Tag Archives: sustainable

NY Times: How Green Is My Bottle?

How Green Is My Bottle?
April 19, 2009 By DANIEL GOLEMAN and GREGORY NORRIS

Earth Day is this Wednesday, and all things “green” will be celebrated. But it’s worth asking: how environmentally friendly are “green” products, really? Consider, for example, this paragon of eco-virtue: the stainless steel water bottle that lets us hydrate without discarding endless plastic bottles. Using a method called life cycle assessment, we have evaluated the environmental and health impact of a stainless steel thermos — from the extraction and processing of its ingredients, to its manufacture, distribution, use and final disposal. There were some surprises. What we think of as “green” turns out to be less so (and, yes, sometimes more so) than we assume. read more

Viva La Revolution (the dopest mat ever): On yoga mats p2

Buying one might make you feel like you’re part of a super hip and ethical club.  It might make you feel like you’re not rubbing your lymph nodes against pvc.  Before you go out and buy one, consider what you will do with your old mat.  The most eco-friendly choice?  Buy sustainable the first time.  Reduce. Recycle. Reuse.

PrAna Revolution Mat: the Smell!

prAna Revolution Mat: The Size!

PrAna Revolution Mat: the Construction

PrAna Revolution Mat: Joy!

Guilt-free shoe shopping

posted by eb

Think of eco-shoes.
Images of hemp and cork and ergonomic clogs.
Check out New York’s Sustainable NYC, where going granola is not only in and affordable, it’s crazy adorable… (they have way more in-store than online.)

POM is Wonderful/Alternative Uses for Pomegranate Juice

posted by ebean

Dear Good People of POM Wonderful,

I’d like to take this moment to thank you for sending the promo case of pomegranate juice to all us ElephantBeans.  Being as we are all tree hugging hippie types that are trying to change the world while we drink fresh juices and eat healthy, local, and organic food, we appreciated that your 100% Pomegranate Juice is in fact 100% pomegranate juice.  And it tastes good too.

Although we enjoyed reading and learning about the many health benefits and recipes listed on your website, we would like to add some of our own adventures with Pom…

  • Juicybean used her bottle of POM Wonderful as an all-natural hair dye.  Sexy!
  • Alcmaeonid prefers to use his for mouthwash.
  • Wherehaveyoubean discovered that pouring a bottle of POM on the ice-covered sidewalk was a dog-friendly alternative to rock salt.  Good thinking Wherehaveyoubean!
  • Unsinkablemoo was short on cash and out of liquid laundy detergent.  To her amazement, POM was colorsafe and even removed the ring-around-the-collar!
  • Upon reading this article, Freebean was thoughtful enough to send a bottle to Bob Dole.  No more Viagra!
  • Lalabean’s special effects pal confessed that POM is the secret ingredient in the industry’s best horror film gore
  • …Which, of course, inspired Danbean to try it out as a bullfighter-style diversion for hungry vampires.  Turns out it also works on bulls and snakes for some odd reason.  Go figure.
  • Somehow, Seabean discovered that POM is an excellent stain remover and now is the proud owner of a squeaky clean toilet bowl.

  • Beanism is currently driving across the fine state of Rhode Island in a POM powered car.

Yeah.

I’m not sure how much of this really happened because as I write this, I am really fucking high on POM.

Blog of the day: Eco Yogini

posted by ebeans

“Because off the mat, into the world” also includes what yoga mat you’re on, where it’s from and where it’s going…

“Water Bottles; Eco and Ethics” from Eco Yogini

Ugh, drinking water has been SO difficult! I gotta say that unlike some fantastical water-drinkers out there, I have to almost have a water-drinking schedule in order to get that stuff into my system.  But I do it, as water is essential. 98.73% of the molecules in our bodies are made of water. In order to survive human beings need water, it is the basis for life itself.

As yogi/ni’s and individuals who are mostly physically active (ok, so really yoga is IT for me!) we drink a LOT of water and increasingly water is becoming a commodity to buy and sell in our global community. In 2005 in Canada bottled water consumption was an estimated 60 litres per person with sales worth 652.7 million! That’s a LOT of plastic. The US is the top consumer at 33.4 BILLION litres a year- in Toronto alone an estimated 100 million bottles are thrown out a year with only 65% being captured by recycling programs (cbc). From my previous post here we know that plastic lasts a loooong time. This plastic can leach harmful chemicals and additives into the water that you drink while working out or practicing yoga to be healthy (hmmm).

So that’s the environmental perspective, but what about the human essential right to water? read more

Dear Lil’ Devas Offers $500 for Dear Lil’ You

posted by freebean

Not into donning the tiny bikram shorts?
Looking for a little more coverage?

*Enter Dear Lil’ Devas.*

The makers of Toronto’s locally created, customizable, uber comfy bamboo and organic cotton yoga garb offer just that. Among their most unique pieces is the multi-tasking blanket/wrap – yes that is right, a blanket (amazing for svasana or snuggling) and a long wrap skirt (for the yogi, kilt-like apparel to guard your loins after sweatin’ it out yoga style; for yoginis, I don’t really have to say anything else, do I?).

Debuting in April are their SNUG, lady capris (sorry, no links yet – patience my dears) – wonder if these will be the Bikram shorts competitor(?), but I have a feeling that they will have a lil’ more length and of course are a bamboo/cotton interlocking blend.

And you gotta love their ‘good vibes policy,’ which may help you feel better about accumulating more yoga stuff, it certainly beats those sweat-shop bi-products with synthetic (yes, poly and ester are cousins of plastic) fibers that don’t allow your skin to breathe and fill up landfills without the hope of ever decomposing after they go out of fashion.

*freebean now steps down from the soap box.*

In a nutshell, DLD takes less from the earth and makes beautiful things with it, and then gives back to the community. And if that wasn’t enough to make you a fan, now Dear Lil’ Devas is hosting a drawing for $500 (a credit for their yoga gear for your cash-strapped, conscious lifestyle), simply become their FB fan and you’ll be entered! (The odds are pretty good, since they have a rather intimate FB fanbase at the moment, although I have a feeling that may change soon…)

Be sure to become a fan before March 13th, 2009 (think of it as your kharmic litmus test)!!!

Taxes suck / Yoga is my bailout

posted by ebeans

thats hot

that's hot


Hey everyone,

Buy a T-shirt!  Why to buy

the story of stuff

posted by freebean

Despite the alluring sales and cheap clothing – this fascinating 20-minute look at the materials economy will make you think twice about how and why you are spending your hard earned bucks.

the story of stuff



A great book to read is No Logo by Naomi Klein (see if your library has a copy!).

The Reluctant Sweetheart Valentine’s Gift Guide

Posted by ebean

Etsy Love Card

Etsy Love Card


Consumerism…ugh.  But if you’re going to buy something, might as well make it awesome.  The Elephantbeans staff has put together this list of sexy/romantic gifts to help you get some.

The Guide

1.  Subscription to Suicide Girls
2.  Organic undies and Sexy Lingerie from Tree Pruning Scraps
3.  Find locally made, organic, fair trade chocolates (we’ve seen some amazing stuff at Sustainable NY)
4.  Cook dinner at home.  Here are some “no-fuss” ideas
5.  Create a playlist — sexy or romantic and burn it to a cd
6.  Handmade stuff from Etsy:  search sexvalentine’s, and lingerie
7.   Sexy Valentine’s Gift Kits + Combos from Babeland and get some advice here
8.  Get loads of great green gift and Valentine’s ideas from planetgreen including on how to green your sex
9.  2 tickets to an epic concert
10.  Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Your Local Health Food Store will for sure have some great beauty gift sets.  Bath salts, shampoos, lotions, potions, etc.  Make sure it is organic, paraben and animal-free.
11.  If all else fails, just wear a wolf shirt

Tips:
-Avoid the corny (no stuffed animals, crappy chocolates, or balloons)
-Aim for sustainability
-Stay in budget
-Think about what your loved one is into and go with that
Also check out The ultimate yoga-enthusiast gift guide