January 20, 2010

Anti-Allergen, Organic Cotton Eco-Friendly Bedding by Allergy Luxe

We spend a lot of time resting in our beds, so it only makes sense that we choose bedding products that are eco-friendly and better for our health. Exclusively made for Bed Bath & Beyond, Allergy Luxe Organic Pillowcases not only give you pesticide-free peace of mind, they also protect you from allergens like dust mites and pet dander.

This luxurious sheet set is made from certified pure organic cotton and promotes an eco-friendly lifestyle. The soft sheets are free of harmful chemicals and organic dyes, and has an anti-allergen barrier weave that protects the sheets against dust mite dander, pollen, pet dander and other allergens. 100% organic cotton with a 300 thread count.

This bedding is very soft, and at least part of the packaging is made from burlap rather than entirely plastic.

Disclosure: I was sent a free sample of this product to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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December 21, 2009

DIY Eco-Friendly Dual Flush Toilet Retrofit Kit

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40% of indoor water use is consumed by toilets. You've probably experienced the need to double flush on a super low flow toilet or the rush of gallons of water on an older toilet model. Brondell has a solution: the PF100-W Perfect Flush, Eco-Friendly Dual Flush Toilet Retrofit Kit. This retrofit kit installs easily in about 30 minutes and gives you the option of using less water for flushing when needed, which occurs 80% of the time someone uses the toilet. No longer will the old adage "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" apply. Simply choose "half flush" or "full flush" depending on your needs.  This retrofit kit takes 4 AAA batteries that last for 20,000 flushes.  I have not personally tried this product, but I think it is a better solution for Americans than the Brondell bidet style Swash Ecoseat.

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December 18, 2009

Natural Laundry Detergent Vaska Uses Herbs to Clean

Vaska Scent Free Laundry Detergent was created by fashion designer Julia Fry. Using "advanced botanical solutions" in a formula Julia calls "herbatergent", Vaska laundry detergent is safe for your skin and greywater/septic systems.

Biodegradable: Won't contaminate septic tanks or groundwater.
Hypo allergenic: Perfect for people with skin and scent sensitivities.
Softer clothing: Laundry comes out really soft, no need for chemical additive fabric softeners.
Herbal ingredient: Herbal lavender extracts are naturally anti-bacterial and purify clothing.
No static cling Leaves clothing cling-free.
HE: Ecological and designed for modern high efficiency washing machines, doesn't corrode or clog plumbing.
Happier laundry room: Rich, sensual aroma enhances consumer's experience in the laundry room.
Concentrated: You won't have to carry a lot of heavy bottles or boxes home, and then to the recycling.

Vaska products have been "Recognized for Safer Chemistry by Design for the Environment, U.S. EPA."

I am always amazed how many young children I work with at school show signs of sensitivity to laundry detergent, especially in the winter. They complain of itchy skin and try to wiggle out of their clothes. Many parents underestimate the effect chemical detergents have on their children's skin.

Disclosure: I was sent a free sample of this product to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative

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December 4, 2009

Fight and Prevent Mold Without Bleach, Ammonia, or VOCs

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Concrobium Mold Control is a product that fights and prevents mold without using bleach or ammonia. It also does not contain any VOCs. I personally do not have a moldy spot to really try this product out, but I do get a little pink mold along the molding of my shower door that is hard to clean. I sprayed Concrobium Mold Control on this spot, and the pink mold did wipe away easier than with a sponge alone. I also sprayed the entire molding hoping that this product would prevent future mold growth. 

Traditionally, homeowners have tackled mold with bleach solutions, essentially poisoning the mold micro-organism. That leaves users and their families exposed to harmful chemicals.

And bleach only provides short term relief from mold. When the mold reappears, the toxic cleaning cycle begins again...

Concrobium Mold ControlĀ® is a revolutionary way to fight mold, with no bleach, ammonia or VOCs.

Unlike traditional "wet kill" products, Concrobium works as it dries - hardening over the moldy surface to form an invisible film that physically crushes the mold micro-organism underneath.

And Concrobium stays on surfaces to provide continual resistance against mold regrowth.

Concrobium Mold Control states their product is eco-friendly and a "100% natural solution", although full disclosure of the solution is not given other than stating "two other ingredients" are combined with baking soda to create a "patented tri-salt polymer". It certainly has to be better than bleach.

Disclosure: I was sent a quart of Concrobium Mold Control in order to complete this review. No positive or negative assurances were given prior to reviewing this product.

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November 11, 2009

Green, Eco-Friendly Non-Stick, Non-Scratch Extreme Temperature Ceramic Cookware

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Finally, there is a safe, green alternative in non-stick, non-scratch cookware. Cermacor's Xtrema cookware is amazing! From saucepans to tea kettles, "Xtrema is healthier than any other cookware and we have documented scientific and laboratory testing to prove it." There are many, many benefits to Xtrema, beside avoiding teflon or aluminum:

  • Xtreme High Temperature: Cookware can withstand 2,700 F, Steel can melt at 2,200 F

  • Xtremely Easy to Clean: Non-Scratch, Non-Toxic Ceramic Glaze Surface

  • Xtremely Attractive: High Gloss Black Finish

  • Xtremely Versatile: Oven, Stovetop, Broiler, Freezer, Barbeque Grill, Microwave Oven, Dishwasher and Dining Room Table

  • Xtremely Healthy Cooking: No Trace Metals or Chemicals Leaching from the Cooking Surface

  • Xtremely Practical: Reduces Cooking Time and Uses Less Energy, Foods Stay Hotter Longer

  • Xtremely Tasty: Ceramic Far Infrared Cooking Enhances the Food Flavor and the Entire Cooking Experience

  • Xtremely Durable: Cooking Surface can not be Scratched, even by Metal Utensils and Industrial Steel Wool

Extrema cookware is handcrafted in China, taking 22 days from start to finish:
The Chinese artisans have been handcrafting ceramics for over 5,000 years and we believe in providing the consumer with the very best in product quality and that is why we decided to have our product made where the finest ceramics in the world are made and that is in mainland China.

My family tested out a Three Piece 20 Oz Retro Tea Set and pie plate. We love Xtrema. It is the best green cookware on the market, and I highly recommend it! It's super easy to clean, and I am assured my family is not being poisoned by the very cookware our food is prepared in.

Disclosure: I was given the tea set and pie plate in order to test the products to write this review. There were no advance assurances given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.

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September 5, 2009

World's Only Naturally Memory Foam Ergonomic Pillow by Essentia

Essentia makes the world's only natural memory foam and is a member of 1% for the Planet. Essentia products have zero toxic chemicals or emissions and uses glue and adhesive free technology.

Essentia is the only manufacturer of natural memory foam in the world. Our cutting-edge Natural mattresses deliver a level of comfort, performance, purity and durability never before seen in mattresses.

All eco-friendly mattress components, such as unbleached organic cotton covers, natural latex rubber, plant extracts and organic essential oils, only enhance the comfort provided by Essentia mattresses. Made from 100% natural latex, Essentia's natural memory foam has all the benefits of memory foam without the toxic ingredients.
Essentia memory foam mattresses and pillows are individually handmade using the finest raw materials to ensure the highest quality sleep product on the market.

We were sent an Essential Natural Memory Foam Ergonomic Pillow to test. This pillow is designed for back and side sleepers. It supports the head and neck superbly, and the natural memory foam is "80% more breathable than a synthetic memory foam pillow, thereby reducing heat and discomfort.". This is the kind of pillow you will fall in love with and want to take with you wherever you travel.
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July 24, 2009

Naturally Eliminate Bathroom Odors Before They Occur with Poo-Pourri's Organic Nature's Call

image001.jpg Poo-Pourri Preventive Bathroom Odor Spray has just released an organic version of its all natural odor eliminating product. Nature's Call combines organic essential oils to trap "odors at its source". Before going, simply spray into the toilet bowel and let the "citrus fresh blend" do its magic.
Poo-Pourri Nature's Call is a natural blend of Organic essential oils that create a film on the surface of toilet water, trapping odor at its source and eliminating it, instead of masking it. A few sprays in the water before you go, and the essential oils in Nature's Call will create a physical barrier around odor to neutralize it before it reaches the air. This means no odor while using the bathroom or after. Nature's Call also does more than just improve air quality - it is environmentally friendly, safe for your septic tank and the planet. "The Poo-Pourri line has always been natural and environmentally friendly," said Suzy Batiz, Poo-Pourri's founder and creator. "However, we found that as consumers become greener, there is a greater demand for Organic products. This is what inspired me to create Nature's Call."
Now, if only I can get everyone in my family to remember to use the Poo-Pourri before they go!
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July 22, 2009

Sustainable Living: The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream

cul-de-sac-syndrome-turning-around-the-unsustainable-american-dream.jpg The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream by John Wasik explores how suburban home ownership is costly and damaging to our health and environment. Often families chose homes away from urban workplaces under the guise of getting more for their dollar (i.e. a yard, bigger home, etc.); however, when you factor in gas, water, and taxes, suburban life is quite costly. Based on research, Wasik explores the "destructive connections between home ownership, economics, and the environment".
In an age of burgeoning info-technology, why are we still building homes with the latest nineteenth-century techniques?...How did we come up with the idea that we should buy as much house as we can afford, with no regard for the cost of heating and cooling it and the time and expense of getting to it? We've gotten stuck in a vicious cycle, a cul-de-sac of unsustainable costs and serious long-term consequences for our health and our environment.
Not only does Wasik discuss the problem, but he offers solutions. "New Urbanism embodies the ideas that are needed for a transition to energy-independent communities."
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July 15, 2009

Green Home Remodeling: Zero VOC Natura Paint by Benjamin Moore

natura.gif Recently, my daughter decided she was finished with her Pepto-Bismol pink bedroom walls. It was a happy day in my life, as I have detested the color since she picked it out at three-years-old. As an eight-year-old, she has chose Benjamin Moore Natura Paint in blue orchid. Natura is a zero VOC, virtually odorless, acrylic paint.
Virtually odorless Natura paint is the greenest and safest paint available in the market. In independent third party testing, Natura paint has the lowest total VOC emissions of any national paint brand tested. Available in any color, Natura also outperforms the competition by being the safest paint for your family without compromising performance or color selection.

The paint smell was very mild as we applied it, and I felt comfortable letting my daughter help. I had chosen the semi-gloss, thinking this would be easier to clean in her room; however, it was more difficult to apply than the flat would have been. In places, drips occurred even when applying with a roller. Next time, we will use the flat or eggshell finish.

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March 5, 2009

12-Year-Old Boy Builds Recycled Shelter for Homeless

12-year-old Max Wallack has created a "Home Dome" from plastic, wire, and packing peanuts. The Home Dome is designed as a homeless shelter and was created for the show Design Squad's Trash to Treasure contest. Max won $10,000 and a Dell laptop for his invention. Max explained his inspiration:

When I was six. I won an invention contest that included a trip to Chicago. While there, I saw homeless people living on streets, and beneath highways and underpasses. I felt very sorry for these people, and ever since then, felt that my goal and obligation was to find a way to help them. My invention improves the living conditions for homeless people, refugees, or disaster victims by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.

Via: Green Building Elements

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