Before science was invented, going green used to mean chugging a 2-liter bottle of broccoli juice then spinning around a baseball bat for 30 seconds. Exercise a healthier expression of blue and yellow's love child with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of green household products online from Eco Home Store.
Launched by two sisters who are also working moms, the Eco Home Store peddles planet-pampering household products for everyday use. These eco-mavens carry Neat Little Green Things, which cost $25 or less, including biodegradable pens ($9.99), recycled-leather card holders ($4.99), and 1-GB USB drives embedded in blocks of rosewood ($18.50).
Surfing shoppers can also check out a variety of sleek kitchenware made from recycled products and grab coconut bowls ($14.50) to spiff up deserted-island retreats. Or customers can outfit bathrooms with water-saving bath fixtures certified by the EPA’s WaterSense program ($30.80–$611).
Fashionable four-eyes sport eyewear constructed from recycled tin foil and plastic, reincarnated after lives filled with grocery carrying and baked-potato baking ($19.99–$23.95). Tax and shipping ($10.50–$14.99) are not included in today's deal.
Eco Home Store
After embarking on innumerable fruitless searches for attractive yet affordable eco-friendly products for their homes, sisters and working-moms-in-arms Donna Joe and Shelley Martinez decided to take matters into their own hands—they opened Eco Home Store to help to make eco-conscious consumption easy and accessible for all. The earth-minded duo stocks the digital shelves of the one-stop online shop with a variety of home and lifestyle essentials, from bath products and kitchen tools to camping equipment and dog toys.
Regardless of the category, the sisters ensure that many of the products in their inventory are sustainable, biodegradable, organic, or toxin-free. They stock handbags made from natural materials, help to lower electricity costs with USB EcoStrip power strips, and offer an alternative to wasteful paper products and disposable sterling-silver platters with reusable picnic plates and flatware.
Despite the vast array of product categories, the sisters aim to keep shopping simple by carrying products from just a handful of carefully vetted brands. The majority of their cleaning products, for instance, are from the Mountain Green brand, which swaps out phosphates, chlorine, and other harmful chemicals for biodegradable materials such as corn and coconut.