Happy *Green* Moments / A Week in Review

Eart Friendly Palm Oil

Greenies Unite

Hello my loves! Mrs. GGC here wishing you a HAPPY FRIDAY! Despite it being Friday the 13th AND a full moon, we all made it through alive (or at least, half-alive). This week at work was “meh”, but life is good nonetheless. I wanted to share with all of you some of the cool experiences I had this week regarding the blog and the ‘go green’ movement as a whole. The environment seems to be the topic of conversation everywhere lately; from stories on CNN to a label on the side of a cereal box, the movement is growing so it is time for all of us to really jump on board the green train! Continue reading “Happy *Green* Moments / A Week in Review”

App Review: Palm Oil Detector & Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping

Palm Oil Product Scanner App Reviews...Find the one that will work for you.

Hi all GGC followers! I hope your palm oil challenge is going as well as ours is. In an earlier post about grocery shopping I talked briefly about two apps I use while shopping to help me find palm oil friendly products. As promised, its time to review these apps. Right off the bat I do want to thank these app developers for taking the initiative to develop apps to helps us be more conscious consumers. I have no doubt that these apps were created on shoestring budgets and I applaud their efforts. That said there is still room for improvement on both apps. With that out of the way let’s get right to the reviews. First up is Palm Oil Detector. Continue reading “App Review: Palm Oil Detector & Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping”

Yep, soap nuts are real – and they are pretty awesome!

Soap Nuts...Natures Own Laundry Detergent

Happy Tuesday friends (if there is such a thing?) So today’s post is pretty cool. Mr. GGC and I have started using sun-dried, de-seeded soap berries in place of traditional detergent to wash our clothes and towels. I know – what the HELL are soap berries and why the HELL would I give up my detergent for some hippy-dippy fad. Well, as a not so hippy-dippy person, I’ll tell you! But first, the hubby and I realize that there is only so much that we can write about palm oil before you all get bored. We do hope that you are trying to be more mindful of your consumption, however we would like to write a few miscellaneous go green posts this month as well. One of our followers for example asked about corn oil and its effects on the mind and body. We plan on responding to this comment in a new post in the next few days. So…question time. Continue reading “Yep, soap nuts are real – and they are pretty awesome!”

Guide To Grocery Shopping

Grocery Store

How To Grocery Shop During The Palm Oil Challenge

So you’ve decided to take the palm oil challenge and you’re headed to the grocery store to pick up your weeks worth of groceries. How do you shop and still remain free of non-sustainable palm oil. Well we’re here to help and to recap our shopping experience. Let’s jump right in to the how-to of shopping during this challenge. Before you set off you are going to need a few things. Continue reading “Guide To Grocery Shopping”

The Palm Oil Challenge: What lit the fire beneath us?

Palm Oil and what lit the fire bneath us.

Mrs. GGC here, snuggled up in my living room on this snowy Saturday afternoon. Last night, Mr. GGC and I had date night at a local restaurant. We both ordered the veggie burger — my husband’s first experience eating one! This blog has really changed our view of food. We are more mindful of what we are putting into our bodies, and we even catch ourselves reading labels and researching the ingredients in the foods we eat that are not organic. We ordered a delicious place of truffle fries (pictured below) as an appetizer (not healthy, but dammit we love our french fries). After the first bite, we both looked at each other – “Soo..ya think there is palm oil in this dish? Crap.” @goingreencouple We hesitantly ate a few fries and pondered how we would deal with moments like this in the future. After all, our goal is to reduce the amount of palm oil that we consume — not necessarily cut it out completely. But, we will save that post for another time. Continue reading “The Palm Oil Challenge: What lit the fire beneath us?”

If Palm Oil Is Bad For The Environment
Is It Bad For Your Health?

Palm Oil Bad For Your Health

Palm Oil…Bad for your health, worse for the environment!

After removing most of the palm oil from our kitchen I was curious about the health effects of palm oil. After a bit of researching I found out that it’s better for you than products containing trans fat but not by much. Palm oil is high in saturated fat which can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. Unrefined palm oil does contain beneficial compounds. However, most palm oil we consume today is highly refined and has had all of those beneficial compounds stripped. Here’s a helpful little infographic for you. Turns out there’s a two fold benefit of removing palm oil from your diet.

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Is It Bad For Your Health?”

Is There Palm Oil In Rock Salt?

Shoveling Snow

Answer: No (probably)

Hi all, Mr. GGC here, and with a snow storm heading for the east coast I wanted give you an answer to a question I had. Is there palm oil in rock salt? And the short answer is no (probably). I bring this up for two reasons, one it’s an example of how you have to change your thinking when tackling this challenge. And two, it illustrates the difficulty in finding out what’s in products not consumed or used on your body. Continue reading “Is There Palm Oil In Rock Salt?”

Palm Oil Challenge

This Month’s Challenge

This month The Going Green Couple is tackling the challenge of palm oil. Our goal is to reduce our palm oil product consumption by 75%. Now what is palm oil and why did we choose it as a challenge?

What is Palm Oil?

Palm oil is a versatile and multipurpose use vegetable oil derived from the oil palm tree. The oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree and is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. The oil palm tree can be found across the entire equator. Eighty-five percent of global palm oil exports comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. Continue reading “Palm Oil Challenge”