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iphone-410324_1280It’s become a lot easier if you’re tech savvy to be more ‘green!’

We seem to be doing everything on our phones and devices these days through mobile apps; reading the paper, checking weather, watching movies, monitoring investments. Why not give a mobile app a try when making ‘in the moment’ purchases and you want every dollar to count?

As we move toward a greener, healthier lifestyle, many of us make decisions based on our values. It seems overwhelming at times, when you’re ‘in the moment,’ perhaps at the grocery store or pharmacy, to take the time to research an ingredient or make the best possible choice for a purchase. We don’t always have the information right at hand to help us decide. Give these mobile apps a try whether you’re looking for food additives, researching a restaurant, or digging into a company’s best practices. Make every dollar count, and find the products that are in line with your values.

Here are some mobile apps to help you get started:

Think Dirty: This app allows users to scan a personal care product’s barcode and get not only a list of the ingredients, but also see how they stack up in terms of their potential toxicity to the human body. The app gives products a score on the “Dirty Meter,” based on the inclusion of certain carcinogens or allergens, and offers alternative options for cleaner products. Includes over 1600 brands, and 60,000 products, and is available for iOS or on the web.

GoodGuide: The GoodGuide app instantly reveals whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible while you shop. The app’s barcode scanning feature lets you quickly access GoodGuide’s science-based health, environment and social ratings for over 170,000 products. (more…)

The holidays are approaching quickly. Are you looking to make a difference in your gift giving this year? There are lots of choices when it comes to holiday giving. Will you choose practical or pretty? Something fun or something fancy? No matter your giving preferences, we encourage you to research the purchases you make. Are there ‘greener’ options? Have you sourced the best products, the best materials? Are you supporting companies with ethical business practices? 21 Acres has a tool that will help you make an informed decision, with every dollar you spend, every purchase you make.*

For many months, 21 Acres has been compiling a directory of ‘Green Resources.’ We continuously conduct research, looking for new products and services that are energy efficient, free of harmful chemicals, are made in the USA, and companies that pride themselves in embracing these criteria. We’ve added a new section to the directory for the holiday, thinking ahead to all those purchases you might be considering for your family and friends. Below are just a few examples. Make it a “Green” Friday this holiday and every day whenever you make a purchase!

At the moment, an abbreviated version of the “Green Products and Services” directory lives here on the 21 Acres Blog, and gets updated regularly. Keep in mind some businesses cross categories with a broad variety of products. And, remember to always read the labels and fine print! For the complete Excel file of the Directory (with e-mails, web links, etc.), send an e-mail to and we’ll send you the current version. The new 21 Acres website, when it launches in 2016, will make the Directory easily accessible for the public to review and add their own products and resources to share. In the interim, if you have ‘green’ items or services to share, we’d love to hear from you. Post your comment or information below and we’ll get it added to the directory.

Happy holidays, and happy “green” shopping, from all of us at 21 Acres.

* Read “Consumers Define Economic Future – Every Dollar Counts” written by HumanLinks Foundation President and 21 Acres founder, Gretchen Garth. 

Seven Acre Toys
Smiling Tree
Eco-Friendly Mama USA
Snapdoodle Toys (stores located in Redmond and Kenmore)
Third Place Books (stores located in Ravenna and Lake Forest Park)

Just added: Pure Play Kids (organic stuffed animals)

Rare Earth Naturals
Liberty Bottles
Pelindaba Lavender (store located in the San Juan Islands)

Cozy Pure
Natural Clothing Company (store located in Snohomish)
Smart Mommy Healthy Baby

CLOTHING-Women, Men, Baby, Kids, Outdoor, Socks, Shoes
Natural Clothing Company (store located in Snohomish)
Blue Canoe
Echo Verde
Natural World Eco

Theo’s Chocolate (store located in Seattle)
Choice Organic Teas
Pelindaba Lavender (store located in the San Juan Islands)

21 Acres  (store located in Woodinville; gift certificates available for Culinary Classes and the Farm Market)

Common Good Market
NUBE Green (store located in Seattle)

Red Oxx Manufacturing

Red Oxx Manufacturing

Cozy Pure

Common Good Market

Real Goods

Olivia Garden
Pelindaba Lavender (store located in the San Juan Islands)
Rare Earth Naturals
Environmental Working Group
Smart Mommy Healthy Baby

Other great websites and resources to delve further:

Other organizations doing good work:
The Nature Conservancy
Environmental Working Group


Here’s another “Links We’re Loving” post from 21 Acres.

The links shared here will be thought-provoking, useful, or otherwise interesting to those like us that are passionate about sustainable agriculture. We all may have different opinions about these issues, but here at 21 Acres we love to talk about them.

We hope you take a look at them!

This weed is taking over the planet. On the upside, it’s delicious

  • This Grist article discusses the growth of wild amaranth as a weed and ways to use it. We have amaranth “weeds” growing abundantly on the 21 Acres farm!

FDA’s Six Month Update Shows There’s Still More to Do

  • This article from Food & Water Watch discusses the FDA’s recent six-month update regarding progress after the announcement of its voluntary efforts to change how antibiotics are used in factory farming.

Homemade Wheat Thins

  • Here’s a great way to make these famous crackers at home, using ingredients you trust. Thanks to Oh She Glows, one of the top vegan recipe blogs.

The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot

  • Many local farmers sell chickens whole, which is the best value for the consumer. If you’d like to try using the whole animal but aren’t quite sure how to prepare it, here’s a foolproof and delicious way to cook a chicken from the blog 100 Days of Real Food.

The secret to richer, carbon-capturing soil? Treat your microbes well

  • Another piece from food writer Nathaniel Johnson at Grist (check last week’s Links We’re Loving to see another piece by him!), this time it’s all about soil health! Another reminder about the myriad ways that agriculture affects our climate and environment.


Thanks for reading our current collection of articles! Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 


Welcome to the first “Links We’re Loving” post here on the 21 Acres blog! We’ll be creating these posts regularly to share articles, recipes, and other pages from around the web that we’ve enjoyed recently.

The links shared here will be thought-provoking, useful, or otherwise interesting to those like us that are passionate about sustainable agriculture. We all may have different opinions about these issues, but here at 21 Acres we love to talk about them.

We hope you take a look at these links!


The 10 Most Inspirational Sustainability Initiatives in the U.S.

  • An interesting look at some of the leaders in various areas of sustainable innovation around the country

 Caramelized Peach Caprese with Smoked Sea Salt

  • This recipe would be great with local peaches that are in-season right now, and some smoked salt from the local producer SaltWorks, Inc. that we sell in our Farm Market!

 What I learned from six months of GMO research: None of it matters

  • A surprisingly moderate take on the issue of genetically modified foods, this article from Grist brings up some intriguing points that I hadn’t thought about before. Whatever your thoughts on GMOs, this is definitely worth the read!

**By the way – here at 21 Acres we don’t use or sell GMO-containing products. However, we recognize the importance of learning about and discussing the benefits and consequences of using GMOs. 

 How to Afford Real Food on a Budget

  • This post from the popular blog, 100 Days of Real Food, has some great tips on eating sustainably and healthily while on a budget.

 What Does “Natural” Mean?

  • This Mother Jones article gives a smart reminder about greenwashing and the lack of meaningful regulation of the “natural” label.


Thanks for reading our current collection of articles! Please share your thoughts in the comments below.