Items for the stewardly shopper

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Every year, about 450 million plastic toothbrushes make their way to landfills across the country. Most of them will never biodegrade, remaining in the ground for decades.

World Centric has unveiled a line of compostable toothbrushes and travel cases that are made from plant-based resin called Inego. The World Centric toothbrush is designed to full compost within 3-6 months when sent to a commercial composting facility.

The brushes sell for $4.55 and are available at natural grocery stores, some Whole Foods stores nationwide and at worldcentric.org.

Dog Gone Smart offers pet beds, leashes, harnesses and other dog products that repel dirt, grime and stains.

In addition to being made with technologically smart fabrics, these pet products even prevent the growth and spread of bacteria and viruses. And with up to four times the lifespan of similar products, they help reduce waste.

More information is available at Dog Gone Smart’s wind-powered website at doggonesmartpetproducts.com.

Fifty million disposable diapers end up in land fills each year, and until recently, cloth diapers have been the only alternative. Unfortunately, many parents find cloth diapers to be messy and inconvenient.

gDiapers has invented a hybrid of disposable and cloth that uses a reusable outer shell with a dis- posable, biodegradable insert that can be flushed, composted or thrown away. Washable refills are also available.

gDiapers are available at Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville and online at gdiapers.com.

Scratch ‘n Shapes, made by Imperial Cats, are honeycomb sculptures where cats can sleep and scratch. They are made with 100 percent post-consumer recyclable materials and are completely biodegradable. Scratch ‘n Shapes are available at Walmart in more than 80 fun shapes and come with a bag of organic catnip.

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