Los Gatos, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2011
Eucalyptus magazine, the only lifestyle magazine that focuses exclusively on health, wellness and green living in San Francisco Bay Area, has just released its September/October 2011 issue. Feature stories include articles on sustainability on local university campuses, green end-of-life options, and community gardens. In the Food Department, the “Healthful Eating” column explores gluten-free eating, and supplements an upcoming gluten-free food lecture event and cooking demonstration. The Green Tips section gives suggestions on environmentally friendly back-to-school shopping. The new issue of Eucalyptus is now online at http://www.eucalyptusmagazine.com/SeptOct11 and available from over 350 Bay Area merchants.
“Perhaps this issue of Eucalyptus can remind us that there are always more sustainable ways of doing business -no matter which business we are in- and that we as consumers have the power to make a difference through the choices we make,” said Michaela Marek, publisher and founder of Eucalyptus.
The feature on sustainability on college campuses highlights green initiatives by the administrations and students of San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University in areas including energy, food, fashion, engineering, and recycling. Stanford’s Office of Sustainability, for example, retrofits buildings and plumbing to help save energy, and funds student projects including solar and wind power initiatives. Santa Clara University students put on an eco-fashion show with designs made from recycled materials, including newspapers and pillowcases. Members of the Solar Energy Engineering Club at San Jose State University analyzed local fire stations for solar water heating feasibility.
Another feature in the new issue explores green burials. One of the many aspects of death that people don’t like to think about is the ecological cost of traditional burial methods. Between the metal and concrete materials of the casket, grave liners, and tombstones and the toxic chemicals used for embalmment, the environmental toll is substantial. The article explores the growing popularity of green cemeteries, where bodies are unembalmed and buried in a biodegradable coffin or directly in the earth. The cemeteries are not landscaped; rather, they are left to grow wild, and graves are marked by rocks or trees. The article also explores measures taken to make cremation more environmentally friendly, including emissions filters and solar-powered facilities.
Joe Sehee, Executive Director/President and founder of the Green Burial Council, called the piece an “outstanding article on the emerging market for eco-friendly end-of-life rituals. As we've discovered, people will only seek out this option if they know it exists. This is exactly the kind of piece will allow Bay Area consumers to make more educated choices.”
San Jose’s community gardens are the topic of one of the feature articles. The 19 community gardens give city dwellers with limited space an opportunity to grow their own produce, making fresh, organic vegetables available to residents at a fraction of grocery store prices. Gardeners use a number of methods to control pests without chemicals, from garlic spray to owlets to feral cats.
“This is an excellent article that highlights our program and summarizes the enjoyable experiences of our Community Gardens Program’s participants,” stated Joe Nguyen, Supervisor at the City of San Jose Parks Division. “It also conveys awareness to the public about the possibility to cultivate and provide fresh fruits and healthy vegetables for their family in an urban environment.”
The Food Department explores the benefits of a gluten-free diet, especially for those suffering celiac disease. The article is a companion piece to a Eucalyptus Dinner Series event on October 6th at the Stillheart Institute in Woodside. Dr. Gary M. Gray of Stanford University Medical Center will discuss gluten-free diets and Chef and nutrition expert Lauren Hoover will prepare a delicious meal with no gluten or dairy.
The issue also offers Green Tips on school supplies, including renting textbooks, “walking school busses,” and online shopping for green and recycled products. Green Tips also air on two radio stations: MIX 106.5 and 94.5 KBAY.
In honor of the September/October 2011 issue, Eucalyptus is offering a subscription sale: 50% off a one-year subscription. Subscribers can get 6 issues for only $12. More info at http://www.eucalyptusmagazine.com/subscribe.
For more information about the September/October issue of Eucalyptus, or for information about any of Eucalyptus magazine’s products or services, call them at (408) 335-4778 or view them on the web at http://www.eucalyptusmagazine.com.
Eucalyptus is the San Francisco Bay Area’s resource for green and health-conscious lifestyles. Through the print publication, website and networking events, Eucalyptus shares knowledge and inspires readers to celebrate their health, support local businesses and surrounding communities, and protect the environment. Since its first publication in 2009, Eucalyptus has been well-received by the health-conscious and green living community and industry. Eucalyptus is the winner of the 2010 Apex Awards for Publication Excellence for green publications and the 2010 Gold MarCom Award for green publications. The magazine is available at over 350 locations in the Bay Area and online at http://www.eucalyptusmagazine.com.