EV Global Folding Mini E-Bike (36V)

  Top speed: 18 mph Range: 20 miles Notes from Manufacturer: Fold it and load it easily into the back of your car, minivan, RV, boat, plane or public transportation. You can even store your ebike folding mini in your closet. Features include: Compact design folds to 32" L x 14" w X 31" H. Very easy to fold while …

Electric Tricycles

The IZIP Tricruiser Adult Electric Tricycle is one of the best electric tricycles available today for it’s price. It has a classic adult tricycle shape with a comfy saddle and a large rear basket. It has a “Twist and Go” throttle, and a top speed up to 18 mph (29 kph) with a 30-35 miles (45-58 km) range. Here’s a …

Best and Worst: Personal Care Products

The Environmental Working Group has produced a list of the Best and Worst Personal Care Products. They have a huge Searchable Product Guide of harmful chemicals found in personal care products. The report is extensive and very well organized. You can search by ingredient, product name or product category.

Solar Shingles: Build A Meta-Efficient Roof!

   Solar Shingles — yes they do indeed exist and are available now. This new style of solar collector lets homeowners build electrical generation right into the roof itself. They can be added to existing homes or built into new homes. It saves money because the shingles serve a dual purpose — as a roofing material and as a power …

Evaders: High Performance Electric Bikes

It is good to see these kinds of electric bikes available in the U.S. at a reasonable price ($999 for the model above). The noise level is less than 55 decibels, which is about as loud as falling rain. These bikes are street legal and can go up to 45 miles per charge. Thanks to Eric for the tip. Specs: …

Meta-Efficient in the News

We’ve been getting some news coverage lately from Fast Company, JB Online (Brazil), Nana (Israel), CBS News, Houston Chronicle, Yahoo Picks, and Metafilter.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is inexpensive, looks great and is a renewable resource. Bamboo flooring is similar in appearance to hardwood but is even more durable in terms of scuffing, wear and expansion. The bamboo is harvested in plantations that take only 3-4 years to reach maturity. Although still not widely used, it is perhaps the most efficient material for flooring.   Purchase …

“EcoPower” Faucet Recharges Itself

This EcoPower faucet by Toto is the type of faucet that uses a infrared sensor to turn on automatically. What makes this faucet unique is that it harnesses the electrical power generated by its own water flow. It has a miniature turbine generator to maintain its rechargeable battery. It can keep itself charged on as little as 5 uses a …

Excel Hand Dryer Uses 80% Less Energy

This is a hand dryer, made by Excel, that uses 80% less electrical energy than similar dryers. It uses a high velocity fan to dry hands faster (10-12 seconds) by blowing the water droplets off the hands. Hand dryers are more efficient than paper towels in public restrooms. Paper towels have a higher annual cost, use energy to transport, create …