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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Have An Eco-Friendly Holiday Season

Here are a few tips on how to have an Eco-Friendly Holiday Season!

Support local business with local products

Serve local & organic snacks from your local farm or co-op.

LED Christmas Lights - These will save 90% electricity & last for 50,000 hours. Check out this website to shop for some lights! The lights they sell are energy star approved and have a life time guarantee!

Buy canvas, hemp, or cotton bags to put presents in - your loved ones can use them as shopping bags after the holidays.

Use recycled gift bags from the previous year or simple brown paper bags that can be decorated. Don't be afraid to ask your family members for their holiday left overs!

Get creative in your gift wrapping- try using fabric, scarfs, recycled tissue paper, or newspaper (We highly recommend the comic section)

Make your gift tags! You can use old Christmas cards, scrap paper to make your own using hemp, or cotton string to tie on. We also recommend these super cool seed paper tags by Cast Paper Art.

Use a live potted tree for your Christmas tree or buy a tree from a local tree farm. 32 Million christmas trees are purchased each year in America. Check out this cool company we found online!

Update On Our Family In India

Zehn Naturals has been supporting a family in India through Speed Trust since early 2008. Through out the year, we get periodic updates on how the family is doing and how our donations are helping. Here are some of the updates.

Lakshmi is a mother of two, and wife to her husband, Nor Kanagaraj, who works in a tea shop. Lakshmi was working as a helper in SPEED Trust but she left the job to properly take care of her family. Her current activity is to make baskets at home for SPEED TRUST.

Tamilarasan, the oldest child, is 6 years old. He had been admitted in U.K.G in Eve Matriculation and received 34th rank in his Quarterly exams, which is average in his studies. He is coming daily to SPEED Trust center. SPEED Trust has paid school for Tamilarasan.

Tamilselvan is the youngest child and is 1 1/2 years old. He is a healthy baby but often affected by a common fever.

The family currently rents the home they live in, but was able to put a downpayment on a house.

Speed Trust is a wonderful organization, and we are honored to work with them. Find out how you can help!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Zehn Naturals Adopts A Bat!

We are so excited to announce that we just adopted a bat from the Organization For Bat Conservation!! We just adopted an Exciting Egyptian Fruit Bat! Here is a picture:
Bats are extremely important. Yet due to years of unwarranted human fear and persecution, bats are in alarming decline. As the primary predators of night-flying insects, bats play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature. And, as consumers of vast numbers of pests, they rank among humanity’s most valuable allies. A single little brown bat can catch hundreds of mosquito-sized insects an hour, and a typical colony of big brown bats can protect local farmers from the costly attacks of 18 million root-worms each summer. To learn more, click here.

One of artists, Wendie Salmi, designed the Adopt A Bat tee shirt last year and it has continued to gain popularity. As a Zehn artist & devoted Bat Lover, Wendie actually donates all of her royalties back to the Organization For Bat Conservation which has allowed her to adopt several bats along with us. Here is a picture of Wendie at the conservation in 2007, with a bat named Gandolf on her shirt!

Adopt A Bat tees
can be found on our website, and can be purchased at the Organization For Bat Conservation gift shop.

Don't forget, Zehn Naturals plants a tree for every tee sold -- which benefits all of the bats out there!

Importance of Bats Facts were provided by Organization For Bat Conservation.

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