Thursday, January 7, 2010

What's in a green registry?

The beauty of an online bridal registry, particularly on, is that one can post virtually any item in cyberspace for guests to purchase. In light of that, if you choose such a registry, why not be picky and choose mostly eco-friendly items? Sure, your guests may have to pay a few bucks more for organic bamboo towels versus mainstream ones, but the end result is that "green" companies get revenue and you get what you want: quality products good for you and the environment.

Here are my favorite environmentally-conscious products from my registry:

Protect Our Water glasses
These tasteful glasses are made from the bottom halves of wine glasses that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. According to the Web site, these glasses are made from prefab bottles that didn't have to be melted or crushed, meaning they didn't require as much energy to produce as ordinary glasses.

Indoor Compost Bucket
If the weather outside is frightful, there's no need to trudge through it to the compost pile to dispose of table scraps - provided you have this nifty bucket. Equipped with activated carbon filters to mask odors, this kitchen compost bucket can store organic matter for days without ruining your kitchen's ideal rosemary or lemon scent.

Bamboo Utensils

So many household items - from bowls to clothes to salad servers - can be purchased in bamboo form, an eco-friendly material that grows rapidly and when harvested does not often harm the plant itself. Unlike cotton, bamboo requires no herbicides or pesticides. As a bonus, bamboo does not scratch cookware and is stronger than wood.

Organic cotton tea towels
Aside from the awesome frigatebird design, these tea towels are made from organic cotton, exponentially better than regular cotton.

Rainforest Sprinkler
As water's value continues to increase, why not save some of this precious commodity when you water your lawn? This little sprinkler uses 1/3 less water than conventional sprinklers. Better yet, why not replace a green lawn by landscaping with beautiful native plants for wildlife?

Green Vendors You Might Like

Gaiam - A Lifestyle Company
Global Exchange - features Fair Trade goods
Nubius Organics
Our Green House
Chulamama - maternity and baby

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