Rubberwood: Renewable Timber

Rubberwood (also called Parawood in Thailand) is considered a renewable timber because it is only milled from rubber trees that have ceased to produce latex. After about 26-30 years, the latex yields from the tree become extremely low and the planters then fell the rubber trees and plant new ones. So, unlike other woods that […]

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MP3 Boombox

This MP3 playing boombox stores 256MB of music. It connects to a computer via USB, and includes a headphone socket, alarm clock feature (wake up to music), FM radio, and travel pouch. Update: We’ve heard this MP3 player has poor sound quality. Available from: JR.Com ($149.99)

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Raised Beds: Efficient

The “Raised Beds” method of gardening is certainly metaefficient, and should be included in our guide here. Raised beds are widely acknowledged as the method to obtain the greatest yields of vegetables per alloted space. You can read about the benefits here: Aaron’s Home & Garden weblog (Aaron is an expert in Rainwater Harvesting). Website: […]

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How Clean Is The Air You Are Breathing?

The website Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site will tell you how clean the air is in your zip code. You can enter your zip code below to test it out: Enter your zip code:    When the report appears, choose the “Air Quality Rankings: Health Risks, Exposure, and Emissions” link. The site also has suggestions […]

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Hand Crank Blender: MetaEfficient

This Vortex blender might save you a couple minutes at the gym. A useful device to mix a margarita while living off-grid, camping, boating or traveling. It qualifies as metaefficient because: portable, energy efficient, and relatively inexpensive. Priced around $50. Available from: Shop.Com or Campmor

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