Tatami Goza Mats: Natural, Durable, Sustainable

Tatami Goza Mats from Japan are an interesting, natural addition to a room. They are made of sustainably-harvested rushes. Each tatami mat contains around 4,000 to 5,000 rushes. Hemp or cotton cord is then used to weave the rushes together. The mats are especially good for children’s play rooms and bedrooms because they are long-lasting and stain-resistant. New tatami have …

Pizza Oven by PizzaMax

Here’s a pizza oven that costs $89 and reportedly cooks pizzas using less electricity than a regular oven. The PizzaMax Pizza Oven. is made from commercial- grade polished stainless steel and has an automatic timer. Review via Kitchen Contraptions

Inhabitat Reviews Modern Water Dwellings

Inhabitat recently featured a selection of intriguing water dwellings, including this design by Koen Olthuis in the Netherlands where land for building is increasingly scarce.

Recycled Seville Glass Lamp

This intriguing table lamp is crafted in Spain out of recycled glass, and it’s topped by a white burlap shade. Great use of sustainable materials. Note that this piece has outside European wiring due to the delicacy of the glass. The cord does not run through the inside of the lamp; instead, it comes out of the top and can …

Affordable & Sustainable: Seagrass Chair

This low-profile chair is handwoven by Indonesian artisans out of renewable, fast-growing seagrass and includes a tufted cushion with an unbleached cotton blend cover. The frame is made of locally harvested Mango Wood with a clea, water-based lacquer finish. Available for $199 from Hanson Products

FindSolar.Com Site Launched

FindSolar.Com is an impressive new web site that helps answer two important questions: (1) Where can I find solar for my home or business? (2) How much will it cost? By entering your state and county, you get a detailed break-down of the costs for a solar installation, based on 3,100 electric utility rates, county-level solar radiation data, and any …

Best Book Deal

If you want find out where to buy a particular book at the lowest cost, try out Best Book Deal. This service will search 100 bookstores, and show you how the prices compare. A very handy feature of this site is the inclusion of the shipping costs to calculate a total price. So, at a glance, you can see which …

Top Rated, Energy Efficient Refrigerators

In terms of quality, cost and energy efficiency, Kenmore refrigerators get high ratings from Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports. They make many “no-frills” refrigerators which are Energy Star compliant. Kenmore fridges have factory-installed ice makers, which are less prone to break down than those built into the door. For example, a reasonably priced, mid-sized Kenmore fridge is available from Sears …