Linda Kelly

Linda Kelly

If you’re in the Pine Island, Florida area, plan a side trip to the Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery, a unique destination specializing in Fair Trade, local artwork, and handmade items and gifts. Open Wednesdays – Sundays from 10am - 4pm, Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery hosts a full calendar of fall events for you to enjoy. October is Fair Trade Month, so join Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery in "A Taste of Fair Trade!" on Saturday, October 22nd. Learn how fair trade is making a difference in the world. On Sunday, November 6th, from 1 – 3 p.m., Earth & Spirit Garden Gallery will be the host of the second annual “organic high tea” fashion show on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. What makes this gathering so unique is the fun twist to this high brow affair. The “high tea” will include tea sandwiches, tasty breads and dessert made from all organic ingredients and organic fair trade tea from Equal Exchange. The setting will be the pristine outdoor space of the garden gallery and the facilitator of the event will be the main designer - Deb Z. A silent auction will be held during the tea with items donated from island artists, restaurants, and destinations with proceeds going to Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT). Deb Z is the artist/designer and owner of Zwear Fashions. Her distinctive work is with hand-painted designs on washable silks. The fashion show will feature her scarves, capes, jackets, and other accessories. Other local artisans jewelry, accessories, and designs will also be featured in the show. Join us for a spirit-filled afternoon of women supporting women.  Call 239-282-1025 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to make your reservation for the organic high tea fashion show. Earth & Spirit’s Green Flea Market is held the first Saturday of the month from October to April. The Green Flea Market features fresh mango smoothies, live music, and lots of Pine Island down to earth fun.  Island yoga classes are offered every Thursday morning from 10-11:30 a.m. This year to celebrate the "Creative Coast Weekends" on Pine Island, Earth & Spirit will host Artists in the Garden. On the second Saturday of each month beginning in November, the artists and crafters represented in the gallery will be setting up displays and demonstrations of their work throughout the grounds. Come and enjoy meeting the local creative souls at Earth & Spirit.  Earth & Spirit includes a nursery and organic herb garden, a gift shop, and offers landscaping services, specializing in colorful water-features, outdoor metal sculptures, bamboo trellis, and butterfly gardens.  The pavilion is available for event rentals, for weddings, meetings, and gatherings with meaning.  Earth & Spirit keeps an environmental focus by taking a number of steps to minimize their contribution to global climate change, like offering exclusively organic teas, greener packaging, eco-shipping options, using green energy, and supporting the projects and mission of Carbonfund.org as a CarbonFree® Small Business Partner.
Go west, young man! But do it with style. Meet Destination St. Louis, a full-service destination management and convention services company with 21 years experience serving visitors to St. Louis, specializing in complete event management, transportation logistics, custom tour programs, registration and more. When you work with Destination St. Louis, you select a dedicated team of professionals willing to give you the best in personalized service. Whether it’s an event for 500 at the Gateway Arch, a city-wide shuttle system or a tour program, their flexible, knowledgeable staff is always responsive to your changing needs. As experts in serving the St. Louis Metro area, Destination St. Louis can ensure that your group’s visit will be one they remember for years to come. Your guests’ first impression of a city can be a lasting one. Personalized meet and greet services at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, or other area airfields, will make the transfer to the hotel easy and comfortable. Whether you are planning transportation service for an individual VIP or a convention of thousands, Destination St. Louis meets the unique needs of your organization. Destination St. Louis is proud to provide carbon neutral shuttles for their clients. Fuel consumption will be calculated for each shuttle and an appropriate amount of carbon offsets — re-forestation, renewable energy credits or energy efficiency — will be selected by the client and offset through Carbonfund.org. Additionally, Destination St. Louis’ motorcoach affiliates have many “green” policies in place. They currently recycle all used oil, batteries, tires, antifreeze and transmission fluid. In addition they also recycle any used cans, bottles and paper products. All motorcoaches have a no idling policy that has been enforced for over two years. All vehicles are not allowed to idle their coaches for longer than 15 minutes. Additionally, their transportation companies use low-volume water sprayers and environmentally-friendly detergents to clean their vehicles. And let Destination St. Louis’ award-winning team plan your next event! From site selection to theme development, decor, menu, and entertainment, they provide imaginative solutions that are within your budget. From conception to reality, Destination St. Louis can help assure your event is the one they talk about for years! Destination St. Louis provides complete, customized tours that accommodate your group’s diverse interests. The rich cultural heritage of St. Louis and the surrounding area allows us to create tours that offer something for everyone. Spouse programs, tours and luncheons can be arranged at the finest locations St. Louis offers, from historic homes to world-class cultural attractions. So plan your next program in the Gateway to the West and let the team at Destination St. Louis make it the trip of a lifetime.
Looking for an eco-friendly way to spruce up your spring wardrobe? Check out the clean, simple yet sophisticated designs at Annie & Jade by Annie Le. Inspired by the everyday girl and the classic "girl's night out," the philosophy of designer Annie Le is that every woman has at least two sides to her, so why not share both with the world? From everyday casual to a fabulous cocktail or evening dress, Annie & Jade by Annie Le strives to capture the full complexities of the contemporary woman while speaking to her eco-intelligence with the use of natural, organic, recycled and fair trade fabrics. It’s a line that speaks to a woman's spirit, her confidence, her power and sophisticated lifestyle while retaining relevance and ease. It's not about what's trendy; it's about what makes you feel like a woman. Vietnamese-American fashion designer Annie Le began her career in fashion as a young girl learning to sew by her mother's side, sketching designs, sewing, and as she grew older, sporting the latest trends and styles. Although fashion was always a major force in Annie's life, she pursued a Master's degree program in Integrated Marketing Communications and entered a career in advertising as an account executive for some of the most notable advertising agencies in Southern California.  With fashion never far from her mind, Annie opened a small t-shirt clothing company in 2007, achieving mild success. This venture in the fashion industry gave her a taste of what she was capable of accomplishing and started her on the path of becoming a successful fashion designer. Annie's design aesthetics are quite simple. Creating clothes for women that rely on clean designs with strong silhouettes and construction, Annie ultimately designs clothes that compliment the female form. As Annie describes her philosophy on designing, "I want to make clothing that my female friends and family members would feel comfortable and confident wearing. But just as important, I want to bring the eco-luxury element into my clothing, offering the contemporary customer a green option for day and evening luxury." Anne Le uses eco-friendly (including recycled), organic and natural fabrics. These fabrics are sustainable and cause less harm to the environment. “Because the fabrics are eco-friendly and made of natural fibers, there is a superior level of comfort. The clothing is breathable, feels good against a woman’s skin, and is made to show off her curves,” confirmed Le. Read on to learn more about the fabrics they use and how this strengthens their commitment to the environment.  Annie Le extends her environmental commitment to partnering with Carbonfund.org in order to invest in projects today that are essential to solving the climate crisis. Check out the Spring Collection Look Book for some great new styles, inspired by the promise of springtime and sunshine.  And get 15% off when you pre-order from the Spring '11 Collection and enter Promo Code  PREORDER11 Visit http://shop.annieandjade.com/ to shop today, and watch for Annie Le's styles in boutiques and small chain stores throughout Southern California, as well as many online shopping sites soon.
Yearning for yarn of pure quality and a wide variety of colors and texture?  Ecobutterfly Organic's mission is to provide knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers with a very "green" and high quality source for all kinds of certified organic cotton yarn, hemp and fiber, with a vital focus on vegan and Fair Trade products. They also provide arts and crafts accessories, including knitting needles, beautiful recycled glass buttons and more, that are strictly eco-organic and/or recycled only. Ecobutterfly started as an offshoot to a knit shop that was started by Stephanie Schiff’s grandmother in 1955.  Bea's Knit Shop has been a cornerstone in the knitting community of Los Angeles for over 50 years, and Stephanie ran the business with her grandmother starting in 1988 until her grandmother Bea passed away in 1997. “I learned so much from her and I cherish everything she passed on to me. She was the best and I miss her more than anyone,” says Stephanie. Stephanie’s love for organics, vegetarianism and 30 years of learning the knitting craft from her grandmother was a perfect combination for her business path. She knew that she wanted to carry organic cotton yarns and other natural items, and she wanted to make sure that she could find sources for certified organics and Fair Trade goods when possible. She made the decision never to offer highly chemical processed synthetic rayon yarns just because they are made from natural fibers such as bamboo, soy, corn, tencel, banana, etc. These natural fibers are made into a chemical soup and extruded like spaghetti to make the silky "rayon" yarns – not an eco-friendly result. All of the cotton yarn they sell are organic, using no chemicals or pesticides to grow the cotton and no chemical processes used on the raw picked cotton to the finished yarn product. The yarns are very soft and wash very well. The “color grown” yarns often get deeper in color with hot water and machine drying, while most conventional dyes fade over time. For example, their Peruvian Mariposa certified organic and Fair Trade cotton yarn is a roving yarn core wrapped with fine threads for a fantasy texture. This organic cotton yarn is not only hand brushed, rustic and very soft, but hand harvested and wood vat dyed by hand with organic eco-friendly dyes in 28 naturally-derived, vegetable-based colors. Small variations in color may result from the artisanal process which adds to the beauty and uniqueness of this yarn. The Ecobutterfly Organics web site is powered by the wind and sun, and they contribute to Carbonfund for offsets to help reforestation projects. And their environmentally friendly business practices didn't stop there. Customer service is a high priority, and all orders are sent out the same or the next business day unless otherwise specified. Ecobutterfly insists on reusing packaging with the highest percentage of post consumer recycled paper and shipping materials available, as well as 100% Non-GMO (NO corn PLA), sustainable and biodegradable cellulose in place of plastic. They keep unnecessary paperwork for shipped orders down to a minimum, and all information is sent via e-mail for customers' records. Stephanie dedicates the Ecobutterfly Organics website to the memory of her Grandma Bea, and we join her in saying “Thank you, Grandma Bea, for your beautiful inspiration.” Visit her website to plan your next handicrafts project and be inspired by her legacy.
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:26

Every Day is Earth Day at Marstel-Day

At Marstel-Day, LLC, new employees sign an agreement, as part of their offer letter, to keep Earth Day as a “set-aside” day each year, reserved for company-sponsored environmental service events in their community. It might sound a little unorthodox, but for this Virginia-based environmental consulting firm, it’s just business as usual. With Earth Day swiftly approaching, members of the Virginia offices are gearing up for projects that include lending a hand to Tree Fredericksburg in their efforts to reforest Fredericksburg’s urban areas and parks, helping out the non-profit Downtown Greens at their community park,  and also sponsoring other Earth Day events in the community.  Over on the west coast in Oakland, California, office-wide projects include participating in a cleanup of Lake Merritt, as well as tree-planting and native gardening projects. Each year since the company’s inception in 2002, Marstel-Day employees have participated in a wide variety of Earth Day activities, such as building rain barrels, planting trees, installing native plant gardens, and working in local gardens in the communities surrounding their office locations. Marstel-Day is a woman-owned, HUBZone certified small business founded by company President and Harvard-educated entrepreneur Rebecca R. Rubin to further the protection, enhancement and preservation of natural resources. Marstel-Day is an idea-driven, value-based environmental company providing sustainability consulting to the public and private sector. “Our goal is to identify, adopt, and promote progressive environmental standards and practices that demonstrate our commitment to sustainable energy, natural resource conservation, habitat and open space protection, and overall environmental excellence, and to incorporate this knowledge and information into the advice we provide to our clients,” said Rebecca. The consultants at Marstel-Day provide clients with concepts, strategies and plans of action for landscape-scale conservation of natural resources, climate adaptation plans, ecosystem services, energy planning and “net zero” strategies, water security, smart growth and transportation, and the management of issues relating to encroachment pressures on government lands, open space and habitat. Their track record of award-winning performance demonstrates the consistent excellent results they achieve for their clients. The firm incorporates climate adaptation and ecosystem services into most of its studies and analyses.  Marstel-Day assists federal agencies, local governments, and private companies realize the ways in which ecosystem services save costs and help meet their federally mandated climate adaptation objectives. Internally, the company is devoted to “greening” practices. In addition to the Earth Day service requirement, Marstel-Day manages its own recycling, practices composting throughout the warmer months, and has installed a native plant garden.  Marstel-Day also partners with Carbonfund.org to offset its office energy usage and employee business travel emissions.  A firm that that truly “walks the walk” on Earth Day and every day, Marstel-Day is the consulting firm of choice for eco-conscious companies seeking the best in environmental advice.
True Liberty® Bags provides all-purpose home and garden bags and accessories to any type of gardener or homemaker. With the smell-proof and freezer-to-heat safe bag material, which upholds to water, grease, oil, and fat, these bags are extremely versatile.True Liberty® Bags are produced from FDA-approved food-grade, absolutely BPA-free material, and are all made in the USA.  In the kitchen, Liberty Bags are perfect for use with baked goods, bulk foods, herbs, meats and produce. You can bake, boil, freeze, microwave, line your rice/slow cooker, or contain spoiled food odors. In the garden, Liberty Bags are great for seed germination, plant pollination, fertilizer or pesticide storage, plant protection from pests or extreme weather, and storage of harvested crops. True Liberty® values serving a grassroots community of advocates and businesses who share a ‘think global and act local’ mindset. From the purchasing of supplies, to the shipping of products, True Liberty® is constantly making eco-friendly decisions. True Liberty’s office, warehouse, shipping, and website are carbon-neutral through an emissions offsetting program with Carbonfund.org. Being carbon-neutral is another way to demonstrate a commitment to reducing environmental impact, and enables customers to share in that commitment. True Liberty® also uses UPS Carbon Neutral shipping for all product shipments, and uses digital files rather than paper whenever possible for administrative functions. This choice saves on time, space, energy, and other natural resources, especially trees! All brochures and media documents are made from recycled paper content as much as possible, and products are packaged in Forest Stewardship Council-approved paper-board boxes that are printed using soy-based ink. Discover what commercial organic farmers, food storage experts, and hobby veggie growers are using to keep their foods fresh, healthy, and delicious, with all the aroma and flavor locked right in!  Shop online today for your supply of eco-conscious and versatile True Liberty® Bags.  
Here’s a inspiring concept for the new year – a consumer finance company that is committed to its customers and to the environment! Euroloan Consumer Finance OYJ, based in Helsinki, Finland, provides instant consumer credit to customers throughout Europe. The company is an innovative market leader with a vision to be the most valuable service provider in the instant consumer finance business in Europe. The company’s business model provides a fully automated, web-based service that improves the loan process and offers customers the possibility to choose their own payment plan. Euroloan has been very successful in establishing and expanding its market position, with services currently available in 38 European countries. The management and personnel of Euroloan Consumer Finance Oyj are committed to protecting the environment, and they “walk the walk” in the following ways:
  • Minimize travel and maximize the efficient use of electronic communication
  • Use public transportation as much as possible
  • Reuse, save and recycle and use environmentally friendly  supplies
  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water
  • Allocate money from each product sold for environmental protection
As an extra step, Euroloan has committed to donate $1 to Carbonfund.org for every ten loans granted to support environmentally-beneficial projects, including planting trees in deforested areas of the world. “We have found this complements our endeavour for a better environment and hope other companies will follow,” a bold stride and part of the Euroloan  environmental commitment.  Indeed – we at Carbonfund.org agree with our friends at Euroloan. If we all “walk the walk,” our efforts will have a significant collective impact on improving the health of our environment.
In a world that is increasingly interrelated, the Compton Foundation seeks to foster human and ecological security by addressing contemporary threats to these inalienable rights. The foundation supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology, both personal and global, allowing for the full richness of human experience. The Foundation envisions a world in which humans live in harmony with each other, and in sustainable balance with the earth. Dorothy and Randolph Compton believed that world peace would only be possible if the conditions that brought about war could be eliminated. As a result they focused their funding on the problems of the rapid growth of the human population, the depletion of natural resources due to population growth and increasing consumption levels, the accompanying degradation of the environment, and the chaotic status of human rights in much of the world. Dorothy and Randolph’s vision is still alive today and still very much a part of the Foundation’s legacy. Times have changed and the Foundation recognizes new approaches and new problems, but it continues to honor the Founders’ ideas and values and the world challenges they met with such passion. In its Environment and Sustainability grantmaking, the Compton Foundation seeks a balanced and healthy relationship between humans, other life, and the planet. The Foundation believes it is possible to pursue a holistic and sustainable vision that blends concern for environmental conservation and economic viability, links urban and rural priorities, supports land and water health, and views humans as one part of the natural world. The Foundation has chosen three focus areas in which to make a meaningful contribution to realizing this vision in the United States: I. Advancing ecologically healthy, economically sustainable, and socially just visions for the care and use of fresh water; II. Promoting community-based strategies to support healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities; III. Reducing the US contribution to global climate change. The Compton Foundation’s internal Environmental and Social Sustainability Policies address many areas that ensure that the Foundation, its work and its staff are living the same mission as the Foundation espouses. Public transit costs for commuting staff are subsidized, flexible work hours are encouraged so that staff can avoid traffic congestion, and the Foundation applies carbon offsets to all Foundation related air travel by staff, Board members, guest speakers and Compton Fellows. The Carbonfund.org Foundation is proud to partner with the Compton Foundation to help them reach their goal of achieving no net emissions related to the Foundation’s travel. The Foundation actively votes its proxies for environmentally and socially responsible corporate policies, and it maintains at least 85% of the Compton Foundation endowment in environmentally and socially screened investments. As shareholders, the Foundation co-signs letters to corporate management requesting more environmentally sustainable practices. And in their offices, Compton Foundation staff use 100% post-consumer recycled paper, re-use paper whenever possible, buy local, organic (or pesticide-free), and fair-trade foods, buy sustainably-produced office supplies, and purchase 100% biodegradable and non-toxic cleaning supplies. The Foundation subsidizes up to five days of paid volunteer activity at a nonprofit organization for each staff member every year, matches on a 2:1 basis charitable contributions of $100 or more made by staff and Board members, up to a total of $9,000 per person per year. The Foundation will continue to be a partner with all working for a positive future. Over the next three years, The Compton Foundation will maintain or increase the level of grant dollars that support policy, advocacy, and organizing and underserved communities. The Foundation takes its role as private trustee of the public benefit very seriously and as such will do its part to support people working for democratic, positive social change.
Thursday, 23 June 2011 22:50

Clean Skin for a Radiant Life from LATHER

Need a better�skin care regime this summer?� Since LATHER�s inception in 1999, their goal has been to inspire a healthier, more radiant life. By taking a holistic approach to skin care, placing focus on sourcing natural ingredients and essential oils, as well as drawing upon the benefits of aromatherapy, LATHER provides high quality products that care for the skin as well as the mind. What started in 1999 as a small line of pure olive-oil-based soaps quickly grew into a comprehensive collection of exfoliating body scrubs, hydrating body cr�mes, results-oriented facial treatments, soothing bath gels, and aromatherapy candles. LATHER’s mission is to offer a superior skin care experience by creating products using only the highest quality, effective natural ingredients, and providing exceptional services that not only treat the skin but educate the consumer. What continues to make LATHER stand apart from other companies is a dedication to finding and cultivating only the finest ingredients. LATHER has always maintained, “It’s what’s inside that counts,” using only pure essential oils, vitamins and antioxidants, and rare fruits and herbs – and never using synthetic fragrances or colors. LATHER may go to the ends of the earth to source ingredients, but packaging is kept clean and simple. They believe that what goes IN the bottle remains more important than what goes ON it. To further simplify, their sample packs, shopping bags, and gift cards are all comprised of 100% post-consumer recycled materials. Additionally, customers can return empty LATHER containers to stores to receive 10% off their next purchase. LATHER maintains a commitment to cruelty-free beauty. LATHER is a proud member of PETA and does not test products on animals nor works with labs that do.  As LATHER brand continues to grow, they aim to take this “holistic” vision to a higher level, seeking out opportunities to give back to the community, educate customers, sustain the environment, and support endeavors that help others lead a more radiant life. For years, LATHER has worked to reduce their environmental footprint, initiating in-store recycling programs, using renewable resources, and offsetting carbon emissions. LATHER has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the carbon footprint of their corporate office, and to donate to worldwide reforestation projects. Going one step further, LATHER has begun transitioning all packaging – from bottles to tubes to jars – to biodegradable plastic. And what exactly do the folks at LATHER mean by “biodegradable plastic”? To say something “biodegrades” means it’s metabolized by microbes, and microbes will eat just about anything — except for plastic. That’s why plastic can last 1,000 years or longer in the landfill. It’s great for packaging products but bad for the environment. LATHER blends an FDA-approved, non-toxic additive called EcoPure into their containers. In short, EcoPure is an organic compound that, when added in small amounts, makes plastic attractive to microbes and enhances its biodegradation in a typical landfill. To help you put your best face forward this summer, check out LATHER’s website and stores for the best in holistic skin care, summer beauty tips and even natural insect repellants.
Heidi Lovig is madly and passionately in love with food, a fanatic about farm-to-table dining, sustainability, seasonal menus, and local, local, local. She honed her vegan chef skills during her time living on the Big Island of Hawaii in a sustainable community where she managed an eco hostel and farm. She was introduced to the spiritual side of veganism including elements of Jainism and the ethics of kindness. Through these practices and beliefs, she developed a deeper connection to the ingredients she uses to create in her art form. Heidi Ho Organics is a new plant-based vegan food company established in 2010 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The creative minds behind Heidi Ho Organics have created a range of plant-based vegan cheeze products that are made from all natural, organic ingredients without any additives, fillers or preservatives. Their initial product line includes four cheezes, including a soy-based feta and hazelnut-based Chipotle Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, and Monterey Jack, and Heidi Ho Organics is already in the process of developing additional cheeze varieties, spreads and other delicious foods. Their mission is to produce local organic vegan products inspired by their customers, their families and their community. Their vision is to become an employee owned company, with their families leading to stimulate local economies around the globe, to bridge the bond between farmers and food, ultimately strengthening communities, by pioneering the new path for food production and distribution with our planet in mind. As a self proclaimed foodie, Heidi moved to Portland a few years back and began her training at Le Cordon Bleu to obtain her degree in Culinary Arts. She focused on local, organic, and sustainable practices throughout her education. Her focus turned toward the environmental issues humans have created due to our food supply structures and the current systems of distribution. Heidi has been studying food for several years and is committed to ensuring Heidi Ho Organics is a part of the solution. Lyssa Story is "the Boss" at Heidi Ho Organics. She basically runs the show and is the brains behind every facet of its operations. Lyssa is responsible for the money, the organization, and for keeping Heidi from floating away in her dreamy cloud of creativity. Lyssa has an extensive background in the food and beverage industry. She relocated to Oregon from Arizona to attend the Western Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu, where she received an Associate's degree in Occupational Studies – Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Lyssa was raised on the standard American diet. Over time, her health was jeopardized and at 22 years old she began a plant based and whole foods diet. She wasn't surprised to find nutrition was the culprit of her issues, at which point she was drawn to veganism. Lyssa's health has improved immensely, and she continues her education in plant-based health and nutrition. And the rave reviews are pouring in! The Portland Farmers Market Blog says: “For vegans there have been relatively few tasty options in the world of cheeze, but that has all changed with Heidi Ho’s amazing initial run of four delicious non-dairy cheezes: Feta, Monterey Jack, Chipotle Cheddar and Smoked Gouda. These amazing products pack a powerful flavor and creamy texture, easily rating as one of the best on the market!” And coming soon are Swiss, Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Cheddar, Stout Cheddar, Blue Cheeze Crumbles, Brie, and Ricotta cheezes.  Find Heidi Ho cheezes at the Fight Fight Grocery, Jazzkat’s Coffee Bar, the PSU Farmers Market and the Pioneers Place Farmers Market, all in Portland.
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