One watch. One tree. One planet. That’s the motto of this high tech timber timepiece company, WeWOOD. It’s the offspring of an Italian shoe dude and two green entrepreneurs, who together combine scrap wood and Miyota movements to create fashionable, unique, eco-friendly wooden watches.
The first watch was designed in 2010 and was instantly an icon for sophisticated sustainability. Since its inception, WeWOOD has opened in Los Angeles and teamed up with tree-planting-partner, American Forests. The goal of this partnership is to help restore our precious earth, by planting a tree for every WeWOOD purchased. In just the first three months, WeWOOD planted 5,000 trees with American Forests!
Check this out – Kimberly-Clark, the makers behind Scott toilet paper are introducing new “tube-free” natural rolls. Beginning Monday, the rolls will be introduced in WalMart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the Northeast and if sales go well, they could be rolled out (no pun intended) nationwide.
According to Kimberly-Clark estimates, 17 billion toilet paper tubes are produced and disposed of annually in the U.S. and account for 160 million pounds of trash. 160 million pounds! I’m all for reducing waste so while Scott tissue is not my ass-paper of choice, I would be willing to reconsider if the tube-free rolls were available in my store. What about you? Are you a one type of ass-tissue person or is your rear not as particular as mine?
We all know moving is a bitch, right? And for those of us who have a little hippie on the inside, using all that cardboard to pack up your stuff, is doubly as hard. But not anymore! Rent-a-Green-Box is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditionally cardboard that delivers the boxes, and after you move, they come pick them up. No waste, and now, no hassle! It’s most definitely earth friendly moving at its best. It’s made me have that “Damn, why didn’t I think of this” feeling.
Rent-a-Green-Box America’s first, comprehensive, zero-waste pack and move solution made entirely from post consumer recycled trash mined from local landfills. We convert massive quantities of post consumer trash to make really cool earth friendly packing and moving products that replace traditional and expensive supplies like cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and Styrofoam peanuts. Currently, they service every city in Orange County, Los Angeles County and select areas of the Inland Empire and San Diego County. But they are growing like a weed and have plans for expanding nationwide over the next three years.
image and info via no rococo
Short for plastic yarn (actually yarn made from recycled plastic bags), Plarn it! is helping to stylishly save the planet one plastic bag at a time. The plastic bags are hand cut and strung together to form a durable and machine washable “yarn.” The yarn is then crocheted into a variety of durable, strong bags, available in a variety of colors and styles. I’ve been looking for an alternative to the plastic bags they have in the produce department and I think this might be the perfect solution!
Made from old electrical wire sourced from a used building material supplier right here in the old U.S. of A., the Electric Love hand knotted rings from Grain are about as green as you can get. Well, except for this one because it’s blue, but you know what I mean. Their site even provides a ring sizer and instructions for how you can recycle it as well.
via 1 Design per Day
The world’s cutest pocket guide to buying organic.
I don’t often buy organic foods, mainly because I’m cheap, but also because I’m admittedly a little ignorant when it comes to what I put in my body. I have heard recently though that there are some fruits and veggies in particular, that you should always buy organic. This adorable little cheat sheet from Heidi Kenney (which she’s offering up for download from her site!), is just the thing I need!
The convenient, credit card-sized guide separates 27 common fruits and veggies into two categories, clean (foods with the lowest or no pesticide residue after washing and/or peeling), and dirty (foods with the highest pesticide residue). Heidi says there is lots more info available by googling “dirty dozen organic”, but for me, for now – this is enough.
via Cool Hunting
It’s Earth Day and what better way to commemorate the day than with some super usable green tips?! I know many people have jumped on the reusable bag bandwagon, but occasionally a plastic bag makes its way into our home somehow. But there are many ways to reuse old plastic bags other than just tossing them right in the trash. Check ‘em out:
1. Use them to dust off out-of-season shoes and out-of-favor stuffed animals stored in the closet.
2. Makes toys for the kid. Use them to make parachutes for action figures to heighten the adventure at playtime. Cut out a square from a bag, and poke a hole in each corner. Cut four pieces of string (or dental floss) at least a foot long and loop one through each hole, tying a knot to secure it; tie the other end of each string around the toy.
3. Keep bags in the glove compartment to use as trash bags on road trips.
4. Donate them to food pantries, libraries, day-care centers, or hospitals that take them.
5. Use them to stuff pet beds or throw pillows that have thick fabric covers.
6. When packing a suitcase, use them to keep shoes from soiling clothes and dirty things from clean ones.
7. To protect small outdoor plants from frost at night, cover them with bags and tie the handles tightly around the pots. Be sure to take the bags off in the morning.
8. Wrap drinking glasses and other fragile items when you’re moving. A layer of three or four bags around each piece provides enough protection and won’t leave nasty newspaper ink or annoying pieces of Styrofoam all over everything.
9. Cover your car’s side mirrors and windshield wipers if you park outside in winter and you won’t have to scrape ice off in the a.m.
10. Protect work surfaces at arts-and-crafts time. Slit bags up the sides, spread them out flat, tape them together, and lay them across any table or surface your kids are getting creative (i.e., making a mess) on.
via Real Simple
Did you know that over 13 billion corks are popped globally each year and most of them end up in a landfill. Which is such a shame because cork is 100% natural, biodegradable and renewable. Cork can be used as flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive gaskets, craft materials, soil conditioner and sports equipment, so there’s plenty of reasons for them not to end up in the garbage.
In 2008, Amorin, the world’s largest maker of natural corks, launched a pilot project called ReCork America to collect and recycle corks and to date, the program has salvaged more than 6 million corks. SOLE footwear is also a program partner who utilizes the recycled corks to make shoes. This recycling program is part of a green initiative to reduce energy usage and conserve one of earth’s precious resources.
To help, all you have to do is save your used, natural wine corks and bring them to a collection center in your area. They have dozens of locations in California and you can check their website to find the location nearest you. So if you’ve decided that a bathmat is perhaps a little too crafty for you, just recycle them instead with ReCork.
Loop is an eco-conscious stationery + textile brand based in Philadelphia that develops organic, sustainable lifestyle goods for design-savvy individuals. Their eco-luxe wrapping paper is some of the most unique and creative I’ve ever seen. Not only would it make for a beautifully presented package, the other possibilities are endless. Envelope liners, drawer liners, collage art – you name it – these are too beautiful just to give away! Each line comes in sheets of 3 for only $12 and all are printed with soy inks on FSC-certified, 100% post-consumer recycled, processed chlorine free paper that was made from wind-generated energy.
Today only, save 50% on the x3 set of resusable bags from Baggu! Choose from five vibrant color combinations – pink, purple, blue, green or black. I have one in just about every color and they are AWESOME!
The regular price on the x3 set is $22 so with this deal you’ll get them for only $11. The deal only lasts for 24 hours, so go to Baggu now and enter “luckydaily4″ at checkout.
via Lucky Magazine