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Buying Green: 9 Goods for Sustainable Living [Slide Show]

Water-saving faucet adapters, green pet gear and more

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TOTE THE SUN

Reware Products’ backpacks and messenger bags sports solar panels that can power gadgets while you walk, in case a phone or laptop runs low on the go. The price may be prohibitive ($250), but you won’t have to buy that recharger or carry it around.....[ More ]

WALL TO WALL

Carpeting for a room or house consumes lots of material. Mohawk’s EverStrand carpet and backing are made from recycled plastic bottles; the company claims to use nearly three billion bottles a year.....[ More ]

CITY SCRAPS

Apartment owners can compost with this barrel, sized for a roof-top or small backyard. Spinning the composter ($199), done by hand, helps table scraps decompose faster. Real Goods claims the seven-cubic-foot-container produces as much as 85 pounds of odorless compost a year if used at full capacity--which might be a little much for your windowsill herb garden.....[ More ]

CREAM OF THE CROP

Paints containing low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) are becoming popular. But here’s a product that’s really all natural: Real Milk Paint ($46 a gallon), made from purified milk protein, lime, natural fillers and pigment.....[ More ]

ECO-PUPPY

Maybe Fido wants to go green. Harry Barker’s sustainable chew toys ($9) are made from hemp and stuffed with hypoallergenic fiber. The leashes ($22) are manufactured with 100 percent recycled plastic.....[ More ]

THE DRIVE TO SAVE

Good driving techniques can lower fuel consumption. The PLX Kiwi driving monitor is attached to the dashboard and wired to the on-board diagnostics port. It shows the driver when gas is being wasted and what can be done to improve efficiency, and gives a score each time the car is driven.....[ More ]

MORE VACUUM, LESS WATER

Save some money while saving some water. Aerators attach to your faucet and decrease water flow by limiting pressure. Yet Utility Savors claims its model ($27) provides more pressure while still reducing water use by up to 80 percent.....[ More ]

HANG ON TO IT

A wooden bag dryer like this one ($15.95) may look unusual but it might encourage more people to reuse plastic sandwich bags. Just wash ‘em and hang ‘em. There really is no convenient replacement for such bags, but tossing out 20 million a day isn’t convenient for the environment.....[ More ]

CLEAN RIDE

Various soaps are made from natural ingredients such as vegetable oils and organic herbs and spices. But these cleansers are also manufactured without using any electricity. The employees at Real Goods literally pedal on bicycles to power the machines that mix the ingredients in soap vats.....[ More ]

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