Wood Heating

by Justin Thomas •

If done correctly, a very efficient form of heating. See this guide to efficient wood burning. See also woodheat.org.

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Unbleached, Naturally Processed Sheets

by Justin Thomas •

Sheets like ones featured here are the healthiest sheets available. Natural dyes are used for coloring, and the sheets finished without chemical softeners or chlorine. They are made from 100% organic cotton. Since you come in contact with sheets every night, minimizing chemical residues in your sheets is quite beneficial. Available from: Real Goods ($25-$65)

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Not Very Meta-Efficient: Plastics

by Justin Thomas •

Plastics are not very meta-efficient. They are toxic to all forms of life, they don’t biodegrade. Practically all the plastic that’s even been made still exists – either in landfills or in places like the ocean. There are other materials that can often substitute for plastic such as ceramics or rubber. Bioplastic is also become a viable option. In terms …

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Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase

by Justin Thomas •

A good place to find corner bookcases is Amazon. Ikea uses renewable materials to make their Billy Corner Bookcases: Renewable raw material (chips). Renewable raw material (wood fibers). The product is tested for formaldehyde according to European standard. Possible to separate for material or energy recovery. Available from Ikea: Ikea “Billy” Corner Bookcase ($80).

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Ikea “BONDE” Shelves

by Justin Thomas •

Renewable raw material (chips). Renewable raw material (wood fibers). The product is tested for formaldehyde according to European standard. Possible to separate for material or energy recovery. Available from Ikea: BONDE ($189)

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Portable Summer Cabins

by Justin Thomas •

Mobility during the summer can be important. You may need to take that certain someone to a cabin for a month by the dunes. These portable summer cabins let you experience the outdoors in a comfortable, modern interior. They have large windows and an acrylic dome skylight that allows plenty of light inside. The cabins, made by Pacific Yurts, have …

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Biodiesel FAQ

by Justin Thomas •

Biodiesel Cycle

What is Biodiesel? Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in diesel engines — cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. It’s usually made from soy or canola oil, and can also be made from recycled fryer oil. You can blend it with regular diesel or run 100% biodiesel. What are the benefits of …

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The Top Rated Headphones: Grado SR-60

by Justin Thomas •

Recommended by: CNET, StreetTech.com, Etown and Consumer Guide The Grado SR60 headphones are made in Brooklyn. Their black-plastic design doesn’t exactly exude high tech, but as soon as doubters hear the SR60, their objections usually melt away. Converts gush about the headset’s rock-solid bass, extraordinary detail, and clarity. The SR60 has been on the market for more than 10 years, …