Compost And Cover Crops Are Revolutionizing Wine Industry

Chateau Montelena's cover crop, photo by Debra Atlas

Award-winning winery Chateau Montelena’s cover crop is helping feed the soil and reduce water use, photo by Debra Atlas

Tradition is the foundation of the wine industry. Grapes are grown in an environment proven to nurture their flavor and volume and always as a single crop, never combined with others.

One of the world’s most unique winegrowing properties, Chateau Montelena, an award-winning winery founded in 1888 in the hills of Napa Valley California, is working to make wine growing more eco-friendly.

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Most and least eco-friendly states

WalletHub most-and-least-eco-friendly-states-badgeBillions of taxpayer dollars are being devoted to environmental protection efforts and energy costs., which eat up a significant portion of the average household’s take-home. Today, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2015’s Most & Least Eco-Friendly States. The report showcases the areas doing right by Mother Earth and calls out those seemingly intent on spoiling things for future generations.

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Wear It Forward: Eco Clothing Company Weaves Together Awareness and Charity

Mad Leaf Trucker hatsAs consumers embrace greener lifestyles, their demand for eco-friendly products – running the gamut from cars to home decor – is increasing. Retailers are scrambling to find green products that meet their customers needs.

Launched Dallas-based Mad Leaf Clothing has jumped into the fray, with bold, fun, fashionable eco-friendly designs with a unique thread.

To learn more about this eco-friendly, innovative USA based clothing company, click here to see the full story.

Chico Company Creates Mens Stylish Hemp Clothing

Parallel Revolution's men's shirts are 97% biodegradable

Parallel Revolution’s men’s shirts are 97% biodegradable

Men’s fashion, especially men’s shirts, has evolved more slowly than the eclectic, often frenetic world of women’s fashion. Chico, California-based company Parallel Revolution is leading the way with changes men can feel good about.

Jake Wade and Andrew Schrage co-founded the company in 2010. Schrage was, according to Wade, an eco-driven guy, so the idea of making sustainable men’s clothing was a natural fit.

When Schrage proposed the idea, Wade had two conditions – that their products should be made of hemp and made in the USA. Schrage agreed and the company was born.

To learn more about the surprising sustainability of this eco-friendly clothing line, see the full article here.

Seeing Green in Singapore – A Guide to Eco-Living in the City State

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These solar “supertrees” are part of Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

Editors Note:  The following is a guest post from Ruth Harrison-Roberts.

If you’re someone who prefers to live life in an eco-friendly way, you may be wondering how exactly you’ll manage it in Singapore. The city-state is, after all, a very built-up place, with a dense population, busy roads and high-rise buildings dominating the skyline.

However, it was in fact designed as a garden city! You would never consider grouping it in with Letchworth and Welwyn in the UK, but the premise remains the same: soften the urban sprawl by planting trees along the highways and byways and creating parklands. And, this is one of the first things that people tend to notice when they visit Singapore – just how green it looks.

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A coffee maker that lets you connect with the Fair Trade grower

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Americans love their coffee. Just look at any metropolitan area and you’ll see java places abounding. But with the high cost of our favorite brew, many of us are turning to ways to make it ourselves.

Those of you who’ve followed my work for a while have seen me feature various new crowdfunding ventures. A new one just launched today on Kickstarter I think could be exceptional if it’s funded.

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Love Bug Eraser offers environmentally friendly way to clean your car

Love Bug ErasserYou know what a mess your car can look like when you finally arrive after a long trip. The bug spatter, grime and windshield mess can be pretty nasty. The usual remedies are either take it to the nearest car wash or wash it at home. Both methods rely on harsh chemicals to get the job done.

Don Meyns was frustrated with those solutions. Realizing he needed to develop his own remedy, he set out to create a better, more environmentally friendly way of cleaning cars that wouldn’t be harmful to the paint or finish. After numerous tries, the Love Bug Eraser was born.

To learn more about this versatile and eco-friendly product, go to http://bit.ly/1gnViV1.

Eco-innovators could showcase their products at Walmart

Walmart logoJust saw this news item and thought I’d pass it along.

Do you have a product you believe is both eco-friendly and unique? Does your company manufacture unique products made from recycled content? Do your products promote the use of materials recovered from solid waste? Are your products made from sustainable materials that might be considered “non-traditional?” Do your products provide sustainable advantages that companies and organizations can utilize as part of their construction or in daily operations?

Quest Resource Management Group is seeking innovative products made from eco-friendly materials to present to Walmart and Sam’s Club buyers. At a rare and exclusive event held on October 2, 2013. handpicked manufactures/suppliers of sustainable and recycled content products will be given the opportunity to showcase their unique and innovative products to Walmart buyers and sustainability team at the Sam’s Club Headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Quest Resource Mgmt GroupThis is  for innovative solutions that could be used in consumer products or for Walmart’s retail operations, including the company’s stores and clubs, distribution centers and fleet of trucks. If you feel that your products can add value as sustainable or recycled content, please contact Lindsey Rattan at LindseyR@QuestRMG.com by July 19th.

Whatever your feelings about Walmart may be, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get seen in a big way. Definitely something to jump on as quickly as possible.

Wake up and smell the coffee with this portable espresso maker!

Uniterra Nomad 3Espresso lovers know the pangs of missing their favorite hot beverage while they enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking, boating and RVing are rarely convenient to having an espresso machine around.

UniTerra’s Nomad, a portable espresso machine, will change that.

This small, take-anywhere, eco-friendly coffee maker is in its final days of a Kickstarter campaign that ends early this Wednesday. To learn more about it and see how you can get one, go to http://kck.st/XJRjed.

360 Cookware – the ultimate in green cookware

360 Cookware's Vapor technology cooks evenly throughout for perfect results

360 Cookware’s Vapor technology cooks evenly throughout for perfect results

Look in almost every kitchen and you’ll find at least one non-stick pan, often with a scratches on it.  Because this cookware “wears out”, it needs replacing every few years. What if you could break this cycle and could use the same top quality cookware for years, without worrying about scratches that caused toxic chemicals leaching into your food?

This isn’t a fantasy. Americraft’s 360 Cookware could be the last cookware you’ll ever buy.

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