Inhabitat recently hit the scene of the International Housewares Show in Chicago to bring you the best new eco products from a remarkable array of over 2000 vendors. We sorted through a sea of shiny new appliances, kitchen gadgets, cleansers, dishware, and organization tools to bring you 14 well thought-out green products that set the standard for sustainable houseware design - read on for our favorites!
This potato brush by Full Circle infuses an everyday object with a lot of personality! It is specially designed to fit in the palm and has a unique corer tool to quickly and easily remove potato “eyes” with a simple twist. It is made from a colorful combination of bamboo and recycled plastic.
We told you about Replenish cleaning products a few months ago, but the great news is that they will be available for purchase on April 1st at your nearest Whole Foods. The concentrated, plant-based cleanser come in a small container that plugs into a reusable spray bottle. Simply fill the bottle with water from the tap and a little squeeze adds a concentrated cleaning solution to the main chamber. The carbon-cutting, convenient design significantly reduces the product’s shipping weight.
Passionate mom Vianka Perez Belyea and business-savvy Tavinder Phull have created a line of attractive and eco-friendly safety products that protect toddlers from bumps, scratches, and other danger around the home. Released under the brand Rhoost, these products are all BPA, lead, and phthalate-free and are 100% recyclable.
Thermos teamed up with the hip, young team at Threadless to create a line of reusable stainless steel bottles with graphic appeal. The new line features the functional excellence Thermos is known for with a flip-top cap. The graphics, created by artists from around the globe, are applied with non-toxic inks to the food-grade stainless bottle. Best known for their crowdsourced, limited-run graphic t-shirts, Threadless is using a similar open-submission approach for the next line of bottles to hit the presses.
The Come Clean set inspires users to make their own cleaners from inexpensive, natural products they can find at their local grocery store. For example, most countertops and glass can be cleaned using just water, white vinegar, and a juiced lemon added as a disinfectant. The set comes with a guide that provides recipes for cleansers for all areas of your home. In the demo we saw at the Housewares show, using the set looked as easy as mixing up a cocktail!
The washboard meets the salad spinner in this low-tech yet stylish clothes washer. The Laundry Pod is designed to manually wash small loads of clothing at home. Since it doesn’t use electricity it’s perfect for a wide range of situations — from camping or use during power outages to military expeditions and natural disasters.
Alex is one of those really smart products that makes you smack your forehead saying “why didn’t I think of that?” This reusable bottle has a patent-pending seal in the middle that allows the two halves to separate for easy cleaning. Because the bottles are available in a range of sizes, the tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched to create the perfect size to suit your needs on any given day. When you need to save space, the two halves nest into each other, so your can easily toss it into your carry-on luggage.
ID Cook unveiled a solar oven that gets things cookin’ without the use of electricity. It was designed by Guille Gallo, who spent time in Africa and wanted to create a solution for cooking using renewable energy that would cut down on deforestation. It looks large, but it is foldable, compact, and portable. The reflective, 100% recyclable polyester cooking element concentrates sunlight to pump up the heat.
What is a housewares expo without a great showing of tableware? These bowls and serveware by French company Bibol are made from bamboo and are lacquered with layers of VOC- and solvent-free paint.
The Yube Cube is a modular storage system built with reconstituted sugar cane waste fiber panels. The frames allow for endless stacking configurations, and are made of Woodlite, a plastic mixed with fiber made from bamboo and timber waste material.
Growing Up Green has got your kiddies covered when you are potty training at home or away. Their bamboo training seat is a great choice for transitioning to the adult bowl, but on-the-go you can also use their new flat-pack cardboard trainer which features a disposable liner.
If you have been following Inhabitat writer Brit Liggett‘s posts, you know all about appliance manufacture Electrolux‘s mission to call attention to the immense plastic gyres forming in the world’s oceans. The company displayed their new energy-saving, multi-functional, ultra compact, vacuum made from recycled materials in addition to showcasing several of their conceptual units decorated with plastic taken from the gyres.
In a live demo, the team from Zero Water showed how their ion exchange filter takes out many harmful particles, like Chromium 6, that their competitors can’t compete with. Their filters ship with a TDS meter that shows you the filter is working to clean the water so that it has less than 1 part per million of any dissolved solids. They are also the first filter company to offer a take-back program, and they even credit their customers for shipping the used filters. The ion technology allows the materials to be recharged and repurposed.
Creative Organization produces the only sustainably harvested, FSC certified cedar products on the market. Grown in the mid-Atlantic US, the wood is tracked via chain of custody certification and it smells terrific in your closet!