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ECO Lunchbox Contest

ECOlunchbox  Contest

ECOlunchbox Contest

 

 

I don’t know about you but I bring my lunch to work with me almost everyday. I don’t generally like to use plastic bags or disposable wrapping because it really is just a waste of time and packing. I prefer to use tupperware but after eating certain foods some of it stains or will always feel greasy no matter how many times I wash it, then I feel bad having to recycle it because it probably could be used more but I feel like it’s not clean.  Food containment is a constant struggle.  I was looking for some eco-friendly alternatives and I found ECO Lunchbox. I like the concept of stainless steal which does not retain odors, stains or residue. They are dishwasher safe (not microwave safe), non-toxic, non-leaching, unbreakable and easier to clean.  They are independently tested and found to be lead free.   I wanted to try ECO Lunchbox because stainless steal just seems like a cleaner way to go than plastic.
I have reused mine with many a different meal and after washing it is good as new. I bring it to work with me everyday. Nothing spills or drips (which happens to me often with my tupperwear).
ECO Lunchbox has tons of other styles including lunch bags, snack sacks, napkins, bags, utensils and my fave the lunch tray. I personally never liked the concept in school but now it seems so appealing. I am one who likes to segregate her food. Learn more about ECO Lunchbox here!

 

CONTEST!!!!

Since I loved my ECO Lunchbox  so much I decided to give away one as well. To enter click here. Once you have done that you must
Follow ECO Lunchbox on Twitter here
and The Green Beagle here.
Like Eco Lunchboxes. Once you have done that comment below that you have done all 3 and you are entered to win!
The contest ends on May 31st. The winner has 48 hours to send me your contact info and pay for shipping. If I do not hear from the winner in 48 hours the contest starts all over again!!
Good Luck and Thank you for participating!

Preserve Toothbrush’s

Preserve Toothbrush

Preserve Toothbrush

This is basically the awesomest thing I have seen in a really long time. This toothbrush was made from recycled yogurt cups, they come in multiple colors and sizes. Stonyfield has partnered with Preserve to take their plastic scraps and plastic products to make the razors, tongue cleaners and toothbrushes. Preserve Jr. donates a portion of their proceeds to the National Wildlife Federation. Preserve does all recycling and manufacturing in the USA. The package that the tooth brush comes in is a no postage necessary mailable package to send back your toothbrush when you are done. The colors of the toothbrushes I bought are super cute too. My toothbrush is bright pink and the bf’s is a super cute blue. The brushes feel just like any you would buy in the store. I’m not sure why but I thought the brushes might feel different but they don’t which makes them even cooler.
I went to www.preserveproducts.com to see what else they have to offer and I am excited! They make razors, kitchen supplies, table ware and even to go products. The website is neat and clean and most of all colorful! I am soo in love right now. Preserves tableware is dishwasher safe which I think for moderate greenies/families is a definite plus.
You can also sign up for Gimme5 and Recyclebank on the Preserve website where you an earn rewards for recycling! If that isn’t incentive for doing the right thing I don’t know what is. There are all kinds of ways to earn points on both sites. I am extremely excited I found these sites and cannot wait to start earning points. The fun part is I already use most of the products that earn you points as well as have been recycling them! If only I knew about this sooner. Are you a member of Gimme5 or Recyclebank? If not you can log on with your Facebook account and show other people what you are doing.

Make Your Old Trays Look New

Collectors Serving Tray

Collectors Serving Tray

 

 

I love this idea! I happen to think that serving trays add a touch of class to any environment even if they are just purely decorative. I like even more that you won’t have to go out and buy one you can make your own out of an old serving tray you want to spruce up or if you find an unfinished one you can now make it your way.

 

Supplies:
Old Serving Tray (or new unfinished tray)
Collectible Cards, Magazine Cut outs or Playing Cards
Eco-Friendly Crafting Glue
Eco-Friendly Spray Adhesive
Clear Gloss EZ paint (an eco-friendly spray paint, if you have clear gloss spray paint at home any will do)
Crafty odds and ends you have been holding on to.

 

Instructions:
1. If you have an unfinished wood tray make sure it is sanded and smooth before starting to decorate.
2. Find your decorations. Whether you have playing cards, collectible cards (I would kind of like to see one done in Garbage Pail Kids cards lol). Try to plot out your decorating placement and strategy before gluing anything to the tray to make sure it looks right and fits together nicely.
3. Once you have decided on placement you can move on to gluing your items to the tray with the eco-friendly crafting glue (You can use hot glue or anykind of glue you have at home. The point is to use what you already have at home and not buy more.)
4. After everything is glued and has set for 10-15 minutes, spray the entire tray with spray adhesive just to make sure everything is secured to the tray. This also helps if you have glues gems or anything that isn’t completely flat onto the tray.
5. Once you have let the spray adhesive set for another 10 minutes or so you can begin to spray the tray with the clear gloss spray paint. I suggest multiple coats only because you plan on washing this item repeatedly after uses and you want to make sure you can keep the tray looking pretty and lasting as long as possible.

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August Save Your Green

Here are some excellent coupons and discounts for your green purchases! It is back to school season so do the right thing and reuse as much as possible and anything you have to buy please make sure you go green!

Coffee Finder Tool

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Literally Orange Earrings

Literally Orange Earrings
Literally Orange Earrings

I have a thing for lemons, limes and oranges. I used to photograph them all of the time and slice them up in different arrangements, put lights on them and snap away. I have always had a liking for all 3 fruits less for eating and more for their vibrant colors and shapes. I am not sure why but I think they are beautiful to look at now I can wear them! I love it. The Literally Orange Earrings are actual orange slices coated in a resin for preservation that you can wear and they won’t go bad! How awesome is that! Talk about using natural resources right? When you purchase the Literally Orange Earringsyou are helping Chilean artisans create an income for their families and communities. Your small purchase can go a long way. Gifts With Humanity is an incredible organization that focuses on helping communities capitalize on their art or craft where the locals otherwise couldn’t. Always remember to think about the impact your purchasing power really has!

About Literally Orange Earrings:
These thin slices of orange are coated in resin to preserve their color and shape. They even have a citrus scent! Pueblos del Sur artisans in Chile created these orange earrings by hand as an income generating project. The earrings measures about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and hangs from a silver nickel hook.

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Simple Food for the Good Life

Simple Food for the Good Life
Simple Food for the Good Life

Its never to late to learn new ways to live your life healthier and greener! There are individuals out there who have been living the sustainable life for decades and the mass is only just catching on. Simple Food for the Good Life shows you it is possible! People have lead the good life for much longer than we realize and it isn’t as impossible as some of us like to pretend it is. Simple Food for the Good Life illustrates how our obsession with over commodities which are so incredibly unnecessary. We could all benefit from buying less stuff which later makes less stuff! Read up and learn more about Simple Food for the Good Life

About Simple Food for the Good Life:
Fifty years before the phrase “simple living” became fashionable, Helen and Scott Nearing were living their celebrated “Good Life” on homesteads first in Vermont, then in Maine. All the way to their ninth decades, the Nearings grew their own food, built their own buildings, and fought an eloquent combat against the silliness of America’s infatuation with consumer goods and refined foods. They also wrote or co-wrote more than thirty books, many of which are now being brought back into print by the Good Life Center and Chelsea Green.
Simple Food for the Good Life is a jovial collection of “quips, quotes, and one-of-a-kind recipes meant to amuse and intrigue all of those who find themselves in the kitchen, willingly or otherwise.” Recipes such as Horse Chow, Scott’s Emulsion, Crusty Carrot Croakers, Raw Beet Borscht, Creamy Blueberry Soup, and Super Salad for a Crowd should improve the mood as well as whet the appetite of any guest.
Here is an antidote for the whole foods enthusiast who is “fed up” with the anxieties and drudgeries of preparing fancy meals with stylish, expensive, hard-to-find ingredients. This celebration of salads, leftovers, raw foods, and homegrown fruits and vegetables takes the straightest imaginable route from their stem or vine to your table.
“The funniest, crankiest, most ambivalent cookbook you’ll ever read,” said Food & Wine magazine. “This is more than a mere cookbook,” said Health Science magazine: “It belongs to the category of classics, destined to be remembered through the ages.”
Among Helen Nearing’s numerous books is Chelsea Green’s Loving and Leaving the Good Life, a memoir of her fifty-year marriage to Scott Nearing and the story of Scott’s deliberate death at the age of one hundred. Helen and Scott Nearing’s final homestead in Harborside, Maine, has been established in perpetuity as an educational progam under the name of The Good Life Center.

Class Up Your Pooch

Dog Necktie Collar

Necktie Collar

Ok, I am in love with the dog collar necktie! Both of my pups need these ASAP! I would obviously have to call first to see what they have in pink lol but either way the dog collar necktie is quite creative. The added cutness comes when you find out that these ties have been made from previously owned ties. Each tie is unique so you can’t always get the exact one you are looking for but to dress your pooch up it is worth it. And people think reused isn’t classy. You can get the collar necktie as a gift or a costume for your pet.

Product Info:
This is the perfect gift for the dog or the dog lover in your life – high quality, unique and adorable!
The Good Life collars are made from high-quality pre-owned neckties. They are each one of a kind, stylish, comfortable, fully functional and adjustable collars. This classic collar style leaves a bit of the tie hanging down from the collar, for a unique look on your dog.
For each collar it sells, The Good Life contributes 50 cents to organizations that benefit animals, their people, and the environment. The Good Life is custom style for dogs…with a conscience.
These collar are available in four sizes: XS (fits neck size 8-10″), Small (fits neck size 10-13″), Medium (fits neck size 13-17″) and Large (fits neck size 17-22″).
Because these collars are made from reused ties, each one is unique and one of a kind. Your collar will not match photo exactly. To ensure that you get the collar you like, please choose from one of the options above and we’ll do our best to send you the closest match.

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West Paw Reknitz Sweaters

West Paw Reknitz Sweater

West Paw Reknitz Sweater

The Reknitz sweaters are soo super cute! I however cannot get my pooches in any clothes without them looking depressed so I can’t ever play dress up with my babies. Reknitz simple designs and patters are sure to please pet lover. With Reknitz your pooch will never have to feel the chill of cool fall nights and stay extra warm on their winter walks. My absolute fave part of the Reknitz is that these cute little sweaters are made in the USA with reclaimed textile remnants! If anything else that is the number one reason why you need to have Reknitzsweaters!

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Product Info:
Heavy reclaimed cotton yarn provides more stretch to easily slide on and off over doggie heads and legs. These simple, stylish dog sweaters are made in the USA from reclaimed cotton fibers.
Each sweater saves water and does not require fertilizers, insecticides, dyes…or even farmland!
Our cotton yarn is derived from pre-consumer textile table remnants, that are cleaned and separated into raw fibers. The cotton fibers are then blended with 24% new acrylic fibres and spun into yarn for our sweaters.
What’s more is that the fibers are not re-colored, as the careful mixing of textile cuttings creates the eye-catching palette we use in Reknitz®. Ensure your little pooch is warm for years to come .
Available in 7 sizes, simply measure your dog from their collar to their tail and then check the Size Guide tab below to determine the right size for your dog. Easy cleaning, machine washable cold/cold and dry on delicate.
Made with pride in the USA.

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Super Summer Beach Craft

Super Summer Beach Craft

Super Summer Beach Craft

Supplies:
Shells
Rocks
Sea Glass
Seaweed
Plaster of Paris
1 1/2 cups plaster of Paris in a quart-size resealable bag
Water (salt water or fresh water)
Chopstick
Any other odds and ends you have around at home that you might want to use to decorate.

Directions:

1. Comb the beach for super cute treasures for this craft or if you have some beach fun at home that you have been looking for a reason to use bring it with you.

2. Put your hand into damp, hard packed sand. Make sure to leave about a 2 inch clear impression.

3. Put all of the fun beach stuff you found or brought with you inside your print and decorate anyway you like.

4. Add a cup of water to the plaster of Paris in the plastic bag. Knead the mixture until the plaster and water have fully combined.

5. Slowly pour the plaster into your print. Use a chopstick to lead the plaster into the hands and thumbs if the plaster doesn’t flow into them.

6. Once the print is filled and smoothed out, place the chopstick at the bottom of the palm print and let sit to dry. Make sure the chopstick is in the plaster deep enough to be able to hold the plaster once it has dried.

7. The plaster must sit for about 30 mins at least. To remove your print dig out carefully around the hand, than use the chopstick to lift the print carefully out.

8. Wrap up in something soft when transporting back home. You can make multiple prints and put them in vases or to use as summer decorations laid on a table top. You can display them anyway you want.

If you really want to make this craft green teach these little print makers the importance of the beaches and oceans and keeping them clean. Talk to them about erosion and make this an all around project that has meaning and a lesson. Look up the items collected on the Internet to find out what they are and where they came from.

July Save Your Green!

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