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Best LED Flashlights Of 2011

by Benjamin Roman •

What makes the “best” flashlight?  There are specialty lights available for a wide range of applications, but the perfect all-purpose flashlight combines compact size, durability, and above all, a bright beam of light.  All four of our favorites utilize LEDs (light emitting diodes) which are energy efficient for maximum battery life as well as extremely durable. Here is our round-up …

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The Best Digital Projectors Under $500

by Ryan •

The best digital projectors may seem to be the type of gadget that would be out of the reach of many consumers, but the fact is that there are a lot of decent models available for the same price as a small flat screen television.There are a lot of big name brands among the best digital projectors under $500, such …

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Looptworks: Products Made Of 100% “Excess” Material

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing some Looptwork products, and they are amazing. Here’s why: the company makes all their products from 100% industrial “excess” materials. That means every zipper, button and thread used in their designs was about to be thrown out. For example, the Hoptu Laptop Sleeve shown above is made with 100% upcycled nylon neoprene which was recovered from a …

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Toshiba Dynario Fuel Cell Device Charger

by Benjamin Roman •

The first commercially available fuel cell device charger is here! (Well, technically it’s only “here” if you’re reading this in Japan, but that should soon change). Toshiba’s Dynario charger packs fuel cell technology into a portable package that can provide instant power to a dead mobile phone or other gadget, completely off the grid.

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Renewable: Sunglasses Made With Castor Bean Oil

by Justin Thomas •

The frames of these sunglasses (Dragon Experience Eco) are not made with petroleum. Instead they are made with Nylon 11, the only commercially successful high volume biopolymer, which is made by polymerizing a split segment of castor bean oil.

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Bags Made With 95% Recycled Material

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve been testing a new line of bags called Terraclime by Lowepro. I was impressed by the fact that 95% of the material used to make these bags is recycled content. The fabric is made with recycled PET bottles (i.e. post-consumer plastic). The hooks and zippers are made from plastic salvaged from the factory floor, and reground.

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The World’s First Biodegradable Umbrella

by Justin Thomas •

The Brelli is said to be world’s first biodegradable umbrella. Inspired by asian parasols, the Brelli’s handle and frame are crafted from bamboo (sustainably-harvested), and the canopy is made out of an innovative bioplastic. The canopy can be composted in conventional landfills  —  it has passed stringent tests certifying that it will fully biodegrade in one to two years.

Felt Briefcase Made Out of Merino Wool

by Justin Thomas •

This distinctive felt briefcase was designed by Daff from Germany. It’s made out of 100% merino wool felt that resists piling. It features a roomy interior with two main pockets and space under the front flap for credit cards and ID, as well as a cell phone storage pocket. Available from Unica Home for $275. Found via Better Living Through …

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Jimi 100% Recycled Wallets

by Justin Thomas •

The Jimi Wallet is a compact, splash-proof wallet made out of recycled plastic. It is billed as a wallet for those who don’t like regular wallets, with an eye towards travelers, cyclists and anyone who needs a minimalist wallet. Available from Amazon.