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organic cotton nesting bowls

One of my ongoing goals in life is to try to stay organized, which is probably why these sweet little nesting bowls caught my eye.


I could see these sitting pretty on my dresser, desk, bathroom shelf or kitchen windowsill — performing some worthwhile function — holding rings, hair clips, paperclips, pushpins, buttons, loose change and other little ditties.

They’re handmade by Barbara of Eco Chic Hand Knits of Stonybrook, LI, NY.  Stitched with organic cotton yarn and available in various combos of warm neutrals —  dusty sage, almond, espresso, pumpkin and spice.  ($35 for the set of 3.)  Find @

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

best green rides at the Detroit Auto Show

It’s snowy and cold in Detroit, but the skies are blue, and inside Cobo Hall the wraps are coming off of a bevy of battery-powered vehicles.  Dubbed “electric avenue,” the show’s environmentally-friendly lineup runs the gamut of compact EVs to hybrid SUVs.  Here, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most interesting, and promising, green vehicle unveilings of the year:


Volkswagen Concept: New Compact Coupe
European automaker VW isn’t settling when it comes to providing a fun, but fuel-efficient, driving experience. Their newest concept, the “New Compact Coupe,” is a smooth-looking cross between the stare-inducing CC and sporty Scirocco (sold in Europe) – mated with a full-hybrid powertrain that will garner 45 mpg.  More details @


2011 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid
Honda’s newest vehicle – the two-passenger 2011 CR-Z Sport Hybrid – made its debut on Monday and is set to go on sale in the U.S. this summer.  Powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine hybrid-electric system, the coupe’s fuel economy is expected to hover near 36 mpg (city driving) and 28 mpg (highway driving).  Drivers will be able to flip between a three-mode system, allowing you to hit the pavement in Sport, Econ, or Normal driving mode.  More details @


BMW Concept: ActiveE

BMW’s ActiveE coupe concept (notice a trend here?) looks pretty much like the BMWs on the road today – minus an exhaust pipe. It’s a purely electric, emissions-free vehicle outfitted with a lithium-ion battery pack that will achieve a range of roughly 100 miles in everyday use and fully recharge in less than five hours. Surprise, surprise, it’s a rear-wheel drive ride and in true German character, it’ll go 0-60 in under 4.5 seconds.  More details @


2011 Ford Focus Electric
The frugal favorite, Ford’s Focus, gets a splashy makeover for 2011 and also, as announced this week, will be available in an all-electric 2011 model, marking the automaker’s first battery-electric passenger car. With global appeal, sedan and hatchback options, and an array of customization opportunities, we’re thinking that Ford is onto something. Even better than the likely low price (which has yet to be announced), is the fact that it will be built here in the U.S.  More details @

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seed germinating trays from reclaimed wood


The 23 degree temps outside have me jonesing for a little gardening.  These seed starting trays are ideal for getting your plants started for some fall or winter gardening.  The set of 10 unassembled trays comes with:  a handy fixture for putting them together, spacers, assembly video, and staples.

Made from decay-resistant, reclaimed cedar — the trays require no liners, and have the proper spacing for effective drainage.

Size 9 x 18 x 2 1/2 (inches)

set of 10 will cost you $85 from andrews reclaimed

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Hybrid Hype for the Young Set – Toyota’s FT-CH


Hybrid heavyweight Toyota has taken the wraps off of its newest concept – the FT-CH, a car that will fill the gap as hybrid drivers navigate the onslaught of plug-in vehicles, electric cars and fuel cells.  Similar in size to the popular Prius, the FT-CH (the “CH” stands for compact hybrid) and its retro styling was inspired by the ’80s appeal of yesteryear’s video games – and Toyota is hoping that it captures the attention of today’s youth.  To make the four-seat ride even more attractive to teens and 20-somethings, it will feature a price tag just less than Prius.


A bit smaller and a bit sleeker than the hybrids in Toyota showrooms today, the FT-CH is designed with passenger comfort in mind, offering a roominess not necessarily observed from outside the vehicle, according to Toyota.  Combine the cool, comfy interior with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain and the car company may just have a new eco champion on its hands.  That said, this concept has not been confirmed as a sure bet for future production. For the time being, we’ll just have to cross our fingers…

To see video and specs, visit

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owl plushies – night owl paper goods


We admit we got a thing for owls – and designer Lori Nichols grabbed us at first glance with these handmade little pieces of owl art.  These recycled critters are made out of repurposed wood bits and book pages as well as the remains of woolen thrift shop clothing.  Each owl comes with a wooden name tag.  Note the details – like the acorn shell irises in the eye of Victor above (Victor is 2 1/2″ wide and 3″ tall).


These soft, delicate sculptures are not intended for the kiddies – check out more plushies and other neat stuff at night owl paper good’s store

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