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Organic Pet Food

by Justin Thomas •

Is organic pet food efficient? It is indeed — just like people, animals need high quality food to remain healthy. The major problem with the content of conventional pet foods is the use of “animal byproducts” which are low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industry. Natural pet foods are minimally processed and are preserved with natural substances, such as …

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Syzmo: The First 100% Organic Energy Drink

by Justin Thomas •

Syzmo is the first energy drink to be certified 100% organic. The drink contains no artificial colors and flavors, and contains no preservatives. It is sweetened with organic blue agave nectar. (We’ve featured agave nectar in a previous post.) The nectar is composed of 90% fructose sugars and 10% glucose sugars. Because fructose is 42% sweeter to the human brain …

Finding Local Organic Food: The Eat Well Guide

by Justin Thomas •

It can be tricky to find organic food, that is grown or raised within a hundred mile radius of your home. Luckily, there a couple of online resources to help in this endeavor. The Eat Well Guide is a free directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy and eggs from farms, stores and restaurants in the US and Canada. You …

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1000 Suns From Huge Concentrating Dish

by Justin Thomas •

Israel’s National Solar Energy Center will start testing a 400 square meter (4,300 sq ft) solar collecting dish. The huge dish is capable of achieving 1000 suns — it can concentrate the intensity of the sun’s energy by a factor of a thousand. The dish is lined with 216 mirrors, but not more than a quarter will be uncovered to …

Energy Efficient Black Lights: Ultraviolet LEDs

by Justin Thomas •

LED flashlights are now available in the ultraviolet frequency range. These flashlights have the same longevity and durability of other LED lamps. Some of the ultraviolet flashlights on the market are the Inova X5 Ultraviolet (made with anodized aluminum) and the hefty Streamlight Twin Task. You can see many other types listed on this page.

Efficient Lubricant: Jojoba Oil

by Justin Thomas •

You’ve probably heard of Jojoba oil being used in cosmetics, but it’s also a great substitute for petroleum-based lubricants, which tend to be strong smelling and polluting. Jojoba is the best alternative because it is a natrual liquid wax that never goes rancid. Use it as you would a petroleum lubricating oil, such as for stuck doors, squeaky hinges and …

Citrus-Based Bike Degreasers

by Justin Thomas •

Citrus degreasers are powerful and much safer to use than traditional petroleum-based solvents like gasoline or kerosene. Citrus solvents are non-flammable and 100% biodegradeable. They are also strongly aromatic — so use them in a well-ventilated area or your house will smell like oranges! Best if used on metal parts like chains, bearings and some components. More non-toxic bike cleaning …

Reusable Aluminum Lunch Boxes by Sigg

by Justin Thomas •

Sigg is a Swiss company with a reputation for producing quality, non-toxic containers. They makes these lightweight, durable boxes out of anodized aluminium. They have snap lock to keep the lid securely in place, and a rubber seal provides a leakproof closure. They are available from Amazon.

Efficient Sleep Sacks for Travelers

by Justin Thomas •

Sleep sacks are lightweight sheets for travelers that pack into a very small space. They provide a clean “cocoon” to sleep inside, when your bedding is questionable. Many European hostels actually require that you bring one along. In warm weather, you can also use sleep sacks as replacements for sleeping bags. The healthiest sleep sack we’ve found is this undyed …

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The Pocket Survival Pak

by Justin Thomas •

These are the best pocket-sized “survival kits” we’ve seen. They are a collection of minimalist survival tools packed into a tiny case — handy to have during wilderness travel or any other time a emergency situation could arise. They also include “Survival Instructions” with 33 illustrations printed on waterproof paper. The packs were designed by Doug Ritter who runs the …