Are your customers still using flimsy plastic bags to hold produce? Made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, these airy, mesh bags could help elevate green shopping to the next level.
A centuries-old Japanese water-filtration technique, Kishu is a natural, plastic-free way to purify water. Over a series of days, artisans slowly burn sustainably harvested oak branches, creating hundreds of microcavities primed to absorb toxins such as lead, cadmium, mercury and copper. Plus, Kishu infuses your water with calcium and magnesium.
Store your produce with compostable, low-tech FreshPaper and it’ll stay fresh longer. Like a dryer sheet, you just drop it into a refrigerator drawer or whatever bag or carton you store produce in. Infused with organic ingredients such as maple-scented fenugreek, FreshPaper inhibits the bacterial and fungal growth on fresh fruits and veggies that leads to spoilage.
The epitome of environmental activism, method debuts the world’s first bottle made from plastic discarded along the ocean. Designed to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a massive debris concentration in the northern Pacific Ocean—method’s employees collected more than 1 ton of plastic from Hawaiian beaches and helped transform it into a usable material. We’re enamored by the sleek, sea urchin-esque bottle design, too.
Clothing made from natural materials can look drab. While we admire the mission to reduce dependence on commercially farmed cotton (considered one of the “dirtiest” crops because of heavy pesticide spraying), style is still important. Cheers to Synergy’s whimsical spring 2013 line of gorgeous dresses, jackets, skirts and yoga wear made from certified-organic cotton and with low-impact dyes.
These new sustainable and eco-friendly products will soon be seen in a home near you; but first, a preview at Natural Products Expo West 2013.
Photos by Carmel Zucker