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Heinz :: PlantBottle by Laura
September 2, 2011, 12:57 pm
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

One pretty miscellaneous fact about me: I LOVE ketchup and I will put it on pretty much any potato product they make.

Recently eye-spied with my big eyes this beauty: the PlantBottle. They are plant-based bottles developed by Coke— aptly named “PlantBottles” — for all of its 20 oz. ketchup bottles. The plastic bottles consist of 30 percent plant material, and are made with a Brazilian sugarcane ethanol, which results in a lower reliance on unsustainable resources as compared with traditional PET bottles. When Coke first introduced PlantBottles in 2009, an initial life-cycle analysis by the Imperial College London showed that the bottle had a 12 to 19 percent reduction in carbon impact. Coca-Cola said that last year, PlantBottles eliminated the equivalent of 30,000 metric tons of CO2.

Read more: Heinz to Use Plant-Based Bottles Made by Coca-Cola | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Also, check out the Trivia Sweepstakes at Heinz!

Sit..Buy: Good Dog! by Laura
May 26, 2011, 8:22 am
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

I know, I know. Where’s all the wedding posts? I’ll get to it soon enough – I need some recovery time!

A great find from Meghan, the World’s Best MOH!

I know how it is, you go into those big box pet stores and you ‘awwww’ at all of the cute leashes, collars, toys…but think for 2 seconds. Where is this stuff made? What is it made of? The second question is VERY important in my mind, since our dog loves to digest everything she chews on.

And that’s where “The Good Dog Company” comes in. Made in the USA, they make earth-friendly (and doggy friendly) goods for our fur-kids. Check out their cool store!

How cute is the “Man’s Best Friend” collar pattern?

Holiday Green Gifting Guide :: Something for everyone! by Laura
December 2, 2010, 5:06 pm
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

This is the start of of Green Gifting Guide – what better way to start then something that satisfies the New Year’s Resolution to “organize,” is super cool and friendly on the earth.

John Mayer has some new Holiday items for sale, and one caught my eye: ecosystem Weekly Planner

Here’s the details:

A collaboration with our friends at ecosystem: a custom Weekly Planner. Features an imprinted deboss of the Heartbreak logo on the soft flexi-cover.

Medium weekly planner, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, 144 pages acid/chlorine free 60# PCW paper, flexi cover (soy based inks, water based adhesives and dyes).

ecosystem notebooks are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and are made entirely in the USA using the most environmentally responsible processes. Like all of us, each ecosystem (notebook and planner) has a unique past, present and future. Register your books unique ID located on the inside back storage pocket at http://www.ecosystemlife.com and learn how your book’s past brings together its recycled parts to create a new chapter in the life of each component.

PLEASE NOTE: This item is expected to ship no later than December 16, 2010.

New Ways :: To Find Out Where Your Food Has Been by Laura
November 16, 2010, 11:10 am
Filed under: News / Great Finds

I saw this cool blog post on one of my daily blogs, shelterrific, and thought I would pass it along to the Green Scene’rs.  Springwise, recently covered two new food tracking technologies. One is Chip Tracker, Frito-Lay’s app that lets you see where your chips originated. Another is HarvestMark, a new system that lets you track produce. Kroger stores have already partnered with the service.

Sweet! :: P&G to use Eco-Friendly Packaging by Laura
September 1, 2010, 8:00 am
Filed under: News / Great Finds

Read the article HERE

Earlier this month, Proctor & Gamble announced plans to use renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-based plastic for packaging on its Pantene Pro-V, Covergirl and Max Factor brands.

I’m happy to see that P&G did its research and chose not to use corn-based plastic. Corn-based plastic has been all the rage lately and can be found in everything from “compostable” silverware to paper coffee cups. Plastic made from corn is not as sustainable as it may appear. GMO corn is typically used and taking corn out of the world’s food supply is elitist at best. So good thing P&G went a different route.

P&G will source the sugarcane-based plastic from Braskem SA, who manufactures the material using ethanol made from sustainably-grown Brazilian sugarcane. The process transforms sugarcane into high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, a type commonly used for product packaging. It remains 100% recyclable in existing municipal recycling facilities.

The beauty products will be rolled out globally over the next two years and are expected to be on shelves in 2011.

Now, P&G needs to work on the sustainability of the shampoo, conditioner and make-up inside the packaging as well.

News :: Smart Cities are Un-Paving the Way by Laura
August 31, 2010, 8:55 am
Filed under: General Posts, News / Great Finds

An AMAZING read that I highly recommend reading, and I dare say it will leave anyone inspired or at least clued into the nonsense that we have as the “foodshed” right now in the US.

Here’s a little snippet, “Fraser warns that the U.S. is making the same agricultural missteps that brought down the Roman and Mayan Empires: degrading our topsoil; banking blindly on ever-higher yields at a time when unstable weather patterns and depleted resources will more likely bring reduced harvests; cultivating a monoculture that’s economically efficient but ecologically ruinous. And talk about a vicious cycle — our fossil fuel-intensive, forest-and-ocean-destroying farming methods worsen climate change, which makes it ever harder to grow food all over the world.”

Thrifty Thursday :: Tupperware for Charity! by Laura

Friends To The Forlorn Pitbull Rescue has been a recent group that I have been following, since I donated to their cause. It is run out of Georgia, and provides inspiring and sometimes saddening updates via their Facebook Page on a regular basis. While donating straight out to the cause is always appreciated and completely tax deductible, some of us enjoy getting something for our moneys. How about Tupperware? They just set up a page where 40% of your purchase goes back to the cause! How awesome is that? Being Eco-Friendly AND Friendly all in one? Purchase durable, sustainable products while donating 40% of your purchase to a needy group helping out some super cute dogs.