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HoMedics Restore Clean Water Pitcher


Here’s a another great alternative to buying bottled water.   This Restore Clean Water System consists of an 8-cup pitcher and an ultraviolet adapter.  Restore has a unique dual-filter process for eliminating solid particulate material as well as bacteria and viruses from your tap water.  The pitcher has both a carbon filter and an ultraviolet germ-killing system.  Unlike pitcher filters from Pur, Brita, and Zero Water, the Restore pitcher has a two-step water purification process.  In step one – a carbon filter reduces any heavy metals, chlorine and industrial pollutants in your water – in step two, the unit’s UV purification system removes 99.99% of viruses, bacteria and microbial cysts.

As our latest Tried and True Green Products Review, HoMedics was kind enough to provide us a free unit for testing.  We found that it took 4 pitchers of water to get the subtle carbon flavor of the particulate filter out of the water, but after that, the filtered water tasted fine.  The two-step process takes a couple of minutes, (the UV process takes 1 minute), and involves plugging the pitcher into the UV adapter, which has a retractable cord.  The unit has a smallish carbon filter (for filtering solid materials) that’s estimated to last 2 to 4 months, under typical home use. (more…)

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Friday, November 6, 2009

recycled polyester doggie jacket


Cloudburst_M1_1.jpgOur good friends at Olive are always on the prowl for innovative products that benefit the discerning eco dog.  Here’s a nifty-looking jacket for keeping your favorite hound warm and happy about being outdoors in the often chilly elements.Cloudburst makes this jacket from recycled polyester fiber that can be recycled, again and again, after your pooch is done with it.

The jacket comes in blue or moss and in a variety of sizes that can outfit pooches from dachshunds to labs.

$56 @ olivegreendog – get a handy 10% off by entering the code OliveAC at checkout

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Help your skin – A DIY Pumpkin Face Mask


With Halloween behind us, it’s nearly time to pack away the festive fall décor to make space for the merrier holiday gear. What to do with the pumpkin that sat on your porch stoop? While the thrifty bakers among us will likely turn it into a Thanksgiving pie, the beauty hounds can do one better and whip up an easy mask that will keep your pre-winter dry skin glowing.

After all, pumpkins are chock-full of vitamins A and C, as well as zinc, to hydrate the skin and leave skin supple, soft and most importantly, chemical-free. (No formaldehyde or petroleum derivatives in my skin care, thank you.)

Mix up a mask of your own by combining:

  • Two tablespoons cooked (or canned) pumpkin
  • One-half teaspoon organic honey
  • A dash of organic milk or soy milk
  • Optional: one-half teaspoon of brown sugar for extra exfoliation

Slather it on and allow to dry completely before rinsing off. Clean, open pores will put a smile on your face and allow you to follow up with your favorite natural moisturizer, promising ultra hydration that’s perfect for fall’s blustery winds.

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