derma e® Natural Bodycare Winning Awards
derma e® Natural Bodycare, a pioneer in formulating cutting-edge effective natural skincare products, is excited to announce the receipt of four more awards from Progressive Grocer and KIWI magazines. The good news was mentioned in their August 2010 issues, and brings derma e® to a total of 28 awards won in the last four years.
Progressive Grocer magazine rewarded derma e® with an Editor’s Pick Award for products that are innovative, functional and offer a good value to category buyers and the consumer. Some of the latest standout products included derma e®’s NEW Tropical Solutions™ that blend tropical Tamanu Oil with Green Tea, Pomegranate, Papaya and Vitamins A, C and E to help nourish, protect and rejuvenate skin, prevent the early signs of aging and restore a natural, youthful radiance.
With KIWI magazine editors considering NPA-certified brands and EWG ratings, as well as readers voting on personal care brands they trust, 36 companies were congratulated in nine categories for having the best natural personal care products. derma e® was one of the winners in the following categories: Body Lotion, Bath Soap and Facial Cleanser. derma e® offers a line of six hand and body moisture therapy lotions, body washes for specific skin problems such as blemishes, and a range of facial cleansers including formulas for anti-aging and sensitive skin.
From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: Are there efforts to increase bike lanes and paths around the nation? I’d like to be able to bike more instead of drive,
but I’m concerned about safety.
-- John Shields, Minneapolis, MN
Around the U.S. new bike lanes and paths are all the rage, helping cash-strapped cities simultaneously green operations and trim budgets—adding bike lanes is far less costly (to taxpayers and the environment) than building new roads. Also, the nonprofit League of American Bicyclists reports that real estate values increase with proximity to bike paths. “People enjoy living close to bike paths and are willing to pay more for an otherwise comparable house to be closer to one,” the group reports, citing examples from Indiana, California and elsewhere showing that homes near bike trails command a premium upwards of 10 percent.
In New York City, bicycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation. A 2006 citywide mandate has led to the laying down of some 200 miles of new bike paths recently. Also, the area around Madison Square in midtown is now bike-friendly; seven blocks of Broadway now feature green-painted bike lanes between the curb and the parking lane to provide cyclists with a buffer against rushing motorized traffic.
In September, central Tennessee (Nashville and environs) adopted an ambitious plan to add upwards of 1,000 miles of bike paths (also 750 miles of sidewalks) across seven counties, a scheme that won the “best project” award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Nashville itself will increase alternative transportation spending from 0.5 percent to 15 percent of its transportation budget, and hopes to reduce traffic congestion and obesity—Tennessee has the nation’s second highest rate of obesity—in the process.
Portland, Oregon, long a leading U.S. city on environmental policy, has allocated over $20 million over the last few years for bicycle infrastructure improvements, and plans to spend another $24 million upgrading the city’s network of bike paths and trails. One of the city’s latest innovations has been to convert two parking spaces on city streets to bike corrals capable of holding two dozen bicycles. In addition the Bike Portland blog reports that the city now supports some 125 bike related businesses, mostly small and locally owned, covering everything from custom bike building to accessories and repair.
In Davis, California, named America’s top cycling city by the League of American Bicyclists, bikes outnumber cars and bike paths occupy 95 percent of arterial and collector roads there. Some 14 percent of all commuters in Davis commute to work by bike, which is 35 times the national average. Other cities in the League’s Top 10 include Palo Alto and San Francisco in California; Corvallis, Portland and Eugene in Oregon; Boulder, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Tucson, Arizona; and Seattle, Washington.
Some cities—New York, Los Angeles, Seattle—make available maps of bicycle routes. The inclusion of bike routes on Google Maps has also been a boon to cyclists across the country looking for the safest and most direct routes. Users can click on a bicycle icon after hitting “Get Directions.” Local bicycle clubs are a good place to turn to find the best bike-friendly routes though your region; The A1 Trails website provides a comprehensive list of bike clubs and other resources around the U.S. and Canada. With so many tools and new infrastructure, it might be high time to leave the car parked and hop on your bicycle.
CONTACTS: League of America Bicyclists, www.bikeleague.org; Institute of Transportation Engineers, www.ite.org; Bike Portland, www.bikeportland.org; A1 Trails, www.a1trails.com.