Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ways Natural Zing Helps to Save the Environment!

Happy Earth Day! We wanted to share with you some ways Natural Zing helps to save the planet.

1.  We sell only raw, vegan food which uses minimal energy to make (except from the sun). No animals have to be fed or killed to produce this food. This means LOTS of WATER and RESOURCE SAVINGS!

2.  We sell wildcrafted products from the Amazon rainforest which provides Amazon natives with an income that is derived from maintaining the rainforest not cutting it down.

3. Natural Zing uses UPS's Offset Scope 3 Emission with Carbon Neutral Shipping Program.

4.  100% Solar and Wind powered. Natural Zing’s main warehouse to be powered by the sun.  In fall of 2010, Natural Zing installed solar panels on the roof of its warehouse. This innovative on-grid/off-grid system not only supplies power to the warehouse, but also provides some power to our operational offices. With the innovative design by  a local Mount Airy Maryland alternative power contractor, this system will provide all the electricity for our warehouse, it feeds excess power back to the grid as well as charges a battery backup system that powers essential services during power outages (when the grid is down).
“Keep in mind that not only is our warehouse going to be solar powered, but all our offices and other locations are wind powered through the power choice program, thus all of Natural Zing’s electricity is being supplied by sun and wind,”

5.  Heats our offices with soy-bio-diesel fuel. Additional heat is provided by a stove that burns corn which is purchased from a local farmer.

6. Uses recycled and reused boxes and packing material.

7. Uses biodegradable corn starch packing peanuts.

8. Uses recycled 100% post consumer, non chlorine bleach paper for all paper uses.

9. Uses recycled 100% post consumer waste paper and soy-based ink for our catalogs.

10. Uses energy star appliances.

11. Natural Zing’s warehouse is a green building which has a passive solar design that reduces heating and cooling costs. In addition, it has radiant heat flooring and is painted with low VOC paint.

12. Recycles ink cartridges, electronic devices, paper, glass and plastic.

13. Uses sunlight as much as possible as our light source.

14. Consciously seeks ways to reduce our footprint on the earth. Our new area of focus is packaging. We are researching compostable packaging for our labeled products.

In addition: The owners of Natural Zing grow food in their greenhouse dome and organic farm and give our harvest to employees, friends, family and neighbors.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Live Sustainably by Growing Your Own Food


 As Earth Day approaches we are focused on how to save our beautiful amazing rich planet.  One of the most personally rewarding ways of saving the planet is growing your own food.  As I was doing research on this topic I found a lot of reasons big agriculture is destroying the planet.  I could have gone down that path in this article, but I’d rather focus on the benefits and rewards growing your own food.

  • Just to get it out of the way, the benefits to the planet.  By growing your own food, you are reducing the need for fossil fuels for transportation and harvesting of the food and of course less soil erosion, chemical etc.
  • The main reason to grow your own food is to supplement household food supply — to help them save money on food. That alone is a very powerful reason.
  • There is nothing more local than food grown in your own backyard, your windowsills, on patio containers, or sprouting in containers.
  • Growing your own fruits and vegetables means that you know exactly what does and does not go into your food and exactly where it comes from. Organically grown by your own hands.
  • You will get healthier in a number of ways. Not only will you end up eating more fruits and vegetables, but you will be getting added exercise. Did you know that you can burn as many calories in 45 minutes of gardening as you can in 30 minutes of aerobics? And, working in the garden reduces stress.
  • You will get a bigger variety of your favorite fruits and vegetables because you can choose from hundreds of different varieties and you can grow the things you like the best.
  • You can teach your children or grandchildren where their food actually comes from and that it doesn’t come from the supermarket but from the soil, the earth that we all depend on. I was amazed that some of my son’s school friends didn’t realize that apples came from apple trees or had never picked strawberries before.
  • Reconnecting with the earth. There is no doubt that human beings have become far removed from the natural world. It could be that this separation from nature is a root cause of many of society’s problems. When we deny ourselves access to the natural world, we lose a part of ourselves, our culture, and our sanity. One of the simplest ways to reconnect with nature is to dig right in and grow something.