Colored Compact Fluorescents

Who knew that compact fluorescents came in colored bulbs too? The yellow ones can be used as bug lights. They also come in other colors too. Available from: Save on Lighting ($9-$11)

Recycled Magazine Boxes

You may have seen Roost’s recycled vases, which got a lot of coverage recently. But Roost also makes these boxes, available as a set of three nesting cylinders. They are made from recycled magazines and newspapers from all over the world. They also makes some intriguing drink coasters. Available from Elsewares for $44 per set.

Recycled, Biodegradeable Footwear: Solemates

Made from recycled newsprint, these remarkable and disposable slippers cost less than 50 cents each. The color is natural and no bleaching agents/chemicals have been used — even the cord and the support tube are made from twisted unbleached paper.

Eco Kettle

This Eco Kettle is designed to boil the exact amount of water you need. It has two compartments: the internal reservoir holds about half a gallon of water ready for use, while the measuring button allows any quantity — from a single cupful to the full capacity to be released into a separate chamber for boiling. Available from The Insight …

WordLock

It’s a lock with a password instead of a number. Because there are only 10 letters per ring, you are limited to a mere 1,000 dictionary words and names, anything from ALIEN and CHILI to SALSA and SARAH. The combination can be reset at any time. Available from Staples for about $6. Via: Book of Joe

Perpetual Light For Your Pedals

Pedalites are bike pedals with built-in LED lights, powered solely by your pedal power. Pedalites stores the energy in a capacitor, and flashes only when you are moving. It actually flashes white to the front, red to the rear and amber to the side. Available for £49.99 ($87). Via Core77

Ultraminimalist Furniture

We have to call this furniture “ultraminimalist”. Designed by Adapt using strips of bamboo (hence renewable). The pieces are portable — you can bring it to the beach or an event on grass.

“Full Circle” EcoResins

Some interesting elements of nature are incorporated into this new line of “ecoresins” from 3Form. Called Full Circle, the designers utilize renewable materials collected from artisans in diverse communities such as Inodnesia and Africa. I’d be great if they could make Ecoresins more eco-effective — its currenly a polyester resin which incoporates a 40% post-industrial recycled content. Perhaps 100% recycled …

Mad Experiment: Meta-Optimal Investigations

Mad Experiment has appeared metaoptimally and is covering experimental activities. For example this concept product: each key has embedded OLED screen, allowing the keys to be remapped. Via Mad Experiment

Efficient Wet/Dry Vacuum

The Stinger 2 Wet/Dry Vacuum apparently “sucks” — in this case, it’s a good attribute — it performs well and is inexpensively priced at $27. Here’s what a reviewer said at Cool Tools: I tried a hand-held dustbuster type, but found that its incredibly small storage and lack of any useful way to hold debris inside was just a bad …