Earth Day has come and gone, but it's always good to be eco-conscious. Here are a few things from a recent green-product expo. Scripps Howard News Service
Green your dry clean(ing): Week in and week out, we schlep our clothes to the dry cleaners and each time we get them back our clothes are wrapped in layers upon layers of plastic. Luckily, someone created the Green Garmento, a clever, three-in-one solution to all that plastic waste. It's a reusable bag that works as a hanging hamper at home, turns into a duffel bag to transport clothes and then, with its long side zipper, is a single garment bag your cleaner can pack all of your neatly pressed hanging clothes in. It holds 10 to 12 pounds of clothes and is machine washable. Available for $9.99 at thegreen garmento.com.
Tame your tossing habit: If your first instinct when you see a spill or need to do a little kitchen cleanup is to grab a fistful of paper towels, swipe and toss, well, maybe it's time to think beyond the roll. Try the functional and adorable Skoy cloth — an absorbent, biodegradable and multi-use cloth that can be laundered or microwaved (when moistened, please) to keep it fresh. It's 6.75 by 7.75 inches and can absorb 15 times its own weight. Plus, it's good on the wallet: Simplefamilyliving.com sells them for $2 each — and shipping is free.
Go toward the Lite: Having a flashlight handy for emergencies is something we all should do. The Hybrid Solar Lite flashlight fits the bill. It's waterproof to 80 feet underwater, offers 10 hours of light from a full charge and doesn't require traditional batteries (good money saver!). It's available in a range of prices, from $24.95 at hybridlite.com to less than $20 at various Amazon.com sellers.