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Editor’s Pick Shower time

Picture This

Nikon’s new super-slim Coolpix S52 camera is not only equipped with superior resolution (9 megapixels) and lead- and arsenic-free optical glass, but it also comes in a cool special-edition green model, thanks to a partnership with Ritz Camera. With every purchase, the retailer will offset 1.91 tons of carbon (roughly the amount of the average American’s monthly carbon footprint) through carbonfund.org. $250, ritzcamera.com

Whether you’re getting ready for class or just another day at the office, this digital shower timer will keep your water-usage to the, er, bare minimum. Just set it and forget it—the alarm will sound when time is up. The timer’s maker, Ripple Products, walks the walk, too: The company runs on green power, prints on recycled and locally sourced paper, and encourages its staff to participate fully in sustainability initiatives. $20, rippleproducts.com

Kids’ Corner

Sustainable Stackers

These crafty, classy Uncle Goose Alphabet Blocks are carved out of basswood grown and harvested in the Great Lakes states. They’re embossed with animals, letters, and numbers—the perfect learning tool—and brightly colored with nontoxic inks. They also come in French, Spanish, Hebrew, and braille. Pretty progressive for oldschool toys. $30, kidbean.com

Message in a Bottle

Phthalates. BPA. In environmental circles these hormone-disrupting chemicals are four-letter words. They’re present in everything from baby rattles to canned ravioli and get stored in virtually every part of our bodies. But thanks to CamelBak, we don’t have to worry about finding them in our water bottles. Made from a new plastic called Tritan, the Better Bottle is reusable, recyclable, and totally BPA- and phthalate-free. $6, rei.com

Watts Up

You’re So Money

Set to debut in August, Hasbro’s new, heavily guarded Monopoly: The World Edi­tion (they wouldn’t even give us a picture!) swaps utilities like Water Works and the Electric Company (way ’80s) for renew­able Wind and Solar Energy. As if that’s not enough, all the paperboard (gameboard, cards, etc) is made from post-consumer recycled paper and printed with vegetable-based inks. This game’s going to be a hit—you can bank on it. $35, target.com

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We know what you’re thinking: An eco-friendly blow dryer seems like a stretch. Well, maybe a bit. But when you consider that most hair dryers use 1,800 watts of energy, the ceramic Barbar Eco-8000 seems pretty friendly, after all. It uses about half the energy an average does and also emits less electromagnetic radiation. $150, barbarhairtools.com

Plenty Magazine Issue 23 Aug/Sept 2008  

beyond the bulb> the best Ideas In green desIgn krIstIn gore kIlls her laWn | saIlIng greece | gossIp gIrl’s eco star

Plenty Magazine Issue 23 Aug/Sept 2008  

beyond the bulb> the best Ideas In green desIgn krIstIn gore kIlls her laWn | saIlIng greece | gossIp gIrl’s eco star

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