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Natural 100% Silk Comforters

by Justin Thomas •

It’s a comforter filled with 100% silk. Silk has a higher warmth to weight ratio than wool, down, or synthetic fillers. It’s non-toxic: no chlorine, perfumes or chemical dyes used. It’s natural: breathable & hypoallergenic. It’s also inexpensive. Moreover, it is manufactured in Germany to European Eco Standards, including the 100% organic cotton cover. The filling is Tussah silk which …

New Sustainable Pillows

by Justin Thomas •

Pangaya has justed added a new line of sustainably produced pillows. Luckystone Living Design™ accent pillows are individually crafted by hand using organic and sustainable materials. The pillows are made from a durable sateen made of 91% organic wool and 9% organic ramie. The pillows are made individually when they are ordered. Available from: Pangaya ($120)

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Organic Vodkas: Metaefficient

by Justin Thomas •

Liquid Ice Vodka is a unique vodka made by distilling five grains — wheat, corn, barley, rye and oats, all of which are certified 100% organic. The vodka is made with water from the Snake River in Oregon, which runs right under the distillery. It is distilled four times and filtered three times through lava rock. In 2003 it was …

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Japanese Interiors: Minimalist: Adaptable: Renewable

by Justin Thomas •

Traditional Japanese houses are built with bamboo, paper, straw and other kinds of light weight wood, all of which are renewable. The houses are also made with components such as tatami mats, shoji screens and tansu cabinets. The components are fitted together without nails, and are often rearranged. For example, in the bedroom, futons are rolled up and stored away, …

Eco-Wool Jacket

by Justin Thomas •

This jacket is made of organic wool manufactured in a fair-traded knitting co-operative. Available from: Hempest ($109)

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Metaefficient Spice: Frontier Natural

by Justin Thomas •

Frontier Natural Products is a large supplier of bulk organic spices. They provide fresh spices sealed in foil packaging at great prices. For example, you can get a pound of organic black peppercorns for $12. About their company, Frontier says: As the world’s largest global supplier of organic herbs and spices, we hold a leadership position, not only in the …

Contemporary Tableware: Ekobo (Sustainable)

by Justin Thomas •

Made of eco-effective bamboo, ekobo is an elegant line of contemporary tableware designed in France and hand-crafted in Vietnam, for sale in the U.S. Apero (pictured right) is a set that includes a serving tray and a matching bowl. It is priced at $29. Available from: Illico Design

MetaEfficient In the News: LA Times Review

by Justin Thomas •

We’re in the news again, with a recent review from the Los Angeles Times: The Reactual Institute, which tries to highlight ecologically sound products, sets a lofty goal on the home page of Meta-Efficient, billing it as a “guide to the most efficient things in the world.” That means products are reviewed based on how well they meet consumer needs …

New Ultralight Summer Wool: Superfine190

by Justin Thomas •

Icebreaker has just released a new line of ultralight merino wool performance wear called Superfine190. The Superfine range uses a smooth, soft wool to create a “cool wool” quality — intended for summer and lightweight warmth when it gets cold. It’s hard to believe these tops are woven from wool, they are so thin. The “190” in the name refers …