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Easy Way To Go Green: Earth Hour 2010

While we strongly believe that it’s important to take daily steps to go green a little more with each passing day, events like tonight’s Earth Hour help to promote the concept on a worldwide scale. The premise is simple – around the world, at 8:30 pm local time tonight, turn your lights out to help support the cause of conserving Mother Nature’s resources. Whether at work or home, malls or restaurants, many areas will observe this green event by using candlelight rather than electricity, and turning off televisions, computers, appliances, radios, etc… for a one hour period. Use it as a time to reconnect with family by reading stories by candlelight, singing songs around a campfire, or just enjoying the relaxation of the darkness to catch a few extra winks of sleep.

If you want other easy ways to go green beyond Earth Hour, try these:

1. Buy a set of reusable shopping bags and keep them in your vehicle, pocket or purse so you always have them handy when needed at the store. Skip the cheap wasteful disposable plastic or paper bags the store provides and bring your own bags every time you shop.

2. Invest in a high quality stainless water bottle in lieu of buying cases of bottled water and tossing the plastic bottles after use. Many people believe they are green by refilling those plastic bottles, however there are health hazards which have been identified in recent surveys, including exposure to BPA, as well as bacterial issues. Using a durable stainless steel water bottle for water or other liquids and carrying it with you means you won’t need to pay for free tap water, you’ll have control of cleaning your own bottle and you’re more likely to drink lots more liquids each day, increasing your health at the same time.

3. Purchase energy efficient appliances and be aware of which gadgets suck the most energy in your home. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.

4. Keep your fridge and freezer stocked to maintain the most energy efficient use.

5. Walk or bike whenever possible to conserve on gas, and when you do need to drive, plan your trips ahead of time to run multiple errands at the same time. It will save you time and money.

These are just a few simple ways you can go green in 2010 and beyond. Start here and you’ll be back looking for more advanced green tips before you know it.

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New Snack Taxi Bags Are Coming Soon!

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We’ve heard you loud and clear – you LOVE our new SnackTAXI Reusable Snack & Sandwich Baggies and you’re saving lots of $$$ from buying endless toxic plastic sandwich baggies, not to mention keeping piles of them from the landfill – congrats!

Now for some exciting news – we’ve got an additional 14 NEW styles on their way! Check out our dedicated SnackTAXI Bag section to see our newest designs and PREORDER yours now so when they come in, you’ll be at the top of the list. Remember, our last preordered batch sold out BEFORE THEY ARRIVED, so don’t linger too long!

How To Clean A Reusable Bottle

SIGG Bottle Cleaning BrushWe have many customers ask the question “What is the BEST way to clean my stainless reusable bottle  I just bought?”

Here is our recommendation for cleaning reusable water bottles, whether stainless or coated aluminum:

1. DO NOT use a dishwasher. The temperature is too hot & the water pressure is too high. The combination will weaken seams (causing small leaks down the road) & wear away at the nontoxic outer color and/or bottle design. Also, DO NOT use dishsoap as many brands will leave a soapy tasty residue in your bottle which is difficult to remove.

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2. DO hand wash the reusable bottle to maximize life. Simply fill the bottle with clean lukewarm water and either a teaspoon of baking soda OR a few drops of vinegar. Put your thumb over the mouth of the bottle and shake for 10 seconds. Rinse the bottle out with clear water several times. Let the bottle air dry.

3. If you drink sticky liquids from your bottle (i.e. soda, juice or sugared drinks) and need to clean the crevices and seams well, buy a bottle cleaning brush (be sure to purchase a set with large & small brushes so you can reach into both the bottle as well as clean the crevices of the sport cap with the small brush). It’s best to fill the bottle 1/3 way with water and use the brush, then do step #2 above and rinse. This will assure all gook you remove with the brush is sanitized and washed away.

Although it seems time consuming, once you get the hang of it, cleaning your reusable bottle will only take seconds each day, and it will ensure a sanitized, healthy vessel to carry your liquids in. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to help you.

We now offer over 80 different styles of stainless & aluminum reusable bottles with various sizes & designs to fit every need. We carry reusable bottle brands including SIGG, EarthLust, Klean Kanteen, Green Bottle, EcoUsable, EcoFusion, Safe Sippy and Wild & Wolf.

No More Spoiled Fruit For This Girl!

Extra Life Produce Preserver Disks from BrightandBold.com

Extra Life Produce Preserver Disks from BrightandBold.com

You know how it goes, you’re grocery shopping at the store and they have some Beeeee-utiful fruits and veggies that look so good you feel guilty about eating them. Great produce prices and before you know it, your cart is stocked full of a colorful array of apples, grapes, peaches, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and more…

A few days later you go into your fridge to grab a juicy apple and WOW! They no longer look nearly as fresh, in fact much of the produce is rotting in front of your eyes. A few black spots on the lettuce head, bruising on the apples and mushiness in the grapes bag. Now you can see all of your produce savings going right into the garbage can and you say NEVER AGAIN to stocking up on fruit…… that is, until the next week when you’re in the grocery store and those same beautiful apples call your name. Over and over this scenario repeats itself and you end up tossing hundreds of dollars each year and wasting perfectly good food.

We’re SUPER excited to introduce a solution we’ve tried personally and fallen in LOVE with… our new Extra Life Produce Preserver Disks. A little green disk with an active (nontoxic and healthy) ingredient inside which slips into your crisper bins in the fridge and they TRAP & NEUTRALIZE the excess ethylene gas produced by your fruits and veggies as they ripen. This slows down the ripening process and allows you to DOUBLE THE LIFE OF YOUR PRODUCE!

The active ingredient in these disks, zeolite & potassium permanganate has been used by grocery produce managers for years to help control the ripening process of fruits, but now its available in smaller disks for your fridge at home! Each disk lasts for 3 months in your fridge and you’ll see right away how much longer your fruits & veggies stay fresh and edible… saving you lots of wasted food and wasted $$$.

Find out more details and order your Extra Life Produce Preserver Disks today and enjoy FREE SHIPPING on them (and your entire order!)

Happy Earth Day with Envirosax Coupons!

We’re excited to announce 2 brand new Envirosax styles – Envirosax Planet Green & Envirosax Animal Planet, just in time for Earth Day!

Use Coupon Code SAVE15 now through April 30, 2009 to save 15% off these Envirosax and everything else in your order, including FREE SHIPPING with no minimum order. Shop at http://www.brightandbold.com to enjoy the discount and envirosax coupons.

Envirosax Planet Green is a mellow geometric design in beautiful shades of greens, aquas and muted tones for an understated reusable bag style.

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Envirosax Animal Planet is a new direction for the reusable bag designs, offering a variety of animal features on the various bags in the set, including cat, dog, butterfly, honey bee and bird. Beautiful rich colors and personality abound in this design.

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5 Easy Ways to GO GREEN in 2009!

A new year is upon us, and what better time to make 2009 the year you finally take steps to “go green”. It doesn’t mean a 360-degree change in your daily life, however the small changes you can easily make will add up quickly… just take a closer look:

1. Bring your own stylish Envirosax Reusable Bags wherever you shop, saving @500 plastic bags per year from the landfills. 
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2. Select a Stainless Reusable Bottle to bring your own drinks, saving @$180/yr in cost and 350 disposable bottles from the landfills
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3. Get rid of your cheap plastic cooking spoons and use Bamboo Kitchen Utensils for a safe, bpa-free, sustainable & long-lasting alternative
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4. Use our handy Staple Free Stapler to save $15/yr in buying staples

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5. Wear our fashionable Water Faucet Necklace as a water conservation reminder. Did you know taking a 4 minute daily shower instead of a typical 8 minute shower saves 4800 gallons of water per year?
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BPA-Free Sippy Cups: Say Hello To Safety

Over the past year, the topic of Bisphenol-A (BPA) used in plastics, bottles and food containers has confused many. What is safe? What isn’t safe? What happens if I’ve been drinking from these containers for years? Although many tests have been conducted, the results have been questioned, and research continues. In the meantime, several countries have now banned the use of BPAs and millions of consumers are searching for alternatives.

Introducing The Safe Sippy, a BPA-free Stainless Steel Sippy Cup for toddlers and children that is a great alternative to plastic. Durable in construction, stylish in design, it comes in your choice of 3 colors: pink, green, or blue. Made of stainless steel and #5 safe polypropylene (for the handle and sippy), the handle is removable as the child gets older so the bottle can still be used and not look quite as toddler-ish.

The Safe Sippy Cup

The Safe Sippy Cup

Although there are many BPA-free Bottles on the market for adults, there are few designed for the age between baby bottle and adult version, so keep in mind The Safe Sippy, which passes all federal regulations for safety, and wins a design award in our book!