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Proud to be a Green America, Gold Certified Business Comments (0)

Native Leaf now a Green America, Gold Certified Business. Founded in 1982, Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization with a mission to“harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.   Native Leaf shares the Green America Vision “to work for a world where all […]

Reminder to Bring Your Reusable Bags Comments (0)

It is great to see city after city banning one-time use plastic bags, including Monterey finally! The City Council in Monterey recently passed an ordinance to ban one-time use plastic bags for businesses in the city (effective 6 months from now), as well as requiring a charge of $.10 cents per recyclable bag issued. These […]

Resting dragonfly…on our wine bag handles Comments (1)

So here is something I don’t see everyday…a dragonfly, and especially, a dragonfly resting on one of our hand-woven natural leaf wine bag handles! Dragonflies are ancient insects and there are 28 species of dragonflies and damselflies in the San Francisco Bay area. Looking at the Wildlife of the San Francisco Bay Area website, it […]

Rio+20 – United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Comments (0)

You may have heard about the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development, which took place on June 20 – 22, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio+20 is the short name for the conference, with the +20 signifying twenty years since the 1992 Earth summit, also held in Rio de Janeiro. The UN brought […]

State of California bans single-use plastic bags Comments (0)

On September 30th, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law the first ever statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. Great news for the environment, and saving ocean wildlife that accidentally ingest plastic bags from our oceans (plastic bags can look like jellyfish, a favorite food of sea turtles — and many […]

That powerdery white, bluish-green mold on your lemon Comments (0)

Has this happened to your lemons or other citrus you have taken home or picked from your tree?  Did you wonder (after thinking…ick! ) what is this powdery white, blue-green stuff, and why does it so quickly turn a perfectly nice lemon into a gooey moldy mess? A few months ago, we posted about the […]

The Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale Comments (0)

Related to yesterday’s post about Monterey Bay, California related activities this weekend (see Monterey Bay Birding Festival and Birder’s Marketplace), there is also a Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale today. The event is free and features speakers, a fun kids area and activities for the little ones, and of course, lots of native plants […]

The impact of recycling Comments (0)

Cleaner land, air and water, and better health.  Of course!  We all want this for our families. Here is more information from the EPA’s website on the impact of recycling: Recycling and composting 87 million tons of municipal solid waste in the US in 2011 resulted in saving 1.1 quadrillion of energy, or the same […]

The problem with synthetic ropes, fish nets (follow-up to prior post — and there is good news) Comments (0)

This is a follow-up to the prior postThe Switch from Natural Abaca, Hemp Fiber Ropes to Synthetic Ropes. The Problem You may have heard about “ghost nets” or have seen the photos of wildlife entangled in marine debris…like the sea turtle below (photo source, US NOAA). And I know…it may be uncomfortable to look at […]

The recycling psychology…and why a half or torn piece of paper gets thrown away instead of recycled Comments (0)

Have you heard about the recent study finding from the University of Alberta on the human psychology of recycling — or rather on NOT recycling something that a person deems as somehow damaged? It turns out that most people don’t recycle torn or half pieces of paper, or dented cans.  Instead, they throw it away! […]

The switch from natural abaca, hemp fiber ropes to synthetic ropes Comments (1)

This photo of synthetic ropes washed up on a beach in Alaska — piled up during beach clean up day — made me wonder about how much of this type of trash is swirling in our oceans. I knew that natural abaca fiber was a material used to make ropes (and still is) and of its […]

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals(MDG) for 2015 Comments (1)

A report launched earlier this month (July, 2012) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated some good news on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG), with a target date for the year 2015. Although there is still much work ahead to reach all MDG targets, goals related to poverty, slums and water have been met three […]

Together we can make a difference…the “4-R’s Comments (0)

From the EPA’s website…great infographics on small changes and behavior that can have a BIG IMPACT on our environment!   Do you think the “4 R’s” campaign to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink materials we use is working — in the U.S. and worldwide? We would love to hear about what is happening in creating […]’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 […]

UNLESS…Earth Friendly Friday: Plastic trash in our oceans – marine ropes and fish nets Comments (6)

This blog post is in support of a new weekly WordPress event inspired by prophetic words written in 1971 by Dr. Seuss in his book – The Lorax … ” UNLESS . . . someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”   The first week’s theme is Plastic – and […]

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