For the Greater Goods

A lifestyle blog for the conscious consumer


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#tossthetube

The other night while watching the TV show Extreme Weight Loss and eating a mini Kit Kat, I saw a commercial for the tube-less toilet paper rolls from Scott.

17 billion rolls is an incredible amount! The commercial states that that is enough to fill the Empire State Building twice, which is kind of scary, but this also got me thinking about what other things could be filled with 17 billion toilet paper rolls…

I looked up the volume of the Empire State Building and found it is 37 million cubic feet. So I’m assuming 17 billion toilet paper rolls take up about 74 million cubic feet (twice the Empire Sate Building). Therefore, 17 billion toilet paper rolls could fill:

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth at Epcot aka the giant golf ball thing that no one realizes is actually a ride (2,200,000 cubic feet) approximately 33 timesSydney Opera Housethe Sydney Opera House (880,000 cubic feet) about 84 times

Goodyear Blimp

the Goodyear Blimp (203,000 cubic feet) almost 365 timesBig Ben

Big Ben (164,200 cubic feet) about 450 times

I clearly have a little too much time on my hands, but I’ll admit before today I never really thought about the environmental impact of toilet paper rolls. And I’m sure this never even crosses most people’s mind, but this commercial definitely gets the conversation started. You can check out some more information here and make your pledge to #tossthetube to get a coupon for some tube free tp.


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The Endangered Species Chocolate Ranking

I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I’m kind of a chocolate expert (toot toot). My credentials don’t go beyond the fact that I eat A LOT of chocolate, but believe me; I know what I’m talking about.

I’ve seen these Endangered Species Chocolate bars every time I go to the grocery store and I thought it was about time I tried some. Yes, not just one, some.4 barsYou can probably tell by the brand name that Endangered Species Chocolate has something to do with endangered species. 10% of net profits go to species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts. Currently the donations go to the African Wildlife Foundation and the Xerces Society. But that is not the only great thing this company is doing.

They are Rainforest Alliance certified (ethical business standards), USDA Organic certified, and 30% of the packaging is made from recycled materials. Endangered Species Chocolate also tackles a problem I wasn’t aware of: palm oil. Below you will see the impact conventional palm oil production has on the world.

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Endangered Species Chocolate uses Agropalma, which is a certified sustainable palm oil committed to zero deforestation.

So after hearing all of these great things, the real question here is, is the chocolate good? And the answer is yes.

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Here is my ranking of a few (six!) that I tried from my most to least favorite:

Dark Chocolate with Espresso Beans: I was a little surprised by how much I liked this one because I’m not usually drawn to coffee flavors. The sweetness of the chocolate and bitterness of the coffee compliment one another very nicely. 

Dark Chocolate with Forest Mint: This one was a close second. The mint flavor is subtle, but adds another dimension to the smooth, rich dark chocolate. I really like that the mint flavor is natural and doesn’t taste overly sweet or artificial.

Dark Chocolate with Raspberries: I will admit the raspberry flavoring isn’t very predominant, but the pieces of raspberry do add extra sweetness. I think this bar would be great for someone who normally indulges in sweet milk chocolates, but likes to mix it up with dark chocolate once in a while.

Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee: This one has so much potential! The sad part is that the toffee bits are few and far between, but when you get a piece with a good amount of toffee in it, it’s goooooood.

Dark Chocolate with Blueberries- I may be a little biased on this one. Being from Maine (the leading U.S producer of wild blueberries) I have high blueberry expectations. Chocolate covered blueberries are sold by the carton up here and I was a little disappointed in the low blueberry to chocolate ratio. 

Dark Chocolate with Cranberries and Almonds: This is the only one I was actually disappointed with. The almond pieces are very, very tiny. Normally when I crave chocolate with almonds I’m looking for that extra crunch. You don’t really get that with these little shreds of almond. The cranberries add a little bit of flavor, but like the almonds, are very small in size.  

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There are a lot of other flavors available, but I had to limit myself to six. You can check them all out at the Endangered Species Chocolate website. If you try a flavor I didn’t get a chance to review, I would love to hear what you think!


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Suntastic Funscreen

It’s the week of the 4th of July and I’m sure a lot of you are planning on having some fun in the sun. Now I ain’t yo momma so I’m not going to lecture you on the importance of sunscreen. But Kim K did’t listen to her mom and look what happened to her

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So don’t be like Kim and remember to wear sunscreen!

I recently discovered Coola Suncare, which is a great all natural sun safety brand. All the products are made with certified organic ingredients. It was voted by SkinDeep as one of the safest sunscreens of 2014. Coola products are also cruelty free, which is an extra thumbs up in my book.

COOLA Sunscreen

Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray / Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Finish Cucumber / Liplux SPF 15 Peppermint Vanilla

They offer a variety of fun scents to choose from , but you can also opt for unscented. I’ve tried the Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Finish Cucumber Sunscreen (phew that’s a mouthful). The matte finish is perfect for hiding sweaty, shiny, oily skin and I loved that it was gentle on my sensitive skin. Unlike other sunscreens that can be thick and creamy, this one is a light, whipped lotion that doesn’t feel heavy on your skin.

You can buy these sunscreens at NordstromBirchbox, or the Coola website. Their website also offers a store finder, which will help you find local places to purchase Coola products. These products are pricey, but remember; everything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. So if you’re searching for a cheaper alternative, here are some ingredients to try to avoid when buying sunscreen:

Oxybenzone

Octinoxate

Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate)

Homosalate

Octocrylene

Paraben Preservatives (butyl-, ethyl-, methyl-, and propyl-)

So no matter what brand you choose, always remember the golden rule of sunscreen: reapply, reapply, reapply. Have a wonderful 4th, everyone!