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ja*lu – organic cotton baby gifts

Newborns are sensitive little creatures who, like mother earth, deserve the very best.  ja*lu is a Washington-based, baby gear company founded by an eco-conscious mom who gives back 5 percent of profits to charities.


Featuring essentials for infants, these comfy bibs and blankies make beautiful gifts for alternative tots — wrap those bundles of joy in soft and comfy, pesticide-free, organic cotton @

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

a sustainable sleep outside the windy city


Late last year, Chicagoland became the home of the chic new boutique—Hotel Arista. Just this month, the Naperville digs announced official LEED certification, making the twelve-story building the first hotel in Illinois to be bestowed the esteemed green status. (It’s true… there are not as many LEED hotels in the U.S. as you might think.)

Boasting 30 percent less water use and over 20 percent less energy use than accommodations of similar size, the luxe Arista pampers eco-minded guests with natural sunlight in 75 percent of the hotel—not a small feat considering the maze-like halls of many hotels. They double up on the green dose with a bevy of energy saving amenities (more here) but don’t skimp on geek necessities (think in-room iPod docks, flat panel TVs and Wii systems).

If you visit, you’ll want to swing into SugarToad, the on-site restaurant that crafts decadent dishes using organic and locally-sourced products, as well as fresh-plucked herbs from the hotel garden. Later this year, Arista will also unveil a 12,000-square-foot wellness center to ensure that every inch of you is tended to during your stay.

Weeknight rates start at $169. Book a room here.

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solar car battery charger

asolbatchr_1.jpgSolar gear at Target?  Here’s an early Father’s Day gift idea for those dads whose battery may have run down.  This 15 watt SunForce 50032 solar charger will keep a car’s battery charged by plugging it into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter and exposing the solar panel to the sun.  Will keep a car, boat or ATV battery fully charged and features a built-in LED charging indicator.

It can also be used to charge the batteries of off-grid deer feeders and stuff like landscape pumps.

$99 @

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a mixed bag of green news


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