Wednesday, 11 May 2011 13:15
Our friends at blissmo would like to help Carbonfund.org plant 500 trees by June 30! Starting now, blissmo will plant one tree through Carbonfund.org for every 10 new Facebook Likes. What is blissmo? blissmo is a daily deal site for exceptional organic & eco friendly products at up to 70% off. They work to cut through the “green washing” out there and find high quality, well-loved products & services that are either certified as organic or eco-friendly, or that have a people & planet positive approach in the DNA of the business. They then negotiate compelling discounts and offer these products & services to their users by email. So, go ahead – use the box below to Like them on Facebook. You can also go to their Facebook page to see what they are all about and how they're helping Carbonfund.org plant trees.
Friday, 04 February 2011 10:22
Demerara sugar is a type of unrefined sugar with a large light amber grain. Crystallized from the initial pressing of sugar cane (as opposed to sugar beets), the minimal processing gives demerara sugar a unique flavor and crunchy texture. Because demerara sugar is less refined than traditional sugar, it has a rich, creamy, almost caramel like flavor which enhances just about anything you use it in. The large grains also remain crunchy through cooking, which makes demerara sugar a great choice to sprinkle on pies, sugar cookies and the like which might otherwise have a uniform texture. Hint: next time you make cinnamon toast, make it with demerara sugar – you will *not* be disappointed! In particular, Florida Crystals® CarbonFree® Organic Demerara sugar offers a premium demerara to environmentally conscious gourmets. Florida Crystals® products are the very first sugar products to be certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org. This label indicates a product’s carbon footprint was rendered neutral through greenhouse gas cutting measures. [caption id="attachment_7780" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Here's why flambe is best left to the professionals! Yikes! photo courtesy of waltgarrisons.com "][/caption] You can find Florida Crystalsï¿½ Demerara Sugar at just about any retailer; pick up some the next time you go shopping.ï¿½ Then bring it home and try it in this delicious, seasonal recipe for Bananas Foster.ï¿½ ï¿½Bananas Foster is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with the sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. ï¿½Traditionally, the butter, sugar and bananas were cooked, and then the alcohol was added and ignited. You can certainly try it that way if youï¿½d like (personally I am a little leery of ï¿½ignitingï¿½ anything outside of the fireplace).ï¿½ Also, weï¿½ve substituted the brown sugar for Florida Crystalsï¿½ Demerara Sugar.ï¿½ Demerara provides the same complex , mellow flavor as brown sugar but it retains a slight crunch , adding a wonderful texture to this creamy dessert. ï¿½The bananas and sauce are then served over the ice cream. ï¿½ï¿½The dish was created in 1951 by Paul Blangï¿½ at Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana.ï¿½ It was named for Richard Foster, a friend of Owen Brennan's who was then New Orleans Crime Commission chairman. ï¿½ï¿½Now if there ever was anyone who needed a good dose of rum with his bananas, it would be the chairman of the New Orleans Crime Commission. Enjoy! Bananas Foster Ingredients: 3 Tbsp - butter 3 Tbsp - Florida Crystals® Demerara Sugar 1/4 tsp - ground cinnamon 1 Tbsp - lemon juice 2 Tbsp - dark rum (or water) 1 Tbsp - banana liqueur (or water) 2- ripe bananas, peeled and sliced 4 servings vanilla ice cream Pinch of nutmeg Preparation: In a medium skillet, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the Florida Crystals® Demerara Sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, rum and banana liqueur. Cook and stir until mixture is bubbling and syrupy. Add the bananas and cook until they begin to soften, about 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon hot bananas and syrup over ice cream. Garnish each with a pinch of nutmeg. Serve immediately. Serving Quantity: 3 to 4
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:44
Anvil Knitwear, a century-old apparel brand, has joined the fast-growing Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition. Anvil becomes the 20th member of BICEP, a group of major American companies committed to working with businesses and policymakers to enact meaningful energy and climate policies. For Anvil, joining BICEP is an important next step toward ensuring sustainable global growth. BICEP’s core principles call for reducing greenhouse gases, promoting energy efficiency, and supporting creation of a globally competitive clean energy economy. Anvil’s practices have long been aligned with these principles; the company has taken steps to measure, reduce and report on its own environmental footprint. Anvil's eco collection is comprised of 15 environmentally friendly t-shirts, fleeces and bags, including the AnvilOrganic® line made with 100 percent organic cotton. The AnvilRecycled™ tee, made from 69 percent pre-consumer recycled cotton, is certified CarbonFree® by Carbonfund.org and was the first carbon-neutral recycled cotton t-shirt on the market. BICEP is coordinated by Ceres, a national network of investors, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. While Anvil is the newest BICEP member, it joined Ceres and adopted its principles in 2007. Within months of its founding with just five charter members, BICEP became a leading business voice for comprehensive energy and climate policy in the last Congress where such legislation came closer than ever to becoming a reality. The U.S. House passed comprehensive legislation in June 2009, and a Senate coalition headed by Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts and Independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut sponsored similar legislation for the Senate. The Obama administration has also been active in pushing for comprehensive energy and climate action.
Monday, 31 January 2011 15:00
A new company called Earth Swag is introducing a line of reusable snack bags and sandwich wraps. There are few alternatives to small, plastic bags... until now. Earth Swag is releasing two new options: bags and wraps. The snack bags are a way to pack snacks to take for lunch, in the car or out for a hike. The sandwich wrap will keep a sandwich snug until lunch and then open into a placemat. Earth Swag reusable snack bags and sandwich wraps are made of a patented cotton that is both food-safe and bacteria-inhibiting. The fabric is also stain resistant, water-resistant and machine washable. The bags and wraps have no plastic coating or liner, and the fabric contains no phthalates, lead, PVC or polyurethane. Additionally, the fabric is printed with images of the Earth incorporated into various whimsical designs. Each baggy purchased has the potential to keep hundreds of plastic baggies out of our oceans, streams, and landfills each year. Earth Swag has also partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset their carbon footprint, and the business is committed to green practices. The product line includes: 1. A set of 2 snack baggies ($15.99) 2. A sandwich wrap that opens up to a place mat ($11.99) Both products are available in 2 prints: Bugs or Flowers. Earth Swag reusable snack bags and sandwich wraps provide people who are tired of plastic bags a safe and environmentally friendly way to pack their lunch or take snacks on the go.