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For Mom: It’s the Little Green Things

May 9th, 2013

Mother’s Day is not especially green. It’s more likely to be dipped in red roses and served with bright yellow potato
salad. It could be heralded with pink carnations or homemade orange juice. If it’s forgotten, it’s draped in the blues. It’s almost everything but green. But it could be green, and it should be. Who better than the gardener of human capital, to receive gifts that pay it forward?

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Three garden hoses that won’t leach toxic chemicals

May 8th, 2013

Ever drink from your water hose, or water the vegetable garden with it? You could be ingesting traces of lead, cadmium and phthlates, among other difficult to spell toxic chemicals. Healthy Stuff.org helps us cut through toxic array with an annual test of sample hoses. Here are three winners.

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How to Avoid GMO Foods

April 9th, 2013

Genetically modified foods are everywhere, having crept into processed foods as key components, such as corn oil, corn flour, high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, soy isolate, invert sugar and on down the food label. How can a consumer cope? Until GE foods are labeled, shoppers have to ferret out the non-GMO foods and ingredients.

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iGozen, an eco-friendly cleaner that pushes the sustainability envelope

March 7th, 2013

iGozen is a veggie wash and everyday cleaner that’s pushes sustainability frontier. It’s free of dyes, synthetics and fragrances, and it’s clamped down on packaging. Does it perform? Read on.

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4 DIY gifts that can be created in less time than you spend driving to the mall

December 10th, 2012

Tis’ the season where children transform into angels for fear of being put on Santa’s naughty list and financial panic ensues in parents. But who said a quality gift could only come from the department store? This holiday season, we have compiled a fun list of DIY gifts even the least creative person can handle, trust us. Happy Crafting!

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Eco-purses: These retreads are no one’s seconds

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

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Quit gobbling up disposables — get your sandwiches into reusables

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 [...]

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Bambooee — A tree-saving, washable ‘paper’ towel

July 27th, 2012

A confession, even though we’re mostly using wash rags in our kitchen, those paper towels we’ve tried to banish keep returning for special performances.

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.

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Klean Kanteen comes clean about plastic

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.

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Kitchen composters help recycle your food scraps

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.

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Exaco Trading 2.4 gallon kitchen compost waste collector

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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The high price of cheap jewelry

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.

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