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Bamboo: Why you need it in your kitchen, and six ways to get it there

April 9th, 2014

Bamboo, that renewable, quick-growing wood that’s really a grass, has been expanding across product lines, turning up on floors, in furniture, and towels. But let’s get back to where we started: Bamboo works great in the kitchen. Remember those bamboo salad bowls? They’re still around, but there are many more ways attractive, durable bamboo is being tapped for kitchen ware.

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Cool Buy: Eco Born eyewear made of recycled materials

February 12th, 2014

Eco Born, glasses made from 95 percent recycled materials, may be the first major eyewear line to make a sweeping commitment to environmentally and socially conscious practices. And their designs are easy on the eyes.

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Don’t miss these Fair Trade, organic chocolates for Valentine’s — and every day

February 4th, 2014

Chocolate. You can’t live without it. So let’s talk about buying Fair Trade, which supports those whose livelihoods really do depend upon it.Chocolatiers who’ve been certified as Fair Trade have promised to pay fair wages to the cacao bean farmers who supply them. Here are 10 places to look for Fair Trade chocolate.

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Wondrous Wonderbag cooks efficiently and helps you help others

December 20th, 2013

The Wonderbag is one of those great ideas that’s deceptively simple. It’s all about cooking efficiently, but so much more. Buy one and the company sends another to a household in Africa that can greatly benefit from this slow cooking device.

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Great green gifts that are made in the USA

December 12th, 2013

Gifts that are both green AND made in the USA are not falling off trees this holiday season, but they can be found. Here, to get you started, are six companies that are making things you actually may need. Some are time-tested and durable. Some are just quirky and fun. All are committed to making their wares in the US. Give them a look.

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Go green on Black Friday

November 27th, 2013

Sure they call it Black Friday, but that’s no reason to lose your green attitude. Here is a list of some of the Black Friday specials we found at retailers who specialize in organic and sustainable products. Keep it merry.

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Looking for unique holiday gifts? Try these handmade goods from the Philippines

November 18th, 2013

Put your shopping dollars where they can do some good. Consider buying artisan gifts from the Philippines, hard hit by Typhoon Haiyam earlier this month. See a sampling these unique goods, made sustainably and imported by Ten Thousand Villages.

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Best electric and push mowers

September 18th, 2013

Electric lawn mowers have made big strides in recent years, becoming more powerful and more reliable. Many features and cutting sizes rely on personal preferences, but lean toward the newer lithium ion batteries over older lead acid batteries if possible.

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Plastic in your lunch box? We will make this one exception

August 28th, 2013

Give plastic an inch and it seems to take a mile. Look how it’s insinuated itself into the school year shopping. It coats binders and notebook covers, encases pens, glue and tape and bags our sandwiches. The only trouble is much of this plastic is headed for the landfill right away. Still, we found this one cool plastic item to be irresistible.

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Nancy’s Gone Green shows us how organic, local and Fair Trade clothing has gone awesome

August 6th, 2013

Nancy’s Gone Green is one of a growing number of small retailers that are selling “sweat shop free” clothing. Some of it is organic. Some is fair trade. Some is vintage. And a growing segment is USA made. Nancy’s Gone Green has offerings from all these arenas. We talked with co-owner Mary Savoca about how ethical clothing can be affordable and amazing.

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Spotted: Retro specs at American Apparel

August 6th, 2013

Vintage sunglasses at American Apparel include aviators, big plastic movie star shapes and perennial favorites like those round Polo and Lennon-like specs your dad wore before “hipster” was a term.

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An eco-friendly single cup of coffee — and a coffeemaker giveaway

June 27th, 2013

Those single-serve coffee machines that have swept the planet — you know the ones — are creating a mountain of plastic waste, a blizzard of tiny disposable cups, most of which cannot even be recycled. This coffeemaker and coffee club plan offers a biodegradable alternative.

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