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April 23, 2013
Mother Nature and green design enthusiasts, rejoice! April is Earth Month! From stylish, reusable food wrappings to non-toxic nail polishes, peep through to see our top green design picks. And stay tuned for part two tomorrow!

Sierra Summer Pine Bar Soap, $12—One of the great treasures of California's Sierra Nevada mountains is the Yuba River, a meandering flow that wends its way from the crest of the Sierras westward down toward Sacramento. A swim in the Yuba is a summer necessity, but for the rest of the year, or if you live far away, a good lather with Juniper Ridge's Sierra Summer soap from their Yuba River collection is a reasonable second best. Made with ingredients collected from the region, this is pure Sierra pine that will also keep you clean.

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Abeego Food Storage, $11-$25—If the worst part of lunch isn't trudging back to the office, but tossing all that packaging into the trashcan, consider porting your pastrami on rye in Abeego's reusable food wrapping. Handmade in Canada from beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil-treated cotton and hemp, and available in several sizes, Abeego storage ensures that your salad isn't the only organic element of your meal.

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Color Wheel Pillow by Coyuchi, $72—Made from Indian cotton and French and Belgian linen, the aptly named Color Wheel pillow by Coyuchi is an organic accent that will give your sofa or bed a modern touch. Filled with 100% organic kapok fibers, and with a cover that's easily cleaned in the washing machine, this is as green a place as any to lay your head.

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Moss terrarium by Potting Shed Creations Ltd., $38—The perfect DIY gift, this terrarium comes in a repurposed wine bottle and features dormant broom and sheet moss. Just mist your moss-scape every two to four days and add a little chlorophyl to your desk or tabletop. Green thumb not necessary.

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Green & Black Organic Chocolates, $4 for a 3.5 oz bar—Fair trade, organic, and delicious, Green & Black is an almost guilt-free treat and perfect present. Our favorite is the bittersweet dark chocolate version with currants and hazelnuts.

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RGB Nail Polish, $16—Nail polishes are among the most toxic things we can put on our bodies, yet it can be one of the hardest beauty products to give up. RGB nail polishes are cruelty-free, contain no carcinogens and have no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, or camphor. And, unlike some other subpar natural brands, the polish goes on smooth, lasts for days, and comes in seriously cool colors. (Bonus: They are made in the U.S. too!)

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sierra summer pine bar soap

Sierra Summer Pine Bar Soap, $12—One of the great treasures of California's Sierra Nevada mountains is the Yuba River, a meandering flow that wends its way from the crest of the Sierras westward down toward Sacramento. A swim in the Yuba is a summer necessity, but for the rest of the year, or if you live far away, a good lather with Juniper Ridge's Sierra Summer soap from their Yuba River collection is a reasonable second best. Made with ingredients collected from the region, this is pure Sierra pine that will also keep you clean.

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