Archive for August, 2010

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August Newsletter

August 3, 2010

Notes From Betty:

Hello everyone! My, how the summer has flown by… I just want to remind everyone that you can get your herbs and spices for all your canning and freezing needs here at the Plum Creek Food Co Op. Also while you are at the Cottonwood County Fair, remember that we have nice cold healthy beverages for you to cool down with, so stop on in and refresh yourself!

We here at the Co Op want to wish all the students in the area a safe and happy start to their new school year and encourage drivers to keep an extra diligent eye open for children going to and coming from school.

Houseplants That Clean the Air by Alicia Bayer

Philodendrons are easy-care favorites that greatly improve air quality

Houseplants offer lots of benefits to homeowners.  They can bring a little green to snowy Minnesota months, add some cheer and also are just pretty.  One of their best uses, however, is in cleaning indoor air.

Here are some houseplants that are particularly good at working as living air filters.

Aloe: This succulent is known for being a great natural treatment for burns (simply cut a leaf and rub the juice on the burned area).  Fewer people know that it also helps purify the air.  It is especially effective at removing formaldehyde, a harmful chemical that’s present in particle board, carpets, flame retardants and much more.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum): This plant is widely loved by homeowners because it’s easy to grow and makes a great hanging plant.  It is also one of the best plants for removing formaldehyde, among other harmful chemicals.

Gerbera Daisies:  NASA studies showed these plants to be some of the best at removing benzene, a known carcinogen that can also cause headaches, drowsiness, loss of appetite and other health problems.  Sources of benzene include inks, dyes, plastics, rubber and detergents and other common household products.   They prefer bright light and work well in a sunny window.

Mums (Chrysanthemum):  While these flowering plants are commonly used outside, they are extremely beneficial inside when it comes to removing benzene and trichoroethylene, a chemical used by the dry cleaning industry and in printing inks, paints, varnishes, and adhesives that is considered to be a potent liver carcinogen. Keep mums in a location where they will receive a lot of light. Note: mums are poisonous.

Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum or Scindapsus aureus):  This hanging plant is one of the most common in homes, particularly because it’s so easy to grow.  You can also easily take cuttings and root them to start new plants or share with friends.  NASA studies showed that Devil’s Ivy was one of the best plants for removing formaldehyde from the air, among other chemicals.

Ficus: These plants are easy to grow, make attractive small potted trees and also help purify the air from many irritants and chemicals.

English Ivy (Hedera helix):  Another hanging plant that’s easy to care for, this one also purifies well.  It is considered one of the best all-around at counteracting off-gassing chemicals and contributing to balanced indoor humidity. Note: English Ivy is poisonous.

Philodendrons: NASA studies found that these commonly loved hanging plants were the most effective at removing higher concentrations of formaldehyde (aloe was best when concentrations were low). Note: philodendrons are poisonous.

All houseplants are also effective at reducing carbon monoxide and increasing oxygen.  Keep plants away from drafts, which inhibit their air cleaning abilities.

How many plants do you need? As a general rule, aim for about one vigorous plant per 100 square feet of living area or 2 to 3 plants for a moderately sized room.  You may want more if you have more sources of pollutants, such as new carpet or furniture, recent paint jobs, a newer home or many items made out of plastic and pressboard (particle board).

August’s Featured Item:

Udi Gluten Free Bread :

Whole Grain & White Sandwich Bread

12 oz. Reg. $5.79          Now $4.79

Our delicious recipe makes it possible for you to enjoy gluten free bread without having to toast or microwave it!

Simply thaw at room temperature as needed and enjoy!

August Sale Items:

Ian’s Regular & Gluten Free Chicken Patties

7 oz.

Reg. $6.79                    Now $6.29

Tea Tree Therapy Shampoo

16 oz.

Reg. $10.19                   Now $9.69

Tea Tree Therapy Conditioner

16 oz.

Reg. $10.19                   Now $9.69

Lindberg California White Jasmine Rice

2#

Reg. $4.49                    Now $3.99

Seventh Generation Natural 2X Concentrated Laundry Detergent

50 oz.

Reg. $11.69                   Now $ 10.99

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