Airstream Living: Interior Design For Efficiency and Comfort

Airstream trailers have become known for their sleek, classic design. Modern examples feature can feature high-end audio and video equipment. Going beyond simple remodelling, these trailers are made more efficient through additions of solar panels and more effective appliance (see the Airstream Life for more information). The authors of Airstream Living sought out restored, remodeled, and reconditioned examples of the …

Reusable Aluminum Lunch Boxes by Sigg

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.

Dimmable Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Dimmable compact fluorescents are available, they are usually made with “cold cathode” technology. You can find dimmable bulbs here on Amazon. There’s a 12 pack available here, and a dimmable compact fluorescent spotlight here. 1000 Bulbs also sells a wide range of dimmable compact fluorescent bulbs

Portable Pen For All Environments: The Inka Pen

The Inka Pen attaches to a keyring and has a lightweight, stainless steel design. Using a pressurized ink cartridge, it writes at any angle, temperature, altitude and even underwater. The pen is made in the U.S. and has a lifetime warranty. Available from Amazon for $11.

Now Available: Very Efficient: Toilet Lid Sinks

These sinks are finally available in the U.S. They sit atop your toilet and replace the lid. When you flush the toilet, the clean water that would go straight down the toilet is first routed up through a spigot to dispense pure water for hand washing. The sink shut off automatically when the toilet has been filled. It saves on …

Criollo Chocolate: Efficient Food of the Gods

In its pure state, chocolate, or cacao, is quite nutritious, and inspires eudaimonia. There are number of varieties of cacao. Almost all commercial chocolate is made using beans of the Forastero Group. Another more prized cultivar, Criollo, is used by the top chocolate makers around the world. It is less bitter and more aromatic than any other bean.

Corelle: Durable and Inexpensive

Corelle dinnerware is efficient because it is highly durable — it doesn’t break, and the designs on the plates cannot be scratched by knives. Corelle is actually made out of glass, but it is created like a sandwich with a glass core that’s thermally bonded to an outer glass glaze. The lamination creates a finished product that is much stronger …

Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide

This practical book is the first step-by-step green building guide we’ve seen. It is packed with photographs illustrating building techniques like Earth Plastering, Straw Bale Construction, Living Roofs, Cordwood Building and Cob Building. At over 600 pages, this hefty guide is useful for anyone wanting to see the nitty-gritty details of green building. The author’s web site is Think Building …

Agave Nectar: Efficient Sweetener

Agave is that succulent from Mexico used to make tequila and mezcal. But agave nectar is also an efficient sweetener. The nectar is about 90% fructose. Unlike the crystalline form of fructose, which is refined primarily from corn, agave syrup is fructose in its natural form. It has a low glycemic index, meaning your body can incorporate the sugar more …

How To Grow Fresh Air

Author B.C. Wolverton originally began his research to investigate creating a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat. What came of that research was the discovery that houseplants are the most efficient filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene. (See our list of the top plants for cleaning the air).