While making a plan to purchase environmentally safe, sustainable and “green” products to create an eco-friendly home may seem like an expensive or difficult task, design innovation and technology has made it much easier. Whether you are looking to clean up dust from the floors without using a ton of electricity, save on water usage when steaming and ironing laundry or sleep comfortably on organic cotton sheets, manufacturers in home goods and appliances are incorporating green technology into their products without sacrificing efficiency.
One of the most technologically advanced vacuums on the market, the Soniclean combines suction with sonic technology for a rewarding cleaning experience. It has a green-technology, high-efficiency, direct-air “Paramagnetic” vacuum motor and uses 50% less electricity than many full-size vacuums. Backed by 12 patents, the Soniclean effectively cleans carpets at 12,000 vibrations per minute, dislodging and removing surface dirt and dust, but also goes deeper to remove microscopic particles embedded deep within the floor. These particles contain bacteria, allergens and more that other vacuums miss. Retail: $199.80.
The leading manufacturer in high-performance home appliances including steam irons, steam stations and garment steamers has introduced the first eco-friendly iron to North America, providing users with 25% energy savings. The Eco-Intelligence Iron has new and patented Microsteam400 3De soleplate at the crux of the energy-efficient design – concentrating steam on the fabric, reducing loss of steam and saving on water usage. The unique new Eco Steam system is designed to help ensure optimal steam output to save energy and still provide the performance that Rowenta’s users demand of their products. Retail: $150
The following products are from Coyuchi:
Combining cool grays, crisp whites and warm beams of yellow, the Beneath The Trees Collection celebrates the moment when the sun hits the mountain ridge, refracting through the peaks and cascading warm, prismatic light throughout the trees. Matelasse diamonds, pintucks and pointelle weaves create texture that turns light and shadow into pattern. Appliquéd pillows play with scale, turning organic, crystalline forms intobold geometric patterns. The cotton is 100% organic, and sourced and woven in India. The linen is made in India from flax grown in France and Belgium. The natural wool is made in India.
A good night’s sleep is crucial for hard-working students, and this bedding—made from T-shirt-soft organic cotton knit—is the best way to ensure sweet dreams. The set includes a fitted sheet, two pillowcases and duvet cover, for easy bed-making and minimal laundry. The duvet cover closes with coconut shell buttons. The fitted sheet has a deep 15″ pocket and full elastic around the bottom. The pillowcases have an envelope closure. Sized for a dorm room bed, all three pieces come in a matching drawstring bag. The cotton is 100% organic and sourced and woven in India.
Yarn-dyed stripes infuse weighty natural linen with warm color. The shower curtain may be used with a liner or without. Just squeeze the water out of the lower edge after use and let it dry. The curtain hangs from rustproof metal grommets. The linen is made in India from flax grown in France and Belgium.
This seersucker robe has been updated with a slim fit and a luxe lining of fine white cotton terry. Both the terry and the puckered seersucker are made from organic cotton, so they start out soft and only get better with laundering. The robe falls well below the knee and closes with an inside tie and a reversible self-belt. Styled for men or women, the robe has two side-seam pockets and double belt-loops. The cotton is 100% organic and sourced and woven in India.