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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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eco deal of the day – sterling silver earrings


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(above L to R) Don’t you love finding amazing designer jewelry deals? Here’s a perfect example – handmade, earth-friendly designer earrings by California-based, jesmaharry.com … Lucy Love (was $130, now $39) and Bask with turquoise and chalcedony only $22.50 (was $45). Raw materials responsibly sourced. No returns, only 1 pair of each left.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

wednesday’s mixed bag of green news


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Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good contest names final 25 winners


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Toyota USA has announced the final 25 non-profits to receive a new Toyota as a result of their 100 Cars for Good giveaway. Five non-profit organizations were profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page for 100 days, with winners voted on and chosen by the public.

Each winning non-profit can choose a vehicle from the following models: Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna or Sienna Mobility. Toyota will provide a six-year, 100,000-mile Toyota Vehicle Service Agreement to provide extended protection beyond the vehicle warranty.

You can see the complete list of the 100 deserving organizations on Toyota’s Facebook contest page.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

nutritional supplements – what’s the deal?


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Top priority for most of us is maintaining good health. We try to make smart food choices and exercise, but many of us seek products that provide some extra oomph. Just look at the nutritional supplement business – it’s booming. According to an article in Sunday’s NY Times, Ingredients of Shady Origins, Posing as Supplements:

“Even though there is little evidence that many dietary supplements provide real health benefits, legal supplements, from multivitamins to ginkgo biloba, are a big and growing business. Americans spent $28.1 billion on them last year, up from $21.3 billion five years ago, according to estimates from Nutrition Business Journal, a market research firm.”  (more…)

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recycled plastic milk cartons become Green Toys


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(above) Another Eco Alternative for Kids

Green Toys are made from recycled plastic milk cartons, and they’re so much more durable than your typical beach-bound, play-in-the-sand toys. This California-based company prides itself on being local — every part of the process, from obtaining the milk cartons to the final packaging, happens in California. They make a great product while being extra careful to emit the smallest amount of greenhouse gases possible. My favorite design feature is the rope that serves as the bucket’s handle.

$18.88 on Amazon @ Green-Toys-Sand-Play-Set.

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power of positive thinking – pass it on


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With the mess and loss caused by Hurricane Irene, it makes me grateful for all that I have: shelter, food, clothes, water, power, health and love — things that should not be taken for granted. As a friend reminded me, it’s times like these that we need to call upon the power of positive thinking to help us get through the muck. Let’s remember what we have, not what we don’t have – in good times and bad. We’re all connected – it’s yes we can time. Reach out to someone in need – feel your power and put it to good use. Here’s to a beautiful day, full of hope and promise.

photo credit: CNN

Related: Windham, NY – Hurricane Irene Hits Home

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