clever items: energy efficient air conditioner

An Air Conditioner That's Pretty Enough to Show Off, and More Clever Items to Upgrade Your Life This Week

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This week, we're all about items to increase sustainability in your household, from an air conditioner that uses less energy to toilet paper that is completely tree-free. We've also thrown in a sarong for beach vacations and a streaming service for superior playlists.

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The Windmill AC

$395; windmillair.com

An air conditioner that's not an eyesore? We're in. This in-window unit is incredibly easy to install and uses an earth-friendly refrigerant as well as being more energy efficient. Connect your phone to the app so you can turn it on and off from wherever you are.

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Leather Fly Swatter

$18; shoppe.amberinteriordesign.com

Beauty meets practicality with this chic fly walloper. It has a beechwood handle and leather swatter that's stain resistant and wipes off easily. You won't mind hanging it amid your home decor so it's easily accessible.

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Reel Tree-free Toilet Paper

$18; target.com

Made from 100 percent bamboo, these 3-ply rolls are biodegradable and fragrance- and dye-free, which is not always the case with your run-of-the-mill roll. There's not a single shred of plastic involved in the packaging, either (even the tape!), so you'll really up your sustainability game.

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Sunshine Tienda Tiki Island Sarong

$52; sunshinetienda.com

Sarongs are back, baby. Tie this adorably-printed 100 percent cotton version around your waist after a dip in the ocean, fashion into a head scarf, or wear it over a short skirt. 

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Scrub & Throw

$15 for 30-pack, scrubandthrow.com

No more soggy, germy sponges laying next to the sink. With this box, you get thirty 100 percent biodegradable sponges so you can use a new one each day of the month. The sponges have a soft and a scrubby side. Just toss when you're done.

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8tracks

$5 per month; 8tracks.com

With playlists like "Hipster Hip Hop" and "It's Time To Have Fun In The Sun!" there's a reason this streaming service has become the best place to discover new and exciting music: the playlists are incredibly specific. If you're having work-from-home-induced playlist fatigue, try it for 14 days for free.