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Wood Pellet Stoves Are Hot

by Justin Thomas •

Wood pellet stoves have become very popular this year, due to the fact that heating oil costs have risen 31% and natural gas is up 46%. Pellet stoves are small electric stoves that burn small pieces of recycled sawdust, that have been compressed into pellets. There are a number of advantages to using wood pellet stoves: they are extremely efficient, …

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Ikea Introduces Responsible Products

by Justin Thomas •

Ikea challenged 28 designers to create products using simple and repurposed materials. The designers made use of materials such as fish nets, recycled packing crates, bamboo and Indian newspapers. The designs are featured on the Ikea PS web site. Apparently, some of the products are already available in Ikea stores, and all items will be out by March 2006. The …

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New Bamboo Fiber Goods

by Justin Thomas •

We’ve detailed the benefits of bamboo fiber previously, noting the excellent softness and anti-bacterial qualities of this fiber. For those who wanted to try out bamboo fiber, you can do so inexpensively, since bamboo washcloths are being sold for $2 each on eBay in white and pink. Also, Bamboosa, a major bamboo clothing manufacturer in the U.S., has released bamboo …

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Toyota Devises Shrub To Purify & Cool Air

by Justin Thomas •

Toyota said recently that it has developed a new species of the Cherry Sage shrub family that effectively absorbs harmful substances in the air. The new species, called Kirsch Pink, will be sold for 380 yen per pot through Toyota Roof Garden Co, a Toyota Motor subsidiary, from March next year. While Cherry Sage plants are known to absorb nitrogen …

Tatami Goza Mats: Natural, Durable, Sustainable

by Justin Thomas •

Tatami Goza Mats from Japan are an interesting, natural addition to a room. They are made of sustainably-harvested rushes. Each tatami mat contains around 4,000 to 5,000 rushes. Hemp or cotton cord is then used to weave the rushes together. The mats are especially good for children’s play rooms and bedrooms because they are long-lasting and stain-resistant. New tatami have …

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Pizza Oven by PizzaMax

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a pizza oven that costs $89 and reportedly cooks pizzas using less electricity than a regular oven. The PizzaMax Pizza Oven. is made from commercial- grade polished stainless steel and has an automatic timer. Review via Kitchen Contraptions

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Inhabitat Reviews Modern Water Dwellings

by Justin Thomas •

Inhabitat recently featured a selection of intriguing water dwellings, including this design by Koen Olthuis in the Netherlands where land for building is increasingly scarce.

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Recycled Seville Glass Lamp

by Justin Thomas •

This intriguing table lamp is crafted in Spain out of recycled glass, and it’s topped by a white burlap shade. Great use of sustainable materials. Note that this piece has outside European wiring due to the delicacy of the glass. The cord does not run through the inside of the lamp; instead, it comes out of the top and can …