Recycled wine corks get new life as stylish footwear

ReCork 2 new shoes

We’re able to recycle more things now than ever before. Entrepreneurs continue to come up with innovative processes that promise to keep expanding the list.

The latest recycling innovation is a new Kickstarter campaign I recently found called “ReCORK: Imagine Carbon Negative Footwear”. ReCORK promises stylish footwear for men and women made from recycled natural wine corks.

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Lur® Apparel marries fashion and sustainability

Lur logoFashion is big business. Just look at all the TV, radio and print commercials targeting even the youngest consumers of all – our kids. Whether you think this is good or bad, one thing’s certain. The fashion industry, particularly women’s fashion, is constantly changing.

The women’s fashion industry chases the season, says Mike Heiman, co-founder of Lur® Apparel. “There’s always pressure to come up with new colors, new designs and styles.”

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Topricin offers natural therapy for pain

Carpal Tunnel makes handling objects difficult photo by dcalneo, Flickr

Pain, especially if it’s long lasting, can seriously curtail your ability to be active.

A few years ago I had carpal tunnel so severe I couldn’t close my hands or hold things. I experienced frequent shooting jolts of electric-pain down my arms. I stumbled on a pain relief healing cream called Topricin that turned everything around.

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Indie Lee – real natural beauty products

indie Lee uses natural ingredients you can count on in her beauty products

As consumers get more savvy about what’s in their food, what’s in our personal care and beauty products often gets by us. Yet many major manufacturers continue to use ingredients considered to be toxic.

Chemicals like Propylene Glycol (PG), Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth) Sulfate are also found in brake fluid, antifreeze and paint, and in engine degreasers. They have been found to cause all sorts of health issues including kidney damage, rashes, even linked to hair falling out.

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Unique space-saving gadgets for our on-the-go lives

Double Shot is a French Press & double shot coffee mug all-in-one

Americans love their coffee. From Starbucks to Peet’s, the sheer number of coffee specialty places are astounding.

Americans use 23 billion coffee cups every year. The average office worker goes through around 500 disposable cups each year, but the large majority of “hot cups” aren’t made from recycled material, and they’re rarely recyclable. That means those billions of cups – with their synthetic, petroleum-based lining – end up in our landfills, to last for hundreds of years.

Planetary Design – an innovative Montana-based company that’s committed to preserving and perfecting the little things that make life more enjoyable – has created several high quality solutions.

For more on these sleek-looking and oh-so-useful products, see http://bit.ly/rhaFx9.

Highways paved with solar panels could be around the corner

Solar highways could replace asphalt roads in our future

 

Roads and highways have been covered with asphalt since President Dwight Eisenhower opened the federal highways in the 1950’s. 

Today, that black liquid’s getting expensive – close to $1,000 a ton – and being petroleum-based, chances are the price will keep going up. 

Inventor Scott Brusaw is working towards an innovative, more environmentally friendly possibility – the Solar Highway

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Geämi delivers a green alternative to bubble wrap

Now there's a green alternative to bubble wrap

 

Anyone who’s shipped a package knows that bubble wrap, which has been around since 1960, is the standard for protecting fragile objects from damage.  

But being a petroleum-based product, it and its cousin packing peanuts, have drawbacks, including being a hassle to deal with.  

A lot of customers want to get away from the plastic stuff , said Lynn Moe, Business Development Director for Geämi Sustainable Protective Packaging.  

Geämi (pronounced ge ah me) is an effective eco-friendly alternative to bubble wrap.  

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ChicoBag’s Produce Collection – a great alternative to clear plastic supermarket bags

Single use plastic bags are a growing environmental threat

Over one billion single-use plastic bags get handed out every day in the U.S.  Costing retailers an average of $4 billion annually, these bags are made from petroleum and toxic chemicals that create pollution and greenhouse gases. Hundreds of thousands of sea and land-based creatures mistake them for food and often end up dying an agonizing death. With a large majority of these bags ending up in landfills, these bags pose a serious environmental problem.

The good news is while some communities are beginning to ban the use of these bags, Americans are slowly shifting to using reusable bags instead. One of the leading makers of reusable bags is ChicoBag.

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Cereplast meets consumer demand with new bioplastics

Cereplast's new resins will create biodegradable plastic products that reduce landfill impact and GHG emissions

Cereplast's new resins will create biodegradable products that reduce landfill impact and GHG emissions

 

Known for their quality line of bioplastic resins, Cereplast Inc. has bowed to consumer demand by introducing eleven new grades of bioplastic resins.

I’ve written a few posts on the varied use of bioplastics in consumer products (see http://3.ly/bQ3P and http://3.ly/GKcW).  Cereplast’s resins are used to produce products as diverse as tableware and cutlery,  toys,  healthcare/hygiene products, bottles/containers, bags, packaging, gift cards, printed displays, straws, and  pipes, conduits.

In the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill, consumers are demanding more sustainable solutions that rely less on petroleum, says the company.

Cereplast anticipates this demand will result in the company shipping approximately 16 million pounds of bio-plastic resins to customers this year, a 400 percent rise in shipments and 190 percent rise in revenue over 2009 figures.

With the new line of resins, Cereplast will produce plastics using a more sustainable manufacturing process. These plastics, says the company, will reduce landfill disposal and greenhouse gas emissions.