Thursday, April 24, 2014

#FitTeaDetox: "Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline" (sponsored product review)


Like many consumers who could stand to lose a few pounds, I was intrigued when I was contacted to review FitTea. Who wouldn't love a great way to sip your way to thin? 

Late in March, I received my package from FitTea, which contained a bag of tea, a bottle of capsules and a reusable water bottle. Admittedly, I was skeptical, but I also love my tea and FitTea is made of all natural ingredients, including organic green tea, rooibos, ginger and pomegranate. 

I need to write an honest review. My honest review is simple. I like FitTea. I think if it helps with weight loss it's because the users are  committed  in ways that go above and beyond enjoying a tasty tea. They are also exercising and watching the rest of their diet. 

That said, I don't believe that any product "by itself" makes any person lose weight. I do believe that FitTea was a nice alternative to the water I'd normally choose. It makes me happy that folks make healthier choices that include buying FitTea online as a beverageMy suggestion is that if you're looking for a tasty calorie free alternative to water that your body may respond well to FitTea. It's smooth tasting and loaded with anti-oxidants. Many folks have had tremendous success with FitTea. If you'd like to see what other people think about FitTea and their results, click the link to learn more. FitTea also offers a caffeine-free alternative. The ingredients are Holy basil (Tulsi) spearmint, rosehips, lemon myrtle and linden blossoms. 

If you're looking for a delicious and calorie free way to supplement your weight loss plan, FitTea is tasty and organic. It is prepared by placing one teaspoon in a strainer for 3-5 minutes. It may be served hot or iced. The stevia leaves bring a natural sweetness to the tea. 

Oolong wu yi, rooibos, green tea, guarana have all been cited as weight loss herbs. While this product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness, the ingredients in the tea are natural and safe. They may help some folks lose weight or burn fat. We did not have that experience, but it did not detract from our enjoyment of the tea. 


Our Daily Green has been compensated for this review. Regardless, we always try to inform our readers to our best ability. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Five "blood" products besides diamonds (reprint from Brilliant Earth)

  • AUTHOR:  BY GREG KRAUSS
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  • JEWELRY NEWS | WEDNESDAY, APR 16, 2014
People are increasingly becoming aware of an unfortunate fact: many diamonds have histories of bloodshed and exploitation. In Africa, civil wars fueled by “blood” or “conflict” diamonds have claimed an estimated 3.7 million lives. Diamond mining is also riddled with troubling labor and environmental practices. Go to some diamond mining areas in Sierra Leone or Angola and you’ll find child labor, ruined landscapes, and diamond diggers earning a dollar a day.
The good news is that the word about blood diamonds is slowly getting out. More and more consumers want diamonds, and particularly engagement rings, sourced from areas free of conflict and human rights abuses. Less well known is that lots of other products have such a bad reputation that they've also earned a “blood” or “conflict” label. Here are five such products that you might not know about, along with tips on what to do.

CONFLICT MINERALS

That monthly smartphone bill of yours may be high, but the true cost of your smartphone could be higher. A civil war in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed more than 5 million lives since 1998. Rebel groups obtain much of their financing from gold and as well as tin, tantalum, and tungsten. These “conflict minerals” are used in a range of products, including jewelry and electronic devices such as smartphones.
U.S. legislation passed in 2009 requires certain large companies to publicly disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals from Congo. The law has convinced some companies to change their sourcing practices. (Intel, for instance, has announced that all its microprocessors are now conflict free.) But consumers can also help by steering clear of conflict minerals.

BLOOD RUBIES & COLORED GEMS

Rubies, sapphires, and jade are stunning gems. Sapphires, especially, are growing more popular. But not every colored gem has a happy history.  In Burma, also known as Myanmar, colored gemstone mining relies on child labor and forced labor. Mining profits also fund a brutal conflict between the military and ethnic minorities in Burma’s northern Kachin State. As of September 2013, the conflict had forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes.
Although Burma’s military dictatorship ended in 2011, the United States has maintained a ban on Burmese sapphires, rubies, and jade due to ongoing abuses. That ban, however, is difficult to enforce, because the gems are being smuggled into China and Thailand and then re-exported. Consumers should recognize that it’s possible to buy rubies and sapphires from select, ethical sources. But consider avoiding all newly mined jade, since the vast majority of it comes from Burma.

BLOOD IVORY

Four elephants are killed every hour. More than 30,000 elephants are slaughtered every year. Elephant poaching in Africa has risen sharply of late, driven by rising demand for ivory in China. Some of Africa’s most vicious militant groups, including the Al Shabab wing of Al Qaeda, are taking the lead in the ivory trade, using the cash to finance more violence. “Blood ivory” is a fitting description, given the funding for militants and the senseless killing of elephants.
Although a treaty bans the international trade in ivory, smugglers have paid no attention. In a rebuke to the ivory trade, the Obama administration crushed six tons of illegal ivory last year. President Obama also has announced a ban on almost all ivory sales in the United States, the world’s second biggest ivory market. Ivory is one product that consumers should best avoid, for ethical and now legal reasons. It’s also possible to take action by signing this online petition.

CONFLICT PALM OIL

Next time you head to the snack machine, don’t just count calories. Take a look at whether you are consuming any palm oil, an ingredient found in crackers, potato chips, canned soups, and half of all packaged foods. This relatively unknown ingredient has hidden social and environmental costs. In Indonesia and Malaysia, palm oil plantations are gobbling up rainforest, endangering orangutans, threatening forest-dependent communities, and exploiting workers. In Malaysia alone, up to 200,000 children may work on palm oil plantations.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the group leading the campaign against what it calls “conflict palm oil,” has identified 20 influential snack brand companies that have the power to change how palm oil is produced. The group doesn’t ask people to avoid all palm oil, but it does call on consumers to make their voices heard. Through RAN’s web site, it’s possible to send a letter—or a photo of your palm with a message scrawled on it—to the major snack brand companies.

BLOOD CHOCOLATE

One of the most beloved foods out there—chocolate—has a dark side you might not know about. Cote d’Ivoire produces about a third of the world’s cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate. But cocoa production there has a troubling history. For many years, cocoa funded rebel militants in the country’s north. The conflict is now over, but the focus has shifted to another problem: child labor. Anywhere from 300,000 to one million children, some of them trafficked, work on cocoa farms in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Many have never tasted chocolate themselves.
A group called Stop the Traffik is working to raise awareness and pressure the major chocolate manufacturers to change their sourcing practices. According to the group, there’s no need for consumers to give up chocolate—thank goodness. Stop the Traffik recommends buying certified chocolate instead. (One option, for instance, is chocolate made from fairtrade cocoa.) The group also suggests organizing a chocolate fondue party to educate your friends and family.

Monday, April 14, 2014

The coolest and hottest thermostat ever (Honeywell review and giveaway)

And do we mean ever! This thermostat will keep you cool or warm whenever you need it.

Our Daily Green was contacted over the winter to test out the latest product from Honeywell. We received a Wi-Fi Color Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat (retail value: $200+), and installed it in our home.

Immediately, we were impressed by the interface. From a purely aesthetic view, you can actually choose the color of the screen to match your decor. But beyond that, the precision programming options are incredible. From a daily option based on when someone is in the home, this thermostat is simple and straightforward.

But beyond all the immediate benefits, is the amazing smart phone APP and remote benefits.

Imagine heading out for the day and forgetting to reprogram your thermostat to know the house would be empty. Why heat a house that nobody is in?

Honeywell's APP solves that problem. Within seconds, you can pull up an APP to turn off or lower your furnace/air until you will be back in the house. Remotely. Yes, you can adjust the thermostat without even being in the house.

The instructions are clear and concise; we've included a photo journey of our installation:
Ease of installation is an important factor: clearly labeled wires and easy to follow instructions result in a painless and accurate installation. Simply remove each wire as instructed, re-label and reinsert.

WiFi Thermostat



Like a kid with a new toy, we've been testing our new thermostat whenever we head out and about. We've paused, lowered, stopped and restarted it to see how well we can control it from afar. No difficulties to report and truly, we can imagine tremendous savings. Picture this: You no longer have to heat or cool a home where nobody is in the home. You can adjust the temperature so that when you are home, it's a comfortable temperature. 

Honeywell WiFi Thermostat considers today's homeowner and today's issues. It's the right thermostat for our times. 

We are honored to offer one free Honeywell WiFi Thermostat to give away to one of Our Daily Green's readers. (follow link to see if your home is compatible). 

What's in it for us? Well, this is the disclosure part, we received our thermostat free of charge. We are excited about it and want to share it with you. To qualify for our giveaway, we are inviting you to tell your friends about Honeywell and Our Daily Green. We work hard to bring you the latest and most relevant news in the world of energy savings and green living. We want you to tell your friends how you heard about our giveaway. 

To enter, please post about the giveaway somewhere on social media, either Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Include a link to this post as well as a mention of #Honeywell and #OurDailyGreen. Leave a comment on this post with the link to your entry.

Good Luck!

Thermostat APP
Honeywell Wi-Fi Color Touchscreen
Programmable Thermostat

One entry per person, accepting entries up until April 27th, midnight EST. To qualify, you must comment and include a link of your shared post. 


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Allergy season bursts onto the scene (from repost.us)

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Allergy season bursts onto the scene (via Repost Video News)
Cedar is a major allergy right now. Oak and hickory will begin pollinating in the coming weeks.

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