Top Green Picks from Natural Products Expo East (Updated with New Video!)

Certified-organic products become the norm at Natural Products Expo East, making it easier for health-conscious consumers.

October 19, 2010

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—A brigade of green-minded Rodale editors and foodies scoured the floor of Natural Products Expo East in Boston last week to find the tastiest and neatest green products among the thousands on display at the largest trade show of its type on the East Coast. The taste-testing, eco-seeking task force even included Rodale CEO and Organic Manifesto author Maria Rodale, Organic Gardening managing editor Ethne Clarke, and the magazine's food and wine editor, Denise Gee, as well as Rodale director of food services extraordinaire Leah Nichols, along with editors.

Leah Zerbe shares some great new natural products on the 10! Show, NBC-10 Philadelphia:

• Bamboo Bottle Company is building a buzz with its soon-to-be-released reusable water bottle made of a bamboo insulator and a glass bottle. You can take it apart and pop the glass part in the dishwasher, while wiping down the outside. You can preorder now; they're expected to ship out in December, just in time for the holidays. • VerMints use real ingredients, not ones created in test tubes, to offer a variety of breath-freshening options, including PepperMint, CinnaMint, and WinterMint. They are GMO-free and made in the USA. If mints aren't your thing, try GLEE gum, made from rain-forest chicle, the way gum used to be made in the olden days. • Organic Valley Live Organic Low-Fat Yogurt offers a quick and easy super-healthy snack. Because it's certified organic, you can enjoy it knowing there are no hormones or pesticide-packed grains fed to the cows. Organic Valley is a co-op, meaning a bunch of small farmers own the business, not a giant corporation. Green Sprouts Disposable Compressed Wipes come in a handy travel tube…much better than lugging around a plastic box of wipes. To use, add a little water to a wipe tablet, and you have a compostable wipe! Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat is an oldie, but goodie when it comes to naturally relieving sore throat pain. In fact, we heard through the grapevine that singers like Madonna and Bon Jovi, among many others, make sure it's in their dressing rooms before every single show.