Gorilla Glue: A Solvent-Free Glue

Gorilla Glue is a non-toxic, solvent-free polyurethane glue. Natural glues like white glues (e.g. Elmer’s glue) or mastic are optimal, but this glue is much less toxic than most. It works well on wood, but it’s not as specific as most wood adhesives. It bonds pretty well on metals, stone, ceramics, and many plastics. It is waterproof, meaning it doesn’t …

renourish: A Guide to Green Graphic Design

Renourish is guide for graphic designer to help them practice their craft using greener techniques. The web site, created by Eric Benson, offers many green tips and pointers to green resources (which can be otherwise quite difficult to track down). Great reference.

Efficient: Eating Weeds

Weed ‘Em and Reap is a light-hearted but informative introduction to the free bounty of wild foods in lawns and woods, prairies and pastures. Even if you have no intentions of brewing up a crock of dandelion wine or tossing a salad of sour dock and purslane, you will enjoy reading Roger Welsch’s adventures in the world of weeds. We’re …

Sunscreens Without Toxins or Nanoparticles

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Conventional sunscreens have a number of ingredients that have been linked to hormone disruption in animal tests and are readily absorbed by skin. Some these ingredients include: parabens, benzophenone, homosalate and octyl-methoxycinnamate. Also, sunscreens containing nanoparticles have come under scrutiny because they may be harmful to human tissue. Nanoparticles are added because they make titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreens …

Saab Unveils World’s First Biofuel Hybrid

Saab has unveiled its automotive vision for a greener future at the British International Motor Show. The Swedish subsidiary of the embattled American automotive giant General Motors has already made a name as a leading maker of biofuel cars, which can run on any mixture between ordinary gas and E85, a fuel blend that contains 85% bioethanol made from plants. …

Very Efficient: Vari-Cyclone Ceiling Fans

These “Vari-Cyclone” ceiling fans from FanWorks are perhaps the most efficient ceiling fans available. The fans utilize what Fanworks calls “Gossamer Wind” blade design technology, which is said to deliver 40% more air flow without any increase in power use. They also run on DC power, which also adds to their efficiency when off-grid power is used.

Chainless Bikes

Besides the wheel the invention of the chain is probably what made the modern bicycle possible but ironically it’s also the bike’s biggest downside. The chain usually needs a lot of maintenance and care to keep it functioning properly and of course there’s always the risk of pant legs or loose shoelaces getting caught. If the Dekra D-Drive (Direct-Drive) system …

Ultra-Bright Solar LED Spotlight

This durable spotlight comes with its own solar panel, and uses 16 LEDs to produce light. It can run for 12 hours on a single charge. It has a weathertight anodized aluminum housing, and impact-resistant hand-soldered circuitry. The result is a solar light that will perform year after year (many solar lights are meant to be replaced every summer). Available …

Airstream Basecamp by Nissan

Airstream partnered with Nissan Design America and tent-maker Kelty to produce a new lightweight multi-purpose hybrid called the Airstream Basecamp tent-trailer. Designed both with low cost and flexibility in mind, the Basecamp is meant for outdoor adventures rather than just another living room on wheels. Camper comes with tent extension to double the available living space and can be towed …

Airstream Living: Interior Design For Efficiency and Comfort

Airstream trailers have become known for their sleek, classic design. Modern examples feature can feature high-end audio and video equipment. Going beyond simple remodelling, these trailers are made more efficient through additions of solar panels and more effective appliance (see the Airstream Life for more information). The authors of Airstream Living sought out restored, remodeled, and reconditioned examples of the …