Brunton Firelight – Windproof Lighter and LED Light

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The Brunton Firelight windproof lighter with bright white LED light makes other windproof lighters look like cheap toys — it is truly stormproof. Eighty mile-per-hour winds don’t make the Firelight flinch. It also features a handy LED light in the base. The thimble-sized LED unit can even be unscrewed and used completely separate from the […]

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Aerogel Production Methods Improved

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Aerogel is the world’s lightest solid, as listed in the Guinness Book of Records. It is 99.8% air and is made from substances such as silica, alumina, or zirconia. It has a porous and sponge-like structure; more than 99% of its volume is in open space. It has been nicknamed "blue smoke." It has many […]

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Biodegradable Plastic Made Using Bacteria

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Metabolix has found a way to produce high-quality plastics using plants and bacteria. In one process it has re-engineered bacteria to turn them into highly efficient "biofactories." By feeding sugars and oils to bacteria in a fermentation process, the company has created bacteria that produce plastics amounting to more than 85% of the cell’s weight. […]

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Rebinder by Sustainable Group

The Sustainable Group produce a binder made of a durable material that is 35-40% recycled post consumer corrugated cardboard. We are not fans of vinyl, the material usually used to make binders, so these binders are a welcome alternative. The binders have resuable covers that are replaceable because they are attached to the metal spine […]

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Book Review: “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things”

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The ideas in this book are refreshing and optimistic. The authors, William McDonough and Michael Braungart, propose that factories, homes and consumer products can be redesigned so that they are actually beneficial to the world. This is in contrast to the approach of attempting to regulate industries and minimize environmental damage. Instead of trying to […]

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