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The BEST tool for keeping your reusable bottle clean
Reusable water bottles rock. They make sense environmentally and monetarily. Using a reusable water bottle that is BPA-free, stainless steel, or glass makes it easy to fill up and hydrate in health- and eco-friendly fashion no matter where you find yourself.
Unfortunately, keeping those reusable water bottles clean is not as easy as it may seem.
Many popular “natural” water bottle cleaning techniques can still leave a nasty film on the inside of your bottle. The majority of water bottle brushes have such stiff bristles that they can scratch the inside of your bottle, creating tiny havens for bacteria to thrive.
Enter the Good Grips Bottle Brush from OXO.

The BEST tool for keeping your reusable bottle clean

Reusable water bottles rock. They make sense environmentally and monetarily. Using a reusable water bottle that is BPA-free, stainless steel, or glass makes it easy to fill up and hydrate in health- and eco-friendly fashion no matter where you find yourself.

Unfortunately, keeping those reusable water bottles clean is not as easy as it may seem.

Many popular “natural” water bottle cleaning techniques can still leave a nasty film on the inside of your bottle. The majority of water bottle brushes have such stiff bristles that they can scratch the inside of your bottle, creating tiny havens for bacteria to thrive.

Enter the Good Grips Bottle Brush from OXO.

Tom’s of Maine Giveaway
For this week’s awesome giveaway, we’re handing over a Get Ready Prize Pack, which is full of look-good and smell-good stuff from Tom’s of Maine. This cool company does good in lots of different ways, from the ingredients they choose in their toothpastes, deodorants, or soaps to the way they design their packaging and give back to the community. And, their products are awesome.

Tom’s of Maine Giveaway

For this week’s awesome giveaway, we’re handing over a Get Ready Prize Pack, which is full of look-good and smell-good stuff from Tom’s of Maine. This cool company does good in lots of different ways, from the ingredients they choose in their toothpastes, deodorants, or soaps to the way they design their packaging and give back to the community. And, their products are awesome.

A personal, greener holiday wish list
I will admit something most people don’t during the gift-giving season. I like receiving. Childish, perhaps. Or, maybe we all have that subconscious urge to clap when we see pretty packages with our name on them.
Yet times have changed since I begged Santa for a Barbie Town House. I know where money comes from and understand its limits.
I have witnessed the rapid demise of one too many crappy plastic gadgets.
I have bagged up more packaging than I care to discuss. I prefer quality over quantity.
These are lessons I apply to my lifestyle year-round so the idea of green-gift giving appeals to me.

A personal, greener holiday wish list

I will admit something most people don’t during the gift-giving season. I like receiving. Childish, perhaps. Or, maybe we all have that subconscious urge to clap when we see pretty packages with our name on them.

Yet times have changed since I begged Santa for a Barbie Town House. I know where money comes from and understand its limits.

I have witnessed the rapid demise of one too many crappy plastic gadgets.

I have bagged up more packaging than I care to discuss. I prefer quality over quantity.

These are lessons I apply to my lifestyle year-round so the idea of green-gift giving appeals to me.

7 Gifts You Can Make in a Mason Jar
The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s a good idea to get started if you’re planning to have a handmade holiday this season. I’m not a big believer in “stuff,” but I do love showing my friends and family that I love them by whipping up handmade creations during this time of year.

7 Gifts You Can Make in a Mason Jar

The holidays are just around the corner, and it’s a good idea to get started if you’re planning to have a handmade holiday this season. I’m not a big believer in “stuff,” but I do love showing my friends and family that I love them by whipping up handmade creations during this time of year.

7 Easy DIY Gifts You can Make in an Hour or Less
Let’s  face it: Most of the time, handmade gifts are the kind of  time-consuming, utterly thoughtful items that you have every intention  of making and….never quite get around to.
But these seven  projects are a little different: They’re easy enough to make last  minute, with (potentially) less than an hour of time spent.
As an  added bonus, they highlight the use of materials you probably already  have at home (or can get at a thrift store on the cheap) so they’re also  good for your wallet and your reuse goals.

7 Easy DIY Gifts You can Make in an Hour or Less

Let’s face it: Most of the time, handmade gifts are the kind of time-consuming, utterly thoughtful items that you have every intention of making and….never quite get around to.

But these seven projects are a little different: They’re easy enough to make last minute, with (potentially) less than an hour of time spent.

As an added bonus, they highlight the use of materials you probably already have at home (or can get at a thrift store on the cheap) so they’re also good for your wallet and your reuse goals.

With slogans like “Real Men Don’t Carry Paper or Plastic” and  “Eco-Dude,” these bags by Fashionable Notes creator Aubrey Lenyard are  designed specifically with males in mind. But ladies, don’t fret, these  sweet sustainable sacs also come in female-focused designs, like the  “Eco-Diva” and “Eco-Chic” totes
(via trendhunter)

With slogans like “Real Men Don’t Carry Paper or Plastic” and “Eco-Dude,” these bags by Fashionable Notes creator Aubrey Lenyard are designed specifically with males in mind. But ladies, don’t fret, these sweet sustainable sacs also come in female-focused designs, like the “Eco-Diva” and “Eco-Chic” totes

(via trendhunter)

Patagonia Partners with eBay to Reduce Consumption
Patagonia encourages its customers to reduce consumption, repair clothing, recycle, and finally, resell its items. That is quite a change from other retailers who do not think twice about sending unwanted merchandise to the dump. It is important for other companies to follow Patagonia’s lead as the textile and clothing industries have a massive impact on people, resources, and at the end of use, waste. To that end, Patagonia and eBay have teamed up to create a new marketplace for sellers and customers to buy and sell their unwanted Patagonia clothing and gear. Patagonia claims that they are the first company to ask its customers to take a formal pledge in order to reduce consumption. Meanwhile, eBay has its first multi-seller branded store.

Patagonia Partners with eBay to Reduce Consumption

Patagonia encourages its customers to reduce consumption, repair clothing, recycle, and finally, resell its items. That is quite a change from other retailers who do not think twice about sending unwanted merchandise to the dump. It is important for other companies to follow Patagonia’s lead as the textile and clothing industries have a massive impact on people, resources, and at the end of use, waste. To that end, Patagonia and eBay have teamed up to create a new marketplace for sellers and customers to buy and sell their unwanted Patagonia clothing and gear. Patagonia claims that they are the first company to ask its customers to take a formal pledge in order to reduce consumption. Meanwhile, eBay has its first multi-seller branded store.

5 ways to find your happy place at The Piggly Wiggly
What image comes to mind when you think about eco-minded grocery shopping? Food snobs? We often create stereotypes about these shoppers based on store settings that offer access to bulk rainbow quinoa and locally grown, organic, dew-kissed kale. Yet as a health-conscious customer, I find myself miles away from the health food cooperative and standing in the middle of….the Piggly Wiggly. Low housing prices trump grocery store preference.

5 ways to find your happy place at The Piggly Wiggly

What image comes to mind when you think about eco-minded grocery shopping? Food snobs? We often create stereotypes about these shoppers based on store settings that offer access to bulk rainbow quinoa and locally grown, organic, dew-kissed kale. Yet as a health-conscious customer, I find myself miles away from the health food cooperative and standing in the middle of….the Piggly Wiggly. Low housing prices trump grocery store preference.