Turn your home into an eco-friendly haven

Monday, April 13, 2009
By Sara Moore

What should your next alarm clock be? How about eco-friendly and fashionable. Bedol alarm clocks don’t need batteries or charging. Just fill up the tank with tap water and some lemon juice to find out the time and repeat every 5-7 weeks to keep it going. BedolWhatsNext.com, $16.

Dress up your bed with Essere Organics duvet cover set. The prints on the shams and covers are non-toxic, water-based eco-friendly dyes on 300 thread count, certified organic cotton percale. EssereOrganics.com, Cream & Cocoa Cove Organic Duvet Cover, Starts at $299.

You won’t find a warning label here. That’s because Universal Botanicals Multi-Purpose Cleaner is made from renewable and sustainable resources, making it safe to use around children and allergy and asthma sufferers. They’re also helping the environment by packaging the cleaners in biodegradable bottles. UniversalBotanicals.com, $6.95.

Don’t let looks fool you. Earth friendly Wheatware hangers are strong enough to hold heavy winter coats as well as spaghetti strap tops and dresses. They even withstand high temperatures so you can safely hang clothes inside a car on hot summer days. The hangers biodegrade in 90 days, so there’s nothing left behind when disposed.
WheatWare.com, Case of 20 Hangers / $18.50.

You know you’re not suppose to throw your batteries in the trash, but where do you dispose of them? Try the Think Green From Home Dry Cell Battery Recycling Kit. Store used alkalines, button cells and rechargeables in their recycling box and use the pre-paid return shipping label for the post office to pick up. Problem solved! Think Green From Home also has recycling kits for fluorescent bulbs, electronics, computers, bottles, cans and paper. Dry Cell Battery Recycling Kit, $16.95.

Next time you head over to the dry cleaners, tell them you won’t be needing their plastic covers because you have the Dry Greening bag. This multi-tasker can be used as a garment bag and tote to transport clothes or even as a shopping bag for your next trip to the supermarket or clothing store. DryGreening.com, $9.99.

So you’ve reduced your time in the shower and turn off the water while brushing your teeth, but do you know that your toilet usage is costing you big? No, we’re not advising you to stop using the potty, but you can save the environment one flush at a time with Brondell’s Perfect Flush. Nine out of ten bathroom visits do not require a full flush which is why this easy-to-install unit lets you choose from full flush or half flush to help you conserve energy, water and waste. And it will also reduce your water bill. Brondell.com, $119.

Decorate your walls with eco chic wallpaper from Wallquest. The patterns are printed with water-based, non-toxic inks and the papers are from sustainable forests. The Tropical design is perfect for spring and summer. Wallquest.com, $56 per roll.

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The REAL ecological solution to hanging and organizing your clothin at home is the Ditto Paper Hanger. This revolutionary, heavy-duty hanger has been tested on the store platforms of such companies as the GAP, LL Bean and Adidas. And it’s now available for home use. The Ditto 10-Pack comes in three sizes: Adult 17″, Children’s 13″ and Infant 9″. Made of 100% recycled paper with a minimum 70% Post-Consumer Waste content, these sturdy hangers can hold up to 20lbs and more. And they can be written on for storage, sending kids to camps and are perfect for traveling . The… Read more »