Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday Short Subjects: Green Products Online

In September of last year, Quidsi (owned by Amazon since 2010), added to its family of specialty shopping sites, offering products ranging from diapers to pet supplies. Vine is its shopping site for “green products.”

Like Amazon, and the other Quidsi sites, offers free 2-day shipping for purchases of a certain dollar amount — in this case $49+.

Vine’s tagline is “Better for you. Better for the planet.” All products selected for their site must support Vine’s “Green Philosophy,” falling into at least one of the following categories: 
  • Made from Sustainable Materials
  • Energy Efficient
  • Natural
  • Organic
  • Designed to Remove Toxins
  • Powered by Renewable Energy
  • Reusable
  • Water Efficient

The Grocery Products, Nutritional Supplements, Personal Care, Beauty, Cleaning & Baby Care Products do not contain any substances on Vine’s Banned Ingredients List

Each product's green attributes and certifications are clearly listed on the site. This makes it easy to compare products for their "greenness" as well as cost and other qualities. 

If you need a green product you can’t find locally or make yourself, is a good place to start. There is a code for getting 30% off one item in your first order. You can even add a product from one of the other sites in the Quidsi family to your Vine cart to save on shipping.

Thanks to my college friend Pennlee for telling me about this site when it launched. 

Have fun, but remember: Buy only what you need!

Have a great weekend.

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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