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just for kids – Rooware’s bio-plastic tableware


Brooklyn-based Rooware’s new collection of kids’ tableware is fun, healthy and well designed. The company’s eco-friendly, bio-based tableware features an engaging array of cartoon characters and was conceived in response to parental concerns over the toxins in traditional plastic and the demand for character-based tableware not made from melamine.


Each of Rooware’s colorful Rooplate sets (above) is made up of a plate and divider bowl — the perfect plating option for those fussy youngsters who freak out when their different food groups touch. The pieces can be used together or separately. Rooware also makes bio-plastic Roobowls with removable handles (photo below) and matching utensils.

Made in USA
bio_basedrooware.jpgMicrowavable up to 45 sec
Not recommended for dishwasher or prolonged soaking
Created with plant-based materials
Industrially compostable
BPA-free, Phthalate-free, PVC-free, Melamine-free
Hand wash only/wash before first use
Packaging made from 100% recycled paper and vegetable inks

Related: more kid’s products on The Alternative Consumer

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Philips InstantTrust UV water purifyer – clean, accessible water – instantly

Philips_InstantTrust_uv_water_purifier.jpgThe new Philips InstantTrust device cleanses drinking water by utilizing Ultra Violet light to expel microorganisms like bacteria. This idea is not new, but Philips Lighting’s new design is revolutionary to the field. Previous UV purification systems created by a variety of companies have been too bulky, or have taken too much time to start and complete purification; the InstantTrust starts working immediately and can work with flow rates of up to 4 liters per minute in any water temperature. The device’s compact size also creates the potential for its incorporation into a variety of home appliances and plumbing fixtures, from kitchen faucets and under sink water filters, to hot tubs and refrigerators.

The product has vast, global potential, particularly in developing countries where there is an urgent need for water purification. It will be interesting to see how Philips plans to market its product worldwide.

Related: more green gadgets featured on The Alternative Consumer

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