3 tips to be an eco rock star, not an eco bore

Turn down the thermostat and cozy up to a fire

No one likes an eco-snob who beats them over the head about ways they “SHOULD” be living greener, or why they’re not doing “enough”, or how their environmental efforts aren’t the most important ones. The best way to help people learn to live a greener life is to encourage them to get greener in the things they’re already passionate about.

The pragmatic beauty of Valvoline’s NextGen oil

Valvoline NextGen recycled motor oil

Valvoline is throwing a giant green wrench in the gears of the tire & lube industry…and that’s a good thing. Their new NextGen motor oil is made of 50% recycled oil. There’s a lot of life left in used oil. Finished motor oil is made from 85% base oil and 15% additives. The “oil part” of motor oil doesn’t really wear out, the additives do.

New material is remodeling the home decor industry

Eco-friendly CompoClay pots

Every step matters, but we ultimately need to better our manufacturing methods and how we utilize and refine raw materials. That is a big picture battle and it will not be easy. Oddly enough, one of the first places where this is happening is with home decor products…and it’s happening with a revolutionary new material called CompoClay.

Goodbye Green Lantern, enter the Green Republican!

The Green Republican! (cartoon)

Sure, we know there are some Republicans that do give a crap about the environment, but they do seem to be few and far between…so we thought we’d poke a little good clean fun.

What non greener issues does your favorite Republican support?

Wine corks as eco-friendly packing peanuts

Wine corks used as packaging peanuts

Cardboard boxes, packing tape, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, foam peanuts…Do you ever feel like half the stuff you’re moving is just the packaging itself? By nature, moving to a new home is not the most eco-friendly, uh, move. But there are some clever ways to make it greener. Check out some of these ideas to do just that.

iBamboo speakers rock your iPhone tunes sans energy

iBamboo iPhone speaker dock

There are all kinds of eco-friendly iPhone, iPod, Android device, and other portable music player speakers out there, but none of them can amplify the volume of your digital tunes without needing battery or A/C power…except the iBamboo. This brilliant (and chic) simply combines a foot long piece of bamboo and minimal processing to pump your jams.

Virgin Barbie packaging sucking life out of forests

Barbie's Rainforest Packaging (cartoon)

You’d think a toy company like Mattel would have the foresight to realize they’d eventually be called out on this, (Thank you, Greenpeace!) as well as the money and knowledge to make their packaging from something a bit less middle-finger-to-the-world-esque…say, recycled Barbie dolls?

Give your dad an LED Light Mine for Father’s Day

Striker Light Mine Professional

If you’re looking for a last minute eco-friendly Father’s Day gift, look no further than the LED Light Mine from Striker. This little gizmo is reminiscent of the mines in the minesweeper game that came pre-installed on old PC’s, but doesn’t blow up in your face when click the wrong button. Instead, it just gives you LED light wherever you need it.

Portable knife and fork that morph into chopsticks

Knife and fork that combine to become spring loaded chopsticks

These transformer utensils are molded rubber with nylon grips and when combined to become chopsticks, they actually provide a spring action to eradicate any chopstick handling issues that those less dexterous of us may have. Were it a real product, this hybrid utensil concept would also address what we call the disposable chopstick dilemma.

Watch this funny “Whole Foods Parking Lot” video

Whole Foods parking lot video

Any parking lot can get a bit crazy at times…especially grocery stores…but the stereotypes that often go along with Whole Foods shoppers makes this satirical video all that much more fun. Add this video together with another epic eco-snob video from a couple of years ago and this post may go down as one of our all time favorites.