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Truly-Life- Organic Personal Care Products from Virginia

By Anny on June 4th, 2013

Truly life is an emerging manufacturer of organic soaps, perfumes, lotion bars, handcrafted gifts and many more eco-friendly personal care products. The range was started by Mellenie and Andy in Virginia and includes self-grown loofahs, flowers and herbs in all their products.  This ensures that the productsare made from local and natural raw materials that are defiantly safe for you. They also use recyclable and bio-degradable materials making the range safe for the environment too.

Truly-Life- Organic personal care products from Virginia

You can choose from lotion bars in different fragrances, soaps made from natural ingredients such as Coconut and olive extracts, perfumes in exhilaratingfragrances containing raw beeswax and natural oils.  Their soaps are hand-cut and cured for about four weeks to allow all the ingredients to form a perfect mixture. It’s smooth and gently moisturizes and nourishes .They also have a range of gift items containing an assortment of the above product for different occasions.

All their products are free from harmfulchemicals and alcoholand are completely safe for your health.  You can also choose from handcrafted gifts such as a heirloom box made of solid woodand treated with an special antique oil for a long lasting look. The site also has a special natural soap for dogs.

Truly-Life- Organic personal care products from Virginia

Their manufacturing process is also eco-friendly and carbon conscious with a bicycle delivery for nearby areas.  3% of profits are also contributed for local charities such as the Alexandria Animal Shelter and the Lupus foundation of America.

You can count of this range for being safe, healthy and locally sourced. To know more about Truly-Life stores check out their site www.truly-life.com. You can purchase their range from their website and also in select stores indicated on their site.

Clean Attitude-The eStore for Eco-Friendly Baby, Body Care and Household products from Bio Spectra

By Anny on April 19th, 2013

Bio Spectra” is a Canadian company devoted to producing Eco-friendly personal care products for domestic use. All their products are made from 100% natural ingredients for a safer and healthier planet. The range has been certified with by the “Eco Logo” certification from the Canadian government for maintaining the highest standards in Eco-friendly product manufacturing cycles. The range is also backed by a focus on tree plantation so as to offset any greenhouse emission during the process, making the product range carbon-neutral. All their products are free from toxic chemicals ingredients and are completely safe for domestic use. Their ranges of products are sold worldwide under the” Attitude” label and can also be purchased from their website (CleanAttitude.com). You can check out the list of stores by country from their site.

Clean Attitude

The range is free from Ethylated ingredients commonly found in personal care products which are deemed to be carcinogenic. These products are often added in low dilutions which are shown as harmless for humans.  However, the International Agency for Research on Cancer does classify products having 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide as carcinogenic and hence are harmful for users. The “Attitude “range is certified to be safe from such ingredients and the results are also verified by an independent laboratory. You can buy with a complete trust that the products are safe for you as well as for the environment

The Attitude range has products for Babies which include diapers, fabric care products, lotions, shampoos as well as handy wipes. These are made from natural ingredients which are 100% safe for your baby. Household products include dish, fabric and hand care products, surface clears and purifiers.  You can also shop from a broad category of personal care products which include soaps, body care lotions, conditioners, deodorants etc.

Kirei USA Eco-Friendly Construction Materials

By Anny on March 14th, 2013

The concept of Eco-friendly homes is fast catching-up across the world with a choice of Eco-friendly materials used for construction and interior, thereby reducing carbon emission and creating a safer environment.

One such store where you can shop for a natural elements to build your home or workplace is kireiusa.com which offers various sustainable natural alternatives for your construction materials.

Kirei USA- Eco-Friendly Construction materials

These materials are manufactured from renewable and recycled agricultural bye-products  by using special adhesives which are low in formaldehyde. This is one productive way of using bye-products which often are disposed in landfills or are incarcerated. Not only does this help in optimum usage of natural resources, but is also safe for the environment as it reduces the pollution emitted when these products are discarded.

Kirei stand for clean or beautiful in Japanese and since 2003, the company has been pivotal in creating new interior solutions with sustainable and non-toxic materials

Their range of products are deemed to be beautiful, natural and sustainable. You can also download the material specifications from their site and can also request a sample.

Do look for:

 

Kirei Board: This is a safe alternative to natural wood and is made from reclaimed sorghum straw and can be used in furniture and cabinets. Using this is a perfect way to qualify for a LEED certification for sustainable construction practices. One advantage is that it replaces wood which is fast depleting from our environment. The second being that sorghum stalks which are left over after being harvested are used in a constructive manner to become an alternate to wood.

Bamboo: Check out their range of bamboo panels, doors etc which apart from being attractive are also sturdy and durable.

Wheatboard wood panels are similar to Kirei board, except that its made from the left over wheat stalks after harvesting.

Coco tiles made from coconut fiber that can be used as wall tiles and also in furniture.

Hemp panels which can be used for ceiling, panels, regular millwork etc.

You can use the dealer locator to locate a dealer new you or can also contact them for more information. Their site has a beautiful gallery for every product which shows the many ways were it can be used to blend with your aesthetics and create a sustainable construction.

How to Build an Eco-friendly House?

By Anny on February 20th, 2013

How to Build an Eco-friendly House?

Acquiring the eco-friendly habits is started from your care and move towards an eco-friendly home and that’s easier when you have an efficiently working machine to build it. This is the first difference between a house and car because you cannot build a car and change it to eco-friendly, while you can do the same with a house. A latest technology eco-friendly car is green because of its body, engine and all the mechanism which has been designed according to green standards.

The same procedure goes out for a green house and all the components should be designed according to green standards, such that it should operate without any harmful effects for the environment. There are several elements which go into building a green standards home and your first decision starts form land plot you select for building of your home.

The development of green house will totally depend on where your house is built and there have been several options to consider. Building a new house should be in an existing community or close to it because sewerage and water connections will be already settled there. Also don’t build an eco-friendly home in environmental sensitive area because abundance of wildlife or ecosystem may create the disturbance. It should be wise starting and think of building the native plants and such species which demand only an occasional watering.

The building material which are required for construction should take little synthetic inside them and they should be sourced responsibly. When building an eco-friendly home, the sustainable sourced wood or locally grown is perfect and also when it works in with the covering structure. A better idea is to bring the material that should be renewable and it should have little impact on our environment. The renewable material doesn’t take hours of processing in factory.

it is important to consider how this building is built too; when hiring lifting equipment like electric hoists or getting machines to mix concrete, make sure they don’t affect the environment or leave their mark on the surrounding ecosystems. How your eco-friendly home construction continuous is also affected by technology, insulation and windows. Look for energy start appliances, windows and lightening equipments for your new house. The walls need to be insulated fully through sustainable material and some people also prefer the use of hay blocks in this building phase and also get low flow toilets and showerhead which will make low consumption of water and also would manage the water efficiently.

Storage tanks can also help deal with water as they will store rain or waste water. Once stored, you can recycle it for your garden or you can use it for heat via solar roof panels. If the house is being built in a warm climate, installing an efficient air-conditioning system will give good ventilation, but only in the rooms when you need it at that particular moment to save electricity. This perfect guide will help you manage the water and energy technology as well as construction of a 100 % green house.