New Hydrodynamic Surfboard Fin

by Justin Thomas •

The H-2 is an advanced surfboard fin, that is designed for hydrodynamic efficiency, and better speed and manoeuvrability of surfboards. It features a specially-designed fin geometry and is constructed with an ultralight, flexible material. It was designed by Surf Hardware, and was awarded the 2005 Australian Design Award. Yanko Design has more information. They also have many other intriguing products …

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Man Retrofits Freezer to Make an Ultra-Efficient Fridge

by Justin Thomas •

An off-grid experimenter in Australia, Tom Chalko, has retrofitted a chest freezer to create a fridge that uses only 100 watt-hours (0.1 kWh) per day! Why a chest freezer? Tom points out that vertical door refrigerators are inherently inefficient. As soon as you open a vertical fridge door the cold air escapes, simply because it is heavier than the warmer …

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New Nike “Considered” Models

by Justin Thomas •

Nike has released four new “Considered” sneakers. This is good news, because the first round of sneakers were fairly unattractive. Nike produces these shoes using sustainable manufacturing practices (more details here). However, Nike has a history of maintaining questionable working conditions in its oversesas factories. More information on this issue can be found on the Responsible Shopper website. You can …

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Ultrametaefficient: Cork Chaise Lounge by Daniel Michalik

by Justin Thomas •

This cork chaise lounge, designed by Daniel Michalik, qualifies as being ultrametaefficient because it is: made with a renewable material, light, aesthetic, waterproof and impervious to rot and mold. It can be used indoors or outdoors.

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Whole House Energy Monitor

by Justin Thomas •

This handy device monitors the amount of electricity a house is using and displays the information in real-time through its LED display. You can see, for example, the kilo-watt hours being used, or the calculated cost per day. It also projects the next electric bill, based upon local rates. The monitor itself sells for $200, which could actually buy you …

PIE Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

PIE‘s curvaceous furniture is handmade using natural materials like water hyacinth, liana, bamboo and rattan.

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ecoMOD

by Justin Thomas •

ecoMOD is a student design project at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. The aim is to design a house that is both affordable and eco-efficient. The first design they came up with is modular with an emphasis placed on melding indoor and outdoor space through passive design strategies. Via: Inhabitat

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Organic Cotton Tank

by Justin Thomas •

Organic cotton goes mainstream, and starts to slip into the malls. Now available from Saks Fifth Avenue, this scoopneck tank by Eileen Fisher. It’s made in the U.S. too. The price on it is $58.

Elite Dual Compartment Garbage Bin

by Justin Thomas •

This Brabantia Twin Bin is divided into two compartments, one for regular trash, one for compostable matter can be kept separate from all other waste. Eliteness doesn’t come cheap — it’s available for $166 here. Now if it really glowed like that… Via: Kitchen Contraptions

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Cordster

by Justin Thomas •

The Cordster is a small attachment to keep your headphone cables untangled. It works with virtually all portable cords, and snaps on and off using a removable Velcro-like fastener. Reportedly, it works well. Available in a variety of colors for $4.95.