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Solar Garden Light: Product Review


It was nice to finally have a chance to try out a solar garden light. I had considering purchasing one when Scientifics sent me one to review. I was impressed by the simplicity of this Solar Garden Light. There really is no wiring or assembly required. All I needed to do to make it work was take it out of the box, push a button to turn it on and then set it in the sun in my garden. read more »

Plantable Packaging From Cargo


Evangeline Lily mentioned it on Jimmy Kimmel. That's where I heard about it first, and though I initially tuned in to see what Lost secrets she would reveal, which she didn't, I don't regret tuning in or else I would not have learned about this environmentally friendly lipstick. Well, I wouldn't have learned about it as early.
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Another Giant “Green” Sock Monkey?


Imagine a giant sock monkey. Rockford city did and they named him Nelson. He is 5'8" tall without his hat; 6'2" with his hat and 7'2" including his tail. Nelson, named after John Nelson (the man patented the first sock knitting machines in 1869, 1876 and 1879) is made out of 44 Rockford Red Heeled socks. He is the original giant sock monkey and you can visit him at the Midway Village and Museum Center.

Now take a few more minutes and then imagine another giant sock monkey, but this time imagine an anatomically correct sock monkey. Having a little trouble? read more »

Mr. Hoyos Lives A La Lata


At first glance you may think this chair is just another chair made from recycled parts, but if you look deeper you may find something more. At first glance you may be appalled when you see that the chairs environmental design consists of non-earth friendly twisty ties. Or, if you look deeper, have an open mind and patience, you may find in it instead potential, potential to have a great social and environmental impact on the world.

Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos, a designer, who studied in Japan in Kobe Design University, knows his chair isn't perfect, but he's working on it. read more »

Solar Dough : Product Review


If you have kids and you want to teach them hands-on about the power of the sun, Solar Dough is a good way to start. Watch them pull it apart and mash it back together as they "ooh" and "awe" over the different colors that it turns to in the sun. That's what my little ones did. They watched their solar dough turn from blue to darker blue to purple and then, just as advertised, back to blue in seconds when taken out of the sun. The smiles on their faces were enough to say to me "this is fun!" read more »

Homemade Soda Can Solar Furnace


Sometimes all you need to go green is an active imagination and some common sense. You don't need to have thousands of dollars to invest and you don't need to be an expert in any field either. Take Daniel Strohl, for example, he had inspiration from his father and a desire to warm up his garage. A few soda cans later he has a homemade solar furnace to warm it up.
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Junk Mail Makes Great Gems


How much junk mail do you receive in the mail everyday?

According to New American Dream, "More than 100 million trees' worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year - that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months." Most of us, if we don't recycle our junk mail, we throw it away, but we never really think much more of it. Fortunately, there are people like Gretchen Fleener, an industrial designer, who have found ways to make good use of junk mail. read more »

Recycling : Inspired to Superuse


One of my favorite types of green innovation finds is what I like to call a "trash to treasure" find. There is just something about taking a pile of trash and turning it into something useful or beautiful that really gets me feeling good. I'm always on the search for these, whether for work or just for fun, but on the Internet this type of find can be at times difficult to find. Luckily, one day, I don't know how I found this, I came across Superuse. Superuse puts these "trash to treasure" finds together and organized in one place.
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Envirowoman Goes Plastic Less


Before you read this, I'd like for you to look around your house and take a look at all the items and products in your home that are made of plastic or contained in plastic. Start with your trashcans, your computer, your printer, the keyboard buttons, the phone, the clothes you are wearing, your pens, the fan, the remote control... How about your under-the-sink plumbing? In your kitchen, I bet there is a bunch of plastic stored away-Tupperware, dishes, cleaning products, parts of your appliances, condiments... In your bathroom: shampoo and conditioner bottles are probably made of plastic. Look in your medicine cabinets too and you'll find plastic medicine bottles and deodorants and mouth washes in plastic containers...
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Would You Wear This? Solar Powered Bikini


If you like the idea of using solar energy to power up your electronics, you may really like the idea of solar clothing.

There is a new solar concept that could help you look sexy and keep you cool at the beach without an effort. What is it? It is the Solar Powered Bikini.

Designed by Andrew Schneider, the Solar Powered Bikini is part of his iDrink line. This standard medium-sized bikini with a USB connection provides new and fun possibilities with solar power. read more »

1 Million Solar Roofs In 10 Years


If you know anything about solar panels, you very likely know how much they can lower your electric bill, not to mention help the environment, but you probably also know that it takes a lot of money to invest in solar panels and their installation in the first place. For many people, especially low income families, it is this initial cost of going solar that makes it nearly impossible to do. But finally, places like California are making it easier to go solar for everyone.
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Ewaste Makes N+ew Seat


Sometimes when in search for something, such as the remote control, what you find instead: your lucky pair of frog socks, 2 dollars worth of quarters and an unexpectedly good poem you wrote several years ago, makes your search all worth while. Whether you find what you were looking for in the first place or not it feels good to know that your search still lead you to something more exciting and possibly more valuable. A few days ago my day kind of went like that.

Reading from the About My Planet online green news, I came across a strange and funny picture of a person dressed in a Selk Bag. A Selk Bag is a wearable sleeping bag. read more »

Say Goodbye to Lightbulbs As You Know Them


Last month, in an attempt to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, the Australian government announced that it will begin a nationwide phase out of incandescent light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs, introduced more than 125 years ago, convert the majority of used energy to heat rather then light. In view of this, Australian environment minister, Malcolm Turnbull, plans to work with the states to ban incandescent bulbs by 2010. Which means, in about three years from now, lightbulbs that do not meet energy efficiency standards will no longer be available for sale in Australia. Some exceptions include: medical lighting and oven lights.
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$25 Million To Green the Earth


If you haven't heard about the Virgin Earth Challenge
yet, announced two weeks ago (2/9/07), by Sir Richard Branson, now's your chance to get in on the action, find a way to save the world and win millions in the process.

The challenge: to come up with a way of removing one billion metric tons of lethal carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere every year for 10 years without further harming the earth. The winner (individual or group) will make history, earn $25 million and have the pure satisfaction of making the world greener place to live. read more »

Would you Wear These? Shoes Made To Vacuum


Just imagine instead of the usual scenario, shoes bringing dirt into the house, shoes that are made for cleaning up the dirt instead, as you walk around the house. Electrolux imagined it and came up with a concept for a nice clean pair - a definite "must have" for cleaning fanatics or the shoe obsessed.
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Thirsty Plants Can Now Call for Water


For some people, gardening comes naturally. They have what's known as a "green thumb". For others...not so much and inadvertently kill plant after plant until they quit trying to ever garden again.

What if there was a way to build a relationship between a plant and its owner and help turn the owner's "death thumb" into a green one? read more »

Green Gifts for the Pets We Love


Pets are part of the family too, right? Right! But, until recently, environmentally friendly products for pets didn't even cross my mind. Then this winter season a nine week old puppy came into my life and before I could turn away from his big sad brown eyes I was hooked and the search for safer and environmentally friendly pet products began. Here are just a few of them below. From chew toys, to pet beds, cleaner litter, healthier bath time and food- pets of all kinds can live green right along with us.
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Green Gift Guide for the Family


If you are looking for ways to go green as a family, in my opinion, recycling and charity are the best ways to start, but if you need a little motivation to get you going, below are a few green items to consider on your journey there.
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Green Gift Guide for Little Kids


In my last gift guide, Green Gifts for Lovers, I introduced you to gifts for couples. Today I am excited to add theses environmentally friendly gifts for children. From the awesome H-car fueled by hydrogen to the education bamboo-made game that takes speed and coordination to win, kids can continue to have fun and you can sleep well at night knowing that while you protect your kids from harmful chemicals and toxins you are also helping the environment.
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Would you wear this? Bertini’s Condom Couture


What do dresses, condoms, AIDS and charity have in common? A talented 35-year-old Brazilian artist (once Greenpeace activist) named Adriana Bertini. In an attempt to raise AIDS awareness and inspired by HIV-positive children she met while volunteering at an AIDS prevention group (GAPA), she has designed, -over the span of ten years- dresses, skirts and suits made entirely of quality test rejected condoms.

What's her message? "Condoms must be basic like a pair of jeans and so necessary like a great love". read more »