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General Household

Each link on this page leads to a website that sells a variety of products with health and environmental benefits--too many for me to catalog individually. Take a look and see what you find...


General



Rawganique
I can only describe this site as "organic fiber paradise." They carry an extensive selection of stylish clothing for men, women and children, plus kitchen, bed and table linens--most made from European certified organically grown hemp, organic linen or organic cotton, some with natural dyes. Many items are exclusive to this site. Plus more certified organic hemp items, including footwear, bags, fabric and hemp paper. And organic foods and sustainability books. "The philosophy that governs every aspect of product selection at Rawganique.com is that there is no compromise for purity, environmental sustainability, and quality craftsmanship. This is why we mostly offer the highest-quality, most luxurious, best-made possible version of a product...Our hemp products are, of course, sustainably made with no sweatshop, child, or underwaged labor involved at any step of the cultivation or manufacturing process -- this is something which we have taken pride in from the very beginning."

Berea College Student Crafts
This has always been one of my favorite catalogs. Not only are all the products made from natural materials, they are all made by students at Berea College in Kentucky. Berea charges no tuition, admitting only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. All students must work 10 hours weekly, earning money for books, room and board. Berea's crafts program also ensures that the traditional Appalachian handcrafts are kept alive and taught to new generations. These are simple, useful household items such as cutting boards, wooden games, handwoven blankets and placemats, baskets, rolling pins, small furniture items, trays, candleholders, brooms, ceramics, wrought irons pieces, and more.

Juniper Ridge
"Wild plant products from the mountains and deserts of the west". Home and personal products that evoke the natural woodsy smells of the outdoors, made from wildcrafted herbs and plant trimmings. "This business was born out of my love for the wild plants and the outdoors. Everything we do...would be pointless if the plants were harmed by our harvesting activities. As such, we always harvest with permission and in a sustainable and responsible manner...When we harvest Juniper we prune around the bottom of tall tress and every year, the trees respond vigorously to the pruning by putting on new growth." I love these products because they really speak of the wild places they come from. Like Douglas Fir tea--when I lived in California, I learned that the local natives in the forest where I lived drank Doug Fir tea. It smells and tastes like Christmas trees and my own forest. Choose from teas, sachets and incense, medicinal herbs, wild herb soaps, and wild foodstuffs like birch tree syrup and wild berry jams. "We also give 10 percent of our profits to groups that defend western wilderness, so when you buy our products not only are you getting a gift from the wild, you are also helping preserve it."


Ten Thousand Villages
A bounty of useful and decorative home products made through fairtrade programs throughout the world. Their "earth-friendly" collection is specifically made from natural fibers in earth tones, recycled and handmade materials, but natural materials abound throughout the site. "Since 1946 Ten Thousand Villages has supported the work of literally tens of thousands of artisans in over 30 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, making us one the largest fair trade organizations in North America. Working with more than 100 artisan groups, we purchase fine pieces from craftspeople with whom we have longstanding, nurturing relationships...quality products from diverse cultures around the world."


Uncommon Goods
I included this website just for fun! Though at first glance you may look at some of the items and ask "What's the health or environmental benefit here?", many of the items were just too charming (I couldn't resist the colorful organic loofah kitchen scrubbers--the first in the world to be certified USDA Organic--handmade by farmers in Paraguay in the shape of vegetables). Many of the items are handmade, some are organic, some recycled, other nontoxic or natural. Some help you get organized, others--like the classy compass necklace--bring you closer to nature. Read descriptions carefully to find the products that suit your own personal criteria. "Creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices...combining the treasures of a specialty boutique, the great finds of a craft show, discoveries from a faraway bazaar, along with some enduring classics...we endeavor to feature merchandise created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people."


Viva Terra
Stylish, eco-friendly goods for every room in your home, plus food, garden, baby, and jewelry too.hoppi "All VivaTerra products reflect a commitment to:
  • ECOLOGY AND ELEGANCE: The finest goods that uniquely fuse exceptional quality and design with eco sensitivities
  • ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE SOURCES: The purest ingredients and sustainable resources possible - selected to be the best available.
  • EARTH AND PEOPLE FRIENDLY: Partners and suppliers who share our values and work to make a positive difference in the world.
  • HANDCRAFTED BY ARTISANS: Distinctive goods of uncommon value, handcrafted by passionate designers and artisans
  • CELEBRATE LIFE: Celebrate life and human spirit by honoring traditions from cultures around the world."


Allergy Buyers Club
A terrific resource for people with allergies. More than an on-line store, they test, rate and review all the allergy relief products they sell. Hundreds of informational articles and product experts offer advice. Their buyer's guides let you compare key features of their products at a glance in a simple chart format. Here are just some of their products: air conditioners, air purifiers, humidifiers & dehumidifiers, furnace filters, vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, beds and bedding, water purifiers, baby products, cleaning supplies, furniture, lighting, and test kits. Most items are made from natural materials, some organic.


American Environmental Health Foundation
Founded in 1975 by William J. Rea, M.D., AEHF is a nonprofit organization founded to do research and provide education about multiple chemical sensitivities. This is funded in part through proceeds from their on-line store, which carries nearly 1500 environmentally safe products for the home and office, including: organic cotton clothing and bedding, personal care products, pollutant detection kits, charcoal and ceramic masks, household cleaning products, vitamin and mineral supplements, ar filters and purifiers, safe paints, sealers, and stains, adhesives, water filtration systems and saunas.


Green Living Now
A small, but well chosen, collection of cleaning and personal care items. "I've spent the past 12+ years researching products and the companies that make them. During most of that time, I was a community activist and an environmental health nonprofit leader. Repeatedly people would ask me where to get the products I was recommeding. I started the retail version of Green Living Now in June 2004 to make the products I'd been recommending as a nonprofit leader more easily available. Rather than trying to be a green products "super store", I've chosen to only sell the products that have passed my strict criteria, and that I use myself. I look at ingredients first-nothing toxic, or suspected of being toxic. Ideally no synthetic chemicals at all. I favor certified organic over just natural." Products are grouped together to make it easy to make the transition to nontoxic living, and the site includes some good background information too.


Green Nest
Founded by a former interior designer turned certified Bau-Biologist, who changed her own home and improved her health, Green Nest carries a variety of healthy home products including air and water filters, natural beds and bedding, natural baby products, EMF protection, nontoxic cleaning products and pesticides, nontoxic paints and sealers, and more.


GreenSage
A comprehensive resource for energy efficient, non-toxic, recycled, reclaimed, naturally resourced and biodegradable items for your whole household. You'll find air filters, appliances, artwork, baby gifts, bath towels and accessories, bedding, body care, candles, carpet and padding, draperies and curtains, furniture, glassware, home accessories, home office accessories, knobs & pulls, laundry, lighting, mattresses, nursery items, paints, pillows, rugs, shelving, soaps, tabletop, towel racks and hooks, towels, trash cans, upholstery fabrics, wallpaper, and more. They've been in this business since 1988, so they are well-experienced. The founder started GreenSage after personal experience with MCS.


Healthy Home
"A complete line of allergy control products, environmentally safe building materials and air and water filtration products to improve the health of your home and your family."


Janice Corporation
Yes, there really is a Janice. Since 1979, when she started this business to meet her own needs, this catalog has been a main source of supply for people with multiple chemical sensitivities. Physicians all over the country refer their patients to them. They offer the purest bedding, bath, kitchen and personal items available. When articles are not obtainable through traditional manufacturing sources, they produce them in our own sewing room with their 100% cotton fabrics and batting. They carefully wash and rinse fabrics prior to construction. As a contamination precaution, employees do not smoke or wear perfumed products while at work. Products include baby bedding, beds and bedding, cellophane bags, fabrics, household, clothing for men and women, and personal care products.


Lifekind
Products "that lower your daily exposure to hazardous chemical ingredients", including air and water filters, baby products, beds & bedding, candles, cleaning products, clothing, kitchen and bath products, personal care items, and pet products.


N.E.E.D.S.
N.E.E.D.S. (Nutritional Ecological Environmental Delivery System) provides products, information, and education in the areas of Chemical Sensitivity, Environmental Illness, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, and Candida. Their products include Environmental Equipment --air & water purification, portable saunas, oral hygiene, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and electromagnetic field (EMF) products--dietary supplements and Gluten-Free Foods, Personal Care products, mattresses and pillows, paints and sealers, cleaning products, Pet Care items, and more. They also have a wellness team and product consultants available free of charge to answer questions related to reducing exposure to toxins in the environment. Discounted prices.


greenfeet.com
You'll find a bit of everything at this website that sells "eco-friendly products for everyday living." Beyond the gifts and home decor, there are some exceptional items, such as certified sustainably harvested garden furniture, hemp mattresses, a meter that allows you to read the energy usage of any appliance, and more. Browse through Gifts, House & Home, Yard & Garden, Decor, Bedroom, Bathroom, Personal Care, Kitchen, Cleaning Closet, Hemp, and other sections. Every product greenfeet carries has been tested and used by the greenfeet staff. They don't carry anything they wouldn't use themselves. Their personal experiences with the products are sprinkled throughout the site.

3R Living
A plethora of interesting and lively products--many made from recycled materials. Product categories include cleaning, glassware, kitchen, tabletop, accents, bed & bath, clocks, frames, rugs, greeting cards, note cards, body, candles, house, jewelry, kids, pets, and more. A tip: some products don't list materials and some aren't as pure as I would pick, but there are some fun finds here...

Almost 2,000 green products in the categories of electronics and computers, home and garden, home improvement, grocery and household, and baby. Plus, browse green books, movies, magazines, and downloads.

Bedrock Industries
"We are a creative company manufacturing a wide array of products all handcrafted from 100% recycled glass. We participate in and support recycling efforts whenever possible." Creative is right! All kinds of decorative shapes and ornaments--I couldn't resist the whimsical iridescent purple stars--suncatchers, windchimes, coasters, candleholder, dinnerware and more, all made from recycled glass with lively designs.

Branch
Created by people who love to shop, but who are concerned about the environmental effects of consumer products, this website offers products that ""responsible" choices more attractive and functional." Each product is evaluated according to "rigorous standards." Indeed, each product is ususual, stylish, and has at least one environmental attribute, clearly explained, and often several benefits. I found acoustic wall tiles to muffle sound made from 100% recycled paper, recycled glass cups processed using wind power, a throw pillow made from 100% reclaimed ultrasuede... Modern aesthetic.

DwellSmart
One-stop shopping for all kinds of eco-friendly products, from building and cleaning supplies to air & water purifiers, organic mattresses, furniture, personal care, gardening, and more.

EcoChoices
Ten big websites offering all sorts of eco-friendly products with one shopping cart. "Create a home that is beautiful, natural and a safe environment for you and your family's enjoyment. The best earth-friendly products available at the lowest prices possible..." Browse through EcoAnimal, EcoBathroom, EcoBedroom, EcoBicycles, EcoByDesign, EcoKitchen, EcoMattress, EcoPatio, EcoSofa and EcoToyTown.

EnviroOil
High performance green lubricating oils made from certified organic cold-pressed canola and sunflower oils. A proprietary manufacturing process gently extracts oils from the raw materials using nominal pressure, resulting in cooler processing temperatures than extrusion processes and without any distillation, harsh chemicals or synthetic 'stripping.' Products include multi-purpose lubricant for cleaning and protecting any metal tool, multi-purpose chain and sprocket lube for bikes and food preparation machines, and more. Completely safe around the house and garden, and around children and pets.

Freecycle
Get almost anything you want for free by joining freecycle. When you join a local freecycle group, you can check the daily email postings for items you are looking for, post a request for something you want, or offer something you have you no longer want. Everything is free for the taking.

Green Home
A pleasing and easy-to-use website filled with products chosen with both health and the environment in mind. Apparel, appliances, bath, bedding, furniture & furnishings, garden, home improvement, office, housekeeping, kids, kitchen, lighting, personal care, pets, and test kits.

Lehman's
"Authentic, historical products for those seeking a simpler life." This is a great site to browse for ideas on how to make things yourself and do things in the old-fashioned way. The company was founded in 1955 to serve the local Amish and others without electricity, and to preserve pre-industrial ways for future generations. If you would like to rely less on modern technology and learn how you can live closer to nature, you'll probably find the answer here. Their bookstore is full of titles on growing your own food, healing with herbs, making soap and cheese, and other do-it-yourself subjects.

The Natural Home
"The vision of The Natural Home is to provide functional, beautiful, unusual products crafted from natural materials." In addition to bedlinens made from organic cotton and unbleached cottons and linens, and wool-filled mattress pads, pillows, and comforters, they offer artful little touches for your home throughout--towel racks, drawer pulls, switchplates, recycled brass house numbers, paper lanterns, paper and bamboo blinds, indoor fountains. And more is coming. They donate a portion of profits from online sales to various environmental groups suggested by their customers.

Organic Selections
This business started after the founders helped organize an eco-fashion show/fund raiser for a local college environmental group. They now sell a growing selection mainly composed of organic fiber clothing, bedding, towels, and baby things. A small collection of furniture, rugs, bodycare products and kitchenwares show promise of more good things to come.

Our Green House
A collection of products for indoor air quality, cleaning, baby, and pets, run by a couple who also run an environmental home inspection service. "After years of helping people keep their homes safe, we discovered many wonderful products that we could share. Our goal is to inspire clean, natural living by providing healthy homes to families, As parents, we are committed to finding the best new products to enhance lives while protecting our environment."

Preserve Everyday
"High quality, great looking eco-friendly products that feel good to use and perform as well as or even better than your old standbys...all made from 100% recycled materials." Limited to things like razors, toothpicks, toothbrushes, and assorted tableware and kitchenware, but designs are stylish, with vivid colors. Recycled materials include paper and polypropylene, a relatively safe plastic.

Reworks
"Stylish, earth-friendly accoutrements for the conscious consumer" made from old tires, broken windows, discarded wine bottles, reclaimed highway billboards, scratched vinyl record albums, and other recycled materials. But you will hardly recognize them. All the items are exceptionally creative and stylish. "All products are made from post consumer recycled materials that would otherwise be piling up in our already overflowing landfills." Products include exceptionally nice drinking glasses, bowls, vases, a variety of bags and accessories for him and her and delightful garden accents made from 100% recycled aluminum.

Timeless Timber
All kinds of household products made from 100% virgin old-growth wood, salvaged from the depths of the Great Lakes and other US and Canadian waterways. This wood is 300 to 1200 years old and has abundant figuring, tight grain, and unique colors created by the leaching of minerals from the water. Products include furniture, clocks, cutting boards, jewelry, walking sticks, wine racks, other home and office accessories, flooring, and lumber.

Vegan Essentials
Even if you aren't a vegan, you'll find many organic and natural products on this website. Bodycare, clothing, shoes, cleaning products, food products and more are all made without animal products.

Vivavi
Green shopping for the younger generation. Natural and organic clothing for women and children, mostly modern furniture and home accents made from natural and recycled materials, natural bodycare and cleaning products, and innovative transporation. All eco-friendly materials used to make products are clearly explained.

N.E.E.D.S.
Products chosen especially to be suitable for people with MCS. Air and water purifiers, vitamins and supplements, unscented bodycare and cleaning products, household products, gluten-free and other allergy specialty foods.


AlerG
Houshold products chosen to be free of irritants that cause symptoms of allergy and multiple chemical sensitivities. Includes air purifiers, water purifiers, humidity control fragrance-free hair and body care, cleaning products, paint, vacuums and dusters, saunas, test kits, various allergy protection devices and more.


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--T.S. Eliot

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Really Green

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Legend
Gold Star = gold star
These are really exceptional.

Earthwise = earthwise
Most of the websites in this section are rated earthwise because they all carry a variety of products that benefit both health and the environment.

Natural = natural

nontoxic = nontoxic

fair trade = fair trade

caters to MCS = caters to MCS

associates = associate


Brand Name Product

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Burnt pots

gel coat on fiberglass tubs/showers?

termites

PEVA vs. EVA shower curtain

Aller-Ease

replacing windows

How to get a stronger flush on the old toilet?

Nikken Products

KitchenAid Mixer Stainless Steel

Granite and mineral deposit build up

repairing loose kitchen tiles

Finding a Safe Heater

Scanpan cookware

Shower Curtain

Dryer

Linseed oil fumes

Refrigerators and Kitchen Appliances for Chemically Sensitive People?

Safe Weatherstripping for Doors and Windows

Paula Dean Enamled on Stainless Steel cookware

Question about refrigerator water lines

Vinyl-Coated Shelving

Safe room heaters

Eco Friendly Silver Polish

EcoMemoryFoam

Is there such thing as a nontoxic bean bag chair?

Box springs without metal?

Confused About Plastic

Safe Bedding covers

Fair labor in China

EMF's and Innerspring Mattresses

glass/ceramic cookware

Fiberglass exterior doors

mattress making me sick

sealer to keep water out of basement

enameled tinware

waterproof tablecloth alternatives

Rid-X

analog to digital!

Natural Latex Sofa upholstry?

Anyone else think that Charlie's Soap has a strong smell?

old spring mattress and base

Which landfill study was that?

Removing adhesive from stainless steel pan

What off gasses in ovens?

EMF levels from wireless home security

sligthtly warped stainless steel

plywood vs particleboard

Plates & Cups made of Areca palm leaf

Blinds

need help with toxic odor from trisodium phosphate

New Furniture Offgassing

recycling (or disposing of?) teflon-coated pots and pans

Lead in tub- Coating advice

glass stove top

Application of AFM SafeChoice Lock Out on upholstry

Organic Houseplants

Recycling Styrofoam

Styrofoam packaging

More on Steam Irons and MCS

Polyurethane sealer for wood floors

Metal smell from steam iron?

unbleached paper goods

Organic Tents

Murphy's Oil Soap Substitute

Recycled plastic bed pillow

plastic packaging

Non-Toxic no PVC Shelf / Drawer Liner

Formaldehyde in Paper Products

Plastic in dvd cases

Hempola HempWood Wood Finishing Oil

reusing chip and snack bags

Is Woodchip toxic?

printed materials

Confused about bleached products

alternative to plastic garbage bags

de-icer

Home Inspection

Water heaters

non-toxic stain or dye needed for butcher block countertop

plastic in new appliances

Toxic Smell in my Kitchen Cabinets

Odor in dresser

ALL Free & Clear hypoallergenic laundry detergent

Tide Pure Essentials

apartment livivng and wall to wall carpeting

Calphalon Cookware

upright vacuum cleaner

Blender with no fumes?

Carpet Mishap

Natural Shoe Polish

Natural Spray Paint

Is Kaboom Cleaner non-toxic?

carpet anti-stain chemicals

kid friendly cleaners

sewing machine oil

Dangers of Synthetic Scents and Safe Alternatives

Cookware

Batteries

getting pesticide out of clothing

Mrs. Meyers products

Memory Foam Mattress Outgassing

Non Toxic Furniture Refinishing

Harmful components in particleboard?

cleaning clogged drains

Anolon Cookware

Lead on Extension Cord

Temporary Spare Beds

Good alternatives for freezer bags?

copper & soapstone cookware

Hotplate? Electric stand-alone double burners

Method Cleaning at Target stores

Question about Surround Ewe wool sleep system

glass food processor

Domestic Spider Treatments

Safe Cookware

Will a hemp or cotton shower curtain dry overnight?

mercury in energy-saving lightbulbs

Which bakeware is safe?

Space Bags

Disposing of ashes from wood burning stove?

recycling peanut butter jars

Silestone countertops

Space heaters

Melaleuca

Trash vs. sewer/septic, which disposal is better for environment?



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