Octagonal Rain Barrels

Arid Solutions makes these unique and practical rain barrels. Their octagonal shape increases the durability of the barrel. Each barrel has two overflow outlets, allowing you to connect multiple tanks together. The system show here is actually two 54 gallon barrels: one is stacked on top of the other for a total of 108 gallons.

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Using Natural Systems To Cool Down

The latest issue of Home Power has an article on how to cool your house down using natural systems (also known as passive cooling). This is a concept that is neglected in most modern house design — forcing home owners to use air conditioning throughout the summer. The article illustrates the basics of passive cooling […]

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Bamboo Knife Block by Kershaw

Here’s a nice, heavy knife block made from a renewable resource. The bamboo block has a total of 11 slots including one for your sharpening steel, one for your kitchen shears and one large and wide enough for a cleaver. It sells for $40-$60. Available from: Amazon or Cutlery and More

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New Wind-Up LED Flashlight: The Illuminator

I have a “forever flashlight” — the kind that you shake for 20 seconds and get 5-10 minutes of light. This flashlight seems to be an improvement on that idea. It uses three ultra-bright LEDs. One minute of wind-up provides up to one hour of light. It’s available from Amazon.

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Organic Men’s Dress Shirts by Boll

We like to see more effective products could directly replace exising ones. This organic cotton shirt is an example of that. Boll say they created this shirt because they could not find an dress shirt made with organic cotton available anywhere. So they made this dress shirt out of 100% organic U.S. Supima cotton and […]

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