Looking for items made in the USA or Colorado and household goods that are friendly for the environment? Find out about reusable wraps for lunches, environmentally friendly laundry detergent and towels, stylish clothing, eco-friendly pesticide, and versatile bags made in the USA. Buying made in USA and Colorado products creates and protects American jobs, reduces our carbon footprint, saves resources, keeps the money in the USA and helps the environment.
All Natural Pesticide
If you’re having trouble with pests like cloth moths and bed bugs and don’t want to use products harmful to pets and people, try out Cedarcide. This product is made from the oil of the Texas red cedar trees, which most Texans consider as weeds. The sprays can be used as insect repellents and kill the eggs and larvae of a number of insect pests.
It does not contain any harmful materials and can be sprayed directly on clothing, furniture and there are repellents used right on your skin to keep mosquitoes away. This Examiner uses it to get rid of fungus gnats and sprays on clothing to keep cloth moths away. It is also safe enough to spray on plants and pets.
American Apparel makes all their clothing in Los Angeles, California. They sell clothing for adults and children, which include organic products. They have a varied line of clothing from underwear to dresses to jeans and socks. This includes a wide variety of T-shirts and accessories like sunglasses, shoes, bags, hair and skin care products, watches, etc. The majority of what they sell is made in the USA or is fair trade. They also practice the three Rs as a company.
Denver has an American Apparel store located at 1512 Larimer Street. So you can purchase at their store or online. Their clothing and accessories are stylish, practical and reasonably priced for those looking for fashionable and hip made in USA clothing.
Planning a trip or looking for a bag that fits your busy lifestyle? Check out Battle Lake Outdoors. All of their products are made in Minnesota. This Examiner likes her switch-a-roo fanny pack, which can be used as a shoulder bag or a fanny pack, which is ideal for trips abroad.
The bags come in a variety of colors and a variety of materials for everyday use and outdoor use for hiking, hunting, fishing, or for travel. They are also reasonably priced.
They make a bag for almost every outdoor sport from skiing to cycling. Bags for everyday use include brief cases, totes, coin purses and shoulder bags. They also carry passport pouches for travel abroad.
This is a 25-year-old family-owned business, which is also concerned about environmental impacts and produces the least amount of waste in making their products. They reuse their shipping containers and make things that will last for a long time. In addition, the materials are also made in the USA.
Reusable Lunch Accessories
Never knew you could have lunch accessories? Wrap-N-Mat, a Loveland, Colorado company, makes reusable accessories for your lunches. These not only save resources, but also save you money and help the environment. They sell the famous Wrap-N-Mat for sandwiches, but they also sell baggies for snacks bought in bulk.
These are great for kids’ lunches, but if you are trying to save some money in these tough times adults should consider bringing a lunch to work with reusable accessories! This is another way to eat healthier by bringing a lunch to work or school in colorful and reusable accessories.
Environmentally Friendly Bath Towels
Another environmentally friendly product made in Parker, Colorado is Advanced Eco-Tex. The company uses a microbe technology that does not wash out of their products unlike nano technologies to control fungus in socks, which contain metals harmful to the environment.
Because it contains anti-microbial materials, it means that the towels don’t need to be cleaned as often as typical towels, which saves on energy and water. Plus, it also allows the towels to last even longer.
Advanced Eco-Tex sells linens to businesses like hotels and to households for everyday use.
Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent
Many of us are unaware of the large amounts of chemicals that are placed in our cleaning products, which are toxic to humans, pets and wildlife. Many of these are harmful to breathe and some are very harsh on skin.
However, Costco had Boulder Laundry Detergent on their shelves this past week and it was moving fast! Costco and other small and large retailers are honing in on the buy local movement.
The product is environmentally friendly, not tested on animals and 100% natural (no chlorine bleach, phosphates, animal ingredients, etc.). They also produce other cleaners, dishwashing liquids, hand soaps, shampoos, and much more made right in Boulder, Colorado.
Buy local and buy USA made products! It’s the green alternative. Support American workers!
If you have a green product, event, business, home or story, contact Michele Melio, the Denver Green Initiative Examiner.