By Julia Austin, Planet Green
When you think of products and devices that are harming our planet and causing pollution, a few obvious culprits come to mind; cars, factories, our cherished bottled water. There is a booming industry dedicated to finding eco-friendly solutions and alternatives to our biggest pollutants. And with every rising type of industry comes the underdog—those who are helping the cause in their unexpected, but just as crucial ways. The designers of these odd and innovative eco-friendly products are those underdogs:
Have a friend who recently passed away and was passionate about the ecosystem? Continue to respect their environmental wishes by adding an eco-friendly component to the funeral and putting them in an Ecoffin. The coffins are made from banana sheaves or bamboo, making it easier for the coffins to decompose and become a part of nature along with the bodies inside of them.
Shaving animals for their warm, furry coats doesn’t just stop with sheep. Now people are keeping the fur they shave off of their cats and long-haired dogs during the summer months to spin into knitting yarn in the fall and winter. It’s said that people often look like their dogs, but this is taking it a little far.
Next time someone asks you “is that mold growing in your bathroom” you can proudly say, “well yes it is.” Sort of. Nguyen La Chanh is the creator of the moss carpet, a little patch that sits beneath your sink or bathtub and is meant to thrive and grow in that sweaty, fogged up & humid ecosystem known as your bathroom.
Pam For Your Shoes
You’ve heard of multi-tasking products for the kitchen, but those usually don’t expand outside the kitchen. Greenfibres edible shoe cream does. With all of the anxiety around chemicals in personal care products and cooking products, you can banish a few anxieties with the cream. Aside from a shoe polish, the product serves as spread for toast or bread, a substitution for cooking oil, hair conditioner and lip balm. Don’t be surprised if your dog starts licking your feet more than the unusual amount he already did.
Our clothing is meant to be an expression of ourselves. If you’re an eco-activist, this dress speaks your language. Designed by Stephanie Sandstrom, the dress’ fabric is intertwined with EPA sensors that can interpret the atmosphere it is in. On days when pollution is very bad, the sensors create kinks in the fabric to make the dress look as if it’s just been pulled out of the laundry basket.
This is one of the few products that is actually cheaper in an organic form. If you think about it, the general definition for anything causing pollution is “waste.” Do the math. Babies are unconsciously contributing to our pollution problem, but they don’t have to be. And neither do new moms. Nature Babycare’s diapers are 99 percent compostable and come in disposable or reusable forms.
These are just some of hundreds of unique ways to green your life.