by Katherine Shi @ 2:44 pm 1 comment »
Did you know that less than 20% of 50 billion plastic water bottles sold in the US every year get recycled? The creator of Treeson was inspired to create a sustainable alternative to plastic water bottle waste by approaching the problem from a different perspective: If people refuse to switch to using canteens and enjoy the “luxury” of having a disposable plastic water bottle, then why not create a water bottle that can be recycled for free?
Treeson wants to take back their water bottles after you’ve finished using them. Mail the empty water bottle to them for free (via any USPS mailbox) so they can use the returned bottles to generate clean energy. Their bottles are made with 100% plant-based non-GMO materials. They’re eco-friendly, toxin-free, compostable, biodegradable, and sustainable. Not enough to win your heart and mind over? Get this … with each bottle sold, Treeson plants one tree.
Now it sounds almost too good to be true, right? You might think the water tastes unfiltered, but Treeson uses only the finest natural spring water. It is passed through a purification process that models how the Rainforest purifies water as it goes through its canopy. Then Treeson adds both electrolytes that have been lost, and oxygen to give your body a natural boost. (more…)
Thursday, February 20, 2014
by guest @ 7:59 am post a comment »
We all know about renewable energy resources on buildings, right? No doubt you’ve seen neighbours with solar panels on their roofs? Some even have miniature wind turbines in gardens and next to chimneys. Others simply just use lower-wattage light bulbs and ensure not to use too much electricity throughout the day. These are all great ideas in the beginning to sustainability, especially on buildings that already exist.
But shouldn’t more be done? What else can we do?
Well architects are already under a lot of pressure to design buildings with eco-friendly regulations. So from the outset, houses and office buildings, shops and hospitals are all being designed to have at least partial self-sufficiency.
Natural ventilation is one of the examples of great energy resourcefulness. But what is it?
As the name suggests, it’s all about ventilating naturally, refreshing the airflow in a room from the wind and air outside. While this sounds fairly simple, the only way most buildings get any kind of flow is through mechanical systems, like fans, which of course cost to run. But one of the key effects of this natural flow is the maintenance of climate. Air both inside and out is kept consistent rather than having the same, warm air circulated around a room.
More information about the benefits of natural ventilation can be seen in the infographic below.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
by Natalie Jones @ 11:26 am post a comment »
If your car’s stuck in the driveway but you need to replenish basic supplies, here’s an online solution that’s quick, easy and not too pricey: VINE.com. You can get fast, free 2-day delivery with a minimum order of $49.
They offer some of my favorite brands – Seventh Generation (enter code FEB7GEN for 20% off), Ecover, Dr. Bronner’s, CleanWell, and Kiss My Face as well as a slew of others for hand soaps and household cleaning items. Unfortunately, we can’t let a ton of snow stop us from washing those dirty dishes.
You can pick up the essentials for your wee ones — from gDiapers to Plum Oganics. Running low on pet food? Check out Honest Kitchen for quality dog food. They stock other pet food brands as well, this one just happens to be a personal fave.
And who doesn’t love a good green deal … whether it’s gluten-free food, a non-toxic moisturizer or shampoo, a yoga mat or gift – you can also find many “green deals” (up to 40% off) at vine.com. It’s a cinch to match your needs with your values (biodegradability, compostability, gmo-free) with an easy to find search bar.
So stock-up during these crazy snowstorms … and I hope you can step outside this weekend to enjoy a little fresh air and white stuff.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 10:30 am 1 comment »
Do you ever feel like so many unnecessary things are sent in the mail and use an unacceptable amount of paper? I definitely feel that way and I’ve recently found an app that can help you lessen the amount of paper that is delivered to you. Unsurprisingly, businesses do not want to waste money printing and delivering material to you that you’re simply going to recycle – or worse, throw directly into the trash.
The free PaperKarma smartphone app enables you to “unsubscribe from catalogs, magazines, credit card offers, etc.”, turn it into email correspondence or remove it all together. Each US household gets about 850 pieces of unwanted mail per year, which leads to more than 100 billion pieces! Of this wasted mail, about 44 percent goes into landfills unopened. So, instead of feeling bad about all those offers and advertisements you get, you can avoid this environmental damage completely.
PaperKarma is very easy to use – just snap a photo of the junk mail, flyer or publication, hit send and you’re done. The app automatically contacts the mailer who then removes you from their distribution list. PaperKarma can stop most unwanted mail that is addressed directly to you. In about 24 hours you will receive the unsubscribed notification and move on with less paper waste clogging up your mailbox and your ‘karma’. I know that I am going to take advantage of this, and I suggest you try it out for yourself. For more info, or to download the app go here: paperkarma.com
related: more green tips from The Alternative Consumer
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
by Jennifer Hui @ 2:30 pm 2 comments »
Oh my, this year is whizzing by like nobody’s business. February is just around the corner and we all know what that means, Valentine’s Day! This day may not be to everyone’s taste – but it’s still a special day designated to celebrate love, whether it’s love for your significant other, family, or friends. To make the day extra special, I have decided to round up some fashion inspiration for a romantic night out or a day with the girlfriends. Today, I’m focusing on a couple of outfits (eco-friendly of course) for either a romantic night out … whether you’re going to a fancy restaurant or keeping it casual – these outfits will make you feel extra confident and beautiful.
(above) Outfit #1:
Sleeveless Shirt Dress ($325)
Arctic Jacket / Reformation ($478)
Clutch / ethica ($300)
Needle Necklace / Zady ($148)
(above) Outfit #2:
Victoria Dress / Stella McCartney($1,865)
Crystal Illumination Earrings / Alex & Ani ($48)
Yves Klein Large Pouch ($89)
V Cuff / Marisa Haskell ($40)
Stay tuned for my post on outfits for a girl’s night out … see you next week!
related: more eco-fashion finds from The Alternative Consumer
by guest @ 7:57 am post a comment »
The endless burning in your chest keeps you up at night. You’ve tried every remedy known to man, from over-the-counter medicines to supposedly miracle teas, and nothing helps. It’s time to face facts: your acid reflux may be caused by the things you eat regularly. Foods naturally high in fat or acid are common culprits of acid reflux, but you’d be surprised to learn how many foods actually fall into these categories. If you’re ready for some relief, you might consider cutting these nine stomach-churning foods from your diet.
You probably already knew that beef is one of the fattiest meats. Unfortunately, enjoying a nice steak can mean more than having to loosen your belt a couple notches. Foods high in fat take a lot longer to digest, which puts a lot of pressure on your stomach and lets acid sneak up where it doesn’t belong. You might want to start barbecuing some lower-fat meats, like chicken, turkey, or even fish, and see if your acid reflux doesn’t quiet down. Of course, if you just can’t let go of red meat, you can try leaner cuts, such as top sirloin.
Most people can’t start their day without at least a cup or two of some nice hot coffee, but taking in a lot of caffeine is a great way to give yourself some terrible acid reflux. Because it relaxes your esophagus, caffeine can send acid creeping up your throat and causing major pain. You don’t have to give up your Joe, though. If you drink a small amount of coffee in the morning and stay away for the rest of the day, you’ll probably end up feeling better. Of course, even decaf coffee can cause acid problems, depending on what you put in it.
Cream and milk are naturally high in fat and can give your stomach a hard time, so you might want to go easy on the flavored creamers when you’re making your morning coffee. However, dairy products are prevalent and can pop up in other foods you might not expect, turning your acid reflux up to uncomfortable levels. Butter and cheeses are especially good at creating acid reflux because they are so high in fat. The good news is that cutting back on these types of foods will do more than just heal your upset stomach–you might even shed a couple of pounds embracing a healthier diet. (more…)