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EarthLover Shopping – 3 Great Green Giveaways


UPDATE:  It’s official!  Congratulations to our 3 lucky winners:  Robert K of Illinois, Angie L of Ohio and Wanda H of California.  Many thanks to Tammy Wilson of EarthLover for sponsoring such a great giveaway, and all of you for entering.  Take a peek at our next Great Green Giveaway for eco fabulous goodies. (original post follows…)

Check out this Great Green Giveaway for guys and the ladies, sponsored by eco hip online shop, EarthLover.

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Three lucky readers will be selected at random:  first and second place winners can each take their pick of either: the ladies EarthLover Natural Moisturizing Salt Glow or men’s Organic Shave and Skin Mojito Man Gift Set.  Third place winner will receive a handy Recycled Cambodia Bag Mega Tote.  (Retail value of first & second prize, ($36/each), third place, ($21) + free shipping to anywhere in the USA.)

To enter, simply:

  • Visit earthlovershopping.com and checkout their goods and gifts.
  • Then leave a comment on this post — choosing any item from their shop, which is your favorite?
  • Optional – join EarthLover’s email list (sign up at bottom of their home page), and receive an additional entry by leaving a comment letting us know.
  • Add the following address to your email address book: m at AlternativeConsumer.com.

Three lucky winners will be selected in our Random Drawing and notified by email. Contest ends Friday, November 27, 2009 at 11:59p (EST). Each winner has 24 hours to claim their prize, or the offer is null and void. Winners’ names will be announced on this post. Giveaway includes free shipping, anywhere in the USA.

*One entry per person.
*More ways to enter: If you have your own blog, you can post about the giveaway with a link back to this giveaway post. To make sure we know, you can come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog post. If you Twitter, you can tweet about the giveaway (once per day), and be sure to refer to @altCon, and leave a comment linking to the status. You can also receive additional entries 3 more ways: subscribe to our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter or friend us on FaceBook. (If you’re already a subscriber, just enter a comment to let us know.)  good luck!  And hey, if you feel like shopping, don’t forget to use the EarthLoverAC code at checkout to receive 10% off.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

California regulates tv energy efficiency


The California Energy Commission has decided to regulate the sale of energy hogging big-screen tv’s in the state.  Starting in 2011, the new mandate will prevent the sale of televisions that don’t meet energy requirements.  caelectronicsregs.jpgStricter controls, that could phase-in in 2013, may include restrictions on the sale of sets larger than 58 inches.

The Consumer Electronics Association has taken issue with the new regulations saying that they’re bad policy, based on faulty data.  Jason Oxman of CEA states the energy regs are, “dangerous for the California economy, dangerous for technology innovation and dangerous for consumer freedom.  Instead of allowing customers to choose the products they want, the Commission has decided to impose arbitrary standards that will hamper innovation and limit consumer choice.  It will result in higher prices for consumers, job losses for Californians, and lost tax revenue for the state” and cites that “the last two years alone energy efficiency of televisions has improved by 41 percent.”

The CEC estimates that its new mandate will save California residents an average of $30.24 per TV unit in the first year and a total of $912.1 million per year in avoided electric expense.  After 10 years, the commission estimates the regulations will save $8.1 billion in energy costs and enough electricity to power 864,000 single-family homes.

Should government agencies mandate product choice and innovation in an effort to save their piece of the planet or should the marketplace and consumer demand dictate change?

graphic: CEPro

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CelebriDucks intros Mr. Green, the eco duck


81072_2T.jpgCelebriDucks is the original creator of the first ever celebrity rubber ducks of the greatest icons of film, music, athletics, and history.”  Pioneering a whole new collectible, they have created over 200 different CelebriDucks, producing versions of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, James Dean, KISS, Barack Obama, James Brown, The Blues Brothers, Mr. T, Shakespeare, and many more.

They’ve just released, Mr. Green, the new duck on the block, and he’s the first-ever, recycled green duck.  What makes Mr. Green “green”?  He’s made from non-toxic recycled phthalate and lead free TPR.  As the slogan on the package says, “Green is the New Yellow.”  Even the packaging is made out of 100% recycled materials.

We had the pleasure of checking out this low impact duck; and our little ones love Mr. Green.  Although this new duck is played with in and out of the tub and has sustained some wear and tear, he’s a big hit.
GREENGRAM_2T.jpgWhile writing this review, the kids came in as I was checking the link to Mr. Green and both of them pointed and commented on “my duck.”

CelebriDuck is offering a gift set of Mr. Green and handmade soap called Canard Verte ($19.99), which includes Mr. Green, a bar of soap and a custom note on recycled note paper.  Mr. Green sells for $11.99 on its own at www.greengram.net.  Just in time for the holidays.

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