Bamboo Bikes Provide Sustainable Transportation From Here To Africa

by Tracy McGill •

Could bamboo be the new carbon? Though bamboo bikes have been around since the late 1800s, they’ve long been considered a novelty item, an amusing notion for tree-huggers to get excited about, but who would ever really own one? Well, manufacturers of bamboo bikes are out to change your mind and are picking up speed. Professionally built bamboo bikes are …

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Holiday Gift Guide: Top Ten Green Toys

by Tracy McGill •

With the recent rash of toy recalls due to the use of harmful lead paints and suspected dangerous plastics containing phthalates and BPA, parents are demanding toys made with non-toxic, non-hazardous materials. Economic times being what they are, it helps to know you’re hard-earned money is going to trustworthy, earth-friendly companies.  By using renewable materials such as bamboo, rubberwood, organic …

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Efficient: Bamboo Toys

by Justin Thomas •

The Contina line by Hape International is said to be the first range of 100% bamboo toys. They are colored with natural, water-based paints. The full range is available from Hape through Amazon. Found via: Eco Child’s Play

Optimal Green Instruction From Allison Rogers

by Justin Thomas •

  Recently, I was lucky enough to meet Allison Rogers, who is now working with the House of Representatives to Green the Capitol.  Allison shared some of her optimal green techniques and  knowledge with me. I am currently documenting some of her activities on TreeHugger. Later, she surprised me with an unusual but efficient organic cheese and organic wine pairing.

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Efficient: 100% Corn-Based Clothing Hangers

by Justin Thomas •

Clothing hangers should not be made out of plastic. These Earthsaver clothing hangers are made from 100% corn grown in the U.S., and they are manufactured in the U.S. by Merrick. However, conventionally grown corn involves the use of many of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Organically grown corn would be more effective. Better still would to build them out of …

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The Midwest’s First Green Tower

by Justin Thomas •

The Roberts Tower, will be the first certified-green high-rise building in the Midwest. It has been designed to achieve a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficient Design) Certification by the US Green Building Council. The condos will have bamboo floors, high-efficiency insulated windows and efficient appliances. They will also use geothermal energy for heating and cooling, and a wind turbine …

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Bamboo Socks

by Justin Thomas •

Bamboo socks are efficient because they don’t retain odor and are very comfortable to wear. But we’ve also learned that producing bamboo fiber involves a great deal of chemical treatment. Socks made with hemp or organic cotton are the most efficient overall.

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Ikea Introduces Responsible Products

by Justin Thomas •

Ikea challenged 28 designers to create products using simple and repurposed materials. The designers made use of materials such as fish nets, recycled packing crates, bamboo and Indian newspapers. The designs are featured on the Ikea PS web site. Apparently, some of the products are already available in Ikea stores, and all items will be out by March 2006. The …

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New Bamboo Fiber Goods

by Justin Thomas •

We’ve detailed the benefits of bamboo fiber previously, noting the excellent softness and anti-bacterial qualities of this fiber. For those who wanted to try out bamboo fiber, you can do so inexpensively, since bamboo washcloths are being sold for $2 each on eBay in white and pink. Also, Bamboosa, a major bamboo clothing manufacturer in the U.S., has released bamboo …

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Enlighten Lamps: Bamboo and Reclaimed Teak

by Justin Thomas •

Enlighten makes lamps using sustainable woods like bamboo and reclaimed teak. The artist, Deaw Intawong, has a rustic-contemporary approach to design. The lamps are handmade in Thailand and fair traded. They are available from YuzuMura for $70.