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Monday, April 30, 2012


goodebox – a green product review + giveaway, 3 winners!


UPDATE: We’ve notified our 3 lucky winners (Marguerite, Cynthia and Christal) and await their reply before making it official…stay tuned!

What if I were to tell you there’s a new way to try a great selection of eco-conscious beauty products on a monthly basis, without breaking the bank? Think try before you buy and make room in your life for a little goodebox. Here’s what it is and why we love it:

  • It’s a monthly members-only service providing trial-sized healthy, eco-sensitive, innovative and effective beauty & personal care products, as well as natural and organic health & wellness products.
  • You’ll receive 6 or 7 trial-sized products that are pre-screened, expertly curated, customized for you and delivered to your door for $16 per month. Plus, receive exclusive discounts and offers every month.
  • They feature thoroughly evaluated, mission-based brands committed to using the best, non-toxic ingredients to create innovative, performance based products that respect people, animals and planet.
  • Experience some of our favorite brands, including Stark Skincare, Alima Pure, Josie Maran Cosmetics, Nvey, Revolution Organics, Buddha Nose, Tata Harper, Clairvoyant Beauty, Weleda and many more. And receive sustainable, healthy & sexy care from head to toe: shampoo, nail polish, body lotion, moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation and more.

March’s box showered me with a sweet array of trial-sized beauty goodies. I enjoyed cleansing and nourishing my skin with Stark’s Green Tea Detox Clay; Clairvoyant Beauty’s Depuffing Cucumber and Cranberry Eye Gel and Josie Maran’s Bear Naked Wipes. The samples are a decent size, good for several trials. Goodebox is smart, sexy and sustainable. It’s a fun way to try new clean and green products … without experiencing buyer’s remorse.

Want to try before you buy? Jump in for your chance to win a month’s worth of goodies. We’re giving away 3 goodeboxes to 3 lucky winners.

Entering is easy: Visit Then simply leave a comment telling us: If you could swap out one less-than-clean health or beauty product for something greener, what would it be? You can also do one or more of the following, and receive an entry for each comment you leave on this post:

Optional ways to enter:

For prize notification be sure to add the following to your email address book: m at

Open to residents in USA and Canada. Contest ends Monday, May 14, 2012 11:59pm PT. Winner will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. Winner has 24 hours to claim their prize, or the offer is null and void. Winner’s first name will be included in this post.

As always, we will not share your email or contact info with anyone. Good luck!

(photo credit goodebox member, Sarah LaMantia)

related: more eco-fashion featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Monday, April 30, 2012

eco news roundup

bottle on beach

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more green news from The Alternative Consumer

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

windshield-mounted solar hands-free speakerphone


Here’s a product that may reduce the number of rush hour fender benders — a windshield mounted smartphone case that lets you talk hands-free while you solar-charge your cellphone.

Details: Griffin Technology’s SmartTalk Solar autoconnects with a paired iPhone or smartphone as soon as you get into your car. Answer and place calls using a single large button, or activate your smartphone’s voice command features.



The window-mounted unit uses a built-in solar panel to keep the internal battery charged for extended talk time. The green gadget can also be paired with two different smartphones at the same time, so multiple handsets can use its handsfree features.

Unfortunately this device doesn’t preclude idiots from partaking in the most dangerous of driving behaviors — texting while driving.

$69.99 @ the Griffin Technology web store

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Earth Deal Reveal From Philips: 20 year LED light bulb

The recent winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Bright tomorrow lighting prize” has a rating of 30,000 hours and when used at 4 hours a day, will last for 20 years.

philips led bulbAccording to Philips North American Executive Ed Crawford, “the new bulb is 83% more energy efficient than the standard 60-Watt incandescent” while also adding that if every light bulb in a household were replaced with this 10 Watt LED the “nation would save about 35 terawatt-hours of electricity or $3.9 billion in one year;” this is the equivalent of removing 4 million cars off of the road and reducing 20 million metric tons of carbon emissions.

Some more facts about the light bulb include: it provides 940 lumens of light (incandescent around 800), contains no mercury, it’s made in the USA, has a 3 year limited warranty, and emits virtually no UV/IR light in the beam. It is a dark shade of yellow when not in use, and turns to bright white light when turned on.

The price currently is around $50; this is a little high, although each light bulb is estimated to save $165 in electricity bills over its lifetime. Nevertheless, Philips is in the process of planning discounts to bring the bulb’s price down to around $25. This extended energy saving goes in-hand with the changing consumer outlook that Crawford mentions in relation to product longevity — before consumers invested in products that would only last “6 months to a year” but now consumers want products to last “for decades”. To learn more, visit the Philips’ website.


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Friday, April 27, 2012

eco-fashion friday finds – fresh + fabulous

juno and jove

spring fashion

eco fashion

(above) If you’re looking to add a touch of spring to your look, Sarasota-based Juno and Jove is featuring some nice staples – layers of designer threads, fresh outerwear, neat underwear … and if you’re ready to dip a toe in warm waters, sassy beachwear. Catch their 30-70% sale off certain items today thru Monday. find online @ (UPDATE: LINKS REMOVED)


organic cotton kid's zoe dress

For the toddler girl who trends more Barbar than Chanel. This little handmade, organic cotton dress features a reclaimed vintage elephant applique on the front (above) and a darling retro flower on the back (below).

organic cotton zoe dress 1

$48 @ the SewnNatural Etsy shop (UPDATE: LINK REMOVED)

birch bark and mushroom pendant

Something eclectic — Carol Clark makes her wearable art and organic jewelry from forest mushrooms and bark. Her ‘BirchBark’ pendant (above) is made from scraps of curly birch bark and turkey tail mushrooms foraged from Carol’s local forest and hardened and preserved in her studio. $60 @ the woodlandgems shop


(above) Exclusive to Nancy’s Gone Green eco boutique is a whimsical line of handmade, limited edition and one of a kind clothing made from recycled materials: Re:awakened. Organic cotton skirt: $76 and pink cashmere sweater: $98. Paired with your favorite sandals, kicky hat and tote, hit Saturday’s fresh market in style. (UPDATE: LINKS REMOVED)

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