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The Alternative Consumer is essential reading for busy folks looking to cultivate a greener, more sustainable lifestyle. With a daily mix of eco news, product reviews and editorial, their take on the environment is fun, fresh and friendly.

Website: http://www.alternativeconsumer.com


Maureen O’Connor, publisher & founder

A mixed bag of green news
July 4, 2008 10:01 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Headlines from last week brought to you by the Alternative Consumer.

A greener lcd monitor from LG
June 16, 2008 09:41 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

If you’re sitting in front of your broken down monitor contemplating an upgrade you may want to wait a couple of months until LG comes out with this new model.

Upcycled plastic bottles become lamps
June 10, 2008 09:50 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Artist-designers and sisters, Reta and Vana Howell create funky, art quality lighting fixtures from upcycled plastic bottles, household plastic containers and recycled scrap metal. Each fixture contains 30-55 plastic water bottles, depending on size and shape. The plastic materials are hardened via THIS’s secret fusion process to create the appearance of glass. Life Expectancy of each “THIS” fixture - 700 YEARS (excluding electrical parts).

kitchen composter turns garbage into gold
May 29, 2008 09:15 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Here’s a great way to reduce the amount of food scraps tossed in the trash, and start making some food for your home-grown herbs and veggies. Feed vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, meat, fish and dairy into the hopper and within 2 weeks you’ve got fresh fertilizer — check out the Pro Composter by NatureMill.

Solar powered refrigerator
May 28, 2008 09:07 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Getting away from it all doesn’t have to mean leaving your frosty cold-ones behind. These SunDanzer energy efficient DC refrigerators can keep your vitals cold while maintaining the off-the-grid status of your mountaintop yoga studio.

HP goes green with recycled plastic printer
May 23, 2008 08:30 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Hewlett-Packard is launching its new line of greener products with the D2545 color inkjet printer. The Energy Star qualified printer is made of 83% recycled plastic and comes with a cartridge made of recycled plastic resins.

Conserve gasoline - Digital Fuel Mizer
May 21, 2008 09:27 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Do you have a backseat (or front seat) driver who harps on your lead-footed, gas guzzling driving behavior? Well here’s a gadget that will do the harping with a lot more accuracy and much less yammering. The Digital Fuel Mizer gives you an audio and visual alert when you accelerate or brake inefficiently.

Easy Ways to Go Green
May 19, 2008 09:07 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Getting greener is all about integrating a bunch of changes, both large, and small, into your daily lifestyle. Here are some eco-minded things that I do now automatically without really thinking about it.

Drainbo - a natural drain cleaner
May 14, 2008 09:04 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Why put nasty, toxic chemical drain cleaners into your plumbing and septic systems when Drainbo Natural Drain Cleaner can get the job done. Drainbo enlists a seven strain bacteria formula and the natural process of biological decomposition to get rid of clogs.

Eco Friendly Flooring Doesn’t Have to be Drab
May 12, 2008 09:04 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

Undertaking a home building project? Sustainable, eco-friendly materials are the only way to go — they’re better for you, as well as the planet. According to GreenBuilding.com, “the US EPA ranks indoor pollution among top five environmental risks, and unhealthy air is found in up to 30% of new and renovated buildings.”

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