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Better Choices , October 2007 -- Coffee, Tea... Fair Trade, Pumpkin Facial
October 25, 2007

Welcome to October 2007 Issue

What's In This Issue:

  • Explore Fair Trade
  • Coffee, Tea or ...Where To Buy Fair Trade
  • Share Your Best Natural Living Tips...Well, Maybe Not.
  • Try This Good For Your Skin Pumpkin Facial Mask
  • What's New On NLW.

  • Want To Know More
    About Fair Trade?

    This Is A Great Time To Check It Out.

    I hope this past month has been good for you but it seems to have flown by and fall has begun to settle in. Cooler temperatures have me thinking of hot tea and cocoa and since October is Fair Trade Month it's a great time to think about buying fair trade coffee, tea or chocolate.

    In honor of Fair Trade Month a few stores in my area have been highlighting their fair trade products. I have found it very helpful to be reminded of what's available. The biggest focus is on coffee, tea or chocolate but there are many different items available and the list is growing.

    Now is the perfect time to be thinking about where your next cup of hot tea or coffee might come from.

    My growing awareness of how my purchases can have so much impact has made me begin to shift as many purchases as I can toward green, fair trade and cruelty free. Yeah it's more work and I have to budget differently but once I have found companies and brands that I like it's not so bad and I can honestly say I have never enjoyed shopping as much.

    Shopping for fair trade items online usually involves purchasing from small companies and many of them tell stories. Stories about the growers or workers and what fair trade standards have meant to them and their communities, how it has helped them to bring themselves out of desperately poor situations or stories about how an area of the rain forest was saved by choosing to grow coffee beans in the shade of rain forest trees.

    Not just facts and statistics but glimpse's of reality that help us understand the impact of our purchases. You don't get that at the grocery store.

    If you have the time read the stories and information found on these websites that offer fair trade products. Stories of hope and possibility inspire and may have you wanting to be a part of this through your purchases.

    Maybe as cold weather hits more of us will be enjoying the benefits of a good cup of fair trade tea, coffee or cocoa with the added enjoyment of knowing we did a good thing.

    Now tell me doesn't that make shopping more of a pleasure?

    Where To Buy Fair Trade Coffee, Tea Or...

    No matter which company you buy from make sure and look for a fair trade logo which certifies your product is fair trade. The companies below also carry certified organic products.

    Each of the sites below have their own unique identity and provide some very interesting information on not only the best way to brew coffee or tea but also what's up with fair trade and shade grown crops.

  • Taylor Maid Farms offers coffee and tea from many different regions throughout the world. All loose leaf tea but they have little unbleached open ended bags making it easy for those who prefer bags to fill and brew loose leaf tea. Click here to go to
    Taylor Maid Farms

  • Kicking Horse Coffee carries mostly coffee which they roast and grind themselves and some tea bags all organic and fair trade certified. Nice clear informative descriptions of their coffee making it easier for you to find your next favorite brew. Check them out for yourself. Go to Kicking Horse Coffee

  • You will not forget your visit to this site with it's bright and colorful message to join the hip and cool and make your purchases matter. They offer organic, fair trade gourmet coffee, tea and chocolate along with other fair trade or eco friendly items. Interesting recipes using tea in some unexpected ways. Check out the Groovy Mind.

  • Only tea on this site but for the tea drinker it's a visual excursion into different teas, handcrafted tea ware and images of beautiful locales where tea is grown. Very descriptive info on tea brewing. Very nice selection and a majority of them are fair trade certified. It's well worth a visit to Rishi-Tea.

  • I haven't forgotten you chocolate lovers. For a nice selection from many different companies from assortments to bars and cocoas for drinking or baking look to Global Exchange the best resource for all kinds of fair trade products.

  • Locally look to health food stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joes or local retailers like Costco or Kroger. For a list of retailers which carry fair trade products look to Transfair USA

    Share Your Best Green Ideas...
    Well Maybe Not

    This is how I began this section last month:

    Do you have a favorite green company or product that you love? Or do you make your own natural skin care products?

    Whatever you do to make natural living more a part of your life share it with us. Maybe you're suggestions will help someone else.

    OK so that was my idea last month. Some things work out, some things don't and well for whatever reason that didn't work out.

    Well the offer is still open to anyone who would like to share your best tips, products or recipes. Just send them through this contact me form.

    Pumpkin On Your Face

    Before making pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread or waffles treat your skin to a vitamin rich pumpkin mask for your complexion.

    Pumpkin is loaded with vitamins A, B and C and antioxidants. It also contains enzymes to help dissolve dead skin cells, this helps those vitamins to be absorbed, and helps soothe and soften the skin. Everything points to pumpkin as good for all skin types . If concerned always do a patch test prior to using any unfamiliar ingredients.

    This easy recipe can be easily modified for your needs.

    2 tsp pumpkin puree
    1/2 tsp agave nectar or honey
    1/4 tsp milk, soy, almond, regular or
    for dry skin-1/4 tsp olive oil or
    for oily skin-1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar.

    Apply to clean skin and relax for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.

    For a Pumpkin Hand Scrub.

    1 Tb pumpkin puree
    1 Tb coarse sugar or brown sugar

    Gently rub this mixture into the skin on your hands and elbows. Rinse and use moisturizer.

    If you enjoy eating things made with pumpkin these skin care treatments will really get you in the mood. Now get busy and cook up the rest of that pumpkin.

    Prefer something already made up consider these two sources:

    Pumpkin Enzyme Facial Cleanser and Masque from Ladies Blend

    Pumpkin Lift Face Mask from Sumbody

    New Additions to NLW Website

  • A new section began this month to explore our options for eco jewelry. Beautiful jewelry may have an ugly background. Learn what options we have available as this section grows from conflict free gems to dirty gold. Check out eco jewelry

  • Titanium dioxide is in mineral makeup, sunscreen and other products but how safe is it? This article reprinted by permission from the Organic Makeup Co while long is very thorough and should provide information for those concerned about titanium dioxide

    Well, that's all for this month. Until next time. Have a great month.

    Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I won't know unless you tell me. I'd love to hear what you think. Just reply to this e-zine and let me know. If you like this e-zine and think a friend will too, do me a favor and pass it on.

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