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Best Bike Panniers For Commuting

by Benjamin Roman •

Ortlieb Bike Shopper Pannier Bag

Even if you’re not biking cross-country, you still need a good way to carry items while cycling to work or running errands.  You can do away with your makeshift bungees and get the most out of your bike rack with a bag or pannier to help haul your stuff.  These are five of the best ones available for day-to-day use …

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Efficient, Green Carry-On Luggage

by Benjamin Roman •

Whether your next trip takes you to another continent or just the town next door, you’ll want the right carry-on bag for the job. We’ve picked four of the best choices that combine functionality with eco-friendly construction. And remember, materials and manufacturing are only half of what makes a travel bag environmentally friendly. A durable and versatile design is “green”, …

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Five Eco-Ethical Coffees To Jolt You Into 2009

by Siel •

Picking a morning caffeine pick-up’s gotten confusing, what with the proliferation of certifications: organic, fair trade, Rain Forest Alliance, Utz Kapeh — not to mention all the self-certification schemes companies like Starbucks are trying to sell. To help you cut through the clutter, here are five eco-ethical coffees you can feel good about drinking:

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New Commuter Bike By Kona

by Justin Thomas •

This is a new bike from Kona, called the Ute, to be released in 2008. With a cargo rack as part of its design, it will be one of the few bikes designed with the commuter in mind. The bike also comes with two grocery-style pannier bags that include a raincover. You can also opt to get a four bag …

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IKEA To Start Charging For Plastic Bags

by Justin Thomas •

IKEA will begin charging customer five cents for disposable plastic bags. IKEA hopes that this move will be the first step in ending their use altogether. The company said the decision was aimed at reducing the amount of plastic bags that are thrown away. IKEA is believed to be the first major retailer in the U.S. to undertake such a …

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Most Efficient Food Storage Bags: BioBags

by Justin Thomas •

The most efficient food storage bag are BioBags. These bags are similar to plastic bags, but they are composed of corn-based bioplastic. Unlike conventional plastic, the bioplastic “breathes” without leaking, allowing heat and moisture to evaporate, which keeps food fresh longer. They are also GMO-free, 100% biodegradable and compostable. Note: The bags are labelled “Food Waste” bags but the company …

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Efficient Sprouting: The Sprout Bag

by Justin Thomas •

In the growing world, it doesn’t get much easier than sprouting. It’s a easy way to grow fresh ingredients for your sandwich or stir fry. It takes only about 6 to 7 days for sprouts to grow. People often assume sprouts are best grown in jars. But jars were never designed for sprouting. According to the Sprout Man, it’s more …

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Efficient: Down Filled Sleeping Bags

by Justin Thomas •

Down is one of nature’s finest insulators. Nothing matches its warmth for weight, compressibility, and resilience. Its ability to absorb perspiration and cozily drape along the contours of your body is unparalleled by synthetic materials. Down is more expensive than other insulating materials. However, when you divide its cost by the number of cozy nights it provides, down is a …

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Wood Pellet Stoves Are Hot

by Justin Thomas •

Wood pellet stoves have become very popular this year, due to the fact that heating oil costs have risen 31% and natural gas is up 46%. Pellet stoves are small electric stoves that burn small pieces of recycled sawdust, that have been compressed into pellets. There are a number of advantages to using wood pellet stoves: they are extremely efficient, …

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Juice Bag: Flexible Solar Power

by Justin Thomas •

The “Juice Bag” is the first of its kind — a backpack with flexible solar panels built in. This means it’s lighter and less bulky that other solar backpacks. The pack has a capacity of 2500 Cubic inches, and weighs 2.5 pounds. It charges gadgets directly via a built-in female 12V car charger. The solar cells output 6.3 Watts. It’s …