November 30, 2007

Solar Powered LED Holiday Lights Update

A quick update to our earlier entry on solar-powered LED holiday lights. Looks like Sportsman's Guide is sold out of their stock. But Get Organized has 26' strings of 60 lights available for $20 a string on Amazon.

The lights don't need to be plugged in. They charge up by day, turn on automatically at dusk, and last for approximately eight hours.

Buy them at Get Organized.

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November 29, 2007

Lewis Black on Global Warming: Awesome.

The folks at Comedy Central sent over this link to Lewis Black raging about global warming. Good stuff.

We love Lewis Black's segments on The Daily Show. This particular rant is part of Last Laugh '07, Comedy Central's look back at the political and pop cultural happenings of the last year. The show airs this Sunday. December 2nd at 10pm Eastern/9 p.m. Central.

More at Comedy Central.

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November 29, 2007

Astrotot: Organic with a Sense of Humor

ATFOSH-BS-ON-PH.jpgGone are the days when organic cotton meant hippy dippy. There are A LOT of folks using organic cotton for their baby clothes these days. So a parent can be discerning.

Astrotot now makes an organic line of baby clothes and kids t-shirts with a sense of humor. According to the press release for the new organic baby gear,

Astrotot prides itself on providing uniquely funny, insightful and expressive infant and toddler gift wear while supporting sustainable cotton farming practices and ecologically responsible printing methods....All designs are printed in-house using a revolutionary eco-friendly digital printing process and packaged in distinctive gift boxes made of recycled cardboard.

ATWEDG-BS-ON-PH.jpgWe haven't seen the shirts in-person, but on the website they look to be high quality. And "I Have a Wedgie" and "Fo'Shizzle" are pretty darn funny.

Be sure to select from the organic line, if that's what you're after; other shirts are sweat-shop-free American Apparel, but not organic.

Now through December 15th, Astrotot is offering free shipping on orders over $40.

At Astrotot.

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November 27, 2007

Let There Be Light: Emergency LED Flashlight

11P67QG4RKL._AA207_.jpgHere's something everyone needs: an emergency shake-and-go LED Flashlight. Shake it for 60 seconds and you get 30 minutes of bright white light from three LED bulbs.

The Princess LED Flashlight is great for camping, power outages, or to keep in your glove compartment. And, with no batteries and LED lightbulbs that last over 100,000 hours, it's good for the environment as well. Plus, it's waterproof (just in case).

Buy two or more and get 5% off each of them on Amazon.

Available at Princess LED Flashlight.

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November 26, 2007

Arabella Miller Kids T-Shirts - Now Shipping to U.S.!

Good news, organic t-shirt fans. Alison at Arabella Miller just wrote to let us know she is now shipping her adorable organic cotton kids t-shirts to the U.S.

We blogged about Arabella Miller's fun graphic kids t-shirts last month. As you'll recall, they're so organic (cotton, ink, etc.) that they're soil-certified. And, just as importantly, they're (almost) as cute as the sweet little muffin you're going to put in them. At the time, we lamented that they were only available in the U.K. Well, it's a global world. Yippee!

We especially like the new long-sleeve t-shirts, pictured here, which have a cool, retro baseball shirt look. Nice.

Shipping to the U.S. costs seven pounds. Not a bad deal when you consider that overnight domestic FedEx is about the same.

Available at Arabella Miller.

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November 19, 2007 Feed the Hungry and Improve Your Vocabulary

rice1.jpgIn honor of Thanksgiving week, here's a site that helps you take aim at world hunger and improve your vocabulary. FreeRice is a simple online vocab quiz. But for each word you get right, they'll donate ten grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.

is a sister site of the world poverty site, As they explain on the site:

FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.

What could be better?

At FreeRice.

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November 17, 2007

Holiday Gift Guide: Really Natural's Top Picks for 2007

You asked for it, you've got it. Here are Really Natural's top green gifts for all the folks on your list. More coming soon...

For Him
iPod Nano. Green because of the packaging you'll save by downloading music instead of purchasing CDs. Because it's recyclable. And because, well, it's actually green. Don't forget to pick up a solar iPod charger to go with it! Oh, and a gift certificate to the iTunes music store. Voila - you're done!

Pacific Shaving Oil. Big things come in small packages.

Hemp Chuck Taylors
. Limited edition Chucks, made with hemp. Now those are what we call hi(gh) tops. (Via Treehugger.) We also like the look of the waterproof and oh-so-eco-friendly new Timberland Earthkeepers boots.

Stainless steel water bottle
. BPA-free to replace those old Nalgene bottles.

An LED flashlight. Everybody needs one -- for emergencies, camping, your car. Shake for 60 seconds and get 30 minutes of light.

For Her
Maine Warmers heating or cooling animals. Like a hot water bottle you can snuggle. All natural, filled with corn. Microwave for three minutes and your toes (or back, or bed) will be nice and snuggly warm for hours.

Hotter Than I Should Be T-Shirt from World Wildlife Federation. Proceeds support efforts to reduce global warming.

Hetty Rose Handmade Vintage Kimono Shoes
. Made from vintage kimonos. Sooo awesome.

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Solar Charger. Not just for guys. This solar charge comes in hot pink. Better still, you can use it to charge your cell phone, your GPS, your iPod, or your digital camera.

21saC4QyFhL._AA115_.jpgAlice Water's new book, The Art of Simple Food. A beautiful book, providing real insight into how the Chez Panisse chef thinks about food.

Recycled Juice Container Bag. There are lots of these bags on the market. We like this one from Globally Cute.

For Babies and Kids

erba_organics_doing_good_feels_good.jpgErba Organics Baby Products. We like their shampoo and body oil.

A Handknit Hat - Make it yourself using the patterns in Itty-Bitty Hats.

Under the Nile Teething Carrot. Eat your veggies. Organic cotton. Yum.

piggyLEDflashlight.jpgKikkerland Piggy LED Rechargeable Flashlight. Squeeze the pig to charge this LED flashlight. Saving energy was never so cute. Oink, oink.

Done shopping?
baggu-feet.jpgSave a tree and send an earth-friendly message by "wrapping" your presents in a reusable shopping bag, like these ones from Baggu.

Looking for more amazing gift ideas? Check out our extensive set of holiday
shopping guides
on electronics, fashion, cooking, and more.

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Baggu Reusable Shopping Bags

Looking for a stylish, earth-friendly way to carry your groceries? Need to supplement your EZ Bags with something that goes over your shoulder? Want a creative, green way to wrap your holiday gifts?

Consider Baggu.

Called the "It bag of the future" by Teen Vogue, this stylish and ridiculously practical bag (sold in packages of 3 and 6) is one easy step in helping save the planet. Baggu ("bag" in Japanese) is machine washable, and folds up into its own pouch small enough to tuck into your handbag or pocket. Made of super-tough ripstop nylon in bright, fun colors, it's the re-usable bag that's eco-chic.

Baggu 3-Pack or 6-Pack available at Baggu.

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November 15, 2007

EcoSeek Directory of Green Products

Here's a case of mistaken identity. EcoSeek bills itself as "the Search Engine for All Things Green." Unfortunately, it's not a search engine at all. Which leads to pretty bad reviews for a site that's actually not bad at all.

Via Red Ferret:

EcoSeek claims to be an eco-friendly search engine. The front page is a real mess, and the first random search I tried -‘wood burning stove’ - returned zero hits. It’s clearly such a green engine that it’s saving power by…uh…not delivering any results at all. Riiight!

Turns out the site is actually just a directory of green products. Search, or browse by category to see products that merchants have listed.

says it has over 7100 products from 335 merchants. A quick look shows most of the categories looking pretty thin, but when it's populated with more content, it may be a useful yellow pages for eco-friendly products.

Just don't call it a search engine.

At EcoSeek.

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November 12, 2007

Recycled T-Shirts from Dressme

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Also via the Zoe B Organic blog:
Liesbeth Soeterbroek from Amsterdam has a great sense of fashion. She started Dressme 3 years ago after her son was born. Already a fashion designer, she wanted to make funky, unique clothes for him--so she decided to use recycled fabrics.

Each t-shirt is one-of-a-kind and will ship from the Netherlands.

Available at the Dressme shop at Etsy.

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November 8, 2007

Natursutten Rubber Pacifiers - BPA-Free

Got an email from the folks at Zoe b Organic about their new Natursutten all-natural rubber pacifiers. Imported from Europe, the pacifiers are made from pure, natural rubber from the tree Hevea brasiliensi. They include no artificial color, parabens, PVC, or phtalates and they're BPA-free.

According to entry on the Zoe b Organic blog,

Rubber pacifiers are softer than those made from silicone. Plus Natursutten pacifiers are extremely hygienic because they're molded in one piece--which means no joints or cracks where bacteria can accumulate. I'm happy and quite relieved to have found a natural alternative to conventional pacifiers on the market, just in time for our daughter-to-be.

Available at Zoe b Organic.

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November 7, 2007

7 Tips to Reduce Carbon Footprint: Grist Founder on Today

And speaking of Grist, founder Chip Giller (a former classmate of mine!) was interviewed on Today earlier this week and offered viewers seven tips to reduce their carbon emissions by 10% in one week. Among the tips:

- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Eat no meat one day a week
- Lower the heat in your house by two degrees
- Unplug appliances when they're not in use.

The tips come from Grist's new book Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day.

Chip took some flack on the Grist message boards for focusing on baby steps instead of recommending radical changes to our culture of consumption. Personally, though, I think he'll catch more flies with honey, and that the impact created by these small changes would be pretty significant if they were implemented by a big enough audience.

Check out the full Chip Giller interview on Today. Buy Wake Up and Smell the Planet.

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November 6, 2007

Grist Interview with Michael Pollan

Pollan-In-Defense.jpgMichael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, has a new book coming out in January. According to Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto grew out of frequent questions he got from readers of Omnivore's Dilemma:

Now that you've looked into the heart of the food system and been into the belly of the beast, how should I eat, and what should I buy, and if I'm concerned about health, what should I be eating? I decided I would see what kind of very practical answers I could give people.
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November 5, 2007

Solar Powered LED Holiday Lights

solar-LED-lights.jpgUpdate: Sportsman's Guide appears to be sold out of their solar-powered LED lights, but Get Organized is carrying them for $20 for a 26' string of 60 lights. Buy them at Get Organized LED holiday lights.

We've switched our clocks for Daylight Savings Time. And what better use is there for that extra daylight powered LED holiday lights?

Sportsman's Guide
is stocking these lights, available in strings of 50 or 100 bulbs, and in white or colored lights. Place these lights anywhere outside - cover your house, string them on a tree, deck the front bumper of your hybrid SUV - and the sunlight will recharge the battery. When the sun goes down, the lights turn on automatically. Voila! Twinkle, twinkle, without the high electric bills or eco-guilt.

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November 1, 2007

Blirt Kids Shirts and Pants Available at Barneys

Kathleen Tracy from Blirt just wrote to let us know that starting today Barneys New York (and Chicago and Los Angeles) will be carrying Blirt's infant and toddler shirts and pants.

We're big fans of Blirt's wordplay designs - available in t-shirts and longsleeve t's - designed to introduce kids to the playfulness of the English language. (Check out our Blirt t-shirt review from last May.)

And, we like it that Blirt shirts are made of 100% organic cotton, using non-toxic dyes and are water-base silk-screened (a more environmentally friendly process). According to Tracy, the decision to go organic wasn't part of the original business plan until Blirt ran into some delays sourcing the shirts:

During the delays, we learned about conventional cotton farming and were dismayed to find that it is actually one of agriculture’s most environmentally destructive activities. So the decision to go organic was really a no-brainer.

We're glad to hear it, and glad to hear that that Barneys will be carrying Blirt's kids shirts and pants. Sounds like there's a market for "organic without the crunch" baby wear. Hallelujah!

Available at Blirt and in-store at Barneys.

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Preserve Jr. Recycled Toothbrush by Recycline Supports the National Wildlife Federation

Now that your little ghosts and goblins have devoured their Halloween candy, let's take a look at an eco-friendly toothbrush.

If your little cookie is too smart to be wooed by bubblegum flavored toothpaste and a Dora the Explorer toothbrush, check out the Preserve Jr. recycled plastic toothbrush by Recycline.

The toothbrush handle is made of 100% recycled plastics, including at least 25% recycled Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups. The ergonomic, pea pod shaped handle makes it easy to grip. The nylon bristles are soft and gentle on kids' teeth and gums.

Each brush features a fun fact about one of three endangered animals: the Karner Blue Butterfly, the Utah Prairie Dog or the Grizzly Bear. And a portion of the proceeds from each toothbrush sale supports the National Wildlife Federation's efforts to protect endangered species.

As if good dental hygiene isn't a reward in itself.

Available at Preserve Jr. Recycled Toothbrush.

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