Shopping Picks in Eco-conscious Gifts
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It's the little things that we do that can have the biggest impact, especially when it comes to helping the environment. Instead of grabbing the plastic utensils when ordering takeout, why not bring your own? The To Go Ware RePEaT Utensil Set comes with a fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks that are all made from eco-friendly bamboo. The holder is made out of recycled PET plastic. A handy carabiner lets you clip it to... more
Disposable batteries are harmful to the environment, so rechargeable batteries are definitely the way to go if you want to be eco-friendly. But this Freeplay Energy ML-1 Mini Lantern takes being eco-friendly a step further by offering a self-charge system powered by a hand crank. All you have to do is simply wind the crank for about 60 seconds and you'll have enough power for up to one hour of ultra-bright LED light.
We all want to lessen our carbon footprint, but until you receive your electric bill, it's hard to tell just how much electricity your appliances are using on a given day. The Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor allows you to do just that. Simply connect your appliances into the device and quickly measure just how efficient they are. The LCD display counts consumption by the kilowatt-hour just like utility companies.
From this point forward, we're making it a point to only buy eco-friendly items whenever we have to replace something. And seeing as how we've had the same hand-me-down pots and pans for nearly a decade (and that's not counting how old they were when they were given to us), it was time to buy a new set. Cuisinart has come out with its Greenware line, which features 70 percent recycled stainless steel. The... more
Slings are great for keeping your little one close while keeping your hands free. This Organic Cotton Embroidered Market Sling by Serena and Lily is made of soft, 100 percent organic jersey cotton. It comes as one seamless piece of fabric that is machine-washable, and doesn't have any belts, buckles, or straps that might catch on anything. It's also available in small, medium, and large sizes to accommodate your little one.
The Oeuf Classic Crib just proves that furniture doesn't have to sacrifice style to be eco-friendly. The modern and sleek crib has a solid birch base, eco-friendly MDF made of recovered wood fibers, and a non-toxic white lacquered finish. The sides, footboard, and headboard are all cut from single sheets of wood panel to eliminate the hazard of loosening joints. The crib also converts to a toddler bed using an optional conversion kit.
We're all about multi-tasking. And if we have to carry a backpack around all day, why not charge our electronic devices while we carry it? The Voltaic Solar Panel Backpack allows you to do just that. The backpack uses three light-weight, waterproof solar panels that generate up to four watts of power for quick charge times. Simply plug a standard car charger into the bag and recharge virtually all hand-held electronic devices, including cell... more
Let's face it: not all of us have lots of acreage to grow our own produce. But that doesn't mean it's entirely impossible to have your own fresh veggies. Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces shows you how to grow your own delicious, affordable, and organic produce almost anywhere. The book also tells you how to make the most of your soil, build a raised bed, a compost bin, and even how... more
If you keep a compost bin in your backyard, it's not always convenient to take your scraps outside each and every time you finish a meal. This Norpro Stainless Steel Odor-Free Countertop Compost Keeper will store up to one gallon of vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, eggshells and other food scraps until you have time to get them to your outdoor compost. Two charcoal filters in the vented lid prevent odors from leaking out.
We have to admit, composting used to intimidate us because it seemed so complicated. But we quickly found out just how easy it really is with the Worm Factory Composting System 5 Tray. Simply fill the bottom tray with red wiggler worms, bedding, and food scraps. As the worms finish digesting, they will migrate upward into the tray above, leaving rich castings behind. The trays separate the food scraps from the finished compost.
It's hard being "green" when you're the parent of a small child. The amount of diapers one child goes through alone can easily fill up a landfill. Multiply that by millions, and well, we've got a problem. That's why we decided to switch to a cloth diaper. This FuzziBunz Onesize Cloth Diaper keeps our little one's bottom nice and dry. The adjustable waistband grows with your child so you don't have to replace it,... more
We were just recently introduced to Giovanni's line of organic beauty products, and we can't get enough of its Cucumber Song Hydrate Body Lotion. The scent is fresh and clean without being overpowering. The lotion hydrates our skin without being too heavy or oily. The organic formula is made from essential oils that are harvested from renewable plants. We also like the fact that Giovanni's products are 100 percent vegetarian and not tested on... more
Recently, our old umbrella gave out on us in a strong windstorm. So when it came time to buy a new one, we were excited to find that Totes offers an eco-friendly line of umbrellas. This selection of Totes Eco Umbrellas feature waterproof fabric that is made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic bottles. On top of that, the handle is made from bamboo, and the shaft is made of 70 percent recycled materials.... more
Paper cups are so passé. The next time you grab a cup of coffee to go from home or your closest coffee shop, take this MoMA Design Store "I Am Not A Paper Cup" with you. It looks just like a paper to-go cup; however, with a closer look, you'll see that it's a double-walled cup made of porcelain that is both dishwasher and microwave safe. The silicone lid fits snugly so you don't... more
Bamboos are the fastest growing woody plants on the earth, which is why they are used so frequently in eco-friendly design. If you're thinking of redoing your home's flooring, bamboo is a beautiful alternative to other hardwoods. It's extremely durable, so it'll withstand your family's foot traffic for many years to come. This selection of bamboo flooring includes all kinds of colors and widths to suit your taste.
What green guide would be complete without Mrs. Meyers products? We've used several different Mrs. Meyers products, from the Automatic Dishwashing Liquid to the All Purpose Cleaner, and even the Verbena Hand Soap. And while most eco-friendly cleaning products require a lot of elbow grease, nothing compares to the strong cleaning power of Mrs. Meyers' eco-friendly formula. Plus, a little goes a long way with each product, so you can stretch your dollar, too.... more
You'll never have to worry about replacing batteries with the Freeplay Jonta Flashlight. This LED flashlight is completely human powered and provides a bright beam of light. Just wind the lever for about a minute and you'll have a steady beam of light for about 10 minutes. You can crank the lever continuously to ensure that you never run out of light, but just in case you forget, a low battery warning reminds you... more
If you're trying to be more "green" at home, replacing older appliances with Energy Star-rated appliances is a great start. Whirlpool's line of Energy Star washing machines do the dirty job of keeping your garments clean, all while using far less water than your standard washing machine. We purchased our Whirlpool washing machine nearly a year ago, and not only has our water bill decreased, but our clothes come out much cleaner and whiter.... more
A toothbrush is just a toothbrush, right? We thought so until we replaced our old toothbrush with a Radius Toothbrush. The wide oval head covers all of those hard-to-reach teeth in the back of your mouth, while the thumb grip and broad handle give you complete control for a much more effective brushing. And most importantly, the toothbrush handle is made from cellulose bio-plastic that comes from sustainable yield forests.
Ditching your car for a bike is a great way to save gas, money, and your health. But if you worry about where to stash your bike once you get to work or your next destination, this Montague Paratrooper Mountain Bike is the way to go. This full-size mountain bike folds to 36" x 30" x 12" in under 30 seconds without the use of tools, so you can even keep it under your... more