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Fungi Perfecti: Growing Useful Mushrooms

by Justin Thomas •

Fungi Perfecti is the web site of Paul Stamets, author of “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms“. Stamets has a long history of discovering and cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms. He researches useful aspects of fungi such as their antiviral properties and their potential for “mycoremediation” (restoring polluted or damaged habitats with fungi). Through the Fungi Perfecti web site you can …

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Organic Baby Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

Infants are more susceptible to chemical irritants in clothing. So clothing them in undyed organic cotton reduces the chances of irritation and exposure to chemicals which are used to manufacture conventional baby clothing. These retailers have selections of organic clothing for babies: NutureMama, The Nuture Center, Ecobaby, BlueCanoe, Pangaya Nordic Natural Woollens specializes in baby clothing made from organic wool.

Maggie’s Socks: Functional Organics

by Justin Thomas •

Maggie’s Functional Organics has been manufacturing clothing apparel made from organic fibers for over ten years, specializing in socks. We have found their products to be of good quality. The clothing is made from certified organic cotton, wool, linen and pesticide-free hemp. Here is their FAQ page for details about how their products are manufactured. Home Page: Maggie’s Organic Available …

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Ecoeffective Shoes: Adidas Hemp

by Justin Thomas •

When Adidas came out with these hemp shoes a few years back, they were given grief about it by the federal government and chose to rename them from “Superstar Hemp” to “Gazelle Natural”. Regardless of the politics, hemp is a very durable and “breathes” very well as a shoe material. The soles are made out of recycled rubber — making …

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Rhodiola Rosea: Hypereffective Adaptogen

by Justin Thomas •

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Golden Root or Rhodiola Rosea is a plant native to mountainous regions of Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Arctic. It has been used throughout history in those areas to combat fatigue and restore energy. Recently it has been getting worldwide attention due to its effectiveness as a “adaptogen”. Explaining the effects of the adaptogens is difficult, since each one affects …

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Cellophane: Retro-Metaefficient

by Justin Thomas •

Cellophane is a natural polymer made from cellulose, a component of trees and plants. We like it because it is completely biodegradable and can be made from renewable sources. It is impermeable to air, grease and bacteria. It was used widely for packaging food until the 1960s when it was replaced by a plastic substitute which was also marketed as …