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eco deal of the day – nature vs future


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Last day (May 31, 2010) to receive 20% off eco minded fashions from NYC-based, Nature vs Future.  Enter code NVF/MAY/20 at checkout.  Link to their online shop.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

the Cascata Rain barrel – conserve water


Summer is a great time to think about saving and conserving water – so we thought we’d revisit this post from last year.

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When you think of a rain barrel what do you picture? Don’t you think of a huge ugly barrel that is an eyesore? I know I do. Finally, here is an attractive alternative for saving rainwater, the Cascata Rain Barrel. This environmentally friendly water capture device has to be one of the more appealing rain barrels around. From a distance it looks like a clay pot, however, on closer inspection, you’ll find it’s made from a durable roto-moulded plastic.

cascata6.jpgThe pictures are deceiving, as this barrel holds 65 gallons of water. It comes complete with a 6-foot hose that includes a convenient shut off valve, unlike the garden hose I have in my backyard. The faucet valve provides easy access to fill up watering cans and garden pails.

It also serves dual-purpose, with a removable planter crown. Planting flowers or herbs on top adds to the attractiveness of this unconventional rain barrel. It truly is ingenious; the things people think of — I love it!

The only problem I foresee is the design, location and material of your already existing gutters. If you do not have a break at the right level you may need to use your creativity or additional resources to set up a completely functional rain barrel.

If you are looking for an elegant way to save water then the Cascata is a lovely alternative to other products on the market. It can be purchased at amazon.com for $149.99. – or you can go with the Deluxe model which features a 60 gph pump for $299.

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eco media minute


From around the ecosphere, a quick re-cap of green special events and documentaries.

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  • Songstress, Joss Stone and reggae star, Jah Cure to perform in beautiful Tortola, British Virgin Islands as part of the first annual BVI Go Green Festival to Raise Awareness of Eco-Conscious Development in the Caribbean — June 25 and 26, 2010.  Festival to be held at the Go Green Village in Noel Lloyd Park, Tortola.
  • This sounds awesome. Explorer and environmental advocate, Sebastian Copeland, just embarked on a 1,367 mile trip crossing Greenland via kite-ski from south to north over the next 40-50 days to help raise awareness of how global warming is affecting Greenland’s climate.  With the icecap melting below his feet, I hope he makes it. You can take a sneak peek at his latest film INTO THE COLD @ traileraddict.com and follow Sebastian’s exploits here.
  • Dirt! is an 80-minute documentary featuring scientists, farmers, environmentalists and lovers of soil from around the globe.  Not just for gardeners.  Actress Jamie Lee Curtis narrates Dirt! The Movie, providing a history of soil.  Also available on DVD via Amazon now.
  • This one’s from Seamus, our intrepid, eco dog. Celebs such as Richard Gere and his wife Carey Lowell, Richard Belzer, Edie Falco, designer Isaac Mizrahi as well as athletes, musicians and writers all bare their devotion to their pups in the doc, My Dog:  An Unconditional Love Story.  Available on DVD via Amazon.
  • As part of an upcoming 2-Day Sustainable Festival (June 7 & 8) in NYC – check out the Sustainable Planet film festival on Tuesday, June 8, at the Gabarron Foundation located at the Carriage House Center for the Arts: 149 East 38th street. (more…)
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a mixed bag of green news


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Sunday, May 30, 2010

covet fashion – eco deal of the day


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Perfect top for casual, summer days — from Covet, slouchy bold stripes in midnight/sea color combo, (love the pocket detail). Made from Modal fabric (a bio-based textile created from reconstituted cellulose from the beech tree) and a touch of Spandex for stretchability — nice and soft.  Now 30% off, ($42) @ shopgen.ca

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