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2 Great Green Giveaways from Blue Avocado

December 5, 2008 UPDATE:  It’s official — our two lucky winners are Ronda G. and Joanne S.  Thanks to all for participating.  Everyone can be a winner at Blue Avocado when you use their special discount code: blogluv5 to receive a 5% discount on orders over $60.

The Blue Avocado Giveaway is Closed, but be sure to check out our current Great Green Giveaways listed in the middle column of this page. original post follows:

Make your move to eco chic reusable bags, or give them as wonderful holiday gifts. Compliments of Blue Avocado, two lucky readers will each receive a unique and innovative shopping bag kit, made from beautiful recycled materials. Available in three stylish colors; winners get to pick their favorite shade.


  • First Prize:  the Cool Kit replaces 13 plastic shopping bags, ($44.99, pic above). 


  • Second Prize:  the Ready Kit replaces 9 plastic shopping bags, ($24.99, pic above).
    Each prize includes free shipping to anywhere in the U.S.


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Friday, November 28, 2008

eco friendlier cordless phone – motorola

The ubiquitous cordless phone just got a teensy-bit greener. 


d11phone_1.jpgMotorola just announced the introduction of its new D10 and D11 cordless phones.  The eco-friendly handsets are designed to look great and consume less energy.  The phones’ ‘eco-mode’ (the variations of features with ‘eco’ in the name is getting ridiculous) reduces energy consumption while increasing talk time.  Manufactured using 20% recycled materials, these phones also have nice backlit displays in glowing gold or blue.  They’ll go on sale soon.

more info

via: cellphone beat

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Z-Pitcher from ZeroWater – it works

zpitcher1.jpgA Tried and True, Green Products Review:  We’ve run our New York City tap water through this filter and darned if it doesn’t work! The Z-Pitcher has a filter on top that you pour your tap water through to clean it up.  The filter features five different filtration stages to eliminate organic, inorganic and radiological contaminants–lead, chromium, mercury, hydrogen sulfide and other funky matter to make your tap water taste better and be cleaner. The cool part is that ZeroWater provides an independently-made electronic water tester with each pitcher, so you can do before-and-after testing on your tap water and do comparisons to bottled water. The 1/2 gallon pitcher has a quick-drink button that lets you dispense water without moving the pitcher.

zwatertester.jpgThe electronic tester helps you know precisely when to change your filters. Each filter has estimated average filter life of 25-30 gallons of water.  You save on water, don’t have to lug gallons of bottled water around and don’t send plastic bottles to the landfill.  We figured that using this pitcher full-time would cost about one-third as much as buying the equivalent amount of bottled H2O.

It reduced the parts per million dissolved solids in our NYC tap water from 62 ppm to 0.  Typical tap water measures between 75 and 300 ppm.  Not bad.

You can get the Z-Pitcher, TDS Meter and one filter @ our new Open Sky Shop, ($35), or visit the ZeroWater website for their special offers.  Replacement filters run about $14 each, (less if buy bulk).

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recycled leather dog collar


I was hanging around the Thanksgiving dinner table and the ensuing Tryptophan hangover I got as a result of my looking both cute and hungry has me wiped out, so I’ll keep this one short.  Pictured above is a classy collar created out of the recycled leather scraps of designer handbags.  For all you fancy urban hounds.  You can get a matching leash, wristlet or harness.

$21.97 @

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