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Clean Cosmetics – How Far Have We Come?

I don’t know if I can thoroughly express the pivotal change in my life when I began learning about conventional cosmetics and the potential health implications they can have.  It was definitely an overwhelming, and scary realization that this could possibly be true.  I then set out in search of alternatives and was so fortunate to discover a few local manufacturers that could answer my questions, and in turn I could begin to trust.

My health, as I’m sure yours, is most important to me and I’m not willing to knowingly compromise it, especially when I have a choice!  It’s been said that by the time a woman heads out the front door, she has spritzed, sudsed, and slathered herself in more than 127 different chemicals, many of them more toxic than beautifying.

After the book came out “There’s Lead In Your Lipstick” by eco-expert Gillian Deacon, many women started questioning if the health conditions, including cancer were possibly related to the unimaginable amount of toxins, parabens, hormone disrupters and synthetic chemicals they had allowed  into their bodies through the use of conventional products.  We naively trust that there are regulations and systems in place to protect us but unfortunately those systems are only about regulating the “safe amounts” of the known hazardous ingredient into a specific product. As far as my research and knowledge, there has never been a study that shows the “safety” of the possible 127 chemicals taken in at one time.

Our skin is our largest organ (yes, it’s an organ!!) and it’s absorbing all that we put on it, which ends up in our blood stream! 

EWG (The Environmenal Working Group) has compiled an electronic database (the skindeep database) of ingredient labels for body care products and cross-linked these ingredients with large databases describing chemical toxicity and then rates them on the hazards.  This is a great resource when you are starting out, or expanding your knowledge on potentially harmful chemicals.  They rate the ingredients/products on a scale of 1-2 Low Hazard, 3-6 Moderate and 7-10 High Hazard…look up fragrance and it’s an “8” score! Eliminating “fragrance” in my opinion,  is the place to start if you start anywhere!

About FRAGRANCE: The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

Thankfully, we have options!  It may take some work to find them, but I see more and more companies beginning to make some changes.  It is however up to us as consumers to continue to DEMAND that our health not be compromised by the ingredients manufacturers CHOOSE to use! How? We simply don’t continue to support them!

Pure Anada Cosmetics has been my go to as a trusted source for safe cosmetics and skincare products.  They are a manufacturer in Modern, Manitoba and have been influential in setting the bar in my opinion, for transparency and proving natural cosmetics can stand up to conventional products.

Candace Grenier is the creator behind Pure Anada and has taken the company from home hobby to a leader in eco-certified organic cosmetic manufacturing in Canada!  FYI – only approximately 5% of cosmetic companies actually manufacture their own products and there appears to be some sort of trade secret protection when it comes to fragrance and flavour. Yet another reason Pure Anada became a company I chose to support and trust for the past 7 years!

Of course we’re not just talking makeup here!  The cosmetic umbrella includes shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, toothpaste, deodorants, lotions, scrubs, face cleansers, bar soap, moisturizers, shaving cream, lip balm, nail polish, diaper cream, nipple cream, massage oils & MORE!!!

At Generation Green we know how overwhelming and confusing all the information out there can be, not to mention how “greenwashing” (FYI: those bunny ears on products only mean they didn’t test it on an animal, not that it’s safe), same goes for the words “natural” and “organic” (no regulating on those words!) BUT, WE ARE HERE TO HELP!! It’s one step at a time and one change at a time!  It started with cosmetics as my focus and grew into Generation Green over almost 7 years!  We are still learning, still growing but the more we know, the better we can make informed choices!

 

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!

 

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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.

July Staff Product Picks

At Generation Green we want to be able to offer the best selection of products possible, as well as be able to offer our personal opinion, which means we have to try a lot of products! (I know, it’s a tough job!) We definitely all have favorites, and “can’t live without” products! Here are our favorites this month…

I dream of Swell Bottles!
I dream of Swell Bottles!

Dallas’s Pick – Swell Bottle

I think it’s time for us all to acknowledge how wicked Swell Bottles are. Never mind their super stylish shape, colors and textures, they actually hold up to truly keeping your water cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. Just this past week I enjoyed five days experiencing the wonderful sun and songs of the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Fest. Being fully aware of the sweatyness and wicked heat July brings to Winnipeg, I brought my Swell Bottle along with me and once again, I was truly amazed at how awesome the Swell Bottle is. On one +28 day of the fest, I filled my beauty of a bottle up with refreshingly cool water at 9 am. Then, because I’m always on top of things, I left my Swell to sit and roast in the sun back at my campground site until 4pm. After returning for a cool down after a long day of folking and to finally grab my Swell, my water was as cold as it was when I had first filled it up at 9 am! My Swell has continuously allowed me to enjoy the luxury of having access to cold water and has yet to let me down. It is without a doubt that I would choose Swell Bottles as my staff pick of the month. Try it out for yourself during Winnipeg’s short summer season to witness how truly awesome this product is!
Bat those baby blues (or greens or browns)
Bat those baby blues (or greens or browns)

Sherry’s Pick – Pure Anada Mascara

I have barely there lashes so seriously need to coat em to feel that I look awake! Plus I wear glasses so mascara helps them not to get lost behind them!
Pure Anada’s Mascara was the first product I tried of their natural mineral makeup products, and I am now a loyal user of the complete line! After trying so many “natural” mascara’s I was continually disappointed.  I wanted something that could perform as well (if not better) as conventional mascara but without all the chemicals! I was one of those people that constantly had itchy, red eyes from wearing mascara.  Discovering that Pure Anada originally had their mascara formulated in Europe, where cosmetic regulations are much stricter than Canadian, and that the mascara was created with a PH level that is perfect for eyes,  made me want to try it.  Not only is it safe for your eyes but it seriously gives you everything you want from a mascara! No clumping or flaking, just great length and fullness! Available in Black, Brown & Blue and so affordable at $14.00 per tube! The mascara is vegan, gluten, paraben and mercury  free.
Not just for babies but this babe too!
Not just for babies but this babe too!

 

Savannah’s Pick – Belly Buttons & Babies Sunscreen

It may be cliché that my July pick be sunscreen… But let’s be real, this past weekend was scorching. And spending it camping at folk fest means minimal shade… I am one to avoid sunscreen and bring on the tan, but by Saturday and full body sunburn I knew it was time to smarten up. I applied my Belly Buttons and Babies sunscreen and survived the 30+ and sunny weather for 2 more days. A natural sunscreen is super important as 60% of what you apply on your skin goes into your bloodstream. Drugstore and conventional sunscreen are filled with plenty of chemicals and who-knows-what that is positioning your body, yuck! Belly Buttons and Babies sunscreen is filled only with basic and natural ingredients (that you can read) to protect you from the sun. And thanks to it, as my sunburn fades, I am happily entering brown town. We carry a couple other brands as well to give everyone options… Made for Skin and Mama Pacha are superb options as well and these guys are even produced in Winnipeg.  So I encourage you to buy locally and naturally!

 

Kicking Horse or Kissin Horse?
Kicking Horse or Kissin Horse?

Ana’s Pick – Kicking Horse Coffee

I have become quite the coffee fanatic in the last year or so and I must confess.. I am picky. I may even go as far as saying that I am the most picky java consumer out there. When I discovered Kicking Horse coffee, I was first hooked after just reading the bag.The descriptions make your mouth water before you’ve even thought about brewing it. Seriously. I am a sucker for a good dark roast and I couldn’t pass up Grizzly Claw after reading these 4 words: Rich. Dark. Chocolate. Decadent. Hello!! Yes please! And the rest is history. I’m in love! At Generation Green, Kicking Horse coffee is sold in 1lb whole bean bags, which allows you to grind your coffee just before use, at just the right grind for the most satisfying cup of joe. But wait, the best part- the beans are certified organic AND fair trade (not to mention roasted in Canada)! What could be better? Whether you’re pulling an all nighter before an exam, coming back to life on a Monday morning, or camping in the Whiteshell, Kicking Horse is sure to make you do your happy coffee dance…that’s a thing, right?

Brikhouse Teething Necklace
Yeah, I know I’m cute!

Nolan’s Pick (our staff Jennifer’s son) – brikHOUSE Teething Necklaces

These new silicone teething necklaces in at Generation Green are the bomb! I can’t tell you enough about the struggles I’ve had with this teething business! These are seriously awesome to just grab onto with my little hands and gnaw on! Surprising that my mom let’s me do this to her beautiful new necklace, but that’s my mom, always thinking of me!

brikhouse teething necklaces are non-toxic, 100% food grade silicone, with breakaway clasps.  Available in several styles and colors.

 

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Naturally Mom & Me Showcase – Info & Schedule

We are starting the countdown to our first “Naturally Mom & Me Showcase” coming up on Friday, April 24th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Everyone is getting excited to showcase their products, give us some “wow” presentations and create an enjoyable day for all who attend!

When talking about pregnancy, babies, children & families how can it not be wonderful!

Personally, it’s the highlight of my day when I get to meet a new customer who is expecting, and wanting to ensure that everything they are putting in, on & around their bodies is safe for their unborn child. It is of course a great reason to transition to a more natural way of living, but once my customers are introduced to the products we offer, it becomes a rolling snowball of excitement!  One that will have them wondering why they didn’t do this all sooner! When that same mother returns with their little bundle of bliss, I truly am thrilled for them and want to help in any way I can, with their continued personal healthy living journey now as a family. (Hence the reason for my ever expanding pregnancy & baby section!)

A showcase seemed like a great idea, as there really are so many amazing products from my manufacturers but I just don’t have the room in my little green store to showcase all of them!  I also firmly believe we learn and support each other best as a community, so bringing in some outside resources and experts is a wonderful addition to the event. Not to mention how wonderful it is being able  to put a face to the products we love,  and offer our ongoing support to these fabulous manufacturers!

Here is the presentation schedule:

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”http://www.fit4two.ca” target=”blank” ]Fit 4 Two Winnipeg[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]10:30 AM Presentation: “Prenatal & Postnatal Q & A” with Fit 4 Two Winnipeg Get all your questions on prenatal and postnatal fitness answered by Natalie Kulzycki, certified pre/postnatal fitness specialist, Fit 4 Two instructor and mom of 2. Fit 4 Two Winnipeg is a pre/postnatal fitness company offering 10 class types and more than 15 locations in Winnipeg. All instructors are certified specialists and make each class mom and baby friendly. [/box]

 

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tressa-Main-Health-Life-Coach/418149595012908″ target=”blank” ]Tressa Main Health & Life Coach[/button] [button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”http://manitobaharvest.com” target=”blank” ]Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]12:30 PM Presentation: Tressa Main Health & Life Coach & Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods: Talking about Nutrition during childbearing years, while nursing & for busy mom’s on the go! Tressa will show you easy ways to load up on the nutrients you need for optimal health & energy![/box]

[button color=”green” size=”medium” target=”blank” ]Birth Roots Doula Collective Inc.[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]2:00 PM Presentation: Birth Roots Doula Collective Inc. Birth Roots offers a comprehensive range of services for the childbearing year. Providing education, information and support to families in Winnipeg and the surrounding communities. These services include: Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Group and Private Prenatal Class options, Newborn classes, Hypno-Birthing classes, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Birth Pool Rentals and more. Visit our website to see our full range of options.[/box]

 

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”https://www.facebook.com/winnipegbabywearers” target=”blank” ]Winnipeg Baby Wearers[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]3:30 PM Presentation: Winnipeg Babywearers Learn the basics of babywearing! We will present an overview of several different styles of carriers available, where you can find them and how to make wearing your baby work on any budget. Also, find out more about what Winnipeg Babywearers group is all about![/box]

 

Manitoba manufacture’s that will be set up at the event are: (Click on name to be taken direct to their website)

Generation Green will also be showcasing some other great products such as:

***There will be lot’s of opportunities to win raffle tickets for our prize giveaways, earn first entry by clicking attending on our event page & then be sure to pick up a passport when you arrive for bonus tickets! You will also earn 5 Tickets for ever $20 you spend at the event! The prize packs are amazing!!! (Check out our facebook event page to see some of them!)

***We will have a lounge area for mom’s that need to feed babies (Furniture/Carpet donated by EQ3), as well as a coloring area for little ones where they will all have a chance to enter the coloring page for a prize draw!