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Sodastream – let it pump you up

A Tried and True, Green Products Review

Love sparkling water but hate schlepping bottles home and experiencing the eco-guilt of tossing the empties?  Me, too.  One solution…we just started using The Penguin, a sleek DIY soda-making machine, and it’s great!


We’re saving money, time, energy and significantly reducing our impact on the environment. Here are just a few of the upsides of the Sodastream:

  • saves lots of money
  • no schlepping heavy bottles or cans from the store all the way home (more…)
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

upcycle those clothes – t-shirt memory blanket

Great idea for cleaning out drawers and closets of worn or undersized t-shirts. Put those treasured threads to good use – make a memory blanket out of ’em.


Etsy-based Art2TheExtreme will sew your old t-shirts into a memento of all those good times (or the days when you were still a small).

You can snag their concept and go all DIY on this, or for a reasonable $85 (full sized blanket), let their talented seamstress do the work for you.  Just send them your shirts and tell them what size you want.  Great as a graduation or anniversary gift.

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buy a bamboo pen, save some Rain Forest

bambootornadopen_1.jpgYet another eco friendly gift idea…Designer pen maker, Retro 51, recently intro’d its Bamboo Tornado pen made of sustainable bamboo.  With the purchase of each refillable Toranado pen Retro 51 makes a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation to save 250 square feet of Rain Forest.  Keep those disposable pens out of the landfill by using a refillable writing instrument.

Oh…the pen even has a cute bamboo-chomping panda face on it.

find a dealer @ or buy online for $39 @

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a mixed bag of green news


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