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Eco-Friendly Pet Products from Olive Green Dog

By Anny on May 17th, 2013

Pets need a whole lot of personal care products like soaps and shampoos to make them stay clean and healthy. But unlike we humans who can understand the toxic effects of a substance and choose a better alternative, pets do not have the choice. Hence, it’s of utmost importance that we choose safe and sustainable products for pets which would not harm them in the long run.

Common chemical ingredients which are often found in personal care products are also used in products for pets, albeit in a higher dilutions.  These includes artificial detergents, perfumes, propylene glycol, laurylsulphates  and many more which do come with associatedhealth concerns.  Let’s take a look at a safe and eco-friendly range of pet products from olivegreendog.com.

Eco-Friendly Pet Products from Olive Green Dog

The site has collection of Shampoos, conditioners and gels and lotions for cleaning Ears, paws, eyes and nose of your dog. All of them are made from certified organic products in an eco-friendly process and contain well-known and tested natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, Avacado, Oatmeal, neem and many more. These ingredients ensure that your pet receives a healthy and organic care without any cosmetic chemicals and toxic ingredients.  Their manufacturing practice also eliminates any chance of wastage and inherent pollution and is packed using low impact packaging using recycled boxes and biodegradable packing peanuts. This ensures that your product is safe for the environment as well as for your furry companion.

Eco-Friendly Pet Products from Olive Green Dog

 

While browsing the site we also came across a whole range of pet accessories ranging from toys, blankets, treats and chews, clothing, collars and many more common pet items that you would periodically need for your pet dog. They also have a special section on dog foods featuring some of the topmost brands.  The site also has a section especially for cats. This is one store where you can buy all your pet supplies with a complete assurance on the organic quality of its products. The online site is active since 2008 and is operates from Texas.  It’s a member of Organic trade association and green America.

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

Southwest Windpower Air 30 Residential Wind Turbine

By Anny on May 13th, 2013

The Southwest Windpower Air 30 Residential Wind Turbine is an awesome gadget that converts the wind energy into an electric current. It can be used in your home as well as in outdoor cabins, farms etc. Unlike regular wind turbines, the rugged gadget doesn’t make much noise and uses a microprocessor regulation technology that monitors the fan speed and optimizes the power output. The gadget can supply a maximum power of 400 watts at standard winds having a speed of 28mph and requires just a small breeze of 8mph for it to start. It’sdesigned to withstand powerful winds till a speed of 110mph.  The gadget comes in 3variants each supplying an output of 12, 24, and 48 Volts (DC).

Southwest Windpower Air 30 Residential Wind Turbine

 

The Air 30 turbine comes with a built-in charge regulator that periodically checks the battery voltage and if it’s full, the power generation is switched off. This saves the internal battery from being over charged and the power generation is again activated once the voltage falls below a threshold level.

The internal microprocessor also controls the speed of the blades and automatically slows them down in case of a charging wind. This prevents the circuit from getting damaged die to high speed winds and also reduces thenoise from the gadget.

A special marine paint and powder coated surface helps the gadget endure the toughest of weather conditions including storms and heavy rain.

The rotor with carbon fiber blades has a diameter of 46 inches and the mount is 1.5” schedule 40 pipe. The body is made from aircraft quality aluminum casts.

The Southwest Wind powerAir 30 Residential Wind Turbine comes with a 5 year warranty and is priced at $899.99. It’s quite useful to have an alternate source of energy for your home or cabin.

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/p4000.html

K3 Solar and Wind Charger

By Anny on May 11th, 2013

Here is a unique charger that can be powered both by solar power as well as by wind energy.  The gadget has a built-in solar panel which coverts solar energy into an electric charge which can be used to charge your mobile phone, iPod, camera  etc. A mini turbine mounted on the top rotates when placed against the wind and turns an internal dynamo which again generates electricity. The rechargeable internal battery of the gadget  can also be charged by a normal ac charger.

K3 Solar and Wind Charger

The gadget is quite useful when you are travelling, trekking or camping. It’s one of a very few portable gadgets which charge by wind energy and is a perfect alternative to conventional charges, especially when you have no access to electricity. The gadget can be arranged on your motorcycle or jeep so that it directly faces the wind while you are driving.  Under standard conditions, an hour of sunlight and a sufficientlystrong wind should charge your  phone for about 30 minutes of talking.

The device has an USB port which can be used to connect it to an external power source such as from a computer or a vehicle power outlet. It also comes with a mini and micro USB tip making it useful for a vast variety of phones. A built-in LED power indicator shows the current power status

The K3 Solar and Wind charger is priced at $99.95 and can be purchased from the below link.

http://www.earthtechproducts.com/k3-solar-and-wind-charger.html

Dimensions: 3 Inches in Length, 3.1 inches wide and a height of 9.3 inches

Color: Green and black with a white mini turbine

Weight: 10.6 Ounces

Battery specifications: Rechargeable Lithium ion cell (4000mAh) DC output- 5V 1amp 5W

The package includes a the K3 Solar and Wind Charger gadget, multiple device tips, USB cable AC Wall Adapter, a handy drawstring bag and a user guide.

Harmful Effects of using Heavy Detergents

By Anny on May 9th, 2013

Being Eco-friendly means that you choose to stay in harmony with nature, in all your activities. Often, we tend to focus more on widely publicized ways to reduce pollution, and conserve energy. But, in our daily routine, there are many such instances where we tend to unknowingly pollute the environment,and disturb the ecological balance. Here’s a look on how commonly used detergents can cause damage to the environment.

Harmful effects of using Heavy Detergents

We all use detergents in our daily life, with a standard washing machine cycle requiring at least 60 liters of water under standard washing conditions. The water from the machine is often let into drainage pipes, where it mixes with drain water and ends up in treatment plants. Often, these treatment plants let out the water into large water bodies such as lakes, rivers and seas, where the water would still have harmful phosphates which usually are not filtered in treatment plants. These phosphates are very harmful for marine life, as they promote the growth of rouge algae, which cause a decrease in the oxygen content in the water, and also release toxins. Eventually this damages the ecosystems in the water bodies, and slowly makes them unfit for a healthy marine life.

Phosphates are mainly used in detergents to soften the water, so that the detergent can act much better. Apart from phosphates, there are also fragrances which are added to give the detergent a pleasantsmell. This fragrances are often derived from petroleum bye-products, and other harmful chemicals,and do effect the marine life. Detergents also contain chlorine, PEG (Polyethylene Glycol) and other harmfulchemicals which are potentially dangerous to human and marine life. The main drawback is that suchtoxic chemicals, though in very minute proportions often dissolve in water, and are very difficult to befiltered. When such water is let into other water bodies, the dissolved impurities make their way in thewater, and as time passes, the level of such toxins reaches a very high proportion, making it very harmful for marine life.

One alternative is to use Eco-friendly and non-polluting detergents in for our daily needs. You can do your part by checking for Eco-friendly detergents while shopping and ensure that your product does not contain phosphates and other such toxic chemicals as active ingredients. Since detergents are something we all use on a daily basis, it’s highly recommended to look for a safe variety amongst the numerous options in the market.

Elis and Kreese – Contemporary Design Using Recycled Fire Hose

By Anny on May 7th, 2013

Elis and Kresse are a designer duo who create innovative accessories from recycled fire hoses in Britain. They source this hoses from various fire brigades and after they have been retired and set to be disposed, and process it into an unique material that is used to create belts, bags and many more accessories. What’s more- these accessories which have been made from a robust and durable source are very easy to maintain, and can be cleaned with any Eco-friendly furniture polish. These accessories are not heavy, and are of the same weight as any other similar accessory made from leather etc.

The duo have been instrumental in recycling almost 155 tons of fire hose waste. They also use recycled materials such as coffee sacks, lens boxes, used newspapers etc for packaging .The finishing materials is also made from recycled materials such as used office furniture, waste parachute silk etc. This makes the whole concept and their creations very Eco-friendly as the choose to recycle waste and constructively use in their design.

Elis and Kreese- Contemporary Design Using Recycled Fire Hose
You can check their website for their range of accessories such as bags, totes, belts, straps, wallets, iPhone and Blackberry cases, cufflinks( You can personalize them to) and may more. Their creations are also retailed across major stores in many countries. You can check their site to view their retailers at a place near you. You can also order from their website and have it shipped to your address.

 
They also are committed to improving the society and have partnered with “Remploy”-which is a social firm offering employment to people with disabilities. 50 % of the profits from products made with recycled fire hose are donated that to Fire Fighters charity. Do check out this unique and impressive range at the below line.
http://www.fire-hose.co.uk/

Eco-Green Resins-Sustainable Resins for the Eco-Conscious

By Anny on May 5th, 2013

Resins are compounds that are used to patch, fill and join surfaces and contain a high degree of adhesive properties that enable them to form a solid patch upon drying. World over they are used in industries, construction, automobiles etc. Within your home-you would be using a resin to fix a leaking pipe or join your broken furniture.  Resins are also used in the manufacture of polymers and plastics and are also used in varnishes.

Eco-Green Resins-Sustainable Resins for the Eco-Conscious

Resins are primarily sourced from natural sources such as the sap of certain trees which form a solid mass upon drying. However, within the last century, there has been an increased production of chemical resins which are called as synthetic resins. Not only are they more easy to manufacture, but are also more sturdy then natural resins and can be used on a vast variety of surfaces. However, as with any chemical product, particular art hose engineered for a special need, there is always a danger of the pollution it causes while being used or produced. Also, the product can be at time harmful to heath.

Let’s look at some Eco-friendly alternatives for resins. Eco-green resins is a manufacturer of Eco-friendly resin and putty which is deemed as a green resin solution for a variety of needs. Eco Green Resins, LLC based in Nevada was founded by Arthur Katzakian, Craig Katzakian and Brandon Newell. Their products are used in diverse applications such as for desalination of salt water, household and industrial uses and many more.

Their flagship product Eco-green resin is sourced from vegetable oils and natural sources, and does not contain any harmful chemical constituents. It has 43% bio-content and comes with minimal shrinkage in normal uses. It can be used for Composites, Coatings and also as an adhesive and a sealant. It does not contain substantial amounts of VOC’s and is virtuallynon-toxic.

Do also check out Magic Fixer repair putty which is an epoxy system that can bind metal, plastics, cardboard, glass, wood and other such materials. The putty can be used in your house to fix broken pipes, furniture, crockery etc and can also be used in industrial uses and in automobiles.

 

You can purchase them online from their site in handy containers beginning from 24 oz kits. Free shipping is offered within USA. Over seas customers can directly contact them for orders outside USA.

Eco-Friendly paints from Mythic Paints

By Anny on May 3rd, 2013

Paints do make our indoor spaces more vibrant, and also protect us against mildew and other sorts of organisms that inhabit our wall spaces. However, little do we know that that many chemicals present in paints, thinners, solvents are in fact harmful for our health. They are known to cause a lot of respiratory problems and some of them are carcinogenic as well. In our quest to find sustainable and safe alternates which can be used in our everyday life, let’s take a look some paint ranges that are safe for you as well as the environment. Common harmful chemicals in some paints are asbestos, lead, mercury, CFC’s, formaldehyde etc. There has been an increased focus in developing nontoxic varieties of paints which do not contain these chemical sand are deemed to be safe for you. There are a whole lot of such chemicals which are emitted from a painted surface-together classified as VOC’s. VOC’s emitted by high solvent containing paints have been linked to a variety of health effects including eye, nose and throat irritation; dizziness; liver, kidney and central nervous system damage and even cancer.

Mythic paints is one manufacture of non-toxic paints which comes in a myriad of colors which can suit every taste and decor. They are also certified to be safe from VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and have a broad range of paints, emulsions, primer, exterior and interior paints,

You can choose from flat, Egg-shell, semi-gloss sheens which are as good as any other paint ranges in the market.

The range was developed in association with University of Southern Mississippi.Southern Diversified Products owns Mythic paints and is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

These paints are durable, stainresistant and the surface they are applied can be easily cleansed.

You can buy their paintsonline from their site,and  can also check the availability of a retailer near your location. If you order from their site, they do not charge you any shipping charge within continental USA. Mythic paint products cover approximately 350-400 square foot per gallon. Using these paints in your interior is one way you can increase your chances of getting an LEED certification for your home.

Link:www.mythicpaint.com

Eco-Concepts USA- Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

By Anny on May 1st, 2013

Eco Concepts USA is a green sea certified company that manufactures Eco-friendly cleaning solutions for a broad range of verticals ranging from domestic, industrial and marine cleaning requirements.  It’s also certified by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program for its safer detergent stewardship initiative. The firm and its range of products are also certified by PETA and the carpet and rug institute.

The company is located in Miami Florida and its products are available with major retailer apart from an online purchase through their website. Their products are free from caustic cleaning agents, abrasives and ozone depleting chemicals You get to choose from low toxic and readily bio-degradable products made from renewable resources .any minimal dyes used are FDA certified.

Eco-Concepts USA- Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions

Do check out their stain removal spray and a wide range of janitorial cleaning products which include

1)      Carpet pre-spray:It safely removes all kinds of stains from carpet and upholstery. The CPS is safe to use on most carpets and fabrics, and will not affect most dyes and colors.

2)      Carpet extractioncleaner: The cleaner is formulated to remove oil, grease, tough dirt stainsand soil from carpets.

4)      Graffiti remover: The Graffiti Remover removes unwanted graffiti from a host of surfaces and renders the surface clean as before. It’s safe and environmental friendly.

5)      Rest room tile and grout cleaner:This is safe and effective against a number of flooring surfaces.

6)      Glass and window cleaner: The Glass & Window Cleaner is vinegar based and doesn’t contain stinking ammonia based compounds. It helps you easily remove many tough stains, smears, soot, water spots etc from glass and mirrors and leaves your surface sparkling clean.

7)      The High Performance Cleaner & Degreaser (HPCD) is a heavy duty surface cleaner that can wipe out the toughest of stains including tire marks, It can also be used along with mops and other cleaning equipment and is one of the most powerful surface cleaner in their range.

You can buy them from http://www.greencleans.com/

Sustainable Fashion

By Anny on April 29th, 2013

Sustainable fashion is a collective term for an Eco-friendly and ethical form of fashion design which can involve using organic materials, decrease or omit chemical usage, not using animal product, generating a lesser carbon footprint and also creating an ethical business process.  The idea behind sustainable fashion is to create a safer, healthier and naturally derived range of apparel. Let’s take a brief look into a few fibers which are being widely used in Eco-friendly and organic clothing ranges.

1)      Jute: Jute is the second most widely cultivated textile crop after cotton and has been traditionally used for bags and sacks. Newer varieties of jute are being widely used in apparels, furnishings etc. Jute fiber is strong, durable, bio-degradable and is sound and heat insulating

2)      Flax: Flax fibers are soft and lustrous  and are used for delicate clothing needs. Flax is generally less elastics  then cotton but is stronger.

Sustainable  Fashion

3)      Hemp: Hemp fiber was traditionally used in making ship canvas. It has a texture similar to linen and is now being widely used in clothing ranges as well as for packaging sacks.

4)      Bamboo: Not many of us are familiar with the fact that a fiber can be extracted from the Bamboo shoots which has natural anti-microbial qualities. It’s now being used in clothing as the unique fiber allows the skin to breathe through the fabric there by reducing perspiration.

5)      Ramie: Ramie is one the oldest fiber crops and has been used since the ages to make coarse fibers. It’s very strong and cloth made from Ramie doesn’t wrinkle much and is lustrous. It usually is  blended with other fibers such as cotton, wool etc.

6)      Abaca: Abaca is a variety of the banana plant and is mainly found in Philippines. It’s used in making handicrafts and also a variety of paper which is used in tea bags. Abaca has been recently used in making regular apparel too.

7)      Kapok: Kapok is also called as Java cotton and is a fiber which is derived from the seed pods of the plant. It extremely light-weight then cotton and can support up to 30 times it weight. It very fragile and cannot be spun and is mainly used for stuffing and for special king of clothing required for diving.

Sustainable  Fashion

We also see the term organic cotton being widely used nowadays. It means cotton which has been cultivated without the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides, and consequently   does not cause any pollution to the environment