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High-Grade Goods: Take Back-to-School Shopping Back to the Earth

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

These pens and mechanical pencils from Paper Mate look and feel like regular plastic but are made of biodegradable sugar-plant parts. Their packaging is plastic-free and 100 percent recyclable.

Microsoft's Dead Kin

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

Just a couple of months after it hit the market, Microsoft will kill its Kin phone. It was aimed at socially-minded teens, but teens ignored it. Some reports say that Microsoft sold as few as 500 units. That doesn't sound like a lot.