Kick It in Sustainable Style.

November 24, 2012 § 1 Comment

The holiday season is upon us! Though Black Friday might be over, there’s still plenty of time until the holidays themselves, and more than likely, also plenty of presents still left to buy. Fortunately, I’m here to tell you about a brand-new, completely sustainable gift.

I discovered this product while watching a favorite TV show of mine, Shark Tank. There have been plenty of “sustainable” products pitched on the show. Some got funded, including an eco-friendly toy box. Some – like a line of products made from recycled chopsticks and a mail-order printer-ink refill service – did not.

However, on an episode I recently watched, perhaps the most appealing – and easily the most sustainable – product was proposed AND funded. I present to you: ReKixx – completely recyclable shoes.

These shoes are made to be 100% recyclable. The “canvas” is a special polyresin blend, and the “rubber” soles are another polyresin blend. To recycle them, all you have to do is mail them back to the producer – and you even get a discount on a new pair for recycling. They’re pretty fashionable too. Check ’em out:

ReKixx are finally hitting the market in time for the holiday season, and would make a great, sustainable gift for your eco-conscious loved ones. I know I wouldn’t mind a pair!

(Note: I am not in any way affiliated with or contracted by ReKixx. I just think they’re awesome.)

Three Cool Stories (Bro)

July 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Check out these three cool stories about environmentally friendly products!

1. Coca-Cola: A011 Energy Efficient Vending Machine – Cat: Creativity and Technology – Creativity Online.

2. Best Buys first small step into green education – Business – Going Green – msnbc.com.

3. Funerals undergoing an eco-friendly makeover – Business – Going Green – msnbc.com.

Green App of the Week (6/24 – 6/30/12)

June 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today’s App: Eco-Labels

Organic. All Natural. GMO Free. Animal Welfare Approved. Antibiotic Free. Dolphin Safe. Earth Smart. Fair Trade Certified. What on earth do these all mean?! These are the labels that we see every day on our canned goods, groceries, cleaning supplies, meats, and everything in between. They confuse us. We wonder which are more important, and if manufacturers are even telling us the truth about how their products were produced.

This week’s app, Eco-Labels, helps you to decipher just what these manufacturers are trying to tell you. Once you find the label in question in the app’s list, a simple click opens you up to wealth of information. First and foremost, it tells you what the label means. Next it answers a few important questions: Is the label meaningful? Does it have weight in the world? Is it widely accepted as a truthful label? Once you find that rating – usually described with terms such as “highly meaningful” or just a plain “No” – the next thing the app informs you on is whether or not the label is verified by an independent source – basically, does someone other than the company that made the product have any input into the label that gets put on it. Other information the app provides is whether or not the label is consistent, and whether industry members get input into the regulations of the label.

One of the things I really love about this app is that not only does it give you a rating or piece of info – i.e., doesn’t just say that the label is verified – it also explains why. Sometimes these explanations are only a sentence or two, but other times they’re quite extensive, spanning paragraphs of unbelievably useful information. Another favorite feature of mine is, in actuality, so simple that it’s brilliant – it includes pictures of the labels! One last feature of the app that it think makes it more useful than other apps of its kind? A search bar.

Overall, this app is simple, user-friendly, and if anything is just a little too all-inclusive.

My Grade: A

 

Top 7 Inventions to watch for in 2012

June 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

A friend of mine just forwarded me this article. To no surprise, all seven of these inventions involved sustainability and the environment. Check it out!

Here it is: Top 7 Inventions to watch for in 2012 | MYOO.

New Social Network Brings Eco-Geeks Together

June 14, 2012 § 4 Comments

For those of you who follow me, or read this blog regularly, you know that I love to talk about what’s new and hot in the world of sustainability. This post is just a little bit different. I’m not writing today to tell you about some new solar-powered motorcycle (no, there isn’t one as far as I’m aware) but to talk about a brand-new social network that may be an incredible resource to bring together the environmentally-minded among us.

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TipTap is a new social network founded by members of the collegiate community in Cambridge, MA, and uses psychologically-based quizzes to create a personality profile of each user, and then to provide potential matches – not like a dating site, but instead for stimulating conversation and interaction between similarly-minded people.

Why do I bring up TipTap here? Well, their newest quiz is all about how eco-friendly and sustainably-minded you are. Presenting you with questions about your preferences for organic foods, transportation, and more. What particularly enticed me about this quiz is that it also assess how you balance your finances with your environmental interest, something most of you probably know is one of my core values in regards to sustainability. You can read more about the quiz specifics here.

I see a lot of potential in this site. This quiz already is pretty impressive, and can provide a lot of insight into your own eco-beliefs, as well as connect you with like-minded others, and adding more quizzes along the same lines could do a lot for the environmentalist community. As it is right now though, even as a site that isn’t necessarily focused on the environment, it very well could revolutionize the way amateur  environmentalists connect. For that, I give the site a huge two-thumbs up.

Branch Out With The Shorts Bus

June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Have you ever wanted clothing that was made just for you? Well, they’re here. Think I’m being cliché? I’m not. For real, right now, you can get custom-made shorts, skirts, and even backpacks, in fifteen minutes or less. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to The Shorts Bus, the new venture from Branch Clothing.

Let’s start at the basics. Branch Clothing is a company formed last summer by three college kids from Reno – Chris Zumbotel, who spent his past semester working in Spain; Brian Bolotin, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Alec Coleman, an aerospace engineering student from Syracuse University. Spawned from a need for new, stylish shorts and an overabundance of time, Branch Clothing was an instant hit. This summer, however, the trio has more time, and a new idea.

In their project proposal, Chris writes: “… think fast food, but with clothing, and not so bad for your health…” The three decided to take the company on the road, and thus The Shorts Bus was created.

The Shorts Bus

The Shorts Bus was designed to travel around the Reno and Orange County, CA areas, selling their products. You would be able to order your shorts, and in 15 minutes or less, you’d have a custom pair of shorts made exactly to your specifications.

So, this is cool and all, but why am I talking about it here? Well, it’s super sustainable. Almost all of the materials being used are American made – the grommets (those little metal things that go where the drawstrings come out of the shorts), drawstrings, and thread are already coming from American suppliers, and they intend on buying their fabrics from local fabric shops and thrift stores. A portion of the fabric will also be purchased through a partnership with Mali Mamas, which is a group of women in Mali making handmade fabrics. While not local, this partnership is great for a sustainable world economy.

I haven’t gotten to the best part yet – they’re powering everything with a solar panel on the roof. That’s right. All of their equipment is going to be powered by the sun. No need for a gas-powered generator. Just the good old sun – which is plentiful down in the southwest.

Want to know more? Watch their video explanation of the project here.

I don’t normally do this, but these guys are looking for funding via kickstarter.com, so if you think this project is as awesome as I did, maybe you want to give them a hand. You can do that here.

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