Spare the planet - and declutter it

Posted: May 25, 2007

If you had to pick two words to describe what drives a lot of new products to the marketplace these days, green and clutter would be pretty apt choices.

From the green category comes Recycline's Preserve toothbrush, made from recycled plastic yogurt containers. For a while now, Recycline and the makers of Stonyfield Farm yogurt have been working together to turn plastic containers into things like recyclable tableware and razors. They've reached the 2 million-yogurt-cup milestone and are now partnering on the special-edition toothbrush.

"Many people don't realize that since plastics are made with valuable resources like natural gas and oil, using recycled materials is one very important step in reducing our reliance on foreign oil and gas," Eric Hudson, Recycline's president and founder, says in a news release.

Toothbrushes range from $2.79 to $3.49 and are available at www.recycline.com and Target, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's stores.

From the clutter category (or rather, the clutter-busting category) comes the multi-charger station from Space Savers (www.spacesavers.com). The faux-leather desktop docking station is equipped with slots for four devices (iPod, BlackBerry, cell phone, and the like), plugged into their chargers as usual, with the wires hidden below ($29.99, power strip not included).

Among the other options available are a wooden charging valet from Brookstone, which has a six-outlet power strip ($75, www.brookstone.com), and a more utilitarian version, the Mr. Handsfree Family charger from Smarthome, which comes with a power strip for three devices ($19.99, www.smarthome.com).

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