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Nature Bag from JungleVine Cord

By Anny on May 23rd, 2013

Nature Bag is a multi-purpose tote bag made from JungleVine cord obtained from Laos in Vietnam. Its crafted by an ethnic minority in one of the poorest regions of South Asiaand the project is funded by a group comprising of veteran disabled Americans. Bags made from the cord where originally used by the Khmu indigenous tribe to carry their essentials and while hunting. This should give you a fair idea of how rugged the bag would be.

Nature Bag from JungleVine Cord

The JungleVine fiber has been used since ages as skin conditioning cloth and is said to have a healing effect on pores, wrinkles etc. It very strong ad lightweight and is dirt and stain resistant. The fabric maintains its strength and shape even after prolonged usage and exposure to damp environments. It’s quite suitable for making a heavy duty and attractive tote bag. The site also sells the JungleVine cord as a fabric so that you can try using it in your designs. The fabric is priced at $1.00 and contains a unit of cloth no lesser then 7 grams and 10 cms in length.

The bag comes in various shapes and sizes along with many attractive design patterns. It’s a perfect alternative to plastic bags as the material is derived from a natural source and is bio-degradable. It also provides a livelihood to the economically deprived community where most of the people are into this craft. The range is priced from $15 to $75, depending on the pattern and size.

The bag can be purchased from their website at the bellow link. You can also use the store locator link in their website to locate a retailer near you.  It’s sold in USA, Italy, Canada, Thailand, Singapore and France. We also suggest apparel and accessory designers to check out their fabric sample to see if it can be used for making accessories for our daily life.

Link: http://www.naturebag.org/

Voltaic Solar Backpack

By Anny on May 15th, 2013

Solar chargers are generally designed  to be placed in a fixed location, or need to be attached to a mount. This might not be suitable in cases where you are in the move, as in while trekking or camping. You might also not find it feasible to carry a solar gadget along with your regular gear. Here’s a solution for such situations-in the form of a solar paneled bag which can be used to store your gear and also to generate power from exposure to the sun.

Voltaic Solar Backpack

The solar panel is affixed to a rugged backpack which can be slung over your back. The bag is quite spacious and has a dimension of 1500 cubic inches. It can be used to carry and charge iPad’s, mobile phones, PDA’s, gaming devices, cameras and many more. The internal battery is made of Lithium Polymer and gives an output of 5.5 V&900Ma. It gets fully charged in 7 hours and can also be charged from an USB source or an AC power supply.

The panel is made of two 2 watt monocrystalline solar panels for an output of 4 W with 6-12 V.

The handy backpack weighs around 2000 gms (4.5 lbs) and has the dimensions of 18″ height,  16″width and  8″ in depth. The wire channels are placed all over the inside of the bag giving you a greater flexibility in charging your devices. A phone pouch attached to the shoulder strap can hold your phone while it’s being charged. The device also has an LED indicator indicating the solar charge. It’s made of recycled PET and is waterproof and UV resistant. You can choose from silver, charcoal and orange colors for the solar panel.

The Voltaic solar backpack comes with a warranty of 2 years. It’s priced at $289 and can be purchased from the below link. The gadget comes with a universal battery pack, 9 different USB tips including the micro and mini tips.

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/voltaic-systems-off-grid-solar-back-pack.html

SimBioUsa-Eco-Friendly Disposable Tableware

By Anny on March 18th, 2013

Eco-Friendly Disposable Tableware

Simbiousa.com has an amazing range of disposable plates, boxes and garbage bags made from bagasse, sugarcane and wheatstraw fibers. Not only are they a perfect alternative to Styrofoam, plastic and paper plates  but are also bio-degradable and durable too. Their range of tableware is made from used sugarcane fiber called as bagasse which is left out after the juice is extracted from sugarcane. Wheatstraw is the plant material which is left after the chaff and wheat have been extracted. These material usually end in landfills or are disposed of by burning which causes air and soil pollution. Using them for creating sustainable tableware is an effective way to use all of our available natural resources in an optimum manner.  These little known materials are not only safe, bio-degradable but also strong and can be easily compressed and molded into plates. They are a perfect alternative to plastic, styrofoam and paper plates and come in a range of sizes and dimensions. You can find square, rectangular and circular plates within these dimensions

They also have a range of Clamshells which can be used as containers for your kitchen items and consumables

Do also check a pizza box made from recycled cardboard which is 100% recyclable and also a range of eco-friendly garbage bags. You can also find cutlery, kitchen utilities, straws etc.

The products are deemed to be safe as per FDA standards for food items as they do not have any harmful allergens-Gluten and Gliadins at 5ppm, whereas the current FDA standard is 20 ppm.

SimBioUsa-Eco-Friendly Disposable Tableware

Bagasse plates are available in 6`,7 `and 9 ` dimensions and are pure white in color and resemble normal Styrofoam plates. Wheatstraw plates are brown in color and come in the same dimension. Both can be used in your  microwave and freezer and are soak proof. They do not use an external  shiny wax coating which does away with any harmful chemicals that are sometimes used to add color and textures to paper, styrofoam plates and cups, and  can also handle hot liquids till 220°F.

After using them, you can dispose them in commercial compost facilities against normal home composting.

Tesco Stopped Dump Green Arriers After Finding The Myth of Eco-Friendly Bags

By Anny on March 6th, 2013

Tesco stopped Dump

Tesco stopped the use of biodegradable consumer bags because they had been found worse for the environment as compared to common use bags. The chain had introduced the eco-friendly title bags and they had been a centerpiece of its efforts to counter with use of plastic bags increasing wastes. Tesco chain has handed out more than one billion bags a year and has used the plastic bags double as compared to any other chain.

After several studies, it has been found that most of the supermarket carrier bags are used for only 20-30 minutes and then they are thrown away, but biodegradation or decomposition of this process takes more than 10,000 years. Most of these supermarket carriers’ bags end up in landfills or moved to beaches, in seas or blight the countryside. Tesco has told that an ingredient which is contained in biodegradable bags makes them to break down after 30-36 months and it will solve the issue.

Use of biodegradable bags has been pulled up from superstores because of scientific research which have found that this carrier may damage the environment and wildlife. Tesco announced earlier this year that they have been introducing other bags which are not biodegradable but they include 15 of material which can be recycled. Still company has made no announcement about the change but on its website it has been told that company is committed to use biodegradable bags.

It is also stated on Tesco website that many of our bags would go to landfills and therefore carrier bags had been designed biodegradable. It means they can biodegrade and break down into biomass, carbon dioxide and water. The failure of Tesco means now bags created blight is necessary. A previous year published study has mentioned the problems associated with biodegradable bags. This research study was conducted in Southborough University and they concluded in their study that biodegradable bags including such ingredient which are more harmful for natural environment and even dozen times more harmful than conventional shopping bags.

Tesco stopped Dump

They also added that such bags can litter the countryside for five years before these bags move to degrade. This means they take more time period that what had been claimed by supermarkets. These bags need enough head and temperature, sunlight for degradation and they may not be provided with this.

The biodegradable bags do eventually crumble into a fine dust, according to the researchers
the bags campaign which was started in 2008 and was highly concerned about reduced used of plastic and polythene bags handed in billion hands every year was successful to great extend. Next year it received more popularity worldwide and major organizations, social groups, corporate sector and government bodies welcomed the campaign. The ministers delivered the public about use of plastic bags and environmental impacts of it. Tesco added that they would drop the use of such bags based on the scientific research which proven them harmful.

The Eco-friendly Laptop Messenger

By Anny on March 2nd, 2013

The eco-friendly laptop messenger

The recyclable and biodegradable bags are an efficient alternative available to use instead of harmful ingredient bags. Maximize your style and carrying space but minimize the recycling costs and carbon footprints which cause due to use of plastic and leather bags. The eco-friendly laptop messenger is more than your typical laptop bags. This bag has unique canvas material and bigger space. Unlike many jute and other eco-friendly material bags, these bags have modern aesthetical appeal and attractive style.

Eco-friendly laptop messenger bag is all natural cotton canvas exterior bags with dedicated padded computer compartment. This eco-friendly laptop messenger bag has lifetime warranty and its padded shoulder strap is comfortable enough for hanging it. This bag is featuring a removable ID holder with multiple anchor locations, a full size back pocket, shoulder strap and computer compartment. It can fit to the laptops of even as large display as 17.3 “and small laptops of 14”.

The eco-laptop messenger is a latest addition to environmental friendly collection line of cases. The bag is made from natural cotton canvas and this case has been packed with a lot of style, features and functions with reduced carbon footprints. The eco-friendly laptop messenger has a temporary style and modern look that incorporates it’s all features that an individual need when you have to move to other destination. Its dedicated computer compartment keeps the laptop safe and protected while its other sections are helpful to protect the accessories like folders, files and magazines.

Multiple anchor locations for the removable ID Holder provide quick access to your ID cards. Rugged molded clips hold the front flap in place, keeping your gear safe and secure! The organizational and storage features are phenomenal! It would be a breeze traveling by air with your laptop when you travel abroad and have this laptop. It is a great price!” this eco-friendly bag is 100 percent PVC free and has Restriction of Hazardous Substances compliant (RoHS).

The eco-friendly laptop messenger

The style and functionality have been added with features of durability and guarantee that a consumer would get with not less than your traditional laptop messenger bag.  Now you can store all your stuff safely with this excellent bag and its multiple anchor locations will offer a fast access to your ID cards. With its hip and functional designs, you will have all the features you need when you’re on the go. Protect your laptop and the environment with the Mobile Edge collection!

If you burn the eco-friendly messenger bag, it doesn’t produce the smoke, while plastic bags usually decompose slowly and leave behind toxic chemicals that take four times more energy resources to decompose the plastic and 70% more air pollution is evolved due to them. We need to have a complete ban on use of plastic made bags that have been used nowadays.

One the one side where we have been focusing on green gadgets and more appreciation to green technology, the use of eco-friendly bags means we have added the green gadgets to more protection zone. The jute and cotton bags are more eco-friendly and need to be publicized for high use of such eco-friendly bags.

Vine.com -Your one Stop Eshop for Eco-Friendly Goods

By Anny on December 13th, 2012

Quidsi.com today launched vine.com which is an exclusive store for Eco-friendly products. You can now shop from thousands of Eco-friendly brands across a wide range of categories in the comfort of your home. All items are backed by Vine.com’s 365-day return guarantee policy.

Vine.com- Your one stop eshop for eco-friendly goods

 

All of their products are thoroughly reviewed to ensure that they are either from natural organic sources, or are non-polluting, or have been through an Eco-friendly manufacturing process. This ensures that you shop with a sense of pride for having contributed in safeguarding the environment.

You can search products by name, brand, category, certifications and also by criteria such as organic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, fair trade or energy efficient. A dedicated team of phone and email customer support staff would be available 24/7 to help you with your issues. You can also check the exclusive “Vine Picks” which are individually certified by their team. You also have an option to search for local retailers within a geographic range. By this you can promote local businesses and also reduce the environmental impact that shipping would have.

They have a huge selection of products which included apparel and accessories, sports and leisure goods and also gifting ranges. You can also shop for fair trade, made in USA and cruelty free listings. They also have an exclusive section for pets as well as for health and wellness.

The site offers gift certificates from $25 to $1500 which can be redeemed on merchandize through vine.com and their family of sites . Your referrals would get a flat 15% discount on their first purchase. The site offers free shipping for orders above $49 or $39 for combined purchases from their other sites. Shipping is fast, and you would get the product within 2 business days.