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bula bamboo Green Line beanies


It’s getting a little drafty around my sparsely follicled dome.  Winter must be approaching. Time to break out the protective, eco-friendly head-gear.

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These beanies from action sports hat maker, Bula, are part of their Green Line which features a wide variety of beanies made from sustainable materials.  Hats in the Green Line contain bamboo/wool and recycled fleece blends and all have a great look. Remember, bamboo has natural wicking and anti-bacterial qualities.  For snowboarding, outdoor action and urban pub crawling.

most go for $25 – more info @ bulabula.com

Found at Sports Authority and a wide range of ski and board shops.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

good natural fruit – packaging innovation


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clip_image001.jpgScottish soft fruit purveyor, Good Natural Fruit, has a great approach to packaging and fruit quality.  The company uses biological pest controls, no pesticides, and recyclable packaging made from wholly sustainable components. The container itself is made from UK sourced cardboard mill off-cuts. To enable customers to view the fruit, they use a printed recycled board sleeve featuring a clear film window. Although the window looks like clear plastic film, it is manufactured from the wood pulp of ethically sourced forests. raspberry1.jpgThe clear film is recoverable through the cardboard recycling waste stream and is also biodegradable and compostable.  Packaging inks and dyes are vegetable based, helping reduce the environmental impact of the total pack. The entire pack can be recycled through the cardboard recycling waste stream, to which the majority of U.K. consumers have access.

Packaging waste is becoming a bigger issue everyday.  Hopefully, this type of innovation will reach the US supermarkets sooner, rather than later.

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organic cotton blankets – wrap-up


cb2.jpgAlthough it’s sad to see summer go, I have to admit that I love curling up on the sofa when it’s cold outside with a good book, a cup of tea, and a warm, cozy blanket. On that note, I found a few blankets online that are made with organic materials. In fact, there are many reasons to choose organic over conventionally grown cotton. Environmentally speaking, conventional cotton farming uses large amounts of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, which take a toll on the planet. Organic cotton is grown without the use of these chemicals, and it’s not subjected to the chemicals and harsh dyes that are often used in the traditional looming process either. What’s more, buying products made with organic cotton helps support organic farmers and gives conventional farmers a reason to convert.

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So the next time you spend a lazy Saturday on the sofa, make sure it’s with a certified-organic blanket or throw. Here are a few that we like.

Organic Cotton Knit Throw ($49) from West Elm

Nantucket Organic Blanket ($135 -225) from Peacock Alley

Organic Cotton Woven Blanket ($69-109) from The Company Store

Organic Fireside Blanket ($128-198) from Gaiam

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a mixed bag of green news


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  • If there’s no fish why bother fishing? Closure Call for Tuna ‘Disgrace’ – bbc (Update: links removed)
  • Ya gotta walk the walk Arnie…Schwarzenegger Continues to Drive Gas Guzzler – ecorazzi
  • Forests, Fish and Skiers Have Place in Drought Plains – enn/pueblo chieftan (Update: links removed)
  • ‘Carry it in – carry it out’ takes on new meaning. Mexican Pot Cartels Sully U.S. Forests, Parks – msnbc (Update: links removed)
  • Just curious. Do the Kennedys have a beachfront place in the UK? Build UK Wind Farms Near Land to Cut Cost: Study – reuters
  • Do you know a lot of ‘close talkers’? Do Mouthwashes Work? – livescience (Update: links removed)
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