Sunday, August 23, 2009

EcoProducts- EcoStapler

This is a very clever innovative little gadget. This is an ecoproduct which is a stapler that uses a patented locking device that requires no staples. This stapler will staple 2-6 pages effectively and it is not only durable, it is also small and handy.

Why is this an ecoproduct? It is estimated that over 200 tonnes of staples are used in UK offices each year so being eco friendly, you can now take a step and explore this ecoproduct and start doing our part to be eco friendly.


Ecoproducts: Bamboo Blinds

Bamboo products are becoming increasing popular. This can be attributed to the fact that people are becoming more environmentally conscious and are starting to buy products that are good for the environment. Bamboo blinds are one such product category as they are made of natural bamboo and are easy to recycle. Bamboo have cooling effects and can weathered different climate conditions. That is what makes them good candidates for window blinds and shades.

In general, there are two types of bamboo blinds. One is the bamboo rollup blinds while the other is the bamboo roman blinds. Bamboo rollup blinds are quite common and can be found in many furniture stores. They are however quite blend although their price is cheap. Bamboo roman blinds, on the other hand, are more stylish and have been in vogue in recent years. Due to the way they are made, bamboo roman blinds tend to be more costly than rollup blinds. If you want to know more about bamboo blinds, you can visit If you want to know more about bamboo blinds

Saturday, August 15, 2009

EcoProducts- Eco Friendly Cleaning Products - Baking Soda

There are many types of EcoProducts and baking soda is one of the eco friendly cleaning products. Baking soda is an eco friendly household chemical replacement. In this article, I have shared a few useful tips in how baking soda can be used in your daily lives.

How can you use baking soda as an EcoProduct?
Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Kitchen

- Placing a bowl or plate of baking soda in your fridge will help to remove excess moisture and absorb odors like using lemons and tea bags.

- Sprinkle some baking soda in veggies crisper and cover with a cloth or paper towel for crisper veggies and veggies that will last longer.

- Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge and you can use it to clean your refrigerator and bench tops without worrying that you will leave any scratches on them.

- Dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into water in a microwave safe bowl, boil it in your microwave. Allow the baking soda mixture to cool for a minute or two, and you can use this to wipe out any baked on stains and your oven and microwave will smell fresher too.

- Sprinkling baking soda in the bottom of your rubbish bags will help to control odors as you add trash. Amazing isn’t it and a very eco friendly action.

- Use baking soda instead of detergent for your dishwasher and give your dishwasher a good clean by running it through a cycle.

- Baking soda can be used to extinguish the flames on stove fires. The carbon dioxide generated when the powder burns starves the fire of oxygen.

- By using 3 - 4 tablespoons of baking soda, you can add it to a pot filled with water and use this to wash chemicals and pesticides off fruits and vegetables.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the home

- Place a bowl of baking soda in places which you think that moisture is a problem, such as cupboards under sinks this can help you to help control humidity. All you have to do is to occasionally stir the powder for maximum effective effect.

- Apply baking soda/water paste on an old toothbrush and you can use it to lightly brush the areas of your walls that may have been vandalized with crayons etc..

- Water stains on wooden floors can be removed with a sponge dampened in a solution of baking soda dissolved in water.

- Sprinkle baking soda on rugs and carpets before vacuuming and this can be used as a deodorising treatment. In fact, take a look at the carpet powders sold in the stores most of them are instead baking soda based! However, this is not recommended for areas that are very humid as the baking soda may stay on in the carpet.

- For your mops that you find that are stinking out in areas where they are stored. Don't throw your mop away but instead try soaking your mop in a mixture of 4 tablespoons baking soda and a gallon of water for a while.

- Cleaning stains on porcelain sinks, toilets and plastics through an eco friendly method? You can actually try removing the stains by applying a layer of baking soda and then using a damp sponge. This will work well on a water stain in a sink which is usually tough to clean unless using heavy duty chemicals and these products may scratch the surface.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Garden

- Do you know that baking soda can actually help to deter ants? You can pour a solid line of baking soda in the ants’ areas of activity and they won't cross it.

- When you find back spot fungus on your pots of roses, many of us will likely not know what to do or look for some “medications” from shops selling garden products. You can actually mix a tablespoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of (earth friendly) dish detergent and a gallon of water to make a spray to treat roses.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Laundry

- You can apply baking soda and make it into water paste onto stains in your laundry prior to washing and baking soda can help to remove the stains from the fabrics.

- Try to be eco friendly in your regular washing by adding half a cup of baking soda to a full load of washing and this will help brighten your wash and remove odors.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning in the Pets

- You can use baking soda for your pets as well by lightly sprinkled some baking soda and mix it into cat litter to help control odor.

- You can use baking soda to eliminate odor after you've cleaned up pet accidents by sprinkling over the dampened area with baking soda.

Baking Soda- Eco Friendly Cleaning- Miscellaneous

- Baking soda can be used to clean jewelry, you can make a paste by using 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply the mixture to the jewellery, allow to sit for a couple of minutes, rinse off and then polish your jewellery with a soft cloth.

With so many uses that baking soda can do in our daily lives, you'll likely use a lot and buying baking soda in small boxes probably won't be too economical. You can even save money on baking soda by re-using them. This is not only being eco friendly, I will also agree that baking soda is a form of EcoProduct that every other household have. Many a times, we do not know what to do with expired baking soda as well so with this article, I hope that you now can do your part where and EcoProduct can be one of your good eco friendly cleaning agent!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

EcoProducts- Desktop Hydroponics

We are know that growing your own herbs not only is economical, it is also an environmentally friendly gesture. A cook will always tell you, fresh herbs is important to any dish that you are making. However, not everyone of us is able to have a herb garden in our house. I discovered this really cool EcoProduct, DESKTOP HYDROPONICS!

This Mini Herb Garden is a tiny hydroponic reactor and it is capable of sprouting fresh herbs and veggies from seed and growing them using the included spongy soilless medium and nutrient mixture. You can now grow basil, parsley, cilantro, dill, chives, mint, oregano, thyme... you can even try flowers, or start vegetables! Amazing isn't it and this is truly a very interesting EcoProduct that is useful and eco friendly.

EcoProducts - Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

EcoProducts are not just about innovative products, it can be ideas as well that are eco friendly at the same time contribute to the environment. I did some research and decided to start a series of articles related to eco friendly cleaning products.

One advice, though eco friendly cleaning products are a good alternative to chemical cleaning products from stores, these organic cleaning agents may not work as quickly as the chemical products. Using eco friendly cleaning products may involve letting it soak longer etc. However, looking at the long term benefits, it is worth the extra efforts to use these EcoProducts. Of course for those of us who are busy working, there is also a wide selection of on the shelf Eco Friendly Cleaning Products that all of us can use and yet be environmentally responsible.

There are lots of our daily items that we see in our houses that can be very effective eco friendly cleaning products. For example items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemons have natural cleaning powers. In fact, these are easy and safe to use which are great cleaning agents and cost less.

Some interesting but very basic recipes on how you can make eco friendly cleaning products.

Baking soda
By adding around four tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water, you can use this mixture as scrubbing cleaning agent. By adding lesser quantity of water, you can make a thick paste with the baking soda and let it sit on stubborn spots for deep cleaning.

Olive Oil
Polish for furniture can be organic too. You can combine three parts olive oil with one part vinegar or lemon juice. All you need to do is just use this mixture and wipe on with a soft cloth and your furniture will look polished.

Combining two tablespoons of cornstarch, a cup of white vinegar and a gallon of water will give you a good window cleaning agent. You can recycle your newspapers and use them to wash down the windows eliminating streaking.

White Vinegar
Just use a cup of white vinegar in a gallon of water, and you are all ready to clean your linoleum floors. For a more powerful cleaner, you can also add a quarter cup of baking soda.
Another use for this eco friendly cleaning product is to microwave a cup of white vinegar for a minute or two. This helps to loosen any cooked-on food and stubborn stains, helping to make the microwave easy to clean.

Common Salt which is a necessity in the kitchen is also one of the great eco friendly cleaning products. By sprinkling salt in an oven or the sink, it can help you deal with stains and spills. By adding on some baking soda and borax, the mixture is a great sink cleaner that won't scratch porcelain.

The above are just some examples of home made EcoProducts that anyone can just make by using the common things that can be found in our everyday lives. These useful and eco friendly cleaning products may become a common trend and used in our daily lives.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Moon Jar

EcoProducts-Moon Jar

There are lots of solar lamps that I have seen but this is quite interesting and in fact blends well for people like me who like chic looking products that can stylishly blend in with my house decor.

The Moon Jar made with traditional Mason jar charges during the day and lights up at night. It is made with high tech energy efficient lighting where inside the jar is a highly efficient solar cell, rechargeable battery and low energy LED lamps.

How the Moon Jar works??