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World’s Best Cat Litter

by Justin Thomas •

The self-proclaimed “World’s Best Cat Litter” may be able to live up to its name. Because it is made from whole kernel corn, the litter delivers great odor control. The microporous structure of corn provides a large surface area to trap and absorb ammonia and urine odors. We like it because it is biodegradable, comes from a renewable source, and …

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Solar Grill by Tammock Trading

by Justin Thomas •

This grill from Tammock Trading in Switzerland can barbecue fish, chicken, vegetables and steaks. The Solar-Grill has a flexible mirror, which focuses the sun beams on the self-contained barbecue cup, allowing it to heat up. Your meal is heated evenly from all sides, without direct irradiation by sunlight. The price is 180 Euros, which is about $217 US dollars. Via …

Elite Hemp Blends

by Justin Thomas •

Hempest carries a range of shirts made of hemp blended with silk, linen and ramie. You’ll notice the dual powers of breathability and durability in these blends when wearing these shirts in the summer. The shirt pictured here is a very soft hemp/linen blend, and is available for $59.95. They also have women’s shirts. Hempest Shirts

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Oxynator: Modular Shower Filter

by Justin Thomas •

NewMarket Naturals makes modular shower filters which can accomodate some of the more efficient showerheads out there. They also make a April Shower filter which is compatible with the Oxygenics showerhead we recently featured. Available from: NewMarket Naturals.

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Aurelle LED Candles by Philips

by Justin Thomas •

These Aurelle LED Candles were recently introduced by Philips. They are similar to Candela Rechargeable Lamps, but use less toxic NIMH batteries instead of NiCads. These lamps actually flicker like a real candle (I’m not sure if I’d want that or not). They last six hours on a charge, and come with a recharging base. More information from Philips. A …

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Bamboo Fiber Table “Linen”

by Justin Thomas •

More bamboo fiber! This time it’s table linen made in Thailand out of 100% bamboo. The bamboo fiber has a linen-esq texture. Great for the dinner table because bamboo fiber is naturally antibacterial. The set consists of 4 placemats, coasters, and napkins. Available from Antiki for $38.

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IPath Hemp Jeans

by Justin Thomas •

Almost all jeans are made of cotton today, because, at the time the cotton gin was invented, nobody has the technology to process the tough fibers of hemp into a soft fabric. Hemp grew better than cotton in poorer soil conditions, and didn’t require pesticides, but it was discarded in those early days. Today we have the technology to process …

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Portable, Motion-Detecting LED Lights

by Justin Thomas •

Portable, motion-detecting LED lights are an efficient way to light rooms at night for a few minutes. This portable light from Maxxima, turns on when you enter a room in the dark (similar to motion-detecting outdoor lights), then turns off after 30 seconds of non-motion. It runs on four AA batteries (we suggest using NIMH rechargeables), and should last about …

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Seaweed Clothing and Bedding: SeaCell

by Justin Thomas •

Want a bit of the ocean in your clothing or in your bed? Seacell is a fabric made out of Lyocell (a 100% wood pulp fiber) and seaweed. The theory is that your skin will absorb nutrients from the seaweed, which is quite mineral- and vitamin-rich. From what I can gather, Seacell incorporates 5% seaweed content. The manufacturer, Zimmer AG, …

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New Adidas Hemp: Dakota Lo

by Justin Thomas •

Perhaps due to the resurgence of interest in their hemp shoes, Adidas has introduced a new shoe called the “Dakota Lo Hemp”. This cranberry number is a reintroduction of the original Adidas basketball shoe from in the late 70s. It’s reasonably metaefficient in its construction — with hemp uppers and laces. We believe the sole is made of natural rubber …