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The BeeBoard: A Cardboard Desk

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This desk is made out of a recycled cardboard called “BeeBoard”, which is a low-impact construction material, but the acrylic used to coat it might be toxic. Here’s the description: BeeBoard is a layered cardboard with a honeycomb structure. By keeping the BeeBoard exposed, he lets the material provide a densely textured surface that contrasts with the structures’ surprising lightness. …

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Efficient Organic Rum

by Justin Thomas •

There are three organically produced rums on the market today. Currently, they are only available through dealers in the U.K. However, some specialty retailers in the U.S. are starting to offer these rums too. Papagayo Organic Rum comes from Paraguay, it has organic ingredients giving the rum flavors of vanilla, ginger and even a hint of chili. The sale of …

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Efficient Native Flavor: Sassafras

by Justin Thomas •

Authentic root beer owes it distinctive flavor to Sassafras, a tree native to the eastern U.S. The root or root bark of sassafras can also used to make tea. The leaves are used for thickening sauces and soups, and when dried and ground are known as filé powder, a spice used in Cajun, Creole, and other Louisiana cooking, such as …

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Multi-Fuel Lantern: Britelyt

by Justin Thomas •

This Britelyt lantern is a versatile lantern, which is able to burn no less than seven types of fuel, including biodiesel. The approved fuel types are: kerosene, biodiesel, diesel, gasoline, mineral spirits, charcoal lighter fluid and lamp oils. It’s made by Petromax who’ve been building these lantern since the 1920s. The lantern can also be fitted with a stove adapter.

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Tankless Water Heater Uses Microwaves: Vulcanus Mark 4

by Justin Thomas •

A Canadian company, Pulsar Advanced Technologies, claims to have produced a water heater that uses microwave technology to heat water instantaneously. The company says: “The Vulcanus MK4 can heat water from 35 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit in seconds and can source multiple applications at once: showers, dishwasher, sink usages and more. The Vulcanus MK4 is the size of …

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Very Efficient: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

by Justin Thomas •

Virgin coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods out there, and it’s also a great cooking oil. A company based in the Philippines called Tropical Traditions produces an organic virgin coconut oil. It can be purchased online from Tropical Traditions or PureSweeteners. This coconut oil is unrefined — fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed to …

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Corelle: Durable and Inexpensive

by Justin Thomas •

Corelle dinnerware is efficient because it is highly durable — it doesn’t break, and the designs on the plates cannot be scratched by knives. Corelle is actually made out of glass, but it is created like a sandwich with a glass core that’s thermally bonded to an outer glass glaze. The lamination creates a finished product that is much stronger …

Efficient Native Flour: Mesquite

by Justin Thomas •

Not many people know that the pods from the mesquite tree can be ground into a flour. It’s a traditional Native American food — the flour has a distinct warm and spicy flavor. The mesquite tree grows in the desert regions throughout the world, and it can be found from central Texas to southeastern California and Utah.

Heirloom Beans: Efficient Flavor

by Justin Thomas •

Heirloom beans! These are special bean varieties that have been passed down by generations of growers. The beans have their own distinct flavors and heritages. For example, here’s a description of the “Tongues of Fire” bean: A cranberry-type, mottled beige and brown marked bean grown from a seed variety originally collected from Tierra del Fuego, on the tip of South …

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Raw Cacao Butter: An Efficient Dessert & Skin Moisturizer

by Justin Thomas •

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Raw cacao butter — this is the pure oil of the cacao bean, extracted using a cold-press technique — the temperature stays around 104 degrees Fahrenheit, instead of 300 degrees which is the norm. The oil is edible and possesses a rich, delicate chocolate aroma. You can add a piece of the cacao butter to your favorite smoothie, ice cream …