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Sol Simple Solar Dried Organic Bananas – A Fantastic Product and An Amazing Story

I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to share with you great-tasting organic products that are also making a big difference in the world.

One such product that I recently discovered at Whole Foods Tribeca is Sol Simple Solar Dried Bananas.

Produced in Nicaragua, the organic bananas come in thin spears and are dried indoors using a solar drying technology, which enables Sol Simple to reduce carbon emissions.

According to the company, traditional outdoor drying techniques take 2-3 days, expose the fruit to mold and bacteria, and allow the fruit to oxidize.

Sol Simple’s end product is a sweet-tasting and slightly chewy banana spear.

The benefit of sun-dried bananas, as opposed to the bananas that we get at the stores, is that the fruit is not picked off of the tree as early. This means that it has more time to mature and contains higher level of minerals and vitamins.

Aside from the fact that Sol Simple solar dried bananas are a unique organic product, the story behind the company is very inspirational.

With numerous years of experience in Latin America, Will Burke wanted to start a dried fruit business in Nicaragua that would not only produce healthy snacks but would also benefit impoverished communities in that country.

What is Sol Simple doing now? Among other things, the company:

– Produces a line of organic fruit, nut and coffee products.

– Employs 18 single mothers.

– Sources from 35 different producers whom either have converted to certified organic production or are in transition.

– Works on organic and renewable energy integration development programs in the local area.

– Partners directly with small farmers and helps prepare them for organic inspections.

– Operates the largest solar hybrid dryer in the region.

Two projects in the works include:

(1) designing and funding a bio-digester, a large tank that would dispose of biodegradable waste material and produce methane, which would generate electricity; and

(2) investigating the integration of a vegetable oil converted diesel generator or converted propane/methane generator fueled by Sol Simple’s bio-digester in order to power the company’s processing facility in Nicaragua.

Sol Simple is selling a wonderful organic product and is also making an incredibly meaningful contribution to society.  Awesome job!!

Sol Simple products are available at select Whole Foods and other retail locations.

The video below is in Spanish but you’ll see how clean the factory is and meet some of the single mothers that work at Sol Simple.

A message from Tradin Organic

How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

Learn more.

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EARTH University in Costa Rica – An Amazing Example of What Education Should Be

The reason for my trip to Costa Rica was to come learn about a place called EARTH University.

EARTH University in Costa Rica is a 4-year accredited school where students come from all over the world to learn about sustainability and entrepreneurship. The goal is to have these students take these skills and knowledge back to their home countries after graduation in order to positively impact their communities.

What is important to know about EARTH University is that almost all of the students come from Latin America and Africa, 71% of the students come from rural impoverished areas, and 60% of the students receive full scholarships.

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A message from E3Live

"My Everyday, Must-Have Green Organic Aquabotanical"

The best testimonial that I can give is that I drink this every single day, as it impacts my mood in an incredibly positive way.

E3Live + BrainON is certified organic, fresh-frozen AFA (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) with a concentrated, aqueous, organic extract of Phenylethylamine and Phycocyanin.

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Top 5 Organic Products of Natural Products Expo West 2022

Natural Products Expo West, the largest organic trade show in the U.S. was back for the first time since 2019, as the last two years were canceled because of COVID.

Prior to this year’s show, I had one CEO tell me that he thought this would be the best year for innovation anytime in the past decade, given that brands had such pent-up demand over the last 24 months and would be particularly eager to show buyers their most forward-thinking products. Based on what I saw at last week’s Expo West, I believe he was correct. The innovation that I saw was outstanding.

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Seeking a Delicious, Low Sugar Indulgence? Thankfully, Foodstirs has Launched an Organic Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

The reality is that the older we get, the more responsible we become about decreasing our sugar intake.

And while reducing the amount of sugar we consume may be the smart thing to do for our health, it is not always the easiest habit to embrace.

Luckily, there are companies such as Foodstirs — a brand that completely understands the needs of the modern consumer. We want super-clean, organic ingredients that are sustainably-sourced but a product that does not force us to sacrifice taste.

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