Recycled Wine Barrel Furniture

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Our quest for unique eco-friendly gifts continues as the holidays grow near! Ok, sorry to even mention Christmas in November, but if you’re like me, you’ll be too dang busy over the next few weeks to do a good job looking for unique gifts, so we hope to do some of the work for you.

First on the plate this week is this cool recycled wine barrel lounge chair, available from UnCommonGoods.com for around $165.00. It’s made from salvaged oak wine barrels and works great indoors and out. I’m getting drunk just looking at it!

Makes a great gift for the eco-friendly friend or for yourself!


Product Review: Coffee Sock

The Coffee Sock is a cloth coffee filter that is an eco-friendly replacement for paper coffee filters. I recently purchased a Coffee Sock for my personal 5 cup coffee maker. Although up until now I’ve been composting my unbleached coffee filters, I figured I’d give the Coffee Sock a try.

I’ve been very pleased with the result. Although the Coffee Sock required a bit of care and maintenance, I’ve found that my coffee actually tastes better than with a paper filter. This is the most surprising thing about my experience.

I was also surprised to read that the life expectancy of my coffee sock is only about 4-5 months or so. This is ok, though, as the manufacturers have made a great effort to make the materials 100% biodegradable.

Overall, for $4.99, I’m very pleased with my Coffee Sock. It’s eco-friendly and has actually improved the experience of my morning ritual.

Thumbs up!


Green is Sexy?

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Green is Sexy is an interesting website with tips and some very practical info for those looking for ways to improve the environment. But what’s up with the “sexy?” Well, let’s hear it from the site’s authors:

Green is sexy came about when three friends realized that exchanging quips & tips on ways to make an impact on the environment was becoming daily conversation. They decided that, with a little bit of research and some help from their friends, they could spread the word to all sorts of people and really make a difference. green is sexy is about tiny changes, big impact. Why sexy? Because being informed is sexy. Being responsible is sexy. Being eco-friendly is sexy. Making a difference is sexy. Green is sexy. We invite you to become part of the green is sexy community by helping us change the world one day at a time.

For the frugal environmentalist, they have an interesting set of tips called “Money Savers” which I found to be quite handy.

Enjoy, you sexy beasts!


Hot Green Handbag

Practical environmentalists can declare their love for the Earth and for fashion following the U.S. release of British designer Anya Hindmarch’s “I’m not a plastic bag” bag.

This anti-excess statement is available online for $15 at www.anyahindmarch.co.uk, or at select Whole Foods stores on the East Coast.

A Today Show blogger reports that she talked with a couple girls who’d traveled to NYC from Taiwan to buy the bag.

Hmmm… flying to NYC from Taiwan to buy a plastic bag replacement? I’m not sure they were doing it for the Earth.

Nevertheless, replacing, reusing or recycling plastic bags is without a doubt good for the environment.

Today Show “Green” Garden Products Video

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Lou Manfredini from House Smarts TV recently talked on the Today Show about environmentally friendly lawn equipment. Among the products mentioned are reel mowers, compost bins (like the Tumbleweed Composter shown above) and manual cultivators. Lou says,

Compost is a natural way to fertilize your vegetable or flower garden. You can send less into our landfills and more back into the earth with the use of the Tumbleweed Composting bin. This unit makes it easy to keep the compost well aerated. You can use kitchen scraps, leaves or whatever can be loaded and turned to speed up the process and help you feed your garden naturally. It sells for about $200.

He also mentions lawn aerating shoes, and the Scotts Classic reel mower as earth friendly tools for the lawn and garden. The video, while a bit cheesy at times, is well worth checking out. Just click the link above and follow the video link on the MSNBC website.