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Fresh Finds: Reduce, Reuse, Refresh

Eco-fun for your diet, décor and more.
By Kim Wallace
May/June 2009
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TerraCycle Vinyl Clock; La Mediterranea Dishes; Slate Cheese Board Set
Photography By Michelle Galins

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TerraCycle transforms old vinyl records into hip home décor. Made from records collected from local radio stations, these clocks help keep e-waste from the landfill. Vinyl record clock: $13. (609) 393-4252. Register to win this TerraCycle vinyl record clock! 

These red-hot, recycled dishes from La Mediterranea are made of 100 percent recycled glass from Spain. Available in 19 colors, the Aster collection matches any kitchen. 3.5-inch red bowl: $12; 8-inch red salad plate: $22; 10-inch red dinner plate: $30. Register to win these La Mediterranea dishes! 

Serve cheese and appetizers in style. This slate cheese board set provides a natural cutting surface; add flair by chalking food descriptions on the board. Two cheese knives are included with the set. 12-by-16-inch cheese board set: $70. (800) 233-6011. Register to win this slate cheese board set! 

Feel good about baking from a box. Free of preservatives and artificial colors, Naturally Nora kosher cake and frosting mixes do not contain dairy or soy. The mixes, available in yellow and chocolate, are packaged in recycled materials printed with vegetable-based inks. Cake and frosting mixes: $3 to $4. (888) 868-6672. Register to win these Naturally Nora cake and frosting mixes!

Add a splash of coconut milk from So Delicious to your morning cereal or coffee. This dairy- and soy-free product is naturally light, sweet and vegan. 1⁄2-gallon coconut milk: $4.50. (866) 388-7853. Register to win this So Delicious coconut milk! 

Wrap yourself in a certified organic cotton, waffle-textured towel from Christy. Dyed with nontoxic, colorfast ink, these towels are made of cotton grown and processed without harmful chemicals. Available in four colors: white, ivory, taupe and seafoam. 30-by-60-inch bath towel: $37. (800) 233-6011. Register to win these Christy towels! 

When an e-card isn’t appropriate, send a sustainable, letterpress Smock greeting card. Smock’s bamboo cards are printed on chlorine-free paper with vegetable-based inks. The wind-powered company participates in The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program and 1 Percent For The Planet. Greeting card: $4. (800) 594-9845. Register to win these Smock greeting cards! 

Lavanila’s three-wick vanilla lavender beeswax candle, in a violet and chocolate brown tin, is free of paraffin, dyes and chemicals and is scented with pure essential oils. 11.7-ounce candle: $32. Register to win this Lavanila candle! 

Cozy up in a certified organic cotton Robbie Adrian blanket. Trimmed with natural peace silk, this blanket is luxurious yet durable. 45-by-60-inch throw: $132. (916) 570-3775. Register to win this Robbie Adrian blanket! 

Breathe new life into your rooms with a fresh coat of Olympic zero-VOC, low-odor paint. The Spring Sensations palette features Bed of Roses, Golden Glow, Queen Anne’s Lace, Caruso and Stone Gray. 1-gallon can: $18. (800) 441-9695. Register to win these Olympic paints! 

Kim Wallace

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