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Ultrametaefficient: Cork Chaise Lounge by Daniel Michalik

by Justin Thomas •

This cork chaise lounge, designed by Daniel Michalik, qualifies as being ultrametaefficient because it is: made with a renewable material, light, aesthetic, waterproof and impervious to rot and mold. It can be used indoors or outdoors.

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Whole House Energy Monitor

by Justin Thomas •

This handy device monitors the amount of electricity a house is using and displays the information in real-time through its LED display. You can see, for example, the kilo-watt hours being used, or the calculated cost per day. It also projects the next electric bill, based upon local rates. The monitor itself sells for $200, which could actually buy you …

PIE Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

PIE‘s curvaceous furniture is handmade using natural materials like water hyacinth, liana, bamboo and rattan.

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ecoMOD

by Justin Thomas •

ecoMOD is a student design project at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. The aim is to design a house that is both affordable and eco-efficient. The first design they came up with is modular with an emphasis placed on melding indoor and outdoor space through passive design strategies. Via: Inhabitat

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Organic Cotton Tank

by Justin Thomas •

Organic cotton goes mainstream, and starts to slip into the malls. Now available from Saks Fifth Avenue, this scoopneck tank by Eileen Fisher. It’s made in the U.S. too. The price on it is $58.

Elite Dual Compartment Garbage Bin

by Justin Thomas •

This Brabantia Twin Bin is divided into two compartments, one for regular trash, one for compostable matter can be kept separate from all other waste. Eliteness doesn’t come cheap — it’s available for $166 here. Now if it really glowed like that… Via: Kitchen Contraptions

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Cordster

by Justin Thomas •

The Cordster is a small attachment to keep your headphone cables untangled. It works with virtually all portable cords, and snaps on and off using a removable Velcro-like fastener. Reportedly, it works well. Available in a variety of colors for $4.95.

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Auro Contact Glue: 100% Natural

by Justin Thomas •

Why are we featuring this dull looking tube of glue from Germany? Because it doesn’t suffer from the design flaw of every other household adhesive: toxicity. It is one of the few glues in the world that are derived solely from natural materials. How is this possible? This transparent glue’s main ingredients are dammar, latex, casein and orange oil. Dammar …

TAK Pushpins

by Justin Thomas •

It’s a design update on a common household object. The TAK Pushpin has two pins, an oversized head and a channel in the middle. The double pins add strength and stability while preventing paper from swiveling, and the horseshoe shaped channel allows users to organize wire and hang up holiday lights. Packs of six are available for about $5.

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Recycled Newspaper Vases

by Justin Thomas •

At first glance the surface of these vases look like wood grain. But they are actually constructed entirely out of recycled newspaper and aluminum. The paper is carefully die cut and bound like a book. They have other unusual shapes too. They are prices from $23 to $32. Available from Wishing Fish and Gardners Eden