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December, 2012

Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2012 by in News Comments Off on Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Branch Out! We wish you the best in the new year! Stay Green and Shop Local!

Love,

Lauren and Thiri

10 Easy Eco-Friendly Kitchen Tips

Dec 10, 2012 by in News Comments Off on 10 Easy Eco-Friendly Kitchen Tips

With all the food-centered holidays this time of year it can sometimes be easy to forget the little things that can make your kitchen more eco-friendly. Here are a few easy tips to help make your busy holiday kitchen an eco-friendly one!

Shop locally.
Look for locally grown produce at farmers’ markets,
farm stands and food co-ops. You get fresher fare, support your community and
help reduce fuel waste and emissions from long-distance shipping.

Keep an eye on the “9.”
Check the numbered stickers on fruits and
veggies. If they start with #9, your produce is organic, meaning it’s grown
pesticide-free.

B.Y.O.B. – “bring your own bag.”
Skip your supermarket’s plastic bags and transport groceries in reusable tote bags or
canvas produce sacks.

Ditch the plastic bottles.
Outfit your kitchen tap with a purified
water filter, and tote around a refillable sports bottle, made of glass,
aluminum or recycled plastic.

Recycle!
Kick those cleaned-out cans, jars, plastic bottles, pizza
boxes and even used tin foil to the curb on recycling day. When sorting plastic
containers, look for #2 and #3 on the bottom and trash or reuse the rest.

Reduce waste.
Buy in bulk, pick fresh ingredients and look for
products with limited — or at least recyclable — packaging. Switch to cloth
napkins or buy paper towels and napkins labeled “recycled,” “unbleached” and/or
“post-consumer waste.”

Grill it!
Outdoor grills take less energy than your stove and keep
heat out of the house, reducing costly strain on your AC. Better still: upgrade
to induction cooking — it’s most efficient.

Chill out.
Fill empty space in your refrigerator or freezer with
crumpled newspapers or full water bottles — it improves cooling and saves
electricity and money.

Go compostal!
Feed fresh kitchen scraps (no meats or oils, please)
to a compost pile. Then use the nutrient-rich compost to perk up your herb
garden.

Clean greener.
Scour cast-iron pans with salt to preserve
seasoning, turn off the tap while scrubbing dishes and only run a full
dishwasher. Plus, stock your pantry with the best natural cleaners: baking soda,
lemon juice, white vinegar and club soda.

Originally posted at the FoodNetwork.com

Favorites for December! Gift Edition!

Dec 1, 2012 by in Fashion Comments Off on Favorites for December! Gift Edition!

It’s that time of year where gift giving might make you a little stressed. Will they like my gift? Do I have to fight the mall? Is it eco-consicious? Well, Branch Out is the answer to all your questions! We have tons of gift options for men and women and for people of all ages! Why fight the mall when you can shop local and support your own community? And, yes, you can feel good about any product you purchase from us because we carry so many great eco-friendly lines! So here is a list of our favorites for holiday gifts!

The Eastlake 10″ iPad and tablet sleeve is the perfect gift for anybody you has a tablet. It’s so durable because it’s made from recycled rubber from bike inner tubes! We also have 7″ sleeves for the Kindle.

These Preloved mittens are made from 100% recliamed material, mostly super soft luxurious wool! And these mittens are a great stocking stuffer for any man or woman as they are completly unisex. The Marcos shoe by the People’s Movement is a great little sneaker. All of their shoes are unisex and we have the Marcos shoe for men and women in navy.  Any one would love to have these stylish kicks!

And the trusty Mighty Wallet always make the perfect little gift for those who are the hardest to shop for! Made from Tyvek these sturdy wallets are brightly colored and have a design to suit everyone on your list!

We know we can help you find the perfect gift for any one this year! Come by our store on Magazine St., shop online or even give us a call. We’ll help you make this holiday the best!

Happy Holidays! Love, Lauren + Thiri