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Plant Pots That Can Magically Disappear (I Mean, Biodegrade)

Do you have stacks of the black plastic pots used for plants in your back shed collecting spider webs? Imagine if you could compost those pots?! Unfortunately, those pots are not compostable. However, they would be if you’d bought them from EcoForms. EcoForms is an environmentally friendly company, producing pots out […]

Pity the Poor Technologists

After thousands of years of striving to develop the longest-lasting, hardest-wearing items for daily use, inventive-minded humans are now being urged to design things that deliberately fall to bits as quickly as possible, for the good of the environment. Of course it’s only the throwaway parts of modern life that […]

Lustables: Cancer Free RF3 Live Headset

Great acoustics (without the radiation).   These ear buds rely on the natural acoustics of wood to deliver body, balance, and quality straight to your ears, while also removing any worry of radiation. How? The concern about cancer and cell phones has to do with how the soft tissues in […]

A Look Back at Women and the Environment in 2010

It’s the end of June already, and the earth’s half-spin around the sun has brought us ladies plenty to wring our delicate little hands about. From Iranian clerics blaming earthquakes on our breasts to oil spills wreaking havoc on our pregnancies, 2010 has made us reach for the smelling salts […]

Lustables: Tie-Ups Slim Belts

100% biodegradable belts in a slim cut we can’t help but lust over. Summer time is a season when we indulge in color, and what better way than with these Tie-Up Belts made in Italy? The belts come in Basic, Slim Cut, Kids as well as a Biodegradable version called […]

Lustables: VivaTerra Patterned Bamboo Plates

Reusable plates made from bamboo to brighten up your summer table. This is not your mother’s melamine. These plates are made from bamboo, which your mom may have thought was only for pandas when she bought her outdoor set years back. The selection of four from VivaTerra is dishwasher-safe, biodegradable […]

Dished Out Sex With a Side of Burlesque

Saucy spaghetti anyone? This naughty housewares collection begs a second serving.   Woman-owned and operated housewares purveyor Dupenny was founded by a cheeky English lass named Emily Dupen-Hopkins. She creates glamour gardens (plus the occasional English one) and sex pots for walls in kitchens out of her studio by the sea: […]

Picnic Picks

Summer is the era of casual picnics and easy, light impromptu meals. Be ready for those glorious impromptu meals with these picnic picks that are easy and light on mother earth. With such a delicious gathering of commodities, your eyes will be as satisfied as your stomach. Indulge in the […]

Corny Cutlery

My environmental cop husband gripes that everything portable that touches our girls’ mouths is made of plastic, from yogurt tubes and Vitamin Water bottles to the spoons I throw in their vinyl lunch boxes. But recently he turned me on to cutlery made of corn starch, biodegradable spoons, forks and knives that are even wrapped in compostable bags […]

In Hard Times, Food Vendors Keep on Truckin’

Everyone’s dishing about how the concept of food trucks has been overhauled. They’re not just parked at job sites to feed hungry laborers anymore, but are taking the high road and giving restaurants a run for their money. I got a taste of the trend at the posh 50th birthday […]

Lustables: Aspenware Compostable Cutlery

An eco-friendly alternative for your picnic needs. Peeved at the thought of filling a landfill with plastic picnicware? Fear no more. Aspenware, Inc., a Lumby, British Columbia-based company, produces a line of all natural, ergonomically-designed, compostable wooden forks, soup spoons, knives and spoons designed to take the sting out of […]

A Waste Can You Can Trash (But You Won't)

I was in a purely pleasure-seeking mood when my eyes fell upon these quirky waste cans from Umbra. I instantly fell for the modern graffiti-like graphics, not to mention the eco-friendly material. Designed by artist Joshua Davis in collaboration with Umbra product designer David Quan, the Artala Trash Can is […]

Natural Burial: No Longer an Underground Movement

Will your years of good green living end with a natural, good green death? It’s a sensitive topic – so sensitive, many of us can’t embrace it. I cringed some years back when my book group chose to read Mary Roach’s Stiff: Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. The last thing […]

Read All About It! 5 Good Uses of Paper; 5 Sheety Ones

If killing trees is murder, we need a darn good reason to commit the act. In truth, it is very challenging to morph into a pulp-free society –  one that celebrates without greeting cards and wrapping paper, communicates without monthly statements and markets without catalogs. And there is nothing like […]

Not Your Mama’s Birkenstock

Imagine a small German village inhabited by a young shoemaker named Johann Birkenstock. Birkenstock creates comfy shoes for villagers, launching (though he’ll never know it) a new approach to footwear and a label that will be  recognized by millions around the world. Generations of the Birkenstock family have been designing […]

10 Reasons Why the Planet Loves My Dog

This is the third in Luanne’s new lifestyle column, Life in the Green Lane. Read the inaugural column, “The Pros & Cons of Being Married to an Eco Man” and the follow-up, “Why Is it So Hard to Get My Mom to Go Green?”. My dog has fleece. And that’s […]

Reduce Your Child’s Carbon Bumprint

In a perfect world, all parents would use cloth diapers and reusable baby wipes to greatly reduce the footprint their baby’s bottom leaves on the planet during the diapering stage. But in reality, one-time-use baby wipes are a staple in every parent’s bag of tricks. Used for wiping up messy […]

Lustables: Wasara Dinner Party Plates

The supple and biodegradable Wasara series is made from reed, bamboo and sugarcane waste. If a Communion wafer mated with a tulip, their love child would probably look a lot like a Wasara. Such corporal relations are unlikely, but so is the Wasara, a biodegradable series of single-use dinnerware made […]

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3 Exciting New Trends In Sustainable Packaging

Consumers are finally pushing back against wasteful packaging, forcing companies to get creative in a way that’s boosting new, sustainable industries. The other day my roommate brought home a couple of bacon-wrapped fillets for dinner. When it came time to throw them on the grill, I was shocked to find the […]

PUMA’s INCycle Cradle-to-Cradle Collection Hits Stores this Month

INCycle by PUMA is a collection of biodegradable and fully recyclable apparel, footwear and accessories. Sportswear label PUMA launched its new collection of cradle-to-cradle certified apparel, footwear and accessories last month. Having debuted the collection last fall, the company is glad to announce that the INCycle collection is now available […]

Dished Out Sex With a Side of Burlesque

Saucy spaghetti anyone? This naughty housewares collection begs a second serving.   Woman-owned and operated housewares purveyor Dupenny was founded by a cheeky English lass named Emily Dupen-Hopkins. She creates glamour gardens (plus the occasional English one) and sex pots for walls in kitchens out of her studio by the sea: […]

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