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Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitation Ideas

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Your wedding announcement or invitation can set the tone for your environmentally friendly wedding. There are many options today for 100% recycled, partially recycled or completely tree free papers from wedding invitation suppliers. Use paper that has a high-recycled content or is made from an alternative fiber, such as hemp or bamboo. Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, the energy equivalent of 380 gallons of oil, and keeps almost 60 pounds of pollutants out of the atmosphere.

Most large printers still use traditional printing methods, but there’s no harm in asking if yours would be willing to try soy- or vegetable-based inks.

Use online invites for the surrounding events: the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, etc. If you need to update your guests about the wedding happenings, toss the paper newsletter for an email version.

Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

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The main benefit of bamboo floors when compared to hardwood is price, both in material and labor. Hardwood is installed with nails to the sub-floor and then must be sanded and stained to finish. Bamboo has a much easier installation, with minimum hand tools. The bamboo flooring is pre-finished so there is no sanding or staining required. Another huge pro is environmental – bamboo flooring is derived from fully sustainable forests, it is an environmentally friendly and rapidly growing renewable resource.

That said, bamboo floors are not as hard and sturdy as hardwood floors, because of the natural elements of bamboo. The shades of bamboo range from light to dark, with the lighter shades being more durable. There are different qualities of bamboo ranging from $1.65 per foot up to $4.95 per foot. This is a savings of up to 50% over traditional hardwood floors. Most bamboo used for flooring is produced in China and other countries where labor practices are questionable, so that is another possible con to choosing bamboo flooring.

Organic Hemp Big Bean Beanbag Chair

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Looking to give your space a fun and retro look? Look no further than a bean bag chair! The Big Bean chair is made of Hemp and Cotton and it is removable and washable. The unbleached cotton inside liner filled with recycled shredded new scrap foam previously destined for the garbage dump. This makes for an incredibly comfortable and durable casual chair with back support, so sitting is super comfy! This hemp beanbag chair is one of the only environmentally friendly bean bag style chairs out there.

Gaiam Eco-Friendly Natural Linen Shower Curtain

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The NEW Gaiam exclusive Linen Shower Curtain is an inviting eco-friendly update for your bathroom. Long-staple, flax-based linen is naturally grown without harmful pesticides and will stand up to many washings – making this Linen Shower Curtain a beautiful eco-smart addition to any natural bathroom.

The Natural Linen Shower Curtain is made of long-staple linen from the flax plant. Linen is the most durable of vegetable-based fibers, and its natural wax content makes linen lustrous, strong, smooth and lint-free.

Eco-Friendly Clear EVA Shower Curtain Liner

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This shower curtain liner is friendly to the environment while being a great asset to your bathroom. The mold and allergy resistant liner is chlorine free, odorless, and bio-degradable, thanks to the Soft Sensations blended EVA material. It also has reinforced grommets and a weighted bottom hem, offering sturdiness and ease of use. This Eco-Friendly Clear EVA Shower Curtain Liner is made of 100% EVA vinyl.

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Samsung Home Appliances launched several new major appliances at day one of the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Among the new products are refrigerators with Wi-Fi enabled LCD screens, allowing users to access apps for the kitchen, and a new Flex Oven range that can be divided into two separate oven chambers. Samsung is also exhibiting its 5.0 High Capacity Front-Loading Washer.

James Politeski, senior vice president of home appliance sales and marketing, Samsung Electronics America, said the app-enabled fridge lets users access the weather and recipes while getting kids ready for school or preparing dinner.

The RSG309 side-by-side and RF4289 four-door French Door model refrigerators offer an industry-first, Wi-Fi enabled 8-inch LCD screen integrated directly above the water and ice dispenser on the front of the appliance to provide access to a series of kitchen-relevant applications. Apps allow users to reach recipe collections, check the weather, leave notes, review the family calendar, check the headlines on AP news, or play a photo slide show.

The dividable range oven lets users rethink meal preparation, he added. “They can now simultaneously bake cookies and cook salmon in the same appliance,” said Politeski.

Bamboo Kitchen Floor Mat

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This bamboo kitchen floor mat is produced from 100% eco-friendly bamboo from the Anji Mountains. The eco-friendly mat feels warm under bare feet in winter and cool in summer, and it’s high-gloss polyurethane finish is both wonderful to look at and durable – it will last for a long time and remain in great condition. The non-skid rubber backing keeps mat in place, and the water-resistant surface stands up to everyday kitchen wear and tear.

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The Vornado Digital Vortex Heater was rated Best Overall by Good Housekeeping, and is listed as an energy efficient space heater. Vornado heaters are different from space heaters in that they use vortex action technology to fully circulate the warm air throughout the room in minutes! The DVTH has digital controls and uses automatic climate control which adjusts the heat output and fan speed higher or lower at all times to maintain the set temperature. This eliminates annoying hot and cold cycles where the heater shuts off allowing the room to cool and then turns back on to heat the room up again.

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The Solar Comfort Heating System used 35% less energy than a conventional electric furnace/baseboard system, as proven in a utility’s field test for a full heating season. Calculations show that the Solar Comfort will heat more efficiently than the Heat Pump. When compared with today’s spiraling gas, propane, and fuel oil cost, the Solar Comfort Heating System provides even greater savings.

LOWER OPERATING/MAINTENANCE COST: Virtually maintenance free. No furnace filters to clean or replace. No burners to rust, corrode or adjust. Long- life industrial infrared lamps are replaced easily and inexpensively. A full three-year warranty–including lamps–protects the consumer’s investment. 1-A INSURANCE RATING, The Solar Comfort has lower operating and maintenance costs. There is only one moving part, the fan motor, and is equipped with quality trouble free controls. There are no burners to rust, corrode or adjust; no pilot light to waste energy. Safe, clean, long-life infrared lamps provide the heat energy and are replaced easily and inexpensively. (Average lamp life is 5000+ hours or approximately 3-5 years).

The Solar Comfort is constructed of lifetime metals, copper, galvanized steel and aluminum. The Solar Comfort provides even heat distribution and warmer floors. The Solar Comfort thermostatically controls, circulates and recycles heated air at the floor for maximum use and comfort. The floor to ceiling temperature differential is minor. Solar Comfort zone heating does not remove humidity from the air, it actually helps to maintain humidity levels. Water does not readily condense on windows as with conventional systems. Even heating and humidity provide more comfort at lower heat settings with less static electricity.