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As a recent college graduate, I understand how important it is to save every pretty penny possible (try saying that three times fast) and because of that, I give you a post about easy/cheap/neat gadgety things from one of my new favorite companies, Amron Experimental Inc.

Re-Juicer

The people from Amron Experimental Inc. would like you to meet the Re-Juicer. Simple yet semi-brilliant idea. This juicer is made from reused Poland Spring water bottle bottoms and because the plastic is flexible, there is a good chance you’re going to be able to get more juice inside of your glass than on the table. Plus at $6.50 each, it’s a good and eco-friendly (not to mention reasonable) investment.

And my personal favorite, Brush and Rinse toothbrush


Finding yourself spending a ton of money on those tiny little Dixie cups simply because you find it gross to drink out of the faucet when brushing your teeth? Or heck, maybe you don’t buy the cups and think it’s gross to drink out of the faucet but do it anyways (guilty). For the small germaphobe in all of us: Brush and Rinse toothbrush. The water actually travels through the handle of the brush and spouts out, much like a drinking fountain. If you have a public bathroom in the dorms or even share a bathroom in your apartment, think about how much more sanitary this would be than the mouth-to-faucet routine AND cost wise, you’re most likely saving.

Their website boasts the fantastic features of this product including: No disposable rinsing cups, no glass to wash, reducing sink clutter, and wonderful on vacations when you never know what went on in that Days Inn bathroom.

For more innovative products that make you think, “why didn’t I think of that?” check out their site.

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Along with reading blogs upon blogs, I also enjoy reading actual physical books that can be held in your hands. Weird right? I almost forgot what those were myself.

Currently, I’ve been reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I, personally, like this book MUCH more than his other work, In the Defense of Food. I’m only about halfway done with it so far but I highly recommend it, especially the section labeled “Big Organic”. It really has opened my eyes to some of the myths and issues with the labels “organic”, “ultra pasteurized” and “cage-free”…

I decided to read this book at my local coffee shop with a cup of brew and that is when I found that I am a victim (perhaps you could call me a sucker…I just prefer the term victim). I’m one of “those” people who believe packaging without doing the sufficient amount of research (yeah yeah, I have my degree in advertising and I fell for it) and I was taken. I was a victim of was the whole idea of buying eggs from “Cage-free hens”.

On pg. 140, Pollan explains that when he went to visit “Rosie the organic chicken” aside from being fed certified organic feed, she isn’t raised much differently than any other chicken. In fact, the free-range lifestyle which is promised on the label, is pretty much rubbish to me. “There’s a little door in the shed leading out to a narrow grassy yard. But the free-range story seems a bit of a stretch when you discover that the door remains firmly shut until the birds are at least five or six weeks old – for fear they’ll catch something outside – and the chickens are slaughtered only two weeks later”

Seriously? Seriously…

Now, I’m not telling you that these companies are not making steps towards changing the way products are handled/grown/raised but I have learned that it certainly pays to do your research. I highly suggest this book to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the meat you are eating, just what products contain corn (you’d be surprised), or merely about the growth and change of the organic companies.

Since I’m only about halfway done, I can almost guarantee another post about the topics Pollan poses. I’ll keep you updated and you can go on this wonderful literary journey with me.

Something to leave you with to ponder: “Artificial manures lead inevitably to artificial nutrition, artificial food, artificial animals and finally to artificial men and women” (pg. 148)

Book Review

Okay, I’ll admit…cheesy post name but moving past that… *cough cough*

I was just about to write about a fantastic article I found on Inhabitat when I realized that I needed a quick refreshment break before I began. In a split second about a thousand (okay well in reality about 3) different choices came to mind but my eyes found my Sigg bottle and the idea of cold water sounded perfect. In an instant, I was able to run to my faucet and fill it up before I sat back down at my computer. Cold and refreshing water all packaged in a pretty and reusable container? Yes please.

Sigg, Gaiam, and other aluminum bottles are popping up everywhere on campus and I can’t help but smile when I see one sticking out of a students backpack or when someone has theirs propped up against a machine at the gym. People are catching on but if you still don’t see the benefits, I found some quick facts on Treehugger that just might change your mind.

– Approximately 1.5 million barrels of oil—enough to run 100,000 cars for a whole year—are used to make plastic water bottles, while transporting these bottles burns even more oil.

– Nearly 90 percent of water bottles are not recycled and wind up in landfills where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose.

And while some say it’s easy to grab one and go, is there really a difference of grabbing either from your desk or fridge and putting it into your bag? Additionally, both can be re-filled at a drinking fountain/faucet/outlet of choice but this is where your aluminum bottle wins the battle. The plastic bottle will not keep the water cold like your aluminum one will; therefore, optimum deliciousness would be delivered via aluminum bottle. Sigg (or insert other brand) is victorious!

Plus as a college student, I like to save my money rather than essentially letting it sit and (not) waste away in a landfill. That’s why I did some research then purchased my Sigg this past summer. Environmental and marine life benefits aside, financially the benefits have been great considering I haven’t bought bottled water in almost a year now. For example, lets say that I was still buying bottled water and I bought two 12 packs a month. That would be equivalent to approximately one bottle a day which is pretty average, I’d say. According to Meijer tonight, Ice Mountain’s 12 pack is $8.53. In one month, that would only be saving $17.06. Not too shabby but let’s look at a year. $102. 36. This isn’t even counting the random bottles I would buy from the vending machine in between classes or if I bought more than 2 packages a month. This also isn’t calculating gas to get to and from Meijer and so on. My Sigg bottle was about $20 so what I spent in one month ultimately is saving me about $80-100 for the year.

So what now? Have I convinced you of the benefits yet?

If not, do a little more research on your own. I don’t have any complaints about my Sigg bottle and I have heard great things about Gaiam, plus there are numerous other brands out there just waiting to come home with you. The great thing about these bottles is that while they are environmentally friendly, they’re also quite sassy. Sigg has some bottles with gorillas, some with phrases such as “Make Love Not Landfill”, and a ton of others. Just check out the 73 different styles in the Lifestyle Bottle category alone. There are a ton of different styles and sizes to fit your personality and your needs. What a great way to show others who you are and what you believe in without a word. Besides, it might encourage some conversation between you and that cutie who is eying your bottle from across the room.

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