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LED Floodlights

by Justin Thomas •

Enlux, a company in Arizona, has created floodlights built from LEDs. They did this by removing the diodes from their individual plastic housings and clustering them on a heat-dissipating circuit board, known as a light engine. They also created finned aluminum housing that spreads the heat across its surface. The 22-watt floodlight ($80) gives off about as much brightness as …

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Solar Heated Outdoor Shower

by Justin Thomas •

This looks interesting — it’s a solar shower that heats 5 1/2 gallons of water with a built-in solar collector. Created in Europe, the imported shower is able to heat water to 140°F in 1-2 hours in sunny weather. The manufacturer claims that the shower is capable of capturing heat from the ambient temperature in the air on hot, but …

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Remove Chlorine From Your Bath Efficiently

by Justin Thomas •

We previously noted that we consider Vitamin C to be the best way to remove chlorine from your shower water. But what about baths? Surely soaking in chlorinated water is just as harmful. Indeed it is — especially for children. If you have a shower filter, one way to avoid this is to fill your bath with the water from …

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Human Powered Snow Thrower

by Justin Thomas •

This new snow throwing tool, called a “Whovel”, uses your body weight to lift and throw snow and slush. After suffering repeated back injuries, the company founder began working on snow removal designs that could reduce back injuries, while avoiding the many problems associated with gas-powered snow blowers. Available from: Whovel.Com ($119 + $35 shipping)

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Best and Worst Personal Care Products: Ratings

by Justin Thomas •

A while ago we published a link to a site that rates Personal Care Products. We had some requests from readers who were interested in finding the report, so here is an update. The EWG has also published the most comprehensive study on chemical contaminants found in humans. Blood and urine from nine people was tested for 210 chemicals that …

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100% Corn-Based Packaging Now In Use

by Justin Thomas •

Cargill Dow’s innovative line of 100% corn-based bioplastic “NatureWorks Packaging” is now being used by a number of food companies to package fresh produce and salads. Dow Chemicals, a partner in the Cargill Dow company, has a questionable environmental and ethical track record. However, the Natureworks product is making breakthroughs for bioplastic into the food packaging marketplace. Del Monte Fresh …

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Pure Chocolate: Raw Cacao Nibs

by Justin Thomas •

You may have tried a dark chocolate bar with over 70% cacao, but have you tried raw criollo cacao nibs? Cacao is the bean that is ground up and blended to make chocolate. “Nibs” are raw beans that have been peeled. Raw cacao nibs can be eaten by themselves or sprinkled on top of your favourite dessert. Criollo is a …

Indestructible Touch Sensitive LEDs

by Justin Thomas •

These “Indium” lights use lithium-ion battery technology with high-intensity LEDs to produce a powerful light in a very small package. The Indium is controlled by a touch sensitive switch and has no moving parts. The casing is machined from solid aluminium bar stock on computer controlled machines, and is virtually indestructible

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Entry Level Digital Camera: Olympus D-540 Zoom

by Justin Thomas •

It can be a frustrating search for quality digital camera for under $200. Many entry-level cameras are poorly built, have terrible image quality, or will only deliver acceptable results under perfect daylight conditions. Against that background, the Olympus D-540 Zoom really stands out, with great color, great flexibility, a 3.3 megapixel CCD coupled with a nice 3x optical zoom lens, …

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Reclaimed Wood Funiture

by Justin Thomas •

These very attractive tables and chairs are designed by Scrapile. They are made of reclaimed scraps of wood from local wood shops. The unique texture comes from the combination of the various types of wood that is recovered. Scrapile is run by Brooklyn-based designers Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt. For more information contact: Carlos Salgado