December 4, 2008

Looking for Eco-Friendly Holiday Cards: ReProduct Eliminates Waste

zero waste holiday cards.jpg Founded on the principles of Cradle to Cradle design, as defined by William McDonough's book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, ReProduct has designed zero waste holiday cards. The cards come with their own prepaid envelope, so the receiver of the card can send it back to a recycling center, where it will be repurposed into carpet backing. You can even get photo cards from ReProduct. Nearly 7.5 billion greeting cards are sold in this US every year. If we could recycle all these cards, we would help close the loop.
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November 10, 2008

Baby Earth Helps Parents Go Green With Baby

sassy cuddle doll.jpg Baby Earth is more than just an eco-friendly online shopping site for young children. It is a resource for parents wishing to go green with baby! From blogs to ideas, such as throwing a green grandmother shower, this site has an impressive amount of information and products.

One of my favorite products is the Sassy Cuddle Doll.

Inspire baby's senses with the soft, aromatic cuddle doll. Doll is lightly scented with calming lavender to stimulate baby's sense of smell. Wooden rings softly clack together, while bright colors and textured fabrics including velour, corduroy, fleece and sateen offer visual and tactile stimulation.

When playtime is over, put the cuddle doll in baby's hands and encourage them to smell the soft lavender scent. Lavender is commonly used as an aid to sleep and relaxation.

Sassy Earth Brights are handcrafted from quality hardwoods, select fabrics and water-based finishes with packaging made from 100% recycled paperboard.

My niece has this doll and loves it! It is safe for the youngest child, even newborns. The only negative aspects of this product is it is made in China and contains polyester.

Baby Earth also hosts a baby gear recycling program called Baby RENEW. Just send your old car seat, stroller or high chair to Baby Earth, and they will disassemble it and send it to recycling centers. If the gear is still in good shape, it will be donated to a needy family.

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July 17, 2008

Laptop Bags Made from Recycled Car Seats


Want to get into the recycled laptop bag game? We thought you did. These laptop bags from Be Good Designs are made from recycled car seats and armchairs. This helps to cut down on using toxic materials because Be Good Designs is using materials already in the environment. The scraps that are leftover from making the bags they use to create necklaces in an effort to have less waste leftover. The bags start at around $250.

Via SlashGear at Be Good Designs

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April 7, 2008

Timbeland Tote Bag Made From Earthkeepers Billboards

Timberland bag group 300 ppi.jpg Last fall, Timberland launched the Earthkeepers line of boots, made mostly with organic and recycled materials. To promote these rugged, durable eco-friendly boots, Timberland erected billboards in Boston and Providence. At the end of the campaign, the billboards were repurposed into tote bags, perfect for shopping or the beach. Just like the Earthkeepers boots, these bags are durable, yet lightweight. Each bag is unique and available for about $25 in Timberland retail stores.
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February 11, 2008

Recycle Your Toothbrush

white_toothbrush.jpg We've featured the Preserve Jr. Recycled Toothbrush on Really Natural before, specifically the parent company Recycline's efforts to support the National Wildlife Federation. Recently, while reading Z Recommends, I discovered that not only are Preserve toothbrushes made from recycled Stoneyfield yogurt containers, but you can return your old toothbrush to the company for further recycling.
The American Dental Association estimates that the average American replaces their toothbrush two times a year (RN note:  even though dentists recommend every three months). At these replacement rates, used toothbrushes account for approximately 50 million pounds of waste annually.
When you are ready to replace your Preserve toothbrush, simply print a postage-paid return label from the Recycline website, mail you old toothbrush in, and it will be ground up to make plastic lumber.
Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 4, 2007

Kitchen Composters: Consider the NatureMill Automatic

Considering buying a kitchen composter, but worried about the amount of work it will require? Concerned you don't have the yard space for an outdoor composter? Concerned about the smell? Consider the Porsche of composters -- NatureMill's automatic kitchen composter.

To use it, add your organic waste -- food scraps (including meat and dairy), coffee grinds, and even pet waste (yuck!), close the lid, and voila. NauralMill's composter uses the hot composting method -- mixing, air flow, heat and moisture -- to create compost without icky odors. The compost gets transferred via a trap door to a lower chamber so you can keep adding new waste and making more compost in the top chamber. Remove fresh compost every two weeks.

Worried about the energy such a composter might consume? From the NatureMill website:

A NatureMill automatic composter recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills. Compost returns nutrients to the environment, reducing our need for chemical fertilizers. NatureMill uses 5 kwh / month of energy - or about $0.50/month - less than a garbage truck would burn in diesel fuel to haul the same waste. It is made from recycled and recyclable materials.

Available at Greenfeet.

Looking for something smaller and simpler? How about a stainless steel compost pail?

Other composters stories:

Finding the Best Composter for You
Natural Urban Composter
Envirocycle Backyard Composter

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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.

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July 25, 2007

Go Green with Recycled Aluminum Chairs

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Emeco uses 80% recycled aluminum to create this chair. It's based on a classic Navy design, and because it uses recycled aluminum, that means less impact on the environment. Specially made stainless steel foot caps prevent scratching floors or snagging carpets, and if you can believe this - it's made in U.S.A.

At Design Within Reach

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July 23, 2007

Plastic Bag Dryer

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We've been trying to figure out how to re-use the plastic bags we still get in our life. Sure you can use canvas bags for grocery shopping, but you can't avoid getting some amount of new plastic bags. One use is the lunch bag or even using them for storing fruit or other items on trips. The big problem - they're usually dirty after using them each time, but they can be washed and reused if you have a plastic bag dryer.

Simply wash bags with a bit of soap and warm water (if ziplock, we fill half way with water, seal and swish around) and rinse well. Simply hang bags over one of the dowels on the bag dryer to dry. If done at night, bags are dry in the morning. Washes up to 8 bags and one container at a time. Made entirely of wood, the base may be removed for portability and/or in order to hang the dryer from the metal eyelet located at the top of the center dowel.

At Plastic Bag Dryer

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July 16, 2007

Take a Bite out of Wasteful Plastic Bags with Biter Bag


Made out of recycled plastic bottles (the fabric is called "ecospun"), you can carry your organic goodies in style. Just think, next time you are asked, "paper or plastic?" you sassy thing, you get to say "neither! I BYOB."

Plastic Bag Eco-Facts:

  • Worldwide, over one million plastic bags are used EVERY MINUTE.
  • In the US, about 12 million barrels of oil and 14 million trees go to producing plastic and paper bags each year.
  • About 4 billion plastic bags end up as litter each year.

At Ideal Bite - Biter Gear - Biter Bags:

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