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2/24/2010 1:12:06 PM
Retailer Spotlight: Organica Natural Foods
The organic lifestyle is nothing new to John Marrone. In the late '70s, when he was just 25, he took a trip to California, where he was amazed by how many people shared his desire to live a natural, healthy life. He came back to New Jersey with a dream to open a store that would sell natural, nutritious foods for the whole body. He quickly turned that dream into a reality. In 1978, he opened Organica Natural Foods in Northvale, NJ, about 15 miles north of New York City. His brother Mark became his business partner one year later. Initially, Organica was a tiny store front, but it has since expanded three different times. It's now well-merchandised,...
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Categories: Natural living, Our world
2/23/2010 2:30:37 PM
Natural Remedies for Sniffles and Sneezes
It is still very much winter, just ask anyone in the mid-Atlantic states, where record amounts of snow have fallen this year. It even snowed in Florida! The groundhog, it seems, wasn’t kidding when he predicted six more weeks of winter. The question of how to treat a cold comes up frequently at our Weleda pharmacy this time of the year. My advice depends on the particular complaint and symptoms.* In general, I recommend staying warm, getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of fluids (try horsetail tea, which supports the kidneys and helps eliminate toxins). It also helps to support the immune system with Echinadoron** at the...
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2/19/2010 9:34:50 AM
The GreenShows: Fashion with a Conscience
The GreenShows just wrapped up in New York City, but the buzz they generated is alive and well. From Joann Berman’s rollicking frocks to Samantha Pleet’s youthful jumpers, all 10 fashion labels proved that sustainable fashion is wearable, beautiful and more than a passing fad. The passion these artists show for their work and for the earth is commendable and inspiring. As much as possible, each designer uses organic materials and eco-friendly dyes, eschews leather and suede, produces locally and pays fair wages. Being a part of The GreenShows was a natural fit for Weleda. The conscious use of resources and the responsibility toward our partners,...
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Categories: Natural living
2/11/2010 10:48:44 AM
An American in Germany
It’s hard to believe that it’s been just three weeks since I left Weleda North America to begin a six month stint working at Weleda AG in Germany. So far, the biggest difference I’ve noticed between Weleda AG and Weleda North America is the size of the offices. There are more than 1,000 employees working at our headquarters in Schwäbisch Gmünd, and only 30 in our office in Palisades, NY! Weleda is the top-selling natural skin care brand in Germany, but despite its large size, Weleda AG does not feel like a corporate giant. You get a feeling of life, of a living organism, when you are here. There are Koi ponds with turtles and plants everywhere, and...
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Categories: Our world
2/9/2010 7:52:09 AM
Weleda Sponsors The GreenShows Eco Fashion Week
To me, Weleda is more than just a skin care company. It’s also a lifestyle. It’s about treading lightly. Giving back. Reconnecting. Finding balance. Living naturally. We are Weleda each time we buy organic food, reuse shopping bags, walk instead of drive, plant a flower or care for our skin with purely natural ingredients. It’s in this spirit, in support of the Weleda way of life, that we decided to sponsor The GreenShows Eco Fashion Week, the only event committed to environmentally friendly, ethically sound and fair trade fashion during New York Fashion Week. Over this four-day event, starting on February 14th, 10 eco-minded global designers will...
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Categories: Natural living, Our world
2/1/2010 1:46:20 PM
Snowed In: Our Gardens in February
This month, our Biodynamic® gardens are beautiful and calm. Everything is covered with snow. Occasionally a few birds fly around, searching for food. Not much is growing, but there are a few exceptions. Helleborus niger (black hellebore) and Daphne mezereum (Daphne) are two medicinal plants that seem to have a totally different rhythm from most others. They flower even when there is snow! Helleborus niger has a fascinating white flower, while Daphne mezereum is a low-growing shrub with lovely, yet toxic, purplish-pink flowers. Each morning, I sit with the other Weleda gardeners and we discuss many topics, including the results of our soil tests, how...
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