4 Eco-Friendly Umbrellas

4 Eco-Friendly Umbrellas

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Cambria Bold
Apr 12, 2011

April showers bring... what exactly? I'm having a hard time thinking clearly through all this rain. I suppose the most earth-friendly umbrella would be no umbrella (embrace the rain!), but if that's not your idea of a pleasant morning, then try one of these options instead:

1 Brelli 100% Biodegradable Umbrella ($55): the only 100% biodegradable umbrella. Made using renewable bamboo, organic cotton, and a "patented biodegradable biofilm." Designed to be strong enough to withstand moderate wind gusts, yet be lightweight and easy to carry.

2 Totes Adult Leaf Green Eco Auto Open Auto Close Umbrella ($21): Made of 100% recycled PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) bottles, while the frame is made with 70% recycled aluminum with a bamboo handle.

3 The Protector Eco-Friendly Umbrella ($38): The recycled plastic fabric is produced by crushing and heating the plastic to make the fabric fibers, and the eco-friendly handle is composed of 65% shredded wood.

4 ShedRain Ecoverse Automatic Open And Close Compact Umbrella ($32): Made of 100% recycled fabric canopy from PET soda bottles with a bamboo handle. This auto open and close compact umbrella has a 43-inch arc in a nice black color.

Disclaimer: if you've ever walked down a New York City sidewalk after a particularly gusty rainstorm, you'll notice the excessive amounts of broken umbrellas strewn across the sidewalk. So, while the umbrellas above are certainly noteworthy for their recycled content, what I'm really interested in is an umbrella that doesn't come apart. Because if it's broken and I can't repair it, that recycled content umbrella is then... a recycled content umbrella in the trash. I have yet to find an umbrella that can withstand a New York City rainstorm. If anyone has suggestions, do share!

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