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1/17/2014

Most gardeners want their plants and flowers to last despite unpredictable frosts that can kill or damage them. After finding the right plant colors and varieties, after seeding, potting, fertilizing, watering, and pruning, it can be frustrating to have a late spring or early fall frost kill them off and have to start over.

“You never know when a frost will hit,” says Steve Goto, a southern California-based expert nurseryman and lecturer known as the Tomato King, who conducted 80 seminars throughout western states last year.  “Average frost dates are based on history, but cannot accurately predict the future.”

For gardeners trying to protect plants from frost the traditional way, there are challenges. It is hard to move heavy potted plants, containers, or hanging baskets indoors or to protected spots, particularly with a late night frost warning. Some gardeners attempt to move their plants out during the day to get needed UV sunlight, then back indoors at night to keep them warm. Yet this is difficult for those who are busy or forget; and when plants are repeatedly moved, they are likely to damage buds, blooms, branches, or trailing stems.Frost Protek

To protect plants from frost, home gardeners have traditionally tried to create makeshift covers from sheets, blankets, towels, or plastic, but these can actually harm plants, even when not blown off by wind. Instead, experts are suggesting some easy new alternatives that are much more effective.

“Once sheets, blankets, or towels absorb moisture, they become heavy, can crush the plant, and take a long time to dry out,” says Goto. “They offer no thermal protection from frost when wet with rain or dew, nor does plastic.  They can block air circulation, making frost crystals more likely to form on the plant. Since they block needed sunlight, gardeners have to remove them during the day to allow UV exposure then replace them at night, but few are willing to do so for long.” 

For effective plant frost protection during the growing season with minimal effort, Goto and a growing number of gardening experts are recommending an innovative type of frost cover called Frost Protek. Made from spun polypropylene, the same fabric used by commercial growers for plant protection, the frost cover insulates better than sheets, blankets, towels, or plastic, and can protect plants to 26 degrees.

Unlike sheets, blankets, and towels, the lightweight fabric frost cover is “breathable” and weighs less than 1 oz. per square yard, so it will not crush delicate plants, foilage, or blossoms when wet and quickly dries out.  Since the frost cover allows in enough air and UV rays to keep plants healthy, it can be left on for days or weeks. In bad weather, plants can simply be left covered in place rather than repeatedly covered and uncovered or moved.

“I’ve found the Frost Protek plant cover insulates much better than sheets, blankets, towels, or plastic,” says Goto, who has used it on a range of vegetables, herbs, soft tissue annuals, and tropical varieties, and frequently uses it for frost protection when he travels. “The cover keeps frost crystals off the foilage, but does not physically lay on the plant the way sheets, blankets and towels do.”

“Once I put the frost cover on, I don’t have to take it off since it lets in enough light and air to keep the plant healthy,” adds Goto. “To grow tomatoes in a cool season tomato program, I kept the cover on for 90 days without taking it off, with excellent tomato production.”

The fabric frost cover, which was originally developed by an avid gardener for her own plants, comes in various sizes and shapes designed to protect plants including those in pots, containers, hanging baskets, vegetable rows, window boxes, trellises, grow boxes, and even trees up to 6 feet tall.

Unlike improvised sheet and blanket frost covers that are often weighted down with rocks or bricks to prevent wind from blowing them off plants, the fabric frost cover uses drawstring closures to stay in place.  This holds in warmth around the plant, and enables one to put the cover on and take it off in seconds, even for hanging baskets.

“I find a hanging plant frost cover with drawstrings a necessity when I climb a ladder to hang a geranium basket,” says Goto. “Straps hold the cover in place so I have both hands free to tuck in the plant and close the drawstrings. This makes it safe and easy to cover the plant in about 30 to 60 seconds.”

Yamagami’s Nursery, a Cupertino, California-based garden center, uses frost protection covers primarily to prevent damage to seedlings, subtropical flowering plants, and dwarf citrus trees in containers, according to Carolyn Villa-Scott, the nursery’s advertising manager.Frost Protek

“If you drape sheets, blankets, or towels directly on the plants in a frost, they will ‘freeze weld’ to the plant, damaging it,” says Villa-Scott.  “It can be hard to secure these from blowing off, and lightweight plastic frost covers are often ripped when being staked down, compromising their effectiveness and longevity.”

“We’ve found that we can put the Frost Protek covers directly on plants and they won’t freeze weld,” says Villa-Scott.  “We protect potted plants, containers, and hanging baskets from frost so they don’t have to be moved or repeatedly covered and uncovered.  With the covers’ drawstring closure, it’s easy to cover an entire container, including the plant’s roots, which makes for better frost protection.”

According to Villa-Scott, one size of frost cover fits neatly over a half-barrel container, which many customers use.  She finds a large bag type cover particularly effective for protecting dwarf citrus trees in containers, and a row cover useful for protecting seedlings. She says the frost covers are much stronger than traditional covers, and capable of lasting several seasons.

Villa-Scott, who uses the frost covers at home as well, credits them for saving her back porch plants from a three-day frost. “Once when I left on a trip, a three-night frost hit,” she says. “If I hadn’t covered them, all the plants on my back porch including tender evergreen perennials could have died. Instead, when I returned home, they were fine with no frost damage.”

Frost Protek Plant Covers have been awarded the National Home Gardening Club “member tested and recommended seal of approval,” earning a 98 percent approval rating when tested by several hundred members across the U.S. and Canada.  The National Home Gardening Club is America’s largest club of gardening enthusiasts with over 675,000 members.

For more info, call 800-983-0389; Fax 970-225-2111; email sales@fostprotek.com; visit Frost Protek; or write to Frost Protek Plant Cover, P.O. Box 270553, Fort Collins, CO  80527-0553.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. Mother Earth Living does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



12/5/2013

January Labs

A Message from January Olds, founder of January Labs

January Labs takes the same approach to their skincare blends as to those used in fine cooking recipes: each individual ingredient plays a pivotal role in the finished product and each must enhance and support the others.

Knowing which ingredients work best together and which do not is much more obvious in food than it is in skincare. If the ingredients in food do not work well together the food does not taste good. In skincare, if the ingredients are not harmonious, at worst there could be a skin reaction, at best no reaction – or benefit – at all.

Ph-optimization in ingredient blends is essential. Ingredients such as Vitamin C, for example, require an Alkaline Ph environment, while exfoliating ingredients need an Acid Ph environment. Many companies add ingredients into a Vitamin C product to claim additional benefits that do not thrive or prosper in an Alkaline base, rendering those ingredients useless and sometimes reactionary. The same thing happens in countless other variations.

January Labs meticulously analyzes each addition to every product “recipe” and ensures that they are in the proper and most nurturing environment to perform at their highest capacity, offering unprecedented results at “fiercely” active levels not often seen in products available without a prescription.

REVITALIZING DAY CREAM

Skin transformation begins with our Revitalizing Day Cream that gets your glow off to an incredible start. Our day cream promotes Day Creamskin rejuvenation in one fiercely active formulation. Fine lines are minimized, elasticity restored, skin is firmed, plumped and hydrated. The rare botanical formula is rich in antioxidants and helps to reduce the appearance of discoloration and the occurrence of sensitivities. A new day for skincare has arrived!

Revitalizing Day Cream contains:

Hyaluronic Acid to strengthen elasticity and help to repair skin tissue.
Fruit extracts to fight free radical damage.
Peptides to boost collagen synthesis and reinforce skin barrier.
Beta Glucan to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
B Vitamins and fatty acids to add moisture and enhance skin tone.
Allantoin to promote cell healing.

Directions:

Apply daily to clean skin. Follow with your chosen SPF product. SRP: $68

RETEXTURIZING NIGHT CREAM

Skin transformation continues as you Night Creamrest with our fiercely-active Retexturizing Night Cream. Encouraging skin regeneration and rejuvenation in a Lactic Acid-based formula, this is a “work-horse” product that is also safe for sensitive skin types. The complimentary ingredients offer intense hydration, beneficial exfoliation that keeps skin smooth, soft and youthful, as well as treatment of skin irritations such as acne. Retexturizing Night Cream makes waking up to gorgeous skin an everyday reality!

Retexturizing Night contains:

Lactic Acid improves skin texture and hydration level.
Hyaluronic Acid strengthens elasticity and helps to repair skin tissue.
Fruit extracts fight free radical damage.
Peptides boost collagen synthesis and reinforce skin barrier.
Beta Glucan smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.
Great for problem skin

Directions:

Apply nightly to cleansed skin, avoiding eye area. SRP: $74

GLOW AND GO

Professional-grade, at home, anti-aging system for all skin types Our revolutionary "Glow and Go" Power Peel Exfoliant detoxifies, rejuvinates and oxygenates your skin using cinnamon oil. Unlike any other retail products on the market today, the Glow and Go multi-action formula uses a unique cinnamon-based complex that reduces signs of aging, impurities, and uneven skin tone. This one-step treatment exfoliates and nourishes all skin types by stimulating blood flow to the surface of the skin and delivering oxygen to deprived skin cells. It is guaranteed to revitalize and brighten your complexion, giving an instantly radiant and lasting glow.

The "Glow and Go" Power Peel Exfoliant is a multi-action solution that oxygenates, exfoliates and increases circulation while reducing pore size. The cinnamon oil-rich Power Peel Exfoliant safely penetrates skin while causing a surge of heat that stimulates and activates the skin. It is also effective in dealing with uneven skin tone, oily, acneic, and dehydrated conditions.

Directions:

On freshly cleansed skin, apply a generous amount of the Power Peel Exfoliant on face, neck and décolletage. A warm sensation, tightening and pulsing sensation is to be expected and varies with different skin types. Leave on for 15 minutes. Remove peel with water. SRP: $75, 1.7oz

This press release is presented without editing for your information. Mother Earth Living does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



11/26/2013

America's Best Organics

Just in time for the holidays, America's Best Organics, provider of hand-curated, eco-conscious organic gift baskets, has introduced a newly designed, American-made gift box in which to present and ship its all-organic and earth-friendly gift box collections. Produced and printed in a zero waste facility in Denver, CO, the new keepsake gift box design was inspired by an original illustration from Colorado artist Matthue DeYarus. 

America's Best Organics is one of 19 Certified B Corporations participating in the launch of "B the Change," a new consumer facing campaign from the community of Certified B Corporations, that celebrates and rewards people using business as a force for good. America's Best Organics included the B the Change red logo on the side of the newly designed gift box as a demonstration of their commitment to raising consumer awareness of products produced by fellow B Corporations.

Additionally, the company unveiled a new look and functionality to its website, www.AmericasBestOrganics.com, to help ease and expedite the shopper’s experience in ordering and shipping gift box collections to any location in the U.S. New features to the website include a quick buy section on the homepage, updated graphics and images, and messaging to alert shoppers that ground shipping in the US is now included in the list price.

“Our new box design reflects the essence of eco-gift giving: creativity, warmth, simplicity and recyclability. We are thrilled to introduce the new design in time for holiday orders and hope recipients around the country will be delighted,” said Seleyn DeYarus, CEO of parent company Best Organics Inc.

To view the full gift collection or to place an order, please visit America's Best Organics. For questions about the newly box design, refreshed website or gift services, please contact gifts@bestorganics.com or 303.499.6742.

About Best Organics

Best Organics Inc. is a leading provider of premium, hand-packed, organic and eco-friendly gift box collections featuring gourmet products from local, regional and U.S.-based producers and leading brands. Its gift collections are presented in beautifully illustrated, reusable gift boxes, and are available at www.AmericasBestOrganics.com, and for corporate gifting. Best Organics Inc. is a Certified B Corporation, a member of the Organic Trade Association, Colorado Proud, and Naturally Boulder, and is a Green America-Approved Business. Contact us or call 303.499.ORGANIC (6742)

This press release is presented without editing for your information. Mother Earth Living does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



11/26/2013

Balanced Guru

As a certified organic, 100% natural, cruelty-free line of holistic aromatherapy skin, hair, and body care, Balanced Guru is proud to announce the launch of one of the first certified organic powder face masks on the market: Balaned Guru's Spiced Up Berries Antioxidant Facial Masque. Activated by mixing with water, honey, greek yogurt or toner, create healthier, younger looking skin cells with this powder mask using Acai and Acerola Berries, Clove, Cinnamon, Oatmeal & Vitamin C for youthful, blemish-free and even toned skin. The Acerola Cherry packs more milligrams of Vitamin C than an orange, overflowing with collagen-building and acne fighting properties. 

Fact: While young skin is full of Vitamin C, skin naturally loses this nutrient over time resulting in pre-mature signs of aging. Blemishes are also caused by a lack of Vitamin C in your skin.

All of Balanced Guru products are made with certified organic food-graded ingredients meaning all of their ingredients are safe enough to eat and extremely rich in nutrients, anti-oxidants and vitamins that will make you see and feel the physical benefits of using them on your skin. Colorful berries are a great way to feed skin with antioxidants, while clove and cinnamon are also loaded with antioxidants to fight free radicals like UV rays, pollution, and other lifestyle factors that prematurely age skin. Vitamin C will give this masque an extra boost to also help brighten your complexion.

Retail size: 4oz, $45 via Balanced Guru.

Directions: A single application will consist of about 1/6 oz of powder, adding your activator of choice (water, honey, greek yogurt or toner) based on the consistency you wish to achieve. The 4 oz jar has about 24 applications (enough for a 6 month supply used once weekly). Each jar comes with a spoon to scoop out the product and a spatula to help mix and apply. A brush is the preferred way to smooth over skin.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. Mother Earth Living does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.



11/21/2013

Bobo Oat Bar

Bobo’s Oat Bars is on the rise, and that’s outside the oven. This home-grown Boulder brand features a line of snack bars in 14 delicious flavors, including four gluten-free, all made with organic and natural Non-GMO ingredients. The bars are ideal for a light breakfast, ie “a bowl of oatmeal to go,” a pre-workout snack, in a lunch box or yoga bag, or a mid afternoon treat. Bobo’s has enjoyed an impressive annual growth rate of over 50 percent over the past three years, evolving from a home-based operation to national natural foods and specialty store distribution in ten years. Its sights are set on making a big push in 2014 to expand distribution to mainstream grocery stores, and more specialty and coffee shops, as well as foodservice outlets. Bobo’s moves to a new 12,000 square foot facility in early January, more than tripling the existing space. With the new manufacturing space, the company can enhance automation, production capabilities, and add new staff, further increasing potential for growth. The company plans to introduce new flavors and varieties in early 2014.

“Our growth has been phenomenal over the past few years, due in large part to more people asking for high-fiber, nutrient dense snacks and foods that taste great, the fact that we offer several gluten-free varieties, made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, and a lot of hard work!” says Beryl Stafford, founder and president of Bobo’s Oat Bars. “The new space will open a lot of doors for us in terms of meeting growing consumer demand, and offering new flavors and varieties. We have great positioning in natural, and we’ll continue to nurture that, but we are also ready to expand to mainstream grocery with many consumers who shop at supermarkets also interested in healthy, organic, and gluten-free and non-GMO options. We’re very excited about what’s to come.”

According to FOOD MANUFACTURING magazine, the gluten-free market is experiencing double digit growth, with the highest consumption of these products in conventional channels. The demand for new products and a variety of gluten-free products is increasing, as people begin to gain awareness of the issue of gluten intolerance vs. allergies. The Organic Trade Association reports that sales of organic foods rose 10.2% in 2012, compared to 3.7% in conventional foods.

Bobo’s Oat Bars are available at select natural foods and specialty stores nationwide. The clear packaging allows for complete “transparency” for consumers, and each Bobo Oat Bar has a 6-month shelf life. The company just became Non-GMO Certified as well as Kosher Certified. Bars retail for approximately $2.69 per 3-oz. package.

About Bobo’s Oat Bars 

Bobo's Oat Bars is a Boulder, Colorado based manufacturer of all natural and vegan breakfast /snack bars that are hand baked with the finest organic, wheat-free and gluten-free non-GMO ingredients.  The company was founded in 2004 by Beryl Stafford, a single mother and owner of a catering business. Stafford was making snack bars for her daughter, nicknamed “Bobo,” and over time reformulated the recipe for the growing health-conscious consumer audience. Bobo’s developed a strong following in Boulder, and over the 10 years in business has blossomed from a small locally-focused company to a nationally recognized brand in natural foods and specialty stores. Bobo’s Oat Bars celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. Mother Earth Living does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase.


10/30/2013

From the makers of the best lip balm for the world, Eco Lips places the power of choice in the hands of consumers with the world’s first “Create it Yourself” lip balm at [My] Eco Lips. From the ease and privacy of one’s desktop, tablet or mobile, concocting a personalized Eco Lips lip balm is simply a matter of unleashing the creative juices and choosing style, ingredients and packaging via a few strategic clicks online.

According to Steve Shriver, CEO of Eco Lips, “Our very own “Certified Mixologists” blend the balm based on the customized order and mail it, all in a matter of days and for less than the price of a latte. With [My] Eco Lips, we’re trying to change the way business is done—giving customers the power to tell product manufacturers what they want, when they want it and how they want it.” [My] Eco Lips was inspired by Shriver’s 10-year-old daughter Chloey. Check out her video about creating [My] Eco Lips here: http://youtu.be/ueGzhQS_KMc.

Eco Lips Custom Lip Balms

The Three Easy Steps to Lip Balm Freedom via My.EcoLips.com:

• Pick your ingredients from a menu that includes multiple base choices, herbal extracts, natural flavors and specialty oils.
• Design your container with different colored caps, labels, tube colors and size.
• Name your balm and personalize your creation.

“Suddenly life has more flavor with [My] Eco Lips! Adding sparkle, sweetener and accessories rounds out the 2 billion possible lip balm combinations people can choose from. This is what lip owners have been secretly wishing for—to express themselves creatively and do justice to their lips,” adds Shriver. “And we want folks to share the love—[My] Eco Lips makes a perfect gift, a party favor or a unique premium for business, school or fun.”

Eco Lips manufactures the highest quality certified organic and fair trade lip care products on the planet. In addition, the company offers private label and contracting manufacturing services with a wide variety of options. Eco Lips initiated Iowa’s largest solar power project which is powering the neighborhood in which Eco Lips is located. The company is a member of OTA, Green America and is a Certified B Corporation. Don’t panic, it’s organic! To learn more visit ecolips.com or call 866.326.5477. Visit Eco Lips on Facebook at facebook.com/ecolips.

This press release is presented without editing for your information. Mother Earth Living does not recommend, approve or endorse the products and/or services offered. You should use your own judgment and evaluate products and services carefully before deciding to purchase. 



10/16/2013

TropiClean 

TropiClean is gearing up for the summer launch of their new Fresh Breath +PLUS Dental Treats. The company highlights their treats’ unique design that helps “clean teeth, freshen breath and promote overall pet wellness.” TropiClean uses natural wholesome ingredients that not only support pet oral health, but also support overall pet wellness. One exciting feature is that all of the new dental treats will be gluten-free, grain-free, corn-free and wheat-free.

The new line will include Skin & Coat, Hip & Joint, Advanced Cleaning System and Digestive Support treats, aiming to support oral health and overall pet wellness through a wholesome dental treat that dogs love. Fresh Breath +PLUS treats are proudly made in the United States with no ingredients from China.

“We know that the gold standard for clean teeth is professional cleanings performed by a veterinarian,” says Joe Wurm, TropiClean Pet Treat Brand Manager. “We also know that most pet parents do not consistently take their pets for teeth cleanings or even brush their teeth. We wanted to create a treat from natural wholesome ingredients that cleans teeth, freshens breath and dogs love—functional and simple.”

Speaking about the importance of what is in the new treats, Wurm said the company “focused on quality ingredients that you are familiar with, something similar to what you can find in your local grocery store.  That’s why we chose ingredients like our Jinsei Green Tea and blueberry which support overall pet wellness.” On the effectiveness of the new treats, Mr. Wurm explained, “We can’t tell you all of our Advanced Cleaning System secrets, but we’ll let you in on one. All of our treats contain decaffeinated green tea extract, which serves as a natural source of fluoride and antioxidants which benefit the immune system.”

TropiClean’s new treat line, featuring the four different dental treats in both small and regular sizes, is set to launch this summer. TropiClean also manufactures popular oral care pet products such as Fresh Breath Clean Teeth Gel and Fresh Breath Water Additive. For more information, check out their newly renovated website at tropiclean.com.



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