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Resources

  • National Organic ProgramFrom the USDA, explanations of organic standards and regulatory processes.
  • The Non-GMO Project – A non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. For more information on GMO's and the Non-GMO Project, see the following Botanie Blogs: "GMO's Are Everywhere" and "More About GMO’s, Organic Soap, and Modified Crops."
  • Organic Consumers Association – An online, grassroots public-interest and advocacy organization.
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – The RSPO seeks to transform markets by making sustainable palm oil the norm rather than the exception.
  • The Cornucopia Instituteprovides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. 
  • Greenpeace Palm-Oil Producers' Scorecard – Gives an overview of where palm-oil producers stand, based on a Greenpeace International review of producers’ efforts to limit impact on forests and peatlands. To read more about palm oil and the controversy surrounding it, see the following Botanie Blog: "Return of the Palm Oil Contoversy."
  • The Organic Center – a non-profit research and education organization, based out of Washington D.C., whose mission is to gather credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming and communicate them to the public.
  • Organic.org – Making sense of organic labeling while educating producers and consumers on the benefits of organic agriculture, food and products.
  • Natural Food Certifiers – Certifies the natural and organic products industry, offering GMO-free, organic, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher certifications.
  • Gluten Free Certification Organization – A project of the Gluten Intolerance Group, whose mission is to support persons with gluten intolerance, celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, through consumer and industry services and programs that positively promote healthy lives. To read more about gluten sensitivity and skin-care, see this Botanie Blog: "Soap for the Gluten-Sensitive."
  • LeapingBunny.org – a project of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics to set recognized standards for cruelty-free products and practices. Once on the site, choose "Consumer Enter" to access general information and a shopping guide.
  • StopGreenwash.org – A project of Greenpeace to counteract deceptive Greenwashing campaigns and give consumers, activists, and lawmakers the information they need to address the deceptive nature of Greenwashing. To read more about Greenwashing from an organic perspective, see the following Botanie Blog: "Greenwashing: What It Is and Why It Matters."
  • Only Organic – "Organic is the Real Natural."  Only Organic is devoted to telling the story of organic agriculture and food production. 
  • Organic Soul – offers articles, advice, reviews, and ideas on natural, organic and green living, spirituality, holistic health and wellness, and sustainability, believing tha living a natural, holistic, and sustainable (eco-friendly) lifestyle should be simple and attainable for everyone
  • Bath Heaven – Natural Handmade Soaps and Bath Salts made with Essential Oils. Bath and body products made with pure essential oils and herbs for natural aromatherapy benefits. Made when you order to ensure freshness. 


The Botanie Blog

  • Return of the Palm Oil Controversy – The development of large-scale palm plantations has resulted in massive deforestation, destruction of animal habitat, and displacement of family farms and indigenous populations. Some have sworn off palm oil entirely, as their way of affecting the industry. For our part, we’ve chosen to support the efforts of suppliers who work exclusively with organic, fair-trade farms and, in doing so, be a part of building palm oil’s sustainable future. 
     
  • Foaming Soap Q & A – What makes the soap foam? Why no palm oil? Would herbs and powders used for coloring just float around in the saop?
     
  • Behind the Costs of Free Shipping – Nearly everyone expects it these days. But should they? As consumers, have we lost our perspective on what normal and reasonable costs are? And when is free shipping exactly the wrong reason for making a purchasing decision?
     
  • The Business of Being Organic – Part 1– With standards set by the USDA and administered by individual state agencies, with three exacting levels of certification, being certain about organic should be clear cut and simple. Shouldn’t it? Yes, and for those who play by the rules, it is. For those who don’t, there are any number of way to profit from looking organic.

  • The Truth About Lye and Organic Soap – Many perceptions of lye have nothing to do with modern soapmaking. But if you’re in the business of making or selling soap, these perceptions are part of your life.

  • GMO’s Are Everywhere – The truth is always in transparency. There’s a growing desire among consumers that the presence of GMO’s be included on product labels. In a July 2013 New York Times poll, 93% of respondents said that foods containing GMO’s should be labeled as such. There’s also a strong insistence, especially among manufacturers, that GMO’s are safe, intended only for public benefit, and that requiring their inclusion on ingredient labels would make products more expensive.  

  • Oil of Ages – No other ingredient in soapmaking carries the historical and cultural weight of Frankincense. Together with gold and Myrrh, it comprised the gifts of the Magi, and on more than one occasion in Greek mythology, was prized over animals as a sacrifice to the gods. Read about Tears of Frankincense and the Tree That Emerged From Grief.
     

Local Links

  • Made in Montana – Part of the Office of Trade & International Relations of the Montana Department of Commercehelps build recognition for products that are "authentically" Montana, meaning they are grown, created, made, and/or enhanced in the state.
  • The Good Food Store – a non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting a healthy community, providing a wide selection of organic food and natural products, conducting business in an ethical and respectful manner, and donating to organizations in need.
  • Missoula Food Coop – an owner-run and collectively-managed food cooperative operating as a model for economic, social and environmental justice and sustainability through the building of partnerships with local farmers and producers and providing access to healthy, affordable, and local foods.
  • Green Path Herb School – Located in Missoula, MT, Green Path offers online and in-person classes, as well as natural health retreats, guest speaker workshops, wildcrafting trips, online herb certificate classes and programs, a school for training professional herbalists, herb books, and lots of free herbal information.
  • Missoula in Motion – helps local businesses, institutions, and individuals reduce traffic and improve air quality in the Missoula area through education and encouragement of transportation choices, which include walking, biking, car/vanpooling, telecommuting, and riding the bus.


Always Deserving of Our Support

  • KUFM / Montana Public Radio – National Public Radio for Western Montana, along with an eclectic mix of music and entertainment programs.
  • KBGA 89.9 FM – a college/community-based radio station located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream – provides cost-free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting for children, teens, young adults, women and families affected by cancer, as well as programs for children who have a sibling or a parent with cancer.

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