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2 Disneynature DVDs & Books – 2 Great Green Giveaways


UPDATEIt’s official – Kelly Ann T of Missouri and Ed N of Illinois are our 2 lucky winners!  Thanks to everyone for participating, and we hope you all have a good Earth Day everyday.  If you didn’t win, don’t despair.  Check out our latest Giveaway – we feature goods that we’re passionate about and we’d like you to try them as well — for FREE! (original post follows…)

This is a cool Great Green Giveaway, generously sponsored by Walt Disney Studios. Two lucky readers will be selected at random on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

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Prizes:
Two (2) winners will each receive:  a DVD of Disneynature’s record-breaking film, EARTH (which debuted Earth Day, 2009), and the companion book for their latest epic, OCEANS (Earth Day, 2010).  Total retail value of each prize is approximately $50 ($29.99 DVD + $19.99 book) plus free shipping to USA only.

Disneynature’s OCEANS is scheduled to make a splash on the big screen, 4/22/10.  Featuring spectacular imagery and narrated by Pierce Brosnan, I’m sure it’ll be phenomenal.

Here’s the eco kick — see OCEANS during opening week (April 22-28) and “in honor of each moviegoer, Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, will help establish new marine protected areas in The Bahamas with The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organizations in the world.  These areas will contain miles of vital coral reefs that provide natural habitat, nurseries and feeding grounds for hundreds of marine species.”

How to enter:

  • Visit http://www.disney.com/Oceans
  • Leave a comment on this post, telling us how you plan to celebrate Earth Day this year…and what’s your favorite animal/species that lives in the ocean?
  • Be sure to add: m at alternativeconsumer.com to your address book so we can notify you if you are selected.
  • Entry must be received by Thursday, April 22, 2010 (11:59PM, ET)

more ways to enter

  • blog 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 a day — be sure to refer to @altCon, and leave a comment linking to the status.
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(photo above – Fur Seals, in the Galapagos, courtesy of Disney)

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

City Cycle an urban commuter bike concept


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This sweet looking conceptual commuter bike from German design student Christian Vollmer, is a Pedelec design – meaning the on-board electric motor assists, but doesn’t replace pedaling.

Christian points out the bike was developed “based on urban lifestyle and usability as the commuter does not necessarily want to be a cyclist. It’s not about cycling – it’s about getting from A to B in a comfortable, reliable way without looking like a sports geek.”

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From a practical standpoint, we think a people-friendly e-bike should probably function as all of the following: a fully electric vehicle, an electric-assisted bike and it should also possess a full-on pedal yourself mode (we could all use some exercise).  Add some carbon fiber fenders (above), a super plush seat (not pictured) and solar safety lights and you’d really have something.

via: bicycledesign.net

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Earth Day – how to get involved


Earth Day turns 40 this year, and won’t be slacking on the festivities.  Thousands of events are being held in over 180 countries to raise awareness and support greener practices.  No matter where you are in the world, you can get involved – whether it’s attending a hosted event or picking up trash at your neighborhood park.  Here are a few ways to celebrate this upcoming April 22:

  • Search for global events at earthday.org.  Just type in your zip code, or select your country (for international users), and you’ll find a list of featured local events.  earth_day.jpgThey’re sorted by distance, and range from city fairs to river cleanups to e-waste collections.  You’re sure to find an event for the environmental issue that interests you most.
  • Be sure to look up your community websites and local newspapers for event listings near you.  Many cities sponsor neighborhood cleanups, charity events, and green exhibits and fairs the whole family can enjoy.
  • Even small steps go a long way.  Get involved in your hometown by picking up garbage on your block, planting a tree in your backyard, cleaning up public beaches, supporting your local eateries and shops, walking to work, or turning off your electricity for the day (that may be a tough one, but keep in mind it’s only one day out of the year).

However you choose to celebrate, what’s important is spreading the word and adopting green practices because a collective effort makes a huge impact.

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eco deals of the day – in the bedroom


We spend about a third of our lives in the bedroom, why not do everything possible to make it a blissful environment?  Spring is the perfect time to tap into white sales, so if those bed linens are looking funky, it may be a good time to upgrade to linens made from organic and natural fibers. Here are a few good finds at reduced prices to help get your green on

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  • organic cotton sateen sheets, throws, and pillow covers @ gaiam.com
  • hand made in India, organic cotton, pretty reversible quilts; duvets, shams, pillows, (photo, above) @ ploverorganic.com
  • organic wool comforter, organic Egyptian cotton blanket, organic cotton/natural rubber/buckwheat hull pillow, sham, duvet cover, mattress…@ lifekind.
  • bamboo sheets, Merino wool throw, pillows and more, now reduced… @ vivaterra.com

Now when you hit the sack, rest assured…sweet green deals = sweet dreams:)

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simple green change: Source Toothbrush – made of recycled materials


Earth Day’s coming – time to transition to an eco friendlier lifestyle.  Start by making small, incremental changes in your home and lifestyle that can end up making a big, green difference.

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Your toothbrush is an everyday item that can certainly get greener.  The Radius Source toothbrush is made of 93% Recycled Material – primarily recycled US Dollar bills, recycled flax and recycled wood all blended with recycled polypropylene resulting in a bio-plastic that is 100% renewable or recycled.

The brush features lightweight unbreakable replacement heads made from surgical-grade nylon that dramatically increase softness and efficacy of brushing with 65% more bristle tufts than ordinary toothbrush.  The ergonomic handle is reversible for use by  both righties and lefties.  The handle lasts forever and won’t be headed for the landfill – just replace the head.  BPA-free.

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