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Lemon Grass Rope Sandal @ adili


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Summer is a fleeting, elusive dream, so why not pursue it in stylish comfort in these handsomely practical sandals from Patagonia.

Made from extra-soft leather supplied by ISO-14001 tanneries. They have  compression molded midsoles that are made from 20% recycled EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). The slight wedge heel is made from a mixture of natural latex and coconut.

  • Decorative trim made from natural jute cord
  • Outersole fabricated from 70% Natural Latex
  • Hand sewn side stitching enhances durability and minimizes solvents

on sale for £45 @ adili.com

An additional note:
ADILI is running a very attractive summer sale with up to 50% off, has a redesigned logo and website, an expanded collection of ultra-stylish eco-fashions and the same ethical standards, sense of style and earth-friendly attitude we’ve come to love.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A Different Kind of Cat House


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They won’t jump through burning hoops and they’re not for sale, but these big kittens do purr – I heard one myself! I thought that The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound’s Feline Conservation Center, located in the middle of the desert in Rosamond, California, would be a good place to spend an afternoon my nieces and nephew. I turned out to be right! “The Cat House” is home to many species of wild cats, thirteen of which are critically endangered. Not a rescue center, this facility breeds and studies rare, purebred cats, ensuring their long-term survival. I was impressed with the Cat House’s dedication to the cats before visitors. This is not an entertainment center, and the welfare of the cats comes first; smaller, high-strung species and kittens are not on display – although I did see a worker playing ball with one. Of course I would have liked to see more baby fluff, but not at the cost of exploitation. The Cat House truly respects its residents. The grounds are not crowded or loud, with the exception of the occasional peacock call from the lawn. The kids discovered a couple shimmering tail feathers as tall as themselves and were allowed to keep them.

Inside the gift shop, staff was very helpful and eager to answer my questions. For those not fortunate enough to find their own feather, they can buy more inside for just a dollar, along with beautiful photographs of the newest kitties. I couldn’t leave without picking out a few to frame, especially when I learned that donations go toward building larger enclosures for the colossal felines.

What can I say, I love cats! Despite the soaring temperatures, a trip here won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Admission is a modest $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children.

More info,directions, and photographs @ http://www.cathouse-fcc.org/

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farmers’ markets – what’s the deal?


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While farmers markets have existed for a long time, the trend of the market experience is clearly on the rise. Farmers markets are now an integral part in the urban/farm linkage and the increased awareness of the effects of organic and local farming on our personal and environmental health. According to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service there are currently 4,385 farmers markets currently operating in the United States, representing a 18 percent increase from 2004.

We took a trip to our local farmers market and discovered the top 10 reasons to shop at the farmers market according to the Center for Uran Education and Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA).

  • Taste Real Flavors: The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen in the field and brought directly to you – no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets -food fresh from the farm.
  • Enjoy the Season: The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.
  • Support Family Farmers: Family farmers are becoming increasingly rare as large agribusiness farms and ranches steadily take over food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
  • Protect the Environment: Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes greatly to pollution and creates excess trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth. (more…)
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Juliana Greenhouses – build it and they will grow


julianabasic_1.jpgVegans, DIY’ers, produce lovers and plant fanatics of all kinds can have their own greenhouse on even the tiniest parcel of land. The idea of growing your own produce or ornamental plants is very attractive indeed. Accelerate plant growth, avoid voracious insects and control the chemicals that your plants and produce are exposed to. Very nice.

Built from a kit, these easy to assemble greenhouses come with a twelve year warranty.

Basic 300 (6’6″W x 5’0″L x 6’6″H) kit includes:

  • 4mm polycarbonate (double wall, unbreakable polycarbonate panels)
  • aluminum frame construction with gutters
  • 2-foot-wide sliding door
  • Juliana 12 year guarantee
  • galvanized steel base available

The Juliana Basic 300 Greenhouse goes for $675 and the galvanized steel base $99 @ julianagreenhousekit.com (free shipping)

Note: Juliana Greenhouses makes all manner of greenhouse supplies and larger units that include the Premium 12.1 – Green Finish (9’1″W x 14’6″L x 7’10″H) which can run you $4795

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wednesday’s mixed bag of green news


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