Natural Environmentally Friendly Products
Green Products that are
and a lot
for you and the
, the same planet that provides you with life.
Things that are meant to be thrown away should never be made
is abusive and wasteful, and it should be illegal
because it is the same thing as stealing. Smart
is a form of spin in
which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the
perception that an organization's products, aims or policies are
environmentally friendly. Money
Influences Bad Behavior
Keep Companies who claim they're Green Honest
(Green Washing Index)
is an independent
eco-friendly businesses and services making making it easy to eat, shop
and live green.
3 creative ways to fix fashion's waste problem: Amit Kalra
Water use and pollution also take place during clothing production
About 20 percent of
is due to garment manufacturing, while the world uses
5 trillion liters (1.3 trillion gallons) of water each year for fabric
dyeing alone, enough to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Waste Couture: Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry
a pollution footprint, with each step of the clothing life cycle
generating potential environmental and occupational hazards. For example,
polyester, the most widely used manufactured fiber, is made from
petroleum. With the rise in production in the fashion industry, demand for
man-made fibers, especially polyester, has nearly doubled in the last 15
years, according to figures from the Technical Textile Markets. The
manufacture of polyester and other synthetic fabrics is an
energy-intensive process requiring large amounts of crude oil and
releasing emissions including
, particulate matter, and acid gases such as hydrogen
chloride, all of which can cause or aggravate respiratory disease.
Volatile monomers, solvents, and other by-products of polyester production
are emitted in the wastewater from polyester manufacturing plants. The
EPA, under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, considers many
facilities to be
generators. Issues of environmental health and safety
do not apply only to the production of man-made fabrics. Cotton, one of
the most popular and versatile fibers used in clothing manufacture, also
has a significant environmental footprint. This crop accounts for a
quarter of all the pesticides used in the United States, the largest
exporter of cotton in the world, according to the USDA. The U.S. cotton
crop benefits from subsidies that keep prices low and production high. The
high production of cotton at subsidized low prices is one of the first
spokes in the wheel that drives the globalization of fashion.
Much of the cotton produced in the United States
is exported to China and other countries with low labor costs
where the material is milled, woven into fabrics, cut, and assembled
according to the fashion industry’s specifications. China has emerged as
the largest exporter of fast fashion, accounting for 30% of world apparel
exports, according to the UN Commodity Trade Statistics database. In her
2005 book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, Pietra Rivoli, a
professor of international business at the McDonough School of Business of
Georgetown University, writes that each year Americans purchase
approximately 1 billion garments made in China, the equivalent of four
pieces of clothing for every U.S. citizen. According to figures from the
U.S. National Labor Committee, some Chinese workers make as little as
12–18 cents per hour working in poor conditions. And with the fierce
global competition that demands ever lower production costs, many emerging
economies are aiming to get their share of the world’s apparel markets,
even if it means lower wages and poor conditions for workers.
Increasingly, clothing being imported to the United States comes from
countries as diverse as Honduras and Bangladesh. Once bought, an estimated
21% of annual clothing purchases stay in the home, increasing the stocks
of clothing and other textiles held by consumers, according to Recycling
of Low Grade Clothing Waste, a September 2006 report by consultant Oakdene
Hollins. The report calls this stockpiling an increase in the “national
wardrobe,” which is considered to represent a potentially large quantity
of latent waste that will eventually enter the solid waste stream.
According to the EPA Office of Solid Waste, Americans throw away more than
68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year, and clothing and
other textiles represent about 4% of the
municipal solid waste
But this figure is rapidly growing.
Sustainable Urban Apparel
Ethical Clothing Australia
Eco Fashion World
cotton shirts repeals stains and odor and is moisture wicking.
Venturi Adjustable Belt
Eco Clothes Hangers
How to Iron a Shirt
Clothes Color Dying, Dyecoo
Allmade Eco-Friendly T-Shirts, made for a living wage, benefiting orphan
care and prevention in Haiti
. 2 billion
t-shirts are produced every year
, using fibers like industrial
cotton, which is often grown in regions with minimal regulations—directly
exposing workers and the environment to deadly pesticides and herbicides
that are outlawed in the U.S. These materials are then transported across
the globe using bunker fuel, a heavy oil residue so toxic most countries
won’t let ships use it within 200 miles of shore. They are then spun into
yarn, knitted into fabric, and sewn into garments by workers, some of whom
are children, in sweatshop conditions, for a wage that does not allow them
to meet even their most basic needs. In countries like Haiti, this
translates to an increase in orphans, many of whom’s parents were forced
to give them up because they couldn’t afford to care for them. All of
which allows a handful of large manufacturers to sell the blank garments
at a low, wholesale rate to screen printers, who then sell t-shirts with
printed designs to consumers. The increased cost of sustainable materials
often prevents screen printers from offering better choices to their
customers, many of whom are unknowledgeable about the conditions under
which their shirts are made—resulting in a pattern of exploitative
is American grown natural colorants that are a cleaner and
safer replacement for synthetic dyes used in the textile and fashion
High-Quality Silk Biopolymers
high-strength based fiber material made of the recombinant spider
silk-like protein extracted from the milk of transgenic goats, made by
molecules are DNA molecules formed by laboratory methods of genetic
recombination (such as molecular cloning) to bring together genetic
material from multiple sources, creating sequences that would not
otherwise be found in the genome. Recombinant DNA is possible because DNA
molecules from all organisms share the same chemical structure. They
differ only in the nucleotide sequence within that identical overall
is a gene or genetic material that has been transferred
naturally, or by any of a number of genetic engineering techniques from
one organism to another. The introduction of a transgene has the potential
to change the phenotype of an organism.
Pact Organic Cotton
No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of
cotton. It doesn’t
damage the soil, has less impact
on the air, and uses 71% less water
and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Organic certification in
manufacturing requires dyes to meet biodegradability/eliminability
standards, the proper treatment of water, and prohibits the use of toxic
heavy metals. Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families
safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through
their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop
which supplements their food and income. In India, farmers have the added
benefit of earning the Fair Trade premium. Our organic cotton is certified
by The Global
Organic Textile Standard
. One of the key pillars of GOTS is the
protection of workers’ rights. Employment is freely chosen, working
conditions are safe and hygienic, living wages are paid, no discrimination
is practiced, and no child labor is used.
uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and
7% of pesticides. In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of
industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and
dyeing of textiles. Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child
labor, and factory collapses.
Cotton of the Carolinas
offers a level of
won’t find anywhere else. Every shirt can be tracked from the farm to the
finished product using a combination of unique color threads found on the
inside of each t-shirt. If you’re tired of buying clothing with nothing
but a meaningless country of origin on the tag, then this is the shirt for
you! Know what you’re buying and who it impacts! Grown in the USA.
Certified organic cotton
Made in the Carolinas. Transparent supply chain. Water-based inks.
No-feel print with REHANCE. Medium weight: 5.4oz. Shirt Attributes: 100%
Carolina-grown cotton, 5.4 oz ring-spun jersey. Double needle stitching on
critical seams. Shoulder-to-shoulder interior neck taping for added
durability. Small, inconspicuous size tab in the neck.
A Scientific Advance for Cool Clothing
. Stanford Engineers Use SDSC’s
‘Comet’ to develop a Plastic Fabric that Cools the Skin.
Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit
. Ventilating flaps
lined with live cells open and close in response to an athlete’s sweat.
Shoes made from
The Shoe that Grows
Custom Fit Sandals
for Personalized Comfort. The world's first
custom-fit sandals, digitally mapped from your smartphone. 3D printed in
Coalatree Trailhead Pants, Packable, Durable, & Stain Proof
Waterproof, durable, packable, & versatile, making them the ultimate
everyday mountain to city pant.
Cooking Food using the Sun
is a device which uses the energy of direct sunlight to
heat, cook or pasteurize drink. Many solar cookers currently in use
are relatively inexpensive, low-tech devices, although some are as
powerful or as expensive as traditional stoves, and advanced, large-scale
solar cookers can cook for hundreds of people.
is a reflective surface used to collect or project energy
such as light, sound, or radio waves. Its shape is part of a circular
paraboloid, that is, the surface generated by a parabola revolving around
its axis. The parabolic reflector transforms an incoming plane wave
traveling along the axis into a spherical wave converging toward the
focus. Conversely, a spherical wave generated by a point source placed in
the focus is reflected into a plane wave propagating as a collimated beam
along the axis.
Parabolic Mirror Solar Cooker
(concave mirror, solar funnel cooker)
SolSource Classic Solar Cooker
. Powerful 1,000 watt cooking zone so
you can grill, sauté and boil.
Compare Solar Cookers
Collects thermal energy
from the sun and store it to allow
cooking times for up to twenty five
hours at temperatures above
450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Z Grills Elite 900: Affordable Wood Pellet Grill
Bakes, Roasts, Braises and BBQs. Digital Heat Control & Perfect
product aims to replace
BPA or Bisphenol A
Sustainable bio-based coating from tomato processing by-products for food
Water Efficient Toilets
Iota - Folding Toilet
Francis de los Reyes
Michael Hoffman's Toilet is
Solar Powered and Generates
Gas and Electricity
Bowl Movement Knowledge
or Toilet Paper
Best Bidet Toilet Seat Washlet
Flush Toilet Kiosks
Toilet Info Graph
You Don't Know Sh*t: VICE
More than 53 percent of Indian homes,
about 70 percent in the villages, lack
According to the UN, around 595
million people, or nearly half of
India's population, defecates in the
people lack access to hygienic
unhygienic sanitation is the second
largest cause of disease in the world.
It leads to contaminated waterways and
food supply, as well as infections like
diarrhea, caused by direct contact with
Diarrheal disease kills nearly 1.6
million children each year
under age 5 suffer more from diarrheal
diseases than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and
tuberculosis combined. This affects not
only individual families, but entire
economies. Developing countries lose ~2%
of GDP each year due to lost worker
productivity from sanitation-related
Eliminate Open Defecation
Boeing Self-Cleaning Toilet uses
to kill 99.99 % of
World Toilet Day
Water, Sanitation for the Urban Poor
Community Led Total Sanitation
High-Quality Sanitation Facilities
Tierrapath.com-Water Recycling System
for the toilet
is the process or act
of converting some physical substance
into the form of particles small and
light enough to be carried on the air,
can arise from flushing a
Pee Power Light
Bidet or Toilet Paper
Americans use 36.5 billion rolls of
toilet paper every year, representing
the pulping of some 15 million trees.
This involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of
water to produce the paper and 253,000
tons of chlorine for bleaching, toilet
paper manufacturing also requires
about 17.3 terawatts of electricity
annually, and then on top of that,
significant amounts of energy and
materials are used in packaging and in
transportation of toilet paper to retail
outlets. A single roll of toilet paper
requires 37 gallons of water, 1.3
kilowatt/hours (KWh) of electricity and
some 1.5 pounds of wood.
water use amount is trivial
compared to how much water we use to
produce toilet paper.
Almost 80 percent of all infectious
diseases are passed on by
and that only about
half of us actually wash our hands after
using the facilities—making hands-free
bidets a safer alternative all around.
Bidet with a composting sawdust toilet
could make the ultimate green bathroom.
The ideal method for
cleaning your butt after a bowel
would probably be a water
bath followed by careful, gentle, and
immediate drying, whether that’s with
toilet paper or a jet of warm air.
sometimes colloquially called a "Muslim shower" or "bum
" is a hand-held triggered nozzle, similar to that on a kitchen
sink sprayer, that delivers a spray of water to assist in anal cleansing
and cleaning the genitals after defecation and urination.
supermarket Sainsbury's discovered that reducing the size of a toilet
paper tube from 123mm to 112mm would allow more rolls in each truck,
taking 500 trucks off the road and reducing carbon emissions by 140 tonnes.
What does my poop say
Showers for the Homeless
Shoes made from Wool
Enrou Market Place
responsible brands to curate rare and
Incandescent Light Bulbs
last about 1,000 hours or less than
a year. ( Average $ .50 cents).
Compact Fluorescent Lamp
or CFL bulbs last up to 6,000 hours
or four years. (Average $2.00).
CFL can save over $40 in electricity costs
over the lamp's lifetime when compared to Incandescent
Philips’ Endura LED A21 17-watt
has a rated life of
25,000 hours or 17 years and is 80 percent more energy-efficient
than the traditional Incandescent Bulb (Consumes 80% less
energy) This replacement for a 75 watt Incandescent Light Bulb
has a light output of 1,100 lumens,
has a color temperature of 2700k and a Color rendering index
(CRI) of 80. ($45.00) Almost as good as the
The same CFL
consumes 18–25 watts of energy but lasts only 4 years.
So you have to ask how much time, people and resources it takes
to build an LED and a CFL,
and then also find out what's the environmental impact when
building it and recycling it?
When this is done you can then determine the actual cost of the
Fluorescent Lamps and Health
Cleaning a Broken CFL
Under the current law, the
(EPA) can only call for chemical safety
testing if there is evidence demonstrating that a chemical is
dangerous. The EPA has required testing of fewer than 200 of the
62,000 chemicals that were “grandfathered” in without testing
for human safety when the
was first enacted in 1976. As a result, many chemicals
that scientists and environmental groups have raised concerns
about continue to be used in common products like household
cleaners and kitchenware, even though their safety has not been
Chemical Safety Improvement Act
Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976
Toxins in Products
Cleaning Tips Info-Graph
How to make your
own environmentally friendly cleaning products
Home Made Product Ideas
Robb's Homemade Life
(DIY Videos on youtube)
Rubbing a walnut directly over a scratch or ding in the wood can
help the damage become less noticeable.
Exceptionally Useful Ways To Declutter
your Life with
easily clean a Microwave in minutes with no cleaning products
(youtube)Unshrinking a Shrunken Sweater
Fill two basins with warm water, and add a cup of baby shampoo
to one of them.
Fold the sweater and gently place it on top of the shampoo-mix
Let it sink on its own, approx. 15 min..
Gently transfer the sweater to the clean water basin — don’t
wring it out! — and help ease the sweater until it is submerged
in the water.
Gently transfer the sweater to a towel (again, no wringing),
unfold it and roll it up in the towel to remove excess water.
Unroll the towel, then stretch the sweater to the size you want
it. Let it dry on its own.
is peer-to-peer based sharing of access to
goods and services which enables the
optimization of resources
of excess capacity in
is to divide
something fairly and evenly. To give a piece of something to someone else.
Give out as one's portion. Use
common. Have, give, or receive a share of. Taking
means that each person should have an
time sharing something that there is only one of.
is the joint use of a resource or space. In its narrow sense, it refers to
joint or alternating use of inherently finite goods, such as a common
pasture or a shared residence. It is also the process of dividing and
distributing. There are many examples of this also happening in nature.
When an organism takes in nutrition or oxygen for instance, its internal
organs are designed to divide and distribute the energy taken in, to
supply parts of its body that need it. Flowers divide and distribute their
seeds. In a broader sense, it can also include free granting of use rights
to goods that can be treated as nonrival goods, such as information. Still
more loosely, "sharing" can actually mean giving something as an outright
gift: for example, to "share" one's food really means to give some of it
as a gift. Sharing is a basic component of human interaction, and is
strengthening social ties
and ensuring a person’s well-being.
something in common
shared by two or more people. "mutual
is the provision of a service by one part of an
organization or group where that service had previously been found in more
than one part of the organization or group. Thus the funding and
resourcing of the service is shared and the providing department
effectively becomes an internal service provider. The key here is the idea
of 'sharing' within an organization or group. This sharing needs to
fundamentally include shared accountability of results by the unit from
where the work is migrated to the provider. The provider on the other hand
needs to ensure that the agreed results are delivered based on defined
measures (KPIs, cost, quality etc.).
is transfer something concrete or abstract to somebody. Convey or
reveal information. Bring about. Transmit (knowledge or skills)
Convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow.
Convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture.
Contribute to some cause.
under stress of physical
force. Offer in good faith. Allow to have or take.
is to bring forward and present to the mind. Hand over formally. Give,
especially as an honor or reward. Cause to come to know
is something acquired. Natural abilities or qualities. The act of
. Give qualities or abilities to.
is to feel concern or interest. Provide care for. Prefer or wish to do
something. Be concerned with. The work of providing treatment
for or attending to someone or something. Judiciousness in
avoiding harm or danger. A cause for feeling concern. Attention
and management implying responsibility for safety. Activity
involved in maintaining something in good working order.
is to be relevant to. Be on the mind of. Something that interests you
because it is important or affects you. A feeling of sympathy
for someone or something.
is concerned with actual use or practice.
Guided by practical experience and
observation rather than theory. Being
actually such in almost every respect.
Having or put to a
is when something is needed only temporarily, as in
the case of a special tool, a truck or a skip. When something is needed
that may or may not be already owned but is not in proximity for use, such
as renting an automobile or
when away on a trip. Needing a cheaper alternative to buying,
such as renting a movie: a person is unwilling to pay the full price for a
movie, so they rent it for a lesser price, but give up the chance to view
it again later. Renting is good for the environment if products are used
more efficiently by maximizing utility rather than being disposed,
overproduced and under utilized.
refers to the process of an individual renting an owned good,
service, or property to another individual. It is also referred to as
Person-to-Person rental, P2P renting, Collaborative Consumption, the
sharing economy and Product Service System. The term is mainly used to
describe online enabled rental transactions between individuals.
is to receive something temporarily
with a promise to give back at a specified time.
the set of resource circulation systems,
which enable consumers to both "obtain" and "provide", temporarily or
permanently, valuable resources or services through direct interaction
with other consumers or through a mediator.
not new; it has always existed (e.g. in the form of flea markets, swap
meets, garage sales, car boot sales, and second-hand shops).
refers to property owned jointly by agreement, such
as a public park freely available to everyone.
Sharing - All You Need Next Door
The case for collaborative consumption: Rachel Botsman:
when you can't afford the gear that you need, you can borrow or rent gear
from someone nearby.
Locate things to borrow.Eco Freek
searches over 45+ websites and 10,000 libraries worldwide for
and swappable items being given away by
people who no longer need them.
Borrow Baby Stuff
community-driven trading goods and services.
Travel and Exchange
Items (with People You Meet)
Trade your Skills
Find a Ride or Share a Car
People to People Banking
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