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Red LEDs to Grow Lettuce

by Justin Thomas •

Apparently red LEDs are 60% more efficient than fluorescent light when growing vegetables hydroponically. According to IEEE Spectrum Online: Of all the colors of the rainbow, red is lettuce’s favorite. Chlorophyll, the electrochemical engine of photosynthesis, runs on red photons. So if you are growing the vegetable indoors in a factory, why waste energy on colors you don’t need?

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Oxygenics Showerhead

by Justin Thomas •

The Oxygenics showerhead is definitely worthy of inclusion here. With a nifty design, the showerhead is able to take low pressure water and transform it into a forceful stream for showering. It does this while using just 1.5 gpm (gallons per minute). It adapts to variable water pressure, and any water pressure from less than 20 psi to 100 psi. …

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“Green Building Products” Released

by Justin Thomas •

BuildingGreen has recently released the GreenSpec Directory of environmentally preferable building products and materials. It includes more than 1,850 listings that designers, builders and building owners can use in identifying products to improve the environmental performance of their buildings. This increased availability of a diverse range of such products and building materials is helping architects and engineers to take green …

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Hemp T-Shirts: Durable and Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

These shirts by Good Hemp are a blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. They are sweatshop and pesticide free, fairtraded and priced at $9.95 to boot. We’ve worn these shirts and they are very soft and feel quite durable due to the hemp content — we’ll probably have these for a while before they wear out. Available in …

(Partially) Biodegradeable DVD Player by Sony

by Justin Thomas •

The Sony DVP-NS955 DVD player, recently released in the UK, has 50% vegetable-based plastic parts. The parts are made of a biopolymer called polylactic acid (PLA). The biopolymer was created by Cargill/Dow, and they have been criticized for using GMO (genetically modified) corn to create the biopolymer, because GMO crops could potentially have devastating effects on the earth’s biodiversity.

Riverside Design Group: SeaForm Tableware

by Justin Thomas •

Riverside Design Group produces elegant tableware, handcrafted in western Pennsylvania from post-industrial / pre-consumer recycled glass. Despite their crafted appearance, the pieces are highly durable and intended for everyday use, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The pieces range in price from $26-88.

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Toshiba Develops One Minute Rechargable Lithium-Ion Battery

by Justin Thomas •

Toshiba who have developed a high energy density lithium-Ion battery that recharge 80% of its capacity in one minute. This is sixty times faster than typical lithium-ion batteries (which among other applications are commonly used in cellphones).

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MEC Organics

by Justin Thomas •

The Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) is a Canadian outfitter that offers a range of organic clothing. Pictured here is their “Matawin Organic Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt“, made of 100% organic cotton, and sold for $38.00 CAD. Also available: organic cotton mens’ and womens’ pants, hoodies, hats and socks. Available from: MEC

Ergonomic Mice

by Justin Thomas •

We’ve collected a selection of ergonomic mice designed to reduce fatigue and RSI (repetitive strain injury). If you are in front of a computer for long periods, these mice might be worth considering. The Evoluent VerticalMouse2 has a patented shape that supports your hand in a relaxed handshake position, eliminating forearm twisting. The manufacturer says the mouse remains steady when …