Last year, we mentioned Twist products for the first time and since then, they have become a regular part of our kitchen clean-up routine. Since then, Twist has come out with some new products that go beyond the kitchen, including the Bamboo Cloth shown in the photo above.
This cloth is made from 82% bamboo, 18% corn and is 100% bio-degradable — not that you’ll be tossing it anytime soon, considering it’s strong enough to be cleaned in the washing machine. Soft to the touch, the Bamboo Cloth is perfect for dusting and cleaning furniture. And as with all the Twist products, the packaging is as eco-friendly as what’s inside. So check out the Twist web site for locations and start “Twist”ing to add some green to your clean.
It’s no wonder that December is the busiest month at the post office as thousands of holiday greeting cards are sent around the world. This year, save yours from a trip to the recycling bin and follow the second “R” of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
Here are just a few ideas of what you can do with all those Christmas cards.
- Make them into gift tags for next year.
- Cut off the backs off old holiday cards and use them as thank you cards or postcards next year.
- Turn them into gift boxes. (Find directions here and here.)
- Make them into ornaments.
- Turn them into bookmarks.
- Paste a smaller photo on the card to create a festive border. Frame the finished product to use as a holiday decoration, or turn it into an ornament.
- Make a luminary.
Now matter what you do, think about easy or crafty ways to reuse your cards and make sure to recycle the scraps!
Paw Luxury Giveaway!
I know that our gift guide for pets isn’t coming up until next week, but this giveaway is too good to miss! Paw Luxury (who we’ve mentioned before here) is offering a chance to win a 4 pack of Yoghund Organic Frozen Doggy Yogurt (which we have also mentioned before.) It’s easy to enter and your dog will surely be happy to have his or her own sweet treat!
Also, if you get a chance, check out today’s post on the Paw Luxury blog. It’s got a list of no-no’s for your pet, but also includes their own Thanksgiving recipe!
America Recycles Day
This Saturday is the 11th annual America Recycles Day (ARD), which is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Take the pledge to be more informed and more active in your recycling measures.
Spin Me Right Round
Does your collection of CDs make your head spin? Long before the days of iTunes and MP3s my husband and I both racked up a serious collection of CDs, many of which we still listen to today. We’ve tried organizing them, converting them to MP3s (which we then lost in a hard drive crash), even alphabetizing them! But we still couldn’t find a solution we were both happy with.
Then, when we decided that the office in our home needed to be converted to an actual home office, we had to find a way to utilize every inch of space in that room, and the bulky CDs once again were staring us in the face.
So, we bought a CD binder that held 600 CDs (I told you we had a lot) and Andy began the meticulous task of moving all the CDs to the binder. One problem was solved, but what all the empty cases? For a local solution, there is Plastic Recycling Inc. (Phone: 317-780-6100) who would take and recycle the cases, but the question begged… is there a way to reUSE these items before recycling them? Sure enough, I called the local library and their media department happily accepted all of our cases (really, ALL of them).
Send the Right Message
Now that I am starting my own business, I have a whole new area of my life that I can apply my environmentally-friendly efforts. To start, I plan on doing as much of my “paperwork” online. Whether it’s banking, paying bills, or sending invoices - if I can do it electronically, I will. But what about those times when snail mail is the only option? Consider saving your client (and the recycling center) an envelope by using (and resusing) ecoEnvelopes. These envelopes not only reduces the amount of paper used, but also are made with “certified papers from managed forests with up 100% recycled content.”
For more information about ecoEnvelopes, visit their web site. Currently they are only offering them in quantities larger than 2500 (which is more than I need) but you can sign up to be notified when smaller quantities are available.
Servers That Soak Up the Sun
As we mentioned earlier this summer, Green-Lemonade.com’s hosting has just gotten a little greener. The site is now being hosted by AISO.Net. AISO is “the first and only 100% completely solar powered hosting company that does not use energy credits.” The solar panels (which you can see on their site via a Live PV Cam) power not only the AISO offices but the data center and servers as well.
So, if you own your own site (or already do and are looking to switch) consider soaking up some sun with AISO.Net.
Note: The above photo was taken at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas.
Last week, we mentioned an all natural shampoo for dogs that happens to be available at Petco. Unfortunately, eco-friendly options for your pooch aren’t always that easy to find at a local supplier. However, you always have some place to turn to online — thanks to Paw Luxury!
From tasty treats to travel accessories, Paw Luxury offers environmentally-friendly options for your furry friends. In addition to offering products that are all natural, organic, biodegradable, fair trade and made in the USA, Paw Luxury also holds their business to the same standard as many of the brands they sell. Some of their earth friendly business practices include: business cards made from 100% recycled content, using cradle to cradle USPS shipping boxes, using recyclable packing materials, and going paperless by corresponding via email.
In addition to their online store, Paw Luxury also has a blog dedicated to (and written from the perspective of) Lola, the boxer who inspired her owners to launch Paw Luxury. From recipes to an “Ask Lola” column, this dog sure knows her kibble and biscuits!
UPDATE: Lola (and her owners) have offered readers of Green-Lemonade.com a savings of $5.00 on a purchase of $25.00 or more! Use the coupon code: GREENLEM5 from now until June 6, 2008.
If you’re like many people trying to make green choices, you’ve stopped buying water bottles and are using your tap instead. But the big debate right now is: what’s the best way to transport that water?
The idea that standard water bottles (with a #1 recycling code) shouldn’t be re-used has been around for quite some time. The potential of bacteria getting inside (in combination with a small neck that doesn’t allow proper cleaning) has made most people recommend to not re-use these types of bottles. (Just ask Heloise.)
In comes Nalgene who has been around since 1949. Their water bottles used to be most popular with outdoor enthusiasts, but have been seen in the hands of more and more people who are trying to kick the water bottle habit. They even teamed up with Brita in the Filter For Good campaign to reduce water bottle waste. However, as concerns continued to grow about the Bisphenol A (BPA) that was being used in them, Nalgene has finally issued a statement that they will phase out production of consumer bottles containing BPA and will instead offer a BPA free substitute with many of the same properties. (One such company that already does this is Camelbak.)
Now what? There is no doubt in my mind that the great water bottle debate will continue to be in the news as more people demand better products. Stay tuned.
Arbor Day: April 25, 2008
People and organizations were all abuzz this week with Earth Day excitement. Events spanned the globe and called people young and old to take action in the movement to make a positive change in the environment around us.
As many people celebrate Earth Day, another holiday that often gets overshadowed is Arbor Day, which is on April 25. Arbor Day has been celebrated since the 1800s and the foundation is still encouraging it’s observance today.
Volunteer to plant a tree, or just save some trees by following a few of these tips:
- Do your banking online.
- Try to eliminate receiving junk mail and phone books.
- Opt out of receipts at the ATM and gas stations.
- Think before you print.
- Send an e-card.
- Send an e-card AND plant a tree.
And don’t forget, when you do need to use paper, be sure to recycle it once you are done!