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Stylish and Functional Bamboo Bucket Bowls Are Also Eco-Friendly

  • posted August 20th, 2011
  • Green

Bamboo is a member of the grass family.  It grows much faster than any other wood.  In fact, from start to harvest (60-70 feet tall) it can take just four years.  It’s a sustainable, cost effective and socially responsible alternative to other types of week.  Best of all, it’s stylish and beautiful.  Take this Core Bamboo bucket bowl for example.  Made from 100% organically grown bamboo, this chic bowl is great for salads, fruits, breads, chips and more.  The cut out handles on this bucket bowl make it perfect for serving while the mix and match colors add flair to any decor.  The Bamboo Bucket Bowl is 100% food safe and FDA approved. Available in a variety of colors, Bamboo Bucket Bowls retail for around $35.

- Holly Duce

 

Eco Nuts Laundry Detergent: Skin & Earth Friendly

  • posted August 13th, 2011
  • Green

For those who have sensitive skin and those who want to help protect the environment, it can be a challenge to find an affordable laundry detergent to meet your needs.  Eco Nuts meets the standards for both.  Eco Nuts is a natural and effective laundry detergent.  Since it doesn’t contain any manmade chemicals, toxins or artificial perfume, fragrance or dye, it’s gentle on the skin making it perfect for babies and those with eczema, psoriasis or other skin conditions.  Don’t let the mildness of the formula fool you though, it’s still tough enough for big jobs like cloth diapers.  Eco Nuts have antimicrobial properties that make it ideal for use with septic or gray water systems. Packaged in 100% recyclable or compostable material, Eco Nuts retail for around $12 per 100 load box and are compatible with standard and HE washing machines.

- Holly Duce

Beatrix New York Eco Packs: Head Back to School in Eco-Friendly Style

Head back to school in eco-friendly style with a Beatrix New York Eco Pack.  These sturdy backpacks not only look cool but they are made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles and trimmed with naturally biodegradable canvas. Seven 16 oz plastic bottles are saved from landfills for each backpack that is constructed. The backpacks are PVC, lead and phthalate free.  Beatrix New York Eco Packs feature a large front zippered pocket, two side pockets and an interior zipped pocket.  Measuring 14 x 15 x 5.5″, it’s the perfect size for kids ages five to ten years old.  Eco Packs come in “Love”, “Recycle”, and “Peace” designs and retail for around $46.

- Holly Duce

 

Rebagz Cinchy Tote: Sustainable & Fashionable

  • posted July 10th, 2011
  • Green

Rebagz is taking eco-friendly to the next level by pairing sustainability with vivid fashion.  You won’t find “beige and itchy” at Rebagz.  Instead you’ll find beautiful, stylish bags made from brightly colored recycled rice sacks or other recycled materials.  Not only are Rebags eco-friendly, they’re human friendly too because all bags are made under fair labor conditions and carry Green America’s Seal of Approval.  This Cinchy Tote is perfect as a handbag, carry-on, shopping bag or gym bag.  It’s sturdy enough to hold almost anything and features 3 spacious inside compartments.  The strap drop length is 10″ making it easy to carry over your shoulder.  Cinchy Totes come in different designs and retail for around $68.

- Holly Duce

 

Eco-Foil: Socially Responsible Disposable Bakeware

  • posted June 27th, 2011
  • Green

Did you know that you can use disposable bakeware and still be socially responsible?  It’s true!  Just use Eco-Foil products.  Not only are they 100% recyclable, but they are made from 100% recycled aluminum, a phenomenon called “closed-loop recycling.”    When you recycle your Eco-Foil products after use you complete the cycle.  Your old pans will be made into new ones.  Eco-Foil products are available in different sizes including an oval King Roaster pan great for turkeys, 13 x 9 cake pans, square cake pans and a roaster/baker size which is perfect for freezer cooking.  The Cook-n-Carry line of pans features plastic lids made from 100% recycled materials.  This line of Eco-Foil products is excellent for potlucks and barbecues .  Transport your food easily without having to bring home a dirty pan or accidentally leaving it behind.  Save natural resources and protect the earth by using Eco-Foil.

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dsolv Bags: From Corn to Compost

  • posted June 25th, 2011
  • Green

Paper lawn bags, while environmentally friendly, aren’t very practical.  They can easily turn soggy and spill their contents before they are picked up for the composting facility.  A better alternative is dsolv.  dsolv bags are compostable mesh yard waste bags made from corn-based bio resin.  These large bags are designed for strength and durability when you need it, yet break down completely and return to the soil when composted.  The dsolv Starter Kit includes 8 dsolv bags, a spring-loaded sleeve, carrying handle, and a storage pouch.  The sleeve is a handy tool that pops up to hold your bag upright for easy filling.  The handle allows you to carry more than one bag at a time.  Yard work isn’t easy but properly disposing of yard waste is with dsolv bags.  Say goodbye to plastic bags and hello to dsolv.  The starter kit retails for about $25.

- Holly Duce

LivingEthos: An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Gift Wrap

  • posted June 24th, 2011
  • Green

A California mom with a background in solar energy marketing decided one holiday season that her family would go green and not use any disposable wrapping paper.  Instead, she got out her sewing machine and some pretty fabric came up with an idea to sew and use cloth gift bags.  Her idea was such a hit that she took it a step further and LivingEthos was born.  Now everyone can gift items the eco-friendly way, even if they can’t sew.  LivingEthos cloth gift bags come in sets of four and range in size from mini to large.  From fancy styles to kid friendly patterns, LivingEthos cotton bags are the perfect and simple alternative to disposable gift wrap.  You won’t need scissors or tape.  just slip the gift in the bag and tie the ribbon. The bags are washable and can be re-used or re-purposed as storage for toys and trinkets.  A set of four LivingEthos gift bags retails for around $28.

- Holly Duce

 

Gertrude’s Green Ec’o Towel: Just Add Water

  • posted June 22nd, 2011
  • Green

Entrepreneur, Gertrude Skinta wanted a portable, environmentally-friendly alternative to paper towels, tissues, and disposable wipes so she created the Ec’o Towel.  These dime-sized tablets expand to the size of a standard washcloth (about 10.5″ x 8.5″) when moistened with water. Perfect for sticky fingers, cleaning up spills or even cleaning windows around the house, Ec’o Towels are also ultra convenient for on-the-go. Toss a few into the diaper bag, lunch box, gym bag or backpack and you’ll always be prepared.  Keep disposable paper products out of landfills by using Ec’o Towels instead.  A tub of 10 retails for around $6.  Larger quantities are also available.

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Anamalz Pose-able Animals: Fun, Earth-Friendly Toys

Anamalz are an awarding winning line of toy animals made from sustainable maple wood and azo dyed fabric.  Designed in Australia, these pose-able animals are made to meet the highest standards and international regulations.  Each animal can be bent into a number of funny poses making play time more interesting.  There are over 35 Anamalz figures in four categories:

  • Farm- donkey, horse, llama, pig, goat, cow, sheep, etc.
  • Wild- baboon, buffalo, moose, giraffe, lion, elephant, hippo, panda and more.
  • Australian- emu, wombat and kangaroo
  • Prehistoric- Parasaurolophus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, T-rex, Torosaurus, and Brontosaurus

Anamalz accessories are also available including a play mat and a variety of trees.  Engage your kids in creative and imaginative play with Anamalz.  Prices range from around $5-$17 for each individual animal.

- Holly Duce

EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, Rinses, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends

  • posted June 11th, 2011
  • Green

Do-it-yourselfers and crafty types will love Lauren Cox’s book, EcoBeauty,which is full of recipes for eco-friendly beauty  products like Avocado Hair Conditioner, Chocolate Brownie Lip Gloss and Espresso Yourself Facial Mask, that you can make at home.  All 100 recipes use natural ingredients that can be found in your kitchen, local supermarket or health food store to help you achieve gorgeous skin and hair naturally.  EcoBeauty goes a step further by providing green gift giving ideas that show you how to beautifully package your homemade products as gifts.  EcoBeauty will have you whipping up scrubs, rubs, masks, rinses, and bath bombs for you and your friends while saving you money and helping the environment.

- Holly Duce

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