GreenDeals from Green America

Do You Etsy?

Eco-Friendly Ice Creams

Eco-Entertaining For Summer

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GreenDeals from Green America

Who doesn’t like getting a great deal? Whether it is a coupon for a local restaurant or an online retailer who offers great must-have products. But as a reader of this newsletter, we know you don't want to get great savings at the expense of your commitment to taking care of people and the planet. Now you can get a great deal AND support the companies who share your values.

GreenDeals makes it easy. GreenDeals offers discounts and deals from local and national green online businesses approved by Green America. They reach thousands of green consumers like you with a new deal or discount every 24-48 hours.

When you get a great green deal from one of the spotlight businesses, you'll know it's truly green. Green America has examined these companies for you to ensure they have deep commitments to social and environmental responsibility in their policies, practices, and products. By awarding them the Green America Seal of Approval you know that they are true green companies. To receive the Seal, companies complete a rigorous screening process to verify their commitments to social and environmental responsibility. That's why you know that a deal from GreenDeals is truly green.

GreenDeals will help you live greener, spend, consume, and conserve for a better world by offering great deals and will also feature green tips for everyday living, green coupons, and other offers from our Green Approved Businesses. Learn more about their work—from climate action to Fair Trade to socially responsible investing at GreenAmerica.org

How does it Work?

1. Get GreenDeals by Email
Get daily GreenDeals emails by subscribing to their daily newsletter list. Email is the best way to make sure you don't miss a GreenDeal.

2. GreenDeals Coupons or Products
GreenDeals offers either a coupon to redeem online at a merchants e-commerce store or a physical product that will be shipped directly from the merchant.

a. GreenDeal Coupon
After buying the GreenDeal Coupon, you can redeem online at the merchant's website. At checkout, make sure to enter your GreenDeal certificate code in the appropriate space to receive your discount.

b. Physical Product
After buying the GreenDeal Product, your product order will be shipped from the merchant within 3-5 days.

3. Buy the GreenDeal
When you see a GreenDeal Product or Coupon you want to buy, click on the "Buy Now" button and complete your order. You will need to create a GreenDeal Member Account to complete your order.

4. After you Buy your GreenDeal Product or Coupon
You can log into your Account page and view Coupon and Product orders. Products are shipped within 3-5 days from the end of the GreenDeal. Coupons are available to use based on the terms of the offer (ranging from immediately till 3 days after the GreenDeal ends).

5. Share with Friends & Family
Invite friends to join GreenDeal via email or post a GreenDeal on youtr Facebook or Twitter pages.

From pet food to soap, from yoga clothing to olive oit…your everyday greener choices make a big difference—so spend green and get big savings through GreenDeals. Sign up today at www.greendeals.org

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Do You Etsy?

Etsy is the online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. Through a very easy-to-navigate website, the folks at Etsy connect consumers with talented artisans who create all kinds of wonderful handmade goods.  Etsy provides these artists with the technology they need to showcase their creations and make a living, offering consumers the opportunity to admire and purchase some truly unique, one-of-a-kind treasures.

The Etsy community actively supports one another in the shared goal of offering alternatives to mass-produced objects. As a full-service website, it works to highlight the true value of handmade goods and their creators and encourage awareness of the social and environmental implications of production and consumption.

Etsy was conceived by the 28 year old  Rob Kalin in early 2005. As a painter, carpenter, and photographer, Rob found there was no viable marketplace to exhibit and sell his creations online.  Ever industrious, he, along with Chris Maguire (25) and Haim Schoppik (28), designed the site, wrote the code, assembled the servers, spliced the cables, and launched Etsy on June 18th, 2005 after only three sleepless months.  They created Etsy to reconnect producer and consumer, and swing the pendulum back to a time when we bought our bread from the baker, food from the farmer, and shoes from the cobbler.

With the global economic crisis putting finances in a squeeze, Etsy is a great way to maximize your budget.  At Etsy.com you’ll find an endless variety of unique, quality handmadegifts at affordable prices.  Not all, but many of the items are created by re-purposing or recycling materials which means less trash for landfills, and more savings for shoppers.

With more than 2.5 million items listed, youare sure to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind item.  The website offers great search functionality making it quick andeasy to find what you are looking for.  Plus, each purchase on Etsy.com directly supports independent artists and designers—you can even narrow your search down to identify local participating artists.

Be prepared to spend some time browsing on this site because you’ll find such lovely and interesting items….how about the glass tumblers made out of beer bottles?  Or pendants made with reclaimed Scrabble tiles?  An eco-friendly serving tray made from recycled wine bottles?  Earrings made from typewriter keys?  Of course you’ll find gorgeous hand-made clothing and fantastic original artwork.  Prices, obviously, range depending on the item.  We did see some lovely charms for under $5 and we saw some unique Victorian floor lamps for over $2,000.  Overall, prices seemed extremely reasonable for items we viewed.  www.etsy.com

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Eco-Friendly Ice Creams
Taste Tested by Dessert Experts for Sierra Magazine

The first spoonful of ice cream on a sweltering hot day can make the difference between enjoying yourself and actually melting (and it’s better for the environment than blasting the AC!). The next time you’re standing in the freezer aisle, reach for the eco-friendly ice cream options—recommended by dessert connoisseurs and Sierra Magazine!

Top Picks:

Luna and Larry's Coconut Bliss Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and committed to fair-trade principles. Sweetened with agave syrup and made with coconut milk. Recyclable containers are printed with food-safe ink and bleached without chlorine.

Laloo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream Free of hormones, antibiotics and lactose, it has all the characteristics of the prefect icecream: velvety, silky, creamy, with an ideal balance of vanilla and that slight tang from the goat’s milk.

Ben and Jerry’s Eco-friendly norms (like using non-rBGH-treated dairy cows and cage-free farm eggs) and creamy, delicious flavors make these pints delicious, affordable, and backed by sustainable, responsible practice.

Tempt made with hemp seeds that are non-GMO-grown by farmers with sustainable practices. All the other ingredients are organic, and it's gluten-free and kosher too.

So Delicious Certified organic, vegan and kosher, this frozen treat comes in many flavors, but Neapolitan is a great place to start.

It really all comes down to personal preference. To read all the ice cream reviews, visit: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201107/enjoy.aspx

While you are there, why not pick up a subscription to Sierra Magazine? Featuring strong reporting, engaging writing, and stunningly beautiful photographs, Sierra magazine is an indispensable guide for people who care deeply about nature. Published bimonthly by the Sierra Club. In every issue, you'll visit intriguing wild places and learn how to protect them. You'll discover ways to live a greener, happier life at home and get more involved in your community. You'll meet some of the remarkable people working to ensure that our wild heritage is safe, that polluters clean up their messes, and that our neighborhoods are healthy places to live and raise children. You'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are linked to the country's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental group, the Sierra Club.

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Eco-Entertaining for Summer

Greener Country’s unique eco-party pack is perfect for the “green hostess” planning a summer backyard bbq or family party. The package will serve 50 people and includes 50 each of:

• 50 9” plates made from bagasse; sugar cane or wheat straw
• 50 12 oz. bowls made from bagasse; sugar cane or wheat straw
• 5012 oz. hot cups made from paper with a PLA liner
• 50 12 oz. cold cups made from corn
• 50 Spoons made from corn starch
• 50 Knives made from corn starch
• 50 Forks made from corn starch
• 150 Tree-free lunch napkins from 70% bagasse and 30% recycled content
• 1Box of twelve - 13 gallon size Biobags for the cleanup.

$55 plus shipping. www.GreenerCountry.com

 

Don’t let the bugs ruin your outdoor event, try Bug Away Natural Bug Spray available at Greener Country. With a special blend of 13 essentials oils including lemon eucalyptus you can keep the bugs away. Rub into skin for best results and reapply every 2 hours if necessary. It's always best to test Bug Away on skin for any side effects before prolonged use. Ingredients: H2O, lemongrass, citronella, cedarwood, eucalyptus citriodora, geranium, tea tree, clary sage, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, basil, polysorbate 20. 4 fl. oz., $11.95 plus shipping.

For these and other great environmentally preferable products visit our friends at: www.GreenerCountry.com

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