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Eco-friendly products for the home

If you care about climate change, recycling and ways to reduce and reuse what we already have, here is a fresh crop of environmentally friendly products designed to help you help the planet.

Plumen 003 combination spotlight-ambient LED bulb

Designed by a jeweler and now available in
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Designed by a jeweler and now available in the United States, the Plumen 003 features two lights in one: a spotlight underneath, and ambient lighting above. The LED bulb, which comes with its own pendant fitting, offers a faceted surface that makes it both an object of beauty and energy efficiency. $200 at plumen.com

Solar Screen Cut-to-Width Cordless Roller Shades

Keep your home cooler in the summer and
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Keep your home cooler in the summer and save on energy bills with JCPenney Home Solar Screen Cut-to-Width Cordless Roller Shades. The 64-inch-long shades are available in three colors, and block color-fading UV light, too. From $60 at jcpenney.com

COCO-MAT natural pillow

Each COCO-MAT natural pillow is made with natural
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Each COCO-MAT natural pillow is made with natural rubber, cotton, wool and/or goose down. Pillows can also be filled with soothing seaweed, eucalyptus or lavender, and everything is made in the company's vertically integrated factories from certifiably sustainable materials. From $73 at cocomat.com and COCO-MAT stores.

Dual compartment can

Easily sort trash and recycling with this compact
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Easily sort trash and recycling with this compact dual compartment can. The slim, open ADA-compliant design features two removable 10-liter buckets and comes in an elegant dark bronze metal finish. $70 at simplehuman.com

Odor-Free Countertop Compost Collector

Collect scraps and turn them into compost with
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Collect scraps and turn them into compost with this bright green Odor-Free Countertop Compost Collector. Made of plastic and recycled plastic, this tiny 0.85-gallon composter features patented technology to reduce odors and keep flies away. $19.99 at fullcirclehome.com

Storhögen battery charger

Buying rechargeable batteries can save money and keep
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Buying rechargeable batteries can save money and keep trash out of landfills. This 9-inch-high Storhögen charger fits perfectly on a bookshelf, and automatically switches off when the batteries are charged, so it can store extra batteries, too, and won't overheat. $34.99 at Ikea stores.

TubShroom drain filter

Keep your drain clean and avoid the need to
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Keep your drain clean and avoid the need to use dangerous, environmentally destructive chemicals to clear your pipes. Save the Earth and your wallet by using Farmingdale-based TubShroom to catch stray hairs. The colorful, easily installed silicone device, designed by Long Island natives Serge and Elena Karnegie, is also available for sinks. $12.99 at tubshroom.com

Portable Laundry Set

Save water on the go with this Portable
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Save water on the go with this Portable Laundry Set. The aluminum set includes a washboard and a mini hanger contraption with clothespins, and it all fits neatly into a 9-inch-wide pouch. $15 at muji.us/store

Red Rhino Eraser

Help save endangered animals while erasing mistakes with
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Help save endangered animals while erasing mistakes with this oversized PVC-free red Rhino eraser. Two percent of sales are donated to the Center for Biological Diversity, and the eraser is also available in tiger, polar bear and gorilla shapes. $11 at kikkerland.com

Grocery bag dispenser

Even though we know you''ve already moved to
Photo Credit: simplehuman.com/Mercier Wimberg

Even though we know you''ve already moved to a green reusable grocery bag, you still seem to have a mountain of plastic grocery bags lying around. Keep them corralled and ready to reuse with this wall-mount grocery bag dispenser in stainless steel from Simple Human. It holds about 30 bags and comes with double-sided tape and screws for easy installation. $15 simplehuman.com

Royal Velvet towels

These Royal Velvet towels are the first products
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These Royal Velvet towels are the first products to receive the Green Good Housekeeping Seal environmental standard for textiles, and they're made to stand the test of time. Made from two-ply Egyptian cotton with hollow yarns that get fluffier after every wash, the imported towels are available in 16 colors and four sizes, plus a matching bath mat. $18 to $88 (for a six-piece set) at jcpenney.com and JC Penney stores.

Sprout pencil

This little pencil takes reusability to the next
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This little pencil takes reusability to the next level. After you're done writing with this cedar, clay and graphite pencil, stick it in a bit of potting soil and grow something. Available in 12 herbs and flowers, the pencil's water-soluble seed container is designed to germinate quickly, and can be grown indoors or out. $17.95 to $35.90 at sproutworld.com

Stackable Sortera bins

If your recycling bin is a pile of
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If your recycling bin is a pile of boxes by the door, perhaps it''s time to get serious with one or more of these stackable Sortera bins. The hinged lid makes the bin easy to access even when stacked, and the bins come in 10-gallon and 16-gallon sizes. Not suitable for outdoor use. $12.99 at ikea.com and Ikea stores.

Organic, eco-friendly cotton sheets

You'll sleep better knowing you're resting between sheets
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You'll sleep better knowing you're resting between sheets made from 100-percent certified organic, fair trade, eco-friendly cotton. These sheet sets from Boll and Branch are made in fair trade factories in India, and are free from toxic dyes and woven with a rich, 300 single-ply sateen weave. They are available in five sizes and three colors. $250 to $270 at bollandbranch.com

Compost Bin

Compost your food scraps without sacrificing style or
Photo Credit: chefn.com/David Bell

Compost your food scraps without sacrificing style or succumbing to smells with this adorable Ecocrock Compost Bin from Chef'n. The 3.5-quart design features a cute sprouted lid and dual bucket design that allows for easy compost removal. A charcoal filter helps keep odors at bay. Two filters are included, and extra filters are available online. $39.99 at chefn.com

Concrete Desk Lamp With Planter

Bring a bit of greenery to your desk
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Bring a bit of greenery to your desk with this Concrete Desk Lamp With Planter. The tiny planter has just enough room for your favorite succulent, and the warm LED light is eco-friendly and just plain cozy. It features a braided UBS cable, but is also compatible with standard outlets. $30 at kikkerland.com

Terracotta Color Rain Barrel

Make friends with the rain by storing it
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Make friends with the rain by storing it for later use in this Earth Minded 45-gallon Terracotta Color Rain Barrel. The 35.35-inch polyethylene barrel comes with a removable lid, a spigot and a hole saw for easy installation, and the barrel and lid come with a10-year UV protection package. $109.99 at acehardware.com and at Ace Hardware stores.

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