My favorite green product of the week:
Organic Tree Free Banana Paper Journal
What is it?
Using agro-industrial waste (tree scraps, left over fruits like bananas, lemons, and mangoes) and post-consumer paper fiber, the ingenious folks at Costa Rica Natural Paper create beautiful journals and other paper goods.
Why is it better?
Anytime you’re taking products that would otherwise be completely discarded and making use of them, I’m all for it. The process harkens back to ancient cultures when absolutely no part of a slaughtered animal could be wasted. Similarly, the agro-industrial waste of the massive fruit industry in Costa Rica is being put to good use here. Also, Costa Rica Natural/EcoPaper.com promotes social responsibility on top of conservation – they’re currently donating 3% of their proceeds to an orphanage in Costa Rica called Hospicia de Hueranos. Doing good while doing well.
Where can you find it?
I get mine through the website – EcoPaper.com and have seen them on other websites, but not yet in stores to my knowledge. Keep an eye out!
Besides her green products column on Cleantech Blog, Cristina is a passionate advocate for green living at the Green Home Huddle at Huddler.com, which focuses on electric cars, energy efficient appliances, and other green products.