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Naked Juice to use 100% recycled plastic bottles

If you’re a fan of Naked Juice’s 100 percent fruit drinks, you’ll be pleased to hear the company will soon be packaging its sugar-free, preservative-free and artificial coloring-free drinks in its new, Naked reNEWabottle made of 100 percent recycled plastic.


Naked Juice expects to have its entire product line transitioned to the 100 percent post-consumer recycled bottles in 2010, and is starting the effort by converting all of its 32 ounce bottles this month.  Naturally, all of Naked Juice’s bottles will continue to be recyclable.

The initial 32 ounce bottle transition reduces virgin plastic consumption by 1 million pounds per year and oil use by 8,192 barrels every year (the rough equivalent of taking 497 cars off of the road). (more…)

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

organic cotton decorative pillows

I confess, I’m not only a pedal pusher, but also a pillow pusher.  Always looking for a change in scenery on the home-front, an easy, inexpensive trick is to invest in some decorative pillow talk.


If you’re blessed with the knack to Do-It-Yourself, repurpose an un-used table cloth, skirt, scarf or whatever material you happen to have lying around.  Cover your tired throw pillows, stitch those straight seams, and voila — happy new accessories for your bed or couch.


Not sew handy?  Visit etsy for handmade pillows from recycled material or eco friendly bamboo, hemp, or organic cotton. Here are a few folksy/modern styles, inspired by Early (more…)

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bamboo bikini and more at The Oko Box

Lounging by the water, sipping that organic drink on the rocks.  When it’s time to dive in, do it in sexy eco style. Hey, a girl can dream


3 cute eco fashions to get you in the swim from e-tailer, Oko Box.  Don’t forget, Miss Budget-minder, swimsuits go on sale in August.
(pix, L to R)

  • organic cotton Sirena Bikini with spandex for extra comfort, low impact dye – strapless, tie-in -the-back top; french boycut bottom, ($72)
  • red hot organic cotton & bamboo Luna Bikini with a touch of spandex, ($92)
  • organic cotton Valentina Bikini by Kelly B – top with black front ruffle and crisscross back, ($80)

Related: previously on AltCon – more eco swimsuits:
eco swimwear from Miss Peaches (5.13.09)
BTC Elements for eco fashion finds (5.29.09)

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20% wind energy by 2030 – Pickens pulls back


Big wind’s Don Quixote, T. Boone Pickens, has seen some of the wind come out of his sails.  Pickens is scuttling his plan for a giant Texas wind farm and will now pursue several smaller wind projects, possibly in Texas and the Midwest.  Lack of financing, an abundance of cheap natural gas and lack of power grid infrastructure were key obstacles to the Pickens plan.

In related wind energy news, The American Wind Energy Association has release its latest wind energy progress report.  The report reflects some of Pickens’ dilemma: Wind Technology gets an A-, while Transmission and Integration come in with a C- (we know that’s really a D).  For more details take a take a look at the full AWEA 20% Report Card.  The “20%” refers to a recent Department of Energy Report that estimated that Wind Energy could make up 20% of the U.S. electrical supply by 2030.   Without stronger support from Washington and a major overhaul of the electrical grid, that goal remains firmly in doubt.

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