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Slightly More Efficient: Target Begins Selling Bamboo Sheets and Towels

by Justin Thomas •

Target has begun selling bamboo sheets and towels. They are reasonably priced at $40 for a sheet set, and $20 for two towels. Unfortunately, the bamboo content is not all that high — 60% for the sheets and 40% for the towels, and the rest of the fabric is conventional cotton (which requires large amounts of pesticides to grow). Organic …

Metaefficient: Trombe Walls

by Justin Thomas •

Incorporating a Trombe Wall into a house is one of the most efficient ways to capture the heat of the sun. They work in the mildest to the most severe of climates. Basically, sunlight strikes the wall through a window, and the Trombe Wall heats up, causing warm air to flow into a room.

The Perfect T-Shirt

by Justin Thomas •

What’s the perfect T-Shrit? Is it this one? Better Thinking, a product think-tank in the UK, has set a challenge to create a garment with world’s lowest eco-footprint, taking everything into consideration to create “‘The Perfect T-Shirt“. They’ve set up a forum to share ideas, knowledge and opinions. They also have a blog which tracks their progress.

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Efficient But Rare: Hemp Bath Towels

by Justin Thomas •

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Hemp is more durable and resistant to mildew than pure cotton. It’s also more absorbent: hemp fiber can absorb 150% of its weight in water (as opposed to cotton, which can absorb about 100%). Yet hemp bath towels are difficult to find.

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MetaEfficient: Microgreens

by Justin Thomas •

Growing microgreens is a metaefficient way to have attractive, flavorful greens available for salads and garnishes. Top class restaurants use freshly cut microgreens to liven up their dishes. Microgreens are tiny plants, no more than 8 to 14 days old.

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Efficient Floor

by Justin Thomas •

Using stone to capture heat from the sun is metaefficient.

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Origami Tableware by Orikaso

by Justin Thomas •

Orikaso, a design firm in the U.K., has released these foldable polypropylene cups, bowls and plates for backpacking or travel. They can actually hold liquids without leaking.

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Green Hotels: Healthy Accomodation

by Justin Thomas •

From installing efficient lighting and air conditioning to featuring only locally sourced and organic ingredients on restaurant menus, many accommodations are actively pursuing sustainability. Green Seal and the Green Hotels Association promote this innovation in the lodging industry, and their web sites list green hotels on a state-by-state basis. You can find a list on the Green Hotels Association web …