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Earth Day Eats: 12 Foods You Should Always Eat Organic

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Earth Day Eats: 12 Foods You Should Always Eat Organic

In an ideal world, all fruits and veggies would be organic. But today most conventional farms use synthetic pesticides to control bugs and weeds, and those chemicals end up in and on our fruits and vegetables—even after washing and peeling. Not so ideal.

Scientists continue to debate the health risks of consuming pesticides, but we prefer to play it safe. So we go organic whenever it’s available and our wallets can take the hit. That means we have to make smart choices. Enter the Environmental Working Group.

Every year, the EWG ranks pesticide contamination of the most popular fruits and vegetables. The produce with the least amount of pesticides is known as the Clean Fifteen. These foods are safe to eat conventionally. The 12 with the most pesticide residue become the Dirty Dozen. These guys should always be organic. 

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet bell peppers
  12. Potatoes
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Spinach and Strawberry Salad

This is one of our go-to salads. It’s bright and flavorful and the pecans pack a protein-punch. Consider crumbling blue cheese over the top for a heartier meal.

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 ounces organic baby spinach (8 cups)
  • 1/2 pound organic strawberries, cut lengthwise into thick slices (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves (3 1/2 ounces), toasted and cooled

PREPARATION

1. Whisk together vinegar, a rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking well. Put spinach, strawberries, and pecans in a large bowl and toss with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat.

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Renowned Artist Andy Byers Collaborates With Repurpose

Isabellla Rossellini in Green Porno designed by Byers

Isabellla Rossellini in Green Porno designed by Byers

Repurpose is so excited to announce that renowned artist Andy Byers will be designing and unveiling a sculptural art piece made from materials including Repurpose plant-based products at the 2017 Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, March 9-11.

Byers is perhaps best known for his work with Isabella Rossellini on the short film series “Green Porno,” in which Rossellini enacts the mating rituals of various insects and other animals utilizing cardboard cut-outs and foam-rubber sculptures created by Byers. Byers has also done collaborative installations for brands such as Victoria's Secret, J Crew, American Express, Ann Taylor, Target, and Gap as well as artists Sean Lennon and Aimee Mann.

“Paper has always been an important material to work with because of its temporary nature,” said Byers. “I use paper by creating form and space with it. Once the art is completed and installation has served it purpose, the moment passes, never to be experienced again. Repurpose products tap into that intention of creation and use of what the earth provides us. I am proud to be creating something for people who carry such a passionate mission behind their brand.”

Byers will be creating an original piece inspired by the Repurpose mission to make products from plants. Featuring materials that make up Repurpose products and packaging, Byers will repurpose paper into a visual display of the products growing from his interpretation of larger than life plants. The display will be available for viewing at Repurpose’s Booth 5155 only during the run of the Expo West Convention.

Entertainment Weekly: Sandrah Oh - Oprah's book club.

Entertainment Weekly: Sandrah Oh - Oprah's book club.

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7 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Holiday

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7 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Holiday

In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrap and shopping bags totals 4 million tons. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills (Source: EPA). Reduce your waste this year with our 7 eco-friendly tips for the holidays.

1. Send Electronic Greeting Cards

An estimated 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the United States, enough to fill a football field 10 stories high. Electronic holiday greeting cards, offered through a variety of websites, are a convenient, no-cost, waste-free alternative.

2. Use Energy-Saving Lights

Decorate your house with LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights, and can save your family up to $50 on your energy bills during the holiday season. 

3. Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Each year, 10 million Christmas trees end up in the landfill. While your tree won’t fit in the recycling bin with your newspapers and bottles, you can recycle your tree: many cities offer programs to turn your tree to mulch or wood chips. Visit the National Christmas Tree Association to find the tree-recycling program near you.

4. Stuff Your Stockings With Yummy, Natural Treats

Stocking stuffers tend to be small, plastic trinkets that end up broken, lost or in the garbage by the end of January. Instead, fill your stockings with yummy, healthy treats like dried fruit, nuts, clementines and homemade holiday cookies.

5. Reduce Your Food Waste

At least 28 billion pounds of edible food are wasted each year - equating to over 100 pounds per person. Think about how many people you’re feeding and how much they’ll actually eat. If you plan on having leftovers, consider what you make with the left overs. Don’t fall for those “buy three get one free” traps, be realistic about how much you’ll need of something and compost food scraps.

6. Use Repurpose® 100% Plant-Based, Compostable Picnicware

Fossil-based plastics will not biodegrade. They are, however, photodegradable, which means that if they’re exposed to light, they will degrade into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic that are not only swallowed by marine creatures, but become embedded in the zooplankton, the very bottom of the food chain, and thereby poison our food with toxins. Repurpose® products are made from 100% plant-based resins, are toxin free and will break down in 90 days in a commercial composter. Best of all they have the same look and feel as the plates, cups, utensils and bowls you're used to - while still being eco-friendly.

7. Repurpose Repurpose!

If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet (Source: CalRecycle). Use old newspapers and magazines as gift wrap. Snazz it up by making your own bows and ribbons. Try this simple bow tutorial with a Repurpose Hot Cup and Lid box.

 

 

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Repurpose at Target Los Angeles

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Repurpose at Target Los Angeles

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Repurpose is proud to be a part of the Target LA 25 initiative. As part of Target's revamp of 25 Los Angeles stores they are showcasing a few, selected local brands like us. Repurpose is happy to be bringing our line of sustainable, compostable plates, cups, bowls, and cutlery-made entirely from plants-to even more people in the Los Angeles area. Thanks Target for helping us with our mission of Plants Not Oil! 

In Los Angeles? Find a store near you:

Aliso Viejo: 26932 La Paz Rd.

Anaheim Hills: 8148 E Santa Ana Canyon Rd.

Brea: 855 E Birch St.

Carson: 651 W. Sepulveda Blvd.

Culver City: 10820 Jefferson Blvd.

Culver City South (Westfield Culver City): 6000 Sepulveda Blvd.

Long Beach Bellflower: 2270 N Bellflower Rd.

Irvine: 3750 Barrana Pkwy.

Manhattan Beach: 1200 N Sepulveda Blvd.

North Hollywood: 11051 Victory Blvd.

Norwalk: 10600 Firestone Blvd.

Pasadena: 777 E Colorado Blvd.

Pasadena East: 3121 E Colorado Blvd.

Rancho Santa Margarita: 30602 Santa Margarita Pkwy.

Redondo Beach: 1601 Kingsdale Ave.

San Pedro: 1701 N Gaffey St.

Seal Beach: 12300 Seal Beach Blvd.

Torrance: 3433 Sepulveda Blvd.

Tustin: 2300 Park Ave.

Valencia: 24425 Magic Mountain Pkwy.

West Covina: 2831 E. Eastland Center Dr.

West Hollywood: 7100 Santa Monica Blvd.

Westminster: 16400 Beach Blvd.

Whittier: 15614 Whittwood Ln.

Woodland Hills: 20801 Ventura Blvd.

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Repurpose on Billions

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Repurpose on Billions

Repurpose was feat on Season 1 episode 4 of the hit Showtime show Billions starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways) and Damian Lewis (Homeland). The award winning Repurpose insulated hot cup is being enjoyed by the US Attorney (Giamatti) and his co-workers while they plot to take down the criminal hedge fund manager (Lewis). The product placement was achieved in partnership with Green Product Placement, a first of its kind a agency helping environmentally friendly products find their way into film and television. This is not the first major placement for Repurpose and GPP. The cup was featured prominently on Season 1 of House of Cards. In addition Repurpose products have been scene in shows like VEEP and The Good Wife. 

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