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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.

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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 @ shopjalu.com

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

a sustainable sleep outside the windy city


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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.)

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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 @ target.com

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a mixed bag of green news


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