Woobamboo Bamboo Toothbrush

by Courtney on May 16, 2014 · 0 comments

Recycling what you can is a great practice to get into. But what if the products didn’t need to be recycled because it is sustainable and made from organic matter? So it will eventually breakdown on it’s own, which is even better. Just remove the bristles and toss the handle into your compost pile. As the bristles are plastic they won’t breakdown in your compost. That is what Woobamaboo is great for, biodegradable bamboo handles help to make this toothbrush sustainably organically grown and antimicrobial.

Just like cutting boards which are made from bamboo, this handle is naturally low porous, so that helps with keeping bacteria at bay and away from your mouth. I was happy that this brush acted just as any other toothbrush would, but has an added “green” factor to it, to help the earth at the same time. They only thing that I noticed was that the handle seemed to dry out as I used it. It wasn’t as dark in color and softness as when I first started using it. However I think my hard water is likely the culprit. Perhaps some coconut oil could help hydrate it, but really that is with any bamboo product to keep it oiled. Though the handle being drier than it was out of the package didn’t affect the use of the toothbrush.

These brushes come in soft bristles and kid “sprout” travel sizes too. Medium and super soft bristles are available too, but dentist recommend using the soft uses. Not sure if Woobamboo is for you? Click here to request a sample toothbrush for free and you definitely should. For large orders or companies who request it, they also have custom laser logo engraving available.

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Tortilla chips have always been my choice of snack chip over potato chip, though sweet potato chips have come in a close second as of lately. So I was eager to try Food Should Taste Good’s All Natural Kettle Corn Tortilla Chips. Now don’t make the mistake as I did at first by thinking these chips are kettle cooked, as in extra crunchy thick chips. Instead of what they really are, salty and sweet chips, kettle corn-like kettle popcorn.

With all natural ingredients, all of which are easily pronounceable, including stone ground corn, toasted corn germ, cane sugar and sea salt. Though sugar being nearly the last ingredient, I found that they were very sugary. At least for me, a little sugar goes a long way. Perhaps for me it was just too much. So I thought if there was too much sugar, I could add some saltiness to balance it out more for my taste buds. I decided to turn these chips into my own funky nachos. I melted some monterey jack cheese over them and it helped so much to make them more enjoyable for my taste buds.

If you’re all about sugar and sweetness, by all means add nothing and enjoy. But if you need a little less sugar, try to fancy them up with some toppings or dips. The natural ingredients make for a healthier tortilla chip.

Check out my other review for Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips here.

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Though this soap is not organic, it is all natural and made from 4 simple ingredients. None of which are palm oil. Chandler Farm is big proponent of 100% palm oil free products, as harvesting palm oil threatens now endangered Orangutans in Indonesia. Since the palm oil is harvested usually in unsustainable ways, there is not enough palm fruit for the Orangutans to eat.

What I think is great is that each product is named after an actual Orangutan, each of these animals has been retired from the entertainment industry by Chandler Farm. I got the chance to try out “Popi’s” Pomegranate Soap.

Though the scent wasn’t overpowering , I’m sure I would have classified it as pomegranate. Seeing as how none of the 4 ingredients are products of pomegranate, I suppose using grapefruit and sweet orange oil extracts is how they are creating the scent, meant to smell like pomegranate. I think they should rename it a citrus blend scent instead.

Unlike traditional soaps, which are much more like detergents with their foaming abilities, the foaming of this soap seems to dwindle as you use it. At least that was my experience, used in combination with a washcloth; most of the suds ran out before I was done. No matter how much I created suds. Though we know suds do not equal being clean necessarily, but I did not find it pleasant to end up washing with a wet non-soapy washcloth in the end.

I usually like to slice up artisan soaps since sometimes as a whole they end up becoming too slimy after being in the shower a while. I tried to do that with this soap, but really it made the foaming even more troublesome. So don’t cut this smaller, but do buy this to help the Orangutans. As well as those who may have been exploited in the entertainment industry and those in the wild, who are being forced out of their home by man-made destruction. For a full line of their bath products and other ways you can help the Orangutans, check out their website.

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Chocolate is a great treat and certain kinds can be healthy as far as antioxidants. I’m not too much of a fan of bitter (usually dark) chocolate, I like mine to be sweet. So maybe that is why I’m not a fan whatsoever of this 100% raw organic chocolate from Agami.

As a treat to snack on, as you might a Hershey’s bar, this bar isn’t for that. Though I haven’t cooked or baked with this. Perhaps it’s better by being masked with other flavors, but by its self it is horrible. To me there are other chocolate bars that are way better, don’t waste your time on this one.

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I was very excited to receive a box of sweet potato chips from Food Should Taste Good (FSTG), as I have been enjoying sweet potatoes as a dinner element much more than white potatoes, so these kettle cooked sweet potato chips are right up my alley. FSTG offers them in original, barbeque, salt and pepper, salt and vinegar and ancho chile. Unfortunately I wasn’t sent the original or ancho chile but I’m sure they are fantastic.

Now before I get started with my thoughts on these flavors, I must share full disclosure. I have a thing against barbeque flavored chips, always have since high school and probably always will. Bad experiences with barbeque flavored chips have lead the way for me to steer clear ever since. However, that is not to say that I wasn’t willing to give them a try. I did try them, I had some and for what they were they are good. If you enjoy barbeque chips, you will enjoy these, for sure.

Salt & Vinegar are just tangy enough to keep your taste buds on their toes. With their slightly bitter salty coating they make for a great seasoned chip. The kettle cooked style help create the great crunch to add to the flavor. They are really great on their own because of their seasoning, but also pair really well with dips. Greek yogurt instead of sour cream is my choice.

Just as the Salt & Vinegar chips are flavorful on it’s own. The Salt & Pepper chips are just the same and just as fantastic. I love the little punch of spice from the pepper! It’s not too much pepper, as you only really start to taste it after having several chips in a row.

All of these chips are gluten-free and have a minimal amount of ingredients. All of which are easily known as your common kitchen ingredients, except for the malodextrin and natural flavor. Wishing they disclosed what exactly their “natural flavor” was. Though malodextrin may not be the healthiest thing to ingest, at least it is commonly made from rice, corn or potato starch. Thankfully since these chips are gluten free, the malodextrin hasn’t been made from barely or wheat, which it sometimes can be.

Overall, these Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips certainly do taste good! Watch out for more reviews of their products soon, including All Natural Kettle Corn Tortilla Chips and their new Pita Puffs.

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NYC Green Fest Recap: Part 2

by Courtney on May 2, 2014 · 2 comments

Here is part two of my NYC Green Fest Recap, to see part one of my review click here.

Three Blue Birds
Similar to Skoy Cloths, these Swedish dishcloths are hygienic than sponges and save a ton of paper towels. Since they are way thinner than traditional sponges they will dry quicker and contain less bacteria. Printed with environmentally water based inks in a variety of wonderful designs of colors.

Emmy’s

Emmy’s non-GMO Buckwheat Super Cereal isn’t what attracted me to their booth, but it’s what made me want to keep stopping by to snatch up more samples of it. Puffed buckwheat is crunchy like granola but without the fear of coming across a rock solid piece that could possibly take out a tooth. It was really wonderful and something I wouldn’t have considered for breakfast, mainly only for salty meals.

Non-GMO project certified macaroons and macaroon minis are what caught my eye. I tried the coconut vanilla minis and found that you could easily eat an entire package in one sitting if you weren’t careful. Perhaps the regular size macaroons help better with portion control since there’s only 3 per bag. They are vegan, gluten free and raw, besides being wonderfully tasty!

Nuwi Smart Fuel Quinoa Snack
They created a quinoa smoothie drink. Though the organic quinoa is ground up, you still get the nutrition along with a fruit or veggie that has been added as well. The banana was good and the blueberry was a pleasant type of bitter. These pre-portioned bottles are a great idea for a fresh drink. Check out all their fruit and veggie flavors.

Remember Me Green

Reusing vinyl billboards to create new products isn’t a new concept to me. As I’ve come across companies that have a love for repurposing these products and applaud their choice to do so. However Remember Me Green in different! The billboards they use to create their products come directly from those that are used in Times Square. For those not living near the Big Apple, being able to own a product that in a previous life was hanging up for thousands of people to see is a pretty neat thing.

What is even more unique about the products is that each one comes with an imprint of the longitude and latitude location of where the billboard come from (Times Square). I thought that was a nifty reminder of it’s roots. As there are one-of-a-kind bags, they are a bit on the high end pricing side. However, made with quality materials, such as the leather upper and strap for the crossbody bag it just might be worth the higher price tag.

All of these companies were wonderful and I hope to provide even more details about them with a full review in the future of their products. Check them out and see if they are for you too.

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NYC Green Fest Recap: Part 1

by Courtney on April 30, 2014 · 1 comment

On Saturday I attended the Green Festival in New York City for the second year in a row. However, this time it was moved to Pier 94 as to not interfere with the NYC Auto Show at the Javitz Center, where this event was last year. I’m glad they did move it to a new location because this year it seemed as though there were so many more vendors than last year, in a larger space. Thus there were so many more opportunities to find unique green products. I’m going to share some of the companies that were great, which I will hopefully have full reviews of their products soon to come.

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet & Vegenaise
I’ve already reviewed vegan cheese alternatives, such as Daiya brand. It was wonderful to cook with, so was Vegan Gourmet’s cheese shreads for grilled cheeses. They also have vegan mayonnaise, Vegenaise and Vegenaise gourmet pesto. All three of these products are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO project certified, soy free, cholesterol and kosher. They even make salad dressing too!


Bold Organics

They offer organic and gluten free frozen pizzas, include vegan and veggie lovers pizzas too. The vegan and veggie pizzas are totally vegan and uses vegan cheese from Vegan Gourmet (see above). Bold Organics sets out to create a pizza that tastes like real pizza and I’m excited to try out their pizzas to see if it’s true.

Cedar Lakes Bakers
Artisanal vegan and organic cookies are what Cedar Lake Bakers specialize in. They are cookies that don’t taste as though they are lacking anything even though they are vegan. The peanut butter cookies was soft and melted in your mouth. On the other hand, the dark chocolate cookie was crunchy and crumbly. I’m a sucker for soft cookies so I preferred the soft peanut butter cookie best. They also offer chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and dark chocolate cherry cookies too.

Element Rice and Corn Cakes
Created in Italy, these rice and corn cakes are a sweet treat with a minimal amount of ingredients. They are all gluten free, non-GMO, no trans fat, preservatives or artificial flavors. The rice or corn cakes have a thin layer of chocolate, sweet orange or strawberry “frosting.” The sweet orange flavor was my favorite, light and airy as you ate it. As expected the dark chocolate was bitter, it wasn’t bad but dark chocolate isn’t my thing. Check out these easy to eat vegan snacks.

I will have part two of my recap posted on Friday, with a bunch more fantastic companies to share will you all. Did you attend the NYC Green Fest or any of the other cities? Washington, D.C. or San Fransisco? What did you like best?

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Cocoze Sandals

April 28, 2014

Products that are sustainable are amazing and it seems as though there are still not enough of them, but we are one step closer with Cocoze Sandals. They are made from coconut husks and completely compostable, except for the straps. I had never heard of such sandals, but that’s because they are one of a […]

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Wednesday Goodies

April 2, 2014

Happy mid-week! I’ve got a few more cute items to share with you. Though I haven’t tried any of these yet, they have all piqued my interest. Refillable K-Cups Single-serve coffee makers have certainly become the easiest way to have a freshly brewed cup of coffee, made just right. But what about all of those […]

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