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Efficient Sweetener: Stevia

by Justin Thomas •

Stevia is a herb native to Paraguay whose leaves are extremely sweet. In fact they are 10-15 times as sweet as table sugar, and refined extracts are 200-300 sweeter than sugar. I can’t abide artificial sweeteners, but I use Stevia to make lemonade, and it tastes great. It takes just one dash of the extract to sweeten an entire pitcher. …

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CMG Bonfire Camplight

by Justin Thomas •

Featuring the latest LED technology, CMG’s 3-ounce Bonfire Tent Light uses a proprietary LED circuit and a three-bulb cluster that will never burn out. Unlike a traditional candle lantern or fuel cell, this lightweight, packable and durable alternative has no open flame, no burning fuel and no breakable glass. Powered by a pair of AA batteries, the Bonfire offers high …

Brunton Lamplight

by Justin Thomas •

The Brunton Lamplight is a tiny but powerful LED-powered lamp and flashlight in one. Brunton managed to focus a single LED light into a highly focused beam with the Lamplight—plenty for finding a trail in the darkness or hunting down the mouse that’s been stealing from your campsite. The Lamplight makes full use of the LED efficiency with 200 hours …

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Waterless Urinals

by Justin Thomas •

These waterless urinals are plainly more efficient than the ones currently in use in most bathrooms nationwide. They can save up to 45,000 gallons of water and more per year per urinal. They also require less maintenance, and are less prone to plumbing problems. They have no moving parts. Urine is contained under a special biodegradable liquid called BlueSeal. According …

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Where To Get Bioplastic Dinnerware

by Justin Thomas •

Sometimes, well, it’s just hard to find Bioplastic dinnerware! We’ve found a couple of places that have a good range of biodegradable dinnerware and related items. SimplyBiodegradable and SinlessBuying carry restaurant-style “to go” dinnerware. Gaiam also sells picnic-style place sets. Bioplastic dinnerware by Danish designers Papcorn.

Hyper-Optimal: Create an Oasis with Greywater

by Justin Thomas •

The book “Create an Oasis with Greywater” by Art Ludwig is packed with information about how to reuse greywater by diverting it into your garden. What is greywater? It’s all the “waste” water produced in a house besides sewage — e.g. water from showers, sinks and washing machines. This is a key meta-efficient technique because, when done correctly, and combined …

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Brunton Firelight – Windproof Lighter and LED Light

by Justin Thomas •

The Brunton Firelight windproof lighter with bright white LED light makes other windproof lighters look like cheap toys — it is truly stormproof. Eighty mile-per-hour winds don’t make the Firelight flinch. It also features a handy LED light in the base. The thimble-sized LED unit can even be unscrewed and used completely separate from the lighter. Note: This item is …

Aerogel Production Methods Improved

by Justin Thomas •

Aerogel is the world’s lightest solid, as listed in the Guinness Book of Records. It is 99.8% air and is made from substances such as silica, alumina, or zirconia. It has a porous and sponge-like structure; more than 99% of its volume is in open space. It has been nicknamed "blue smoke." It has many potential uses including ultra-light, cold-weather …