May 30, 2008

Eco Drink Friday: Primo Corn Plastic Bottled Water

primo corn plastic bottled water We have all been scared about BPA in plastic water bottles, and we know that petroleum-based plastic water bottles are bad for the environment; however, there are times when even the most eco-minded individual needs to buy bottled water. As a rare consumer of bottled water, I am glad that now I have a choice with Primo Purified Water. Primo uses corn-based, BPA-free, #7 plastic and advertises it as an "American Grown Bottle". According to the Green Guide, this is a harmless variety of plastic:
All plastic polymers created after 1987 are labeled with the same number, #7 Other. So while your Nalgene reusable bottle is made from polycarbonate and labeled a #7, your new corn-based, compostable plastic dinner plates and cups are also labeled #7.  Several plastic types fall under the #7 label including polyethersulfone (the resin used in new bisphenol A-free plastic baby bottles) and polylactic acid (corn- and other starch-based resins). If you are concerned about hormonal effects from PC plastics, look for the letters "PC" which may be in place of (or alongside) the #7 code on the bottom of your containers.
Since #7 plastics are designed to be reused, unlike the typical #1 PET crude oil plastic water bottles, you can keep refilling your Primo bottle with your own tap water.

Primo water is available in 16.9-oz bottles, as well as three- and five-gallon water cooler jugs that are not corn-based. The corn used to make the Ingeo plastic in the smaller bottles is not genetically modified, and the bottles can be recycled. Of course, it is better to use your own Klean Kanteens than to buy disposable water bottles, but when the need arises for bottled water, now you have an eco-friendly choice.

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May 29, 2008

Digifire Clean Burning Ethanol Fireplace

digifire_front.jpg Fire brings a nice ambiance to a room in the winter, but woodstoves contribute to poor air quality both inside and outside of the home. The Digifire is a remote controlled fireplace that requires no chimney, because it burns a highly refined form of ethanol called Fanola. Only a small amount of steam and carbon dioxide are emitted as a result of combustion. The Digifire emissions equal that of an exhaling human! It comes in several cool, modern designs.
Via: DVICE
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May 28, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Primo Corn Plastic Bottled Water


We have all been scared about BPA in plastic water bottles, and we know that petroleum based plastic water bottles are bad for the environment; however, there are times when even the most eco-minded individual needs to buy bottled water. As a rare consumer of bottled water, I am glad that now I have a choice with Primo Purified Water. Primo uses corn based, BPA-free, #7 plastic and advertises as an "American Grown Bottle". According to the Green Guide, this is a harmless variety of plastic:

All plastic polymers created after 1987 are labeled with the same number, #7 Other. So while your Nalgene reusable bottle is made from polycarbonate and labeled a #7, your new corn-based, compostable plastic dinner plates and cups are also labeled #7.

Since #7 plastics are designed to be reused, unlike typical #1 crude oil plastic water bottles, you can keep refilling your Primo bottle with your own tap water.

Primo water is available in 16.9-oz bottles, as well as three- and five-gallon water cooler jugs that are not corn based. The corn used in the smaller bottles is not genetically modified, and they can be recycled. Of course, it is best to use your Klean Kanteens than to buy disposable bottles, but when the need arises for bottled water, now you have an eco-friendly choice.

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May 28, 2008

The Aveda Babassu Community Project and Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother

Aveda  Smooth Infusion Style Prep I have been using Aveda products exclusively on my hair for about five years, and the results are incredible. My hair is smooth and shiny in all weather conditions, thanks to Aveda. One product I love is the Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother. This product controls humidity for up to 12 hours and prevents damage from styling (not that I even own a blow dryer). Just place a small amount in wet hair after bathing and let the natural ingredients, such as babussa, work wonders on your hair, no matter the type.

Aveda supports sustainable, organic agriculture and economic independence in regions around the world. The Babussa Project in the eastern Amazon has helped preserve palm trees from clearcutting and supported local, indigenous women that collect the nuts from the babassu palms.

Joining with environmental groups, the babassu nut breakers successfully lobbied local and federal officials to prohibit the clear-cutting of the palm forests, and to protect the right of forest inhabitants to gather, harvest and sell the nuts. These local collectives--in this precious region--have been partners with Aveda for six years...Our collaboration has exceeded expectations--on both sides. Aveda has financed the construction of a babassu processing facility, a soap-making facility, a paper press for processing babassu fibers and funded corresponding training in processing and management. We are able to buy babassu directly from the women's collectives.
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May 27, 2008

Honda FCX Clarity Zero Emission Fuel Cell Vehicle is Here Now!

Honda FCX fuel cell vehicle.jpg Starting this summer, Honda will be leasing the FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle in Southern California. This zero emission car is limited to Torrance, Irvine, and Santa Monica, as these places are the only ones with fueling station infrastructure.
The reason for this limited initial release is that in order to drive a fuel cell vehicle, you have to be able to refuel it. And since these clean cars do not run on gasoline, you can't just stop off at your regular corner gas station to fill up. Hydrogen fuel stations are critical to the deployment of a fuel cell car and, as it stands now, stations accessible to the public are still quite limited.
The FCX Clarity will travel 270 miles before needing to be refueled, and the lease costs $600 a month. It is powered by an electric motor:
The new high-output, compact electric motor that drives the FCX Clarity is powerful and quiet for a smooth and efficient ride. This lightweight motor has its roots in the one developed by Honda for the EV Plus™ electric vehicle. High efficiency over a broad output range with low noise is the main benefit of this next-generation motor.
Here's how it works:
A hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity for the vehicle. The fuel cell combines hydrogen, which is stored in a fuel tank onboard the vehicle, with oxygen from the air to make electricity. The electricity then powers the electric motor, which in turn drives the front wheels. Water vapor and heat are the only byproducts.
I can't wait to see these slick fuel cell Hondas on the road this summer!
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May 26, 2008

BPA-Free Adiri Natural Nurser Baby Bottles

BPA free Adiri Baby Bottles Even breastfeeding parents find the need to use a bottle at times, whether filled with formula or pumped breastmilk. Nipple confusion and BPA is a concern, as parents don't want their child to forget how to breastfeed or be exposed to harmful chemicals. The Adiri Natural Nurser Bottle Set solves these problems by providing parents with BPA-free peace of mind, in addition to unique nipple design that mimics a mother's breast. Designed with the help of doctors, moms and lactation consultants,
The Adiri™ Natural Nurser™ Ultimate Baby Bottle is soft, safe and simple. With an easy to use and dishwasher safe Fill, Twist and Feed™ system, the only nipple truly shaped like a mother's breast, soft polycarbonate-free and bisphenol-A free materials, and a unique Petal™ vent that helps reduce colic, the Adiri Natural Nurser enables the ultimate safe bottlefeeding experience.
The Adiri Natural Nurser Bottle Set has even won the 2008 Medical Design Excellence Award!
Via: Eco Child's Play
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May 23, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix

Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix A friend of mine brought Bear Naked Organic Trail Mix to my preschool today for snack. The organic High Sierra blend trail mix is filled with pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, cashews, and almonds. It is so good, and the children really enjoyed it; however, my son kept pilfering my chocolate chips!  I will definitely pick some up for my home.  
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May 22, 2008

Scandinavian Airline Slows Down to Cut Carbon and Save Fuel

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Scandinavian airline SAS is flying its planes slower to save fuel and cut down on carbon emissions. By reducing from 780 kilometers (485 miles) per hour from 860 kph, the airline has saved $12 million in two years. Flights aren't much longer due to the reduction in speed:

A 360 km flight between Oslo and Bergen, Norway's two largest cities, at "economy speed" saved 130 kg (287 pounds) of fuel and 420 kg of carbon emissions. The entire journey lasts only three minutes longer.


I have three minutes to spare for the environment, do you?
Via: Reuters and Daily Grist

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May 20, 2008

Recycline Preserve 100% Recycled Plastic Kitchen and Green BBQ Products

recycline preserve plastic plates We've long been a fan of Recycline Preserve toothbrushes and razors, now we have recently tried out a multitude of Preserve products. All of these products are made from 100% recycled plastic in the USA. This is number 5 plastic, so you don't have to worry about BPA, and everything is dishwasher safe. I try to avoid plastics altogether, but if you need the convenience of plastics, Preserve is the most eco-friendly option I have found. These products will green your Memorial Day BBQ!
  • Preserve Plateware: Perfect for your BBQs or picnics, these plates are reusable and sturdy, taking the disposable out of outdoor gatherings.
  • Preserve Cutlery: Made from recycled Stoneyfield yogurt containers, this cutlery is also perfect for outdoor eating and reusing. You'll just have to inform your guests not to toss the cutlery in the trash.
  • Preserve Colander: Although I prefer my stainless steel colander, the Preserve Colander is nice, especially with the handles and pouring spout. I can see this turning into a fun beach or sandbox toy for my children.
  • Preserve mixing bowls: These recycled mixing bowls are brand new from Preserve. They are stackable, colorful, and great for involving children in the kitchen.
  • Preserve Cutting Board: This cutting board has a unique handle on one side and is knife friendly.
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  • Preserve Paperstone Cutting Board: This is my favorite Preserve product! Made from with Forest Stewardship Council certified Paperstone™, it is knife-friendly, non-porous. The petroleum-free coating that makes for easy cleaning, and it is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and natural resins.
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UPS Goes Hybrid!

UPS Hybrid UPS has ordered 200 hybrid delivery trucks! The trucks will feature Mercedes-Benz diesel engines, a 2 kWh lithium ion battery pack, and a computer-controlled manual transmission resulting in a 40 percent fuel savings and a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions compared to standard diesel systems. The shipping company has also ordered 200 compressed natural gas trucks to the fleet, increasing the number of alternative fuel UPS trucks from 1,718 to 2,218 vehicles.
Via:  Eco Tech Daily
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May 19, 2008

Envirosax Reusable Shopping Bags for Kids

envirosax for kids My carbon footprint is pretty small, considering I live off-the-grid; however, I have sometimes slacked on the little things I could do to help the environment. I often leave my reusable shopping bags in the car, forgetting to take them into the store. Now, that has changed since my daughter got her own Envirosax. The new kids series appeals to little ones with their designs, and my daughter's excitement has transferred to my remembering to bring my bags into every store, not just the grocery store. Envirosax are very compact, which makes them easy to toss into a purse or backpack. Their website also has an extensive list of sustainability education resources.

Parenting blogs writing about Kids' Envirosax:

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May 16, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops

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Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops let your child enjoy the treats of childhood while still eating organically. These affordable candies are 100% vegan and gluten-free. My favorite flavor is Cheeky Lemon, but Pomegranate Pucker, Razzmatazz Berry, Orange Squeeze, and Wet-Face Watermelon are also delicious.

YummyEarth was born out of our commitment to feed our babies, Jonah and Rose, a diet rich in delicious organic foods that are free of yucky chemicals, pesticides and dyes. YummyEarth tastes much better than mass produced chemical candy because we choose real fruit extracts and plant friendly organic ingredients to sweeten our lives and yours.

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May 15, 2008

Is it Time to Take Fluoride Out of Our Water?

About 1700 professionals, including Arvid Carlsson, the 2000 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine, have signed a statement by the Fluoride Action Network asking Congress to sponsor hearings on the safety of fluoridation. Fluoride is most effective when used topically, as in toothpaste, and there evidence that systemic intake is harmful. According to the CDC, 32% of children have fluorosis from fluoridated drinking water, and the American Dental Association warns parents not to use fluoridated water when mixing infant formulas. Systemic fluoride has been linked to risk of bone fractures, decreased thyroid function, lowered IQ, arthritic-like conditions, dental fluorosis and, possibly, osteosarcoma.

You don't have to wait for Congress or your local community to agree to remove fluoride from your tap water. There are filters available that you can install to remove this chemical and other toxins. Fluoride filters are the best solution currently, especially since there is no guarantee that bottled water made from purified city water is fluoride-free.

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May 14, 2008

Korres Aloe Vera Natural Body Milk Moisturizer for Men

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Men often neglect their skin, in my experience. They will usually use whatever product is cheapest or close at hand, often borrowing skin care products from their ladies. Greek made Korres Natural Products are great for all men, from the rugged to the more refined. Korres has roots in Athens' first ever Homeopathic Pharmacy, and their products contain high efficiency natural ingredients, food ingredients, Greek flora, and medicinal herbs.

I am in love with Korres Aloe Vera Aftersun Moisturizing Body Milk, as is my man. It is light and soothing, perfect for after a shower. The scent is gender neutral, and the ingredients deeply moisturize while relieving symptoms from sun exposure. This product received a score of 5 out of 10 on Skin Deep for cosmetic safety. I would definitely like to explore more products by Korres.

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May 13, 2008

Flame Retardant PBDE Found in Falcon Eggs

peregrine falcon flying over San Francisco Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a common flame retardant used in electronics, furniture, clothing (including children's pajamas), etc. PBDEs widespread usage has caused the chemical to build up in human bodies and the environment. Previous studies have found the flame retardant present in mother's breastmilk, now it has reached high levels in peregrine falcon eggs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The eggs of peregrine falcons living in California's big cities contain some of the highest levels ever found in wildlife of a flame retardant used in consumer products, a new study has found.
It's a good thing that a California law that bans certain types of PBDEs goes into effect this year.  You do have choices as a consumer for avoiding some PBDEs, such as the Aloe Dream Mate Pillow by Natura or organic kids' pajamas. PBDEs may become the DDT of our times, now that it is reaching the birds higher up in the food chain. We should all be concerned, as Americans have the highest level of PBDEs in their bodies than any other people in the world.

Via: Treehugger

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May 12, 2008

Bestselling BPA-Free Water Bottles

b1f279edd7a0824851e18110.L.jpg BPA in plastics may become the lead in gasoline and paint of our times. In fact, US Senator Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York) is proposing a legislative ban on the sale of children's products and food containers containing bisphenol A (BPA).We've been reviewing BPA-free products on Really Natural since we first heard BPA may not be safe. The following list was created from the BPA-free water bottles our readers have liked the best.
Bestselling BPA-Free Water Bottles
My favorite BPA-free water bottle is the Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle, even though it is made in China. The stainless steel construction means it does not require a liner, like the aluminum Sigg bottles, and it is not made of plastic. The most economical choice is the Camelbak BPA Free Better Bottle, if you aren't concerned about other potential toxins in plastics.
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May 9, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Clif Kid OrganicTwisted Fruit Ropes

511AMffJ4mL._SS400_.jpg I am always looking for healthy, easy snacks to pack in my children's lunches or take in the car. Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit Ropes are the perfect treat! Made from real organic fruit puree and juices; you can forget about sugar and/or artificial coloring in these fruit treats. Some flavors are quite tangy, and my husband thinks they taste like candy. These fruit snacks disappear quickly in my house, so I suggest you stock up!
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May 8, 2008

Sky Sails Use Wind Propulsion to Reduce Shipping Fuel Consumption


The use of Beluga Sky Sails towing kites to propel ocean-going freighters can save 10-50% of fuel usage. Imagine a kite the size of a football field pulling boats across the oceans. Instead of using a sail attached to a mast, like ocean crossing vessels of yore, a Sky Sails towing kite looks like a paraglider in the sky above the ship.

Via: Eco Tech Daily and Eco Geek

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May 7, 2008

More Great Natural Products from Solay Wellness

nat-shampoo-lavender.jpg We've already reviewed Solay Wellness's cleaning products and Himalayan salt lamps. Now, we've tried out some of their beauty products too!
  • Solay Shine Lavender Natural Shampoo: My daughter loves this shampoo. It smells wonderful and is quite sudsy for lacking SLS. This shampoo is made in small batches from: Coconut oil, Castor oil, Palm oil, Jojoba oil, Wellness Water, Himalayan salt, Soy protein, Vegetable glycerin, Lavender Essential Oils and Potassium hydroxide.
  •  Solay Detox Face Mask: This mud mask made my face feel wonderful after it was removed, and my pores felt tightened. Hand made with high quality Calcium Bentonite clay from the Death Valley and Himalayan So-lay concentrate, this mask is vegan and organic. 
  • BREATHE Solay Body Scents: This body spray is not overpowering and rejuvenates the mind and body with aromatherapy. $1 from every purchase is donated to planting trees. Remember the Breathe Mantra: As I spray, I remember to breathe deeply
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May 6, 2008

People Pedal Powered Cell Phones


Based in Nicaragua, Llamadas Pedaleadas brings affordable, renewable cell phone service to the people. By using a car alternator, a vendor can use pedal power to charge the batteries on the cell phones and bring telephones to the people, who usually go to call shops rather than use their expensive personal cell phones.

Via: Triple Pundit

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May 5, 2008

BPA-Free Camelbak Plastic Water Bottle


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Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been in the news a lot lately, as governments are finally admitting this hormone disruptor is bad for humans, particularly children. Senators Charles Schumer and Diane Feinstein have just introduced a bill to ban BPA in all children's products, and the US House of Representatives is investigating the FDA's claims that BPA is safe for human consumption. Canada declared BPA a "dangerous substance".

When I first learned about BPA, I immediately switched my family's water bottles to Klean Kanteens, including sippy cups. Now, Camelbak has created a BPA-Free version of their Better Water Bottle.  This plastic bottle is dishwasher safe (top shelf), lightweight, durable, BPA-free, pthalate-free, and made of a new Triton material.  It has a standard cap, so it will fit backpacking water filters that require this for attachment, like mine.  Now I really can toss the Nalgene bottles and go camping without lugging heavy stainless steel bottles around.

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May 2, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Cook Like a Gourmet Vegan with Recipes From the Millennium Cookbook

cover_cookbook.jpg My favorite restaurant in San Francisco, regardless of the fact that is serves only vegan food, is the Millennium. A few years back, I bought the Millennium Cookbook and was amazed by the recipes. Many of these recipes are very involved, but the results are sure to impress vegans and omnivores alike. The desserts are the best, such as sorbet made from coconut milk!
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May 1, 2008

Really Natural April Monthly Round-Up

Spring has sprung with lots of great product reviews, solar news, and electric vehicle developments!

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