With a sassy flare, idealbite.com dishes up tips for green living and shopping. A daily dose of humor and wit with simple, sound advice makes this newsletter a refreshing read each day.

I came across their site after reading numerous articles raving about two women who met by chance in a Manhatten bistro and became partners in green. A year later, they came up with the idea for Ideal Bite, an eco-living website that emails tips to more than 100,000 readers a day. Their aim is to provide digestible suggestions on making gradual green makeovers.


I joined their daily tips. Along with subscribing, you are given a $10 mini shopping spree at saffronrouge.com I already enjoyed my spree and received two tubes of organic lip gloss, and a couple free samples from their organic beauty line.

The newsletters always include links to other sites offering green products. You can find links to purchase bamboo cutting boards, eco-clothes, recycled paper products, organic wines and cheeses, compost pails, reusable water bottles, and so on.

Here’s some of their sample tips:

Why don’t you slip into something a bit more comfortable?

The Bite
Meaning eco-lux lingerie. Toss aside those worn-out granny panties, and slip on a sexy little number made from materials like hemp and organic cotton.

The Benefits

  • Pampering your naughty bits. Seat your bod squarely in the lap of luxury.
  • Even Mama would approve. Mama Earth, that is; more pesticides are applied to conventional cotton than any other crop, so go for eco-alternatives like organic cotton or hemp.
  • Turning on your luvah. What Biter bed-mate could resist you in va-va-voom undergarments?

Personally Speaking
After Heather informed her perfectly French friend Aurore about a certain failed date, Heather was shamed into buying new knickers after Aurore told her “No self-respecting woman owns bad undies.”

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Are you the hostess with the mimosa-est?

The Bite
You are if you’re serving organic champers with OJ to your fellow early morning revelers. Cheers to a bubbly buzz by 11 a.m.!

The Benefits

  • Mouthwatering mimosas. A flute of any of our Wanna Trys is a delicious way to start your day, OJ or no OJ.
  • Greener grapes. Organic farms employ methods such as using cover crops (plants that act as natural pest shields and increase soil nutrients) instead of pesticides.
  • Fewer headaches. Zero added sulfites (used as a preservative in regular wine) means gentler hangovers.
  • Biodynamic’s even better. Biodynamic farmers trump organic by taking a holistic approach to farming – emphasizing the relationship between animals, plants, and soil.

Personally Speaking
Toshio once washed down a dim sum breakfast (during which he was dared to eat two servings of fish balls) with a couple of mimosas. Bad. Bad. Idea.

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Are you on a high-speed chase for lower energy bills?

The Bite
Pullover. Either put one on or take one off, that is. Instead of reaching for the heat or A/C switch, regulate your temp by wearing layers, and get the energy-bill pigs (not to mention CO2 emissions) off your tail.

The Benefits

  • Bill savings at home. Wearing appropriate clothes avoids indecent exposure to the elements and can save you $250 per year.
  • Less CO2. Adopting this tip helps avoid 1,000 lb of CO2 per Biter, per year.
  • Less nagging. Wearing layers when you go to your BFF’s or the office means you won’t have to ask if you can turn the A/C up or down depending on the outfit you’re wearing.
  • Snuggling up. If you’re lookin’ for a cuddle, pretend like you can’t find any layers and cozy up to someone sexy.

Personally Speaking
The SF Biter team are experts in the fine art of layering but spent most of the unusually warm summer toting their jackets under their arms.

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Are you mad about tea?

The Bite
We mean in that just-can’t-get-enough-of-it way, natch. If your answer is “Even more than the Dormouse!”, then choose eco-tea for your next tea party. Going for conventional, potentially pesticide-ridden options would be madness.

The Benefits

  • ‘Cide-free tea time. Although it’s outlawed in the United States, tea from other countries can still contain toxic baddies like the pesticide DDT, and while you can wash away pesticides on your non-organic veggies, you can’t wash ’em off your tea.
  • No strings attached. Prevent waste by opting for biodegradable teabags without staples or strings, or, even better, loose-leaf teas. Little things add up…
  • Fairer field wages. Look for the fair-trade seal, which guarantees that tea-estate workers are paid fairly.
  • Better health. Tea, especially green tea, is rich in antioxidants. Take a hint from big tea-drinking countries like Japan, home to fewer cases of heart disease and cancers than America.

Personally Speaking
Toshio goes mad if he drinks too much caffeine, so a cuppa green tea in the afternoon reenergizes him without the jitters that come with coffee or energy drinks.

Wanna Try?

  • Choice English Breakfast Tea – well-balanced classic that’s fair-trade and organic; oxygen-bleached, stringless bags in bulk ($33).
  • Republic of Tea Ceylon Breakfast Tea – organic, fair-trade, whole-leaf black orange pekoe tea with a smooth finish, in a refillable tin ($11).
  • Srina Young Hyson Tea – full-bodied green loose-leaf packaged in recycled materials and grown without pesticides by well-paid workers in Sri Lanka ($10).
  • Honest Tea First Nation Peppermint Tea – organic, mellow mint tea. Proceeds help to fund Native American programs, and it’s packaged in completely biodegradable teabags without staples or strings ($5).