meg’s green finds: the brelli biodegradable umbrella

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I don’t know about you, but when I think about umbrellas my mind immediately turns to those super dinky ones sold at corner markets. You know, the kind you buy and three days later find yourself stuffing, mid-downpour, into a trash can because it has turned inside-out or won’t open or one of the pieces has snapped. Mostly when that happens I think, “Poor me!” (OK, yeah, and a whole string of words I won’t share here on this family friendly site.) But now I’m starting to realize the real loser in that situation is the planet. Just think of all those broken umbrellas filling up landfills! And who knows how much energy it took to make them in the first place — only to have them used once, twice, three times if lucky (and not battling city wind tunnels). Imagine my delight when I noticed the Brelli umbrella on Inhabitat! Not only is its design super chic and parasol-like, it’s 100% biodegradable, made from sustainable bamboo, and supposedly super durable! Bring it on, April showers. Brelli, on sale March 18, available here for $28. –Meg D.

Read more of Meg’s tips for stylish, green living at her blog, Style Saves the World.

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did you have a crafty, green(ish) wedding? here's a contest for you

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Portovert, the “gateway to green weddings,” is holding a contest for crafty green brides. The Portovert DIY Wedding Challenge is open to those whose DIY wedding took place between February 28, 2007 and March 1, 2008 and included green elements. Prizes include organic pampering products and eco-friendly table settings. Enter the contest here. Deadline to enter is March 31.

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did you have a crafty, green(ish) wedding? here’s a contest for you

green
Portovert, the “gateway to green weddings,” is holding a contest for crafty green brides. The Portovert DIY Wedding Challenge is open to those whose DIY wedding took place between February 28, 2007 and March 1, 2008 and included green elements. Prizes include organic pampering products and eco-friendly table settings. Enter the contest here. Deadline to enter is March 31.

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domino mag picks best eco bulbs

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It seems as if making the switch to eco-friendly bulbs is not as easy as it should be. In our recent Post Off many of you told us that the new green fluorescent bulbs cast such an unattractive glow, you can’t bear to put them in your lamps. Well, cast your reluctance aside and check out Domino’s Test Drive of Eco-Bulbs. Their Stephen Treffinger tried out 65 different bulbs to pick his favorite seven. Click here to see the results and look at energy-saving in a whole new light.

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meg's green finds: affordable art! (pop ink decor-a-boards)

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How sweet are these Pop Ink Decor-a-Boards? Made with recycled wood scraps and unused portions of lumbered trees, they look like pages from a kid’s picture book circa the 1960s. Not into the cutesy creatures? Go for the Little Red Samurai and her dripping-blood sword. Or, at $28, buy both! –Meg D.

Read more of Meg’s tips for stylish, green living at her blog, Style Saves the World.

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