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Linda Loudermilk – eco fab-ric


For the seriously fashionable, Linda Loudermilk’s fall collection shines brightly on all fronts. In case you’ve been under a coral reef, we’d like you to know that her unique chic lines are fashioned in part from SeaCell, a fab fiber made from seaweed and cellulose — which releases vitamins and nutrients absorbed by the skin! Who said, beauty is only skin deep?
fall 07 runway video

Loudermilk, as previously on Alternative Consumer: Feb 2, 2007

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Kombucha Curious

After reading about Synergy Kombucha, a totally raw, all-natural and organic Chinese tea, while flipping through a health mag recently, I was left intrigued. Boasting health benefits like increased energy levels, improved digestion, healthier skin and hair and stronger immune system functioning, the product sounded more like liquid gold than tea.

Curious, I picked up a bottle at my local natural food grocery (a bit over $3 per glass bottle) and got to work sampling. Here, a few of my first impressions on the bizarre concoction, should you decide to taste test it yourself.

First, yes, there are floaties in the drink. They’re supposed to be there—they are “strands” of Kombucha culture, a sign that the drink is living and active. (Yikes!) Second, the drink is carbonated (DON’T vigorously shake it to break up those floaties like moi. It doesn’t work. And the drink, which is carbonated, will explode everywhere.) Third; that vinegar-y taste is normal. The beverage is actually cultured, similar to fermentation, and even contains trace amounts (.05%) of alcohol. (Sitting at my desk, I wonder, is this considered drinking on the job? Hmmm…)

My overall impression? A quirky health drink that doesn’t exactly taste great, but doesn’t taste bad either. The appeal, in my mind, are all those supposed health benefits. Do a bit of research online and you’ll find plenty of people who report accuracy in the claims. Will I buy it again? I think so. Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

For more info on this alternative tea, visit

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wednesday’s mixed bag of green news


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