Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

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These inventive new items offer greatly improved approaches to our quotidian tasks. Enjoy!

The Filtrete Water Station is cleverly designed to service a thirsty family with clean water, with four color-coded bottles attached to a central filter. It’s so clever that you’ll wish you had invented it. Grab your leak-proof, BPA-free bottle and hit the gym or the city’s streets – no more plastic bottles necessary! Pick one up at The Home Depot store, or at, and

The Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag is another new product that seems logically wonderful: keep your home odor-free without harsh chemical or overpowering fragrances. Hang it in closets, slip it in drawers or near pet beds, put it anywhere you’d like the air to be fresher. Made from 100% bamboo charcoal, the carbo in each Moso bag is activated to filter out pollutants; it lasts up to two years, and helps prevent mold and mildew. Find it at The Container Store and at

Laundry detergent has forever changed for the better with the introduction of the eco-friendly Roux Maison line. Another amazing idea: take basic, natural ingredients and scents – sweet tea and lavender – and turn them into fabric-specific laundry detergents that extend the use of your garments (unscented is also available). They’re super-concentrated, so one 16-ounce bottle will yield 40 whopping loads of laundry. The scent of sweet tea on fabric is summery and delightful. At, you’ll find hypoallergenic detergents for swimwear, for sportswear, for stains, for delicates, and for general cleaning – in BPA-free bottles.

The MilkBite milk and granola bar is a fusion of milk and granola in a sports or snack bar – another obviously great new idea. No artificial flavors or preservatives, 30% daily value of calcium, 5gs of protein, fiber, vitamin D, and 7g of whole grains. The best part if that they taste delicious. Find them in five flavors (strawberry, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, chocolate and mixed berry) at and ask for them where you shop.

Originally published April 2012
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