Trash-tastic!

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You know the adage… one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Looking like something straight out of a fairytale, this house is made entirely out of junk salvaged from the dump. Talk about recycling!

To read more about the “Junk Castle” on Treehugger.com, click here.

Is There Something Fishy About Your Fish?

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There is more to improving the health of the planet than just using Elemental Herbs lip balm. When you get serious about making a positive change in how you live your life, you start thinking not only about what you put on your body but what you put in your body as well.

If you saw our post on Monday about FarmPlate, check this out. The Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Guide, a handy online (or pocket-sized guide to people who still like paper) to all things that swim. It is updated regularly to serve as a shopping guide to which species of fish are safe and environmentally-sound to eat, making it that much easier to do the right thing when you are standing in line at the seafood counter or sitting at the sushi bar.

You can check out the complete list online here or you can order your pocket guide by clicking here.

FarmPlate: Ethical Foods at Your Fingertips

Imagine being able to tailor Google to search specifically for sustainable food suppliers or restaurants and socially-minded companies in your area. That’s pretty much what a new online marketplace, FarmPlate.com, does. It features a searchable directory of more than 40,000 business listings across the country, and you can search by category and by location to find just the sustainable food or drink you’re looking for.

To read the rest of this article on TreeHugger, click here.

Lessons from the Dalai Lama

It’s hard to argue with the Dalai Lama so when we stumbled across his list of 20 Instructions for Life, we had to share. To read the Dalai Lamas’ entire list, click here.

At Elemental Herbs, we take #15 very very seriously: Be gentle with the earth.

As a nature-based healing company, we at Elemental Herbs are forever grateful for the earth’s abundant resources. We see it as our duty to care for them in the same way we care for our own bodies. That’s why we are dedicated to using restorative and responsible business practices.

Here are just a few of the ideals to which Elemental Herbs is committed:

  • Our production facility runs on solar power. That’s right – we make All Good Goop in the Morro Bay Community Center’s kitchen, which gets its electricity from photovoltaic panels on the building’s rooftop.
  •  Company headquarters are an organic farm and education center. Just up the road, inland from Morro Bay, Four Elements Farm is where our offices reside. The farm is a 55-acre parcel with orchards, gardens, composting toilets and a straw-bale greenhouse. We do residential Permaculture Design Courses once a year, and we host WWOOF’rs (willing workers on organic farms) and farm interns year round.
  •  Our team is our family. We are a small company, and as we grow, we want our team to grow with us. We create a fun and healthy environment for employees, and we encourage them to care for themselves and their families first. We support them in their own nourishing pursuits.

That’s not all. To read the rest of our pledge to planet earth, visit the Elemental Herbs site here. To shop for products that reflect our commitment, click here to visit our online store.

Elemental Herbs: News From Around the Web

Solar power is a great idea but what happens at night? Or on a very cloudy day? Since solar power fluctuates with the sun’s strength, a new technology is under development in the deserts of Tonopah, Nevada that will effectively store solar energy in the form of molten salt. Pretty cool, huh?

One of the greatest problems of large scale solar power facilities is that they do not produce electricity at night, and when they do produce power, it is constantly fluctuating with the sun’s strength. Under development in the deserts of Tonopah, Nevada is a new technology that will effectively store solar energy in the form of molten salt. When the sun goes down, thermal energy from the salt will be able to produce electricity for eight to ten hours.

The new facility, known as the SolarReserve Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant, is expected to be operational by 2013. Rather than directly converting sunlight to electricity through photovoltaic panels, it will utilize solar thermal. A vast array of mirrors will direct concentrated sunlight to a single point to boil water which will then power a steam turbine. The boiling water will also be used to heat salt which has the capacity to store energy.

Click here to read the rest of this article on the Environmental News Network.