Kitty Planes? Sprout Pencils? Earth Day’s Strangest Gifts
Earth Day is officially April 22, but protecting the planet is something we should do every day of the year.
A lot of crafty entrepreneurs have taken the concept of renew, reuse and recycle to weird lengths.
How so? How about a kilt made from recycled soda bottles? Or pasta made from crickets? How about a bottle opener made from bullets or bike chains?
Check out these products. If someone says, “Saving Planet Earth isn’t weird,” just tell them, “No, but this way is more fun.”
It’s like Captain Planet said back in the 1990s: “The power is yours!”
Snoopy the beagle isn’t the only pet who is a flying ace. Your cat can be one, too, thanks to this lovingly-recreated cardboard model of a P-47 plane.
Not only does the propeller spin, but there are other cool details, including a “taped photo” in the cockpit that shows kitties in bikinis stretched out on lawn chairs next to a plastic pink flamingo. Oh, and it’s made from 100 percent recycled paper stock. (UncommonGoods.com, $35)
These kilts made from recycled plastic bottles
will definitely make a jogger “kilt” for speed. And if you decide to go commando underneath, you will definitely be forced to run faster than normal (if only to avoid arrest). (JWalkingDesigns, $62)
No, dropping f-bombs at the office isn’t always a good thing, but having this paperweight of recycled steel
nearby will remind your irritating co-workers why they should stay on your good side. (UncommonGoods.com, $45).
Eating bugs still turns some people off, even though they are more environmentally sustainable than beef. This pasta made from cricket powder
and wheat flour is lower in carbs than regular pasta, while high in protein, non-dairy calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and Omega fatty acids. Plus, it’s worth it just to see the expressions on people’s faces when you tell them they just chowed down on bugs. (Bugsolutely.com, $6.40)
Nothing beats a nice cup of coffee while lamenting the effects of climate change on the world. When filled with hot liquid, this coffee mug illustrates global warming
by showing which areas of the world are liable to become deserts in the coming years. Mmmm, that’s good coffee. (AlwaysFits.com, $14.99)
This stool made from worn out jeans
is the true epitome of reuse, renew, recycle. The jeans are coated with resin and formed into a sturdy piece of furniture that can hold 450 pounds. It costs $640, so you can expect the creator is making a lot of green. (UncommonGoods, $640)
Usually, old bike chains are just allowed to rust away, but a group of artisans in Moradabad, India, have turned them into something every socially conscious beer drinker needs: A bike chain bottle opener.
No, the chain isn’t long enough to allow it to double as a weapon. Can’t have everything. (tenthousandvillages.com, $10)
Writing is a dirty job. So is gardening. The Sprout Pencil
combines both activities. A capsule of seeds comes in place of an eraser. When the pencil becomes too short to write with, it’s planted and the seeds in the capsule eventually become flowers or herbs. Sorry, Colorado: The herbs are strictly things like basil or coriander. (SproutWorld.com, $7.45)
Back in the early 1990s, Captain Planet
taught young kids about the dangers of pollution. With this authentic costume, you can teach the next generation the dangers of bad fashion. The power is yours. (HalloweenCostumes.com, $59.99)
“Shoot! This bullet casing has already been fired so I can’t load it.” “Shoot! I can’t find a bottle opener.” And so begins a truly bizarre salvaging attempt where old bullet casings are turned into bottle openers.
As openers go, these are truly high caliber. (Bullets2Bandages.org, $18.99)
It’s important not to waste water, but when you’re in the shower and that hot water is pouring down, you can lose track of time. The Stop-In-Time Shower Timer
uses the same technology that brought the world the hourglass and adapts to the heated environment of the shower. The low-tech product saves energy, but you might forget to look at it to see if you’re done. It happens. (SimplyConserve.com, $3.33)
Usually when a billboard is done being used, it gets thrown away, even though the material is made to withstand all sorts of weather. These billboard bags,
which are made from the recycled signage, are a perfect way to advertise your willingness to help the environment. TheMakeHappy.com, $30)
Feminine hygiene and saving the environment don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Kali Tampons
are biodegradeable and 100 percent organic. The perfect product for a woman who wants to save the planet a few days every month, not just once a year on Earth Day. (KaliBoxes.com, $6 for sample pack)
Looking for an Earth-friendly way to get the dirt off your shoes? These doormats
are made from ropes previously used to tether lobster cages off the coast of Maine. There’s no “claws” for alarm: The lobsters have been removed. TheNewEnglandTradingCompany.com, $39.95)
Anyone who has stepped in dog poop knows it’s one of the scourges of this planet. Trying to walk your dog and clean up after it can require a whole bunch of juggling. The Leashpod
makes that easier by putting a baggie dispenser and a poop holder onto the leash. It should do the trick until someone invents something better: A dog that doesn’t poop. (LeashpodUSA, $34.95)
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/04/18/weird-earth-day-products-you-cant-refuse_n_9757498.html