Eco-friendly tips and products encourage environmental responsibility on our coasts and inland.
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a little kindness to theenvironment―a good idea year-round. Here are tips from EarthShare that are important inland and along our fragile coastlines.For more, visit earthshare.org.
• Break the loops of plastic six-pack rings so marineanimals don't become tangled in them.
• Install covers on pools and spas to limitevaporation.
• When you're boating, carefully stow trash untilyou've docked to avoid polluting the ocean and endangering sealife.
• Patronize commercial car washes that recycle theirwater.
• Purchase nontoxic cleaning products that arebiodegradable, phosphate-free, chlorine-free, and unscented.
Products made of recycled or renewable natural materials helppreserve the environment and provide economic opportunities. Checkout these kitchen items that blend environmental responsibilitywith seaside style.
Beach dwellers seeking a stylish cool drink will flip overthese cobalt goblets ($46 for four). These one-of-a-kind glassesare made by removing the top halves of discarded bottles, thenturning them upside down and stretching the bowl with intense heat.Some designs feature a school of tiny fish around the edge of theglass in a whimsical pattern. To order, visit greenhome.com or call877/282-6400.
Do You Bamboo?
Bamboo utensils ($3-$8) are quickly becoming a hot newculinary trend, but not simply for their aesthetic appeal. Producedby Bambu, these natural, 100 percent organic utensils utilize asustainable wood crop. Because they are stronger than wood, andthey're heat and stain resistant, you'll be looking for a reason touse them. To order, visit bambuhome.com for store locations.
Backsplash of Sea Glass
Bring a surge of the sea into your kitchen with recycledglass tiles from the Seaglass collection by Eco Friendly Flooring(pricing starts at $1.75 per tile). Created in an endless varietyof vibrant colors with a frosted finish, these tiles will transformplain white walls into works of art. To order, visitecofriendlyflooring.com or call 866/250-3273.
Prep work becomes efficient and entertaining with thesescratch-resistant cutting boards from Yemm & Hart ($16-$20).Made from 100 percent post-consumer plastic, they protectcountertops and the environment. The wide range of available colorscomplements every beach house. To order, visit greenhome.com orcall 877/282-6400.