We try to be as green as possible, but we slip up when we go shopping — grocery or otherwise — by letting the cashier put our purchases into a disposable bag. We’re going to try to chuck our bad habit by carrying a reusable bag that’s too fabulous to throw out. its-laS-tik’s stretchy fabric bags can be scrunched up small, but somehow they can hold twice as much as a plastic grocery bag. And, toting groceries in a sparkly bag will make us look so much more glamorous than we would carrying plain ole paper or plastic. [from $11.99, its-laS-tik]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away one complete set of its-laS-tik reusable bags so you can be green and glamorous, but you have to work if you want it! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Green Bag” telling us a favorite item you bought for yourself and why you decided to treat yourself by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, Feb. 5. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck! Keep reading »
If we want our cars to be eco-friendly, why shouldn’t we be able to get our engines revving with some green sex toys? That’s what Justine Roddick, owner of NYC erotica shop Coco de Mer, was wondering as she opened the first eco-friendly store. “Pretty much everything is fair trade. These are all made in the fair-trade community. The tassels on those pasties and the silk blindfolds are all embroidered by a project in India. These feather ticklers are made in Bali of reclaimed wood and c**k feathers. Spanking paddles are made from fair-trade sustainable wood,” says Roddick. Good news! Sustainable wood paddles and biodegradable vibrators just feel better … right? [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »
Sometimes I feel bad for not recycling enough, but if going green is as easy as wearing environmentally friendly underpants and results in scoring at the office, I’m down. [NOTCOT
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As of today, there’s no excuse for wearing those holey, chewed-up underoos we all own. Not only are they not cute, they are slowly and silently killing the planet. (Well, kinda.) Pact, a brand new line of eco-friendly underthings by famed industrial designer Yves Behar, is upping the, er, (p)ante on Victoria and her secrets. Not only do 10 percent of Pact’s sales support three different nonprofits—826 National, ForestEthics and Oceana—but the company has taken major pains to ensure that the process of producing their underwear is a green one. All of the designs are made in Turkey — 100 miles from where the cotton is grown and cultivated — which eliminates unnecessary shipping waste. To lessen the environmental impact even more, Behar et al use reusable cloth packaging and compost-able shipping bags. For the ladyfolk out there, the underwear comes in thong, bikini and boyshort styles—and you can opt for or against patterns. [Pact]
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For those of you who worry about wasting water while taking a shower, designer Jun Yasumoto has a solution for you. The Phyto-Purification bathroom is more like an ecosystem than a place to wash up. It’s super earth-friendly. The water from the shower and sink flows into a base, where it’s filtered, and then reused. In other words, this green bathroom recycles your water. The plants get H2O, and you get to live out your fantasy of showering outdoors. [Jun Yasumoto] Keep reading »
Pee: it’s not just for toilets anymore! Scientists at Ohio University say urine from humans and animals can be used to make hydrogen, which creates the hydrogen gas used in fuels when an electric current is sent through it. The power of pee could hypothetically be used to get 90 miles to the gallon on a car and the pee from one cow could create enough energy to heat water for 19 homes, the scientists say. No word yet on how expensive or smelly it might be. But, hey, whatever works to be green, man. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Lake Superior State University released its 34th version of their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness earlier this week. Inspired by interest in the environment, frenzy over politics, and the economic downturn, the 15 entries selected from over 5,000 nominations include:
“If something is good for the environment, just say so. As Kermit would say, ‘It isn’t easy being green.’” Kevin Sherlock, Hiawatha, Iowa.
2. CARBON FOOTPRINT or CARBON OFFSETTING
“It is now considered fashionable for everyone, tree hugger or lumberjack alike, to pay money to questionable companies to ‘offset’ their own ‘carbon footprint.’ What a scam! Get rid of it immediately!” Ginger Hunt, London, England.
“The constant repetition of this word for months before the US election diluted whatever meaning it previously had. Even the comic offshoot ‘mavericky’ was terribly overused. A minimum five-year banishment of both words is suggested so they will not be available during the next federal election.” Matthew Mattila, Green Bay, Wisc. Keep reading »
Today is Earth Day, so we asked the ladies at Babeland how to have a sex life that will make you and the planet happy.
Use rechargeable toys. The days of AA batteries are over. Rechargeable toys are at full capacity in an hour or two and can last for two to four hours of use. If you do use batteries, recycle them. (Babeland will even recycle them for you, just bring the batteries to one their stores.)
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Don’t you think Amelia should have a green wedding? I do, and I have so much say in the matter. If she has her wedding in New York, where she lives, most of the guests can just hop on the subway to get to the ceremony and reception, and Portovert, a green wedding website, can help her figure out the rest — from her dress to the cake. And I’d even be willing to whip up the flower arrangements using what’s in season. Sound good, Amelia? [Portovert] Keep reading »
The 20th season of The Real World premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on MTV. Yawn. This time, they’re living in an environmentally friendly home in Hollywood that looks like the set for a kids’ TV show. The place features a salt-water pool, a computer that runs on a battery that’s charged by riding a bike for two hours, bamboo soy candles (the wax is edible!), and dual-flushing toilets that also wash and dry your rear or front — no toilet paper necessary. This could make for an interesting season. [Think.MTV.com] Keep reading »