Consider making some green upgrades in your home

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After you spring-clean, consider making some green upgrades.  Some eco-friendly products for your home.


Founded in 2001 by Princeton freshman Tom Szaky, Trenton-based TerraCycle collects pesky hard-to-recycle waste, figures out a way to make it happen, and turns trash to treasure — or at least useful household items, including this flower pot made from crushed computers and fax machines.
$10, www.dwellsmart.com


Get the whole family in on Earth Day: West Paw Design’s doggie “bumper beds” and “eco bones” are filled with stuffing made from recycled plastic soda bottles and covered in organic cotton.
$72 (bed) and $10 (bones), www.westpawdesign.com


You can find artgoodies’ block-printed organic cotton tea towels at Northern Liberty’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique. $18, www.artstarphilly.com


Available at the Terrain at Styer’s nursery in Glen Mills, these vintage planters had former lives harvesting peaches and grapes in Pennsylvania. $28, www.shopterrain.com


Alkaline and plastic do not return to dust peacefully. Merkury’s “eco speakers” are made from postconsumer recycled cardboard, don’t require batteries and fold flat for less wasteful shipping.
$15, www.merkuryinnovations.com


Philly-based husband-and-wife design team Peg and Awl use the scraps of old houses to create new furnishings. This cheese board, made of reclaimed walnut, is available at their Etsy shop.
$70, pegandawl.etsy.com

Reuse and recycle
Don’t let more plastic end up in a landfill. Sponsored by Kohl’s, Second Chance Toys is accepting donations for Head Start, which benefits low-income families.  You can bring your clean, plastic, functional toys to the Comcast Center on Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.



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