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Spring Forward with Organically Grown

Please remember to “Spring Forward” this Sunday by setting your clocks ahead. You may lose some sleep, but you’ll enjoy the extra hour of daylight.

After you’ve adjusted and if you happen to be in the neighborhood, please come visit Organically Grown at the Whole Foods in Tarzana, CA. We will be there from 12-6pm, showcasing our locally made organic women’s tops.

Also, come join us every Tuesday night at the California Heritage Museum’s Market and Food Truck Night. Organically Grown will be there from 5-9pm, selling our organic products at a special price!

A special thank you to the brilliant Michele Clark, founder of Sunset Sessions, for allowing us to offer a discount on Organically Grown to the attendees of last month’s Sunset Sessions in San Francisco. Rumor has it that the long-awaited return of Whitebread to the stage stole the show! 

by Bob Stein, founder of Organically Grown

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The Real Reasons to Buy Organic

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Stanford University scientists recently published a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine comparing the benefits of organic versus non-organic food, concluding that they “did not find strong evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives.”

Some people may view this study as a reason to not buy organic products. However, in my mind, nutrition was never the reason to buy organic to begin with, and this study just brings us further away from the real reasons to buy and eat organic.

The main reason you should eat organic is so that you and your family consume as little GMOs, pesticides, and other toxins as possible. Even the Stanford researchers concluded that consuming organic food reduces your risk of consuming pesticides by 30%. So while Stanford concluded that there is no difference in nutrients…Ask yourself this: Do I want to consume more toxins, now that I know that they’re just as nutritious as the organic version? That would not be logical.

Beyond our own health and nutrition, buying organic means “to respect the land your food came from,” as the Atlantic wrote in their response to the study. Another crucial reason to buy organic is to encourage environmentally sustainable farming practices, which are more healthy for not only our environment, but for the farm workers who are no longer exposed to the toxic chemicals they otherwise would have sprayed on the food. 

As the National Resources Defense Council wrote: “Pesticide or fertilizer laden runoff from farmlands washes into rivers, lakes, and streams, contaminating waterways, and destroying habitat. Many pesticides are also toxic to health, and have been linked to respiratory problems, neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer and reproductive problems. Every year, farm workers and people living near conventional farms suffer from poisonings and serious health effects from pesticide spraying.”

So, reduce your consumption of toxins, protect the environment and the farm workers, stop contaminating the waterways and water supply. Eating and wearing organic accomplishes this. You do not have to attend Stanford to excercise common sense.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



ORGANICALLY GROWN LIVE FROM THE GREEN CARPET AT SUNSET SESSIONS ROCK!

 The Organically Grown team just returned from Michele Clark’s second annual Sunset Sessions Rock!, where we were a proud co-sponsor of the event.

 There was a lot of great music from both emerging artists and rock legends such as Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, who dazzled the women of Organically Grown. Richie played some of his new songs on his solo album set to be released on September 4, as well as some of the classic Bon Jovi hits that he co-wrote, such as “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive.”

 

Also performing at the event were Lit and Everclear, who are co-headlining the Summerland tour, which stops in LA tommorow at the legendary Greek Theater. In addition, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan was the keynote speaker.

One of the great emerging bands is Cheating Daylight. These young sensations range in age from thirteen to eighteen, and totally lit up the stage. Be sure to catch them on tour this summer!

I was proud to be on the “Creating Change” panel, along with Shireen Janti-Reid from MusiCares, Jesse Billauer from Life Rolls On, lead singer of Pennywise Jim Lindberg from Havoc TV, Bushwalla, Ryan Clark from Liberty Bottles, and legendary record producer Peter Bunetta from Playing for Change.

During the panel, moderator Chris Wrightsman challenged me to see if I could still rap, and I put the doubters to rest. A YouTube video of the panel will be released soon.

I interviewed over 30 bands, with the mission of educating them about the hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticides used in conventional cotton, and how at Organically Grown, we take those toxins out of our products and out of the environment.

We will post these interviews on our YouTube channel in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! The biggest star of them all is Michele Clark…for pulling off an amazing event once again! 

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown

PS – Be sure to check out our Facebook page for our full album of Sunset Sessions Rock photos!



Superheroes for Organically Grown

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This ad appeared in the November 1977 edition of Seventeen magazine featuring Lynda Carter as the spokesperson for Organically Grown. At the time, Lynda was the star of the hit TV show Wonder Woman. In the seventies, women fought for equal rights, such as the basic freedom to earn the same salary as a man for doing the same job. Even though Wonder Woman had been a popular comic book character for many years prior, it was Lynda’s role as Wonder Woman in the seventies that made the world believe that a woman could be a superhero. Ms. Carter was the perfect choice to represent Organically Grown… strong, independent, confident and beautiful…standing tall in the American way.

Today Organically Grown is in the middle of a different struggle. Day by day, more and more people learn of the toxins in their foods, but now it is our job to inform them of the hundreds of millions of pounds of toxins used to conventionally grow the cotton they wear, and the disastarous effect its production has on our planet. Organic cotton removes these toxins, and the clothes we sell at www.shoporganicallygrown.com are made from 100% organic cotton. 

So be a superhero like Wonder Woman, and help us spread the word about the power of organic cotton and all the amazing things we are doing at Organically Grown. And to all the women of the world…don’t give up the fight!

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown

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Organically Grown “Gets Naked or Goes Organic” at Sunset Sessions!

The 15th annual Sunset Sessions is now a beautiful memory. Held this year at San Diego’s luxurious Rancho Bernardo Inn, Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions is a music industry event that gives recording artists a chance to be heard by music supervisors and radio programmers. I would like to thank all of the great recording artists who stopped by the Organically Grown booth. We asked all of the musicians to “Get Naked or Go Organic,” choosing to take off their non-organic tees and replace it with one of Organically Grown’s organic t-shirts. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s farmable land, and is the world’s second most heavily sprayed crop; conventional cotton requires 1/3 pound of toxic chemicals to make just one t-shirt, adding up to hundreds of millions of pounds each year. I was surprised that the concept of organic cotton and organic clothing was new to so many artists, but then again, that’s why we were there…to let the creative community know about the destruction caused by conventional cotton production, because they are the ones with the voice who will get the message out!

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The "Creating Change" panelists

I don’t know how Michele Clark manages to do all the amazing things she does, in putting together this event each year. We met with so many amazing new and emerging artists, and it was especially satisfying to meet and interview reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. It was also great to be on the “Creating Change” panel with Conor Gaffney from Café Gratitude & co-producer of May I Be Frank, Stephen Powers from Agape International, Bushwalla, Erica Krusen from MusiCares and Jim Lindberg, the former lead singer from the band Pennywise. Also on the panel was my dear friend Kevin Lyman, who made the 60-plus tour buses on the Vans Warped Tour change to biodiesel fuel when, at the time, it was not the most economical thing to do.

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Jason Mraz perfroming "I'm Yours"

Jason Mraz lit up the stage with an intimate concert catered by Chipotle, who use fresh avocados grown on Jason’s orchard to make their guacamole, and use about 25% organic beans in their food. Jason got his big break at Sunset Sessions with “I’m Yours,” which would eventually be nominated for a Grammy Award, and would spend 76 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, breaking the record for the most weeks spent on the chart. As a major star, it was great to have Jason back as an alumni. From everything I know about him, from spiritually supporting the musical efforts of his friends like the Makepeace Brothers and Bushwalla, as well as Michele’s efforts, more important than being a star, he is a gentleman.

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Lucinda Williams performing

Thanks again to Michele for allowing Organically Grown to be a sponsor of this amazing event, and to all the artists who performed, and whom we interviewed. Not only did we get to interview many amazing artists, it turns out we have made friends. We will be posting the videos of these interviews in the next few weeks.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



The Birth of Our Twins…Organically Grown’s Baby Lotion and Shampoo Have Arrived!

Two years ago, Organically Grown embarked on a mission to develop the perfect line of organic bath and body products for baby. Our products had to be not only “natural,” but certified USDA Organic, and manufactured in a QAI facility.  It seemed simple enough, but what a journey it has been! It took months of research and countless formulations to produce a premium organic product with the finest selection of ingredients that include shea butter, beeswax, aloe vera, green tea extract, cocoa butter, pomegranate extract and coconut oil, blending the calming scent of lavender and the sweetness of almond for the perfect subtle fragrance.

Our lotion had to be thick, yet easy to apply, without being clumpy or oily. I am happy to report that our lotion is luxurious and soothing, and dries quickly with no sticky residue. It will leave baby’s skin (and yours!) feeling smooth, soft, and silky. In the Organically Grown office, we are all wearing the lotion and recommend it to everyone!

I am proud to say that with our 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo and Body Wash, we have developed a groundbreaking shampoo that not only cleans baby’s hair, but conditions it as well…all that, in addition to being a body wash! We decided to take a leap of faith and produce a sulfate-free, no lather shampoo. We understood the risk we were taking because of the false perception that foaming equals cleaning. According to an article in the New York Times, chemical sulfates are “cheap lathering detergents long used in many shampoos (and household cleaners)” that can dry out hair and skin.

Our mission at Organically Grown is to provide you with superb quality products at a great value. Both our Baby Lotion and 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo and Body Wash come in a simple recyclable 8 oz bottle, free of wasteful packaging, at the unbeatable price of $14.95 each. Not only are our products made in the USA, they are also cruelty-free and not tested on animals (Except of course for our dog Carl, who got a bath in the shampoo!).

Organic is what’s best for baby, what’s best for you, and what’s best for the earth. I hope you love the latest additions to the Organically Grown family of products as much as I do.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



IT’S GOOD TO BE GOTS!

I am so excited about our brand new spring line of organic baby clothes. They are beautifully designed and on top of that, they are GOTS certified!  GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. The goal of the standard is to ensure the organic status of the textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, and finally labeling to provide a credible assurance to the consumer. Additional criteria for processing and manufacturing include:

  • At all stages through the processing, organic fiber products must be separated from conventional fiber products and must to be clearly identified
  • All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meet basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability
  • Prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes
  • The use of synthetic sizing agents is restricted; knitting and weaving oils must not contain heavy metals
  • Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)
  • Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited
  • Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited
  • All operators must have an environmental policy including target goals and procedures to minimize waste and discharges
  • Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and wastewater treatment, including the disposal of sludge. The wastewater from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional wastewater treatment plant.
  • All processors must meet worker-friendly standards set forth by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

We are very proud to offer you this super high-quality, well-designed, socially conscious product at an affordable price. Please visit our website.

Your baby or a friend’s baby will thank you!
By Bob Stein, Co-Founder of Organically Grown