Natural Indigo Jeans: Metaefficient?

Originally, jeans were dyed with the color of the actual indigo plant. Today, natural indigo jeans can’t be considered metaefficient because they are expensive and only available as a kind of designer jean. Notwithstanding this, people admire these jeans because of their distinctive, deeply hued appearance. The story behind them is interesting too. There are at least three companies making …

The Emissions Neutral Vehicle (ENV)

These bikes were designed by the British team Intelligent Energy. The ENV bike is fully-functional and is based around their Core Fuel Cell from the ground up. The Core, which is completely detachable from the bike, is a compact fuel cell, capable of powering anything from a motorboat to a small domestic property.

Fox Fibre Towels

Green Sage has towels available in two natural Fox Fibre cotton colors “sage green” and “cafe” — each created with fiber straight from the cotton plant — there’s no dyeing involved. Fox Fibre is a little scarce — its good to see the towels available here. The towel set is priced at $55. Web Page: Green Sage

HybridCars.Com

HybridCars.Com is a web site with a lot of up-to-date information on (you guessed it) hybrid cars, trucks and vans. The editor is Bradley Berman who has written a book entitled “An Insider’s Look at Hybrid Cars: How They Work and Why They Matter”. The web site has an overview of what vehicles are available now and which ones are …

Bamboosa Clothing

More bamboo fiber clothing! This time made in the U.S. and organically produced. Bamboosa is an eco-efficient company based in Andrews, South Carolina. They blend bamboo fiber with organic cotton to make an innovative range of clothing. The men’s short, pictured here, is made from 100% bamboo French terry fabric (i.e. extremely soft). Bamboosa is a sweatshop-free company, they use …

Bamboo Clothes

Bamboo Textile sells clothes made out of bamboo fiber. Why bamboo? Well, its one of the softest fabrics in the world &#8212 softer than cotton, and it has a slightly silky sheen. It also very breatheable, which makes its great to wear in spring and summer. The other advantage of this fabric is that bamboo is a readily renewable resource …

FoxFibre Socks: “Color Grown” Cotton

Socks don’t get much more natural than this. These socks are made of FoxFiber, a cotton that grows naturally in brown and green, so no dye is required to make these socks. The brown and green fibers will deepen with first couple of washings. We are glad to have tracked these down at Good Humans — FoxFibre clothing is difficult …

Dot! Chairs

John T. Unger makes these vibrantly colored “Dot! Quadriped” chairs using over 50% recycled material. The chairs can be used indoors or out, and are built to survive even the harshest weather conditions. The powder coat enamel surface is durable and easy to clean. Link: John T. Unger Studio

Ecoist Bags

Ecoist makes bags and totes by hand with recycled materials used to make candy wrappers, food packages, and soft drink labels. This excess materials often ends up as waste in landfills. For each bag sold they plant a tree. Each bag is unique, with patterns and colors that vary widely, taking each artist 2-5 days to produce. Marisa Rey is …

MetaEfficient: Metal-Free Inks by Ecoprint

Not many print houses put much thought into making their production processes more efficient or non-toxic. Ecoprint, based in the Washington DC area, is different. They have developed their own “eco-inks”. These inks are specially formulated to be free from toxic metals like copper and barium. The Ecoprint shop also runs on 100% wind power, and uses 100% recycled or …