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Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Getrid app – the simplest way to find a home for unwanted stuff

GETrid screen

Companies are always selling you something new, improved or updated. Marketers barrage consumers with a constant stream of advertising and messaging – convincing them that they desperately need a new product. The result – over-consumption – and a growing pile of gizmos, gadgets and whatnot clogging up our lives. Getrid is a new app that lets you find your old, unwanted stuff a new home (similar to Freecycle or Craigslist only easier), making your life just a little more sustainable. The app is super easy to use and will be available to download for free, without any login or registration process.

getrid photo

Getrid is attractive because of its simplicity. With no registration or login it takes no more than 5 seconds to upload and list an item. Users start by taking a photo of the item they want to give away, add a phone number and confirm the location of the object. If you’re looking for an item, a map overview shows what is being given away in your area. When you find something you need, just tap ‘n call – arrange with the owner of the item when and where to schedule the pick up. The picture of the item and the phone number are the listing details. (more…)

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Sustainably Grown – Wooden Headphones

oRock Hard Maple Headphones

For all you music lovers like me, here’s a sustainable pair of headphones that you should really look into. Headphones tend to break and get thrown away often, so these Rock Hard Canadian Maple Headphones present a sustainable, organic alternative to headphones whose origins are the typical “made in China.” These headphones are one of a kind and part of the 1% For the Planet Network.

rock hard headphones

The company, Lukapier Inc., has started a Kickstarter campaign that has just a few days left, so you should definitely check it out. The wood ear cups are made from locally grown hard Canadian maple provided by Forest Stewardship Council certified suppliers. The high density of this wood provides natural noise cancelling and the titanium and neodymium parts combine to produce all the sounds across the audible frequency range. There is minimal use of plastic in order to reduce the amount of plastic that stays in landfills and hurts our planetary ecosystem.

There are four different colors and they offer the option of purchasing headphones made from upcycled skateboards, or even a custom pair made from your own upcycled skateboard! The headphones even come backed with a full one-year warranty from the date of delivery. There are several backing options so head over to the Rock Hard Canadian Maple Headphones Kickstarter page to learn more and check out these sustainable headphones.

related: more green gadgets featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

solartab portable solar charger – kickstarter find

solartab solar charger

The never-ending proliferation of power-hungry portable devices and the lack of great, long-lasting battery solutions continue to make keeping your smartphone or tablet charged and operational a major challenge. One new, sleek solution is the Solartab portable solar charger — an eco-friendly, off-grid power solution with a great minimalist design.

solartab solar charger

Solartab is the design creation of CurrentMESS, a three-person startup consisting of Simon Methi, Mathias Einberger and Eskil Vestre. The multinational trio is currently based in both London, UK and Shenzhen, China. CurrentMESS just (more…)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

JORD wood watches – sustainable style

JORD Fieldcrest watch

full disclosure: We were graciously provided a JORD Fieldcrest watch for the purposes of this Tried and True Green Product Review.

You’d think that a wooden watch might be something you’d find at an antiques auction, hand-carved out of a backyard elm tree by someone’s great grandfather – well you’d be mistaken … JORD is now making contemporary, designer watches from sustainably-sourced wood – the company creates wooden watches in a variety of styles from sustainable woods including: cherry, maple, sandalwood, blackwood and teak.

Jord Wood Watch

I was provided with a timepiece from the Fieldcrest Series in natural green (above).  The watch is surprisingly light – much lighter than most of my watches made from traditional materials. I particularly like the watch’s clasp and closure, it’s well-designed, easy to use and doesn’t open unexpectedly.

Some details: It has a hardened scratch-proof face, a Citizen Miyota movement and a easy to close clasp. The Fieldcreast series comes in a variety of woods and finishes retailing for $120.

Pictured below are a couple of additional JORD styles.

JORD wood watches

Remember these watches are made out of eye-catching wood – they’re not waterproof, but they are splash proof. I’ve worn the watch only a couple of times and I’ve already gotten several compliments – and questions. People are particularly astonished at how lightweight the watch is.

If you’re interested, you can learn more about JORD timepieces and shop for your favorite design @

Check back soon for our JORD watch giveaway.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

a sound investment: LSTN eco-friendly headphones

LTSN troubadour headphones

LSTN, pronounced as “listen”, was started in 2012 by Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff. It is a company that makes high quality, handmade headphones out of reclaimed wood, while using the proceeds help restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The wood used for these head and earphones come from furniture and flooring companies (the small, discarded scraps left over from the manufacturing process), rather than from the harvesting of old growth trees. LSTN uses three types of wood to create their stylish wooden headphones: ebony, cherry, and beech.

troubadour headphones
The Troubador headphones (above + top) go for $150. They have durable, nylon-wrapped cables, an adjustable metal band, an in-line microphone, and plush ear-cups for long term use.
filmore headphones
Fillmores are priced at $100. They have a padded headband for long-term use, gold plated plugs, and durable nylon wrapped cords. They’re compactable and wood-enclosed.

bowery earbuds

Bowerys are $50. They have a microphone for calls and voice recording, and feature passive noise isolation. (more…)

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ecobee: A Green Solution to Energy Monitoring


Heating and cooling accounts for over 50 percent of your energy usage, and monitoring this is an easy way to be more green and save yourself some money. An ecobee thermostat is an effective, easy to use solution to your temperature-related energy usage — a study of the users of this device have shown that “on average Ecobee homeowners saved 24% on their heating and 21% on their cooling energy costs versus leaving their thermostat at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.”


Well, I’m sure many of you don’t leave your thermostat at 72 degrees, but the Ecobee monitors your consumption rates and figures out how you can save the most energy and money over time. The device is also WIFI-enabled so you can control the temperature of your home or office from a smart phone or laptop and you can also view your energy usage and savings statistics. With a full-color touch screen, it’s a great way to help you lessen your environmental impact, save money and reduce your carbon footprint.


There are both residential and commercial options for the device — both are easy to use, and accessible from anywhere and at any time. The Energy Management System can control the temperature in multiple locations from one device. (more…)

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Monday, December 16, 2013

gift guide for the green outdoors guy

bamboo skateboards

Howz’ about getting your resident skateboarder a new deck made out of 70% renewable bamboo? Sweet graphics too – $35 from (add your own trucks)

nau men's vest

For the urban hipster on your list – he’ll stay warm in style in this vintage-inspired down BYOB vest from Nau. The fabric is made from recycled polyester and it’s insulated with renewable 800-fill goose down. Marked down to a cozy $119 at

garmin approach G6 gof GPS

For the golfer on your list – the Garmin Approach golf GPS will let your favorite golfer navigate over 30,000 international golf course with ease (that is if he’s got his swing together).  Features a rechargeable battery, a bright sunlight-readable touchscreen, it’s pocket-sized, rugged and waterproof and comes with free lifetime map updates. $299.99 @ or

bushnell solarwrap charger

If you know a guy who has a bunch of USB-powered gadgets and gizmos and spends a bunch of time outdoors you may want to consider getting him something to keep all those toys powered-up. Bushnell happens to make a solar charging pad that can roll-up to fit in easily into a backpack or pocket. The lightweight charger can be charged via USB or sunlight and then be a source of juice for your iPhone, iPod or other gadget. You can find it for at for around $65.

Rip Curl tide watch

For the surfer in the family – Rip Curl makes some great watches for the surfing set  – their A1080 World Tide Digital watch (above) has a digital movement with world tide and world time function, titanium case that comes programmed with 601 world locations and 500 pre-set beach locations. You can easily view pre-set tidal information for the next 15 years. Features a digital compass, sunrise and sunset times, chronograph, count-down timer, moon phases and alarm and it’s water-resistant to 200 M (660 feet) find it at Rip Curl or

related: more green gift ideas from

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Good Green Gifts for Him and Her

If you’re like me and about to do your Christmas shopping, let me give you a head start with this list of neat little green gadgets that you can get for your significant other or a friend. There are so many gnice options for eco-gifts this Christmas, but I’ll list just a few to help you on your search or help you get started on your own ideas.


First, have you ever checked out water powered clocks and gadgets? At they have a sweet $12 water powered clock. Just fill the clock’s liquid reservoirs in the back with any liquid of your choice and it will display the time and date clearly for you to read on your desk. It works by extracting the electrons from the liquid molecules to provide the electric current.  (more…)

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