Eco-Friendly Style Items

Eco-friendly Style Items provide the opportunity to save that favorite sweater and recycle it into something else. Creative recycling has even produced some of the coolest jewelry pieces, totes, wallets, and purses. The whole concept of recycling items no longer used into something that can be used is all a part of the plan of saving the planet while making fashionable style items that appeal to people. The Eco-friendly Style Items to be reviewed are attractive, and unique while still being earth friendly.

A favorite of the Eco-friendly Style Items is the Crispina Scarves which are made from recycled sweaters. The warm and cozy woolen scarves are handmade from all reclaimed and recycled materials. They are all organic, chemical free, and most importantly are recyclable. Artisans from Massachusetts carefully select the recycled colors and fabrics and create beautiful renewable Crispina Scarves that are a comfortable six feet long. The retail price for these lovely Eco-friendly Style Items is $42.00.

Totes tend to wear out rather quickly because of wear and tear. The Eco-friendly Hemp and Felt Totes is fashionable, trendy, and provide the opportunity to give back to Mother Earth. The Eco-friendly Hemp Totes are great match for summer wear and is large enough to carry large beach gear, books, and more. The Eco-friendly Hemp Totes is also a great grocery bag due to its durability. The Hemp Tote is 16 x 28 x 2 inches including the handle and retails for $8.95.

The Eco-friendly Felt Tote is designed by San Francisco Designer Josh Jakus and is made from an industrial piece of felt turned into a unique designer bag. The Hobo styled bag is attractive and large enough to carry everything one might need. The earth friendly bag sports a zipper closure and is available in Blue, Gray and Green for approximately $115.00.

The next time you have a flat or blow out think about this Eco-friendly Recycled Inner Tube Tote. Though the name of the bag is “The Bentley” the earth friendly bag is actually made from none other than recycled inner tubes from truck tires. The well made black Inner Tube Tote makes a great attaché or computer bag. The retail cost for the Eco-friendly Tote is $134.00.

Out of all the cool and unique Eco-friendly Style Items, the all time favorite is the Vintage Bangles by Art Thang. Made from recycled and reclaimed material, the Eco-friendly Vintage Bangles are available in hues of Ivory, Black, Beige, Gray, Blue, and Yellow. Expect the most unique Bangle since no two are alike. The retail cost for the Eco-friendly Vintage Bangles is $14.99.

Buying Eco-friendly Style Items creates an awareness of the responsibility of periodically cleaning out one’s closet and discarding things to the appropriate centers for recycling. For more information on the above mentioned eco-friendly style items visit the Web site for Shop Blue House. Customer inquiries may also be made at 877-276-1180.…

My Family is Going Green- and it Hasn’t Cost a Dime!

I admit it- I resist change. I get set in my patterns of everyday life, and trying new things does not come easy to me. I have been hearing the phrase “going green” now for a few years, but I never really took the time to figure out exactly what this trend was all about, simply because I assumed that it would require me stepping out of my daily routines to do something different.

 

I happened to be watching a television show that featured Sara Snow, who talked about what going green was all about. She showed a family fun ways that they could help conserve our earth’s resources, and even end up saving a little money as a bonus! Seeing this could not have come at a better time, because our family recently went on a very strict budget, and so the idea of saving a few pennies here and there was rather intriguing. Part of the reason I had resisted going green before was because I was under the assumption that I would be paying out money to buy a lot of “eco-friendly items.” While making some purchases, such as compact fluorescent lights, or energy star appliances, definitely help, we simply don’t have it in the plans at this time. So, it was time to get creative and come up with all the FREE ways our family could take baby steps into going green…..and possibly even save a few pennies in the process! Here are the changes my family has made:

1. Conserve Electricity– ok, this should have been a no-brainer, right? Use less electricity, and of course it will cost less- we thought we already had been practicing this one. Once we started looking into going green, however, we noticed a few other changes we could make here. First, we are very diligent now in turning off lights and appliances when we leave the room. Not only that, but we now unplug all of the appliances that we can when they are not in use after we learned about “phantom draw” on Sara Snow’s blog. We turned down our hot water heater a couple of degrees; it is now just “hot” as opposed to the previous “scalding” level we had been achieving! Lastly, we turned down our thermostat from our normal 70 degrees to about 62 degrees, and we even set it a little lower overnight. Sure, we can’t wear t-shirts in the middle of winter anymore, but the electricity (and even more important- heating oil) that we are conserving are making a noticeable difference in our monthly bills.

2. Eat Wisely– this was probably our easiest change to make, because it was something that we were starting to do before our going green effort. We are trying to eat more organic foods, because it is keeping the pesticides and toxins from poisoning the earth in addition to our bodies. While buying organic foods at the grocery is a little more expensive sometimes, we have hugely offset this by growing our own organic garden in our backyard in the summers! It has been a fun family project, and we actually got so much of a surplus, that we packed our freezer full of veggies that will last us a long time. Growing the garden has also helped us to learn about recycling kitchen waste- we now have started a compost pile that will keep a little extra out of our landfills, and help to feed my growing garden at the same time.As a sidenote to this- we are also trying to buy more food locally, to try and save the cost of gas that it takes to transport food to my local stores. This has been another surprisingly easy change for us, since we live in a rural farming town- we have lots of choices of farmer’s markets that have fresh fruits and vegetables, and even meats and dairy from local farmers. It is a nice feeling to be able to support my local economy, and know exactly where my food is coming from.

3. Don’t use grocery store bags– this was a relatively easy switch too, after our first couple of times out. …

Living Your Modern Life with a Green Conscience

We live a modern life. We have become accustomed to the comfort and convenience that this modern life offers us. At the same time, many of us would like to become more green. We are concious of the fact that some of the conveniences of our lives come at a big price- to our environment. Yet we are so used to living the way that we do, that it can be hard to make changes. What do we do?

When it comes to living a greener, there are three basic avenues to get there. It is up to the individual to take a look at each of these ways, and find which they will use to lead them to their more eco-friendly lifestyle. It is important not to feel overwhelmed and do nothing at all. Small changes do add up, and while you are on your way to becoming more green, you may see improvements in other areas as well.

Here are the three avenues to a more eco-friendly lifestyle:

1- Cutting down

2- Changing habits

3- Greener innovations

Cutting down means using less, this can be done in many different ways. To really make a big difference, think of the things that we use the most that negatively affect our environment. Driving our vehicles, the heating, cooling and appliances in our homes, and so on. All of these things give us comfort or convenience in some way, cutting down on them is inconvenient, and uncomfortable, but it is necessary. The truth is we use these things more than we need to, yes, we may need our vehicles to get to work, but do we need to use them to go everywhere? Do we need to have our air conditioner on when it is only a mild summer day? If everyone would cut down on something by even 5% we could make a big difference as a whole.

Changing habits overlaps into the category of cutting down in some ways. For instance if we cut down on vehicle use, we will replace that habit with more walking, or doing things closer to home, etc. If we cut down on using the clothes dryer, we will replace that habit with hanging clothes out on the line if it is nice. But also changing our habits can be recycling instead of throwing everything in the trash, or using reusable totes instead of plastic bags at the grocery store. We could also unplug appliances when we are not using them, turn the water off when we brush our teeth, or fill buckets of rainwater to water the plants. Many of these things are not inconvenient at all, just a simple shift to a new habit.

The previous two paragraphs were things that everyone can do, they had to do with cutting down and changing habits. These two things are very important, they may inconvenience us at first, but once we get used to it, we will probably not even notice.

For those who have a little more money to invest, or who do not want to give up the convenience of their lifestyle at all, the third option is for you. Getting a more eco-friendly vehicle, means you could drive the same as you did before and still be putting less of an impact on the environment. The same goes if you get energy efficient appliances or solar panels. You can enjoy the same lifestyle and have nice new appliances that use less energy to run than your old ones.

Whichever avenue or combination of avenues you take to live a greener lifestyle, it is important to do something and stick to it. If everyone does something, we can make a meaningful difference collectively.…

Clean Green

Cleaning our homes is a daily routine, if we’re being productive enough. A few times a month, the liquids and sprays are retrieved to get the dirty jobs done. Chemicals in conventional cleaners can potentially do more harm than good. Most are petroleum-based, need I say more. Phosphates present in detergent can seep into the ground, stealing oxygen from water. Conventional cleaning products also release harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs), diminishing your air quality.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates each household to have anywhere between 3-25 gallons of toxic materials, most being cleaners. Unfortunately, the common theory has been the harsher the chemical, the better its cleaning ability. It is simply not true. It is only a matter of science putting one nontoxic substance with another for a powerful, but healthier reaction.

Green cleaning products are often given a bad reputation, but I credit that to thrifty shoppers. I shop for sales too, but when it comes to cleaning products, if you buy the cheapest thing on the shelf, it is likely to be a lower quality clean. That applies to any cleaning products, eco-friendly or not. Here are some trustworthy green cleaning solutions.

BioShield is best known for paints but also manufactures top-quality cleaning supplies like dish detergent, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and a unique all-purpose vinegar-based cleaner.

Restore takes the extra step to green cleaning and are available at a myriad of stores. They even have a nontoxic toilet cleaner. Their products are plant based, made of corn, soy, orange, and coconut. What is unique is they have refill stations to reuse your bottle. Restore gives you a $1 coupon incentive each time you recycle your bottle by refilling.

 

Seventh Generation is probably the most popular green cleaning company. The cleaning supplies are biodegradable like most green cleaners. Seventh Generation offers recycled paper products as well like paper towels, paper plates, toilet paper, facial tissue, and napkins. They also manufacture chlorine-free baby wipes and feminine products.

Method makes uniquely shaped, decorative cleaning bottles. They are ideal if you do not have hidden storage. Method offers nontoxic, biodegradable all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher and laundry detergent, hand and body wash, and more. These cleaners were never tested on animals.

Soy Clean is exactly what it sounds like. Clean with soy-based products that are both nontoxic and biodegradable. They even make stronger formulas for tasks like stripping paint.

Sanitation is important, but so is the planet. You can still clean without damaging the earth with dozens of eco-friendly cleaning products that will usually let you know it is green on the label.…