The Newest, Coolest Green Products

  • Going green…

    Recently I had the pleasure of covering the 2010 Green Products Expo in Manhattan at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. It is important to note that these are not necessarily the most groundbreaking new products on Earth—in fact, anyone can exhibit if they pay for a table (between $1,500 and $2,100 each). This makes it the reporter’s job to sift through the products exhibited, separating the diamonds from the rough. So, here they are, the newest products out there that are trying to make your carbon footprint smaller. Some are great … and others are just bizarre. Photo Credit: rainforest_harley
    Andira Rain Tees
  • Andira Rain Tees

    We met founder Beth Doane, who showed us some of her bestselling Rain Tees. The concept is simple: “Rain Tees are a 100% organic luxury line of apparel for women and children designed by youth living in endangered rain forests across Central and South America. Andira donated school supplies to the children and asked them to illustrate what they see happening in their world every day. Each Rain Tee features their thoughts, illustrations and names. For every Rain Tee sold, a child involved in Kids Saving the Rain Forest, Costa Rica will receive a tree they can plant to replace one that has been destroyed.” Price: $36 per shirt Photo Credit: Andira Rain Tees
    Little Green Deep Cleaner
  • Little Green Deep Cleaner

    We met Beth Jester from Bissell. They manufacture the Bissell 1400-7 Little Green Multi-Purpose Compact Earth-Friendly Deep Cleaner, which works surprisingly well at hoovering up stains and other detritus on rugs and carpets. The cleaner sports “parts made from post-consumer recycled plastic; PVC-free tanks and hose.” Uh, great, but still not exactly eco-friendly overkill… Price: $79 Photo Credit: Bissell
    LeakAlertor
  • LeakAlertor

    Definitely one of the more bizarre products we encountered at the Expo, the LeakAlertor is a small device you install in your toilet… It measures the “acoustics” each time you flush and eventually develops a “profile” for your toilet. If it suspects your toilet is leaking or otherwise acting inefficiently, a red light flashes, signaling you should get a plumber to check it out—and fix your leak! If the warning light goes unheeded for a certain amount of time, it begins to emit an audible chirp. Price: $19.95 Photo Credit: LeakAlertor
    Profile Smart 305 Round Front Plus
  • Profile Smart 305 Round Front Plus

    The Profile Smart, which we informally referred to as the “toilet sink,” is a toilet with an “integrated sink for enhanced water savings.” You see, “after flushing, fresh cold water is directed through the faucet for hand washing and drains into the tank to be used for the next flush.” It’s also a high-efficiency dual flush toilet. Fancy. Price: $480 Photo Credit: Caroma USA
    GoodLight Natural Candles
  • GoodLight Natural Candles

    “GoodLight is the first company ever to offer paraffin-free, clean-burning, non-toxic candles at prices that are equal to or less than the petroleum-based paraffin votives and tea lights burning in countless restaurants, bars, hotels, churches, spas, and yoga studios across America.” Alrighty then. Their candles are, instead, made from palm wax. They begin taking orders March 15. Photo Credit: GoodLight Natural Candles
    Sustain A Cup
  • Sustain A Cup

    “Sustain A Cup is the first coffee cup made from 100% recycled fiber. Before Sustain A Cup, the highest recycled content of any cup on the market was 25%. Now, no new trees are used to manufacture these cups saving trees, and by using unbleached paperboard there is no impact on our water systems. This allows us to use our trees for a higher purpose than a single use paper cup.” A higher purpose like an expo PR flyer! Just kidding. It’s a cool idea. Photo Credit: MODCUP
    Toshiba NB300 series netbook
  • Toshiba NB300 series netbook

    This product was at the Expo because this super-compact and lightweight netbook has up to 11 hours of battery life. It sports a 10.1” screen size (diagonal measurement) and has “power-saving Toshiba eco utility” built in. Price: $349.99 and up Photo Credit: Toshiba
    Body Glove Water Filter Bottle (18 oz.)
  • Body Glove Water Filter Bottle (18 oz.)

    This one has a special filter that reduces 99.99% of “harmful microscopic pathogens such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-Coli and other waterborne cysts and spores” in addition to toxic chemicals and many heavy metals. “Each filter bottle eliminates 300 plastic water bottles from landfills,” since you can reuse the same bottle up to 300 times. Pretty cool. And you save a lot of money. Assuming you pay $1 for each bottle of water currently, this product will save you $280. Price: $19.96 Photo Credit: Water, Inc.
    Cleanwave UV-C Sanitizing Furniture and Bed Vac
  • Cleanwave UV-C Sanitizing Furniture and Bed Vac

    This special vacuum cleaner “uses UV-C light to eliminate up to 99.9% of viruses (including H1N1), bacteria, germs, mold, dust mite and flea eggs.” Makes me itch just thinking about it! This is totally legit if it actually works. Price: $129.95 Photo Credit: Verilux
    Regreet
  • Regreet

    Why waste paper with greeting cards that are viewed for a few seconds, by one recipient, and then tossed in the trash? Regreet “works by using labels and mailing supplies that make it easy and chic for you to reuse greeting cards. In addition, our unique journey codes enable you to track your card's journey over time!” Using the Regreet.com Web site, you can see who the card’s next recipient is, and watch with wonder as it travels all over the world. Think of it as the recyclable “Pay it Forward” of greeting cards. Beats cutting down an innocent tree for that Father’s Day card, now doesn’t it? Price: $11.99 Photo Credit: Regreet.com
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