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Preserve Tableware

One of my all-time favorite companies, Preserve, has released plastic tableware that you can use for years and years. Nothing chaps my hide more than plastic, one-time use dishware. Erg….! Basically, this is plastic tableware that you can use everyday or use in place of disposable dishes.

The firm design and shape of the products are ultra durable and made of 100% recycled #5, BPA and melamine free plastic. Available at Target, Whole Foods, and also online at the Preserve web site. They have both an “everyday” line perfect for use at home, school or work– heavyweight so you can reuse forever (or return to Preserve and they will recycle it for you). Or the “on the go” set for parties, picnics, camping and anywhere else you would have used disposables– sturdy enough to reuse hundreds of times and dishwasher safe.

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ornj bags

Ornj Bags

Ornj bags are created out of recycled construction fencing, pulled out of abandoned fields and building sites.

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Ditto Hangers

Ditto Hangers are probably one of the most innovative product designs I’ve ever seen. I love companies like Ditto, those who think and care enough to create a product with significant environmental benefits. Ditto Hangers are made from two of the most recycled materials world-wide, 100% Recycled paper and 100% Recycled PET Plastic, the same material water bottles are made from. Even the springs in the CLIP Hangers are made from Recycled PET. Ditto Hangers are printed with vegetable inks and environmentally friendly starch adhesives. Yes, a truly amazing product inside and out.

Adding to the problem of an overabundance of hangers in landfills is the growing garment industry. Many clothing companies ship their clothing overseas on plastic and wire hangers. Once the item sells, the hanger is disposed. An example of the disposable mentality of our culture where a hanger, with a lifespan of a week to a couple months, ends up in a landfill taking over 1000 years (40 generations) to degrade. A great waste of time, energy and natural resources. Ditto Hangers are designed to replace the 8 billion hangers that end up in landfills, of which less than 15% are typically recycled. That’s a sad ratio of recyclability.

Most municipal recycling programs will not accept the typical wire and plastic hangers because of the low-grade materials they are made from that deem them un-recyclable. My advice is to keep the old hangers you already have in use and incorporate Ditto Hangers into your closet today and for your future closet needs. Heck, why not get really innovative and reuse your hangers for something innovative and functional, such as a Hangelier?! (via Ditto Blog)

Organelle Design Hangelier

I’ve seen Ditto Hangers in action and you’ll love them. Their slim design takes up less space and will actually give you more room in your closet. Ah, perfection from design –> production –> use –> recycle –>.

Ditto Hangers Closet

Buy Ditto Hanger 10-Packs.

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attic journals

Attic Journals

An Upcycled product at it’s best, Attic Journals, are made from discarded library books (cookbooks, text books, children’s books) that are converted into hard-back journals and notepads. The company works with libraries and school districts across the country to harvest their discarded books before they reach the landfill. I love companies and ideas that keep the sustainability and upcycling going strong.

“Upcycling” is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of equal or better quality. The goal of upcycling is to prevent wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and even greenhouse gas emissions. (Definition via Wikipedia.org)

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Discarded Christmas Trees

Photo by Gabriel Mauron

The days following Christmas make me sad when the streets are lined with dead trees, endless piles of packaging, and wrapping paper overflowing the garbage bins. Outward signs of the excessiveness of the days preceding. This post is all about what to do with your Christmas tree this year and what to think about next year in terms of friendly ecological holiday options. May your holidays be merry and bright… and GREEN!

  1. Thousands of cities across the country offer Christmas tree recycling programs. Check Earth911.com or you can drop your tree off at a yard waste facility who will turn your tree into mulch. For more detailed information check out Earth 911 Christmas tree recycling guide.
  2. Recycled cardboard christmas tree.
  3. Herb Wreath.
  4. PLEASE remember to recycle your wrapping paper and packaging. Better idea: Reuse wrapping paper, boxes and bows for future gift giving whenever you can.
  5. If you do opt for a real tree next year, you can find local organic Christmas trees by looking up farms using your zip code at Local Harvest.  
  6. Wrap gifts in scarves, pillow cases or remnant cloth. With this helpful ‘How to use Furoshiki‘, you can wrap any shaped gift in fabric.
  7. A rosemary bush can be a perfect Christmas tree for small homes and apartments. They smell wonderful, thrive indoors and can be used as herbs for cooking during and after the holidays.
  8. Consider a small douglas fir or pine tree with the rootball intact, and plant it once the holidays are over. The tree should only be indoors for a week. If you are considering replanting a potted Christmas tree, read up on these tips.
  9. Wrap gifts in newspaper, magazine or junk mail. Or the simplicity of a brown box with a pop of color from a handmade felt bow.

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wrapping with fabric

Furoshiki Japanese Fabric Gift Wrapping How-To

Yuriko Koike, Minister of the Japanese Environment, created “Mottainai Furoshiki” as a symbol of Japanese culture to reduce waste. Furoshiki is a Japanese traditional wrapping cloth which can be used repeatedly. The new, green version of this cloth, created by Yuriko Koiko, is made of a fiber manufactured from recycled plastic bottles. In addition, you can use the art of Furoshiki to wrap gifts in any type of fabric with this helpful ‘How to use Furoshiki‘.

Use a scarf that can later be incorporated into the recipients wardrobe or any leftover fabric you may have hanging around your house. It’s such a beautiful and inventive way to wrap gifts of all shapes and sizes. You can either cut the fabric with your pinking shears (the wacky scissors with the sawtooth edges), finish the sides of the fabric with an iron-on adhesive (such as Heat n Bond), or simply hem each edge with a narrow double fold hem and finish it with your sewing machine. (via Sew-LA.)

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Environment Happy Gift Ideas

  1. I love the handcrafted variations in size and color of the recycled carafes, jugs, and tumblers made by The Transglass Bottle Collection. Simple tableware made entirely from recycled beer and wine bottles.
  2. Wine aficionados will love the six pack wine rack made from factory waste of scrap wool felt.
  3. The To-Go Ware Utensil Set is made out of bamboo and RPET (recycled PET plastic). The perfect toolkit for life on the go.
  4. Brilliant Earth uses recycled precious metals in all of their fine jewelry. From the recycled gold in their settings to the recycled paper they print on, Brilliant Earth provides customers an eco-friendly jewelry product of the highest quality.
  5. “Metal mining – and gold mining in particular – is one of the most environmentally destructive types of mining, with 20 tons of ore required to produce enough gold for a single ring. Many gold mines also release cyanide and mercury into nearby water sources and are associated with poor safety standards, inhumane labor practices, and disregard for the rights and interests of indigenous people.”

  6. Beklina recycled leather wallets created by hand from reclaimed leather.

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