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Scare Yourself Green this Halloween


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble…

5 Ways to Brew Yourself a Frighteningly Green Halloween

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  • Show solidarity with unlicensed plumbers, aerial wolf hunters and big oil, while putting a fright into left-wing media types, caribou, treehuggers and assorted liberals when you strap-on the ghoulish-ous Sarah Palin mask (L, above).  We suggest accessorizing with a natural fur bikini (C, above), an automatic weapon and/or your grandfather…
  • Be the envy of all the green devil worshipers at your Hallowgreen Pagan Fest by illuminating your eco-crypt or graveyard with either the Solar-Powered Corpse Light or the energy efficient Solar Skull (R, above).
  • Put a dent in the sugar-high of those fiendish kids clawing at your door by giving them each a nice assortment of organic carrot sticks, celery and cauliflower along with a copy of your favorite recipe for homemade organic humus printed with soy ink on recycled paper. Hmmm good!!
  • Run out of candy corn?  Give those little devils frantically ringing your doorbell a head start on growing their own local produce by hand out re-usable bags full of dark, aromatic compost from your whiff-y kitchen compost.
  • toiletpaper.jpgAnd an ‘oldie but goodie’…Every Mischief Night you fill your lovely neighbors’ trees and shrubs with toilet paper. This year, make an eco-statement by adorning their greenery with 100% recycled toilet tissue from Seventh Generation.
  • (Update: links removed)

Related: previously on altCon
Happy Hallowgreen (10.26.07)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Eco Fashion – fall coat wrap-up


The economy got you down, but you’re still looking up?  Want a fresh coat to paint the town?  Try these eco-minded finds on for size.

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(L) a black zip-up, made from recycled soda bottles, Polartec Fleece ($268) from naturevsfuture.  Use discount code AC15 on any naturevsfuture item from now through the end of this month, and receive 15% off.

(C) Take your cue from Prairie Underground’s organic cotton Billiard Hoodie ($200) @ sodafine.com Use discount code Oct10 in the comments section of sodafine during checkout to receive 10% off through the month of October.  NOTE:  cannot be used on sale items.

(R) Black, Sweet Mary Jane organic/cotton fleece coat – 2 front pockets, snap buttons and stylish tie hood that converts to a shawl collar ($298) @ btcelements.com. Use discount code altcons through Sunday, and receive 20% off all BTC Elements coats!

News Flash – October 20, 2008
Organic cotton Duffle Coat, in elm or sable, on sale @ Stewart+Brown (now: $124, was: $259)

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TerraCycle + OfficeMax Make the Grade


The beginning of every school year starts with buying new school supplies.  As environmentally conscious students, we always opt for recycled paper, but when it comes to the rest of our school supplies, it’s nearly impossible to find sustainable alternatives.  But the landscape is changing — eco-capitalist company, TerraCycle, recognizing students’ need for eco-friendly alternatives, has teamed up with OfficeMax to launch more school and office products, all upcycled from waste!

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The environmentally responsible line features a wide range of products, from pencils and binders, to folders and tree-free papers.  In fact, thousands of the millions of tons of plastic thrown away each year in America are transformed into TerraCycle’s trashcans and recycling bins. Corn and scrap newspaper become pens and pencils.

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Their Eco-binders are made from 100 percent recycled cardboard and 80 percent recycled steel rings, and even come with the first-ever return program for used binders.  Also exclusive to OfficeMax are their computer bags made from used billboard vinyl and corkboards made from used wine corks. Want to help out? Drop TerraCycle your personal collection of wine corks via cork brigade.

With 98% of TerraCycle products made entirely from garbage, shop guilt-free knowing that you’re purchasing products with the ZeroFootprint Seal of Approval.

TerraCycle’s new line of school and office essentials launched in September, so be sure to check out their new green offerings at your nearest OfficeMax!

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a mixed bag of green news


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