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green | The Green Beagle - Part 3

March’s Save Your Green


organic coconut water drink mix

 

It is almost Easter, Spring is so close to being here and there are tons of sales and great deals on many of the green items and stores you know and love. Even some you don’t know but totally should! There are plenty of deals on winter items as well as new spring things that make you life happier healthier and more conscious.  I saving money on smart purchases is about as green as you can get especially if said purchases save you money and the environment in the long run.

OnlyNaturalPet Coupon Code LS05 for 5% Off orders over $75 Expires 3/30/13

Clean Spirited Sale section has everything you could need for your green life!!

Save on Over 15,000 Eco-Friendly Products at GreenCupboards.com. Shop Now!

Save an additional 15% off these 100% bamboo sheets that are subtly cool and extremely breathable, plus it boasts a softer touch than a 700 thread count cotton sheet.

New customers save $7 at NOVICA. Click to get code. Valid through 6-30-2013

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Save 15% on OrigAudio Portable Speaker Set. Not only the speakers are portable and self powered, they are made up of recycled material. The Eco-friendly Speakers can be folded to fit your backpack or laptop bag.

Save up to 75% on quality herbs, vitamins, and natural beauty products at Botanic Choice!

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Receive $25 OFF a purchase of Airfilters with code: AIRFILTERS!

b Positives sale section has great deals!

Two Toned Cork Apron

I was perusing one of my favorite online stores the other day looking for fun green things to present to my faithful readers and I found a few super cute, really interesting and just plain fun items that could work in almost any home. My major issue with ethical home products are that they are usually ridiculously expensive, look “reused” or have no thought behind it. In that they are bland and design/aesthetics didn’t really have a part in the development process. I understand that pricing for some products is necessary due to the process the items may have to go through to be made and usable. I still feel that an integral part of being ethical is obviously pricing. I feel like what is the point of making an item ethical when you have to spend an arm and a leg for it. I realize I have mentioned this before but to me a part of being ethical and conscious is being affordable otherwise it isn’t very useful for helping the masses. Here are a few super cute things I found at Uncommon Goods that I would enjoy owning myself.

 

Upcycled Zip Wallet

Upcycled Zip Wallet

 

 

Product Description: Upcycled Zip Wallet’s raw materials once spent their days lounging around the beaches of Bali. That sounds lovely, except that those materials are actually plastic bags. Billions of plastic bags are used every year, and many of them find their way to the ocean, where they can be damaging or fatal to marine life.
For each wallet, ten of those wayward bags are reclaimed from the shoreline, cleaned, cut and crafted into a durable cover. Inside are accordion dividers to keep your own resources organized, and an inner zippered pocket for your valuables. Because of the upcycled nature of the materials, each one will have a unique combination of bright colors. Because these wallets are handmade of recycled materials, each is one of a kind. Made in Bali, Indonesia
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Recycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frames

Recycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frames

 

 

 

Product DescriptionRecycled Ceiling Tin Photo Frame Add vintage charm to your photos with textured, metal frames. The intricate rococo patterns are actually pressed tin ceiling tiles that once adorned homes and shops around the Northeast. Salvaged from crumbling buildings and remodeling projects, artist Margaret Taylor turns them into rustic frames. Due to the reclaimed nature of the materials, colors and patterns will vary. Handmade in Georgia

 

Two Tone Cork Apron

Two Tone Cork Apron

 

 

 

Product Description: The Two Tone Cork Apron is crafted from ultra-thin sheets of cork, a sustainably harvested material that is supple, durable, and naturally water resistant. Derived from the bark of Cork Oak trees, the material’s natural veining and stippled appearance gives a rich earthiness that is unexpected in a typically textile-based accessory. The dark-stained cork is set off nicely by the contrasting, lighter natural color of the ample central pocket, which is the perfect catchall for cooking utensils, towels or recipe cards. The apron is stitched around the edges and is reinforced with a cotton backing. Made in Portugal.

 

 

Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamp

Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamp

 

 

 

Product Description: Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamps are crafted from spent fire extinguisher canisters. The artist Valentino Llegada hand paints each one in shades of black and gray. The aluminum material is lightweight and sturdy, and its interior is left with its metallic finish, which helps reflect the light out into the room. Available in two styles – cylindrical or with rounded edges – created by using either the top or the bottom of the canister. Comes fitted with a light socket and cord, and is ready to hang with included screw hooks. Cord does not have built-in switch. Handmade in Florida. Sold individually

 

Raw Chocolate Banana Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

Raw-Chocolate-Banana-Pie-with-Whipped-Coconut-Cream

Raw Chocolate Banana Pie-with Whipped Coconut-Cream

 

 

I found this recipe on www.onegreenplanet.org and I had to share it because bananas and coconut are 2 of my most favorite flavors ever and now they are mixed with chocolate! Let’s get real this is about to be the most delish pie on the planet! I’ve never actually attempted raw recipes but I have most of this stuff at home already so why not try it right.

 

Crust Ingredients:

1 cup organic  pecans
1 cup organic walnuts
1 1/2 cups organic dates or raisins
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla

Filling Ingredients:
3 peeled organic bananas (save one to slice)
1/4 cup organic cashew butter
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/4 cup agave/maple syrup
1/4 cup nut milk (use as little as possible)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cacao powder

Coconut whipped cream Ingredients:
1 can coconut milk, put in the fridge overnight
Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
1/8 teaspoon stevia or powdered raw sugar

Directions:

1. To make the crust, process the nuts (in your food processor) into very small crumbs and add the dates or raisins. Process until it all sticks together. Press into a pie dish and put in the freezer.
2. To make the filling, blend all the ingredients until smooth then let it set and thicken in the fridge. When it’s thick enough, spoon into the pie crust and layer with that remaining sliced banana. Set in the fridge.
3.To make the coconut whipped cream, put your mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer. Take the coconut milk out of the fridge and spoon off the really thick stuff on top. Put this in your mixing bowl with the stevia/sugar and vanilla seeds and whisk until it’s thick! Spread this all over your pie and let it set in the freezer or fridge for a few hours.

Agroforestry, Coppicing and Keyline Design w/ Mark Krawczyk

Agroforestry, Coppicing and Keyline Design

Agroforestry, Coppicing and Keyline Design

 

 

LOCATION:
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
View Map · Get Directions

DATE/TIME:
March 2 & 3
10 am – 5 pm

Suggested Donation $40-$60 each day

DESCRIPTION:
Mark Krawczyk, permaculture polymath, will be teaching this Saturday and Sunday (March 2 & 3) sharing his wealth of knowledge from experience in many diverse fields. Join us as we open up our 16th PDC now in session to the general public. Mark Krawczyk spent four years after discovering permaculture traveling and apprenticing with leaders in the fields of agroforestry and forest gardening, natural building, coppice forestry and traditional woodworking. Today he owns and operates Keyline Vermont LLC, teaches natural building with Seven Generations Natural Builders, makes chairs and other wooden products using traditional techniques Riven Wood Crafts and maintains the grassroots community non-profit Burlington Permaculture. Mark is currently in the process of co-authoring Coppice Agroforestry – Perennial Silviculture for 21st Century with Dave Jacke.

JP Selects

Find LovingEco's Beauty Bag on http://www.jpselects.com/beauty-skincare/loving-eco-beauty-bag/loving-eco-beauty-bag.html

 

 

JP Selects is a company which has made it it’s mission to broaden the horizons of sustainable green businesses. JP Selects helps these small companies with advertising and even global distribution and logistics. Not every brand is the absolute greenest but they do make they all have conscious aspects whether it is using recycled packaging, purchasing carbon offsets or being biodegradable.
JP Select’s variety of products go from fashion to home to pet to health and wellness. If conscious shopping is important to you than you are bound to find a brand that you are already loyal to and definitely new ones to start trying.
If you are interested in trying JP Select’s featured brands you can check out their How We Select section to make sure their processes are up to your standards.

About JP Selects from their own mouth:
Our Mission
We are committed to scouting the world for the best up and coming brands and entrepreneurs who are making a difference with more sustainable products and by giving back.

Who We Are
Named after our co-founder, humanitarian and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, at JP Selects we scout the USA and the World for the best up and coming brands and entrepreneurs. Every brand on JP Selects is vetted and tested by our team to ensure the quality of their products and the sustainability of their production. To further help emerging brands reach a broader audience, JP Selects also provides support with global distribution and logistics.

JP Selects and the brands on our platform believe in supporting the environment and society, and we all contribute to important causes, because as our founder says, “Success unshared is failure”. Be the first of your friends to discover our emerging brands, all while making a difference.

About John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria is the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems, Patron Spirits, and now JP Selects. He is a renowned humanitarian who, from humble beginnings, has dedicated his life’s work to improving the well-being of millions of people across the world.

John Paul and his wife, Eloise, believe that each of us has a daily responsibility to make the world a better place. With the philosophy that “Success Unshared is Failure”, John Paul has launched this innovative enterprise that will bring a multitude of ethically-conscious brands to public attention.

Eco Icons
All our brands support sustainability and great causes. You can find eco icons on brands indicating the value that each brand puts on sustainability, social causes and the way each brand makes this a better world. The key below explains what each of the icons represent – view How We Select to learn more.

Make Your Own Blarney Stone

DIY Blarney Stone

DIY Blarney Stone

 

 

For those of you that have never heard of the Blarney Stone or the legend here is what Wikipedia says about it: The Blarney Stone (Irish: Cloch na Blarnan) is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.
The word blarney has come to mean “clever, flattering, or coaxing talk”. John O’Connor Power’s definition is succinct: ‘Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience.’

I like this idea and think it is quite cute for little kids to do and possibly fun for them to learn. This is a super cute idea for littler kids to do as well as perfect for parties and school projects. All you need is whatever you have lying around the house to decorate the stone with ie. paint, glitter, buttons, feathers and anything else you think would be fun to use. Choose a stone from your yard or somewhere else that you can find them and go decorating crazy.
Once you have finished decorating you can put them around your yard and make a game of finding them or just use them for decoration. The perk to this project is you can leave the stone in your yard!

The Best of Making Things by Ann Sayre Wiseman

The Best of Making Things

The Best of Making Things

 

 

 

I talk about this all of the time! I am always looking for projects that involve around the house items that are educational. I have to say that the projects in The Best of Making Things sound like way more fun than most of the projects I have found. Every review I have seen so far for this book is top marks all the way around! This is very exciting for me to see.  I can’t even lie I want to get the book just to test out the projects myself.  I am particularly interested in the cardboard box loom!!

You can find this amazing book and many others at Chelsea Green Publishing. If you have read The Best of Making Things or tried any of the projects let me know! I would love to hear how they turned out.

Description: Why go to the mall when you can make things at home using materials recycled from around the house?
This classic educational and creative text features 125 projects, carefully selected by the author to “develop natural curiosity and self-esteem,” and to demonstrate “simple and important concepts that have shaped the cultures of the world.”
So when a child asks, “What can I do?” you can reply, “Make things! Paper from laundry lint! A bird feeder from clothes hangers! Chocolate pudding finger paintings! Beautiful fish & potato prints! A cardboard box loom that teaches weaving and math! A simple pattern to sew shirts, pants, or dresses!”
The author’s detailed and delightful drawings fill every page “so that children just starting out and grownups who have missed out can quickly grasp the ideas.”
About the Author: Ann Sayre Wiseman developed this book while Program Director of the Boston Children’s Museum Visitor’s Center. A therapist, teacher, mother, and grandmother, Ms. Wiseman has written more than a dozen books. She is also an artist with work in the Rockefeller and Hirschorn collections, among others.

Rainbow Waffles To Brighten Up Your Dreary Day

 

Rainbow Waffles

Rainbow Waffles

 

 

I cannot tell a lie I am a fan of rainbow colored almost anything! Meal ideas can be difficult for us busy people during the week. You can’t always cook new different things. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of color to add a some of pizazz to old recipes. I am also not above including edible glitter or some dust to these bad boys. I found this idea on tablespoon.com and I had to share it because rainbow waffles are something the world should have been doing long ago! I bet waffle maker sales will sky rocket now!

 

 

Ingredients:
2 cups organic pancake mix
2 eggs
1 cup organic skim or low-fat milk (non-dairy substitutes are fine too)
organic food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
whipped cream (for “clouds if you want them)
Lucky Charms (for the “treasure but not a necessity)

 

 

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, whisk together Bisquick, eggs and milk until smooth.

2. Divide the batter into six portions, around 1/3 cup each, giving a little extra to the bowls for the red and orange colors.

3. Use gel food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) to color each bowl of batter to your desired vibrancy. Whisk in food coloring until evenly blended.

4.Transfer each color of batter to its own piping bag and cut off the tips (careful not to spill the batter). You can use a spoon for each color if you dont have piping bags, just be very careful.

5. Carefully pour each color into a heated circle waffle maker to make your “rainbow”, starting with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Cook according to waffle maker instructions.

6. Remove, and repeat with remaining batter. Cut each waffle in half.

7. Serve with whipped cream for “clouds” and Lucky Charms as the “treasure” at the end of the rainbow you can also serve it a bowl of fruit or any desired cereal.

Gordon Set of 3 Multicolor Jeweled Handcrafted Candleholders

 

How beautiful are these candle holders!!  When I first saw them I thought they were made from recycled magazines but they are actually made from mango wood.  Mango wood is considered the new bamboo because of its ability to renew itself.  It isn’t hard enough to be used as flooring but can have many other decorative uses.  Apparently once a mango tree reaches 5 ft in diameter and over 90ft tall it no longer bears fruit.   The Gordon Jeweled Candle Holders are great for a gift or to decorate your home.  They can go with almost any color scheme.  The candle holders are a bit on the pricey side but for sustainable handcrafted home decor the price is quite reasonable.

Product Description: These eco friendly and exotic candle holders feature bright jewel tone accents. Spice up any setting!
Mango Wood is a sustainable wood. Asian farmers plant this tree for its fruit, which is picked and exported. Only when the tree stops producing fruit does it get timbered.

- Made by Gordon
- Each holds 1 pillar candle (not included)
- Large: 10″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Medium: 8″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Small: 6″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Made of Mango Wood

 

Pet Naturals of Vermont Daily Best Vitamins

Pet Naturals Daily Best Vitamin

Pet Naturals Daily Best Vitamin

 

 

My little pooch is getting up there in dog years and I recently decided that perhaps vitamins are a good idea to safeguard my baby.   It is just as important for our pets to get their nutrition as it is ourselves.  Pets, just like humans, need help to get much needed nutriants as they get older.  My pooch isn’t necessarily deficient in anything particular so I wanted to find a multivitamin for her.  I have heard good things about Pet Naturals products from some of my pet owning friends and decided to try their Daily Best Vitamin.  My pup has only just had her first vitamin today, I will keep you posted.

Product Description: Daily Best is a balanced, comprehensive, high potency multivitamin/mineral formula to maintain optimal health in dogs. Recommended for dogs of all breeds, sizes, ages and activity levels, it is also beneficial for breeding dogs, pregnant and lactating bitches and stud dogs. It is specifically formulated with a balance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, digestive enzymes, antioxidants and other factors that work synergistically to maintain the physical well-being of your dog.
Have you tried supplements for your pet? Let me know what brand and what kind!