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Fresh Finds: A Sustainable Summer

Try these eco-things for more fun in the sun. Register to win the items featured below!
By Kim Wallace
July/August 2009
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Seal windows and doors with Fomo Handi Seal Eco Foam, and light up your desk with IKEA's Sunnan Solar Cell Lamp.
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Lower air conditioning bills by sealing windows and doors with Fomo handi seal eco foam. Made from polyurethane and soy, this low-pressure sealant prevents moisture by repelling water and blocks allergens from getting in. Fomo is a U.S. Green Building Council member and an Energy Star partner. 20-ounce can: $15. (800) 321-5585. Register to win Fomo handi seal eco foam.

A perfect desk light, Ikea's sunnan solar cell lamp charges in nine hours and shines for four hours before it needs to recharge. Made of aluminum and steel, it’s available in five bright colors. Lamp: $20. Register to win an Ikea sunnan solar cell lamp.

Cool down with a spritz of rose and aloe hydrating mist from John Masters Organics. Made with rose essential oil, the spray refreshes overexposed skin and scalp. This cruelty-free, vegan product is packaged in 100 percent recycled paper. 2 ounces: $20. (800) 599-2450. Register to win John Masters Organics rose and aloe hydrating mist.

Restore moisture to sun-dried skin with Oh! Soaps smooth as silk natural handmade carrot soap. Organic carrot juice and olive, coconut and sweet almond oils deliver vitamins and nutrients. 4-ounce bar soap: $7. (888) 315-3895. Register to win Oh! Soaps smooth as silk natural handmade carrot soap.

Spice up your cookout with Organicville salsa in mild, medium or pineapple. Made with organic tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices and agave nectar, these gluten-free, vegan salsas are packaged in reusable glass jars. 12-ounce jar: $4. Register to win Organicville salsa.

Delicious over ice, fair trade Choice Organic whole-leaf tea is packaged in biodegradable “tea pyramids,” which allow the tea leaves to fully expand and release robust flavors. The certified organic teas are available in eight flavors. Box of 15: $8.50. (800) 882-8943. Register to win Choice Organic whole-leaf teas.

Created by fairly paid women in Swaziland, Global Exchange’s handwoven placemat set is made of renewable sisal packaged with stone beads and papyrus leaf. A card tells the story of its creation. Available in red or blue. Set of four placemats: $36. (800) 505-4410. Register to win a Global Exchange handwoven placemat set.

Heading to the beach? Toss your stuff into an oversize, Blue Q woodland overnighter bag, woven from 95 percent recycled polypropylene. One percent of the profits from the sale of each bag benefits The Nature Conservancy. 28-by-14-inch overnighter bag: $18. Register to win a Blue Q overnighter bag.

Made in America with organic cotton, Beckons Organic’s love cami dress can be worn alone or with capris or shorts. Available in five colors. Love Cami Dress: $70. (303) 881-0872. Register to win a size medium Beckons Organic love cami dress.

Totes Eco’brella is made from recycled PET bottles; the frame is made from 70 percent recycled steel and aluminum; the handle and strap are made from renewable bamboo and hemp. Available in nine colors. 38-inch arc umbrella: $25. (800) 762-8712 ext. 8519. Register to win a Totes Eco'brella umbrella

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