ecoSTORE Honey & Almond Shampoo

Would you like your hair to smell like honey & almond?

The ecoSTORE Honey & Almond Shampoo offers 3 benefits in one product: it moisturizes your hair, gives it volume and keeps your color safe. And you don't have to worry about flushing down dangerous chemicals down the drain. This product is free from sulfate, paraben, dioxane, artifical dyes and fragrances. It is based on plants and minerals which guarantee a gentle cleansing and replenishment of your hair.

We love this product and can recommend it to anyone who like to take care of their hair AND the environment. The shampoo is also available in cucumber and pear.

Check out the other eco-friendly products of the ecoSTORE.

ecoSTORE Toilet Cleaner

You don't need bleach, phosphates or HCL to clean your toilet. ecoSTORE offers an efficient environmentally-friendly Toilet Cleaner that protects the environment, keeps your toilet free from bacteria and unwanted smells and will not flush any nasty chemicals down the drain. The ecoSTORE Toilet Cleaner has a fresh fragrance and keeps your bathroom smelling great for hours.
After the first time using the Toilet Cleaner, I was convinced of the product's quality and efficiency. And all of this for only 3 dollars. Now, I can feel good about cleaning my toilet because my bathroom is clean AND my conscious is free.

You should check out the ecoSTORE's products. You will find plenty of things for your eco-friendly home.


Reading Tips

Read today:

Ancient and Modern Vegetarian Movements

Learn about the history of vegetarianism and its perception by ancient societies. Did you know that Pythagoras and Leonardo da Vinci were vegetarians?



Why Should We Buy Local Products?

Buying local products is a powerful choice consumers can make in their everyday lives to contribute to the revival process of our green planet that we have disrespectfully exploited for hundreds of years. Buying local products will benefit our economy, reduce pollution and create jobs amongst many other benefits.  

How to buy local products

  • Check the packaging of the product you intend to buy. Where does it come from and how was it transported to your country?
  • Check the producers' websites and find out where their plants are located. 
  • Go to farmer's markets and buy local food and fruits that have not had to travel thousands of miles contributing to air pollution to get to your plate.
  • Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables that were grown and harvested in your own country. 
  • If you do choose a foreign product, inform yourself about the production methods and treatment of employees. Does the product stem from organic farming? Does it have the Fair Trade logo? Does the company mention anything about sustainability on their website? Inform yourself well about the technology they use and the included chemicals.
  • Keeping your eyes wide open and informing yourself about every step companies take makes you a good consumer.  
Be a Wise Consumer, Be Smart, Be Eco-Friendly.

Ecotourism in Buenos Aires

View of the capital from the Reserve. Typical Pampas Gras.

Eco-tourists will feel their heart beating faster in a fabulous place in Buenos Aires: the Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve. 

The Great Egret
The Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve also known as the Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur is a 865-acre low land territory on the Río de la Plata riverbank located in Puerto Madero only 10 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Ecological Reserve is worth a visit if you want to escape from the noise and pollution of the metropolis and discover nature trails where you can watch birds, stroll, cycle, and marvel at the beautiful landscape consisting of a great variety of typical coastal plants and characteristic fauna such as the Pampas Grass. You will be able to observe 60-90 species including bird species such as the Coscoroba, the Great Egret, the Black-necked Swan and White-tufted Grebe. Other wildlife you might be able to admire are the Coypu, Pampas Cavy, Hillary’s Side-necked Turtle and Black Tegu Lizard. 


The Truth about Organic Food

Part II: Which Type of Agriculture Is Better for the Environment - Conventional or Organic Agriculture?

Organic cultivation of mixed vegetables on an organic farm in Capay, California.

Since 1978, the soil scientist Paul Mäder has been comparing conventional wheat cultivation with organic wheat cultivation in a unique long-term experiment. The land where wheat is conventionally grown is cultivated with artificial fertilizer and pesticides while the organic land is cultivated with stable manure. 


 The Truth about Organic Food

 Part I: Organic Bananas

Organic products are conquering the supermarkets and discounters of the developed countries. They are the symbol of a modern society that cares about health, sustainability and fair employment conditions. Organic agriculture is a valuable contribution in the fight against the destruction of the environment while supplying high-quality products that have not been in touch with pesticides and other dangerous chemicals that are harmful to health.  
Is it possible, however, to produce food sustainably in masses in consideration of the welfare of animals, humans and the environment? 


Eco-Friendly Products for Your Pet!

Have you ever thought about buying eco-friendly products for your pet? The Organic Pet Boutique has become a great success in the e-commerce world and their website is a real treat! If you really love your dog, you should go take a look.

Organic Dog and Cat Food

The Organic Pet Boutique specializes in organic and natural dog and cat food that has been minimally processed and provides a maximum nutrition. Let’s take a look at one of their products to see what it is really about and if we can make sure it is organic. The Honest Kitchen Thrive Grain Free Chicken Dog Food is gluten-free and offers your dog a low-carb nutrition. Low-carb nutrition is essential when the dog is recovering from cancer for instance. This dog food is made from free-range chicken, organic fair-trade quinoa, sweet potatoes, spinach, parsley, organic kelp, rosemary, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate and copper amino acid chelate.
Before you serve the food it has to be mixed with warm water, stirred well and hydrated for 5 minutes. Your dog will love it!

Organic Dog Toys

The Organic Pet Boutique offers handcrafted rings made out of natural wool fibers from New Zealand. The colors are created using natural dyes and no chemicals were used. This definitely makes it a great eco-friendly product! In addition, these rings are crafted by Nepali women artisans. Your purchase will support a family or child in need. 

Organic Flea and Tick Products

The Organic Pet Boutique also offers organic dog and cat flea and tick products. One of them is the Natural Vet Herbal Flea Powder which naturally repels fleas and ticks. It contains Rosemary, Peppermint, Cedar Oil and Rosemary Oil as well as calcium carbonate and cornstarch. 

How to Make Organic Toothpaste at Home

We don’t really think about saving the environment or caring for our health when we brush our teeth. It’s a daily routine that we take up without giving too much thought to it. We should take into consideration that we are brushing our teeth with parabens, petroleum, synthetic flavorings, mineral oil, propylene glycol and synthetic fragrances. That doesn’t sound too healthy anymore. Commercial toothpaste might also be tested on animals, which is another reason to avoid purchasing them. The chemicals used in toothpaste are actually responsible for drying out tissues in the mouth and possibly lead to canker sores. An excess of fluoride can even cause causer or renal or kidney failure, amongst other things. Did you know that some chemicals found in mouthwashes can also be found in bathroom disinfectants?
Why don’t you try making your own organic toothpaste at home? It is easier than you think and you can avoid buying the tube made of plastic which is another relief for the environment and one less product made of plastic.
Take a look at the following video and you will see how easy it is to make your own toothpaste at home and safe money doing it!


Currently, humanity is facing three major global challenges: the Global Financial Crisis, the Food Crisis and the Climate Crisis. The challenges are inter-related and need to be jointly addressed. However, international cooperation is lacking and global leaders and decision-makers have yet to adopt clear and focused practical measures for implementing sustainable development on a global scale.

The Global Financial Crisis
The global economic prospects are marked by uncertainties and vulnerabilities. The fiscal crisis in Europe has intensified and its growth is slow. The effects have spread to developing as well as high-income countries with a decline of capital flows to developing countries by almost half in comparison to the previous year. Growth in major developing countries has slowed down. These developments might reinforce each other and lead to more instability. High deficits and debts in Japan, Europe and the United States represent major challenges that could lead to adverse shocks. According to the World Bank, in the event of another global crisis similar to the one in 2008/09, countries would not be able to recover as quickly as they possess fewer fiscal resources today than in 2008. 



1. Pristine Planet - A website which allows you to compare merchants offering ecofriendly products.
Products: chocolate, baby cribs, t-shirts, sweaters, shoes, backpacks, sleepwear, lunch kits, furniture, jewelry, literature, pet supplies, gifts, home & garden etc.

2. Nigel's Eco Store  - This website is the winner of several awards including the Real Homes Eco Awards. It provides eco-friendly, natural and organic products and gives consumers eco-friendly advice, ideas and information. A great way to shop and buy environmentally friendly!
Products: solar tools and devices, eco gifts, clothing, office & school supplies, travel equipment, toxin free eco paint etc.

3. Eco Wise  - Anything you need for your eco-friendly house and garden, eco-friendly hygiene, books, clothing and baby products!
Products: household supplies, hygienic products, gardening supplies, refurbishing supplies, clothing, etc.

4. BAM Bamboo Clothing - Bamboo clothing absorbs moisture, has an insolating effect, is antibacterial, anti-static, provides UV protection and is anti-fungal. It provides a pleasant feeling on the skin. Check out this amazing bamboo clothing website! Sizes S-XXL (UK 8-18)
Products: fitness & gymwear, t-shirts, socks, tank tops, underwear, gift packs, leggings, etc. 

5. Eco Baby Gear - Bamboo clothing absorbs moisture, has an insolating effect, is antibacterial, anti-static, provides UV protection and is anti-fungal. It provides a pleasant feeling on the skin. Check out this amazing bamboo clothing website! Sizes S-XXL (UK 8-18)
Products: cribs, rattlers and teethers, diapers, hygienic products, books & music, clothing, decor, toys, strollers, etc.

6. The Environmental Toothbrush - The Environmental Toothbrush was invented by a dentist from Brisbane. It is made from bamboo, which is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth. The Environmental Toothbrush is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and can be purchased in a pack of 12 for only $36. Freight free in Australia and $12 Freight for International sales).

7. Wear Chemistry - Eco-friendly T-Shirts! This company has established a framework in which its products are not manufactured by child or forced labor, working conditions are safe and healthy, employees do not have to work excessive hours, the clothes dyeing process is realized by a closed-loop purification system by which wastewater is turned into clean water, the garments meet the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard and the packaging is 100% recycable.


Studies have shown that grass-fed cows generate less greenhouse gas emissions

Jennifer Tehraud

People might think that if you are a vegan, your nutritional philosophy is based on religious, ethical or health-related motives. But actually, people are also turning to veganism because they are aware of the fact that livestock production generates approximately one fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases, with which it outruns transportation. This was discovered by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. In other words, the production of 1kg of beef results in more CO² emissions than driving the car for three hours while leaving all the lights on at home, according to scientists. What kind of influence does livestock production have on the environment?

  • Methane is released through the belching of cattle: Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide and its capacity to trap heat in the atmosphere is 21 times great than that of CO². 
  • Fertilizing compounds such as sulphur dioxide and phosphate destroy ecosystems in rivers and lakes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, agriculture in the U.S. contributes to approximately ¾ of all water-quality problems in rivers and streams. Farm facilities often resemble prisons and are located hundreds of miles away from major cities. Their manure pollutes rivers and our valuable groundwater. In the state of Iowa, hog factories and farms produce more than 50 million tons of excrement annually. 
  • The livestock and the food needs to be transported which causes further emissions.
  • The livestock is fed with soy which requires cutting down the rainforest to make room for cultivating it in order to be able to export the demanded quantities to feed the thousands of cows and pigs slaughtered daily.

Tiago Zegur
Sometimes people want to do something to save the planet but don`t really know how to start. We are providing you with seven infallible tips of how to find easy ways to lead an eco-friendly and eco-conscious life. We suggest you try one each day of the week and by the end of the week you will have done 7 good things without even making much of an effort. Go for it!

MONDAY: Practice Eco-Mobility: This would be the best way of moving from place to place and especially those among you who drive frequently should start thinking about some alternatives whenever this is possible. However, sometimes we are dependent on our car and we cannot afford a hybrid or an electric car or use any other type of eco-mobile. In those cases, we can still be “green”. You should make sure your car is always in a good condition as this can directly affect the amount of CO² emitted. Don't leave the car running when picking someone up or are waiting for something or someone. The 30 seconds rule applies here. If your car runs more than half a minute without being used, it is already worth stopping the engine. Another option would be making your car fuel-efficient by getting an engine tune-up which can improve your mileage by up to 4%. You might also consider replacing the air filter, aligning your tires, pumping up your tires, checking the condition of your gas cap and if necessary replacing it to avoid the release of smog-causing compounds, driving smoothly and taking any unnecessary load from the car. By doing this, you can additionally reduce fuel costs. Fuel-efficient cars will release less harmful substances and you can travel a greater distance on a tank of gas. When looking to buy a new car, opt for a more fuel-efficient car than your old one. Joining a carpool to go to work, school or somewhere else is also a wise and eco-friendly choice. This will lead to one less polluting car on the roads. 


A Guarantee for Getting Low Auto Insurance Price Quotes

Tiago Zegur

The basic rules for getting cheap car insurance are the same for every type of car from every company:
  •          Keep yourself free of driving fines;
  •          Don`t drive to much;
  •          Don`t borrow your car to your teenage son or daughter; 
  •          Park it in your garage every night (if possible);
  •          Have safe accessories such as airbags and an automatic seat belt.

However, opting for a hybrid car may lower your insurance costs even more. Hybrid cars are vehicles that function by means of a gas-powered motor. This mechanism starts the car. Once in motion, the vehicle is run by electric power. This operation makes hybrid cars lower emitters of the environment’s damaging substances and classifies them as “eco-mobile” vehicles. 


Tiago Zegur

What have you done to save the world today?

When we talk about being green, sustainable and ecofriendly, we are talking about working together hand in hand. Otherwise it would never work. We can all do our own little part from home by saving electricity and water, separating garbage, wearing eco-friendly clothing and practicing Eco-Mobility. If we make the slightest contribution every day, we can already make a big change.  We need to work as a huge team. Saving the world means helping others save the world.

How is the climate change affecting us?

Capitalism has created a world in which people have to step on one another in order to keep growing. So we have stepped on people and nature. That is why now nations are suffering from hunger and incurable diseases and ecosystems are falling apart. Massive animal slaughtering, the destruction of the rainforest and the use of unsustainable energies all lead to excessive emissions of CO². This changes the world climate and leads to climatic catastrophes in many parts of the world. The ocean level is rising and islands in the Pacific are slowly disappearing. Coral reefs and other plant and animal species are dying in the ocean due to waste and sewage water being dumped into the ocean by cruise ships. We are interfering in food cycles as we might be killing the animals that others are feeding on. This leads to plagues as well as extinctions.


Jennifer Tehraud

Ever worn something made out of bamboo? The material is relatively new on the market and only recently, the clothing industry has discovered its magical benefits.

Bamboo is an extremely fast-growing resource. Clothing made out of bamboo features major benefits compared to synthetic fiber or cotton. The material is very soft as bamboo naturally contains honey pectin. It makes the clothing very comfortable to wear and the material is outstandingly suitable for baby clothing and children’s wear. Another advantage is that bamboo is able to absorb three times as much moisture as other materials such as cotton. This is due to the structure of bamboo as the cross section of the root shows that the bamboo fiber is hollow. This makes the material ideal for people who tend to sweat easily. Thanks to its moisture properties, it is also pleasant to wear bamboo clothing during warm temperatures. The special structure of bamboo even has an insulating effect as it helps you keep cool in the summer and feel warm in the winter. Bamboo is crease-resistant and you don’t have to waste your time ironing. Another great characteristic of bamboo is its antibacterial effect. This reduces and even prevents unpleasant

Jennifer Tehraud

Dear Eco-Friends. We have launched our very first eco-magazine. It is the Spring Edition 2012 and you will find many interesting articles such as A Truly Organic Makeup, Let’s Talk about Eco-Mobility, Peak Organic Pale Ale or Looking for a New Place to Live? How About an Eco-Village? Don’t miss this chance, as the first edition is free! Our graphic designer Tiago has enhanced the magazine with some excellent graphics. You will really enjoy reading it from beginning to end! We would appreciate your feedback as you are going to be our first readers, so don’t forget to comment all you want! Enjoy reading and live green!

Earthly Hugs,

Earth Blog 2020

Stop Deforesting Amazonia

Tiago Zegur

Brazil has the biggest tropical forest in the world.  Amazonia is bigger than Monaco, France and Germany together and features over 30% of the whole biodiversity of the planet. The Amazonia has ten different ecosystems and over twenty eco-regions. Deforestation has been taking place in this precious region of the world for many years. Soy fields are planted to provide feed for livestock production which the meat industry is involved in. This forest needs to be saved.

In Amazonia, the biodiversity is amazing and many species such 
as fish, amphibians and arthropods have not even been discovered yet. This means the Amazonian flora and fauna is even richer than we think and exceeds the numbers that have been documented today. Experts estimate that there are more fish species there than in any other basin of the world.

Brazil does fight against deforestation but it should be in the interest of all of us to preserve natural paradises; we can fight this fight together! That`s why the environmental non-profit organization Greenpeace is getting involved in this cause too. Together with Brazil, they are trying to adopt a law called “END OF DEFORESTATION IN BRAZIL” in order to stop this abuse of nature. A petition initiative was commenced in the country with the aim of collecting over one million signatures. This initiative will also be a valuable contribution in the fight against global warming, since deforestation is part of what is causing it. It is important to help; everybody can and should participate.
If you want to find out how to get involved, you should visit the Greenpeace website.

  • How about volunteering at the Greenpeace International Headquarters in Amsterdam?
  • Sailing aboard a Greenpeace ship?
  • Working for Greenpeace?
  • Running your own campaign?


On March 31, 2012 at 8:30pm, we are going to be offline. Why? Because it is Earth Hour 2012. We are going to turn off our lights to fight against climate change! Are you going to participate? We are counting on you!!



Tiago Zegur
This is not a new thing at all; this is 
actually much older than you and 
me. The term Eco-Mobility may 
be new, but the principle stems 
from the beginning of human history.
Eco-Mobility is basically any  
environmental friendly way of transport. 
Most of the people on the globe 
could be eco-transported but for 
several reasons they are not doing it. 
This type of mobility is not only healthier 
for people who adapt to it, but it is 
also environmentally friendly, as it reduces 
the emission of volatile organic 
compounds, oxides of nitrogen, benzene, 
formaldehyde, polycyclic hydrocarbons, lead, 
sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and carbon 
monoxide into the environment. 

Why is air pollution a problem?

Air pollution may have effects on the development of the human fetus

Ever since the industrial revolution, we have been polluting the air relentlessly and without any shame and everything has been fine one might argue. However, car exhausts can lead to serious health risks. Once exhaust emissions are released into the air, they are breathed in and reach our bloodstream which flows through all of our major organs. According to BBC News, there are 24,000 premature deaths in the UK due every year to vehicle emissions of which many people suffer from respiratory problems. Air pollution also has serious effects on the hearth. It is estimated that one in every 50 heart attacks in London is caused by air pollution. Furthermore, lead can cause changes in behavior, harm mental function, lead to memory problems, inhibit important enzymes, interfere with our cell metabolism and thus slow down the circulation of oxygen and essential nutrients in our body. Benzene leads to a reduced number of blood cells and might even cause bone marrow loss.  Carbon monoxide also has serious effects on our body’s ability to transport oxygen and provide the tissues of our body with it. Due to the exposure to toxic chemicals, the immune system might start to attack the body’s own tissues which can cause the blockage of blood vessels and increase the risk of high blood pressure and coronary diseases. And last but not least, it has been proven that being exposed to Benzene for long periods of time can cause leukaemia. Through experiments on animals, it could be shown that polycyclic hydrocarbons can cause cancer. It has also been found that air pollution can have serious effects on the human fetus. Evidence has been presented that environmental toxins can cause premature births. Babies may also be born underweight or with birth defects. In these cases, the risk of death is much higher during infancy and those who survive are more likely to develop brain, respiratory and digestive problems in the future. 


Cruise ships are powered with heavy crude
oil. According to the environment
association NABU, a cruise ship emits
the same quantity of pollutants during one
cruise as 5 million cars on the same route.
That definitely does not make them
“eco-friendly”. The US Federal
Environmental Protection Agency estimates
that in a single day, passengers on a
typical cruise ship will cause

·         “21,000 gallons of sewage
·         one ton of garbage
·         170,000 gallons of wastewater from sinks, showers and laundry
·         More than 25 pounds of batteries, fluorescent lights, medical wastes and expired chemicals
·         Up to 6,400 gallons of oily bilge water from engines
·         Four plastic bottles per passenger – about 8,500 bottles per day”

The EPA further states that ships incinerate the majority of their garbage, thus contributing to the pollution of the air, especially in coastal regions and on the ocean.
The bad news is that the cruising industry is huge, generating billions of dollars every year. In 1970, ships were only accommodating 600-700 people while nowadays, 5000 people find room on the luxury cruise liners which are growing rapidly due to the strong demand.   


Tiago Zegur

Our Ancestors Did It the Right Way

Once upon a time, humans were living in harmony with the flora and fauna on Earth. Whether in Africa, Asia, America, Alaska or Oceania, every civilization knew how to extract resources without destroying the Earth. They knew the secrets of nature, the importance of ecosystems and they knew how to live in harmony with other species; they respected the Earth. However, the more we developed the more destructive we become and that is how we got to where we are today. With time, societies began to step on each other and we lost the focus and the control of the situation. Now we are trying to reverse the damage we have done and go back to the point where we were less destructive, less aggressive and less overriding.    
We have become aware of the damage we are causing on Earth and we want to stop it but it is not every society, community or country that wants to join this cause. Fortunately, this movement is becoming more popular, even though not as fast as some eco-friends might hope. 

Some might inculpate the developing and emerging countries for massively destroying the environment and neglecting environmental protection with the aim to compete with the industrialized countries. However, who is really responsible for the ecological dilemma we are in?

The Greendex, an Annual Survey made by the National Geographic Society showed the most environmentally friendly countries in the world in 2010.

And the Greendex goes to...India!!

The objective of the survey Greendex is the establishment of regular quantitative measures of consumer behavior and the promotion of sustainable consumption. Within the framework of this study, 17,000 consumers were interrogated in 17 countries. They were asked about their behavior in relation to energy use, conservation, transportation preferences, food sources, the use of green vs. traditional products, attitudes regarding the sustainability and awareness of environmental issues. 


Companies are increasingly receiving pressure to integrate environmental principles into their general strategy. The reduction of our carbon footprint, the use of renewable resources and recycling are no longer foreign words to us but who is really implementing it? Is there a company that has integrated environmental management into their business strategy? Is it possible to be financially successful, a world leader and still invest in sustainability? Lufthansa shows that it is! Lufthansa has adopted 15 guiding principles on the basis of sustainability into its Strategic Environmental Programme.

  1. Lufthansa has increased its efficiency by reducing carbon emissions since 1991. Goals for 2020 is reducing CO² emissions by another 25% in comparison to 2006 levels. 
  2. Lufthansa has furthermore contributed to the improvement of the air quality by reducing nitrous oxide emissions by 50% since 1991. By 2020, a reduction of 80% is to take place by means of new technologies. 
  3. Lufthansa is intensively investing in new fleets. The largest fleet-renewal programme is currently under way and until 2018 Lufthansa intends to put 202 new aircrafts into service.  


A Truly Organic Makeup
Jennifer Tehraud

NVEY ECO is an eco-friendly cosmetics company that has been developing and distributing eco-friendly makeup since 2005. It was certified as organic by Natrue, an international non-profit organization that awards cosmetic companies its label.  The label guarantees that the company and its products adhere to the strict standards of Natrue. Companies have to demonstrate that their ingredients are truly natural and organic, their manufacturing processes do not excessively pollute the environment and corporate practices are environmentally friendly.                                                                             


Ecotourism in Patagonia
Jennifer Tehraud

Nowadays, more and more people are starting to attach importance to the issues of climate change, respecting other species, earth-friendly diets, reducing our carbon footprint, waste management and the use of renewable resources. It is clear, that humans are headed in a direction where they will not be depriving the planet of its natural resources but they will learn to protect them and use them in a sustainable way. The protection of the environment is becoming just as important as the growth of markets, financial success, technological progress and new ways of entertainment. 

What does ecotourism mean?
The principles of ecotourism include the prevention of actions that harm or destroy the environment, the creation of environmental and cultural awareness, the support of local communities at the tourist destination, the financial support of companies which actively promote and implement ecotourism and conservational measures and the respect of the political, environmental and social situation of the country of destination. The International Ecotourism Society (TES) defines ecotourism as follows:
Ecotourism is a responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people”.