More Cool Finds

I found this cool mouse pad at Best Buy – only $8! Made from 80% recycled materials.

Mousepads are typically made of some sort of rubber composite – not very sustainable. I found this site, which sells lots of “eco-friendly” mousepads. Some are made from reycled tires, circuit boards, and recycled suede. They even have a “biodegradable” mouse pad -but they don’t mention what kind of material it’s made out of. You also have to buy in bulk from this site – actually, the more I looked online, the more I saw that sites which offer eco-friendly mousepads require you buy in bulk.

I also spotted some more Seventh Generation stuff at the supermarket – it seems like they are expanding their product lines, or at least they are becoming more readily available in mainstream stores.

The cool thing out Seventh Generation is that you can go on their site and they are very transparent about their ingredients and MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets). You can literally  look at every ingredient in every product they sell in pretty good detail. They also have a very involved section on their sustainability report and environmental initiatives.

Finally, I saw this awesome website of a company called Ecocradle Mushroom Packaging where they make packing materials completely out of mushrooms.

From the site:

“We actually grow EcoCradle using mycelium, a fungal network of threadlike cells. This mycelium grows around agricultural by-products like buckwheat husks, oat hulls, or cotton burrs to any shape we make. In 5 – 7 days, in the dark, with no watering, and no petrochemical inputs, the mycelium envelops the by-products, binding them into a strong and beautiful packaging part. Inside every cubic inch of EcoCradle, there’s a matrix of 8 miles of tiny mycelial fibers! At the end of the process, we treat EcoCradle with heat to stop the growth so there will never be any spores.”

This is a really innovative and truly sustainable alternative to traditional packaging foams – which are made out of petroleum and other nasty chemicals which persist in our environment long after their use.  The mushroom packaging is 100% biodegradable. It is aerobically and anaerobically compostable, which means they will biodegrade well in your garden, home compost pile or in a landfill.  The picture above (from their website) shows the mushroom packaging on the left and normal styrofoam on the right. Here’s a little general background on polystyrene (the nasty stuff).

I learned about this packaging from ecoideasnet. Check out their Facebook page and like them! They post some pretty cool and interesting eco-related info on a daily basis.


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