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Starting Tomorrow, June 21, Organically Grown Will Be Live on the Green Carpet at Sunset Sessions!

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The Organically Grown team will be at the beautiful La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, California, where we are excited to be a sponsor of the second annual Sunset Sessions Rocks! From Thursday through Saturday, the top tastemakers in the music industry will gather to hear live performances from both emerging and established rock & roll recording artists, including Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, Lit, Everclear’s Art Alexakis, Dead Sara, Jim Lindberg, and the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan. 

Stay tuned, as Organically Grown will be tweeting live from the Green Carpet at Sunset Sessions! We will be asking the artists to “Get Naked or Go Organic!” and if they are wearing something not made of organic cotton, they either have to get naked or put on an organic t-shirt from Organically Grown! For videos of artists such as Jimmy Clif, Nate Reuss from Fun., and Brandon & Leah “Getting Naked or Going Organic” at this past February’s Sunset Sessions, please visit the Organically Grown YouTube channel here.

In addition, I am honored to be a part of the “Creating Change” panel, along with Shireen Janti-Reid from MusiCares, Jesse Bilauer from Life Rolls On, Jim Lindberg from Havoc Cares, Bushwalla, Ryan Clark from Liberty Bottles, and Peter Bunetta from Playing for Change.

We will keep you posted, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute insanity, great photos, and videos.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



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Last week, Los Angeles became the largest US city to ban single-use plastic bags, after the Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly endorsed a ban on the distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags in grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies within city limits. 

Regarding the passing of the bill, Councilman Paul Koretz said, “I’m deliriously excited about the passage of this measure. Ever since I first heard about the floating plastic island in the Pacific, while I was still in the state legislature, I have been trying to move the ball forward on banning plastic bags in this state.”
 
Great job, Paul! Paul Koretz is my council member and a passionate, great guy.
 
Councilmember Eric Garcetti, added: “Plastic bags clog our landfills, clog drainage systems, and litter neighborhoods. This ban will help us keep our communities healthy and clean.”
 
At Organically Grown®, we have been struggling with the philosophy of our packaging. The idea that our clothes are packaged in a plastic poly bag personally disturbs me. However, others believe that our customers expect it as part of a finished product.
 
What do you think?

By Bob Stein, founder of Organically Grown




Letting Off Some “Steam”

Recently, non-radioactive ammonia leaked from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.  This is the latest in a series of nuclear power plant negative headlines in the past few months, from Japan to the US.

The population within 10 miles of San Onofre was 92,687, according the 2010 U.S. Census. The population within 50 miles was 8,460,508. Cities within 50 miles include San Diego (45 miles to city center). A few miles more up the 405 (San Diego Freeway) is Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States.

If there was ever a nuclear meltdown at San Onofre, all of us in Southern California would be singing “Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide” (the Martha and the Vandellas hit song).

Why do we have it there anyway? Or, for that matter…why do we have these anywhere?

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Hasta la Vista, Governator…Welcome back, Moonbeam

Usually, I stay out of politics with my blog. However, I would like to recognize our great state of California’s outgoing governor as well as the man who is today being sworn in and beginning the new administration in Sacramento.

I had the privilege to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger when I served as the merchandising and licensing agent for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Working with him gave me a glimpse of a surprisingly intelligent man: A man who had the discipline and will to become the world’s greatest bodybuilder and biggest action star. I saw him put this same work ethic into T3. There wasn’t anything he would not do to promote the film. Shortly thereafter, Arnold became California’s governor, a role that he approached with his own unique style. Arnold cares about the environment, and before the BP oil disaster, he promised Californians that there would be no further off-shore oil drilling under his watch. Welcome back, Jerry Brown. I moved to California in 1977, when Jerry was governor of California. Some people criticized Jerry and called him Governor Moonbeam. They made fun of the windmills and solar energy projects that he was passionate about creating. Jerry was just ahead of his time. The joke is on the critics. The oil disasters are on them.

We must leave a better world for our children. They deserve that. To do this, we must focus on moving forward with green technologies. Whatever your political affiliation, preserving the environment should be a non-partisan concern. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Democrat or a Republican: We must do what is best for the future of our great nation and our beautiful world. This demands the courage to change, with entrepreneurship and innovation to create self-reliance. When you protect the status quo, you will always end up left in the dust.

So thank you, Arnold and Jerry, for your service. I know that with Moonbeam at the helm, California will continue to be a beacon to the rest of the world.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN