12 Ways To Green Your Holiday Season

Greener and Cleaner with Every Man Jack


Guzu Gives Gadget Gurus a Reason to Go Green

Sustainable Specs MODO eco & Model Summer Rayne Oakes Create Quite a Pair

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12 Ways to Green Your
Holiday Season

1. Treecycling: Christmas trees can be re-purposed into mulch and used in gardening and landscaping or chipped and used on hiking trails and paths. Christmas trees can also been used for erosion control, soil stabilization and shoreline maintenance. When used in this manner, the trees not only stabilize the soil, but also provide habitats for fish and birds.

2. Scrap the Traditional Wrap: Wrap holiday gifts with children’s artwork or a colorful section of your local newspaper. Some beautiful remnant fabric or what was once a “must have” scarf would make cheerful holiday gift wrapping.

3. Light up the Night with LED Lights: Energy-saving LED lights burn brighter, last longer, and save you money.

4. Green Greetings: sending e-cards—saves time, money and the planet. When the holidays are over, why not turn some of those beautiful greeting cards you received into gift tags for next year? Start by separating the front of the prettiest holiday cards from the back. Trim the edges of the front, following the design of the card, to create a festive gift tag.

5. Give Back: give a gift that makes a difference—changing a life or saving a life. Donate to a local or favorite charity in a friend’s name.

6. Decorate with Nature: create a beautiful holiday wreath using gifts from nature. Collect pinecones, twigs, branches adorned with berries and more from your own backyard, use wire to create the round wreath shape, and decorate with festive ribbons. A great, and green, family project.

7. Shop local: walk into town to do your holiday shopping. Neighborhood shops offer festive and unique holiday gifts—no more gas-guzzling spins around the mall parking lot looking for a parking spot.

8. Use Wrapping for Scrapping: Use holiday-themed wrapping from gifts that you receive for festive scrapbooking page borders. Ribbons, bows and embellishments will also help to create lively holiday memory keepsakes.

9. Give Battery-Free Toys: battery sales spike during the holiday season and these batteries can end up in landfills. Art sets and craft projects provide inspiration and feed imagination.

10. Serve Organic and Locally Sourced Meals: visit local farmers markets to shop for your holiday menu. Locally made jellies and jams also make great gifts.

11. Teach Kids About Giving: after all the new gifts have been opened, ask kids to select a toy they no longer play with and have them donate it to a children’s hospital or child care center. What was old will now seem new again to a child this holiday season.

12. Remember Those in Need: Clean out your closets and donate gently used clothes and coats to local thrift shops and shelters.



Greener and Cleaner with Every Man Jack

Guys have enough to think about in the morning without worrying if their favorite grooming products are polluting the planet. Fortunately, all-natural grooming brand Every Man Jack has developed an extensive offering of skin, shave and body products, all of which meet the stringent Natural Channel guidelines. Packaged using 100 percent recyclable materials, the products contain no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, dyes, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or testrasodium EDTA, and are never tested on animals. It’s easy being green with Every Man Jack.

Body Wash: Every Man Jack’s Body Washes, available in four natural fragrances, use coconut derived surfactants to cleanse, essential oils to stimulate the senses, marine extracts to soothe and glycerin to lock-in moisture. Available in Signature Mint, Cedarwood and Citrus Scrub – All scents derived from natural oils.

Body Bars: The vitamin-enriched Body Bars are made using a 100% vegetable base, which contains no tallow, an ingredient commonly found in other bar soaps. Marine extracts soothe while glycerin retains the skin’s moisture. Available in Signature Mint, Cedarwood and Citrus Scrub – All scents derived from natural oils.

Face Wash – Pre-Shave: The coconut-derived surfactants in the pre-shave Face Wash gently cleanses, while chamomile extract soothes and glycerin hydrates, providing a deep-down cleaning that removes dirt and excess oil. Available in Fragrance-Free or Signature Mint (naturally derived fragrances)

Face Scrub – Pre-Shave: Available in Fragrance Free and Signature Mint, these Face Scrubs are formulated using plant-derived surfactants that deep clean; jojoba beads that gently remove dry and dead skin; chamomile, organic aloe and vitamin E to soothe; and glycerin to provide hydration. For best results, use every other day for clean and smooth skin, or as needed to prepare beard for a perfect shave.

Shave Gel Hydrating Formula: The rich Shave Gel formula contains chamomile and marine extracts that soothe and moisturize while aloe and vitamin E heal and protect irritated skin. The added benefit of natural glycerin assures that skin retains moisture throughout the day. Available in Fragrance-Free or Signature Mint (naturally derived fragrances)

Shave Cream Hydrating Formula: This rich, low-foam Shave Cream softens and preps the beard hair for a more comfortable shave that won’t dry out skin or clog pores. Squalane, derived from wheat germ, lubricates and softens while olive oil extract hydrates, chamomile soothes and aloe heals.

Face Lotion – Post-Shave: The post-shave Face Lotion deeply hydrates and heals dry and razor-irritated skin. Unlike other lotions, this one will not block pores, which can lead to breakouts, and dries matte. A combination of marine extracts and Shea butter hydrate while aloe and vitamin E protect. Available in Fragrance-Free or Signature Mint (naturally derived fragrances).

Every Man Jack products are available at www.EveryManJack.com and Target, Pharmaca, and Whole Foods. Prices vary. Visit www.everymanjack.com for more info.




Consumers have looked to Good Housekeeping for trusted advice for more than 125 years. The magazine has crusaded for food, toy, and pool safety, warned readers about flammability risks in Halloween costumes, children’s sleepwear, and kids’ rain coats, and called out manufacturer deceptions related to thread counts in bedding, environmental claims about bamboo textiles, and calorie counts in snack foods.

In 2009, the magazine introduced the Green Good Housekeeping Seal (GGHS), an environmental extension of the brand’s primary Seal, the most recognized consumer icon in America, to offer consumers guidance in a marketplace saturated with green claims. For more than three years, the scientists and engineers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the magazine's state-of-the-art product testing laboratory, have worked with Brown & Wilmanns Environmental, one of the nation’s leading green consultants, as well as an Environmental Advisory Board, to establish criteria for the Green Good Housekeeping Seal. The first four category applications finalized were Beauty, Cleaning, Paint and Coatings, and Food products. Now, the first products to earn the Green Good Housekeeping Seal in the Appliances and Electronics and Paper Goods categories are announced: Bissell Little Green, Miele S5 and S6 Vacuums, Pampers Cruisers, Scott Naturals Bath Tissue, TENA Women Underwear Super Plus, and TENA Serenity Overnight Pads.

Before being considered for the GGHS, a product must pass Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluations for the primary Good Housekeeping Seal, which means it is effective and covered by the magazine’s limited warranty: If the product proves to be defective within two years of purchase, Good Housekeeping will replace the item or refund the consumer. Only then is it reviewed using comprehensive environmental criteria, including ingredient and product safety, the reduction of water use in manufacturing, energy efficiency in manufacturing and product use, packaging reduction, and the brand’s corporate social responsibility.

"Our research shows that consumers want to buy products that are healthier for themselves, their families, and the planet, but they don’t know which environmental claims to trust,” said Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. “Our environmental emblem resonates with consumers because Good Housekeeping is a brand they trust. With the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, we’re continuing our legacy of advocacy and offering consumers guidance about products that work and that are also environmentally-responsible."

About the Latest Products to Earn the Green Good Housekeeping Seal:

Bissell’s Little Green is a portable stain tool to spot clean carpets, stairs, upholstery, and more. In the Research Institute’s evaluations, the product scored particularly well in the following areas: materials, as the Little Green is made of at least 50 percent recycled plastic; packaging for the use of recycled content in the packaging and the impressive steps Bissell has taken to remove all packing materials from the box; and manufacturing process because Bissell is taking significant steps in reducing energy and water usage and waste produced in the manufacturing plants. Bissell is also making strides in improving their distribution footprint.

Miele’s entire S5 and S6 series, which includes 15 canister vacuums, have earned the Green Good Housekeeping Seal. The Miele S5481 Earth and S5481 Terrane models include an “AutoEco” mode that automatically adjusts the suction based on the type of floor, resulting in lower electricity usage. In the Research Institute’s evaluations, the products scored particularly well in the following categories: toxicity and product safety; packaging for the use of recycled content in the packaging and efforts to reduce the overall amount of packaging used; and efforts to be more environmentally conscience during distribution. Miele also scored well for its corporate social responsibility efforts and the use of the environmental management systems (ISO 14001) for their manufacturing facilities.

Pampers Cruisers, with three-way fit and 12-hour leakage protection are designed to move with today's active babies. In the Research Institute’s environmental evaluations, the product performed particularly well in the following areas: reducing energy used and waste produced in the manufacturing processes; toxicity and product safety; and packaging, including the use of recycled materials in packaging. Pampers and its parent company Procter & Gamble are also making strides in many different areas including keeping track of their carbon emissions by calculating carbon footprints on both the company and product levels.

Scott Naturals Bath Tissue is toilet tissue made completely from FSC certified fiber and recycled content. In the Research Institute’s environmental evaluations, the product performed particularly well in the following areas: toxicity and product safety; materials and ingredients used, including the use of recycled content and use of certified materials; calculating a product level carbon footprint; and using recycled content in packaging. Scott Naturals and its parent company Kimberly Clark are also making strides forward in many different areas including housing the American headquarters in a LEED-certified building, calculating a company carbon footprint, and having goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years.

TENA Women Underwear Super Plus and TENA Serenity Overnight Pads provide peace of mind for women struggling with a weakened bladder. In the Research Institute’s environmental evaluations, the product performed particularly well in the following areas: reducing energy use in manufacturing; toxicity and product safety; use of certified materials; calculating and reducing greenhouse gases emissions and using efficient distribution methods. TENA and its parent company SCA are also making strides in many different areas including housing the American headquarters in a LEED-Gold building, using renewable sources for non-manufacturing facilities; and registering a Corporate Social Responsibility report with Global Reporting Index (GRI).

For more information about the Green Good Housekeeping Seal and to view a summary of the application, please visit: www.GoodHousekeeping.com/GreenGHSeal.



Guzu Gives Gadget Gurus a Reason to Go Green

This holiday season is expected to be the biggest year yet for consumer electronics. But as new computers, phones, and gaming consoles fly off the shelves, what happens to the outdated products they’ll replace?

Guzu, Inc. earlier this month announced the launch of Guzu.com, the online headquarters of the company’s new national electronics recycling program inviting consumers to resell their old working and nonworking electronics for cash. The innovative program, created by former online gaming entrepreneur Hesam Meshkat, offers top dollar for valuable gadgets which consumers have abandoned after upgrading to newer versions. For every transaction completed, Guzu will plant a tree through American Forests, a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect the natural capital of trees and forests.

“The consumer electronics industry is one of the fastest growing in the U.S., offering an endless parade of new gadgets at the expense of older ones,” said Guzu Founder and CEO Hesam Meshkat. “What consumers consider trash, the industry considers treasure –old electronics can be recycled for parts and materials used to feed the production process and secondhand market.”

The website is not the only way to go green. Guzu hosts electronics recycling drives in cities across the country where residents are encouraged to donate their out-dated electronics at participating locations. In addition, Guzu’s Business & Volume Recycling division offers a turnkey, free recycling solution for small-to-medium-sized companies looking to recycle their old IT equipment and reduce their e-waste.

Guzu’s innovative value proposition comes at a time of unprecedented growth for the Consumer Electronics Industry, forecasted by MarketResearch.com to reach over $289 billion by 2014. According to Guzu, there are presently over 3 billion consumer electronics in homes all across America and over 500 million consumer electronics sold annually. Many of these goods are thrown away or stashed in junk drawers, with only a very small portion being sold on resale sites like eBay and Craigslist. Meshkat recognized the need for an incentive-driven electronics recycling program that requires little work on the part of the consumer and has the capacity to handle shipments from all 50 states. Unlike resale websites, Guzu guarantees that every electronic unit obtained is recycled to the highest extent; the silicon on the boards, LCD’s, plastics, metals, and even the cardboard boxes customers use to mail their electronics to the company, are properly recycled or sold for parts used to revive secondhand products for further use.

Consumers can recycle their gadgets on Guzu.com in three simple steps. First, users can search for their product and, once identified, will receive an immediate quote from the company. Second, users complete their transaction on the site and are emailed a FREE shipping label to use in mailing their electronics to Guzu. Third, once the order is received and processed, payment is sent via PayPal or business check, and a tree is planted on behalf of their order. For complete instructions and a list of accepted electronics, please visit www.guzu.com



Sustainable Specs
MODO eco & Model Summer Rayne Oakes Create Quite a Pair

MODO eco and model Summer Rayne Oakes, have partnered to create a radically new approach to eyewear, one that reinterprets the entire product lifecycle in a completely sustainable way.

Consisting of a palette of sunglasses and spectacles, the collection takes classic “retro rock” cat-eye and “geek chic” retro silhouettes, creating a product that is progressive and new for the eyewear market. “We’ve thought about how to create optics and sunglasses that give back along the entire supply chain which is revolutionary for this category,” says Oakes.

The eco by Summer Rayne Oakes collection combines Oakes’ sustainable expertise and creative direction with Modo eco’s optical manufacturer's high quality standard, the result: Design-forward frames made from recycled plastic and hypoallergenic/non toxic stainless steel.

The collection and brand is the first ever to receive an Environmental Claims Validation™ (ECV) from UL Environment (ULE), which certifies eco’s assertion that the eyewear is made of at least 95 percent recycled materials. The case is made of RPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate), better known as recycled soda bottles. The packaging itself is also green, made from recycled paper and printed with soy ink.

In addition to reinventing the production cycle for the betterment of the planet, eco has made it its mission to set the bar as a sustainable brand. It has partnered with Trees For The Future and the Mezimbite Forest Centre, which will plant one tree for every pair of frames sold; is a member of 1% For the Planet, a worldwide network of businesses in 38 countries that will give at least 1% of their annual revenue to nonprofit, environmental causes; and has created a system that allows consumers to donate their unwanted frames that are later sent to nonprofit organizations that match the prescription of people in need who would otherwise not be able to afford corrected vision.

“It’s refreshing to partner with a company who is serious about pushing the boundaries of intelligent design and sustainable innovation,” says Oakes. www.eco-optics.com