Early attempts at recycling—such as using chewing gum to patch leaky coffee pots and converting banana peels into prom corsages—failed abysmally. Decorate abodes with more effective eco-solutions with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of environmentally friendly house wares and decor at Carbon Environmental Boutique.
Carbon Environmental Boutique's husband-wife owner team of Allison MacLean and Marc Nipp stock their store with nontoxic, sustainable, and organic wares for every room. Browse tree-friendly bath items such as the Coyuchi bath mat ($34.95), an organic, plain-weave cotton mat that absorbs stray water and floor mosaics made from tissues. Kitchens undergo eco-makeovers with colourful 10-packs of dishwasher-safe and durable Preserve plates ($7.45) and sets of Bambu lacquerware curvy servers made from organically grown bamboo ($17.55). Mythic interior latex paints ($18.95) eschew the harmful chemicals and pea-soup base of conventional paints, and offer gentle formulas in more than 1,200 colours. Clients stock up on water-purification devices and sustainable coverings for countertops and floors. Though not included in this deal, Carbon Boutique hosts demonstrations, workshops, and telepathically delivered lectures on art and environmentally friendly living.