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 $25, you get $50 worth of green household products online from Eco Home Store. Though this Groupon is not valid toward shipping, orders of more than $75—with the exception of promotional items, bulk orders, and flooring—will be shipped for free.
Launched by two sisters who are also working moms, the Eco Home Store peddles planet-pampering household products for everyday use. BPA-free PET plastic bottles confine libations without leaching toxic chemicals into the environment. Brighten up barbecues with On The Go tableware ($25.99) or bring a 20-ounce water bottle ($9.99) on dehydrating hiking trips. Use bamboo veneer Bamdino cutlery ($10) or a recyclable baby bottle topped with a slow-flow silicon nipple to provide a constant flow of nutrients to your infant or infant dragon ($19.99/pack of four).
Nested discreetly in the ground, a plastic dog-poop composter pops open at the press of a foot pedal to receive its smelly cargo ($45.99). A mix of enzymes and bacteria digest the waste, converting it to a harmless liquid that slinks bashfully into the ground, like an underdressed mole retreating from a cocktail party. Its tank can accommodate one large dog or two small dogs. 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.
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.