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Origin of Mother’s Day in the U.S. (and origins of the Phalaenopsis orchid) Comments (0)

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday… Did you know… Out of all the days of the year, Mother’s Day has become the most popular day to eat out at restaurants in the United States? Mother’s Day in its present form was established by Anna Jarvis with the help of a Philadelphia Merchant, John Wanaker, after […]

Origins of this weekend’s special day…and origins of most orchids sold in today’s marketplace Comments (0)

Quiz related to this weekend’s special day: Out of all the days of the year, what day is the most popular day to eat out at restaurants in the United States? Hints… In 1910, this day was proclaimed as an official holiday by the state of West Virgina — and other states soon followed In […]

Out of the ordinary…or really weird wines and wine “bottle” Comments (0)

For most of us, wine means a beverage made from grapes.  You may also be familiar with wines made from fruits such as apples, lychees, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears or plum wines. And it turns out that just about any plant matter can be fermented and turned into wine. Sake — a beverage that originated […]

Romblon / pandan leaves as food flavoring Comments (1)

Most of Native Leaf’s market totes, wine bags and gift bags are made from romblon, a type of salt-tolerant screw pine that grows by the seashore (and also known as pandanus or pandan). Here is a picture of two friends collecting romblon / pandan leaves.  They were in the process of stacking their leaves for […]’s Green Gift Guide: 10 Compostable, Biodegradable Gifts Comments (2)

Thank you to Blythe Copeland of for including Native Leaf’s  hand-woven, romblon leaf placemats in the recent TreeHugger’s Green Gift Guide: 10 Compostable, Biodegradable Gifts. The world is full of things you didn’t know you could compost, and now your holiday shopping can mimic that trend, too: Organic, Fair Trade teas and coffees, woven […]

Types of trash we generate Comments (0)

I posted a quiz on an earlier blog post asking “What type of trash is generated more than any other in the United States?” And the answer…Paper and Paperboard products — 250 Million Tons of it, or 28.5% of it! I visited the EPA website  (the source of information) to look at current year data […]

Welcome to Native Leaf’s Retail Website Comments (0)

Hello! Welcome to our retail website! Our goal is to be your source for beautiful (as well as earth friendly) gift containers, market totes and table accessories.  All our products are hand-crafted only from natural and sustainable materials. Though made from natural materials, most of our products will last a VERY long time, such as […]

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