Enertia Homes: Wall Segments: Solid Wood: Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

Enertia builds houses with solid, engineered wall segments in place of siding, framing and insulation. The houses are designed so that an envelope of air runs around the building, just inside the walls, creating a miniature biosphere. Solid wood buildings, common in Europe and Scandinavia, are not seen much in America, except for log homes.

Cellulose Tape: Biodegradable

by Justin Thomas •

Cellulose Tape is metaefficient because it is completely biodegradable. It is difficult to find, especially in the US. Almost all transparent tape sold here is made of acetate. One store, Green Earth Office does offer it. Brands such as Sellotape are available in the UK. Sellotape is made from wood pulp that comes from suppliers with extensive reforestation programs.

Botanikka Heirloom Seeds

by Justin Thomas •

Botanikka sells very affordable heirloom vegetable seeds. They come in packs with quaint, retro images on them. We planted some of the seeds, and sure enough, we now have heirloom varieties of vegetables growing all over the place. See more info on heirloom seeds here. The French Cuisine mix, for example, contains ten packs of unusual, French-themed vegetables and herbs, …

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Flare Innovation: PowerFlare with LEDs

by Justin Thomas •

Invented by a police officer, PowerFlares are LED replacements for convetional flares. They have the advantage of not emitting toxic fumes or polluting the the ground. They also tend to cause fires, such as the one seen here. PowerFlares emit light in all directions, and can be seen for miles at night. Each unit is about the size of a …

Efficient Fan Used to Cool Boating Dog

by Justin Thomas •

If you look closely you can see a dog being cooled by this Endless Breeze fan. These portable 12V fans plug into a cigarette-lighter style plug. They only draw 2.58 Amps when on high speed. See more info here. They are available from Amazon for $60. Thanks for the photo Brenda.

Highest Rated Home Espresso Machine Under $500: Rancilio Silvia

by Justin Thomas •

This espresso machine was the top pick on CoffeeGeek, for a home machine under $500. It gets a 9 out 10 rating, based on 118 reader reviews. According to Consumer Search, the most attractive features of this machine are the three-way solenoid valve, three thermostats, and machine-forged brass boiler, brew head, and filter holder, as well as its ready lights …

Solar Assisted GPS by Ftech

by Justin Thomas •

This solar powered GPS unit was well reviewed by UberGizmo. GPS units are good match with solar, because they are always being used outdoors, usually during the daytime. The manufacturer says the solar panel increases the battery life by 8-30 hours. See the full review at UberGizmo.

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Rubberwood Coffee Table

by Justin Thomas •

This coffee table is made with rubberwood, which is considered a renewable timber because it is only milled from rubber trees that have ceased to produce latex. See more information on rubberwood here. Available for $60 from Amazon.

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Non-Toxic, Eco-Effective Ice Pack

by Justin Thomas •

These reuseable, non-toxic ice packs are unlike the gel-based packs you may have used. Most ice packs on the market today contain urea, a waste byproduct. Instead these packs use a super-absorbant material instead. You can cut them to any configuration you need, soak them in water for a few minutes and freeze. The packs remain flexible when frozen, and …

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Sustainable Chopstick Set

by Justin Thomas •

This fair traded chopstick set is made with recycled scrap hardwoods in Thailand. The set includes six chopsticks, six bowls, and six holders. Packaged in sustainable, hand-crafted Saa paper. Available from DropSoul for $29.