Buckwheat Pillow by Hullo

Memory foam, latex, micro-beads, synthetic down…all the toxic off-gasing materials we snuggle up to is a nightmare. The old-fashioned alternatives you might guess but, buckwheat hulls probably don’t every come to mind. Firm yet malleable, breathable, and all-natural the Hullo might just be the key to your dream pillow. The buckwheat hulls are grown, milled and air-cleaned in North Dakota. The Dunlap zippers are manufactured in Tennessee, the labels are woven and printed in New York and Colorado, and the outer fabric shell containing Hullo’s buckwheat fill is manufactured in Michigan giving this pillow the all- American stamp of approval.

Available from Hullo.

Cutting Boards by Epicurean

When you see a skate park a different kind of board other than a kitchen cutting board comes to mind. The wood under all those wheels might come closer to your kitchen counter than you might think. The line of cutting boards and kitchen utensils by Epicurean was created when excess material from the skating surfaces built by it’s founding company TrueRide were combined and compressed in a food safe resin to make durable kitchen tools. They offer a wide selection of cutting board sizes, styles, and colors that all feature FSC woods and in some recycled cardboard and paper. Every board is dishwasher safe but if wood isn’t your thing then they also have a selection of plastic boards made from recycled milk jugs. All are made in Duluth, Minnesota at the sister company Loll Designs manufacturing facility.

Available from Epicurean.

100%Materials and labor all American.

Plant Containers by Loll Designs

Greener than you might think.

Loll_Containers_2012If you are looking for a “green” planter solution to match your green thumb then Loll Designs offers one of the best products out there. Their container series features a number of different sizes and shapes to accommodate most any household plant or small garden. Each one is made from 100% recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which is the same plastic used in any milk jug. In fact, Loll has calculated how many recycled milk jugs would go into each one of their products and proudly displays it in their online shop. Containers are weather proof and will stand up to the test of time while being easy to maintain and clean.

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Loll_ContainersLoll_Containers_RecThe material is LEED certified and while their manufacturing facility and headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota is not it is pretty darn close. The area was a brownfield site that they cleaned up and reused existing structures to create a modern facility that uses natural light and ventilation and passive solar heating. Their manufacturing method is also eco-concious. They have 5-6 week lead times to make sure they are getting the most out of all the material they make plus a CNC shop bot to make precision cuts.

Available at Loll Designs.

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