November 12th, 2012
Calling all fashionistas. With the holiday season approaching, what better way to celebrate than to treat yourself, or an amazing friend, to one of these trendy and more importantly, eco-friendly purses? Over the past few years, more and more fashion designers have been jumping on the green bandwagon by creating purses made from car and bike inner-tube parts. The bags that we stumbled upon below are chic and reasonably priced
August 24th, 2012
Green Right Now Reports Does the new school year find you stocking up on zip baggies and cases of plastic water bottles? There’s no need! You can cross those disposables right off the grocery list by making the move to reusables. Chances are you already have reusable water bottles. Now it’s time to push the [...]
July 27th, 2012
You too? A solution that combines convenience and sustainability has arrived. It’s called Bambooee, a new type of “paper” towel that’s made from fast-growing, renewable bamboo. Bambooee requires no trees to produce (bamboo’s a grass, silly) and can be reused multiple times.
May 14th, 2012
Klean Kanteen, the popular maker of stainless steel water bottles, has long plopped a plastic top on its containers.
There’s nothing terribly unhealthy about that for the person using the water bottle. But the impact of plastic waste on the world, notably in giant garbage patches in the ocean, is becoming increasingly noticeable and problematic. It seemed time for Klean Kanteen to come clean and offer a completely defensible water bottle.
March 30th, 2012
Want to put your kitchens scraps to work? You’ll need to start with a kitchen composter or compost bucket.
We’ve found many petite compost crocks or pails that hold a modest amount of egg shells, peelings and coffee grounds — and they’re soon overflowing. The gallon-sized compost pail below will carry you for longer. It’s made of a decor-friendly and odor-containing stainless steel. It comes with a charcoal filter, a must for controlling odors. But you may be surprised, indoor composting can be surprisingly hygienic and unnoticeable.
March 22nd, 2012
From Amazon.com Making your own compost starts in the kitchen by collecting all your organic waste and adding it to your outdoor composter. As much as 30% of household waste can be composted and should not be sent to a landfill. Composting is the answer and using the Kitchen Compost Collector is a most practical [...]
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March 13th, 2012
Samples of inexpensive jewelry tested by a consumer group found that more than half of the products contained high levels of either lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury bromine or chlorine — all toxic metals or chemicals that carry health risks.
HealthStuff.org tested 99 pieces of jewelry from 14 different retailers, Ming 99 City, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Big Lots, Claire’s, Glitter, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, Meijers, Kohl’s, Justice, Icing and Hot Topic. The samples were collected from six states — Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Vermont.
February 17th, 2012
January 30th, 2012
Recently, I found myself haunting boutiques and natural food markets, looking for a perfume that didn’t float on a raft of toxic ingredients.
This has never been an easy mission. Even though many organic and natural body products have ditched the phthalates, parabens, triclocan, sodium lauryl sulfate, PEG and other unhealthy compounds with names requiring acronyms, many colognes and perfumes remain stuck in chem-land.
January 11th, 2012
This week electronics makers are unveiling their latest innovations at the annual geek fest in Las Vegas, known as the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. As always, manufacturers are launching a flotilla of faster, glitzier gadgets, appliances and design ideas into the world.
And while most of these inventions offer more functions, more style, more bling, with only some homing in on efficiency — green offerings have crept into the mix. That’s because the show’s focus on performance inevitably yields overlap with sustainability. The two can go hand in hand. Here then, are five new greener products being featured at CES destined to brighten our lives…
December 9th, 2011
Non-profit Green America has named Sustainable NYC the winner of the 2011 People’s Choice Awards for Green Business.
The New York store sells green gifts, from organic clothing to Fair Trade jewelry and many other products, both online at at its store at Avenue A and 9th Street in Manhattan’s East Village.
December 6th, 2011
Non-stick cookware, once hailed as a space-age wonder, has fallen into disfavor, as those wondrous non-stick coatings have been revealed to be unhealthy for humans and the environment.
Teflon, and similar non-stick coatings that relied on perfluorochemicals (PFCs), were safe when used as instructed, according to their makers. But these slippery products, which provided a marvelous landing pad for fried eggs, turned out to be amazingly sticky in less positive ways in the outside world.
Scientists say that the PFCs used in these coatings persist as pollution in waterways and landfills. The chemicals have been found in human blood samples and implicated as carcinogenic. No one knows when, if ever, they’ll biodegrade.
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