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Thursday, October 30, 2008


Yellow+Blue organic wine in green packaging

prnphotos076389_YELLOW_BLUE_TORRONT_1.jpgArgentinian organic wine grower, Yellow+Blue (equals ‘green’), just announced the retail release of its Torrentes variety of organic wines packaged in Tetra Pak sustainable packaging.  Wine is one of the few products wherein the packaging (bottle) often outweighs the product. The Tetra Pak containers reduce the products carbon footprint by creating 90% less packaging than traditional bottles, saving on fuel, storage and transportation.

Yellow+Blue previously introduced its Malbec line.

Haven’t tasted the vino yet (hint).

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Worn Again Virgin: Upcycled Accessories

Virgin Atlantic Airlines is striving to meet its goal in reducing the waste they send to landfills by 50% by the year 2012, turning their waste into unique, eco-accessories with the help of eco-fashion company Worn Again.  The two have teamed up to produce a new line of bags using old seat covers from refitted planes, bicycle tires, car seat belts, and scrap materials.  The new fall and winter collection, available since September 2008, features stylish handbags, shoulder bags, toiletry bags, and laptop bags, all hand made using old materials and products.  Who knew that trash could look so good?


My favorite is the Romero handbag, constructed with old car seat belts weaved together, bicycle inner tubes as handles, and lined with Virgin Atlantic seat covers (available in red and multi-colored scrap fabric).  The handbag is stylish enough for every day use, and elegant enough for a night out on the town.  But, at about 93 U.S. dollars apiece, the bag is a bit pricey, so save up for the splurge.
Be sure to check out the rest of the line, which ranges from about 39 to 100 U.S. dollars.  It is available for purchase online, or can be found at John Lewis stores, as well as Terra Plana stores around the world.  And, because the entire line is made from recycled products, no two bags are the same, so you’re guaranteed a truly unique bag.

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a mixed bag of green news


  • How Parked Cars Could Power the Future – livescience (Update: links removed)
  • Hopefully this won’t be just another serving of Washington ‘pork’…‘Carbon Army’ Hopes to Grab Slice of New Deal Cash – reuters
  • These folks really just want to shoot wolves…Wyoming Proposes Changes in its Wolf Plan – myway (Update: links removed)
  • Australian Teens Charged in Attack on 75-Year-Old Blind Flamingo – breitbart (Update: links removed)
  • The usual suspect…Mystery of the Five-Legged Freaks – msnbc (Update: links removed)
  • (slideshow) Wildlife Photos of the Year – bbc (Update: links removed)
  • Who’s a thunk it?  Eddie Murphy Labeled a “Wasteful, Arrogant Celebrity” – ecorazzi
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

2 Green GIVEAWAYS from NewBornMom

UPDATE:  Nov. 7, 2008
It’s official! Congratulations to our two lucky winners, Chris S. and Sue B. Thanks to everyone for entering. Don’t forget, everyone can be a winner by entering Code AC15 when you shop at NewBornMom.

Attention eco hip shoppers: these make great baby shower gifts!

Compliments of NewBornMom, two lucky readers will each receive a nifty green prize.


First Prize – an amazing, top of the line, Welcome Home Baby set.
Treat that special newborn to phthalate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free, Baby Silk essentials: shampoo, moisturizer, diaper cream, liquid powder, umbilical cord care and cradle cap rub. And mom gets to reuse the chocolate colored, raffia mini-tote.
($110 plus free shipping anywhere in the U.S.)

Second Prize – an adorable, organic cotton Bibs & Match 3-piece set (1onesie and 2 snap-on bibs).
Winner may choose size: either 0-6months or 6-12months.
($28 plus free shipping anywhere in the U.S.)

To enter: first visit Then enter a comment on this post telling us why you would like to be one of the lucky prize winners. It’s that simple.

Prize notification: via email — be sure to add the following address to your email address book: m at

Entries must be received by 12midnight (ET), Wed, November 5.

Random Drawing takes place on Thursday, November 6, 2008. Two lucky winners will be selected and notified by email. (add: m at to your address book.) Winners need to reply to notification within 24 hours in order to claim their individual prize, otherwise their offer is null and void. The 2 winners’ names will also be included on this post.

Thanks for reading The Alternative Consumer — start clicking, and good luck!
(one entry per person, of course.)

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Blade – lower emissions, higher gas mileage


Here’s a device from Sabertec designed to reduce your car’s toxic emissions while simultaneously increasing your gas mileage. The Blade is a filter that when retro-fitted onto your exhaust pipe can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 12%, increase your gas mileage by as much as 6 mpg and significantly reduce the carcinogenic particulate material being burped out of your tailpipe.  It works better on cars built after 1996 that have catalytic converters.


You can see the amount of toxic crap the device removes from your exhaust by comparing the before-and-after pix of the filter (above). The company has the backing of the EPA and has done extensive testing to back up its claims.

Oh, the kit comes with a couple of years worth of filters. Under normal driving conditions you’ll have to replace the filter ($20) every 10k miles or so in newer cars and more often if you drive an old Studebaker or other pre-1996 era set of wheels.

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