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Rubberwood Coffee Table

by Justin Thomas •

This coffee table is made with rubberwood, which is considered a renewable timber because it is only milled from rubber trees that have ceased to produce latex. See more information on rubberwood here. Available for $60 from Amazon.

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Non-Toxic, Eco-Effective Ice Pack

by Justin Thomas •

These reuseable, non-toxic ice packs are unlike the gel-based packs you may have used. Most ice packs on the market today contain urea, a waste byproduct. Instead these packs use a super-absorbant material instead. You can cut them to any configuration you need, soak them in water for a few minutes and freeze. The packs remain flexible when frozen, and …

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Sustainable Chopstick Set

by Justin Thomas •

This fair traded chopstick set is made with recycled scrap hardwoods in Thailand. The set includes six chopsticks, six bowls, and six holders. Packaged in sustainable, hand-crafted Saa paper. Available from DropSoul for $29.

Organic Vanilla Beans from Papua New Guinea

by Justin Thomas •

These organic vanilla beans are grown on co-op plantations dotting the Coastal Mountains of Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea. The remote farms grow their beans without the use chemical fertilizers or artificial additives. The beans are sun dried and then air-freighted every week from Papua New Guinea. They are available Amazon.

Printer Ink From Car Tires

by Justin Thomas •

Printer ink can cost as much as vintage champagne, so finding an inexpensive and eco-effective way to make would be great. Now three inventors from Derbyshire, UK, think they have just the solution: extract the carbon from unwanted tires to generate a cheap and plentiful supply.

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Bamboo Fiber Towels

by Justin Thomas •

These towels, are made out of 100% bamboo fiber, which means they are soft as silk. Since they come from the fastest growing plant on earth and there is no fertilizers, pesticides, or chemical treatments involved in producing them, these towels qualify as being metaefficient. Originally we linked to bamboo towels for sale at Amazon and Mad Mod, but they …

Organic Cotton Water Girl Racerback Dress

by Justin Thomas •

This dress, by Water Girl, is made out of 95% organic cotton and 5% Lycra. It is intended to be worn over a swimsuit as a nighttime outfit. It is available at REI for $24.83. Also available is this organic cotton Persuasian Top for $15.83:

New Hydrodynamic Surfboard Fin

by Justin Thomas •

The H-2 is an advanced surfboard fin, that is designed for hydrodynamic efficiency, and better speed and manoeuvrability of surfboards. It features a specially-designed fin geometry and is constructed with an ultralight, flexible material. It was designed by Surf Hardware, and was awarded the 2005 Australian Design Award. Yanko Design has more information. They also have many other intriguing products …

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Man Retrofits Freezer to Make an Ultra-Efficient Fridge

by Justin Thomas •

An off-grid experimenter in Australia, Tom Chalko, has retrofitted a chest freezer to create a fridge that uses only 100 watt-hours (0.1 kWh) per day! Why a chest freezer? Tom points out that vertical door refrigerators are inherently inefficient. As soon as you open a vertical fridge door the cold air escapes, simply because it is heavier than the warmer …

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New Nike “Considered” Models

by Justin Thomas •

Nike has released four new “Considered” sneakers. This is good news, because the first round of sneakers were fairly unattractive. Nike produces these shoes using sustainable manufacturing practices (more details here). However, Nike has a history of maintaining questionable working conditions in its oversesas factories. More information on this issue can be found on the Responsible Shopper website. You can …