October 18, 2006

Rock and Roll...and Recycling

We recently sold our CD collection to a local music store. We pocketed some serious cash ($2-4/CD) and felt good knowing that our music collection would find new life in someone else's CD player. Renew, reuse, recycle...dig?

But the question remained - what do we do with all our old records? We can't play 'em. Our neighborhood record store won't take 'em. (The guy behind the counter looked at us funny for even asking.)

Which is why we were delighted to find out about Jeff Davis's Vintage Vinyl. The Brooklyn artist gives old records new life by turning them into snack bowls, coasters, table top art. A perfect gift (and maybe a hint) for your favorite music lover. Buy one of the bowls and you can even select your preferred music genre (Classic Rock, Country, Crooners, etc.).

Salsa, anyone?

Available at Modern Artisans.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 11, 2006

Ecopad, Meet Ecopod (and Get 10% Off, Courtesy of Grist)

Our friends at Single Serve Coffee have blogged about Ecopad, a refillable coffee filter for the Senseo. The refillable pod allows you to enjoy your single serve coffee maker, without worrying about the waste of disposable coffee pods.

Well, move over, Ecopad. And meet Ecopod, the next generation in trash compaction. Or the first generation in recyclable compaction. Or a really cool gadget for your kitchen. Whatever you call it, it does look pretty cool.

Produced by the unusual partnership of BMW DesignworksUSA, Williams-Sonoma, dwell magazine and musician Jack Johnson, Ecopod has removable storage containers for paper, plastic bags, glass bottles and other recyclables. Insert aluminum cans and plastic bottles and step on the pedal to hear what the website calls "the sweet sound of compaction" as they're flattened into a portable pod for curbside collection.

Enter the coupon code GOGRIST in the Promotion Box and receive 10% when you order online.

Via Grist.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 10, 2006

Wooden Plastic Bag Dryer from Greenfeet

plastic bag dryer.jpgWe'd like to live in a world without plastic bags. But for most of us, the reality is, they're cheap, convenient, and well, a way of life. And while we can cut down on our use, we're unlikely to eliminate them from our lives altogether.

Enter Greenfeet's wooden Plastic Bag Dryer - a great way to few more uses out of your plastic bags, saving some landfill space, and saving yourself some money besides.

Wash bags out with soap and warm water, and hang them over the dowel to dry. Do them at night before you go to bed, and they'll be dry by morning. Bonus feature: The center dowel is perfect to dry out wide mouthed water bottles or Tupperware beverage containers. Washes up to 8 bags and one container at a time.

Available from Greenfeet.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 27, 2006

Oops I Pooped (People Version)

Fido's got his biodegradable pooper scooper bags. Now what about for his human counterpart (i.e. you). Well, look no further than this week's Ask Umbra column on Grist, which tackles the topic of recycled toilet paper.

You'll be happy and perhaps surprised to learn that there are no technological barriers to creating soft toilet paper from recycled fibers -- just barriers to making it as soft as the virgin-tree-on-a-roll brands. Read more.

Interested in trading in your Charmin for recycled t.p.? We recommend Seventh Generation two-ply, soft enough for our butts, and reasonably priced at less than $1/roll.

Buy Seventh Generation recycled toilet paper.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 19, 2006

Bamboo Dinner Plates

Looking for disposable plates that won't hurt the planet? GreenFeet has the answer with their Bamboo Veneerware disposable dinner plates. Made from organically grown bamboo, the plates decompose in 4-6 months when thrown in a compost pile. Plus, they look so much better than standard paper plates.

At GreenFeet

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 12, 2006

Bike Chairs and Other Green Ideas

These are some of the coolest chairs we've seen in a while. Andy Gregg of Bike Furniture Design gives old bikes new life as chairs, tables, stools and loveseats. Via A Green Idea, a great site for, well, green ideas.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 7, 2006

Tufts University Announces "Green" Dorm

How green is your dorm room? For 126 students at Tufts University, the answer is "pretty darn green."

University officials announced this week that the new "green" dorm - which features solar roof panels, dual flush toilets, bamboo floors and energy-efficient windows - will use 30 percent less water and energy than conventional buildings. CBS4, the local news station took folks on a tour of the building, which looks way cooler than my college dorm.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 5, 2006

One Woman's Trash is a College Student's Treasure

RecycleIt's been a long weekend. At Really Natural's offices in Cambridge, MA, we've been watching all the students move back, and seeing green. As in dollar bills.

NPR ran a story a couple of weeks back on the money college students spend going back to school. Buying new computers, furnishing dorm rooms. It got us thinking. Is there a way to make that spending any greener and better for the planet? And just as important -- how do we get our share of all that dough?

Well, the answer is simple: Craiglist (www.craiglist.org). With our digital camera, a keyboard, and a high speed internet connection, we held a modern day yard sale, posting all the stuff that's been sitting in storage and cleaning our spare room. Sofabed inherited from the husband's parents? Gone, with $60 in our pocket. Office chair leftover from our dot com days? Gone, for $25. Old desk, a lamp, a butterfly chair? Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-CHING. At the end of the weekend, our spare room is cleaner, we're $370 richer, and our old stuff is finding new life in dorm rooms around the city. Now that's what I call making money and making a difference. Class dismissed.

-- Jess Brooks

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