Whoa, Pure Jeevan's Back?!

2016 update: Aha, you noticed?! Welcome. Yes, we wanted to bring the site back online again, mainly because it's so packed with articles and information. It will be a work in progress for some time, as we changed web platforms and all sorts of tech stuff. So, a lot of links are hard-coded to old Wordpress-style links... just awful. But, in time we'll get all of it back in shape. For now, enjoy clicking around and reading!

Jim here... Okay, the title and graphic, above, may be a bit silly, as are a few of the remarks I made in the video, below. But, within this rather odd piece a few hopefully noble and economical ideas exist -- especially the ridiculously simple and obvious notion about reusing glass beverage bottles. I'm embarrassed to have lived on this planet for so long and not to have adopted this fun and environmentally friendly practice much sooner.

We really do take things like glass containers for granted, when we probably shouldn't. Their ubiquity aside, it still takes a fair amount of energy and resources to make a single glass bottle. On the mass scale that they're made, they're obviously super cheap. But, if you had to start from scratch, it would take ages to make a single one, so we should at least appreciate them more and do all we can to make their continued existence as sustainable as possible.

By the way, it's heartening to see recycling efforts growing on a national scale these days. Our new hometown of Portland seems to apply such practices considerably more seriously than our former hometown -- yet another an affirming fact for us. Portland has a great mindset about this in general. (Perhaps tomorrow we''ll feature another story along the same general theme of making the most of the resources we have -- this time related to local fruit trees in Portland.)

In any case, aside from the environmental pleasantries of reusing bottles, it's even more exciting to be able to brew whatever you want (caffeine-loaded or caffeine-free), and to wind up with your beverage of choice for next to nothing! In my book, this is a real win-win scenario! There's something very right-feeling about it all. As "consumers," we're always going to be using the planet's precious resources. But, I like the idea of working to reduce our impact and minimize our waste of resources. Why should I pay for a pre-made bottle of tea to be shipped across the country to me when I already have the bottle, the water, and the energy here locally? All that needs to be shipped to me is the tea, which is very light and requires little packaging.

Well, here's the video du jour. Enjoy the strange quote from Keith Richards...

ps Who has tea suggestions for me I really like: ?Black teas, spiced herbal teas, and kava (although I've yet to try a high quality kava blend -- still searching for that).

Original Comments

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On October 28, 2010, Angela wrote:

Have you ever tried Rooibos ? It's an herbal tea from south Africa ! wonderful ~ Hibiscus flowers are also great in tea !

On October 28, 2010, WendiDee wrote:

I go away and you start eating cooked rice and beans, consuming caffeine drinks, talking about Keith Richards and the use of drugs, and post all kinds of cat/kitten pics on the blog ! LOL

So happy you are re-using the glass bottles and brewing healthier tea for yourself. I found an organic Lavender/Tulsi blend herbal tea that I've been loving here in Portland.

I think it's really interesting that the cooked food isn't showing a difference in your blood. When I tested my blood after consuming some cooked food after years of 100% raw, it *did* show up in my blood as a negative thing. We'll continue to experiment and keep testing ourselves to see what's healthy and what isn't. It will be really interesting if the same foods act diferently in our bodies...not causing a difference for you, but causing a difference for me.

Anyway, just wanted to say it looks like you've gotten a little wild since I've been away. ;-)

I love and miss you!

Wendi

XOXOXO

p.s. For all of our Pure Jeevan family members, I think it might be important to know that neither Jim or I use drugs or alcohol and we don't advocate others using them, either. ;-)

On October 28, 2010, Jim Dee wrote:

The most shocking aspect of it all is the cat pictures, right?

On October 28, 2010, Jim Dee wrote:

Yes! ... but it's been so long, I've forgotten what it tastes like. Perhaps I'll toss a little Rooibos into my next batch. Thanks!! :-)

On October 29, 2010, Wrthliving wrote:

Jim....if you find your tea gets a little cloudy after a day or two, it's because you let it cool slowly rather than shocking it cold with ice. Brew it strong with a little less water, then pour it ALL over lots of ice, quickly. It'll last uncloudy and fresh for days.

On October 29, 2010, Jim Dee wrote:

Thanks! I haven't had any problems with cloudiness so far, but will remember this handy tip!

On November 16, 2010, Giddygargoyle wrote:

I'm a big fan of pu-erh tea - worth trying if you haven't yet. Cool blog - just found it!