Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

For many, the Holidays can be a reflective time for giving thanks for all we have in our lives; our family, our friends, the food on our table and the beauty of our planet. It’s also a time to think about how we can help those who are less fortunate. Here, we highlight some companies that we love for their dedication to their communities, their products, and the planet!

Plus you’ll earn cash back with all of these stores when you shop through Giving Assistant!

Vera Bradley

6% cash back

Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, Inc.

Since Vera Bradley founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller began raising funds in memory of their friend and co-worker Mary Sloan, the Vera Bradley Foundation has donated more than $23 million toward a future free from breast cancer. All funds support the talented clinicians and researchers working toward a cure in the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

More Philanthropic Causes

Vera Bradley matches employees’ contributions to local United Way agencies and other non-profits that are important to them nationwide. Their Volunteer Time Off program encourages employees to apply their time and talents at a non-profit mission of their choice on paid company time one day per year. In all, Vera Bradley donates product and dollars to more than 1000 causes annually.

Nordstrom

7% cashback

Products and Programs   

Nordstrom gives back through several programs and products including but not limited to:

Shoes That Fit: Nordstrom’s annual holiday giving program that has provided tens of thousands of pairs of new shoes to kids in need across the country

Treasure&Bond: Nordstrom’s brand that gives 2.5% of its net sales to nonprofits that empower youth.

M·A·C Viva Glam: supporting HIV/AIDS research, education and programs through the sale of M·A·C Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipglass products

United Way: Nordstrom partners with employees to support United Way organizations through donations and volunteerism

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Environment

Nordstrom is committed to reducing or eliminating impacts on the environment wherever possible. Over the years Nordstrom has reduced their energy and water usage while also decreasing emissions. Not only are all bags and boxes at Nordstrom recyclable, they’re using less packaging and choosing products made of recycled content. Sustainable foods and beverages as well as local and organic produce are used in Nordstrom restaurants and coffee bars whenever possible. This supports local farmers, minimizes greenhouse-gas emissions during transport from farm to table, and provides customers with the freshest choices. All menus and printed materials in Nordstrom restaurants and coffee bars contain a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste, and organic recycling programs are in place where local composting facilities exist. Nordstrom also strives to offer environmentally friendly apparel, shoes and accessories. It’s easy to find these products online—type “eco-friendly” or “sustainable” into the search box at Nordstrom.com!

The Honest Company

Up to 5% cash back

Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan founded The Honest Company with one goal: to deliver effective, but unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable products for you, your children, and your home; something they believe everyone should have access to. The Honest Company feels tremendous responsibility to the planet we all call home. They are serious about being honest stewards and protectors of the natural environment. Therefore, they seek to inspire new solutions, reduce collective impact, cause no unnecessary harm, and make products that are as non-toxic and healthy as possible.

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“We are committed to both individual and corporate social responsibility – taking selfless actions that benefit others. This includes charitable partnerships, working with advocates on promoting policy changes that better protect our children and planet, and supporting the efforts of our employees with paid community service days and direct matches of non-profit donations.” – The Honest Company

Check out their full line of products here!

Chaco

10% cash back

Chaco became famous in 1989 for their durable, sustainable sandals designed for almost any outdoor adventure. Their sandals are built to last and designed to be repaired when needed. When your well-trodden pair is on its last leg, let Chaco experts step in. Fewer shoes thrown away means less waste for you and for the planet!

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Check out all of their sandals (plus all of their other footwear and outdoor accessories!) here!

Speaking of the environment…what better way to celebrate the planet than to get outdoors? Backcountry has everything for the adventure seeker in everyone! Plus 12% cash back!

Meanwhile, over here at Giving Assistant…

Our members have now donated over $106,000 to nonprofits and over 339,429 hot meals to families in need via Feeding America! Way to go! Plus, just in time for Giving Tuesday, we’ll be donating an additional meal to Feeding America for every qualifying purchase made through Giving Assistant on Giving Tuesday. That means two meals instead of one will be donated to a family or person in need. Thanks for joining in on our mission of shopping wisely to help others!

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Happy shopping, and happy giving!

6 Top Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets for your Favorite Chef

6 Top Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets for your Favorite Chef

So you love to cook, but worry about the negative effect your heavy use of kitchen gadgets has on the environment? Spend less time fretting and more time cooking with these 6 guilt-free, eco-friendly kitchen gadgets.

 

Many household kitchen items aren’t exactly energy efficient or harmonious with Mother Nature. Not the case with these 6. We scoured through the top earth-friendly kitchen appliances to bring you the best of the best. Do we smell cookies baking in the induction-technology oven?

Top 6 Chef and Earth-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets

1) FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System

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This foodsaver allows you to vacuum-seal any leftovers or unused food. Its vacuum-sealing technology locks in the freshness and keeps out air, which means the food lasts for much longer in the refrigerator or freezer.

Stop throwing away leftovers after a few days or worrying about freezer-burned meat. Vacuum seal your food and use it when you need it without worrying about it spoiling.

2) LG – 23.8 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel

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This LG refrigerator is highly energy-efficient. It also uses LED lighting, which means the bulbs don’t need to be replaced as often as traditional refrigerators.

And with its smart-cooling technology, you can direct the most airflow and cooling to specific areas of the refrigerator, which means less spoilage and longer-lasting food.

3) Maytag 24″ Jetclean® Plus Built-In Dishwasher w/ Premium Rack Glides – Stainless Steel

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This dishwasher is Energy Star-compliant, and it features some heavy-duty cleaning power. Instead of rinsing or scrubbing your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher, you can load them straight into the racks.

The extreme cleaning power of this Maytag dishwasher blasts any food residue and particles, leaving your dishes sparkling clean without using additional water or detergent. Best of all, the food dissolves during the cleaning process, so it can’t get stuck inside the hoses or filters.

4) PUR Faucet Mount – Stainless Steel

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Water straight from the tap can taste metallic and may contain contaminants. Bottled water can provide clean filtered water, but the plastic bottles never disintegrate and pollute landfills.

With this PUR faucet filter, you can get refreshing, ice cold filtered water directly from your kitchen sink. Just install a disposable filter inside the device, connect it to your faucet and enjoy clean water that’s free from mineral deposits and other particles that affect taste and purity.

5) Waste King Food Waste Disposer, L-8000 1 HP, EZ-Mount

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Stop wasting money and plastic buying garbage bags for unused or spoiled food. With this garbage disposal from Walmart, you can dispose of your food quickly and without filling up your trash bin with spoiled or leftover food.

This garbage disposal’s stainless steel design means it will hold up to even the toughest jobs and will last for years. It’s also insulated, which means its operation is much quieter than most garbage disposals on the market.

6) Electrolux Wave-Touch 4.2 cu. ft. Slide-In Double Oven Induction Range with Self-Cleaning Convection Oven in Stainless Steel

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This high-tech oven and stove top uses induction technology during cooking, which uses less than half the energy compared to a traditional stove. In addition, the faster and more efficient heating process means your food will cook 30 percent faster.

The oven also has two compartments for cooking different items at different temperatures, as well as self-cleaning features that eliminate the need for harsh cleaning products. Finally, the oven has an automatic shutoff feature if the oven is ever left on for more than 12 hours, giving you peace of mind and energy savings.

List of Kitchen Gadgets + Where to Buy Them

Here’s a quick compilation of our 6 best ec0-friendly kitchen gadgets, complete with where to shop for them!

  • FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System (Find at Amazon, QVC, JCPenny, and Target).
  • LG – 23.8 Cu. Ft. Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator – Stainless-Steel (Find at Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowes).
  • Maytag 24″ Jetclean® Plus Built-In Dishwasher w/ Premium Rack Glides – Stainless Steel (Find at Sears, Lowes, and Amazon).
  • PUR Faucet Mount – Stainless Steel (Find at Walmart, Target, and Drugstore.com).
  • Waste King Food Waste Disposer, L-8000 1 HP, EZ-Mount (Find at Amazon, Sears, and Walmart).
  • Electrolux Wave-Touch 4.2 cu. ft. Slide-In Double Oven Induction Range with Self-Cleaning Convection Oven in Stainless Steel (Find at Amazon, Sears, and Lowes).

Enjoy Cooking with these Top-Notch, Eco-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets!

With these gadgets, you can cook, bake, re-hydrate and clean to your heart’s content without worrying about its effect on the environment. Best of all, these gadgets are built to last and are beautiful in design and appearance, increasing your home’s appeal and value for years to come.

Solar Powered Tent Review: Convenience or Hindrance?

Solar Powered Tent Review: Convenience or Hindrance?

The solar power movement is making a serious splash amongst eco-friendly individuals, and we have the scoop on the latest sunny trend: the solar powered tent.

Designed to bring convenience and connectivity to your camping experience, the solar powered tent essentially allows the outdoorsy to have as much internet access in the great outdoors as is available in the not-so-great indoors. This tent will do you the favor (or hindrance, depending on how you look at it) of charging up all those techy devices we so heavily rely on – iPhones, laptops, you name it.

It does subtract from the earthy, wild experience just a tad — picture this: you’re huddling around a toasty campfire, enveloped in a blanket of expansive starry skies, soaking up the tranquil orchestra of rustling leaves swaying from towering trees – when, you’re jolted by that familiar interruption – that dull vibrating and buzzing noise. Text messages and email alerts snap you right out of your trance.

All technology bitterness and back-to-nature advocacy aside, we do see some perks to this innovative gadget. Here, we’ll break down how it works, features of the most popular brand, and the pros and cons of following the trend.

What is a Solar Powered Tent?

Solar powered tents are traditional tents with a tech twist. Equipped with a solar panel, these tents allow you to charge all your devices (mobile phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, speakers, and mp3 players), so you never have to truly unplug. That’s right: any low-voltage device is chargeable from the energy of the sun.

The tent’s solar panel must be facing the sun as much as possible throughout the entire day. As the panel brings in the energy from the sun, the lithium solar storage bank stores it for use later. This energy transfers directly to your device.

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How It Works – A Simple Solar Solution

Intimidated by gadgets? Don’t sweat it. The setup and application of the solar powered tent hardly varies from that of your typical regular old tent. Here, we’ll outline how a major brand quickly growing in popularity, Bang Bang Tents, harnesses the sun’s power.

Popular Brand: Bang Bang Solar Powered Tent

Bang Bang Solar Tents were originally designed for a target audience of outdoor music festival go-ers. The trend has since caught on as an option for campers of all destinations. The details:

  • Inside each tent is a small 5w solar panel which captures the energy from the sun during the day and a lithium solar storage bank which stores the energy until you need it.
  • How-to: place solar panel in pocket located at the rear of the tent. Make sure the solar cell is facing direct sunlight. Plug the solar panel into the power bank. The energy of the sun will charge your device.
  • Each tent comes with: 5w solar panel, lithium solar storage bank, and mobile phone/USB charging adaptors.
  • What it can charge: mobile phone, laptop, speakers, mp3 player, and camera.
  • Size: Sleeps 4 people.

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Perks of the Bang Bang Solar Powered Tent

Quirky colors make tent spotting a breeze. Seasoned campers are all too familiar with the frustration of losing one’s tent in a sea of grayish blue or brown look-a-likes. With Bang Bang Solar Tents, this will not be an issue. You may even get a few odd looks, but you certainly will have no trouble standing out. Bang Bang tents come in a variety of flashy styles, some of which include: geometric shapes, jellybean pattern, butterflies, chopped wood, and grass.

These durable tents are made to last, set up quickly, and can withstand anything from a downpour to the scorching sun thanks to waterproof polyester fabric.

The Plus Side 

Sadly, vacation doesn’t always mean leaving work responsibilities behind. Family camping trips to Yellowstone or romantic Yosemite backpacking adventures are often forgotten and dismissed because fully unplugging from work feels unrealistic. In such cases, solar powered tents are highly convenient for people who crave nature but can’t afford to flee to the woods with reckless abandon.

We wouldn’t suggest wasting days cooped up inside the tent, laptop in hand. Still, one could argue that the ability to check in and connect with the “real world” makes long treks in the wilderness easier for the tech-reliant.

On that note, you could potentially extend your trip now that you’ve released the need to hurry back. You know what … if this makes camping so ridiculously convenient and comfortable, why not pack up for good and just live in a solar powered tent? We could certainly get on board with working from Sequoia Nat’l Park or Zion Nat’l Park.

Downside: Isn’t the point of camping to disconnect from tech?

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Like it or not, our fast-paced, tech-hungry society lives and breathes convenience and distraction. We must be plugged in and reachable 24/7. Have a few moments of silence? Better fill it with music, texting, facebook, instagram, twitter, pinterest, or insert your preferred go-to distraction.

The daily demand to be  hooked up to our devices is relentless. Until now, trekking out to peaceful, undisturbed, untouched, untarnished nature – the only place resistant to our materialism and petty problems – has been our 1 and only escape from it all. Our last chance to cut free from the clutter, clear our busy minds, and gain a fresh perspective on what is truly valuable and beautiful in this lifetime.

So, now we’re hauling our clunky, cumbersome devices out to the place we’re meant to escape from it? You may as well just stay at home.

“Experiencing nature is about recharging our souls, bodies, and minds. Not about recharging our iPhones.”

Think about it: when you’re tuned into screen time, you’re tuning out from the world around you. This moving short film makes the sad, raw truth very clear: when we choose to focus on our tech devices, we are choosing to disengage from experiencing the actual moment.

Many of us head to the mountains to restore, relax, and heal. There is nothing as detoxing and cleansing as crisp mountain air and the fresh scent of pines. But hold up: screen time in the mountains? That doesn’t cut it. A study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden found that heavy technology use has been linked to fatigue, stress, and depression in young adults. Pitching a tent and chillin lakeside with your laptop doesn’t negate the effects.

One last thing: you know how annoying it is to overhear someone’s loud cell phone conversation at a coffee shop? Meet, your new fellow campground neighbors.

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Still interested? Fair enough -Where to buy a solar powered tent:

We won’t judge. We are big fans of solar power, and we don’t want to downplay the eco-friendly strides being made by the solar powered tent. We see the convenience perks, and if it helps more people get outside and enjoy nature, then there is a lot of good in that!

Just make sure you only use it for brief moments of tech time. Be strict with yourself – 10 minutes to check your work email is one thing. Watching an episode of Modern Family (and missing the sunset because of it) is another.

To find a solar powered tent, check out: eBay, REI, Backcountry.com, and Amazon.

8 Sustainable Gardening Tips for a Greener Thumb

8 Sustainable Gardening Tips for a Greener Thumb

Follow these 8 sustainable gardening tips for the greenest garden on the block.

There are few things as soothing and grounding as gardening. Putting your hands in the dirt and getting in touch with the earth is a beautiful way to escape from day-to-day stressors. On top of these soulful benefits, gardening is also an excellent way to stock your kitchen with fresh, flavorful foods.

To grow the healthiest crops, you need to protect your environment. These sustainable gardening tips will ensure your seeds and starter plants provide more help than hurt to your garden.

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8 Sustainable Gardening Tips for Eco-Friendlier Planting:

1) Use an empty milk jug as a watering can.

  • You have no need to buy a new container for pouring water on your plants. Just use an empty milk jug, juice container or other large bottle destined for the landfill to give your plants a drink.

2)  Save kitchen scraps for use as compost.

  • Be patient with your compost pile; it will take a while for your discarded carrot tops, leaves, greens, egg shells, fruit peels, yard clippings and other biodegradable debris to become usable compost. Do not add meat, oil or other fattening substances.
  • You can follow recipes that call for adding earthworms and bugs to the mix. The addition of these living organisms will make your pile decompose even faster.
  • You can store your compost waste in a wood, wired fence, or screen container that allows for air circulation. Commercial composters are a good way to ensure you’re composting correctly.

3) Use scraps around the house to deter worms, bugs and other pests.

  • Use toilet paper rolls to keep out animals that thrive on the stems of starter plants.
  • Scare away garden pests with used aluminum foil scraps. Some small animals and insects do not like the shiny reflection from the sunlight. 

4)  Save wasted water and reuse it.

  • Any leftover pet or cooking water works. Ice cubes do, as well.
  • Do not use any liquid supply that could be contaminated or that might have animal fats in it. Examples: dirty toilet water or liquid you used to boil a roast in a Crock Pot.
  • You can also harvest rainwater to use when giving your plants a drink.

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5) Use old wine bottle corks and/or old seed packets for markers.

  • Write on the corks the name of the seeds or plants that you placed in specific rows. Then, insert the corks into the ground.
  • Place an opened, empty seed packet over the top of a wooden stake used as a marker.

6) Use old branches and clippings as insulation.

  • Place any small twigs, leaves and grass clippings you gather in the fall. Place them over the soil surface of your spring-blooming tulip beds.

7) Reuse old, cleaned-out containers and pots.

  • Repurpose leftover plant pots and old food containers to use as pots to grow seedlings.
  • Make sure they have a few tiny slots or holes cut into them at the bottom to drain liquid after watering.

8) Use recycled materials as planters or anchors.

  • If you’re planting flowers in pots in front of your house, and you don’t want them to fly away, you need heavy planters.
  • Do the earth a favor by using heavy, recycled containers like thick glass bottles.
  • Keep them stationary by using anchors made from unwanted kitchen utensils, which require few resources to produce.

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Tip for Easy Sustainable Gardening Shopping:

If in need of sustainable gardening supplies, you will have great success at stores like: Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart. Each has a wonderful home & garden section. Always remember to ask for eco-friendly options!

Happy Planting!

There’s no better way to enjoy these gorgeously warm days than some peaceful, meditative planting. Here’s to stopping to smell the flowers!

Organic Rising: Solution to the Food Crisis?

Organic Rising: Solution to the Food Crisis?

Directed by Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award winning filmmaker and photojournalist, Anthony Suau, Organic Rising is an eye-opening, revolutionary documentary. While its message is profound, its intention is simple: to educate the American population on the pressing importance of the organic, sustainable agricultural movement.

Anthony Suau believes the United States is in the midst of a devastating tragedy. He says,

“For decades, extensive, clever marketing disguised unlabeled processed foods containing poisonous pesticides, untested genetically modified corn and soy products, and vast amounts of sugar.”

It is exactly this facade that Organic Rising intends to tear down. With this documentary, the organic farming community seeks to shed light on the current bleak conditions of our food system and motivate us to wake up and take action.

The Troublesome Truth

Anthony calls attention to these unnerving facts about traditional, non-organic farming:

  • Poisonous systemic pesticides can be found in many GMO food products and make up as much as 70% of the food on our supermarket shelves.
  • “80% of the antibiotics in the United States today are fed to factory farm animals to make them grow faster and survive the crowded and unsanitary conditions they live in.
  • Taken in small doses over time, these drugs can build up an immunity in humans that make it difficult for us to fight bacterial infections that are now killing up to 18,000 Americans a year.

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How is this Allowed?

You may be thinking, “why on earth would anyone let this happen?”

Well, holding too much power (and money) can sometimes lead to terrifying outcomes. To understand the root cause of this atrocity, we must look at who is in charge: Food companies and biotech firms on Wall Street (example: Monsanto) run a food industry that is a 1.2 trillion dollar a year business. They use this influence to control government policies.

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Organic Rising offers a Sunny Solution

No need to boycott grocery shopping altogether. Organic Rising focuses on the uplifting solution. Rather than scare us into helplessness, it empowers us with the knowledge that these matters are entirely in our hands.

A corrupt food industry has absolutely no power if we choose not to purchase its toxic products. Instead, we must vote for a cleaner, healthier food system by purchasing organic products.

By providing an outlet for organic farmers and experts to share their stories, Organic Rising educates the public on the vast differences between organic foods and pesticide ridden, GMO foods.

Why Organic Farming?

In the film, Miles McEvoy of the USDA explains the regulations organic farmers must follow:

  • No use of poisonous pesticides
  • No use of GMO products
  • No use of antibiotics in any farm animals for food production

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An Incredible Impact

The Organic Rising filmmakers inspire us with this message:

America’s food crisis has ignited the civil rights movement of our time … if the masses decide we’ve been lied to with this system, it would be revolutionary.

We here at Giving Assistant believe in not only speaking up to talk about the causes we support, but also in taking action to practice what we preach. We will be protesting the corruption of America’s food industry and advocating for the organic movement with every purchase we make.

To learn more or support the cause, visit the Organic Rising Indiegogo campaign.

10 Eco-Friendly Gadgets for Every Tech Lover and Tree Hugger

10 Eco-Friendly Gadgets for Every Tech Lover and Tree Hugger

Tech Lovers and Tree Huggers: 10 Must-Have Eco-Friendly Gadgets 

Don’t get us wrong, we love a good gadget. Yet, with such a vast, ever-growing selection of new products to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why we are bringing you our Top 10 favorite additions to the market, each designed with a healthy dose of eco-friendliness.

It’s just another way to make your life easier and give back to the environment. What can we say, we like to multi-task.

28oz Water Bottle Basily

Eco-Friendly Gadget #1: Basily 28oz Infuser Water Bottle – Create Your Own Beverage

Bad News: Disposable plastic water bottles take thousands of years to dissolve and contribute to huge landfills throughout the world.

The Fix: It is always an excellent idea to stay fully hydrated – may it be at work or at play. Still, that’s no excuse to overflow our trash cans with discarded bottles. Instead, we can choose reusable water bottles. You’ll stay just as refreshed, with less plastic mess.

Our favorite: Infuser Water Bottle from Amazon. This bottle allows you to add slices of fresh fruit inside it for a drink both sweet and vitamin packed.

 

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #2: Biodegradable Laptop by Asus

The Bad News: Laptops are made with plastic and other heavy metals that use large amounts of natural resources to manufacture. They are also very difficult to breakdown.

The Fix: Eco-friendly adjustments to laptops have made a much appreciated appearance! The idea is to reduce the use of metal and replace it will natural materials.

Our Favorite: Asus released the U2E Bamboo-series of laptops to provide consumers with a laptop made of renewable sources.

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #3: NOOK HD 9” Tablet 32GB Memory

The Bad News: While diving into a good book is always an excellent way to spend an afternoon, we know that those captivating pages are made from our friends the trees. Not to mention, stashing several heavy books in your bag can really weigh you down!

The Fix: E-readers significantly cut back on paper waste and provide a convenient way to have hundreds of books on hand everywhere you go.

Our Favorite: Sleek and sturdy, the NOOK HD 9” Tablet from Walmart is an e-reader made to last.

High Efficiency Washer from LG

Eco-Friendly Gadget #4: LG High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washer

The Bad News: Washing machines are one of the greatest conveniences of the modern age, but many are wasteful and use enormous amounts of water and electricity to wash a single load of clothes.

The Fix: There is now a better, faster way to get through Laundry Day. High-efficiency washers cut down on the amount of water used and wash time. You conserve water and lower your power bills.

Our Favorite: The LG High-Efficiency Washer from Best Busy helps protect the environment, while still ensuring your clothes are bright and clean.

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #5: Apple TV 

The Bad News: Cluttering your home with plastic CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray cases and disks is both wasteful and a hassle to organize!

The Fix: You can switch all your favorite media from hard copies to digital streaming.

Our Favorite: The sleek Apple TV device from Target hooks up to your HDTV and allows you to stream movies, music and television shows directly to your television. You can even store your purchased library or rent media on-demand.

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #6: LG 60LA7400 60-Inch HDTV

The Bad News: For years, big-screen televisions were notorious for sucking up electricity and putting out huge amounts of heat directly into people’s homes.

The Fix: Thankfully, LCD and plasma technology has made televisions lighter, thinner, and less power-hungry.

Our Favorite: LG has taken that one step further with this 60-inch model available at Amazon. It is one of the most energy-efficient on the market.

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #7: Bedol Water Clock

The Bad News: Alarm clocks are big energy wasters.

The Fix: Creative companies are coming up with alternatives to battery-operated alarm clocks, such as water alarm clocks.

Our Favorite: With the Bedol Water Clock at Bed, Bath and Beyond, your morning shower won’t be the only water waking you up in the morning. This alarm clock is powered by water and will last up to six months before the water needs to be replaced.

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #8: Sol’e Solar Powered MP3 Player

The Bad News: MP3 players use batteries that degrade and can be harmful to the environment over time.

The Fix:  People are wising up about the negative environmental effects of our tech gadget use, so innovative companies have found ways to get power from natural sources, like the sun!

Our Favorite: The Sol’e Solar Powered MP3 Player, available at Overstock.com, is the perfect music player for hikes, bicycle rides or just hanging out by the pool.

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #9: i-Ecko Eco-Friendly Speakers

The Bad News: Materials used to create your speakers are often toxic to the earth and build up in our landfills.

The Fix: You can now choose speakers made from recycled materials and natural fibers. Pair your eco-friendly speakers with your solar powered MP3 player, and you’ll be grooving your way toward a better world.

Our Favorite: i-Ecko Eco-Friendly Speakers available at Amazon. These maintain a great sound and are made from natural and recycled materials.

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Eco-Friendly Gadget #10: Grovermade Bamboo iPad Case

The Bad News: iPad cases are commonly made with unsustainable materials.

The Fix: It is all too easy to bump and scratch up your iPad, so proper protection goes a long way. Now you can find durable, long-lasting cases made from natural alternatives, such as Bamboo.

Our Favorite: This eye-catching and beautiful Bamboo iPad Case from Grovemade will protect your tablet and the environment.

 

Get Your Tech On!

So, now you are clad in bamboo, you wake up to water alarms, and you jam out to sun-powered tunes. Enjoy these eco-friendly gadgets and send a little love to our Earth.