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The World’s First Flushable Diapers: gDiapers

by Justin Thomas •

gDiapers are innovative diapers invented by a husband and wife team from Australia. They are being billed as the first flushable diapers, and will soon be available in the U.S. The system consists of an outer shell (similar to a diaper wrap), an absorbent flushable insert, and a nylon snap-in liner. The whole ensemble comes with a “swishstick” for breaking …

Low Raffia Chair by Horchow

by Justin Thomas •

This low-profile chair is made of renewable materials like raffia and wicker. It’s priced at $349.90 plus $86 shipping (currently on backorder). Available from Horchow.

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Philips’ New “Simplicity” LED Bulbs

by Justin Thomas •

The new LED light bulbs from Philips will change color and brightness with one touch, squeeze, or turn. They are also energy efficient and last 10-20 years. Good work. Expect to see these in coming months or years. These LED bulb designs are part of the Philips Sense & Simplicty design project, which the company has been working on for …

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Why Prefab Homes Can Be Compelling

by Justin Thomas •

Living Box is a site that has a nice cross-section of prefabricated homes. The examples seen there are actually intended to inspire entries in a design competition. Prefab homes are appealing to us, due to their compact lightness and modern architecture. Another compelling factor should be the price, but designers have not full realized this goal — we aren’t seeing …

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3Form Introduces Innovative “Boomerang” Room Dividers

by Justin Thomas •

3Form is introducing a new furniture system called the Boomerang Screen, which is a flexible, tool-free divider system that both encapsulates and divides space. It’s made with 3Form’s Ecoresin (40% post-industrial recaptured material). Designed by k_now, the boomerang element is a slender, curved resin piece with a “boomerang” shaped cross section.

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Ultraminimalist Electricity

by Justin Thomas •

By using ultraminimalist electrical configurations, you can lighten your housing arrangements and make them more portable too. Ultraminimalist lighting is straightforward. The most efficient way of lighting a house is to use lamps with compact fluorescent bulbs inside. For example, a 27W compact fluorescent is equivalent to a 100W incandescent bulb. Use LED lights for task lighting and spot lighting. …

Heated Pools and Rain Water

by Justin Thomas •

We recommend rain water as one of the purest waters for baths and pools. Even in cities, rain can be purified easily. Most pollution falls in the first three minutes and the rest of the water can simply be filtered to a level where it will rival the purity of spring water or bottled water. See more information about heating …

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Jimi 100% Recycled Wallets

by Justin Thomas •

The Jimi Wallet is a compact, splash-proof wallet made out of recycled plastic. It is billed as a wallet for those who don’t like regular wallets, with an eye towards travelers, cyclists and anyone who needs a minimalist wallet. Available from Amazon.

Modular Architecture: Lukas Lang

by Justin Thomas •

Lukas Lang Architecture Technology is based on a modular component system, which allows the customer to plan and modify buildings of different shapes and sizes. The pre-fabricated wood components and other elements fit together in different configurations to construct everything from housing complexes to simple water gazebos. Lukas Lang Architecture Technology

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Pure Aluminum Bottles by SIGG

by Justin Thomas •

If you are looking for a drink container which has a completely inert lining, you might try SIGG Bottles from Switzerland. These bottles are extruded from a single piece of pure (99.5%) aluminum. They are strong, lightweight, and do not contaminate their contents with phthalates, Bisphenol-A or other potential toxins. The liner is a food grade, water-based resin that is …