Happy New Year! In with the new…

a new yesr's message for 2012

We’d like to begin by thanking all of our customers for their support in 2011 and helping us make this a great year!  We hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in 2012 and provide you with more green gift options and even more information that will help you to make informed decisions about the benefits of purchasing and consuming green products.

Just to clarify here, because the term “green” gets tossed around quite a bit nowadays, when we refer to food, skin care and clothing as “Green”, we mean that they were made with the highest quality organic and gmo-free ingredients.  When we refer to durable giftware items as “Green”, we mean exquisite  items that were made in a sustainable way ie. using recycled or upcycled materials, that were fair traded or hand crafted.

Our foundational belief is that green can not only be as luxurious, stylish and indulgent as conventional products, but is also superior because of the additional attention that goes into making sure that these products cause no harm to our health or to the health of our planet.

One of our goals at Fresh Unlimited is to raise awareness about the increasing number of high quality green alternatives that are available to consumers.   It is now entirely possible to live a greener life without depriving ourselves of the little, or even bigger luxuries we’ve become accustomed to, and we hope to inspire you to seek out these green options in all aspects of your life wherever possible.

With this goal in mind, we will be adding, in the new year, a new category to our current green gifts collection, one for Exotic Ingredients and Superfoods, a few of which can now be seen in our Wellness Collection and in our Gourmet Collection.  This category will feature premium quality ingredients that not only provide rich and intoxicating flavors, but also a high level of nutrients, which unfortunately are sorely lacking in much of the conventional foods that are available to us today.

The love of good food is one that we all share across the globe but there is a prevailing belief that decadent foods can’t also be good for us.  Now, this may be true if we are talking about conventional foods that are grown in dead soils, laden with toxic chemical residues from pesticides and herbicides and then supplemented with chemical and synthetic additives intended to increase their shelf life and add flavors so that food manufactures can meet their desired profit margins.  But if we look to foods that were grown in nutrient rich soils without pesticides and herbicides, as most superfoods are, and were then processed without chemical and synthetic additives, it becomes entirely possible to indulge in decadent and more flavorful foods that are also good for us.

The best of both worlds is possible: eating well, exploring and enjoying new and favorite flavors all while consuming the health enhancing nutrients our bodies so desperately crave.  And this is what our Exotic Ingredients and Superfoods Collection will help you to do.  Now that holds great promise for the new year!
Happy 2012!


Green Gifts Guide – Hostess Gifts (or Host Gifts)

Green Gift Options for Hostess Gifts

Well, Halloween’s over and that can only mean one thing… the holiday season is now underway and with it come the invitations to the various festivities and parties.  Now is a great time to look into hostess gifts (and host gifts), especially for those last minute invitations.

Hostess gifts don’t have to be elaborate, but it ultimately depends on the occasion and whether an overnight stay is involved.  When it comes to holiday parties, however, hostess gifts are usually a small gesture of appreciation for being welcomed into someone’s home.

Wine remains one of the more popular hostess gifts.  According to many sources, wine consumption is growing in North America, with the US now the world’s largest market for wine by volume (source: Gomberg-Fredrikson), though Canada’s per capital consumption is a bit higher than that of the US.  Wine consumers are also becoming more knowledgeable and more adventurous with an increasing interest in the different varieties of wine from different geographical locations.  This presents an excellent opportunity for Hostess Gifts, particularly when it comes to Organic wines.  There are now a number of excellent organic wine options and at varying price levels including some great local Organic wines such as Frog Pond Farms in Ontario, Summerhill Pyramid Winery in BC and Bonterra in the US.  There are also a great number of excellent organic wines worldwide.

Spirits are also an appropriate gift and it is becoming increasingly easier to find Organic versions of spirits, especially vodka.  Here are a few options

Organic Vodka:

Tru Organic Vodka
Square One 
Rain Vodka

Organic Tequila

Azunia Platinum
Casa Noble Crystal Tequila 

Puro Verde Estate Bottled Tequila

 

Organic Gin

Organic Nation
Schramm Gin 

Organic Rum

Crusoe Organic Rum 

Organic Whisky

Pemberton Valley Single Mart Whisky
Bruichladdich Single Malt 

Food Gifts

Food gifts, whether homemade or gift baskets are also a good option for a hostess gift, but etiquette states that the recipient should not be expected to serve the food gift as part of the celebration.  Rather it should be clear to the recipient that it is intended solely for their enjoyment and left completely at their discretion whether or not to serve it.   Our Fresh Unlimited Organic Gift Baskets Collection features a number of great options for hostess gifts, from our Coffee Bliss gift basket to a more elaborate Distinctive Gourmet Gift Baskets.  Simple gourmet foods items are also excellent ideas, particularly for those who love to cook such as our Pink Himalayan Salt Gift Set or our Organic Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Set.

Decor

Other great alternatives for hostess gifts include items that would add a touch of beauty to the host’s home without overwhelming their decor.  Our Tres’Or Beeswax Candle Cube Trio would add a nice touch of ambiance to any setting while our Glycerine Soap Trio, (three glycerine cubes in a translucent green and a translucent purple), would add a great touch of beauty and color!

For more ideas, check out our entire selection of green gifts at http://www.freshunlimited.com


Organic Minute Edition 1

Welcome to our first edition of Organic Minute. We’re still in the planning phase and working through the format but our intent is to provide a quick and easy way to keep you updated on the happenings in the Organic and Sustainable Living Worlds that are either helping or harming our ability to feed our family and friends the best tasting and most nutritious foods possible.

Currently, the biggest threat to our ability to eat Organic foods is the GMO industry. The US government has approved some new GMO crops which are known to be susceptible to pollination and can have a major affect on current organic agriculture including agricultural crops that feeds organically raised animals such as Kentucky bluegrass. THIS THREAT IS REAL AND URGENT. Any action, in fighting this is welcome.

If there are any topics you’d like to know more about, please let us know, we’re open to suggestions.

Here are some links to the stories in this edition if you’d like more information:
USDA Approves GMO Bluegrass
Red Green and Blue dot org : http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/07/13/here-come-the-superweeds-usda-approves-invasive-gmo-grass/
Mother Jones: http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/07/usda-deregulate-roundup-gmo-tom-philpott
USDA Press Release: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/07/kentucky_bluegrass.shtml
Report on Roundup and Birth Defects: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57277946/RoundupandBirthDefectsv5

Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GMOs on Africa:
Truthout dot org: http://www.truth-out.org/second-green-revolutionaries-gates-foundation-and-monsanto-push-ge-crops-africa/1310411034

Michigan Woman Faces Jail for Organic Garden in Her Front Yard:
TIME Mag website: http://moneyland.time.com/2011/07/08/woman-faces-jail-time-for-planting-organic-vegetable-garden/#ixzz1S2ZutiGh
Julie Bass’ website: http://oakparkhatesveggies.wordpress.com/
Video report from Sundance Channel: http://www.sundancechannel.com/sunfiltered/2011/07/front-yard-garden-may-earn-michigan-woman-jail-time/