Jun
30

Basket Case: Pack an Eco-Friendly Picnic

Brianne

Worried about all that trash your picnic generates? Don’t have a break down, just go reusable or biodegradable this July 4th. Plastic cups and plates can take up to 700 years to decompose in a landfill … yuck. Try these eco products that’ll make your picnic nicer for you and the planet.

To-Go Ware Recycled PET Case & Bamboo Utensils ($14): Bamboo fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks in a roll-up pouch made from 100% recycled bottles.

Banana Leaf Picnic Basket ($24.99): Stuff all your goods into this basket made from, you guessed it, banana leaves.

Terramum Eco Cloth Napkins ($17/4): Ditch the paper napkins and go reusable with these super cute, decorative cloth napkins.

Bambu Veneerware™ Bamboo Disposable Plates ($14.95): Set of 8, 11-inch sturdy bamboo plates. They are biodegradable and breakdown in just 6 months!

EarthLust Stainless Steel Bottles ($21): Pack your poison (wine, water, both) in these BPA-free stainless steel bottles. They will keep extra cool and hold up to 1 liter of liquid.

Don’t forget the organic food and a comfy eco blanket made from hemp, organic cotton, or bamboo.

Written by Greenista Girl Brianne

Photo by EnvironGadget

Plastic not only adds to landfill space and takes forever to decompose. Used plastic dumped into the sea kills and destroys sea life at an estimated 1,000,000 sea creatures per year! So go biodegradable or reusable on your picnic.
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Jun
21

Bag of Tricks: Win a Feed 100 Reusable Tote

Greenista Girl Shivani

Want to do something magical with your grocery bag? Pick up the Feed 100 stylish reusable shopping bag. For every one bought, a portion of the proceeds go to providing 100 meals to hungry Rwandan school children. The bag is made of organic cotton and natural burlap and produced with a commitment to fair treatment of workers, wages, and clean working environments.  It’s a lightweight white tote that collapses easily into its base, which is a zippered rectangular burlap pouch emblazoned with Feed 100. It has endless uses like grocery shopping, toting laundry, or as a purse … you could even pull a rabbit out of it.

Giveaway: Greenista Girl Neha is excited that she is giving away a reusable Feed 100 bag ($25) — you can’t even get them online! This one was hand given to us by Lauren Bush herself — Neha and her both grew up in the same town.

To enter you must do 3 things: Tell us what you use your reusable tote for in the comment section below and post on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Greenista Girls will announce 1 lucky winner.

Written by Greenista Girl Neha

Photos by Neha and Feed 100

Plastic bags carry 90% of the nation's groceries, up from 5% in 1982. But for every ton of plastic bags that is reused or recycled, it saves the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil. So go reusable or recycle!
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  1. Ipsita says:

    I use my reusable tote to do groceries and fill it with goodies for a day at the beach!

  2. Cee says:

    I always keep a supply of reusuable totes on hand, whether it’s to grab groceries, library books, or organize odds and ends in the garage, laundry room or kids’ playroom.

  3. Bonnie Rose says:

    I will use my Feed 100 Reusable Tote for anything required for me to bring things with me…why limit what it could be used for. Groceries, carrying my props to and from shoots, on my way to the beach, and to carry stuff for my kids as they come with me on my busy days of getting everything done. A perfect conversational starter to meet new people and hopefully in turn get them to think what they could use a reusable bag for to help our environment!

  4. Gina Gebauer says:

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  5. Marlee says:

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  7. Dionne says:

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  8. Tina says:

    I use my reusable bags everyday. I keep two in my daily travel bag just in case I need to stop at the store during my daily travels; I use one to keep my dogs’ treats in so they aren’t scattered everywhere; I use one as my indoor recycle container and once full, I take it and empty it into the shared outdoor container; and finally, I use them when traveling by car for short weekend trips to haul the dogs’ food, treats, toys, water & food dishes, and one holds my clothing as well!

  9. Leslie Ford says:

    I use my reusable bags for groceries, and all kinds of shopping; for carting things to the beach, picnics etc. and for sorting. There is a supply in the house and the car, so they are always ready!

Apr
30

Trendy Eco Lunch Boxes

Shubhra

Are you a lady who lunches but wouldn’t be caught dead with a Tupperware container? Class up lunch hour with a Tiffin Lunch Box Set ($85). It’s a traditional Indian lunch container that’s now hitting it big time in the States. The Tiffin is made of stainless steel (hello, totally reusable) and is stackable so you can carry 3-5 dishes in one easy stack sans plastic baggies. The mini containers are meant to each hold its own food like veggies, pasta, fruit, rice, meat, and even soup…yes, soup! We love the separation – food won’t get all gunked together – and the fact that bringing your lunch promotes healthy cooking and eating vs. takeout. Plus, the lids of each container doubles as a plate…so long, paper plates. Talk about posh.

Greenista Cocktail Factoid: According to the EPA, every child who brings a brown-bag lunch to school each day generates 67 pounds of waste by the end of the school year. Go reusable instead.

Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

Photo by Design Within Reach

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