away !

Ingredients: catnip, comfrey, yarrow, olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil, vitamin E, distilled water, aloe vera gel, essential oils

[highlight]Herbal Sunscreen [/highlight]-

Sun is good for our body. Our bodies need sun. The best way to protect yourself from too much sun exposure is to stay out of the direct sun during times of the day when UV rays are at their highest.  If you need to be in full sunlight during those times, then this can help to reduce the effects of the sun, without chemicals.

Apply this lotion to exposed skin 30 minutes before to going outside.

Ingredients: sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, aloe vera gel, beeswax, water


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  • Mama Pacha Herbal SkincareMama Pacha offers herbal skincare for the entire family!

  • At Generation Green you can find them all!

Body Butters, Deodorants, Shaving Cream, Eye Cream, Face Moisturizer, Nailcare, Beard Oil, Beard Balm, Stache Wax, Tooth Powders, Hand/Body Scrubs, Foaming Hand Soap, Diaper Cream, Nipple Butter, Postpartum Bath Tea, Hair Care, Sinus & Chest Congestion Relief, Natural Lice Treatment, Healing Salve, Lip Balms & More!!!

Our 1st Naturally Mom & Me Showcase Event – Photo’s

Our 1st “Naturally Mom & Me Showcase” was a great success!!! So much fun thanks to all of you that came, participated & shared your adorable babies & beautiful pregnant bellies with us!

Yes, there are kinks to iron out,  but just knowing that there are so many of you interested in supporting local, healthy living, eco-friendly & safe products, as well as learning about new ways to achieve that goal, reaffirms that this is a show we would love to put on for you again!

I must give a huge thanks to the Forks Market for accommodating & supporting this event! To EQ3 Furniture for creating our mom’s lounge, to all my wonderful, talented, local manufacturers that participated in the event (AMP Diapers, Colibri Canada, Little Feather Designs, Mama Pacha Herbal Skincare, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Over The Rainbow, PeaPod Creations, Sew Dandee, Tree Hugger Cloth Pads) Click on their names to go give them a big “LIKE” on their Facebook pages!, as well as the presenters that took the time to come & educate us all! (Fit 4 Two, Tressa Main Health & Life Coach, Birth Roots Doula Collective & Winnipeg Baby Wearers Group). Also, thanks to Dandy Blend for sampling, First Food Organics & Anointment Natural Skincare for all the samples! Of course I must thank my amazing “granola girls” for “owning it” every time they step in our store! I couldn’t do it without them! And most of all to all the lovely people who shop local and support small, independent businesses! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again; “It is because of you that we are here, and it is because of you that we will stay” Thank you, Thank you!!!

Here are some of the photo’s of the event & some of our prize winners!

 

Naturally Mom & Me Showcase at The Forks

MomandMe BannerWe are so excited to be hosting the 1st Naturally Mom & Me Showcase at The Forks!

Our local manufacturers & other Canadian manufactures will be showcasing their “Made in Manitoba” products that cater to moms, babies & children.
Come out and meet our wonderful creators, find out information on the benefits of using their products, watch demos and receive discounts & special deals this day only!

We are setting up shop in the Fork’s beautiful atrium, where we will also have scheduled presentations on nursing, nutrition, doula services, attachment parenting, along with baby wearing demonstrations.
Everyone in attendance will be entered to win an amazing basket filled with products that have been donated from our manufacturers and opportunities to get bonus entry tickets!

This is a free event, however  we have chosen to support the North End Women’s Centre, by accepting donations for them. They are currently in need of baby receiving blankets (new or gently used), or a voluntary monetary donation of choice is also gratefully accepted. Information on the North End Women Centre can be found by clicking here.

The David Suzuki Blue Dot Group  will also be handing out information about the movement. Believing and supporting the right to a healthy environment – clean water, fresh air, healthy food and a say in decisions that affect us.

Hope to see you there! Reply attending on our Facebook event page (using this link & get a bonus entry!)

Sew Dandee LogoPeapodColibri AMP DiapersOver The Rainbow

 

Mama Pacha                                                    Tree Hugger Logo

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Contest Winners

Mama Pacha Prize Packs
Mama Pacha Prize Packs

The winners in our #ilovemamapacha contest are…

Kimberly Heintz & Deborah Hosaki!!!

Congratulations! You have each won a Mama Pacha Gift Pack that includes:

You can both pick up your prize packages at Generation Green.

Thanks to everyone who participated and watch soon for another contest and your chance to win!

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