Back in December of 2013, I wrote “The Plastisphere”, about the giant colonies of microbe-infested plastic remnants that have grown and continue to grown in the world’s oceans. This is a monumental problem as sea life and water fowl feed off of them, leading to their suffering and death, and spreading bacteria even to humans.
But now recent studies have determined new and additional crises in the growing contamination of the oceans by plastic.
Several studies recently conducted through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have investigated this ongoing process, including the latest one, “The New Plastics Economy – Rethinking the future of plastics”, a product of Project MainStream, conducted under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.* Their reports of these studies advocate for the New Plastics Economy initiative and the “circular” economy, making the re-use of plastics a singular priority. Their reports show that goods worth over $2.6 trillion annually are sent to the world’s landfills and incineration plants, including 32% of plastic packaging that escapes collection systems. And much of this eventually ends up in the world’s oceans. Continue reading
FINALLY, the perfect product for the eco-friendly, green-living, decor-conscious oenophile – the Vintage Film Reel Wine Rack. Place this homage to a hundred years of Hollywood classics in a prominent place, and fill it with up to six bottles of your favorite vino, and you’ll bring recycling and love of wine to new home bar heights.
And movie lovers – each reel is wound with a section of celluloid from an actual vintage MGM movie, and the base prominently displays the name of the movie. 16″ H X 14″ W
$375.00, and shipping is FREE!
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Made from 100% Organic Bamboo and Sustainable Cork, this Bamboo & Cork Canister Set is manufactured with water-based and formaldehyde-free adhesives and is approved for food safety. They are chemical and pesticide-free and contain no bleaches or dyes. So, use them in the kitchen for spices, coffee, cookies, or other bulk items, use them in the bath for bath beads, cotton balls, or that extra roll of toilet paper, or use them as decorative items in the entry way or living room.
Your green living lifestyle is fully protected with this Bamboo & Cork Canister Set as no animal products are used in its manufacturer, and even all packing materials are from certified sources and are either recycled or recyclable.
The set includes one small 3.5″ dia x 3″ h canister, one medium 4″ dia x 4.5″ h canister, and one large 5″ dia x 5.5″ h canister.
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Let our fine feathered friends enjoy the fruitful benefits of green living, as they enjoy a tasty treat from the attractive and eco-frieldly Birds Choice Recycled Hanging Fly-Thru Bird Feeder that you now have hanging in your yard. Our feathered friends will enjoy the repast, and you will enjoy watching their amusing antics as they flit about around and through the Birds Choice Recycled Hanging Fly-Thru Bird Feeder enjoying a seedy snack.
The Birds Choice Recycled Hanging Fly-Thru Bird Feeder is constructed of 5/8″ poly-lumber made from recycled plastic and milk jugs, and fastened with stainless steel screws and aluminum hinges. It features a removable seed tray for easy filling and cleaning. It is 13-1/4″ L x 12-1/2″ W x 12″ H and includes a lifetime guarantee to never crack, split or fade.
Your neighborhood birdies will thank you for giving them a snack and a nice place to congregate. Just keep the kitties away.
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Made from high quality polyester and made to last for years and years, auto seat belts are held to a high standard, and it is a fact that millions of yards of the material manufactured per year are unacceptable for use in passenger vehicles due to aesthetic reasons, primarily slight color variations. Now, rather than discarding this material, it is being recycled for consumer use another way, as Recycled Seatbelt Tote Bags
Show off your dedication to green living with this attractive and extremely handy, and long-lasting, tote.
Many different sizes and styes are available, including the Recycled Seatbelt CampusTote Bag shown. This bag features not only super durable recycled seat belt webbing construction, but also the signature “Maggie Bags” purple satin lining, a zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, key pocket, YKK zippers, and four-nickel plated feet on the bottom.
Numerous sizes and styles are available, with 16 color options.
Prices vary by size, design, color. The style shown is regularly priced at
$90.00 Limited Times Sale Price, Only $82.00
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Also available Recycled Seatbelt Butterfly Bags in several style and color choices.
Traditional ribbon is made from a wide variety of raw materials, from common types utilizing cotton or polyester, to more unusual and expensive velvet, taffeta, or silk ribbons. While ribbons used for artwork and even many used for fashion are less likely to end up discarded and in landfills as is the bulk of ribbon used to wrap presents – used, admired momentarily, and then discarded Jute Burlap Ribbon made from the vegetable fiber of the jute plant is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable. In addition, the plant itself is easy to grow with extremely low pesticide and fertilizer needs. In fact, the world produces more jute than any other vegetable fiber other than cotton.
Jute is woven into fabric and is commonly used around the world in the production of curtains, chair coverings, carpets, rugs, even backings for linoleum, and much more. Now Jute Burlap Ribbon is gaining world wide popularity as well.
Jute Burlap Ribbon can be used just as cotton or polyester ribbon, to wrap presents, in artwork, and as detail in casual or high fashion.
Jute Burlap Ribbon comes in ten-yard rolls and is 4 inches wide. It is available in a variety of different colors:
Orange Jute Burlap Ribbon $12.85
Apple Green Jute Burlap Ribbon $13.39
Jute Burlap Ribbon – Additional Colors Prices Vary
Enhance your green living standards by ending the use of traditional ribbon for a sustainable, recyclable product.
One of the great questions that has been pondered by mankind for centuries is what to do with used chopsticks? Throw them in the trash and let them take up valuable space in landfills? Take them outside and build a bonfire with them? Sand them down and make toothpicks from them? No answer, at least until now, has been satisfactory. Arise and rejoice, because some innovative people have now saved large numbers of chopsticks from these afteruses, as they have developed an innovative and utilitarian method of disposing of them, through recycling. Cleaned, sterilized, and painted, their future no longer involves fire or large underground holes, but rather elegant living rooms, dining rooms, salons, conference rooms, restaurants, and offices, in places of honor by people who believe in green living.. Now, old, discarded wooded eating utensils can become a Chopstick Folding Basket.
Display fruit, candy, condiment packets, or rare gems, in your unique Chopstick Folding Basket, and it will be the basket that is the conversation piece.
Your Chopstick Folding Basket can, as the name implies, be folded up and easily stored when not in use.
Available in Black, Red, or Tea Stain
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In the age of titanium, plastics, and glass-based fiber-optics, the beauty and versatility of real wood retains its ongoing position at the top of the list of preferred materials for a wide variety of consumer products. Changing attitudes, the expansion of green living, and the widespread realization of the need to promote sustainability in modern society has however brought about the ever-growing use of old wood for the production of new products. Old buildings are now dismantled by hand, preserving wood planks, instead of having wrecking balls turn old walls into rubble, leaky old wine casks are turned into furniture (like the wine barrel side table shown here) and serving pieces, and when stretches of railroad track are removed or replaced, old ties now become outdoor benches and landscape elements.
Products created from reclaimed wood are all inherently one-of-a-kind pieces, separating them from the mundane, mass-produced sameness of 99% of products coming off assembly lines by the hundreds or by the thousands, or by the hundreds of thousands. Forests are preserved, ecological systems are undamaged, and carbon emissions are minimally if at all increased, when old wood is used anew. Continue reading