by Katherine Shi @ 9:34 am 1 comment »
Did you know that less than 2% of plastic bags get recycled? How about this: Regular plastic bags often take over 100 years to degrade. Though cheap and convenient, plastic bags fill our streets, waterways, and landfills, and often do not ever become plastic bags again (even if recycled).
BioBag is a company that provides bags and films for the collection of organic (food, yard and pet) waste for the purpose of composting. Unlike your typical plastic bags which are made from polyethylene/polypropylene-based plastic, BioBags are created from an entirely unique material – a resin derived from plant starches, vegetable oils, and compostable polymers from renewable raw materials and fossil raw materials – a material called Mater-Bi. It can be readily composted (more…)
Monday, March 3, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 1:03 pm post a comment »
(above) I’m always on the lookout for great, natural alternatives to items to add to my daily skincare regimen. I recently happened upon The Herb Appeal on Etsy, and immediately got in touch with the store-owner, Jeannine, to set up a purchase.
All of her products are homemade, completely natural, and have no artificial colors or overpowering scents. Plus, every item only has a short list of ingredients so rest assured, your body will thank you.
I purchased the Eucalyptus Mint Softening Fizzy Drops Bath Bombs, Sugared Lavender Vanilla Lip Balm Scrub and Lovely Lavender Solid Lotion Bar. I received the items in a few days and the packaging was very cute and would make the items perfect as gifts or a treat for yourself.
The Eucalyptus Mint Bath Bombs, (above), have a wonderful scent, and after using them I felt that my sinuses were cleared and I was relaxed. Sweet aromatherapy! The item comes in a set of four and you can use one or up to all four, whatever your preference. Also, at a price of $4.50 for a four-pack you can reward your skin without hurting your wallet.
(above) The Lip Balm Scrub comes in five flavors and the organic sugar helps to exfoliate your lips to make them healthy and soft. I was happily surprised (more…)
by Samantha Javier @ 7:24 am post a comment »
- With California facing extreme drought conditions, the rain this past weekend has been met with relief. However, this rain will not get California completely out of the drought it is facing. To create more drinking water the state is building a new facility in Carlsbad, calling it “the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere.” This plant will be finished in early 2016 and is expected to “provide up to 50 million gallons of fresh drinkable water every day.” The plant – which will cost $1 billion dollars – is “drought-proof” and will help alleviate San Diego’s and the rest of California’s need to import water. Read more at: npr.org
- Ocean acidification is taking a toll on marine life everywhere, and now its effects have claimed about three years worth of the scallop population in British Columbia. The waters of the Georgia Strait have “increased so dramatically that the PH levels have dropped from 8.2 to 7.3 in the past year.” Weather.com has a great article outlining the impact this event and the effects ocean acidification could have on the U.S. oyster industry.
- “Experts are more certain than ever that human activity is changing the global climate” and the U.S National Academy of Science with the United Kingdom’s Royal Society hope to move the debate about climate change away from (more…)
Friday, February 28, 2014
by Maureen O'Connor @ 1:08 pm post a comment »
(above) Transition to spring easily with this smart Herringbone jacket. In organic cotton; Riley is made in San Francisco and goes for $189 @ amourvert.com
(above) Double dip – California’s Horny Toad has an additional discount on their already reduced items sale going on right now thru Sunday. Their eco-consious items are first-rate quality, they’ll last forever. Cortina Henley is super comfy and casually stylish – in a soft blend of organic cotton and Modal, take your pick of stripes or solids. Reduced from $72 to $49.99 – you can also receive an additional 20% off with code 20MORE thru Sunday 3/2/14.
(above) Tre eco chic … this is the go-to look for spring: Designer Helena Fredriksson’s Zip It dress has a flattering cut, with a front zip, deep neckline and slim waist. Fabric is a heavy organic cotton; (more…)
by Ross Dulmaine @ 7:58 am post a comment »
Woodworking artist Craig Forget is always on the lookout for old reclaimed wood with character, color and a weathered patina. Almost all of the raw material for his work is carefully recovered from dilapidated or deconstructed barns in his local Windsor, Ontario area. His “Branches” piece (pictured above and below) is composed of complementary sections of tree branches assembled to look like a single intertwining branch, mounted over a textured background of small, geometric pieces of barnwood.
Once the tree design is complete, each strip of the underlying barnwood is hand scribed around the tree branches creating the impression that the branches are growing through the reclaimed wood strips. Materials for the piece include: reclaimed 80-year-old pine, hickory, white ash, maple, oak, elm and cedar barnwood, as well as salvaged tree branches.
The piece in the photo above depicts a seaside city in a relief map, or overhead view – all created from carefully shaped pieces of barnwood.
Forget does a variety of other works, created from the remains of old barns, with a concentration on wall art. (more…)
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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…)