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Monday, February 28, 2011

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redleaf water – a tried and true green product review


redleaf_bio_bottle.jpgFor starters, we’re not proponents of bottled water; we’ve kicked the habit and drink filtered tap water, even on-the-go. That being said, when we heard about redleaf’s 100% Bio Bottle filled with “natural artesian, micro-oxygenated” water, we had to check it out.

We received 3 free Redleaf bottles of water, put them to the test, and here’s what we found…it tastes clean, and the bottle is a world’s first in biodegradability.

Taste Test: it’s incredibly good. It has a really pure quality and to my surprise, made me feel more alert. How do they do it?

  • redleaf sources water from an artesian aquifer in Chilliwack, British Columbia
  • enhances it through a proprietary purification and bottling process.
  • retains naturally occurring minerals
  • has a naturally high oxygen content and high pH of 8.0-8.3
  • benefits: increased alertness, hydration and stamina
  • water is infused with oxygen: oxygen is a factor in metabolic processes by which living cells produce energy

Perspective: 74% of recyclable water bottles end up clogging landfills, polluting the oceans or are discarded in the environment. “To put this situation in perspective, a 12×12 room is being filled from floor to ceiling every 74 seconds with empty water bottles,” according to redleaf COO Dave Hillis.

BIO Bottle: it’s the most earth friendly disposable bottle available…the world’s first biodegradable and recyclable water bottle. Unlike all other water bottles, it’s designed to be recycled but if it gets discarded, it will naturally degrade/decompose without requiring “special environmental conditions, like other “bio” bottles. This is a 100% biodegradable PET bottle, (#1 PETE).

Redleaf is new to the USA market and not yet available across the country. But it is currently available in locations throughout the Mountain West region of the United States, including  Albertsons stores. If you’d like to try “Canada’s ultra-premium water” here’s where you can find where to buy.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

alternative home: recycled stiletto succulent planter


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The Giddy Spinster is responsible for this cheeky take on the household planter.

Their process: take one repurposed dominatrix-style stiletto, remove the top of the shoe, sand it, drill holes for drainage, and then plant with two succulents (graptopetalum). One a pinkish blush color, and one silvery lavender.

Added green-nessthe Spinster uses only natural & organic fertilizers and soil, and most of their plants are sourced from a local Berkeley grower who is 100% certified organic.

The whole deal goes for $60 @ the Giddy Spinster Cargoh shop

DIY alternative…dig deep into your closet for those La Cage Aux Folles-inspired heels you only use for ‘special’ occasions and start planting.

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Seamus the Eco Dog: 5 chewably cool eco dog toys


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seamstudious___1_2_1.JPGAs you may have noticed, a dog’s life is filled with many hours of boring downtime.

A canine can only sleep so much and at least a couple of hours each day is filled with the usual stuff: sniffing, digging and, most importantly chewing. A word to the wise: avoid alienating your human roommates by chewing on something from your owner’s ‘approved list,’ rather than the leg of Grandma McGrath’s ancient rocking chair.

With that in mind, I thought I’d recommend a few chewable fabric toys from our friends at Olive Green Dog like the boiled-wool cat heads pictured above, (I’m usually discouraged from chewing on cats).

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Another fave: these Sweater Monkeys (above) made from recycled sweaters. and possessing a great chewable shape.

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So many legs…so little time! The Socktopus (above left) provides a multitude of chewable appendages. Socto is made from real red-heeled socks and is a suitable chewing option for even the most hyper-active hound. I can never get my paws on those damn squirrels in the back yard but the boiled-wool Wooley Squirrel (above right) is easy prey.

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Height-challenged individuals like myself may occasionally feel compelled to move up the food chain in search of chewing subjects – thus I fancy the Leopard and Lion toys (above) for ego soothing purposes. Tasty note: these all-wool, handcrafted beauties are made by native artisans in Kenya.

(And hey, use code: OliveAC & receive 10% off.)

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monday’s mixed bag of green news


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

reusable produce bags – green your trip to the produce section


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Yay -  you’ve mastered the art of using reusable bags in your local food market. But, it’s time to break the habit of using those handy but highly wasteful store-provided plastic bags for produce and bulk items. I hope you’re buying in bulk – it saves you money and keeps wasteful packaging out of landfills.

The options below include ways to cart home your fresh greens as well as nuts, beans, rice (option 2) and everything nice you buy in bulk. You can easily tuck these lightweight but durable ditties inside your reusable shopping bag so you’ll always have them on hand.

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photos above: top Simple Ecology; bottom – Flip and Tumble

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

eco deal of the day: core bamboo


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Huge discounts on colorful serving trays, cutting boards, place-mats, salad servers and bowls, bowls, bowls – all made from renewable bamboo.

Only 24 hours to tap into this great sale at ideeli: Core Bamboo Sale – if you haven’t already signed up, it takes about 30 seconds.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

reclaimed waste wood becomes smile stool


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Indonesian designer Fitorio Leksono created his happy Smile Stool from found waste lumber. Nicely done.

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eco fashion friday finds – turn up the green


livia___colin.jpg(right) At the moment, I’m wondering what Livia Firth will be wearing to Sunday night’s Oscars. She’s collaborating with designer Gary Harvey (had the pleasure of meeting him last year) on an upcycled gown made…

According to Livia’s blog, “I can tell you that Gary’s design is made from 11 different dresses. He has scoured Southeast London for the right pieces… All the pieces we are using are from the era of The King’s Speech.

Gary is all about authenticity so wanted to be sure we get the right fabrics and the right vibe. Every element – including zips, corset and the original toile – is recycled. The only thing that we’ve used that is new is the thread that actually stitches the dress together.”

Guess we’ll just have to wait and in tune…of course, I’m rooting for the superb Colin to cop Best Actor in The King’s Speech (ya gotta see this film). UPDATE: Just heard  Colin will be resplendent in an “organic” Tom Ford suit:)

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(above) Lav and Kush made their way down the catwalk debuting Autumn/Winter 11 at this week’s Vancouver Eco-Fashion Week. To freshen up for spring, I’ve culled a few favs from their current sustainable collection. With a couple of simple swaps in accessories, you can easily slip from day into night.

What I especially like about L&K is that they’re one of the first to offer eco designs for the semi-plus market, covering from 4-14.  The line is available in 46 boutiques across the US and Canada (Trixie or Eco Existence in Toronto) and online.

Icing on the cake – treat yourself to some VIP perks – enter code EFWLK and receive 25% off for the next two months @ shoplavandkush.com.

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(above L to R) Fair Trade and handmade from ethically sourced materials, Phillie-based SA VA fashions are a great example of a company that truly does good. Ninety percent of their garments are handmade in their own studio, and any item they don’t make must have one element of sustainability, whether it is fair trade, locally made, organic, made in the U.S.A. or recycled.

New Arrivals: The Baily ($193) and Stacia Flutter Dress ($216) – find @ sava.org

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(above & below) Green wedding plans on the horizon? Wedding gowns made of peace silk, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and vintage material are dotting the landscape. Real-life queens for the day may want to take a peek at Deborah Lindquist (above) as well as custom eco bridal gowns from Annatarian, (below).

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