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Thursday, September 18, 2014


fresh air: Purggo bamboo charcoal car air filter

purggo car air filter

Did grandma leave the unpleasant aromatic remains of her favorite discount perfume all over your car, did your cousin sneak a smoke in your backseat last week, did your lab, Rufus, take a dip in the local swamp and then decided to ride shotgun in your Subaru? If so, or you have issues with any of a thousand airborne scents, you might want to consider installing one of these all-natural, Purggo bamboo air purifiers in your ride. These eco-friendly air filters contain 100% all-natural bamboo charcoal and are German-engineered, patent-pending, and nicely designed.

purggo car air filter install

It’s a crazy fact that the FDA doesn’t regulate most of the ingredients that manufacturers put into air fresheners. Many popular brands of air fresheners put whatever chemicals they want inside their products – and many of those chemicals can be incredibly harmful to the human body. A recent independent study conducted on the popular air freshener Febreze by Environmental Working Group revealed up to 89 air contaminants in the product, yet the label on Febreze only listed 5 ingredients.

The Purggo filter avoids all manner of additives and chemicals and is designed to eliminate odors instead of just masking them. As air passes through the filter’s pores, odor particles are trapped on the surfaces inside, purifying the air in your car – simply and naturally. No funky fragrances, added VOCs or harmful chemicals – this little air purifier is allergen- free.

Other features:

  • It’s economical – Purggo works passively 24/7 and lasts more than 365 days.
  • The outer shell is made of renewable hemp fabric.
  • Sustainably designed – no plastic components.
  • No masking fragrance or chemical additives.
  • Made with renewable bamboo.
  • 100% asthma and allergy friendly
  • Safe for the kid’s, the pooch, or grandma to sit right next to.

Purggo air filter on car seat

The bamboo charcoal in Purggo is 4x more porous than regular charcoal and has been activated and carbonized between 1110°F – 1300°F (600°C – 700°C). This form of bamboo charcoal has been used for thousands of years in many Asian countries to purify both air and water.

If you don’t want to hang the purifier from your car’s headrest it will work just as well on the seat. You can even use it in a bathroom or bedroom for some passive air purification and odor removal.

Purggo is about to complete a highly successful Kickstarter campaign, but – if you pre-order a Purggo by December 15th – you can still get it for $29.95 Kickstarter discount price – just visit (official product roll-out is 12/15/14)

related: more health and beauty product reviews from The Alternative Consumer

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Exploring Eco-Friendly Glues and Adhesives – A Sticky Situation

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We all remember the days back in elementary school when we created cards for our moms, and posters for the holidays. All those lovely trinkets our moms still have stashed away somewhere were made possible with the aid of that good old Elmer’s glue. The fact is that in addition to crafting, glues and adhesives are frequently used in our everyday lives.

When you think about it packaging, grocery bags, wallpaper, laminating, envelops and paper towel roles all use some form of adhesive. What makes an adhesive green or not boils down to 3 issues:

  • What is it made of?
  • Is that material sustainable?
  • What environmental impact will it have when it is discarded? (more…)
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spray Paint Solar Power: Coming Soon to a Building or Car Near You


We are all about to have a good laugh. The bulky solar panels gracing many rooftops and carports across the country are soon to be just about as “cool” and “hip” as having a VCR player or flip-phone today. Scientists at the University of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England have engineered an unconventional method to obtain energy from the sun, by using spray-paint. Yes, spray-paint. The future is nigh. (more…)

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 ways to green your local environment

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Appropriately enough, living a more environmentally responsible lifestyle starts close to home. The place you can make the biggest impact on the environment is your local community. Here are 10 simple tips for leading a more responsible green lifestyle.

  • One of the most important actions anyone can take is voting. Don’t be beaten down by the deranged shouting voices of the climate change deniers and those who view clean water regulations and environmental oversight as inconvenient obstacles to business and development. Vote early and often
  • Join the local chapter of a green organization like the Audubon Society or the Sierra Club, or start a local one protecting your local parks, beaches and forests. Get involved. (more…)
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Film Review: Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

plastic paradise poster

From its alarming introduction to its startling realizations, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch provides some much-needed factual exposure of the environmental impact of plastics and a first-hand glimpse of the continent of trash collecting in the south Pacific gyre currents. (more…)

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Creative DIY: fun ideas for giving new life to old pianos

upcycled piano fountain

Old pianos that have become family room eye sores can present an over-sized disposal challenge. Before you send old Betsy to the basement, sell her to strangers at a garage sale, or a make a strenuous trip to the local landfill, there may be another, more fun solution. If you’re handy with power tools and have a little vision you can transform your old beat-up piano into a new piece of furniture for your home or garden. There are many (more…)

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Eco-Fashion Friday Finds – falling leaves

recycled coin bracelet

A penny for your thoughts? Woodstock, NY-based jewelry designer, Jessie Driscoll creates handmade bracelets from recycled old American coins. This unique bracelet (above) features 19 vintage American coins. $980 @ JessieDriscoll

eco tote in juniper

As we head toward fall and winter, you’ll need to start carrying more stuff around town – gloves, scarves and do-dads. (more…)

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Gorgeous and Green: 3 Secret Eco-Friendly Beauty Tips

red lips

It’s not always easy being gorgeous and green.

When you’re busy helping look after the world, the flawlessness of your skin, perfection of your eyebrows and fullness of your lips tend to take a back seat.

Also, with the vast number of goods us eco-friendly beauty queens simply can’t use, it can be more than a little challenging finding the perfect product to mesh with our daily routine AND our beliefs.

Consequently, if you’re finding it extremely difficult to know where to begin, we’re here to talk you through some of the more environmentally friendly ways you can buff up your daily beauty routine.

Take Advantage of Mineral Foundation
More and more, people are beginning to understand the benefits of natural makeup and mineral foundation, which, unlike liquid foundation, uses a finely ground powder to help cover any blemishes, age spots and uneven skin.

Importantly, mineral foundation doesn’t contain any nasty oils, talc, dyes or perfume, meaning your skin will enjoy a perfect colour match and an instant soft-focus effect thanks to the light-reflecting minerals contained within.

Use Bars of Soap
This may not be popular, but by swapping your shower gel for bar soap, it’ll cut down on the need to use plastic bottles to contain your body wash. Of course you recycle, but in case it slips your mind, it’s best to stick to good, old fashioned soap.

To take it one step further with your eco-friendliness, make sure you only buy soap from companies who use recycled materials to package their product – but if not, try to do your bit for the environment by doing it for them.

Manufacture Your Own Products
Following on from the point above, when we consider the packaging cosmetics tend to be wrapped in, the impact on the environment is tangible. Additionally, the synthetic chemicals synonymous with some products can wreak havoc on sensitive skin.

Indeed, National Geographic’s Green Guide has revealed the average adult uses nine personal care products a day, with almost 120 chemicals combined. Nice. The solution? Make your own! Not only is it great fun (promise), you’ll know exactly what’s going into the product you make.

While this should be enough to get you started on the route a comprehensively eco-friendly beauty routine, it’s worthwhile conducting further research, which will allow you to systematically introduce other beautification techniques into the fray.

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