September 30, 2008

The Skinny on Hybrids: The Best Website for Hybrid Information and Comparisons

Snapshot 2008-09-27 09-07-58.jpg The Hybrid Center is the ultimate resource for anyone in the market for a hybrid or interested in the history and future development of this technology. You can select any hybrid model and read reviews, comparisons, and a buying guide. One of my favorite features of the website is the Hybrid Vehicle Timeline, as it includes information on "Hybrids on the Horizon". The Hybrid Center is a project of the Union of Concerned Scientists, so you know you can trust the information's accuracy.
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September 29, 2008

ECOBAGS are Perfect for the Farmer's Market

Did you know that just one reusable bag eliminates the use of 1,000 plastic bags per year? ECOBAGS makes several natural and certified organic, recycled cotton and cotton/hemp blend reuseable bags. All ECOBAGS are made with fair wage/fair labor practices. My favorite bags are the Classic String Market Bags and the Lunch Bags, which I like to use as a produce bag. I am an avid farmers' market shopper, and it defeats the purpose of local shopping to accept a plastic bag made thousands of miles away from the farmer, besides the environmental impact. ECOBAGS has been in business for 19 years and is a member of Co-Op America, the Organic Trade Association, and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

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September 26, 2008

Eco Pet Food Friday: Wellness Natural Pet Treats

21quZSIaGsL._SL500_AA158_.jpg In our family, we have four large dogs (akitas) and one cat. As we consider our pets members of the family, we feed them natural pet foods. They deserve quality food, just like humans. Wellness has created several natural healthy treats for dogs and cats. These treats contain no meat-by-products, wheat, corn, soy, artificial preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. My pets really enjoy the WellBars, Pure Delights Cat Treats, Pure Rewards, and WellBites. My dogs even enjoy the vegetarian treats! Who wouldn't love all natural ingredients such as apples, bananas, and Atlantic Whitefish?
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September 25, 2008

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51dSxbsvTbL._SL500_AA242_PIkin-dp-500,BottomRight,-21,38_AA280_SH20_OU01_.jpg A Really Natural subscription is now available on Kindle! If you subscribe, the Kindle edition of our blog will automatically be delivered to you wirelessly throughout the day. Full text and images are included! You can try it out for free for 14 days, then it is only $0.99 a month. What a deal!

Don't know what a Kindle is? A Kindle is a wireless device that you can download books, magazines, blogs, and newspapers. Kindle uses the same 3G network as advanced cell phones, so you never have to look for a wifi hotspot. Think of the paper you will save reading on your Kindle!

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September 24, 2008

Do Not Buy This Product: Clorox Greenworks Dishwashing Liquid

detail_prod_ndl.jpg I do not care if Greenworks products are endorsed by the Sierra Club, I have suspected Clorox's "natural" line from their introduction. I finally have tried one of their products, the natural dishwashing liquid, and my family hates it! It smells exactly like unnatural products and has a green color that I find suspect. Dishes require serious rinsing to remove the soap residue and smell, and my daughter complained her water bottle tasted like dish soap after I used it. Greenworks natural dishwashing liquid claims to be made of:
biodegradable ingredients like plants and minerals that remove grease and baked-on food, leaving your dishes clean and shiny. Now you can have it all: extraordinary cleaning power without harsh chemical residue (when used as directed).
Perhaps the directions should say rinse your dishes 20 times to remove residue, which would defeat the whole eco-friendly aspect by wasting water. Perhaps the Greenworks Free and Clear version is better than the natural dishwashing liquid, but I will stick to my Ecover from now on!
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September 23, 2008

4th Generation iPod Nano is More Eco-Friendly

ipodnano_hero20080909.jpg Apple's 4th Generation iPod Nanos are the most eco-friendly version yet. The new Nano is made with arsenic-free glass and does not contain Brominated Flame Retardant (BFR) or polyvinylchloride (PVR). It is also made from a recyclable aluminum enclosure. If your old iPod no longer works, you can recycle it at an Apple store.  

Via:  CleanTechnica
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September 22, 2008

Custom, Hand Embroidered Organic Tote by the Sweet Line

accessories1.jpg The Sweet Line is a unique company offering organic, custom hand embroidered goods. From organic t-shirts to organic totes, the Sweet Line will embroider your message. I find their work inspiring and hope one of these days I can take up embroidering again. Until then, there is always the Sweet Line!
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September 19, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Gluten-Free and Organic Waffles by Nature's Path

homestyle_waffles_productlarge.jpg I love frozen waffles! It is such a quick and easy breakfast, and maybe some part of my brain was affected by all those "L'Eggo my Eggo" commercials of my youth. There's a much healthier option for frozen waffles by Nature's Path, including two new flavors:
Homestyle Gluten-Free Organic Waffles
Water, organic brown rice flour, organic potato starch, organic expeller-pressed soybean oil, organic evaporated cane juice, organic white rice flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), organic corn flour, organic potato flour, organic rice starch, organic guar gum, non GMO soy lecithin, organic pear juice, natural flavor, sea salt.
Flax Plus Red Berry Waffles
Water, organic whole wheat flour, organic expeller-pressed soybean oil, organic evaporated cane juice, organic flax seeds, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), organic raspberry puree, organic oat bran, non GMO soy lecithin, natural flavor, organic pear juice, sea salt, organic rice bran extract, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium alginate, organic elderberry juice concentrate, dicalcium phosphate.

Both flavors are delicious!
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September 18, 2008

Real Testimony of a Tesla Roadster Electric Car Owner

Sure they cost over a $100,000 and take 12 months to get, but the Tesla Roadster is an amazing electric car.  This EV can go zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and will travel 220 miles on one charge. I love at the end of this video when Mark accelerates his Tesla Roadster, his wife pleads, "Oh Jesus, Mark please!"

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September 17, 2008

Improve your Indoor Air Quality with Therapure Hepa, Ion, UV Purifier

41xG7+aqcWL._SL500_AA280_.jpg It's been a summer full of smoke here in northern California, and we could not have remained in our home without Therapure air purifiers. We have purchased six of these air filters this summer for our home and the classrooms at the school where I teach. The Therapure air purifier is versatile, in that it is a HEPA filter, ionizer, and has a photocatalyst filter that removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new paint and carpets, as well as kills germs. The filter never needs replacing, as it can be cleaned, and there are four speeds you can use on the Therapure. This filter purifies the air in rooms up to 16 x 17 feet, and its Triple Action Purification system maintains a CADR level of 180. I am so thankful these filters allowed my family to remain home during this summer of unhealthy smoke-filled air.
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September 16, 2008

H2GO Hydrogen-Powered Remote Control Cars: Be One of the First to Own One!

51647f421e7d9bb04b7a27c76d88ea9d.jpg If you have ever had a remote control car, you know that you go through batteries like crazy. Master Replicas is featuring a hydrogen-powered remote control car called the H2GO. If you are one of the first 100 people to purchase this toy, Master Replica will donate two additional H2GO models to the school of your choice! Here's how the hydrogen-powered toy works:
The compact kit comprises a refueling station, a solar panel, a hydrogen-powered RC car and a remote control. The refueling station splits water by electrolysis into its elements, oxygen and hydrogen. Oxygen is released and the hydrogen is pumped into the car, contained in a balloon in the car unit.

When the car is turned on, the hydrogen flows through another catalyst in the car causing a series of reactions that power the car. The reactions cause a flow of electrons that produce an electric current, which in turn powers the motors and back wheels.

The H2GO delivers the same performance as other R/C cars, according to their website. I have not tested this toy out, and I have not had much luck with hydrogen-powered toys. My family tried a hydrogen-powered rocket that broke after two days; however, the H2GO appears to be better constructed.
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September 15, 2008

Eco Fashion: Natural Fiber Clothing by Hessnatur

Snapshot 2008-09-13 08-02-13.jpg Hessnatur is a German natural clothing company that has just launched in the US!
What we believe

Since its founding, hessnatur has been governed by a simple principle: human beings should live in harmony with each other and with nature. Respect for the planet and for its people is fundamental to the way we do business, interact with our partners and each other. We will not compromise our environmental integrity or our design aesthetics.

We can literally trace every step of the process in creating our clothes. Growing, spinning, weaving or knitting, dyeing and printing, finishing, cutting, sewing and packaging, we know everything that happens. What this means to you is that when we say our clothing is pure and natural from start to finish, you can believe our words.

I really love Hessnatur's cashmere sweater for women. This sweater is stylish with a scooped collar and rolled edges, and it is luxuriously soft. The cashmere from Mongolia makes the sweater warm without bulk, and I share Hessnatur's passion for natural fibers.
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September 12, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Two New Flavors of EnviroKidz Gluten-Free, Organic Crispy Rice Bar

penguin_fruity_burst_crispy_rice_bars_productlarge.jpg My dad is a Celiac, which means he is allergic to gluten, and he always carries snacks with him in case he can't find food to eat when out and about. One snack he always has on hand, that my children adore, are EnviroKidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars. These gluten-free goodies are tasty, handy, and now come in two new flavors:
  • Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars-Organic brown rice flour, organic brown rice syrup, organic honey, organic peanut butter, organic chocolatey icing (organic evaporated cane juice, organic palm kernel oil, organic cocoa, natural flavors, organic soy lecithin, sea salt), organic invert cane syrup, organic roasted peanut, organic evaporated cane juice, organic soy oil, organic acacia gum, sea salt, organic molasses, tocopherols (natural vitamin E), organic rice bran extract.
  • Penguin Fruity Burst Crispy Rice Bars-Organic brown rice flour, organic brown rice syrup, organic honey, organic fruity pieces (organic evaporated cane juice, organic rice syrup, organic coconut oil, citric acid, natural flavors, beet color, organic turmeric, organic soy lecithin), organic soy oil, organic invert cane syrup, organic evaporated cane juice, organic corn starch, organic acacia gum, natural flavors, organic molasses, organic rice bran extract.

EnviroKidz is made by Nature's Path, which recently bought 2,240 acres of organic farmland adjacent to two experienced organic farmers' land, in order to help them expand their organic farms. There was no financial outlay for the farmers, as Nature's Path retained ownership of the land in exchange for a portion of the crop. The farmers purchase the seeds, grow the food, and own the majority value of their crops. Nature's Path will utilize the crops grown in their organic products.  This seems like a good approach to ensuring organic farming's viability.

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September 11, 2008

Manure-Powered Carnival Ride at the California State Fair

1345801188_18a106cf06_m.jpg Moo poo power has been used to provide energy for farms, but this summer the world's first manure-powered carnival ride debuted at the California State Fair. "The Barnyard Animal Train" used California dairy cow manure to create renewable biogas to power the ride. Children learned about renewable energy on the ride.. I wonder how the ride smelled...
Via: CleanTechnica
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September 10, 2008

Vegan, Organic, Natural Beauty Products by SpaRitual

Look-Inside-Lotion-Group.jpg Organic consumers have lots of choices when it comes to beauty products, but not all of them are created equal. Unlike many beauty companies, SpaRitual discloses the exact percentage of each product that is organic, and they never use synthetic dyes, parabens, and petrochemicals. The all vegan ingredients are "sourced with awareness" and are biodegradable. I recently tried out two SpaRitual products.
Organic Frankincense balances the sacral chakra to focus the mind and soothe the body. Organic Aloe Vera and organic Olive, Sesame and Soybean Oils soothe, nourish and treat the skin while Avocado and organic Shea Butters help retain moisture and protect skin.
Organic Ginger balances the root chakra to energize the mind and body. This multipurpose salt is infused with a blend of locally harvested California Sea Salts, mineral-rich Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts and Corylus Clay to detoxify, soothe, firm and tone the skin.
All packaging is made FSC mixed sources, and SpaRitual products are made in the USA.
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September 9, 2008

Samsung E200 and Bioplastics: Is Your Cell Phone Made from Corn?

Samsung E200 eco.jpg During the Olympics, Samsung revealed its E200 cell phone. This phone's case is made entirely of corn-based bioplastic.  Some environmentalists question the value of bioplastics made from corn, especially considering the controversy around ethanol and rising food costs. Bioplastics can be made from non-food plants, such as switch grass, but they do require special handling for recycling. Still, the more we can get away from non-renewables in manufacturing, the better for long-term sustainability.
Via: New York Times and GoodCleanTech
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September 8, 2008

Natural, Organic Beauty: Beauty With a Cause (b-cause)

bcauseColorSm.jpg Beauty With a Cause (b-cause) is a natural, organic beauty company with a mission to educate. Modern day cosmetics are hidden with dangers, and even the labels "organic" and "natural" are meaningless in the US when it comes to personal care products. Anyone can claim their product is natural and/or organic, as there are no federal certifications or safety testing for beauty products. There are no official guidelines as to what constitutes a natural product.  Even though a beauty product may contain certified organic ingredients, it may not be 100% natural. Some beauty products labeled organic, contain only a single digit percentage of organic ingredients. You don't have to be concerned with Beauty b-cause products for men and women:
Beauty with a Cause (b-cause) is committed to offering you safe products at an affordable price. We want you to make the "better" choice by making it easy and affordable to purchase products that have been carefully selected for the safety of their ingredients. Many products are totally organic and none of them contain items listed on the ingredients to avoid list. Further, no product has been tested on animals.
10% of all Beauty With a Cause (b-cause) proceeds are donated to breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and scleroderma research. Furthermore, many of the mineral makeup products are named for women who have battled breast cancer, ovarian cancer and scleroderma. Natural beauty, education, and health research make Beauty b-cause a company worthy of your support.

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September 5, 2008

Eco Food Friday: Dr. Weil's Vegan Organic Oatmeal

weil_by_nature_s_path_veri_berry_hot_oatmeal_productlarge.jpg Dr. Weil has teamed up with Nature's Path again to create vegan organic oatmeal packets. The oatmeal comes in two flavors:
INGREDIENTS: organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic wheat flakes, organic barley flakes, organic sweetened dried cranberries (organic cranberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic sunflower oil), organic red sour cherries (organic red sour cherries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic rice flour), organic dried raspberries (organic red raspberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic rice flour), organic inulin, sea salt, organic strawberry powder (organic strawberry, organic rice flour, organic soy lecithin). INGREDIENTS: organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic barley flakes, organic almonds, organic inulin, organic cocoa, organic chocolate flavor, sea salt, organic vanilla flavor.
At first, I was concerned that I would not like cocoa in my oatmeal, but the chocolate flavor is very subtle, still the Veri-berry flavor is the favorite in my home. Both flavors are vegetarian, organic, made from whole grains, low in fat and sodium, and contain no trans fat. Although I am not a fan of the extra packaging involved in buying flavored oatmeal packets, they sure make feeding my children a quick healthy breakfast before school easy.
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September 4, 2008

The Secret Life of Paper: Americans Use More Paper than the Rest of the World

America's use of paper is excessive, and I am always amazed at the amount of paper my family recycles. Paper production causes deforestation and contributes to global warming. We need to be more thoughtful about our paper usage.

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September 3, 2008

Fit & Fresh Live PURE Reusable Filtered Water Bottle Makes Tap Water Safe to Drink

21EdhQFpffL._SL500_AA280_.jpg It is common knowledge that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, but many people are still not convinced tap water is safe. Fit & Fresh Liv Pure Filtered Water Bottle may offer the solution. Made from BPA-free plastic, this bottle houses a filter capable of reducing 50% of chlorine in 75 gallons of water, the life span of one filter. Unlike the LifeStraw, Fit & Fresh Liv Pure Filtered Water Bottle is not designed for microbiologically unsafe water or water of unknown quality. My daughter is very excited to have a Fit & Fresh Liv Pure Filtered Water Bottle for school, so that when she runs out of our spring water, she can safely refill the bottle with school water.
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September 2, 2008

Forget About Tequila: Mexico Looks to Agave for Ethanol Source

blue-agave.jpg Agave has a long history in Mexico, and as researchers look for indigenous plants not used for food production to make ethanol, Agave has caught their attention. The Agave-to-ethanol project shows promise, as Professor of Agricultural Biotechnology Remigio Madrigal Lugo, Ph.D. explains, "Agave can bring in the new era of bio-economics giving the world enough clean energy for a peaceful and secure world." It is estimated that varieties of Agave tequilana weber can yield up to 2,000 gallons of distilled ethanol per acre per year due to its high sugar content, which is much greater than corn-based ethanol. The Agave-to-ethanol project may not affect food production prices like corn, but what about tequila and Agave nectar?
 Via: Renewable Energy World
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September 1, 2008

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