Icebreaker Jackets: Innovative Merino Wool

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Icebreaker, a New Zealand company specializing in merino wool performance wear, has just introduced a new line of jackets named PurePlus. The jackets are constructed from two merino fabrics: a stretch knit interior laminated to a finely woven exterior. They are wind resistant, warm and highly breathable. We’ve noted the virtues of merino wool in a previous post. It is …

Merino Wool Jackets by Ibex

by Justin Thomas •

Ibex makes a range of performance wear, using merino wool as their primary ingredient. Merino wool is much softer against the skin than regular wool. Pictured is their men’s “Full Zip” merino wool jacket, priced at $140. Let’s review why merino wool is hypereffective: it’s renewable, biodegradable, an excellent insulator, lightweight (warmest material by weight), naturally moisture wicking, doesn’t smell …

Shafer: A Sustainable Vineyard

by Justin Thomas •

Shafer Vineyards practice organic and sustainable harvesting. They are also Napa’s first 100% solar powered winery. Organic Style and Wine Spectator liked their Firebreak 2001 offering. Donna Binder, co-owner of Counter, a hot Manhattan vegertarian restaurant and wine bar, says it is “A real crowd-pleaser, Firebreak has aromas of spicy black pepper, black currant and dark plum that pair well …

The Magic of Tents: Transforming Space

by Justin Thomas •

Endlessly flexible, nurturing of creativity, cost — and energy-conscious, tented structures are an ideal means to address many concerns of modern architecture — a creative means to not only define space, but also to transform it into something to meet all sorts of design needs, for projects both grand and small. Recent years have seen an increase in the use …

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EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo: 100% Recycled Glass Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is flooring made of 100% post-consumer recycled glass. Recycled glass bottles are crushed, mixed with an epoxy, and poured to form a very appealing surface. Terrazzo, from the Italian word for terraces, was created several hundred years ago in Europe when Venetian workers discovered a new use for discarded marble remnants. EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is the latest Terrazzo innovation …

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EPatch: Glue-less Stickers

by Justin Thomas •

EPatch is an innovative sticker that doesn’t use glue or water. The stickers are non-toxic, very durable, and are able to be bent, stretched or folded without losing their shape. Made of rubber-silicon, the stickers are fade resistant, resistant to UV radiation and to temperature extremes up to 220 degrees – which means it is useful for industrial purposes. Epatch …

SilenceAir: Noise Blocking Bricks

by Justin Thomas •

SilenceAir looks like a transparent brick, and uses “passive resonators” to allow fresh air into buildings while leaving 85% of the noise behind. “Cities are noisy. When we block the noise from our offices and homes, we usually reduce the ventilation…the result is sick buildings and people,” says the inventor Chris Field. Chris developed the concept during his doctoral research …

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Self-Regulating Aeroponics System: AeroGrow

by Justin Thomas •

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We don’t usually feature products that are prototypes or not yet on the market, but this aeroponics system looks quite intriguing. It is due to be released in the next month of so, and it is aimed to take aeroponics to the mass consumer market. Aeroponics is similar to hydroponics, but the roots of the plants are exposed to the …

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Efficient Booklight: LightWedge LED

by Justin Thomas •

The LightWedge is another LED book light. We like the night vision-friendly red LED illumination version. The light has two illumination modes, and can be changed at a touch. If it were not made of acrylic, it would be that much more meta-efficient. Takes four AAA batteries. Thanks to Thomas for the tip. Available from: Amazon

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Geämi: Metaefficient Packing Material

by Justin Thomas •

Geämi is a new biodegradable and very effective packing material. The name means “earth (ge) friend (ami)” in Latin and Greek. The Geämi system expands kraft paper into a honeycomb with thousands of little hexagonal cells. The result is a lightweight, extremely protective material that reduces overall packing size. Geämi packaging is also easily recyclable and is biodegradable. Crate & …