Archive for April, 2009

Dishin’ out some serious goodness

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Boulder is full of the coolest small businesses. My latest find (which has become a Boulder obsession) is The Organic Dish. The concept for The Organic Dish is so simple: they create healthy, flavorful, ready-to-cook organic meals that can be enjoyed by all. I will be the first one to reveal that I am a horrible cook (easy mac is my specialty), so meals from The Organic Dish are a miracle replacement to the less-than-stellar, eco-unfriendly Lean Cuisines I have been known to consume.

Beckie Hemmerling of The Organic Dish was kind enough to give us English Retreads girls a complimentary meal that I would have never picked for myself, yet ended up absolutely loving. Who knew red lentils with coconut could be so flavorfully delicious and easy? The dish is described as “red lentils cooked in coconut milk, spinach, veggie broth and a variety of spices, and served over brown Basmati rice. Simple and delicious!” It is also one of their most popular dishes and now I know why. Yum.

Environmentally-conscious folks are usually (and rightfully) weary of delivery or prepackaged meals due to the amount of waste they create. The Organic Dish is currently working with Eco-Cycle to eventually achieve zero waste through their recycling, composting and sustainable purchasing habits. Also helping to boost their eco-status is the fact that they source some of their produce locally and actively work to support our local Boulder/Denver economy. Awesome company.

Oh! And one more thing that I find so commendable about this company is their Good Food Accounts which are designed to help out people during a time of hardship or life transition, such as going through an illness or having a baby. Friends, families and colleagues can go onto the page and donate any amount of money, which will go towards meals, to help that person through their transition. I think this is the perfect way to reach out to someone in a time of need.

Next time you are in a time crunch for dinner, don’t feel like cooking, or burned another casserole, give The Organic Dish a call and you will have an amazing meal at your fingertips. If it sounds like I’m raving, it’s because I am; this company could save my poor kitchen.

Food is Good,
Lauren, Blog Maven

Why not make it Earth Month?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Our friends over at Eco-Products (who make sustainable, compostable everything) have had an amazing and informative blog going for the past few weeks highlighting companies participating in “30 Days of Earth Day Initiatives.” Eco-Products has done a great job covering a gamut of companies with interesting, exciting and innovative initiatives that are working to help our ailing environment.

Major “green players” in their blog have included NBA Green Week, which discussed the signing of the Denver Green Venues Partnership and jetBlue’s New York City tree planting initiative. One of my favorite Earth Day events they looked at involved Denver’s Wynkoop Brewery. Wynkoop developed an “Earth Day Ale” where a percentage of sales will go towards outdoor programs for disadvantaged youths. Wynkoop is already very active in environmental sustainability and this project further showcases their commitment to the environmental movement.

Today, the day before Earth Day, Eco-Products decided to spotlight English Retreads and our own eco-efforts! We couldn’t be more excited and we are happy to add some fashion flair to their list. Be sure to swing by their website and pick up an exclusive code to get 25% off all of our products if you order by Friday!

Riding along this bumpy road…

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

These tough economic times provide a road full of potholes for all of us, and we just want to let our fabulous customers know that we are doing everything we can to make our products more accessible to you. Right now we are in the process of creating some exciting new sales and marketing ideas to get us all through the recession. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to get your paws on some great English Retreads swag, make sure to keep an eye out for our giveaways.

We recently gave away an awesome toffee Mini-Luxe and now we are partnering with the Eco Diva and offering one of our popular seatbelts!

Check out the Eco Diva’s findings on everything ethical and luxurious and as always, feel free to let us know about any ways we can help you be eco-fabulous!

A Hollywood Earth Day

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

As I’m sure you already know, going green in Hollywood is all the rage and has garnered an array of both negative and positive press. I often cringe at the critics who claim they were “eco-friendly before it was hip” and seem to have harsh words for the Hollywood greeny bandwagon types. I believe that the green bandwagon is one of those trends that everyone should feel good about hopping on.

Keep it safe.

At English Retreads, we are proud to be partnering with myEARTH360 in honor of Earth Day to provide quality eco-friendly gift bags for those celebrities who are committing their time to environmental causes. Be on the look out for eco-celebs such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Silverstone to (hopefully) be rockin’ English Retreads products in the future. Check out Hollywood Today for more information on the cause!

21 Days ‘til Earth Day!
Lauren, Blog Maven