November 1, 2007

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.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 24, 2007

Hotter than I Should Be T-Shirts from WWF

hotter-than-i-should.jpgThe World Wildlife Federation (WWF) is concerned about climate change. And they should be -- global warming from greenhouse gas emissions is the single largest threat to our environment today.

Let folks know you care about the planet with a cheeky "Hotter than I Should Be" t-shirt, available for a $50 donation to WWF's global warming site.

This would make a gift for that "Hotter than I Should Be" animal lover on your list. You can let them know you've noticed, and that you care about the planet.

Available at World Wildlife Fund.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

July 31, 2007

Sustainable Harvest International - Stonyfield Yogurt Promotion


Looking for ways to support sustainable farming and rainforest conservation -- all before you've even finished your breakfast? Really Natural reader (and Sustainable Harvest International summer intern Jessica Schessler just wrote in about a promotion from Stonyfield Farm and Sustainable Harvest International that will allow you to do just that.

Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) is a nonprofit organization that works with farmers in Central America to teach alternatives to slash and burn farming.

Since 1997, SHI has worked with nearly 1,000 families and 900 students in Honduras, Panama, Belize and Nicaragua to

* Plant more than 2,000,000 trees.
* Convert 6,000 acres to sustainable uses, thereby saving 30,000 acres from slash-and-burn destruction.
* Improve nutrition through the establishment of more than 200 organic vegetable gardens.
* Increase farm income up to 800%.
* Build165 wood-conserving stoves (saving 1,650 trees per year)

SHI's work saves rainforests; it also leaves the farmers and their families with enough organic crops to feed themselves and sell extra crops for income.

BidWithLid2007.gifThis summer, SHI has joined with Stonyfield Farm yogurt to raise money for their work. Through Stonyfield Farm's Bid with Your Lid program, SHI will receive $20,000 in donations, plus up to $40,000 more based on yogurt-eaters' votes. You can go to the Stonyfield Farm website and receive a coupon for a free yogurt, and at the same time cast a vote for Sustainable Harvest International. You can also redeem yogurt tops and cast one vote for each top you redeem (e.g. 10 tops equals 10 votes, 20 tops equals 20 votes, etc.)

We're big fans of Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt for breakfast -- with homemade granola and wheat germ or mixed into a smoothie. And we think Sustainable Harvest International is an organization worth supporting. So it's win-win.

Get your coupon for a free Stonyfield Farmyogurt and cast your vote for SHI.

Learn more about Sustainable Harvest International.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 29, 2007

Weekend Reading: Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest

512-IvTliCL._AA240_.jpgPaul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, has a new book out about the history of the environmental and social justice movement. It's called Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. We haven't read it yet, but it's on our list.

From the Publisher's Weekly review on Amazon:

Hawken traces the formation of the environmental and social justice movement from the beginnings of natural science across years and continents in this rousing and "inadvertently optimistic" call to action. Though it's argued that globalization; extinction of species, languages and cultures; and economic policies advantageous to the rich have degraded quality of life worldwide and engendered large scale feelings of fear, resentment and powerlessness, Hawken remains surprisingly hopeful. Strength, he contends, lies in the many thousands (if not millions) of nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to environmental protection and social justice that collectively form a worldwide movement geared toward humanity's betterment.

Available at Blessed Unrest.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 13, 2007

Eating Local with a CSA Share from The Food Project

4-About-Us-03.jpgHooray for June! Time for longer days, warm nights, and -- perhaps best of all -- the start of our CSA share from The Food Project.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You buy a "share" of a local farmer's crop at the beginning of the growing season, and all summer you receive "dividends" -- baskets and boxes of fresh summer produce.

Russ and I bought our CSA share from The Food Project, a local nonprofit that employs city and suburban youth working organic farms inside and outside of the city.

In addition to growing veggies for CSA members, The Food Project distributes their organic produce to local soup kitchens and sells it at inner-city farmers markets. Youth who participate in the program learn about the food system, organic and sustainable agriculture, and about access-to-food issues facing inner-city residents.

Crew,-bulldogs,-04.jpgLast week, our share included enough greens to feed an army -- arugula, mizuma, spinach, lettuce, bok choy, baby field greens, and a handful of radishes and turnips. It provides a great lesson in eating locally (see Omnivore's Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral), and a great reminder of how good food tastes when it's fresh from the farm.

Learn more about Community Supported Agriculture and find a CSA near you.

Support The Food Project.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 7, 2007

Eco-Tourism: Best Eco-Tours Sites from Ideal Bite


Ideal Bite published a newsletter last week dedicated to eco-tourism sites. Among the sites recommended:

* EcoTour Directory - lists over 65 eco-holiday providers.
* G.A.P. Adventures - offers tours for groups of 12 or fewer and encourages carbon offsetting.
* Sierra Club Outings - tour the world with other eco-conscious travelers.
* Sustainable Travel International - a non-profit that helps you book all sorts of eco-adventures, from archaeological digs to yoga tours.
* Relief Riders International - guided horseback rides that let you help the Red Cross and distribute books to kids along the way.
* Responsible Travel - awesome trip packages geared toward folks in the UK.

(Via Ideal Bite)

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

May 24, 2007

Comparing Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

676ced98-41ac-4df1-a570-e279526e913f_300.jpgNYTimes writer William Hamilton may think compact fluorescent lightbulbs have a long way to go before they're widely accepted, but we're ready to say the bulbs are here to stay. The question is, which compact fluorescent bulbs work best and where will you want to use them? Well, readers, here are our two cents.

On Earth Day, Russ and I dropped by Home Depot to pick up our free compact fluorescent bulb, plus a couple of extras for good luck. And, because my husband is a scientist, we did a few tests, trying out different bulbs in different locations around the house.

We picked up three lightbulbs by n:vision -- in Soft White (green packaging), Bright White (blue packaging), and Daylight (red packaging). The Soft White is a 14 watt bulb -- the equivalent of a 60 watt regular lightbulb. The Daylight and Bright White bulbs are both 19 watts -- equivalent to 75 watt regular bulbs. According to the packaging, these bulbs can save $56/year in energy costs if the lightbulbs are used for 3 hours a day. All three bulbs have a 9 year warranty.

So, now the question of the hour, which bulbs - if any - would we use around the house and where would we use 'em?

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

May 3, 2007

Planet Earth BBC Series on DVD

Tired of hearing your friends rave about the BBC series Planet Earth, narrated by David Attenborough? Each 50-minute episode of the 11-part series covers a specific geographical region and/or wildlife habitat (mountains, caves, deserts, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc.).

Without being overtly political, the series maintains a consistent and subtle emphasis on the urgent need for ongoing conservation, best illustrated by the plight of polar bears whose very behavior is changing (to accommodate life-threatening changes in their fast-melting habitat) in the wake of global warming--a phenomenon that this series appropriately presents as scientific fact. With this harsh reality as subtext, the series proceeds to accentuate the positive, delivering a seemingly endless variety of natural wonders, from the spectacular mating displays of New Guinea's various birds of paradise to a rare encounter with Siberia's nearly-extinct Amur Leopards, of which only 30 remain in the wild.

Buy the Planet Earth BBC Series on DVD. Or, wait a little while and get it in HD-DVD.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

April 16, 2007

Thomas Friedman's Geo-Green Strategy

Having effectively demonstrated that The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman is campaigning for energy independence. His cover article in this Sunday's New York Times makes the case that "going green" is the key to putting "our post-9/11 trauma and the divisiveness of the Bush years" behind us, that it will "reknit America at home, reconnect America abroad and restore America to its natural place in the global order — as the beacon of progress, hope and inspiration." ArrowContinue reading: "Thomas Friedman's Geo-Green Strategy"

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

April 11, 2007

EZ Bag Compact Grocery Bags

Tired of the paper or plastic dilemma? Get yourself an EZ Bag.

We were at a dinner party at Julie and Patrick's house on Friday. Another couple at the party regaled us with their plans for a green wedding this fall in Colorado. Among the items on their must-have list? Recycled paper invitations, a LEED-certified location, and EZ Bags for everyone.

Wait a minute, you say. What are EZ Bags? I'm glad you asked.

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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