first_img The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable As much as we love a good stroll at the farmers’ market buying local produce, we are busy dudes and sometimes a Saturday morning lounging on the couch trumps marching through the market. But we still are big supporters of organic, local and healthy food and many of the online shopping spots just don’t carry the brands we would typically shop for.Enter Thrive Market, the first socially conscious online store selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. They carry over 2,500 products from 400 of the best brands on the market. We tested it out (you can too with a free trial membership) and were very impressed with the products we found. Compostable trash bags? Cool! Brown Rice Pasta? Yes please. Tea tree toothpicks? Right on. There is a minimal fee to be a member ($56 a year) but it is well worth it. Think of it as an online co-op.We spoke to the founder of Thrive Market, Gunnar Lovelace (yes, really) about his background and how the market became a reality.Gunnar, what is your background?I’ve been in the natural products industry for many years. It’s a $200 billion annual market from food to health to clothing. I also have a jewelry company called Love Heals that sells in 500 stores.When did Thrive Market launch?We just launched in mid November and had 500,000 people the first week! So there is an incredible demand.What inspired you to start this online shopping destination?I grew up with a single mom and saw how hard it was for her to make healthy choices.I have been fascinated by health and wellness my whole life. Later my mother married a man who owns a food co-op and I realized how buying through a co-op can get you better prices. So this is basically like a 21st Century Co-Op. I am fascinated with a vehicle for social change.Is this a first? It’s the first time you can buy a lot of these natural products at the same price as conventional products. The biggest complaint by most American families is that they can’t afford organic products.How did you meet the brands?A lot of my friends own these companies- I have been in the food world for the past 16 years. They were just as excited to do this and to get more exposure. We are basically taking out the middle man. We take the product and sell directly to the consumer.So is it thriving? Sorry we had to.We are constantly bringing on new brands. Our primary focus is to educate people about the availability of these products. That is the most essential goal as well as getting the word out as far and wide as possible. We make it easy for people by providing them with a simple website, free shipping and heavy customer service. We want to be known as a trusted curated source. When there are 50 bags of chips at a healthy food store it is overwhelming, so we narrow it down. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United Stateslast_img read more

Sri Lanka is facing an economic war launched by some groups three years after the war with the LTTE came to an end, External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said today.Speaking at a Defence seminar in Colombo the Minister said that these groups are trying to persuade tourists to boycott Sri Lanka and in the end strike at the root of Sri Lanka’s economy. He also expressed regret at attempts to internationalize the situation in Sri Lanka and push for a foreign solution on the country. He also said that the remaining war displaced people will be resettled by the middle of this month.The External Affairs Minister noted that there was misinformed criticism about the army and its relationship with the government.He also stressed that the role of the army during the war was to release civilians being held by the LTTE. He also stressed that the government will not fully withdraw the armed forces from the north despite immense pressure to do so.The External Affairs Minister said that the government will only reduce the military presence in the north but maintain some troops like in other parts of the country for security purposes. Peiris stressed that only a domestic solution will suite Sri Lanka and that solution will be reached through a parliament process. read more