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Most Efficient Food Storage Bags: BioBags

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The most efficient food storage bag are BioBags. These bags are similar to plastic bags, but they are composed of corn-based bioplastic. Unlike conventional plastic, the bioplastic “breathes” without leaking, allowing heat and moisture to evaporate, which keeps food fresh longer. They are also GMO-free, 100% biodegradable and compostable. Note: The bags are labelled “Food Waste” bags but the company …

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Most Efficient Burn Treatment: Fresh Aloe Vera Gel

by Justin Thomas •

The most efficient treatment for burns is: aloe vera gel. Nothing in the world heals burns faster and more effectively. There’s no reason why everyone can’t have access to at least one of these plants, since they are easy to grow indoors. To get best results, the gel must be fresh and undiluted.

“Stick Screen” Room Dividers

by Justin Thomas •

These eye-catching room dividers, designed by Globalhaus, are made with hundreds of very thin pieces of timber. They are available under “Clearance” from CorporateCulture in Australia — the price is $905 AUD ($680 USD). Found via Inhabitat.

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Self-Rejuvenating Prehistoric Plant

by Justin Thomas •

This plant, the Club Moss (Selaginella Lepidophylla), has been around for 290 million years. It pre-dates the dinosaurs, and survived through their destruction, it also made it through the ice age and continues to thrive to this day in the 21st century. It can dry up and hibernate for as long as 50 years at a time. During this time …

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Most Efficient Filtering Plant: Boston Fern

by Justin Thomas •

The Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) — it’s the plant that’s the most efficient at removing formaldehyde (the most common indoor air pollutant). See our post on How To Grow Fresh Air for more information.

An Intelligent Indoor Plant Light

by Justin Thomas •

It’s great to brighten up a cold winter day by growing plants under lights indoors. This device aims to make indoor growing easier. It has a grow light (a full-spectrum 9-watt fluorescent), and the lamp turns on and off every day, simulating the changing length of days with the passing seasons. The Intelligent Plant Grow Light also has an adjustable …

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Most Efficient Water Cleaner: Terra Cotta Gravity Water Filter and Cooler

by Justin Thomas •

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Here is another efficient ceramic water filter. This gravity filter has a hand-made terracotta base, which cools the water using natural convention. We consider it metaefficient because: its has excellent filtration, and a very long filter life (years). Also, the terracotta doesn’t leach contaminants into the water, and it keeps the water cool without needing external energy. It’s available from …

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Berkey Light Gravity-Flow Water Filter

by Justin Thomas •

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Gravity filters are more effective than other types of water filter, because the water drips slowly through the ceramic elements, and this process removes almost all the contaminants in water. The filters can be cleaned with a toothbrush and last for up to 2,000 gallons. This Berkey filters filter uses Black Berkey elements, and they are self-sterilizing. The Berkey filters remove …

The Mealbox: A Table That Packs Into a Box

by Justin Thomas •

From Norway, comes this “Mealbox” table — it’s a Japanese-style dining table with chairs that can all be packed in a box, because it is divided into parts that resemble jigsaw puzzle pieces. The table is made of birch plywood reinforced with carbon fiber. Available from Igland Design.

Bonsai Tree In A Can

by Justin Thomas •

From Japan comes this small but efficient plant. It’s a bonsai for an indoor garden on a desktop or a windowsill. The tree can be repotted in a larger pot or outdoors for growing larger. They are $12 each from Branch. Found via Ecofriend