Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lawn Alternatives

http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifLawns are wrong - especially out here in the west where we should have a beautiful golden straw colored-environment during the summer months. All these transplants from greener places are trying to recreate the green-ness that they are used to, in an environment that it does not belong in. Why can't they enjoy the green in the winter, and enjoy our golden California summers?

Out here in the west, they use up all of our fresh water, polute run-off with harmful chemicals and honestly, in my opinion, just do not fit into a California/southwest landscape. Sure they have their uses, soccer is a little hard to play on gravel... but the amount a typical lawn owner actually uses their lawn doesn't justify the harm they cause.

If you have a lawn - and just can't let go of the green sea, replace it with more water-friendly alternatives.

Better Lawn

If you absolutely need a turf area in your yard, really analyze how much of that lawn you actually use, and replace the outer sections that you aren't using with some planting beds for native plants that use less water.

Another way to keep your grass green and healthy is to not cut it shorter than 3", cutting it too short can strain the lawn and cause the tips to brown or to die back completely.

There have been great advances made in turf grass itself, with types that use less water, and are more adapted to dry environments. Check out some of these new grasses http://www.lawncare.net/drought-resistant-grass/

here are some great tips for healthier, greener, eco-friendly lawn care http://www.grinningplanet.com/2006/03-07/lawn-care-tips-article.htm

Visual "Lawn"

If you don't use your lawn a whole lot but want the look of a lawn without using water-sucking turf grass, use a ground cover to create the visual effect of a lawn. The great thing about this option, is you have a lot of flexibility with color and seasonal color - many ground covers flower so You'll have a punch of color at one point of the year, here are some ideas for ground cover.

Thyme - many kinds often strong scents
Sedums - Baby Tears is a perfect example
Herniaria - otherwise known as'Green Carpet'
Leptinella Platt's Black - Brass Buttons


here's link with a huge list of ground covers
http://www.datsplat.com/groundcovers-for-lawns-paths-and-walkways/
You can buy ground covers at any nursury or place online like here http://www.stepables.com

Xeriscaping

Link
Chandler AZ, Xeriscape Demonstration Garden

A totally lawn-free alternative - xeriscaping utilizes gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental irrigation.

Using plants that are native to the area, and allowing plants to go dormant when they naturally do, you can still create a garden that is beautiful.

Some links to get you started:

http://www.lawnreform.org/

http://www.lowimpactliving.com/

http://www.floridayards.org/

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

oyster bucket panniers



Using a standard container in the manufactured food industry, a #2 tub -- not recycle-friendly because of a strength additive required to give it rigidity. Cobbworks offers an alternative to the landfill.

http://www.cobbworks.com/

Friday, August 7, 2009

Recycled Dog Beds



Recycle your old linens and clothes into a new dog bed for your pooch. get a stuff sac from MollyMutt, and fill it with all those items goodwill won't take - stained undershirts, ripped towels, etc...

http://www.mollymutt.com/dog-duvets/stuff-sacks.html

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ray watch from Quicksilver



Quicksilver is claiming this as a green watch since it's made of ebony wood from a sustainable source. They also only made 100 of them and are charging $450 dollars for it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Kid-centric paper company

If you love tactile paper products but also love being ecologically responsible then you'll love Jacki Paper. They make fun, unique items for both kids and adults. We love their philosophy - check out this info from the site:

green is one of our favorite colors.
we try to make green choices wherever we can. we letterpress with natural, soy-based ink. we package our cards in biodegradable sleeves made from corn. our marketing materials are printed using 100% wind power. and we eat our veggies.

http://jackipaper.com/

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Green My Scene

This site has a lot of potential, with videos on making your own salads from you garden, and other topics... but there are not very many posts yet, I hope they keep up with it.


http://www.greenmyscene.com

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Green up your Wedding registry

Some of you have already gathered all the tools you need to live comfortably by the time you get married, and just don't need all the stuff a traditional wedding registry provides. A registry for your honeymoon, life events, or even donations to causes important to you is a green way of providing your wedding guests a way to give you a gift that you need with out the sometimes awkward gift of cash. There is no driving to the store on their side, and no wrapping paper.




http://www.weddinggreen.com/registry/
http://www.thebigday.com/ViewSharedRegistry.asp?list=85932&br=100

Monday, May 11, 2009

Recycled Dog Collars



Who's That Dog recycles fancy leather belts to use as dog collars. there are two sections on the site collars and naked collars. I'm not really sure what the difference is other than the naked collars seem to be unpainted. They are a little pricey($60-65), especially for a recycled product, but are good quality.

http://www.whosthatdog.net/collars.cfm

Monday, May 4, 2009

Natural Sponges


Today I was at Wal-mart (don't judge - I needed some storage containers and didn't feel like spending a thousand dollars on them). But I picked up some sponges while I was there, and found these - Natural Sponges from Scotch Brite. They jumped out to me because they were not dyed crazy bright colors like all the other sponges on the shelf.

The packaging says they are created from 50% natural agave plant(instead of petroleum based fibers for a portion of the scrubbing fibers), have recycled paper content(website says 23%), and are 100% natural. I'm not sure about the addition of the scrubbing side to the sponge - does that involve some kind of glue?

The website pushed that they are biodegradable, but doesn't give any other detail, and though it does claim that agave replaces a portion of the scrubbing fibers, it does not specify that no petroleum based fibers were used.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Reynolds Wrap recycled alumninum foil



This is awesome, I was just useing some alumninum foil and wondered if there was a recycled option, then I saw a commercials for this!

Reynolds Wrap Foil from 100% Recycled Aluminum. The website says it is made from a combination of pre and post consumer waste, but does not give percentages.

The packaging and core are also recycled - made from 100% recovered paper ( this also does not specify post-consumer waste) and the inks used on the product packaging are water-based.

For Earth Day Reynolds is offering a Rebate on the new recycled foil!

Go here on Earth Day http://www.reynoldsrecycled.com to get a rebate coupon for a free roll.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Green Baby Supplies

Eco Rattle points you in the direction of some awesome green items for your baby.

http://www.ecorattle.com/

Monday, April 6, 2009

SF Bay Area Greenbelt Alliance

Since 1958, Greenbelt Alliance has been the San Francisco Bay Area's advocate for open spaces and vibrant places.

http://greenbelt.org/index.shtml

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Green Nail Polish

Canadian company Suncoat has made a water-based nail polish which is safer for you and the environment.



    * environmentally friendly
    * does not dry or discolor nails
    * virtually odor-free
    * non-flammable
    * Phthalate free, FD & C dyes free.
    * Earth pigments and carmine are used for Suncoat nail polish colors.


http://www.suncoatproducts.com/index-polish.htm

Available at natural foods stores around the U.S.

Friday, April 3, 2009

How Toxic is That Flea Medication?


If you'd like to see where your current flea medication is ranked as far as toxicity goes, visit this site that the National Resources Defense Council put together on the topic:
http://www.greenpaws.org/products.php

You can also download their pocket guide to safe chemicals for pets.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Electric Bike



http://sanfrancisco.goa2b.us/products/a2b

    * A stylishly modern fusion between scooter and bicycle
    * Ideal for urban commuting and short trips around town
    * 100% electric; lithium-ion battery for clean, efficient energy
    * 500 watt motor to power you up to 20mph and give you a lift up hills
    * Disc brakes for excellent control and safety
    * Full-suspension for a smooth ride
    * Quiet, so you can still appreciate the world you’re riding through
    * Baskets and side bags available to make commuting and shopping a breeze
    * Simply plug in to recharge, 110v just like your laptop computer
    * Power On Demand allows riders to choose between pedaling, electric motor power, or both.


Thanks to Christina for sending a link...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Honda FCX Clarity



This Hydrogen/Electric Zero Emission Car is available only in CA (mostly SoCal) and only by lease (at $600/month - ouch!). The range of 280 miles per fill up is respectable, but falls a little short of ideal.

You're also going to have to do some research on where to find hydrogen filling stations near you, OR... Honda offers a home filling station - but doesn't list it's price, which makes me think you'll need to take out a second mortgage to afford it.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sustainable coffee

Here's an easy way to find out if that coffee you're about to buy is contribution to rainforest deforestation or not. Look for the Rainforest alliance frog to show that your coffee was grown sustainably.




http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/

Friday, March 20, 2009

Green Shoes



Simple Shoes takes a lot of time and effort to make sure everthing used to make their shoes is as green as possible.

http://simpleshoes.com/

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

rebates on water-saving purchases

Many Water districts offer rebates on washers and toilets Like these from Santa Clara Valley in California

on washers:
http://www.valleywater.org/Water/Water_conservation/In_the_home/Washer_rebates.shtm

on toilets (dual flush):
http://www.valleywater.org/Water/Water_conservation/In_the_home/High_efficiency_toilet_rebates.shtm

water saving plants:
http://www.valleywater.org/Water/Water_conservation/In_the_home/_Water-wise_plant_list.shtm

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Awesome Companies...

Terracycle really goes the extra step to make sure they create products that are completely made of waste. You can even go to heir site and send in items to be recycled like drink packets (Capri Sun style), and cookie and chip wrappers...

Here's just one product of many where they have found ways of using non-recyclable items like wax paper (milk cartons, etc..)

http://www.terracycle.net/

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hiking Vacation

Ever thought about a hiking vacation?

This fabulous site helps you plan a hike along the Pacific Coast Trail, which goes from Mexico to canada along the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

http://www.pctplanner.com