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SHAKLEE KICKS OFF EARTH DAY WITH CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA
April 13, 2010, 12:52 pm
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Shaklee Independent Distributors reach out to help build greener communities in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Basic-H®

PLEASANTON, Calif. – (April 13, 2010) – Shaklee Corporation, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., will be hosting hundreds of events throughout the United States and Canada to help promote environmental responsibility in honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. These events, led by Shaklee Independent Distributors, will range from tree-planting activities to eco-fairs and informational meetings.

In addition to celebrating Earth Day, Shaklee also will be celebrating a significant milestone of its own—the 50th anniversary of Basic-H®, one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable surfactant cleaners in the world. In honor of the anniversary, bottles of Basic H Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate—an updated and more concentrated edition of Basic-H—will feature a commemorative seal for a limited time only. Basic H2, the flagship product of the Shaklee Get Clean® household line, provides a super-safe, really powerful, doubly-concentrated clean with thousands of uses. This phosphate-free formula is also concentrated, so it saves money and helps reduce waste compared to ready-to-use cleaners. In fact, the number of Basic H2 bottles sold last year contained the same amount of clean as nearly 1.7 million  26-ounce bottles of conventional, ready-to-use window cleaner—that’s enough bottles to wrap around the earth 11.4 times. Through sales of Basic H2, combined with last year’s sales of Get Clean Starter Kits, Shaklee saved 71 million pounds of greenhouse gases and 31 million pounds of packaging waste.

“There’s only one earth and we have to do all we can to protect it,” says Shaklee Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Roger Barnett. “That goes beyond reducing and recycling. It means reconsidering our options and changing the way we do things. It could be biking to work, using energy-efficient light bulbs, or switching to environment-friendly household cleaning products. If we all make a conscious effort to preserve the planet, imagine the difference we can make.”

The environmental heritage of Shaklee dates back more than 50 years—before Earth Day was established. The company was the first in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified in 2000, and was recently recognized as an Industry Innovator by the nonprofit group Climate Counts. In 2006, Shaklee initiated a nationwide campaign called A Million Trees. A Million Dreams.™ in collaboration with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai. As part of the campaign, Shaklee Distributors set out to plant a million trees throughout the U.S.; the millionth tree was planted on Earth Day 2009 at the company’s headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif.

For more information, contact Shaklee Independent Distributor Lisa Hummitsch at www.HealthByNature.MyShaklee.com Use the *contact* me link on the page.

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About Shaklee Corporation

Founded more than 50 years ago, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium-quality natural nutrition products, personal care products, and environmentally friendly home care products. In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 1.25 million Members and Distributors around the globe and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and China. For information about Shaklee, visit Shaklee.com.

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A Safe and Powerful Clean!

It’s about that time–Spring cleaning! After the holidays, my oven has seen its share of spills and splatters. Does this look familiar?

scour-off-001.jpg <~ My very dirty oven window on the inside

My natural scouring paste does the trick! It has numerous uses: bathroom tile, outdoor grills, stains in the sink, countertops, caked-on food…Someone even found success getting permanent marker off of a wooden coffee table with the scouring paste! It was powerful enough and environmentally-safe enough to be used to scrub the boat decks for Wild Dolphin Project. Jacques Cousteau has also used these environmentally cleaning products onboard the Cousteau Society’s research vessels, the Calypso and Alcyone.

scour-off-003.jpg<~With a green miracle scrubber pad, I used the paste and some water (and with my bare hands! Would you dare use a conventional oven cleaner without gloves???) You can see the left side getting considerably clean. And no fumes to choke on!

scour-off-004.jpg<~Look at the difference on the left!

Without using any toxic, corrosive chemicals, I’ve ended up with a sparkling clean oven!

scour-off2.jpg For more information on this and other non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products, visit my website at www.healthbynature.myshaklee.com.



Greenwashing: The Latest Deceptive Practice in Advertising

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Green.  Eco-friendly.  Fair trade. Natural.  Organic.  Do these terms look familiar?  Lately, they seem to be all around us on a variety of products, services, and companies.  The *green* movement is hotter than ever, and companies want to jump on the bandwagon.  But, do you know if the claims they make are accurate?

*Greenwashing* is the term given to the practice where a company makes claims about its products or services to make them seem more environmentally friendly or harmless to human health.  These claims can end up being false and misleading, and fool consumers into thinking they are buying something they are, in fact, not.

The term *natural* has a rather ambiguous meaning, and there is no regulation for its use.  Products that identify themselves as being *natural* have been proven to in fact have ingredients that have been genetically engineered.  Something created in a lab is not *natural* in the sense something directly derived from nature would be.  Also, some chicken companies claim they are 100% *natural*, despite feeding their birds antibiotics. Arsenic and formaldehyde are *naturally* occurring substances, but they aren’t something I’d want in, say, toothpaste.
One rather amusing case of greenwashing had the claim that its packaging consisted of *100% recycled paper*.  The container was plastic.

The term *organic* is another that is often misused in labeling.  Loosely, the term can mean part of it is derived from plant material.  Some companies that use the term *organic* may have a very small percentage of the total ingredients that fit the term.  Other companies go as far as claim that their product is *certified* organic, yet some consumer sleuthing does not result in any proof of such certification.

Third-party certifiers can give more assurance in proof of labeling, although there are of course exceptions to this as well.  A company that makes these claims should have proof of its accuracy, and it should be readily available for consumers to make informed decisions about what they are indeed purchasing.

Sometimes a company’s claims are accurate, but there are hidden trade-offs that are not mentioned; this kind of deception is more difficult to spot.  A company might produce a product that is packaged in recyclable material, but a trade-off may be their production methods are harmful to the environment.

For consumers, the best line of defense is a degree of skepticism.  Do your homework to find out if a company’s *green claims* are indeed worthy of your purchase.  There are several watchgroups that expose these fraudulent claims.  Check out  corpwatch.org and greenwashingindex.com



February Specials at Health By Nature

health-apple.jpgJanuary was a great month for folks looking to *go green* in their homes, getting rid of household products containing harmful toxins, and switching our non-toxic, eco-friendly line of cleaners.  February has some great opportunities to focus on *you*.

The weight management starter kit is in itself a great value–from now until March 31st, when you order a kit, you can also get a box of shake packets for 50% off.

Customers can also receive a box of shake mix packets for 50% off when they order 2 boxes of the all-new meal replacement bars.  They are nutritionally complete and packed with protein to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

There’s also a new shake mix flavor available: strawberry joins chocolate, vanilla and café latté. This shake tastes just like fresh strawberries, and like all the other nutritional products, no artificial sweeteners, flavors or ingredients.

Also on special these next 2 months is some skincare products.  Order the night repair formula which features pure vitamins C & E, and get the skin calming treatment for 50% off.

In addition, I am personally offering 2 specials of my own.

Place an order through the Health By Nature store of 75 PV or more, and you will receive a certificate worth free shipping off your next 50 PV order.

For those considering the business opportunity:

Join my team as a Global Ambassador and earn $50 cash back.



Dreams, Goals, and a Desire to Succeed

I have goals, and I want to succeed.  Really, who doesn’t?  It is human nature to want to accomplish something on one’s own, and be rewarded for it.  When I started my own business, it was a first step to achieving my dreams.

The first thing to examine is what you want to get out of  it.  More money?  Flexible hours?  More time to spend with family or to get a little *me* time?  A sense of self-worth, that you are making a difference in the world? Personal growth & development?

Next, map out a path to get there.  How much time are you willing to put in?  What can you invest, both financially and in labor (because time is money!)?  How can you disseminate information and market your business?

There are a lot of at-home businesses available.  Many are scams, others are legit.  By researching companies, you will find the  one that’s right for you.

Steer clear of gimmicky or niche businesses.  Those are the kinds of businesses that sell a product to a select segment of the population, and the products are things that would be purchased one time or infrequently. Choose a company that you fully stand behind.  If you are not truly *sold* on a company’s product, how do you expect to get others convinced?

Lastly, enjoy it.  If you don’t love what you’re doing every day, then you really need to stop doing it.  I am passionate about my business–I am making a difference in the lives of others, and the impact we have on the planet. The products’ quality is measured by the solid research and longevity of the company’s success–over 50 years and growing exponentially.

If you would like to learn more about the opportunities joining my team has to offer, visit my site.  You can contact me using the *contact me* link in the upper right-hand corner of my web page.  Whatever your journey, I wish you success!



Alternative Energy
January 10, 2008, 6:49 am
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We recently purchased a lot on which we plan to build a house in the next couple of years.  Although my husband & I had commented repeatedly in the pst that it would be nice to utilize some form of alternative energy source,  it never went beyond *talk*.  Now with this project ahead that we can plan any way we want, we’ve begun to research and seriously consider a couple of energy options in our future home.

We’re almost certainly going to implement geothermal heating.  This method has been along since Roman times; it conducts the heat from deep down in the earth.  It doesn’t produce heat, but rather transfers it.

Another method we’re seriously considering is solar power.  There are several homes in our neighborhood with solar panels on the roof–it’s nice to see that some people are taking the initiative to find different ways to power their home.  Solar power is expensive on the front end (at the time components are purchased and installed), but the savings over time pay for it many times over.  Since this is going to be our last and final home (I call it our final resting place!), it is an investment that we’ll recover in cost savings.

Here in Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry is building a *smart home* on its campus.  It will be a fully functioning exhibit that people will be able to tour.  The 2,500 sq. foot home will have water conservation features like a gray water system that will filter sink water and direct it to the toilets, and the toilets will have the 2-button flush system.  One for #1, and a more powerful flush for *the other* one ;^)

Its energy sources will be solar and wind energy, and it will also feature cost-saving materials that are recycled and energy efficient: triple-pane windows, LED light fixtures, cement siding, and *smart* technologies compliments of Wired magazine.

It’s heartening to think that our attitudes concerning alternative energy is changing in this country, to one of acceptance and consideration.  There is no doubt that we need to look to more creative ways to harness energy, in a way that will respect the planet and her resources.