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Every forkful can help Renew environment

Even small actions can make big differences when it comes to our environment … including the type of plastic utensils you use for your picnics, parties and outdoor barbecues.

One way is to incorporate Diamond Renew cutlery, made from 100 percent recycled material and designed with 10 percent less plastic overall due to its cutout design on the handle.

And, no worries. Just because there is less plastic doesn’t mean they are less sturdy.

The packaging is even made from 100 percent recycled paperboard to make the entire package environmentally friendly.

Renew is available in grocery stores nationwide. Sold in 24 packs containing eight forks, spoons and knives, the suggested retail price is $1.60.

For more information, call 800-392-2575 or visit www.diamondbrands.com.

Table topper takes mess out of gardening

Potting plants indoors can cause a big mess.

Helping to take the untidiness out of the task is the Table Top Gardener from Argee Corp. The sturdy, portable, perfectly sized tray keeps soil, fertilizer and water contained within its sides, eliminating spills and messy work areas.

The designed cut-away front creates a comfortable working angle, allowing for easy access and ample elbowroom. It can be used anywhere from a countertop to a table to a workbench — inside or out.

“We like to say that the Table Top Gardener allows you to garden from your living room,” said Ruth Goldman, vice president of Argee Corp. “It is perfect for those who live in condos or apartments and like to have flowers and plants on their balconies.”

Easy-grip handles allow for simple portability while a convenient shelf helps keep items like garden tools, pots and gloves within easy reach. Because of its versatility, it can also be used for other hobby and crafting projects.

The Table Top Gardener retails for $14. For more information, call 800-449-3030 or visit www.argeecorp.com.

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