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Goody Green: Recycling Bags

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

These recycling bags are the best. No, really. If ever there was a green product that you should immediately add to your shopping list, this is it. These extra-large, waterproof bags ($18 for a set of 4 at crateandbarrel.com) will not only help you recycle more efficiently, they’ll make lugging your bottles, cans, newspapers and clippings to the curb a whole lot easier. (So easy, in fact, that I’ve been using them to tote my groceries home from the store – 5lb bags of potatoes and all – for over a year. Wear and tear? Not even a visible stretch where the handles meet the bag!)

Each bag is a different color and has an image of what to place inside on the front (gray is for metal, green is for organic materials, and so on), which makes teaching your kids where to place the milk jugs opposed to the cardboard cereal boxes a cinch. Line them up in your garage or mud room using the Velcro connector tabs and let the recycling begin!

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Earth Day: Recycle Your Medicine Cabinet

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Like many of you, I’m good about making sure that I recycle bottles, cans, magazines–the usual suspects. But when’s the last time you recycled something from your medicine cabinet? For me, never. In fact, I have trouble even keeping up with all the expired products in there. Melrose Place star Josie Bissett is teaming up with Neosporin to help us go greener. She’s heading up the Neosporin Tube Brigade, a TerraCycle-based group that encourages people to recycle antibiotic tubes. We recently chatted with the mother of two to find out about the green thing.

What’s your advice for people just starting out?

“We often feel like we have to go completely green to make a difference. And that can be intimidating, so often, we don’t do anything. But tiny steps make a big difference. I really believe that in all areas of my life. I used to be into working out hardcore, and now it’s like, if I can just get to the gym occasionally, I’m happy. Nothing has to be overboard. And I look at recycling the same way. Just do what you can because every little bit helps.”

Does your family have a special Earth Day tradition?

“Our neighborhood and school do have a picking up litter type of thing each year in honor of Earth Day. But if we’re ever walking down the street and my kids see anything on the ground, they’ll pick it up. They have a real incredible recycle program at our school. And my kids actually teach me things.”

Cool! What’s one thing from your kids that has really stuck with you?

“They talk a lot about water conservation at their school. I LOVE taking baths. And my son [Mason, 9-years-old] the last year or so gets in the tub and he fills it a fourth of the way full. I’ll say, ‘Honey, you can fill it all the way.’ And he’s like, ‘No, Mommy, I don’t want to waste water.’  He’s literally bathing in a little bit of water. I think it’s adorable. And even if I’m brushing my teeth and leave the water on a bit too long, he’ll come turn it off for me. So now I’ll take a shorter shower or less baths because of the kids. It’s like I said earlier…it’s just little baby steps. Those things do matter and they do count.”

If you’re interested in taking part in the brigade with Josie, click here to sign up to receive prepaid postage labels and collection materials. And Happy Earth Day!!!

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Earth Day Craft Extravaganza

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The Crafty Crow is doing a great series of posts asking the question “What can you make with ______?”. These are the perfect eco-crafts for, you guessed it, Earth Day! (That’s tomorrow if you forgot!) Now go root through your recycling bin and get crafty!

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Beautiful bottle cap crafts.

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Egg-celent egg carton crafts.

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Precious plastic crafts.

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Whimsical wine cork crafts.

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Goody Green: Earth Day Play

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

uncommongoodsHopefully by now you know that this Thursday, April 22nd is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Which is why there’s no better time than now to take the initiative to teach your child the importance of being green and living a healthy, sustainable, cleaner lifestyle. Here to help are countless children’s books, online activities, educational websites, and games, like The “One Bin, Two Bin, Green Bin, Blue Bin” Eco Recycling game (right) from Uncommon Goods, that are all about helping the planet and are loads of fun too! But despite these totally cool tools and inventive products, we all need to remember that parents themselves are naturally equipped (no pun intended!) to pass along earth-friendly values to the next generation simply living the life. (Of course the fun earth-friendly stuff definitely doesn’t hurt the cause.) So this Earth Day don’t stress yourself about what you need to have/buy/get to teach your kids to save the world. Instead, focus on the little things that you can still change in your life. Or, as Ghandi so elloquently put it, “be the change you want to see in the world.” And your kids will watch, learn, and follow.

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Good For Your Skin, Good For the Planet

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Earth Day is this month (April 22nd, to be exact), and Kiehl’s is doing something cool to honor it. The skin care company commissioned four different celebrities from the world of art, music, sports, and acting to design labels for its Acaí Damage-Protecting Toning Mist. For every purchase from this Limited Edition Label Arts series, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Rainforest Alliance. From left to right, here’s who designed each bottle: actress Julianne Moore, artist Jeff Koons, musician/producer Pharrell Williams, and model/surfer Malia Jones. If you want to learn more about the skin-renewing benefits of  the acaí berry and giving to the cause, click here.

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Goody Green: PBS Kids “Trash to Treasure Contest”

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Do you have a child between the ages of 5 and 19 that loves to reduce, reuse and recycle? If you answered yes, here’s your chance to get his or her creative juices flowing.

Take the bottles, the cans, the paper bags, the plastic bags, the worn clothing, the brown boxes, and other everyday materials out of the garbage and see what your tinkering tot can turn them into. Next, log on to pbskids.org/designsquad between now and September 5th to enter the PBS Kids’s 2010 Trash to Treasure contest.

Inventions must be made of reused or recycled materials and either move things or people, or protect the environment, or be used for indoor or outdoor play. Oh, the possibilities! Three lucky winners will be brought to Boston, where their inventions will be built by a design consultancy, and appear on the Design Squad show on PBS. Plus, the top 25 finalists will be featured on the Design Squad website. For inspiration, check out last year’s winner here.

Happy Upcycling!

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Quiet, Please!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of getting my hair done by the talented Adrian De Berardinis, owner of the De Berardinis Salon in New York City. To style my hair, he used what can be considered the hybrid car of  blow dryers: the Cricket Q-Zone Dryer doesn’t have that loud, dull roar you’ve come to expect. It’s a little hard to explain just how quiet it is, but De Berardinis says he’s had clients fall asleep in his chair while using it. No joke! The Q-Zone features a patented energy- efficient technology that allows it to operate on just 1500 watts when it really delivers power equal to 1875 watts. It’s lightweight and erognomically designed for comfort, and contains tourmaline to cut down on drying time and add shine to strands.  At $200, it’s definitely an investment, but for all the reasons above and because it may keep the kids asleep a little longer in the morning, it may be worth it!

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Goody Green: Eco Animal Rockers

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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We featured these amazing wooden push toys from Manny and Simon in our April issue, so their brand new child-size animal rockers might look a bit familiar. They’re made from 100% post-industrial recycled wood residuals and coated with non-toxic paint, which makes them a colorful, eco-friendly alternative when it comes to room decor. At $200 a pop, they’re not exactly light on your wallet, but boy are they beautiful! I can’t wait to see what this company comes out with next…

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