The search for sources of biofuels that won’t negatively impact the world’s food supply and add to global warming appears to be bearing some fruit. One company that thinks it has a solution, Great Plains – The Camelina Company, has proclaimed itself the “world’s largest camelina producer.” Just what is camelina? Camelina is an oilseed crop in the same family as mustard, rapeseed and cabbage, that’s beginning to be grown and crushed throughout the United States and Canada for both fuel and cattle feed. Camelina is well on its way to a low cost, high yield, alternative to crops like corn or soy as source of biodiesel.
Federal mandates to increase alternative fuel production have contributed to the rising cost of consumer goods and food, and may actually increase global warming as valuable farmland is being used to grow crops for fuel. Camelina offers one solution for reaching biodiesel production goals by providing a sustainable, low-input biofuel feedstock that doesn’t interfere with food production. Camelina, unlike many other crops, is virtually 100 percent efficient. It can be harvested and crushed for fuel and the remaining parts can be used to produce high quality omega-3 rich animal feed, fiberboard and glycerin. It actually produces both food and fuel.
More green innovation in the fashion industry… EcoGear, a new green clothing company is creating clothing from leftover cuttings from the floor of clothing factories. Cuttings are separated by color and shade, then cut into ultra-fine fibers and attached to a continuous strand of polyester thread made from recycled plastic bottles. The resulting yarn is then spun into EcoGear clothing products. The process is free of dyes, bleaches and other harsh chemicals.
EcoGear goes to great lengths to reduce its carbon footprint. Inks used on EcoGear garments’ labels are organic, the line’s graphic tees use either water-based direct screen print or organic ink heat transfer; both certified free of PVCs and phthalates. And the garments’ hang tags are printed in soy inks on recycled paper and attached with a raw sisal cord and a reusable safety pin.
The company is now working with suppliers to design fleece and woven fabrics, with the goal of offering a total lifestyle collection made from 100% recycled materials. If you work for an environmental non-profit contact EcoGear to apply for its Green Tees for Green Groups program to benefit from its Special Tees collection.
more @ eco-gear.ca
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The good folks at Ed Phillips & Sons generously sent us a bottle of their fine organic vodka to put through our exhaustive (as in late night) and scientific (all drinks were consumed with exacting precision) taste testing process.
After drinking it ‘neat,’ on the rocks, and mixed with various healthy mixers like Mod Mix, Fizzy Lizzy, Izze and various fruit juices, we have come to the conclusion that this is indeed one fine organic libation. Smooth, with a velvety texture and even a slight hint of pear or melon…definitely one of our favorite organic vodkas, and right up there with the top of the line non-green crowd.
As outlined in a previous post, Prairie Organic Vodka is an organic corn-based vodka distilled and grown by real people on the Minnesota Prairie. This award-winning elixir is made with #2 USDA certified organic yellow corn, and grown without any artificial fertilizers, weed controllers or pesticides. Prairie is distilled four to six times. Local distilling avoids emissions-laden shipping, and leftover biomass is used to create energy to power the distillery.
more info and drink recipes @ prairievodka.com