Green, of course, is now a code word for products made by environmentally conscious companies. Eco-design has become so fashionable that 250 new products were featured in a special show last winter at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
The following items, all for use in or about the home garden, were made by environmentally responsible processes:
This copy of a rare Santa Fe pot comes from Corinne Rita's Aluminum Pottery Co. and is made of recycled burnished aluminum in her father's foundry. Each piece is poured into an original sand mold, hand-finished, tumbled with sea salt and pebbles to texture it, and powder-coated with weather-resistant paints that require no solvents and are lead- and cadmium-free. Santa Fe pot, about $47, from the Aluminum Pottery Co., (610) 296-8882.
Poly-Wood's old-fashioned porch rocker is completely constructed from recycled plastic milk jugs; about 500 of them! It's just the thing for a long loaf after a hard day's planting. The company, which also makes Adirondack chairs and porch swings, has won a number of awards for its design and its commitment to recycled materials. Tradewinds rocker, available in green or white, $312, from Poly-Wood, (219) 457-3284.
Gary Grossman's Real Recycled company has a no-splinter, no-rust version of the classic wooden wagon we all knew as children. Radio Flyer's Earth Wagon is made from post-consumer plastic milk bottles. Use it to haul flats of seedlings or flocks of kids. Earth Wagon, from Real Recycled, $119, (800) 233-5335.
Heller, the company that put melamine into New York's Museum of Modern Art, is making these sturdy 2-gallon watering cans in dinosaur green and white from partially recycled resin. Watersaurus, $7, from Heller, (212) 685-4200.
Zoo Doo might be called the ultimate product to turn your flower bed into a jungle of lush growth. It's a rich, natural plant fertilizer made from manure collected and sanitized by zoos from around the country. How often can you say you've got essence de rhino helping your runner beans along? A portion of Zoo Doo's profits goes to the zoos that provide the raw materials. Zoo Doo, $14.95, from Plow and Hearth, (800) 627-1712.
Think your garden is something to write home about? Collage, a company that specializes in beautiful handmade, recycled papers, offers this charming chili-seeded note paper. Sending Mom a missive about your hot tamales? Do it on a Plant Paper note. She can plant it when she finishes reading it, and in 10 days she'll have chili pepper plants. Plant Paper, $20, from Collage, (800) 926-5524.
Sure, they look like cute little garden sculptures, but Poo Pets are hard-working critters. Sculpted by Amish craftsmen of 100 percent sanitized, deodorized cow manure, they will fertilize your plants for up to two years. Just plop them down in the garden and watch them slowly decompose. Poo Pets, about $13, from Plow and Hearth, (800) 627-1712.