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Thursday, May 31, 2007


Alternative Consumer – in FAST COMPANY


Got some great coverage in both the June 2007 print issue of Fast Company, featured on page 38, “NEXT Best Blogs: SUSTAINABILITY” and on

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Thursday, May 31, 2007

cobrahead eco friendly gardening tool

tools_longhandle_small.jpgSummer is upon us and I can actually hear my lawn and gardens growing. In addition to getting out the old lawnmower, your estate may require more detailed TLC. This cobrahead gardening tool may be just the kind of help you need (other than four guys from Bushwacker’s Landscaping and LawnCare).

The “head” is known as a precision weeder and cultivator, planter and transplanter, furrow and dirt buster.

A good fit for both lefties or righties the comfy handle is made of wood fiber reinforced recycled plastic, and the tool is made of self-sharpening, knife blade quality steel. Manufactured in one of our favorite red states, Wisconsin, this all-American gardening implement has won the Seal of Approval from the National Home Gardening Club.

snatch one up for $24.95 includes shipping @ (buy in quantity and get a discount)

save your back and knees and go for the cobrahead long handle which won the joe gardener award as a “must have tools for 2007″ (48, 54 or 60”) for $45, plus shipping

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thursday’s mixed bag of green news


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knú – eco friendly furniture for home or office

Coming to an internet connection near you on September 1, 2007 is, the consumer products website of Michigan based, Industrial Woodworking Corporation, an OEM for the 3 largest home office manufacturers in the U.S. and a company seriously dedicated to environmental responsibility.

Here are a few of the many steps they’re taking in the pursuit of greener marketing, manufacturing and shipping.

  • knú sales will be internet based and with no publishing of wasteful catalogs and mailings
  • recycled and re-used materials will be used whenever possible in shipping and manufacturing.
  • none of their SCS certified veneers come from rainforest timber
  • hardware is constructed of 40% recycled steel and is fully recyclable
  • wood components are produced from Forest Stewardship Council certified multi-ply birch
  • 90% of their product materials come from regional suppliers within a 50 mile radius of their plant
  • they have installed energy efficient heating and lighting systems in their new manufacturing complex
  • no contact adhesives are used in manufacturing
  • all lamination is zero VOC
  • products are shipped UPS direct from the factory – not large national distribution centers

desk4_opendrawer_large_1_1.jpgTo the products – pictured above and to the right, is the simply named, knú desk #4 which makes a forward-looking, futuristic statement on style and sustainability. Desk #4 is said to inspire the composition of letters to Congressmen on enviro issues and the writing of donaton checks to green orgs…so watch it!

Comes in your choice of 6 green veneers with nickel plated leg levelors and a pencil drawer (of recyclable injection plastic). (more…)

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Chuck Leavell – The Tree Farmer


Delight your children with a beautifully illustrated story about the nature of trees, and the interplay of growing, caring for, and harvesting trees.
This charming and educational tale is written by Chuck Leavell with Nicholas Cravotta; and illustrated with colorful, trippy artwork by Rebecca Bleau.

Leavell happens to be not only a writer and devoted, lifelong tree farmer, but also a renowned keyboardist — touring for over 20 years with The Rolling Stones (including the current ’07 Summer Tour), playing with Richard Ashcroft (formerly of The Verve), Indigo Girls, the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, the late, great, George Harrison, and many other musicians of wide acclaim.

Nurture your youngster’s life-learning by literally planting the seeds of learning. Turn the biodegradable bookmark which accompanies the book into seedlings, and let your child learn how to care for the growth of an Austrian Pine, just like a tree farmer.

Aptly, Leavell lives by the old Haida Indian expression, ‘We don’t inherit the land from our parents, we borrow it from our children.’ When not writing, caring for trees or playing keyboards, Chuck and his wife Rose, are often campaigning for the conservation of trees in the US.

The Tree Farmer is filled with visual treats, my favorite being the depiction of when a tree turns into a piano, violin, cello, guitar, clarinet, marimba or drum — “it will live on in the sweetness of music, reflecting the rhythm, harmony and melody of life.”
abundant forests alliance
to purchase the book

national arbor day foundationThe Tree Farmer recognized as 2007 Award Winner; hot off the press news, not even noted on NADF website yet.

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