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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.

Popular and Hard To Find Items

Along with the basics, Generation Green is loaded with unique and specialty items. You wouldn’t believe how many times customers come to the till saying “I’ve been looking for this everywhere!” or “This works amazingly!”. So here’s a little blurb about some items I hear about the most from costumers or that are exclusive to Winnipeg at Generation Green.

TSFPThat Stuff For Pain

Made in Selkirk, Manitoba, That Stuff for Pain is a natural pain relief made with a blend of menthol and essential oils. Despite some popular belief, menthol is totally safe to use is cosmetics and only rates a 1 in the Skin Deep database at ewg.org. Customers so regularly come by and just rave about how well it works! Even people with chronic pain who have seen a doctor for years find relief from it. And just this week we are finally able to give refills of it! If you bring your container back for a refill you get 10% off (and double green points!).

TongsBamboo Tongs

A majority of our kitchen utensils and supplies are made of bamboo. Bamboo is an incredibly efficient self-sustaining resource growing back waaaay faster than trees, meanwhile while providing 35% more oxygen. There are tons of more benefits to bamboo you can read online! We carry 3 sizes of bamboo tongs at the store, our most popular being our mini tongs. We sell many of these in one day a lot of people saying they use them to pull toast and pop-tarts out of their toasters and just today I had a customer tell me he had been looking for something for this “forever”! They have tons of other funky uses if you get creative! They can also be great for serving snacks to a group of people or for a to-go homemade lunch!

GlydeVegan and Natural Condoms

We sell Glyde condoms here at generation green… these are exclusive to our store in Winnipeg! We stocked these after we realized how tough it is to find an eco-friendly condom. Glyde condoms are fairly made with natural latex, free from casein, talc, and other chemicals! They strongly emphasise their fair labor and sustainable cultivation. Most condoms found in drugstores are chalk full of chemicals, unfair labour, or animal testing. Be consistent in your natural life and take it all the way to bed!

 

ganeshasbulkincenseNatural Incense

Our Ganesha’s Garden incense is one of our top-selling products every month! Ganesha’s Garden makes all natural incense. Most incense you would buy somewhere else is full of fragrances and I’ve even heard the shed can be made out of animal dung and all types of random things! This causes for an overpowering and headache-inducing smell along with a smoky black burn. Our Ganesha incense’s shed is botanically based made from dried up wood shed from different kinds of trees and scented with only essential oils; this causes the smoke to burn a white-grey color and the smell to be gentle.

Chaga

ChagaChaga is a unique type of mushroom with all kinds of amazing health benefits. It is unique from other mushrooms as it is quite dense. Chaga is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth and is actually referred to in Chinese culture as “King of Plants”, which is saying a lot considering their use of all types of plant and herbal remedies. Chaga is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-stress, anti-aging, anti-bacterial. It is good for your digestive system and even works in preventing cancer. We sell it as tea in chunks and ground (which you reuse 3-5 times), or there is an option of buying it as a tincture. So no matter what it is you’re struggling with… Chaga would probably help! You can read more on the benefits of Chaga here.

images-4Swell Bottles

Swell bottles fly off the shelves at Generation Green! They recently came out with tons of new, fun styles which we have stocked in store.  Swell bottles are not only popular for their chic look, but Swell actually plants a tree for every bottle sold and donates parts of their sales to organizations that provide clean water to countries that are lacking. Swell is made with a special thermal technology so it keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for 12 hours (and it really does!). Like the label says its “sophisticated enough for the boardroom and tough enough for a mountain hike”.

Article written by: Savannah Costen