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Walls made from recycled corks
Habitus cork is created using sustainably harvested cork-the bark of the Mediterranean cork oak tree is merely trimmed, allowing the trees to live up to 200 years. I was pleased to learn that Habitus cork mosaic tile is recycled from Spanish and Portuguese wine stoppers, making my occasional glass of Vinho Verde feel especially verde. The hand-cut chips are warm, insulating and antibacterial, with an assortment of organic stains available. Their richly textured custom finish brings contrast and depth to a modern space. Habitus Finishes LLC, 800-729-5120,habitusnyc.com.
Baskets made from recycled rubber
A group of women based in Rome handknit baskets using Neoprene, a type of rubber used in the plumbing, car and motorcycle industries. We think they're the height of eco-chic.$220 for red, $180 for white, available at Design Within Reach, Greenwich, (203) 422-2013, and Westport,
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- If you think you're drinking smarter by sipping from a water bottle, you may be mistaken.
Think Before You Drink4 Surprising Secrets About Bottled Water // woman drinking out of a water bottle © Thinkstock I have a product I want to sell you, and I call it AirFlow 3000. It's a ventilation system that pumps air into your house. AirFlow 3000 air comes in an elegantly packaged delivery system that will lend you and your family style and sophistication. And it's available for just $5 per day, per person! Interested?
Well, just to be clear: AirFlow 3000 is 100 percent identical to the air outside. It contains all the same pollutants and funky odors, and it doesn't do anything special for your health. You're really just paying for the packaging, because you're already breathing the exact same air for free. Still interested?
Of course you aren't. But the AirFlow 3000 pitch is essentially the same pitch water bottlers are making right now. The difference is they're not so straightforward about their wares.Read More »from 4 Surprising Secrets About Bottled Water
Keep your cool-inside your house, that is-while trimming your bill by trying one or more of the following easy tips. Photo credit: Getty
Tune up your a/c
If you have central air, hire a licensed HVAC contractor to do a preseason check ($85 and up). He'll do routine maintenance that can prevent costly problems later. Every two or three years, have the ducts checked: Proper sealing and insulation can cut energy use by 20%. Clean the filter monthly, and replace it at least every three months (about $15). For a room air conditioner, remove any winter cover you have on the condenser unit, hose down the coils and clear the area for full air flow; clean or replace the filter monthly.
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Set your thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat ($50 and up) can pay you back in energy savings the first year. Hire a professional installer if you aren't a DIYer or if your system is more than 10 years old. ForRead More »from 5 Super Energy Savers
- Babble.com | Green – Mon, Apr 30, 2012 1:34 PM EDT
Let's face it: going green is expensive. Buying only organic, natural, sustainable, eco-friendly products typically costs more money. It shouldn't be that way, but it is. Well, we've done the research and discovered a ton of quality beauty buys for less than $10 - from cleansers to make-up to hair products. Take a look at our top 8 favorites:Read More »from Caught Green-Handed: 8 Eco-friendly Beauty Steals Under $10
Burt's Bees Essentials Kit1. Burt's Bees Essential Burt's Bees Kit, $9.99
Get a Burt's Bees sample pack (including lip balm, hand salve, foot cream, deep cleansing cream, and body lotion) for under $10!
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Tarte Vitamin Core Lipstick2. Tarte Vitamin Core Lipstick, $8
Although this healthier, more eco-friendly lipstick only comes in one color (revive-deep rose), it's infused with ingredients like grape seed extract (to increase elastin production), vitamin A, vitamin C, acai extract (to promote cell regeneration and smooth skin), chamomile extract (to heal dry skin), and antioxidants. And like all Tarte products, you won't find any questionable chemicals.
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Photo courtesy of Ulta.comBy Alison Syrett, Lucky magazineRead More »from Alicia Silverstone's New Eco-Friendly Beauty Line
Alicia Silverstone and Juice Beauty just launched a line of environmentally-friendly cosmetics last Sunday was which was, quite fittingly, Earth Day. The five-product range, priced between $16 to $36, marks the eco-conscious brand's first collaboration with a celebrity.
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"She has effortless beauty," Karen Behnke, founding partner and chief executive officer of the company, told WWD. "The Juice Beauty girl is similar: quick and easy. They don't want harsh chemicals, but they want to feel glamorous."
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Although we associate Alicia Silverstone with her 1995 role in Clueless as a do-gooder valley girl whose wardrobe we still covet 12 years later, the actress has actually changed a lot since then. She now dedicates most of her her time to promoting a vegan and green lifestyle, but we think her alter ego would approve of this endeavor. Looking beautiful and
From high to low, here are three inspirational takes on growing herbs and vegetables in any space.Read More »from No Space to Plant? Time to "Grow Up"
Wall of Nature | For those who love to grow their own vegetables or herbs, Green Living Technologies, LLC has created easily maintainable green walls and roofs. Their sustainable design can be assembled indoors or out, on a small or large scale for a touch of nature or a permanent statement. The walls are perfect for someone who wants to grow an abundance of fruits and veggies but does not have the space to grow them the old-fashioned way. Available through The LaurelRock Company, Wilton, 203-544-0062, laurelrock.com.
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Veggie Valet | Ideal for both country and city, this veggie valet holds small-scale crops. The easy-access vertical planters-no bending over required-make for convenient last-minute salad gathering.
Raised Bed | If building a raised vegetable bed seems daunting, order the Scout Regalia raised garden kit, a set of
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Whether your conservation efforts are superstar-level (hello, composters) or minimal (someone's got to save those brown bananas from the trash and turn them into banana bread), we all can probably do a little more for the environment. Here are four small things to rethink when it comes to your own kitchen.
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Paper towels. You can reuse and wash Bambooee towels up to 20 times in the washing machine. It'll take you as long to use up one roll ($12.99) as it would go to through 60 rolls of regular paper towels. You can use them for everything from drying fruits and vegetables to mopping up spills.
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Leftover food storage. If you're uncertain about microwaving your lunch in a plastic container, switch to Fridgex Silicone, which is free of PVC and BPA (a recent study found plastic food packaging is a major source of these potentially harmful chemicals). Fridgex's products are heat-resistant up
- Babble.com | Green – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 4:07 PM EDT
7 Ways to Have a Greener Baby ShowerEarth Day, which was just a few days ago, tends to get us thinking about all the ways we can "green" our daily lives. Having a baby usually doesn't do anything positive to your carbon footprint, unless you make a conscious effort. You can even start before baby's born. If you're planning a baby shower, you might be adding to landfills with disposable tableware, paper invitations, and mountainous piles of wrapping paper. But what better way to welcome a new life than by promising to take better care of his or her world? Here are 7 easy ways to make your baby shower greener.Read More »from Don't Forget Mother Earth: 7 Ways to Have a Greener Baby Shower
Send e-vites 1. Send e-vites
With the pretty designs and fancy features of today's e-vites, guests won't assume it was a last-minute afterthought. They'll think you're being eco-friendly - or just modern.
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Give out plantable favors 2. Give out plantable favors
Instead of the usual throwaway parting gift, give shower guests favors that can be planted. They'll grow into beautiful wildflowers to remember your day.
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Use eco-friendly tableware 3. Use
By Jessica Marati
Sounds contradictory, but sometimes technology can actually help you get closer to nature. Take, for instance, the following eight iPhone and Android mobile apps, which arm you with ways to find nearby green spaces and the information to identify anything from animal tracks to constellations to rare butterflies. Most of the apps are available offline as well, so you can venture as far off the beaten track as you please.
Discover nearby parks, zoos, botanical gardens, nature centers, wildlife refuges, and more with the location-based NatureFind app. The app also pulls from event listings so you can join organized hikes or participate in educational lectures.
Available for iPhone for free.
With the Science Channel's SciSpy app, you can capture, tag, and share your wildlife sightings. Once your photo of, say, that funky looking beetle is uploaded, it is date-stamped, geo-mapped, classified, and offered up to a worldwide community to advance
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