Dear friends,

With our interests refocused on urban homesteading and our patience waning with the retail ‘sell, sell, sell’ model, we are closing our online retail store, Baying Hound.com.

Clearance sales start this week at Baying Hound and will continue until all BPA free water bottles, reusable bags, and eco accessories are gone. Shop now for the best selection of earth friendly gear at 30% off and falling.

We will miss bringing high quality goods to our customers and appreciate the support you have shown over the years.

Be well,

Rachel and Alex

Happy New Year!

Tonight we are making contributions from our 1% for Good fund.  This has to be one of the best parts of owning a business – giving to others.

This year, we shared revenue with the following organizations:

Capital Area Humane Society

WOSU public television


Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association

National Audubon Society

The following organizations received in kind donations:

School for Young Children

Kent Academic Support and Advising Association

Random.org selected Alissa as our winner of the Nominate a Charity prize.  Congratulations!

earthlust 20% off at bayinghound.com

Our friends at EarthLust sent the sweetest holiday card.  It’s a snow white embossed ornament with a double use.  In the spring, we can be plant the seed-infused ornament and it will grow wildflowers!  How cool!

To share EarthLust’s holiday spirit with you, we are discounting their 13 ounce, 20 ounce, and 1L stainless steel designer bottles 20% now through December 15.  Buy one for a gift or yourself today!

Please remember to nominate your favorite charity for our 1% for Good program by December 15.  One person who nominates will receive a gift pack from us valued over $60!

Cyber Monday Specials

Shop Baying Hound Monday only for some incredible deals! Spend over $40 and automatically receive free shipping within the US.

Choose a designer Earthlust bottle for 35% off.

Save 40% off the entire reclaimed yoga mat line from OLovesM.OLovesM fabulous collection

Pamper your dog with an earthfriendly leash or collar and enjoy a savings of 35%.

Save 40% on water filters and purification tablets sure to please the camper on your list.

Finally, give the gift of insulation and protection with a water bottle carrier from BuiltNY, discounted 30%.

These specials are for one day and apply to in stock items only!  Hurry to BayingHound.com for the best selection.

Don’t forget to nominate a charity on the Baying Hound Howls blog. We are accepting nominations for our annual 1% for Good recipients. One random nominator will win a prize pack from our store worth over $60!

We believe that success is meant to be shared. Thus, we return a minimum of 1% of revenue to secular nonprofit organizations in our 1% for Good program.

Please nominate your favorite charity in the comment section below.  Listing their website URL (if they have one) will help us explore how they help the world. We will accept nominations until December 15.

We will choose charities based on their relevancy to our business mission and their impact per fundraising dollar.  We will announce the 2009 1% for Good recipients on December 20.

olovesm, klean kanteen, jess balm

BONUS!  This year we will award a prize pack of an OLovesM Nancy Purse ($45.99), 18 ounce Klean Kanteen ($20.15) and Jess Bee Natural Lip Balm ($3.00)  to one random nominator.  Fill in the email field of the comment box (we will never share it) so we can find you if you win.

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Are you seeking to reduce your winter holiday footprint? Try replacing throw away gift wrap with make it yourself gift wrap. Here are green alternatives for wrap and ribbon, from the Grays Harbor County Recycling Center.
Gift Wrapping

* Scarves, handkerchiefs or bandannas.
* Old posters and maps.
* Pages from a child’s coloring book taped together (especially nice for relatives who would enjoy the artwork).
* Old sheet music.
* Newspapers (foreign newspapers are great).
* Last year’s holiday paper (press with warm iron if wrinkled).
* Wallpaper scraps.
* Home-sewn cloth bags.
* Fabric scraps.
* Pictures or advertisements from magazines and catalogs.
* Sunday comic pages.
* A present in a present (for example, a hat in a matching scarf, jewelry in a wooden box, cookies in a reusable tin or cookie jar, barbecue grill utensils or picnic supplies in a tablecloth, kitchen gifts in towels or all-purpose cloths).
* A plain box decorated with leftover glitter, paint, markers, etc.
* A cake pan, basket or a wooden box.
* Reusable decorative bags. (B.B.Begonia grocery sacks and Blue Q handy totes are both good for gift giving.)

Bows and Ribbons Ribbon:

* Bows saved from other gifts.
* Reusable items, such as hair bows, ornaments, shoe laces or toys.
* Stencils or pictures from holiday cards pasted onto a plain brown paper bag or box.
* Last year’s holiday cards cut up for gift tags.
* Old neckties.
* Spices, such as bundled cinnamon sticks or cloves in mesh cloth.
* Scrap fabric, lace, yarn, rickrack and seam tape.
* Scarves.
* Combinations of beads and buttons.
* Dried or silk flowers.

Happy Halloween!

The hounds wish you wonderful tricks and treats today!

Devie the witch

Hawise dressed as a Hot Dog

We have some of last season’s Ibex merino wool clothing and accessories on clearance at Ebay.com. Everything started below 50% off retail so you are sure to get a great deal!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are celebrating life and raising awareness with this pink ribbon flip straw bottle from Nathan Sports:

Nathan stainless steel bottles are BPA free and perfect for exercising with their bike bottle cage fitting shape.  The wide mouth is easy to clean and fill.

Nathan Sports donates 5% of their proceeds of each bottle to breast cancer research non-profits.

During the month of October we will double the benefit and donate an additional $2 from the sale of each pink ribbon bottle to the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Show your support for breast cancer research and buy a Pink Ribbon Bottle today.

Three More Days!

Our SIGG Return Program ends in three days.  We will accept returns that are postmarked October 1, 2009 or before.  The 40% off discount coupons expire 30 days from the date they are issued so even if you mail your bottles now you will have plenty of time to take advantage of our offer.

There are also only three more days to use our 20% off coupon code for water bottles, NOTASIGG.

We will do a recap of the SIGG return program soon.  We are overwhelmed by the response!