Method: Smarty Dish Dishwasher Tablets

I love that Method keeps coming up with new products for use around the house. Every time I think, I really wish there was a better alternative for X, method seems to come up with it. This time? smarty dish. It’s method’s non-toxic dishwasher detergent that works wonders without having to use nasty stuff like phosphates. Best part, though? It works. I have them at home and the dishes came out every bit as clean as they did with our other stuff – comparing it to both our old “non” green dishwasher tabs and the current “green” ones we are using. Pop it in, run it on the economy cycle – voila. Clean dishes. Also, I really like the fresh Pink Grapefruit scent – it’s different than most products out there.

Method products are available at Shoppers Drug Marts and other retailers across Canada.

The Budget Ecoist: Cleaning with Essential Oils

I *love* this article. I’m very interested in using better cleaning products, and many of these can be homemade (eg. baking soda paste as a scrubber). But I’m also in to clean, pretty scents. So this feature today on The Budget Ecoist is fantastic – it tells you how to combine your favourite scents into creating wonderful cleaning products. You can even use various oils for their antibacterial, antifungal, antibiotic or antiviral properties – how healthy! Check it out at the Budget Ecoist.

Rikrak – Modern and Sustainable Patchwork from Etsy!

Whenever I’m looking for ecochick inspiration, I can always count on Etsy to find me something fresh and new. Today’s find? Ottawa based Rikrak. Rikrak makes a wide range of lovely, handmade items from upcycled/recycled fabrics. Look at this gorgeous Chocolate Peppermint Vintage Bib for your little one’s messes, or these neato Bedsheet Fridge Magnets to add a little retro funkification to your kitchen. Or how about this recycled, vintage fabric Clutch as pictured at left?

And as if all this gorgeousness wasn’t enough, Rikrak is having a buy one, get one half price sale on *everything* in the store. Just buy your items and you’ll be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of the lesser priced item. What more incentive do you need?

You can also find Rikrak at her blog – and don’t forget to check out her Great Big Giveaway. Enjoy!

Bobo Wrap: The luxury alternative to wrapping paper

Sometimes, something comes into my inbox and I literally get so excited I jump out of my chair. This was one of those emails.

Are you the kind of person who finds wrapping gifts a tedious chore? You can never get them to look luxurious and gorgeous and pampery. No matter how valiant the effort, you end up with something that looks like a 5 year old was let loose on it. And you know – never mind the eco-hostility of most wrapping papers, which are made from non-sustainable paper, used once then thrown away. Bah!

So this. THIS. Made me weep for joy and immediately pull out my credit card. Check out Bobo Wrap. Bobo Wrap is a gorgeous, far superior alternative to boring old wrapping paper. Available in a wide range of colours and sizes, Bobo Wrap is designed to be easily used and re-used on a variety of gifts large and small. No more searching for scissors and scotch tape; no more destroying the pretty wrapping creation by ripping it apart. Simply take the appropriate Bobo Wrap, tie it artfully on your gift (it’s beyond ridiculously easy) and voila – done. Ranging in price from $14 to $36 USD, you are certain to find an option perfect for every gift – and the best part is, the more you give, the more likely you will be to get one back.

Bobo Wraps are available on their website – they’re also available in Canada at Paper Things in Toronto, The Papery in Toronto and Gem Entrepot – Quebec. Check them out!

20% off at Soleado Casa!

ecochick’s personal choice of household cleaners are the ones from Soleado Casa. Their organic, natural cleaning supplies really, really work. As in, I think I would marry the tub scrub. Er. Well, if it was possible. Or even legal. Anyway, you get my point. This stuff not only works, it smells amazing and is great to use. It almost makes me look forward to cleaning. Almost.

For the month of January, if you enter the code JANSALE as the promotional code at checkout, you will get 20% off your entire order. You could buy the awesome Tub Scrub. Or perhaps a set of four microfiber cleaning cloths. Or you can explore their awesome lines for Mama and Baby, with great products ranging from organic soaps and herbal creams to rash salves and organic baby bath mitts.

You can buy it all online at Soleado Casa.

Giveaway Tuesday: TBag & Co. Gourmet Market Totes

And the lucky recipient is Terra who said …I love the Merlot pattern. Congratulations!

Hey ecochicks, remember these awesome Gourmet Market Totes made by TBag and Company? Gourmet Market Tote- Pretty in Pink Well, the lovely ladies at TBag and Company were so chuffed to see their bags on ecochick, they offered up a bunch of bags for giveaways. Aren’t they sweet?

These bags are even more gorgeous in person than they are in a photo, if you can believe that. The Gourmet Market Totes come with three bags made of lovely sturdy canvas in stylish colours and patterns. Roomily sized with thick straps to carry by hand or to sling on your shoulder. And this gorgeous set of three Gourmet Market Totes in Pretty in Pink can be yours! Just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, November 19 telling me your favourite bag by TBag and Company. Don’t forget to leave me an email address so that I can contact you!

Can’t wait for the giveaway? No worries, sunshine – you can order up some for yourself or for Chrissy Pressies. Have fun!

Home Depot Holiday Light Exchange – Nov 1 and 2 only!

Two days only, November 1 and 2, you can bring in your old incandescent holiday lights to Home Depot and receive a coupon for 50% off the purchase of a new string of energy-efficient LED lights. Awesome!

Seasonal LED lights use 95% less energy than traditional incandescent lights and will last 7 years longer, so it’s a fantastic investment. Home Depot will recycle the old lights and give you up to 5 coupons for 50% off new LED lights. Nice! Check it out, this weekend only.

Eccolo: Writing Green

For those of you who need to write things down because you’re prematurely senile like me, there’s always a home for a good notebook. Made in Italy, these pretty, sleek books come with 100% recycled leather covers and paper from certified wellmanaged regrowth forests. In a few pretty and handy designs, these books will be both useful and admired. The Terra journal, shown at right, has a handy elastic to keep the cover shut and hold your notes, receipts or photos – whatever you have tucked inside the pages of your book – safe. The Nature journals have pretty silhouette art and inspirational sayings, while the Rustico journals look worn and weathered from the beginning. So pretty!

You can find Eccolo journals at your local Chapters Store.

ecochick Gift Guide: Gourmet Market Totes from Eco-handbags.ca

Gourmet Market Tote-Blue in the FaceI know, Thanksgiving’s barely gone, it’s not Hallowe’en yet, and trust me: When I see Christmas decorations in the stores when the leaves are still green, I lose it too. And yet, it’s inevitable: Christmas is coming. You can make this year really easy on yourself, though, and rely on ecochick’s new Gift Guide feature to start ordering stuff for Chrissy Pressies. Get it done early and won’t you look like a smart sister come December 24!

Now, I know you already use reusable bags at the farmers’ market or grocery store or liquor store or wherever, but does your Mom/Sister/Best Friend/Gramma/etc? If not, then this gorgeous set of three Gourmet Market Totes made by T Bag & Co will get them going in gorgeous style. Made with funky, fashionable and sturdy 100% cotton, these bags have webbed handles, an interior elastic band to hold bottles upright (so smart!) and hold up to 3 times more than your average plastic bag. Imagine fitting your entire grocery load into these three hip bags!

The set costs $38 CAD and is available from Eco-Handbags.ca.

Natural Pod: Heirloom Kids Kitchens

If ecochick was still four years old, she would want one of these. A lot.

Just released: the beautiful heirloom Chef’s Kitchen, Chef’s Kitchen and Hutch and Chef’s Portable Kitchen. The kitchens are designed and built in British Columbia, Canada with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood. Made with perfect dimensions for a child’s imagination, these little kitchens encourage roleplay and mimicking, as well as good old fashioned “play”. With all kinds of knobs and compartments, these amazing units will keep your child occupied in imaginative ways for hours – and will last for years, hence the name “heirloom”. These are built to last and to be passed on to the next generation. Ranging from $165 to $395, if these are used as intended (ie. for children across decades of play) they are a bargain. Check them out at Natural Pod and order now in time for Christmas.

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