Nike Releases “Considered” Footwear Line

Nike has released a new line of footwear called “Considered”, which they claim is produced using sustainable manufacturing practices, quite different from the way most athletic shoes are currently made, and quite efficient if their claims are true. Some examples: 80% less solvents and glues used; simpler designs involving fewer production steps including less stitching; materials are sourced closer to …

24-Hour Kitchen Composter

These composters efficiently break down and digest organic food waste by means of a proprietary “Composting Bio Mix” containing a blend of food digesting microbes and yeast cells which also act to suppress odors while they work. Sharp claims that they reduce kitchen was by 92% in 24 hours. The composters are only available in Japan. Link: Sharp’s Press Release …

New Solar Tiles Introduced

Kyocera has introduced a new solar roof tile. The solar tile is designed so that it blends in with standard roof tiles. These are not the first solar tiles on the market (see this previous post), but it is the first time a large corporation has introduced them. Kyocera calls the solar tiles “MyGen Meridian”. The company says the tiles …

100% Corn-Based Packaging Now In Use

Cargill Dow’s innovative line of 100% corn-based bioplastic “NatureWorks Packaging” is now being used by a number of food companies to package fresh produce and salads. Dow Chemicals, a partner in the Cargill Dow company, has a questionable environmental and ethical track record. However, the Natureworks product is making breakthroughs for bioplastic into the food packaging marketplace. Del Monte Fresh …

MetaEfficient In the News: LA Times Review

We’re in the news again, with a recent review from the Los Angeles Times: The Reactual Institute, which tries to highlight ecologically sound products, sets a lofty goal on the home page of Meta-Efficient, billing it as a “guide to the most efficient things in the world.” That means products are reviewed based on how well they meet consumer needs …

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.

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.