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Earth-friendly kitchen tools

Brightly colored recycled plastics star in a new line of kitchen tools, which can be recycled themselves when the time comes. Preserve Kitchen includes a 3.5-quart colander and varying sizes of cutting boards and storage containers. We put the cutting board to the test over several months. Unlike other plastic boards, it hasn't warped in the dishwasher yet or been damaged by knife slices. Preserve Kitchen tool prices range from $5.99 to $24.99. Preserve Kitchen tools are sold exclusively at Whole Foods Markets until fall. But you can call the Concierge Desk at the Whole Foods flagship store in Austin, Texas at 512-542-2243 and they can order it for you. You can buy Preserve's 24-piece flatware set for $7.95 at Crate & Barrel at SouthPark. Details: www.recycline.com. Staff and wire reports

Reusable bag system

Reusable shopping bags are available in most grocery stores, often for $1. If you can remember to take them out of the car and make room for them in the shopping cart, they're an economical choice. But those tasks aren't as simple as they seem, which is where the thoughtfully designed Sackaroos come in. It's a cotton bag with pockets for lightweight, space-saving mesh bags that can hold up to 25 pounds of groceries. The bag, in varying patterns and colors, also can hold a wallet and keys in an outer compartment – meaning you're more likely to take it into the store instead of leaving it in the trunk. The starter set is $39.95 and comes with four mesh bags and the canvas sack. www.sackaroos.com. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hot and hearty breakfast

Amy's Organic Hot Cereal Bowls pack whole grains and terrific flavor in each serving. Choose from rolled oats, steel-cut oats, cream of rice or multigrain hot cereal; each takes about 2 minutes in the microwave and is lightly sweetened with organic agave nectar. A 9-ounce box is about $2.40. Look in the freezer case at your supermarket. Chicago Tribune

Artisanal honey

First wine tastings. Then chocolate. Now it's honey's turn for tasting parties. The Savannah Bee Co., which specializes in artisanal honey, offers a package of four varieties that lets you compare the rich sweetness of Tupelo Honey with the floral aromas of Orange Blossom, the more astringent Raspberry and the perfection of Black Sage. Try them on plain crackers or just dip them with a spoon; they're also excellent paired with nuts and soft cheeses. We found the set of four 3-ounce hexagonal jars at Crate & Barrel for $15.95. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Watch your veggie intake

A new Web site from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center offers tools to help you add more fruits and vegetables to your meals. At www.mcancer.org/recipes, you can click on your favorite fruits and veggies, add your dietary restrictions and see which recipes the site has to offer. Or you can record your produce preferences and have the site create a customized menu. The recipes are developed by healthy-eating crusader Graham Kerr, the original “Galloping Gourmet.” Kerr appears on brief videos demonstrating several of the recipes. Staff and wire reports

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