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Featured on KOMO4 News Segments

Many of the following products have been featured on past EcoConsumer/KOMO4 News appearances. The main featured products page is updated regularly to coincide with the most recent appearance.

2017 Appearances

2016 Appearances

2015 Appearances

2014 Appearances

2013 Appearances

2012 Appearances

2011 Appearances

2010 Appearances

2009 Appearances

2008 Appearances

Note: Because of time constraints, some of the products and resources listed here may be shown on the air only very briefly, or not at all. Many of the following links lead to external sites.

2017 appearances

Fixing the Planet – Repair Events

Air date: Aug. 23, 2017

King County free community repair events

Repair Time fix-it event 8/26/17 in Kent

Maple Valley Repair Café 8/29/17

High Tekerz 4H student robotics team, based at Highline High School in Burien

iFixit – free repair videos and other repair resources

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Green and Local Summer Drinks

Air date: July 26, 2017

Healeo organic juices

Talking Rain Sparkling Ice drinks

Charles & Charles wine

Total Solar Eclipse Cocktail recipe, from Kendra Darr

Woodinville Whiskey Co.

Maelstrom Brewing Co.

Ghostfish Brewing Co. gluten-free beer – Kick Step IPA

Liberty Bottleworks water bottles

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Air date: June 21, 2017

Mosquito spray made with essential oils, from Uncle Harry's Natural Products

Info about Uncle Harry’s Natural Products’ “eco-farm” in Redmond, WA

Mosquito headnet from Outdoor Research

Products to deal with mosquitoes, including non-chemical methods, from Sweethome product review site

How to get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen without chemicals, from WikiHow

Keeping food scraps for composting in the freezer to reduce fruit flies – 6/11/15 Kitchn article

Kurt Farm Shop – ice cream from milk and cream from Vashon Island cows

Ice cream from Salt & Straw ice cream shops made from surplus food ingredients – June 2017 project

Urban Gleaners, Portland-based non-profit food recovery program and partner in that Salt & Straw project

LG window air conditioner – example of energy-efficient model

Federal energy-efficiency label for that LG air conditioner LW8012ER Air Conditioner Energy Guide.pdf

Finding the best, most energy-efficient air conditioner – 6/2/17 New York Times article

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Solar Seattle

Air date: May 24, 2017

Puget Sound Energy’s Solar Choice program

Artisan Electric - solar contractor based in Seattle

Itek Energy - solar panel manufacturer in Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Talk article on Solarize Whatcom installation of Itek panels at Bellingham Food Bank

PureSolar - solar panel manufacturer in Tumwater, WA

Olympian article, “Solar panel production comes to Thurston County”

Goal Zero solar-powered products for camping

Solar tax credits and incentives resources, from Solar Washington

Solarize Northwest

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Earth Day

Air date: April 21, 2017

University of Washington students’ Airy project

University of Washington students’ Hyperloop project

Results of 2017 UW/Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Artist Calder Kamin

City of Austin TX blog post about the environmental aspects of Calder Kamin’s art

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Recycling Innovations

Air date: March 29, 2017


Agilyx plastics recycling technology video

Bill in Washington legislature that would encourage solar panel recycling

Solar Energy Industries Association info on solar panel recycling

Puget Sound Solar

Indosole shoes and sandals with soles made from tires

Kids' recycling bins from Busch Systems

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Student Green Leaders

Air date: Feb. 22, 2017

Shruti Parikh interview - University of Washington Environmental Studies program

Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Dr. Sharon Doty's plant microbiology lab at the University of Washington

Green Plate Special food education program for Seattle middle-school students

“Green Plate Special: Seattle students get a taste of urban farming” – May 2016, Seattle Times story

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Eating Healthy, Green and Local

Air date: Feb. 1, 2017

21 Acres Farm Market

Bellflower Chocolate

Ziva Mediterranean Foods

Tall Grass Bakery

Farmbox Greens

Seattle Good Business Network’s Seattle Made listings of food and beverage manufacturers

Food Biz Day Feb. 11 in Seattle

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Green and Safe Outdoors

Air date: Jan. 11, 2017

Tapco solar-powered blinking pedestrian safety sign

Nite Ize BugLit LED flashlight/blinker

Nite Ize LED slap bracelet

Example of zero-mercury button batteries used in Nite Ize items, from Energizer

Coghlan’s whistle with light

Lewis N. Clark umbrella

Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket with 100-percent recycled nylon face

Zojirushi stainless-steel travel mug

Wirecutter review website from New York Times – outdoor gear

Sweethome review website from New York Times – cold weather gear

WeCount non-profit program’s Seattle collection locations for donations of socks, winter coats

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2016 appearances

Last-Minute Green Holidays

Air date: Dec. 21, 2016

How to make a glasses-case gift from toilet-paper rolls and fabric scraps

How to make a popsicle-stick Star of David

Seattle Hebrew Academy – their 2nd/3rd graders made our Hanukkah-themed gifts/decorations

Fair-trade menorah, made in Haiti from reclaimed metal, from Ten Thousand Villages

Fair-trade Nativity ornament, made in Haiti from reclaimed metal, from Ten Thousand Villages

Fair-trade laundry basket made in Bangladesh, from Ten Thousand Villages

Field to farm stand play set from responsibly-sourced PlanToys

Hammond’s Candies, maker of healthier-ingredient Christmas candy canes sold at PCC

PCC Natural Markets

Mary’s Place - example of local donation gift in someone’s name

Nicholas Kristof 12/1/16 New York Times column with creative donation gift ideas

Syrian American Medical Society – donation gift idea from Kristof column

Equal Justice Initiative – donation gift idea from Kristof column

Fonkoze microfinance institution in Haiti – donation gift idea from Kristof column

King County Green Holidays resources

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Green and Local Holidays

Air date: Nov. 30, 2016

Bonnie B’s Peppers

Hood Famous Bakeshop

Soda Jerk Soda

Palengke pop-up shop of Filipino-themed handcrafted items

Herbivore Botanicals

Metal tree with energy-efficient LED holiday lights

Think Local business listings, from the Seattle Good Business Network

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DIY Green Holidays

Air date: Nov. 16, 2016

Wreath from painted egg cartons, from Homemade Serenity

Paper snowflake, from First Palette

Lemon & Rosemary Gardener's Hand Scrub, from Premeditated Leftovers

Basket weaved from old grocery bags or maps, from Make

Chinese Lunar New Year “Year of the Rooster” print, inspired by Instructables

Holiday bunting decoration from fabric scraps, from So Resourceful

Attachment to make bird feeder from used soda bottle, from American Bird Products

Seattle ReCreative, source for reclaimed crafting materials

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Green Halloween Costumes

Air date: Oct. 21, 2016

Example of DIY robot costume

How to make a child's lab coat for a scientist costume

Example of DIY builder/contractor costume

Example of DIY rocket costume

Example of DIY hammer costume

South King Tool Library project

King County EcoConsumer program repair events

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The Green Beyond

Air date: Oct. 5, 2016

Seattle-based Urban Death Project

Green burial cemetery, Woodlawn Cemetery, Snohomish

A Sacred Moment - Funeral choices and green burial resources

Final Footprint - Eco-friendly burial products

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Green Your Bathroom

Air date: Sept. 14, 2016

Green Toys ferry boat and cars bath toys

Recycled sailcloth shower curtain, from Uncommon Goods

Cork bath mat, from the Felt Store

Spry bamboo toothbrush

Dr. Bronner's Anise All-One Toothpaste

Soaplandia soaps

Article about ban on triclosan and other ingredients in liquid soaps, from NPR

Article about ban on plastic microbeads in personal care products, from the Washington Post

Set up a bathroom recycling station – Blog post from Busch Systems

Scott tube-free toilet paper

Seventh Generation recycled-content toilet paper

Nimbus toilet paper made from bamboo and sugarcane

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Eco Pet Care

Air date: Aug. 24, 2016

DooDogSeattle leash-attaching dispensers for dog poop bags and

Info on proper disposal of pet waste, from Seattle Public Utilities

Cycle Dog collars

Found My Animal leashes

Annie's Favorite Wild Salmon Dog Treats

Dogs Love Kale treats

How to make a no-sew denim dog toy, from Instructables

How to make a sock bottle dog toy, from Instructables

Making a snuffle mat dog toy from salvaged materials – video by Lindsay Kinney

Dog toy made from fire hose material, from Outward Hound

Catnip Carrots cat toy from Purrfectplay

Scratch 'n Shapes scratching pads from Imperial Cat

Project Canine therapy dogs organization

Project Canine info about the difference between therapy dogs and service dogs

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Rain Gardens

Air date: Aug. 3, 2016

WSU Extension Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington, by Curtis Hinman

Info from King County and Seattle Public Utilities about green stormwater infrastructure

RainWise rebate program for properties in targeted areas of Seattle and King County

Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)

ECOSS RainWise

Go Natives! Nursery in Shoreline

Example of use of Cedar Grove compost product for rain gardens

265-gallon Slimline cistern from Bushman

130-gallon Slimline cistern from Bushman

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Eco Hair Care

Air date: July 13, 2016

U.S. Household Products Database of ingredients – personal care products

Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep cosmetics database - shampoo

Safe Baby/Kid Shampoo Guide, from Gimme the Good Stuff

Example of eco-friendly salon – Ferocious Angels

Green Circle Salons program for hair salons

Locks of Love non-profit hair donation program

Wigs for Kids non-profit hair donation program

Adding hair to backyard compost bins, from Gardening Know How

Examples of eco-friendly hairbrushes, from EcoTools

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Recycling Solutions

Air date: June 22, 2016

West Seattle Recycling - prices paid for recyclables

Alcoa aluminum can recycling info

King County recycling guide (PDF)

Seattle recycling flyer, in 18 languages

While Strolling Through Reality blog post - What to do with empty pet food bags

King County What Do I Do With...? guide - Propane tanks

Recology stores - Collection of small camping-style propane cylinders (external PDF)

U-Haul blog post - New return program in California for small camping-style propane cylinders

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Safe in the Sun

Air date: June 1, 2016

Environmental Working Group’s annual Guide to Sunscreens for 2016

Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana’s bio and project info, from the University of Washington

Sun-protective baby hoodie from Patagonia

Sun-protective Solumbra sun hat from Sun Precautions

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Preventing Food Waste

Air date: May 11, 2016

King County’s "Food: Too Good to Waste" consumer resources

New food waste prevention ad campaign from Natural Resources Defense Council and Ad Council

Food product dating info from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Recipe for beet green pesto, from Sarah Sailer on the Plan to Eat blog

Promenade Red Apple grocery store

Central Co-op grocery store

King County’s food scraps collection and food donation resources

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Earth Day!

Air date: April 22, 2016

AgriC project by University of Washington students, winner of this year’s UW Environmental Innovation Challenge grand prize

More info on the Environmental Innovation Challenge, from the UW Foster School of Business

Electric Lady Bicycles, Seattle

Zero electric motorcycles

2016 Zero FXS motorcycle at Triumph of Seattle

United Nations article about the signing of the Paris climate agreement on this Earth Day

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Repair Time

Air date: April 6, 2016

iFixit free repair guides

iFixit tool kit used at King County repair events

Free community repair events in south King County

Singer Sew-Quik Threaded Needles for quick button repair

Sugru moldable glue

How to sharpen pruning shears – video from MultiBrowsers

Rainy Pass Repair sewing shop in Seattle, specializing in fixing outdoor gear

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Spring Clutter Busting

Air date: March 16, 2016

DIY shelving ideas from Lushome

Ballard Reuse, used building materials store that also makes and sells furniture from salvaged materials

Method for storing more T-shirts in a dresser drawer, from Real Simple

Example of home paper shredder, from Swingline

Info on what type of home shredded paper can be recycled, from Seattle Public Utilities

List of free community shredding events in western Washington, from LeMay Mobile Shredding

List of free community shredding events in western Washington, from the Washington State Attorney General’s office

Office recycling and paper-shredding collection containers, from non-profit SeaDruNar Recycling

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Green Fashion – Accessories

Air date: Feb. 24, 2016

Fair Trade Winds

Vintage Creations

Lifelong Thrift Store

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Eco Kids

Air date: Feb. 3, 2016

FEEST - Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team youth program in Seattle and White Center online consignment store for children’s clothing and more

Pley rental service for Legos and other toys

PlanetBox durable, customizable lunch kits

Free printable Climate Bingo cards for kids for a road trip, from U.S. NASA

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Green Fitness

Air date: Jan. 13, 2016

Eco-Powr upright cycle that generates electricity from human energy, from SportsArt

Activity + Sleep Tracker wearable band from Pivotal Living!activity-sleep-tracker-band/c1sre

Smart Scale from Pivotal Living!smart-scale/cy7u

Yoga leggings made from recycled polyester and eco-friendly dyes, from Yoga Democracy

Summary of Yoga Democracy’s sustainability practices

Jump rope made from 100-percent cotton rope with 100-percent recycled plastic handles, from Green Toys

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2015 appearances

Holiday Recycling

Air date: Dec. 23, 2015

Styro Recycle – Styrofoam (polystyrene) recycling business in Kent, WA

King County’s “What Do I Do With…?” recycling listings (see “For the Holidays” box on right)

King County's listings of holiday lights recycling locations

How Christmas lights get recycled – video by Adam Minter

Catalog Choice – free service for opting out of catalogs and other unwanted mail or (same service)

King County’s listings of local recycling haulers, for info on curbside collection of holiday-related items including food waste and plant pots

Green Holidays resources from King County

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Green Holidays

Air date: Dec. 2, 2015

Hot Stove Society cooking school in Seattle – "experience gifts" can include gift cards to all types of classes and events

Braided holiday bread wreath class

Rain barrels made from used barrels, from Dan Borba in Tacoma – example of gift for the "super-green geek"

Branches Garden Center in Auburn and Federal Way – staff made Christmas trees from used materials

Seattle Hebrew Academy – third-grade students made Hanukkah menorahs from Legos

Ideas for making a Hanukkah menorah from Legos, from the Artists Helping Children blog

Beeswax Hanukkah candles for menorahs, made by Big Dipper Wax Works in Seattle

King County’s Green Holidays resources

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Green Thanksgiving

Air date: Nov. 18, 2015

Recipe for roasting turkey pieces instead of a whole turkey, from Cookthink

Inspiration for cheese tray turkey, from Also That’s It

Local cheese used in cheese tray turkey, from Samish Bay Cheese

Local salami used in cheese tray turkey, from Salt Blade

Local crackers used in cheese tray turkey, from Partners

Article about farmers market vendor Lyall Farms, source of sweet potatoes, in Seattle magazine

Ballard Farmers Market

How to keep herbs fresh, from Real Simple magazine

Inspiration for place card holders, from Inhabitots

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Eco-Cool Halloween – Costumes from Reused and Recycled Materials

Air date: Oct. 23, 2015

Southwest King County Boys & Girls Club – students modeling costumes are from the Club’s afterschool program

Inspiration for fish costume

Inspiration for hammerhead shark costume

Inspiration for corn cob costume

Inspiration for panda costume

Inspiration for panda mask

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Green Kitchen Makeover

Air date: Oct. 7, 2015

Ballard Reuse, used building materials store in Seattle that also builds kitchen cabinets and other furniture from salvaged materials

Ruby Pear Woodworks in Seattle

Seattle Good Business Network’s Seattle Made listings of local manufacturers

Ecotonix Green Cycler countertop compost container with hand-crank shredder

Air-tight kitchen container lids from Charles Viancin that reduce need for plastic wrap

Finex cast-iron skillet, made in Portland

Lodge cast-iron skillet, made in Tennessee

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Clean Green Home

Air date: Sep. 16, 2015

Homemade Cleaners – book by Dionna Ford and Mandy O'Brien

Nontoxic Housecleaning – book by Amy Kolb Noyes

DIY natural room scents, including featured one with lime, thyme, mint and vanilla extract, from The Yummy Life

Furniture polish and other cleaning products you can make yourself, from Premeditated Leftovers

Uncle Harry’s Natural Products in Redmond, WA, manufacturer of greener-alternative products including essential oils for DIY cleaning solutions

E-Cloth cleaning cloths that work using just water

Recology Stores in Issaquah, Burien and Bothell, sources of green cleaning-related products

Fresh Wave odor eliminator, with ingredients including extracts of lime, pine needles, aniseed, clove and cedar wood

Consumer Reports July, 2015, article on hazards of liquid laundry pods

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Green Back-to-School

Air date: Aug. 26, 2015

St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle/King County thrift stores

Eceen solar backpack

Gazelle buy-back service for smartphones and tablet computers

Preserve storage containers for school lunches, made from recycled plastic

Kids Konserve reusable wraps for school lunches

Liberty Bottleworks reusable, recycled-aluminum water bottles,made in Union Gap, WA – Wheelvils bottle

Vapur Quencher collapsible water bottles

Recology Stores in Issaquah, Burien and Bothell

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Eco-friendly critter control

Air date: Aug. 5, 2015

Info on how to get rid of fruit flies without chemicals, from the Small Footprint Family blog

Four Seattle-area businesses that will get rid of your nests of stinging insects, such as wasps and bees, without chemicals:

Info on keeping rabbits out of the garden, including easy chicken-wire fence instructions, by Julie Martens for Bonnie Plants

Info on keeping deer out of the garden, by Julie Martens for Bonnie Plants

Coyote Urine to repel or discourage deer, from Just Scentsational by Bare Ground

Grow Smart, Grow Safe guide from King County and other regional-area governments

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Green grilling

Air date: July 15, 2015

Saber propane gas grill with infrared cooking, from AquaQuip

Big Green Egg ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker, from AquaQuip

Info about lump charcoal without additives, from Big Green Eggic

Willards Kitchen (Seattle) Seafood Rub and Seasoning

Annie’s Naturals Organic Original BBQ Sauce

Vegetables from Early Bird Farm near Tacoma

Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market, Seattle

Central Co-op, Seattle

Example of gas grill propane tank exchange program, from Blue Rhino

Information from King County on how to exchange or recycle propane tanks

Barbeque grill safety fact sheet, from Seattle Fire Department Grilling.pdf

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Keep Cool - Save Energy

Air date: June 24, 2015

O2Cool portable rechargeable fan

New York Times science article about using a fan outdoors to keep mosquitoes away

Bionaire thin window fan, with thermostat

Wood-frame adjustable window screens, from W.B. Marvin

Screen-repair patch kit, from Prime-Line

Example of portable air conditioner with fan setting, from Honeywell

Example of energy-efficient Energy Star-rated window air conditioner, from Frigidaire

How to clean an air conditioner filter, to keep your AC running efficiently, from the Nest blog

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Growing Food Greener

Air date: June 3, 2015

Garden Tower 2 planter and worm composting unit, from Garden Tower Project

Root Pouch planting pouches made from recycled plastic

Dramm One Touch watering wand

Water-Saving Gadgets for the Garden article, from Today's Homeowner

Making compost at home – "Yard Talk" video series episode from King County

Growing Food in the City guide, from City of Seattle

List of local-area food banks that want donations of homegrown produce, and how to donate, from Solid Ground/Lettuce Link

City People's Garden Store

Portage Bay Grange

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Thrift Store Fashion

Air date: May 13, 2015

Seattle Children’s Hospital Bargain Boutique thrift store locations

List of items accepted for donation at Seattle Children’s Hospital thrift stores

Thrift Shopper national directory of thrift stores

King County’s “What Do I Do With…?” listings of organizations that accept donations of clothing from the public

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Happy Earth Day 2015!

Air date: April 22, 2015

Portland-based artist Travis Pond, who makes wildlife sculptures from scrap metal

Travis Pond sculptures shown at Bryan Ohno Gallery in Seattle

University of Washington Clean Energy Institute teams at UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, including Flexolar flexible solar lighting

Speck, a pioneering home air quality monitor developed at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute

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Green Humor for April Fools’ Day

Air date: April 1, 2015

Watermelon bike helmet, from Nutcase in Portland

Ellie Pooh paper made from elephant dung and recycled paper, made in Sri Lanka and benefitting elephants

Homemade "If Looks Could Kale” smoothie" – recipe from Mason Jars Co.

Holy Crap breakfast cereal, from HapiFoods Group in Sechelt, British Columbia

Card – “I just can’t see myself with someone who doesn’t recycle,” from Someecards

Card – “The next planet,” from Someecards

Card – “Try organic food,” from Posters for Good

Snake made from toilet paper tubes, from Cheap Crafty Mama

Bunny made from toilet paper tubes, from the Inspired Housewife

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Don't Trash That Food!

Air date: March 11, 2015

Chef'n EcoCrock countertop food scraps collection container, from Gracious Home

Slim-style Kitchen Compost Caddy for food scraps collection, from Bosmere

Compostable bag dispenser, from EcoSafe

FAQs about Seattle's new ban on food waste in the garbage, from Seattle Public Utilities

Examples of compostable products allowed in food waste/yard waste, from Seattle Public Utilities

FAQs about fruit and vegetable stickers, from Trivia Happy

Reusable food savers, from Food Huggers

Resources for reducing food waste at home, via King County's "Food: Too Good to Waste" program

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Green Lighting

Air date: Feb. 18, 2015

New Connected model LED bulb, from Cree

Wink Hub, for controlling new “smart” LED bulbs

Lifx multi-color smart LED bulb

Philips SlimStyle dimmable LED bulb

GE Reveal BR30 dimmable LED bulb

Seattle Mariners install LED lights at Safeco Field – Press release

LightRecycle Washington collection program for CFL bulbs and other bulbs and tubes containing mercury

EcoLights, fluorescent bulb and tube recycling company in Seattle

DIY carrier for CFL bulb recycling, from Washington Dept. of Ecology

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How Recycling Works

Air date: Jan. 28, 2015

How paper recycling works, from Earth 911

Example of home or school paper-making kit using recycling paper, from Creativity for Kids

Info on Nucor, which recycles scrap steel into construction products at its mill in West Seattle

Aluminum can recycling statistics, from the Can Manufacturers Institute

Info about aluminum can recycling, from Alcoa

Styro Recycle in Renton, which collects and “densifies” polystyrene for recycling

Electronics recycler Total Reclaim in Seattle

E-Cycle Washington program, with listings of electronics recycling locations

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Green Cleaning

Air date: Jan. 7, 2015

Homemade window and glass cleaner, from Andrea Dekker blog

Homemade glass and floor cleaner, from New Nostalgia

Non-toxic, DIY method to polish and clean silver, from Simplified Bee

Example of high-quality, practical toilet brush, with canister, from Oxo

Extendable, reusable microfiber duster, from Oxo

Cleaning supplies and your health – Info from Environmental Working Group

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2014 appearances

Green Holiday Entertaining

Air date: Dec. 17, 2014

Children’s Hanukkah craft and decoration - menorah from reused cardboard tubes, from the Creative Jewish Mom blog

Stick wreath decoration, inspired by the Painted Hive blog

Borrowed party glassware from the Northeast Seattle Tool Library

Ube cheesecake from Hood Famous Bakeshop in Seattle

Jolly Green Machine cocktail with organic ingredients, from Cosmopolitan

Organic gin from Bainbridge Organic Distillers

Wine bottle gift bag from old sweater from Goodwill, inspired by the That’s What Che Said blog

Small gift boxes made from reused cardboard tubes, from the Pink Doormat blog

Old kids’ artwork used for wrapping paper, inspired by Martha Stewart and others

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Green And Local Food Gifts

Air date: Dec. 3, 2014

“Seafood Lover's Pacific Northwest” book, by Karen Gaudette Brewer

“Shroom: Mind-bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms” book, by Becky Selengut

Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, source of books above and many other food books by local authors

Recipe for gluten-free blueberry muffins made with cricket flour, from Central Co-op, Seattle

Info from Central Co-op about cricket flour and other foods it carries made from insects!_central_co-op_steps_into_the_future_of_food_with_roasted_insects_and_insect_flour.pdf

Black Market Hot Sauce, Everson, WA

Schilling Cider, Seattle

Smoked salmon gift box from Pure Food Fish, Seattle

Gift box of dried and chocolate-covered cherries from Chukar Cherries, Prosser, WA

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DIY Green Holiday Gifts

Air date: Nov. 19, 2014

Recipe for peanut butter pretzel truffles, from Brown Eyed Baker

Egg carton caddy for holiday treats, from Better Homes and Gardens

Inspiration for infinity scarf from a thrift-store sweater, from Freshly Given

Inspiration for succulent in a thrift-store teacup, from Listotic

Toilet-paper-roll reindeer idea, featured in King County Green Holidays resources

Info on Nov. 30 wreath-making class at West Seattle Nursery

Info on Dec. 6 “Holly Day Decorations” wreath-making class at Discovery Park in Seattle

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Recycled Costume Ideas

Air date: Oct. 28, 2014

This annual segment provides recycled and reused Halloween costume ideas, modeled by local children. For this year’s segment, many thanks go out to the students, parents and teachers from the José Martí Child Development Center (PDF, external) after-school program at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle – children in the program helped make most of the costumes, and will model them. These costumes will also be featured on the KUNS TV Spanish-language newscast, and we are also providing this resource info in Spanish below. Because our regular EcoConsumer segments focus on the environment, this year our costume theme is plants and animals.

Inspiration for owl costume, from Alpha Mom

Inspiration for flower pot costume, from Dukes & Duchesses

Inspiration for parrot costume, from Instructables

Inspiration for giraffe costume, from All You

Inspiration for tree costume, from Alpha Mom

Inspiration for bluebird costume, from Pretty Prudent

Ideas para disfraces hechos de materiales reciclados

Fecha de emisión: 28 de octubre 2014

Este segmento anual proporciona ideas para disfraces de Halloween hechos con materiales reciclados o reusados y modelados por los niños de nuestra comunidad. Les agradecemos a los estudiantes, padres de familia y profesores del Centro de Desarrollo Infantil José Martí (PDF, external) y el programa después de la escuela del El Centro de la Raza en Seattle por su colaboración. Los niños de este programa ayudaron con la creación de la mayoría de los disfraces que van a modelar. Estos trajes también serán presentados en el noticiero local de Univisión Seattle – KUNS TV, por lo tanto, estamos proporcionando información y recursos en español. Ya que nuestros segmentos regulares de EcoConsumer se enfocan en el tema ambiental, este año nuestro tema para los disfraces son las plantas y los animales.

Inspiración para el traje de búho: Alpha Mom

Inspiración para la maceta de flores: Dukes & Duchesses

Inspiración para el traje de la guacamaya: Instructables

Inspiración para el disfraz de jirafa: All You

Inspiración para el disfraz del árbol y bosque: Alpha Mom

Inspiración para el disfraz del pájaro azul: Pretty Prudent

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Safe Cycling and Walking

Air date: Oct. 1, 2014

Rechargeable LED light-up safety neck loop for dogs, from Floppy Ears Design

Weather-resistant bag designed to be used with bike-share bikes, from Po Campo

Commuter pants for walking or cycling, from Nau

Monkey Lights bike wheel lights, from MonkeyLectric

Women’s riding coat, from Hub and Bespoke store in Seattle

Bike helmet with built-in LED lights using rechargeable batteries, from Torch Apparel

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Green Fall Gardening

Air date: Sept. 17, 2014

Pumpkin pedestals from Gardener’s Supply Company

Info from King County on how to make compost in the backyard

Info from Seattle Tilth on overwintering crops, cover crops and applying compost

Electric leaf shredder, from Gardener’s Supply Company

Example of recipe for pesto, often made with homegrown basil, from Bon Appétit

Example of recipe for fried green tomato pie, using unripened tomatoes from the garden, from Wonky Wonderful

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Green Tailgating Party

Air date: Aug. 27, 2014

Solaire portable infrared gas grill

Homemade hand-washing station from an old laundry detergent bottle

Blue Avocado recycled-content insulated tote bag

Skewers with fresh cherry tomatoes, basil and locally-made mozzarella cheese from DeLaurenti

DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine

“Walking tacos” from Dine & Dish

Sipping vinegars from Woodring Northwest

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Green Sharing Services

Air date: Aug. 6, 2014

City Fruit gleaning organization in Seattle - for sharing fruit that you can’t pick

Pronto Cycle Share, Seattle

RelayRides car sharing in Seattle area

Our Fabric Stash – fabric-sharing sale events and consignment store in Seattle

Something Borrowed – Portland-based rental service for weddings and events

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Recycled Art

Air date: July 15, 2014

Russ Morgan – Makes chandeliers from salvaged glass

Darcy Thompson – Makes mosaic art pieces and jewelry from reclaimed items

Dean Robertson – Makes jewelry from reclaimed wood

Julia Haack – Makes boxes and other art pieces from salvaged wood

Diem Chau – Makes art pieces from repurposed plates and cups

Kate Hunt – Makes flags and other art pieces from old newspapers

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Green Road Trip

Air date: June 25, 2014

Collapsible dog bowl made with recycled plastic, from Ruffwear

Rechargeable solar flashlight, from Verilux

Electric vehicle charging locations maps, from PlugShare

New fact sheet about plug-in electric vehicles, from the Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Collapsible camping mug, from GSI

Cuppow lid, which turns a Mason jar into a travel mug

Sleeping bag made partly from recycled material, from Big Agnes

How to reuse a cereal container as a trash receptacle for your car, from Lifehacker

How to make a camping lantern from a used gallon jug and a headlamp, from Rolla Roaster

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Recycled and Local

Air date: June 11, 2014 

Elpis & Wood furniture from salvaged wood, Everett

Floranthropy service that repurposes floral arrangements, Seattle

Sazanka Design jewelry and accessories from vintage kimono fabric, Seattle

LilyEmme Jewelry from recycled gold and silver, Seattle

Miishka Handbags from recycled and repurposed leather, Seattle

Paloma Pottery jewelry and gifts from recycled glass, Sandy Point, WA

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Green Jobs

Air date: May 14, 2014

Nova Solar Window (Western Washington U. student project) Facebook page

Winners of 2014 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, including Nova Solar Window

Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces

City of Bellevue's TRACKS program, an outdoor recreation program for youth

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Earth Day

Air date: April 22, 2014

True Blue Aquaponics

Eileen Fisher sustainable clothing

Green Eileen – stores in Seattle, New York selling used Eileen Fisher clothing

Northeast Seattle Tool Library

Northeast Seattle Tool Library Fixer’s Collective

EcoConsumer Earth Day videos

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Green Kitchen

Air date: April 2, 2014

Used kitchen sink from Second Use Building Materials in Seattle

ManPan frying pan, made in Spokane with green materials

Anchor Hocking glass Bake ‘N’ Store dishes

AeroPress coffee maker

Soda Stream carbonated beverage maker

Wean Green glass food-storage containers

Full Circle food-scraps container designed to keep in freezer

Oxo countertop food-scraps container

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Air date: March 12, 2014

Blumenkinderkids baby and children’s clothing make from reclaimed textiles

SwaddleDesigns organic cotton baby blanket

gDiaper pants with cloth inserts

GroVia hybrid cloth diapers

Lifefactory glass baby bottles with protective sleeves

Nuna Leaf baby seat

Noli Noli baby toys made from sustainable wood

Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah, which accepts donations of baby items for families in need

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Making Sense of Plastics Recycling

Air date: Feb. 19, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plastics waste and recycling information

Seattle Public Utilities Lookup Tool to learn what’s recyclable

Seattle Public Utilities Q+A about what’s accepted for recycling collection

King County info on how to contact cities and recycling collection companies with recycling questions

King County What Do I Do With…? listings for plastics recycling options outside the home

Info on Aveda’s use of post-consumer recycled plastic in the bottles for its hair and skin products

Partial list of Nike clothing made with recycled polyester

Nike Seahawks “12th fan” jersey made from 100-percent recycled polyester

Take Back Your Meds program info on drug take-back (plastic drug vials are not recyclable)

Plastics industry resource for markets for recycled plastics, for recycling industry use

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Sustainable Local Food

Air date: Jan. 29, 2014

Mix & Mash baby food and snacks

Starvation Alley Farms cranberry juice

Rain Shadow Meats

Kukuruza Gourmet Popcorn

Bluebird Microcreamery ice cream

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Stay Warm, Go Green

Air date: Jan. 8, 2014

Windovative Design energy-conserving interior window panels

De'Longhi electric space heater with eco-energy function

Nau men’s down shirt made with recycled fabric

Green Grin’s Mitts for Musing handwarmers made from old wool sweaters

Kittywake Designs cashmere accessories made from discarded items

Northstar Trading Co. sheepskin slippers made on Whidbey Island, WA

Holy Lamb Organics wool comforters made in Oakville, WA

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Green and Local Holiday Gifts

Air date: Dec. 11, 2013

Careful It Bites stuffed animal creatures

Makr Box subscription service for Northwest-made handcrafted goods

Reclaimed Seattle Mugs by Victoria

Recycled cotton canvas lunch bag from Little Lark

How to make a glasses case, tote bag and other easy homemade gifts, on King County’s Green Holidays website

Shortcut to King County’s Green Holidays resources

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Green Holiday Decorating

Air date: Nov. 27, 2013

How to make pilgrim-ship place cards

How to hollow out a cabbage to make a natural bowl for dips

How to make napkin rings from sprigs of rosemary from the yard

How to make Star of David ornaments for Hanukkah

How to make ornaments from old puzzle pieces

How to make ornaments from twigs and twine

How to make shiny ornaments from old ornaments and broken CDs

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Green Your Ride

Air date: Nov. 13, 2013

King County Metropool van-sharing program, with electric vehicles

Electric vehicles information and resources, from U.S. Department of Energy

Engine Idling and Air Pollution fact sheet, from Washington Department of Ecology

Sustainable materials used in vehicles information, from Ford Motor Co.

Carmakers Using More Recycled Materials in Seats, Interiors – Autoweek article

Sustainable Cars Made from Natural, Recycled Materials – GreenHome slideshow

Tekton digital tire gauge

Used motor oil recycling locations, from Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County

Used motor oil recycling information, from City of Seattle

Valvoline NextGen new recycled motor oil

Car seat recycling collection locations in Seattle and Burien, from WestSide Baby

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Recycled Halloween Costumes

Air date: Oct. 28, 2013

Value Village 2013 Costume Lookbook

Seattle Goodwill Halloween resources

10 recycled Halloween costume ideas for kids, from ParentMap

DIY costumes on Pinterest, from Planetpals

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Food Day – Meet the Producer

Air date: Oct. 24, 2013

Food Day

Black Sheep Creamery, Chehalis, WA

Marra Farm, Seattle

Deborah’s Homemade Pies, Seattle

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Eco-Friendly Bathrooms

Air date: Oct. 2, 2013

American Standard water-efficient, WaterSense-labeled toilet

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet on WaterSense toilets

Ty non-vinyl shower curtain, from Green Depot

Moen Envi WaterSense-labeled showerhead

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet on WaterSense showerheads

Puj foldable, non-vinyl baby tub

Puj video on how to use the baby tub

Washington Post Sept. 7, 2013, story about problems with “flushable” products

Sun-Mar composting toilet, from Green Depot

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Green and Healthy Fast Food

Air date: Sept. 18, 2013

Homegrown - Sustainability information

Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery

Taco Time Northwest

Cedar Grove Composting “Partner Spotlight” featuring Taco Time

Chipotle - Environmental information

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Eco-Cool Back-to-School

Air date: Aug. 28, 2013

Seattle RE Store, source of salvaged materials for desk

Photo of inspiration for salvaged desk, from Media Cache

Collapsible lunchbox from Small Planet

Instructions for DIY milk-jug sandwich holder, from Crème de la Craft

Kids Konserve lunchbox ice pack made from green materials, from Mighty Nest

Backpack made from recycled materials, from Green Backpack

School supplies pouch made from old measuring tape, from Green Apple Supply

Environotes notebook made from recycled paper, from Green Apple Supply

Double Dutchery online clothing swap

Article from Albany (CA) Patch about Double Dutchery online clothing swap

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Renewable Home Energy

Air date: August 7, 2013

Powersails, from 3 Phase Energy Systems, Auburn, WA

Solar module, from Itek Energy, Bellingham, WA

WakaWaka Power solar charger and lamp, from Off-Grid Solutions, Discovery Bay, CA

Rugged Rukus solar-powered speaker, from Eton, Palo Alto, CA

Bronze turbine for micro-hydro power, from Canyon Hydro, Deming, WA

Home Power magazine

Renewable Reality consulting, Anacortes, WA

U.S. Dept. of Energy micro-hydro power resources

Puget Sound Energy rebates on geothermal heat pumps

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, Stillwater, OK

Financial incentives in Washington state for renewables, from U.S. Dept. of Energy

Incentive for buying alternative energy equipment made in Washington, from U.S. Dept. of Energy

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Green Pet Care

Air date: July 17, 2013

Prison Pet Partnership, Gig Harbor, WA (original home of Izzy the dog)

Agapé Childcare Center, Seattle (home of Sparkles the guinea pig)

Dog bandana from Local Hound, Seattle

Fabric and Zogoflex recycled-plastic dog toys from West Paw Design, Bozeman, MT

Pooper Scooper Rake from online retailer Clean Air Gardening

Green Tea Leaves recycled wood cat litter from Next Gen International, Laguna Niguel, CA

Swheat Scoop wheat-based cat litter from Pet Care Systems, Detroit Lakes, MN

Integrity corn cob and pine wood cat litter from Integrity Pet Products, Federal Way, WA

Homemade toys for a guinea pig – article from Animals

Why guinea pigs are eco-friendly pets - article from Yahoo Voices blog

Carefresh guinea pig bedding from recycled paper from Absorption Corp., Ferndale, WA

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The Birds and the Bees

Air date: June 26, 2013

Puget Sound Beekeepers Association

Seattle beekeeper and beekeeping writer Jessica Dally

Aspects Quick Clean thistle-seed feeder, from Seattle Audubon store

Bird feeder and bird bath cleaning and upkeep tips, from Seattle Audubon

Plants that attract hummingbirds in the Northwest, from Rainy Side Gardeners

Plants that attract bees and other pollinators in the Northwest, from the Pollinator Pathway project

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Green Crafts

Air date: June 5, 2013

Planter from salvaged wood, from A+R Busch in Portland

Lamp made from old bicycle parts, from Leo Schmidt Design in Seattle

Jewelry from coins and other salvaged materials, from Autopilot Empires in Portland

Soft-soled children’s shoes from re-purposed leather, from Starry Knight Design in Corvallis, Montana

Crochet hooks and dryer balls from recycled and found materials, from Craftwich Creations in Bellevue

Messenger bag made from waxed canvas and reclaimed wool, from Wooly Bison in Seattle

Sample instructions for do-it-yourself sunburst mirror, made with salvaged materials by Anna Petrocco

RE Store in Seattle, source of materials for DIY sunburst mirror

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Green Your Lawn

Air date: May 15, 2013

Fiskars StaySharp Max reel lawn mower

Toro E-Cycler cordless electric lawn mower

Fiskars Shear Ease manual grass shears

Toro cordless electric grass trimmer/edger

DeWit Tools corkscrew weeder from Clean Air Gardening

Beneficial nematodes from Arbico Organics

How beneficial nematodes work – Illustration by Dave Kallstrom, King County graphic designer (PDF, 180 K)

Example of legal lawn insecticide containing chemical banned in Europe as a potential hazard to bees

Swansons Nursery, Seattle (source of ground cover examples that are alternatives to lawns)

Garden Hotline for King County residents with questions about sustainable yard care, 206-633-0224

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Happy Earth Day!

Air date: April 22, 2013

Bikelava “food bike” selling baklava at Seattle farmers’ markets

Madsen cargo bike

Bubi reusable water bottle

Bamboo Bottle reusable water bottle

Teamo reusable mug with tea infuser

Candles that can be made from used cooking oil, from kit from Eco-Artware

FAQs about using the candle-making kit, from Oil2Wax

How to make an outdoor pillow from plastic grocery bags, from In Your Own Style

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Toxic-Free Toddlers

Air date: April 3, 2013

Environmentally-friendly art supplies from Eco-Kids

Veggie Baby finger paint, made from vegetables and grains

P’kolino easel (meets or exceeds U.S., European Union and Canadian safety standards

Puzzle from Petit Collage, made from sustainably-harvested wood

Children’s rocker from Manny & Simon, made with recycled wood and non-toxic, low-odor paint

KidCo no-drill magnetic cabinet lock

Info on toxics found in children’s metallic costume jewelry, from

12 tips for choosing safe, eco-friendly toys, from Healthy Child Healthy World

Green Fashion for Spring

Air date: March 13, 2013

Cameron Levin’s clothing line

Sustalux, Dana Guyton’s business that provides sourcing and styling of vintage clothing

Twice Blushed, Amanda Vernell Mueller’s business offering reconstructed bridal gowns

WasteLess jeans from Levi’s, made partly from recycled plastic bottles

Jacket from Nau, made partly from recycled plastic bottles

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Green at the Garden Show

Air date: Feb. 20, 2013

Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle

“Scrappy Gardening Design,” Tom Watson’s seminar at garden show

Roo gardening apron, from Spokane company

“The Drunken Botanist,” new book by Amy Stewart

Garden cocktail and ingredient ideas from “The Drunken Botanist”

Amy Stewart’s seminars at garden show

Oly Mountain Fish Compost, from Belfair, WA

Second Use used building materials store in Seattle, source of materials for Tom’s projects

Earthwise used building materials store in Seattle, source of materials for Tom’s projects

City People’s Garden Store in Seattle, source of plants for Tom’s projects

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Eco-Friendly Dust-Busting

Air date: Jan. 31, 2013

Miele bagged upright vacuum cleaner, from Quality Sewing and Vacuum

Quality Sewing and Vacuum – Vacuum sales and repair

Dyson bagless vacuum cleaner, from Sears

Libman reusable microfiber duster, dust cloths and dusting mitt, from Bartell Drugs (PDF)

Rubbermaid reusable microfiber dust cloths, from Amazon

How to reuse Swiffer handle with reusable microfiber cloths, from Greening of Westford blog

Dirt Devil Gator cordless hand vac

3M Filtrete furnace filter, from Lowe’s

How to clean dusty stuffed animals, from Apartment Therapy blog

Ty machine-washable stuffed monkey, from Amazon

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Sustainable Seafood

Air date: Jan. 7, 2013

Geoduck from Taylor Shellfish, Seattle

Sustainable seafood at Pike Place Fish – Puget Sound Business Journal article

Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese – Recipe from “Good Fish”

“Good Fish” book, by Becky Selengut, of Seattle

Mashiko Japanese Restaurant and Fully Sustainable Sushi Bar, Seattle

Canned tuna from Fishing Vessel St. Jude, Bellevue, WA

Pickled salmon from Loki Fish Co., Seattle

Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainable seafood product finder

Environmental Defense Fund’s “No Overfishing Guaranteed” logo

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch pocket guide

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2012 appearances

Green Holidays in a Hurry

Air date: Dec. 19, 2012

Living Christmas tree from Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle

Donate your living Christmas tree for habitat restoration – King County Parks partnership project

Table-top Christmas tree from a rosemary plant, from Swanson’s Nursery

Christmas tree decorations made from paint chips – Idea from BamCraftyMommas

Christmas tree decorations made from corks – Idea from Homeless Finch

Christmas tree decorations made from bottle and jar lids – Idea from Totally Green Crafts

Christmas tree decorations made from can lids – Idea from Frog Riding Bike

Christmas tree decorations made from shower rings – Idea from Homeless Finch

Cranberry candle holiday centerpiece in used vase – Idea from Simplified Bee

Kids’ travel coloring kit from old DVD case – Idea from Stacy Vaughn

Case for iPad made from reused bicycle inner tubes, from Alchemy Goods in Seattle

Clock made from recycled motorcycle parts, from Michole Madden in Seabeck, WA

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Green Toys

Air date: Dec. 5, 2012

Recycled-cardboard pirate ship playhouse from Box Creations

Refurbished bicycle from Bike Works, a non-profit in south Seattle

Wooden train set from Roundhouse Designs in Marysville, WA

Story about Roundhouse Designs in Nov. 26, 2011, Everett Herald

Guide to make Nutcracker bowling pins and other crafts, from Craft Pack

Recycled-plastic seaplane from Green Toys

Hand-powered zoo flashlights from Ecotronic and Planet Happy

Tips for choosing safer toys, from Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County

Six common toy hazards, from U.S. Public Interest Group

"What to Keep in Mind for Buying Safe Toys" – Nov. 23, 2012, EcoConsumer column in Seattle Times

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Green Thanksgiving

Air date: Nov. 14, 2012

Farmers Market Finder, from Puget Sound Fresh

How to make a turkey centerpiece out of fruit and cheese, from Family Fun

Thanksgiving Box of locally-produced foods, from Eat Local Network

Stuffed winter squash recipe, from Earth911

Gluten-free recipes for Thanksgiving, from PCC on Pinterest

Thanksgiving turkeys from Heyday Farm, Bainbridge Island

Thanksgiving turkeys from Skagit River Ranch, Sedro Woolley

Kinetic GlassLock storage containers for leftovers, from Bed Bath & Beyond

Onyx glass storage containers with stainless-steel lids

Onyx containers on

Food waste prevention tips from King County, including “Eat Me First!” bin for refrigerator

Jokari Label Once kit of erasable food labels with markers, from Amazon

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Food Day Halloween Costumes

Air date: Oct. 24, 2012

How to make a sushi costume, from Inhabitat

How to make a packet-of-seeds costume, from Disney Family

How to make a pea pod baby costume, from eHow

Halloween costume ideas from Value Village thrift stores

Halloween costume ideas from Seattle Goodwill thrift stores

Food Day, a project of the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest

Locator for farmers markets in the Seattle area, from Puget Sound Fresh

Joy the Baker cookbook (source of recipe for pumpkin cookies in segment)

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Green Caffeine

Air date: Oct. 3, 2012

Reusable coffee filter for Keurig single-cup coffee brewers, from Ekobrew (Mukilteo)

Reusable steel coffee filters, from Kaffeologie (Seattle)

Shade-grown coffee, from Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie (Vashon)

Organic, fair-trade coffee, from Caffe Vita (Seattle)

Direct-trade coffee, from Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Portland, Seattle)

"I Am Not A Paper Cup" reusable porcelain thermal mug, from ReuseIt (Chicago)

KeepCup reusable coffee cup (Australia)

Autoseal West Loop stainless steel travel mug, from Contigo (Chicago)

Starbucks’ Grounds for Your Garden free coffee grounds program, from NancyCreative blog

How to make a tissue box for the car from a coffee cup, from DudeCraft blog

City of Seattle home recycling rules for coffee cups

Seattle Times March, 2012, EcoConsumer column about “green” coffee (PDF, 69 K)

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Green and Cozy Home Weatherizing

Air date: Sep. 19, 2012

Nest radiant barrier insulation from Winco

Nest insulation at Green Depot

How to make a beer can solar heater, from GreenJoyment

Beer can solar heater video from Zsnowshredder, on YouTube

Making a draft snake, from eHow

Draft snakes, from the Daily Green

Mortite rope caulk, from Home Depot

Frost King Poly Foam Caulk Saver, from Home Depot

Thermal insulated curtains, from Plow & Hearth

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Green Beer and Wine

Air date: Aug. 22, 2012

Stool made from old wine barrels, from Vinoture in Whitefish, MT

Wine made from organic grapes, from Snoqualmie Vineyards in Prosser, WA

Wine in refillable bottles (and from sustainable vineyards), from Wilridge Winery in Seattle

Beer with organic ingredients, from Pike Brewing in Seattle

Organic beer in refillable "growler" jug, from Elliott Bay Brewing in Burien

Trivets from used wine corks, made by David Chinn of Issaquah (photo from Crafty Nest)

Garden marker made from old wine cork (photo from Shine Your Light)

Home brewing equipment from Bob’s Homebrew, Seattle

Organic homebrew recipes, from Seven Bridges Cooperative, Santa Cruz, CA

Salmon-Safe program in Washington and Oregon, which certifies wineries

ReCork wine cork recycling program locations

Cork Forest Conservation Alliance wine cork recycling program locations

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What’s New at Farmers Markets

Air date: Aug. 8, 2012

Sea beans from Foraged and Found Edibles

Fava beans from Nash’s Organic Produce

Salad mix with edible flowers from Growing Things Farm

Squash with blossoms attached from Colinwood Farm (on Facebook)

Heirloom tomatoes from Billy’s Gardens

Yellow watermelon from Alvarez Organic Farms

Fresh Bucks program from City of Seattle, for electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card users

Oysters and crabs from Hama Hama

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Jonboy Caramels

Directory of Western Washington farmers markets, from Puget Sound Fresh

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Salvaged Salvation – Using Reclaimed Building Materials

Air date: July 20, 2012

RE Store used building materials store, Seattle

Picnic table made from old high-school bleachers by the RE Store, on Facebook

Second Use Building Materials, Seattle

Information on Second Use’s upcoming move

Pacific Supply hardware in Seattle (source for safety glasses)

“Building with Secondhand Stuff” book

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Green on Your Deck

Air date: June 27, 2012

Tigerwood sustainable wood decking

Green Depot (moving soon; check website for address) in Seattle, dealer for Tigerwood decking

MoistureShield composite decking, from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies

James Lumber in Poulsbo, dealer for MoistureShield composite decking)

Cobb portable grill

YouTube animated video - How the Cobb grill works

Frontier lump charcoal

Earthstone GrillStone grill cleaning block, from Green Depot

ScienceDaily article from March, 2012, about potential danger from using wire grill brushes

Dinuba stainless steel water container, from Green Depot

Homemade drip-catcher for cooler or liquids container, from “Why Not Do It Yourself” blog

Homemade silverware container, from Country Living magazine

Reusable cloth paper towel set, from Etsy

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New, Cool and Green on a Bike

Air date: June 6, 2012

YikeBike new-design folding electric bike

Renovo wood frame bicycle

Knog Beetle bike light

Hub and Bespoke bike products store in Seattle (sells Knog light)

Dahon Pango folding bike helmet

Travoy bike trailer from Burley

Gregg’s Cycles in Seattle area (sells Travoy trailer)

Skuut balance bike for kids

Dutch Bike Co. in Seattle (sells Skuut balance bike)

“How Much Can I Save Bicycling to Work?” calculator, from Kiplinger

City of Seattle’s Bicycle Program

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Which Waste Goes Where?

Air date: May 16, 2012

Contact information for your home garbage or recycling service, from King County

Recycling and garbage hauler CleanScapes

Recycling and garbage hauler Republic Services

Recycling and garbage hauler Waste Management

King County’s “Recycle More” program

King County’s “Recycle Food” program

V & G Styro Recycle

Plastic bag recycling guidelines, from American Chemistry Council

Reusable produce bags, from 3BBags

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Green All-Stars for Earth Day

Air date: April 20, 2012

Home electric-vehicle charger from ClipperCreek

Electric Vehicle Support (Puget Sound Solar) – ClipperCreek installer in Seattle

Home electric-vehicle charger from Ford

Map of electric-vehicle charging stations in Northwest, from Seattle Electric Vehicle Association

Indow Windows – Thermal window inserts

Neil Kelly Home Performance – Seattle-area vendor for Indow Windows

Lite2go lamp from Knoend – Example of innovative packaging

How to make a planter out of an old chair, from Jasey’s Crazy Daisy

How to make a planter out of an old rain boot, from Garden Guides

City People’s Garden Store – Planted chair and boot

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Green Organizing

Air date: April 4, 2012

Salvaged dresser drawers for under-bed storage – From eHow

Kitchen grater as earring holder – From GroovePress

Ice cube trays for jewelry storage – From Bead Up blog

Charger station for small electronics from a plastic bottle – From Apartment Therapy

Plastic bag holder from a plastic container – From Infarrantly Creative

Art supply containers from milk jugs – From Recylart

Kids' coloring station from a dish drainer – From Pinterest

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Easy Green Repairs

Air date: March 14, 2012

Replacing a dishwasher door gasket – Part and video, from PartSelect

Replacing a dishwasher door spring – Video from PartSelect

How to repair a dishwasher rack – From eHow

How to upholster a chair – From Young House Love

Garden hose repair – From Instructables

How to fix a flat bicycle tire, from

How to patch a bike tire tube with a glueless patch – From

Glueless bicycle tire patch kit – From Park Tool

Back Alley Bike Repair, Seattle

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Raising Food in the Winter

Air date: Feb. 8, 2012

Seattle Tilth’s urban livestock classes

BJ Hedahl and her ducks – Story from Seattle Times, March, 2011

Fall and winter vegetable planting guide – From Ed Hume Seeds

Northwest Flower & Garden Show Feb. 8-12 – Includes food-raising seminars, displays

Kale chips – Snack from food you can grow in winter – From Kiwi magazine

Ballard Farmers Market – Examples of winter crops you can grow at home

Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance – Other Seattle year-round farmers markets

Getting the Green Light

Air date: Jan. 11, 2012

Puget Sound Energy’s rebate programs for CFL and LED bulbs and fixtures

Seattle City Light discounts on CFL bulbs and fixtures

Philips Ambient LED bulb

Philips Accent LED Candelabra bulb

EcoSmart Soft White CFL bulb

EcoSmart Soft White Globe CFL bulb

EcoSmart LED Flood Light bulb

Feit Electric Yellow Bug Twist CFL bulb

EcoSmart LED bulb in retrofit unit

How to install EcoSmart bulb in retrofit unit

Adjustable LED Task Lamp from Design Classics

LED Color-Changing Lune Accent Lamp by Cielux

Fluorescent bulb recycling locations in King County – Take It Back Network

Puget Sound Energy’s searchable database of CFL recycling locations in western Washington

2011 appearances

Green Holidays: The Best and Brightest

Air date: Dec. 14, 2011

Centerpiece idea from InfoBarrel using materials from Seattle Goodwill

Seattle Goodwill retail stores

Beeswax floating candles from Big Dipper Wax Works in Seattle

Ideas for making homemade Hanukkah menorahs from Celebrate Green

Jewish Day School in Bellevue

Recycled flip-flop scraps floor mat from Ten Thousand Villages in Seattle

Tote bags made from recycled plastic bottles, from Libby Green in Medina

Reusable lunch bags from ReUsies in Seattle

Reusable produce bags from 3BBags

Homemade playdough recipe from

Recycled cardboard Christmas trees from Cascades

King County Green Holidays

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Make It Green for the Holidays

Air date: Nov. 16, 2011

Apple candle instructions, from

How to make a rice bag hand warmer, from eHow

DIY holiday gift ideas from the RE Store, including kitchen-tile coasters

How to make a light bulb penguin ornament, from

Make an edible mini holiday tree, from Wanna Green Bean

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Trick or Green – Costumes made from reused and recycled materials

Air date: Oct. 26, 2011

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – Crocodile/alligator costume ideas

Been There, Pinned That blog – Rocket man costume ideas

Martha Stewart magazine – Chicken costume ideas

Danny Seo – Inspiration for chicken costume plastic bag feathers

Yahoo Green – Cupcake costume ideas

King County EcoConsumer junk mail opt-out website – Inspiration for Tom’s costume

Value Village – Halloween ideas and resources

Seattle Goodwill – Contest for reused Halloween costumes

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Reduce Waste On the Go

Air date: Sept. 28, 2011

Green Sports Alliance

University of Washington Husky Stadium recycling

Sustainable Business article – Seattle Mariners recycling

Example of refilling station for reusable water bottles, from Elkay

Stone-Drew / Ashe & Jones – Local distributor for a water-bottle refilling station

Starbucks – Recycling and waste reduction efforts

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Solar in Seattle

Air date: August 24, 2011

Seattle Solar Cooking – Facebook page

Solar Cookers World Network – How to make a solar cooker

Solar Cookers World Network – Frequently asked questions about solar cooking

Solar Cookers International

Seattle Sports solar shower for camping, from REI

Seattle City Light – Guide to solar energy for residential customers

Silicon Energy – Marysville, WA-based manufacturer of solar panels

Puget Sound Solar – Example of local solar contractor

Solatube skylight from Green Depot (formerly Ecohaus)

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Summer Water-Wise Tips

Air date: July 13, 2011

Rain barrel from Seattle Rain Barrels

King County rain barrel guide

Olla irrigation jar from Urban Homestead Supply

Faucet aerator from Ferguson

Reusable glass water bottle from Lifefactory

Reusable stainless steel ThinkSport water bottle

Reusable, foldable plastic water bottle from Vapur

Liberty Bottleworks reusable aluminum water bottle from REI

Reliance reusable, foldable plastic water jug for camping

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Green Up Your Yard and Garden

Air date: June 15, 2011

Tumbled recycled glass for landscaping, from Bedrock Industries, Seattle

Wooly Pocket “living wall” planter made from recycled plastic bottles

Slug Shield non-toxic copper slug barrier

Frugal Gardening Forum - Making garden items from scrap materials

Native plants for landscaping, from City People's Garden Store, Seattle

Rain garden guide with native plant list, from WSU Pierce County Extension

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Throw a Zero-Waste Party

Air date: May 18, 2011

Recycling collection bags from Gaiam

VerTerra reusable plates made from leaves

Preserve reusable cups from Bambeco, made from recycled plastic

Soji solar party lights from Bambeco

Eco Party-Food Stand from Green Party Goods, made from recycled cardboard

Cupcakes from Cupcake Luv in Kirkland

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Earth Day – The best in green

Air date: April 22, 2011

Artist Graham Schodda of Bellingham – Uses salvaged materials

RE Store’s Recycled Art Show at Blowing Sands Studio, Seattle

Ecologic Armchair, from NuBe Green store in Seattle

Pillow made from recycled water bottles, from NuBe Green

Pillow made from old t-shirts, from NuBe Green

Take Back Your Meds campaign

Take Back Your Meds – Collection locations for unwanted medicines

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 30, 2011

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Green Babies

Air date: March 23, 2011

Carla Saulter’s “Bus Chick” blog

UppaBaby G-Luxe stroller – example of bus-friendly stroller

Ergobaby – example of bus-friendly baby carrier

Tiny Diner reusable baby place mat – replaces disposable mats

Durable Klean Kanteen bottle with sippy cup lid

Daddy diaper bag from Passchal, made from recycled tractor tires

Baby Diaper Service in Seattle – cloth diapers

Punkernoodle Baby in Seattle – example of cloth diaper online retailer

FuzziBunz – example of home-washable cloth diaper

Seventh Generation – example of chlorine-free disposable diapers

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Fun with Urban Food Gardening

Air date: Feb. 28, 2011

Ballard Bee Company

Bee seminar at Northwest Flower & Garden Show - Corky Luster and Robin Haglund

Full Circle Farm

Tom Watson’s seminar at Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Vert blog - How to make a garden border from old wine bottles

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Recycling 101 – What’s In Your Garbage?

Air date: Jan. 12, 2011

King County resources for residential recycling

King County resources for residential food scrap collection and composting

King County resources for recycling at work

Seattle Public Utilities residential recycling resources

Seattle Public Utilities’ Resource Venture program for greening businesses

Counter-top food scraps bin, from BioBag

Counter-top food scraps bins, from Apartment Therapy

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2010 appearances

Wrapping and Giving Green

Air date: Dec. 16, 2010

Green gift wrapping ideas, from the Design File

Top ten green gift wrapping ideas, from Gaiam

Method for making plastic bag bows, from Creative Jewish Mom

How to make a clove orange – King County video with Tom Watson

Example of food bank food donations wish list, from University District Food Bank

Easy ways to donate money to Food Lifeline

Seattle Goodwill (“Pasta in a Pot” items)

Beecher’s Cheese (“Pasta in a Pot” item)

Pasta & Co. (“Pasta in a Pot” item)

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Greening the Holiday Meals

Air date: Nov. 17, 2010

Gothberg Farms

Eat Local for Thanksgiving program

Cascade Harvest Coalition

Where to find local foods for Thanksgiving

Recipe for Tom Douglas’ apple salad with local foods

General Biodiesel – Cooking oil recycling locations

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Hallogreen – Costumes made from reused and recycled materials

Air date: Oct. 20, 2010

Value Village - Halloween ideas and resources

Seattle Goodwill - Halloween ideas and resources

Family Fun magazine kids’ costume ideas - Many with reused materials, or you can substitute

25 Halloween costumes made from reused materials, from the Daily Green

Easy, comfortable homemade dog costume ideas, from eHow

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Green Household Solutions

Air date: Sept. 22, 2010

Homemade microwave popcorn

Homemade fruit fly trap – Bowl and vinegar method

Homemade fruit fly trap – Paper funnel method and others

Prevention and control of clothing moths – Washington Toxics Coalition

Clothing moth prevention – Wiffle ball sachet

Cedar blocks and other clothing moth prevention methods

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Green Around the World

Air date: Aug. 20, 2010

King County’s Green World Cup contest – winning entries and other global green examples
Irene Buenavista’s winning entry featured green practices in the Philippines.

Ultra Motor A2B Electric Bicycle from Soundspeed Scooters in Seattle
Electric bikes have been popularized in the Netherlands, China and other countries.

Live ladybugs for aphid control in the garden, from Swanson’s Nursery in Seattle
As one example of pesticide reduction, Ontario has banned lawn and garden pesticides.

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Green Travel

Air date: July 14, 2010

Plaid Doctrine laptop tote made from recycled materials

Patagonia wheeled carry-on bag made from recycled materials

ExOfficio quick-dry boxer shorts, from TravelSmith

Bobble reusable water bottle with built-in filter

GoToob refillable containers for toiletries, from

To-Go Ware reusable bamboo utensil set for traveling

Hyatt at Olive 8 - example of green hotel in Seattle

Green Hotels Association

Green Seal certified hotels

Kimpton Hotels - example of green education to guests

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Backyard Wildlife - Birds, Bees and Bats

Air date: June 16, 2010

Bats Northwest

Bat houses - Info from Bats Northwest

Bee houses from the Beez Neez

Durable brass thistle-seed bird feeder from Yard Envy

Soda bottle bird feeder kit from Uncommon Goods

Recycled plastic bird feeder from Wild Birds Unlimited in Redmond

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Green Tools for the Home and Garden

Air date: May 19, 2010

Wearable garden stool from Clean Air Gardening

Tuff Tote pail, made from recycled plastic, from City People’s Garden Store

CobraHead hand gardening tool made from recycled materials

Electric chainsaw from new Sustainable West Seattle "tool library"

Caulk Savers (to seal up tubes of caulk to avoid waste)

Bio-Wash Waste Paint Hardener, from Ecohaus

Latex paint disposal methods, from King County Solid Waste Division

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Cool Trends for Earth Day

Air date: April 21, 2010

Residential wind turbine from West Seattle Natural Energy

Seattle Tilth - Info and classes on raising chickens in the city

Eglu Go chicken coop from Omlet

Taga carrier bike that converts into stroller

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Green Fashion

Air date: March 24, 2010

Spun organic cotton clothing, Mercer Island

Lady Konnyaku Clothing, Seattle

Greensource Organic Clothing Co., Renton

Lifelong Thrift Store, Seattle

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Green Gadgets

Air date: Feb. 17, 2010

Motorola Moto Renew cell phone, made from recycled plastic

YoGen hand charger for mobile devices

"Phone safe" made from old cordless phone

Portable music player speakers made from paper coffee cups

"62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer (and Other Discarded Electronics)"
- book by Randy Sarafan (includes versions of the two do-it-yourself projects listed above)

CExchange recycling program for portable music players and other small electronics

Cell Phones for Soldiers cell phone recycling program

Call2Recycle cell phone recycling program

Wireless Alliance cell phone recycling program

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Eco-Friendly Services

Air date: Jan. 13, 2010

EnviroStars program

Julep Nail Parlors

Tom's Automotive Service

Cascade Pest Control

Blue Sky Cleaners

Cameron Catering

Pedersen's Event Rentals

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2009 appearances

Green and Local Holiday Gifts

Air date: Dec. 16, 2009

Homemade playdough from Mama K's Play Clay

Book in a Box kit from Eye Can Art

Seed jewelry from Semilla Designs

Dog bed made with salvaged blue jeans, from Nube Green

Eco-friendly lampshade and reused lamp from Lit Shades

Dual-weight comforter made with sustainable wool and cotton, from Holy Lamb Organics

Glass votives from Glassybaby

Northwest cheeses from Beecher’s cheese club

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Green Holidays - Three Bright Ideas

Air date: Nov. 18, 2009

Turkey from Meadowwood Organics farm in Enumclaw

Fresh vegetables for Thanksgiving from Ballard Sunday Farmers Market

Eat Local for Thanksgiving program, sponsored by King County, other partners

Energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights from

Recycling program for old holiday lights, sponsored by Brothers Holiday Lighting, other partners

Homemade holiday crafts gifts with materials from Value Village stores

Homemade holiday crafts gifts with materials from Seattle Goodwill stores

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Halloween Challenge - Costumes from Reused and Recycled Materials

Air date: Oct. 23, 2009

Seattle Goodwill - All "store-bought" costume materials shown on air are from Goodwill

Other resources:

Family Fun magazine costume ideas - Many with reused materials, or you can substitute

Green Halloween - Locally-based resource - costume ideas and much more

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Mulch Madness - Composting Your Fall Leaves

Air date: Sept. 23, 2009

MidWest Gloves "Lawn Claws" leaf scoops from City People's Garden Store, Seattle

City People's Garden Store

Envirocycle composter

Compost Aerator turning tool from City People's Garden Store,default,pd.html?SC=XNET8LB1

Green Garden Sieve compost sifter from

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You Got That at the Farmer's Market?

Air date: Aug. 12, 2009

Goat sausage from Quilceda Farm

Sweetbread Cellars Chardonnay wine from Sea Breeze Farm

"Dragon tongue" beans and purslane from Local Roots Farm

Clothing made from reused materials from Madrone Regenerated Clothing

Sedum plants (for landscaping) from Phocus Farm

Sold at Ballard Sunday farmers market in Seattle

Cultivated mushrooms and mushroom tea mix from Terra Fleurs

Sold at Broadway Sunday farmers market in Seattle

Earl Grey chocolate ice cream from Half Pint Ice Cream

Directory of Western Washington farmers markets

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It's in the bag! Reusable Shopping Bags

Air date: July 15, 2009

Acme ultra-compact set of 4 bags, from

Farmers market bag, from Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

Zebra stripe bag, from

Alchemy Goods bag made in Seattle from old advertising sign

Bag made from recycled plastic and co-designed by musician Sheryl Crow, from Whole Foods

Reusable produce bag, from 3B Bags

Set of Ecobags organic cotton string shopping bags, from

Acme drawstring bag made from recycled plastic, from

Built NY insulated tote bag, from

Pack-N-Tote grocery cart helper bag, from

Envirosax kids' bag, from

Gecko Traders market bag made from old rice and feed bags, from

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Green Remodeling

Air date: June 3, 2009

Salvaged pedestal sink from Earthwise Architectural Salvage

Eco-conscious wallpaper from Mod Green Pod

Tankless water heater from Rinnai

Tankless water heater - rebates for Puget Sound Energy customers

Oceanside recycled glass tiles from Ecohaus

Sandhill recycled glass tiles from Ecohaus

Neil Kelly sustainable cabinets, from Ecohaus

Double-pane window from Renewal by Andersen

Double-pane windows - rebates for Puget Sound Energy customers

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Safer and Greener Cosmetics

Air date: May 13, 2009

Skin Deep cosmetics database, from Environmental Working Group

Nurture My Body shampoo and other products

Alchemilla skin cream and other products

EO Shave Cream

Dr. Bronner's soap and other products

Kiss My Face sunscreen

Nvey Eco lip gloss, from Sephora

Loreal concealer

Tube-Wringer from Gill Mechanical Company

Organic Wear Pressed Powder face powder, in paperboard compact

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Top Five Green Products for Earth Day

Air date: April 22, 2009

Watts Up energy monitor

Black & Decker power monitor

Kill A Watt energy monitor

Caroma dual-flush toilet from Ecohaus

N:vision compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

EcoSmart CFLs from Home Depot

Bartell Drugs CFL recycling program

Various alternatives to pesticides and fertilizers, from McLendon Hardware

Various products from neighborhood farmers markets

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Where Does Your Recycling Go? - Products Made from Recycled Materials

Air date: April 8, 2009

Marcal toilet paper, made from recycled paper

Green America's project urging magazines to use recycled paper

PaperStone countertops made from recycled paper

Toy recycling truck from Green Toys, made from recycled milk jugs

Mohawk polyester carpet made from recycled plastic bottles

Patagonia board shorts with polyester lining made from recycled plastic bottles

Cedar Grove Compost made from local food scraps and yard waste

Bowls from Fire & Light made from recycled glass

Vase from Aurora Glass made from recycled glass

Goods for the Planet (source for Fire & Light and Aurora Glass products)

Cheese platter from Uncommon Goods made from recycled glass

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Barking Up a Green Tree - Eco-Friendly Pet Products

Air date: March 18, 2009

Raincoat for dogs made from 100-percent recycled polyester, from West Paw Design

Leash and collar made from old silk neckties, from Annie’s Sweatshop

Eco-Bedding for small animals from 100-percent recycled paper, from FiberCore

Carey Evenson's homemade cat scratching post from cardboard scraps


Pet bowl made from 100-percent recycled glass, from Big Shrimpy

Organic pet treats from Onesta Organics

Dog model provided by Woodinville-based non-profit Greyhound Pets, Inc.

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Eco-Art: Reduce, Reuse, Create

Air date: February 25, 2009

Painting on salvaged windows, and sculpture from used objects

Artist: Karen DeWinter,

Necklace and earrings from recycled glass

Artist: Genevieve Church,

Necklace from computer parts

Artist: Bonnie Meltzer,

Sculpture from old roadway reflectors and a discarded exercise ball

Artist: Dorothy Rissman,

Mirror with frame from scraps of waste plywood

Artist: Steve Lawler,

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Greener Packaging

Air date: Feb. 6, 2009

Green Packaging’s PaperNuts - Paper packing material to replace polystyrene peanuts

Green Packaging’s Prairie Eco Pak - Paper packing material to replace polystyrene peanuts

Geämi - Alternative paper packing to replace plastic bubble-wrap

Moving Boxes Made Green - Reusable plastic totes as an alternative to cardboard boxes "Frustration-Free Packaging" - Opens easier and reduces waste

MeadWestvaco's Natralock - Alternative to problematic PVC (polyvinyl chloride) packaging

Arm & Hammer Essentials - Concentrated cleaner with reduced packaging

All Small & Mighty laundry detergent - Triple-concentrated, less packaging

Sustainable Group's ReMailer - Reusable mailing envelope

Netflix - Reusable envelope for mailing DVDs

TerraCycle plant food - Packaged in reused bottles

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Green Winter Gear

Air date: Jan. 14, 2009

Winter jacket make from recycled plastic and hemp, from Evo store in Seattle

Women's fleece gloves made from recycled plastic bottles, from REI

Eco-friendly snowboard made in Sequim, WA, by Mervin Manufacturing and sold at REI

Green snowshoes made in Colorado by Crescent Moon and sold by Mercer Island-based Mountains Plus and

Ice Melt - greener alternative to rock salt to use on sidewalks - at several local stores

Carbon monoxide alarm, from Target

Wind-up flashlight (no batteries), from or Target

Flashlight powered by shaking (no batteries), from REI

Rechargeable bike lights, to make winter riding safer

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2008 appearances

Recycling the Holidays

Air date: Dec. 26, 2008

Electronics recycling - new state law

Electronics recycling - for items not covered under new law

Christmas light recycling

Christmas tree recycling for Seattle

Christmas tree recycling elsewhere in King County

King County "What do I do with…?" recycling directory

Food waste collection

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Eco-Cool Holiday Gift Ideas

Air date: Dec. 10, 2008

Green Holidays program

Sweet Beauty's Mojito Body Scrub - Made with Seattle's Theo Chocolate

Elf booties for baby - Made in Seattle from recycled wool sweaters - From Goods for the Planet

Iqua Sun Bluetooth solar-powered headset

Hanukkah menorah made from pipe fittings

Retrorazor - Traditional double-edge-blade durable razor, from Seattle company

ShedRain Ecoverse - Umbrella made from recycled pop bottles

Seattle Coffee Shirt - 100% organic cotton, dyed using recycled coffee grounds - From Goods for the Planet

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Get a Green Jump on the Holidays

Air date: Nov. 19, 2008

Green Holidays program

Host a Northwest Center clothing drive

Make a grapevine wreath

Make a bottle lamp with a "ReMake It!" kit

Make your own candles

Make a "mix CD" as a gift and use a Resleeve made from recycled paper

Homemade liqueurs recipes

Give a cookie mix in a jar

Give olive oil infused with herbs from the garden

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Go green to save some green – home energy efficiency

Air date: Nov. 5, 2008

Hot water temperature card (to test if water is too hot)

Chimney balloon

Furnace filter whistle

Programmable thermostat

Insulating blinds

LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights

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Eeek-o-friendly Halloween

Air date: Oct. 22, 2008

Kids' costumes from reused and recycled materials

Caterpillar costume. The "rings" on the caterpillar are made from old children's tights in bright colors. The tights are stuffed with old packing peanuts.

Bat costume. The bat's wings are from an old black umbrella that was broken on a windy day. The ears are also made from bits of the umbrella and glued to a black headband.

Traffic light costume. A box was painted black, and recycled plastic lids are used for the lights. The covers on the lights are made from old paper plates.

Alternative treats

Halloween-themed pencils and fun shoelaces

from Target -

Organic fruit leather, organic energy bars and sugarfree gum

from Whole Foods -

Organic "fair trade" chocolates from Global Exchange

Treat bag alternatives

Organic cotton shopping bags (decorated by kids)

from -

An old laundry detergent bucket decorated with paint and markers

Jack-o'-lantern carved from an organic pumpkin from a local farmers market

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Making recycling easier

Air date: Oct. 2, 2008

Simple Human 2-in1 recycling and trash bin for kitchen

Rationell recycling/trash bin from Ikea

Do's and don'ts lists for recycling For King County
For Seattle:

Homemade food scrap container

Compostable bags

Worm bin composting

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Air date: Sept. 11, 2008

Converter box for digital TV switch - Energy Star-rated

From Best Buy:

Laptop computer - Energy Star-rated

Energy Star info:

Solio solar cell phone/gadget charger

Voltaic Systems messenger bag with solar battery charger

Moixa rechargeable batteries that charge from USB plug on laptop

Rayovac battery charger

Sanyo Eneloop battery charger

Texas Instruments all-solar calculator

TrafficGauge (Seattle company) traffic map device

New state law that will provide free electronics recycling

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Back to school with healthy, green lunches

Air date: Aug. 22, 2008

Obentec - Laptop Lunch kit
From Bootyland in Seattle:

Klean Kanteen - Small stainless steel reusable bottle

Wrap-N-Mat - Reusable sandwich wraps

Farmers Markets - Local fruits and veggies for lunches

Full Circle Farm - Local fruits and veggies from their Community Supported Agriculture Program

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Go green to save some green - part 2

Air date: July 31, 2008

Two Big Blondes consignment store - Hats, purses and shoes

King County Metro Transit - Passes and ticket book

Hampton Bay - Ceiling fan (from Home Depot)

Seattle Public Library - Books, CDs and DVDs

Farmers Markets - Local produce

Territorial Seed Company - Lettuce seeds

Ballard Market - Bulk oatmeal and nuts

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Go green to save some green - part 1

Air date: July 10, 2008

Bike Friday - Folding bike - From Classic Cycle on Bainbridge Island

Zipcar - Car-sharing program

MetroPaint - Recycled latex paint - From Second Use Building Materials in Seattle

Cartridge World - Refilling cartridges for home printers

Kohler Forté - 1.75 gallons-per-minute low-flow showerhead

Phinney Neighborhood Association - Loaned or rented tool

Make your own soaps or lotions, for home or gifts

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Green camping and hiking gear

Air date: June 19, 2008

For this segment, many products are from REI (

Teko - Socks made from recycled and corn-based materials

Second Ascent (store that sells used camping gear) - Used camping stove, rain gear and boots

Osprey - Backpack made from recycled materials

Marmot - Sleeping bag made from recycled materials

Freeplay - Crank-powered lantern

Simbree Energy Bar (made in Seattle)

California Baby - Sunblock

Burt's Bees - Herbal Insect Repellent

Skin Deep cosmetic safety database (to check sunscreen and bug spray)

CamelBak - BPA-free plastic water bottle

Nalgene - BPA-free plastic water bottle

Sigg - Aluminum water bottle

Klean Kanteen - Stainless steel water bottle

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Eco-cool products for summer

Air date: May 29, 2008

For this segment, these products were loaned to us by Goods for the Planet in Seattle (

  • Adirondack chair made from recycled milk bottles
  • Solar/crank radio
  • Solar-powered yard lights and hanging lanterns
  • Tote bag for the beach, made from plastic bags
  • Outdoor rug made from pop bottles

Other products featured:

Splaff flip-flops - Made from old tires

Pottery Barn - Organic cotton beach towels (large bath towels)

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Green your pets

Air date: May 8, 2008

For this segment, several of these products were loaned to us by Bark Natural Pet Care store in Seattle (

Krebs Recycle - Dog leash made locally from old climbing rope

Planet Dog - Dog toys made from reclaimed plastic

West Paw Design - Durable dog toy

Purina's Yesterday's News - Pet litter made from recycled newspaper

Carefresh - Pet bedding for small animals, made from reclaimed cellulose pulp fiber

Big Shrimpy - Pet bed made locally with recycled materials
Note: Big Shrimpy is an alumni partner of King County's LinkUp program, which works to expand markets for selected recyclable and reusable materials by facilitating an interactive community of businesses, public agencies and other organizations.

Darwin's Natural Pet Food - Made locally with free-range meats and organic vegetables

Wet Noses - Organic, locally-baked dog treats

English Retreads - Dog collars made from recycled inner tubes

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Green products for Earth Day

Air date: April 17, 2008

Chico Bag - Reusable shopping bag

Fair Trade Sports - "Fair-trade" and low-toxic soccer ball

Autonomie Project - Eco-friendly sneakers

Simple Shoes - Other types of "green" shoes

Texture Clothing - Clothing and rugs made from organic cotton, hemp, and scraps

Grays Harbor Paper - Recycled paper

Mr. Ellie Pooh - Paper made from elephant dung and recycled paper

Recycline - Toothbrush made from recycled plastic

Choice Organic Teas - Organic, fair-trade tea (Seattle-based company)

Field Roast Sausages - Vegetarian sausages made in Seattle

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Updated: Sep. 19, 2017

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