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HybridCars.Com

by Justin Thomas •

HybridCars.Com is a web site with a lot of up-to-date information on (you guessed it) hybrid cars, trucks and vans. The editor is Bradley Berman who has written a book entitled “An Insider’s Look at Hybrid Cars: How They Work and Why They Matter”. The web site has an overview of what vehicles are available now and which ones are …

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“Green Building Products” Released

by Justin Thomas •

BuildingGreen has recently released the GreenSpec Directory of environmentally preferable building products and materials. It includes more than 1,850 listings that designers, builders and building owners can use in identifying products to improve the environmental performance of their buildings. This increased availability of a diverse range of such products and building materials is helping architects and engineers to take green …

Riverside Design Group: SeaForm Tableware

by Justin Thomas •

Riverside Design Group produces elegant tableware, handcrafted in western Pennsylvania from post-industrial / pre-consumer recycled glass. Despite their crafted appearance, the pieces are highly durable and intended for everyday use, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The pieces range in price from $26-88.

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Efficient Wood Burning Stoves

by Justin Thomas •

Woodstoves can indeed be a metaefficient way to heat your home. Modern woodstoves are an economical and environmentally sound choice for home heating. Wood has a much higher BTU capacity than gas, and wood is a renewable resource. Older, conventional woodstoves emitted between 30 and 80 grams of particulate matter (smoke) per hour, while the new EPA-approved stoves have reduced …

Wi-Fi HotSpotter

by Justin Thomas •

A new WIFI dectector has been released that not only spots Wi-Fi networks and details their signal strength, but reveals the name of each available network. The Digital Hotspotter from Canary Wireless is also the first detector to reveal the most important piece of information of all: whether a network is encrypted. It is priced at $50. Available from: Canary …

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Reclaimed Wood Funiture

by Justin Thomas •

These very attractive tables and chairs are designed by Scrapile. They are made of reclaimed scraps of wood from local wood shops. The unique texture comes from the combination of the various types of wood that is recovered. Scrapile is run by Brooklyn-based designers Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt. For more information contact: Carlos Salgado

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Transefficient: Porous Pavers

by Justin Thomas •

Porous pavers are permeable replacements for concrete or other hard surfaces. They reduce rain water runoff by 90% thus avoiding erosion. Less pollution reaches the waterways because the rain water penetrates the underlying ground more effectively. Permeable pavement is slightly different — it looks like concrete but is structured to be porous so that rain water seeps through it. See …

Book Review: “Transmaterial”

by Justin Thomas •

Transmaterial, a book edited by Blaine Brownell, covers “materials, products and processes that are redefining our physical environment.” The book is filled with surveys of metaeffective materials. The chapters include: ultraperforming materials, multidimensional, recombinant and transformational materials. The entire book is available as a PDF File (11MB). See this review from World Changing for more information.

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LED Ceiling Lights

by Justin Thomas •

Glen Hunter has created lighting fixtures using 1 watt LEDs and acrylic rods. He originally designed the lights to use in his off-grid house. This kind of lighting design is really pushing the efficiency envelope. They are now available from Eurolite. More information: GlenHunter.Ca

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Grapefruit Seed Extract: Efficient Disinfectant

by Justin Thomas •

Grapefruit Seed Extract is a powerful disinfectant. It can be used to disinfect wounds, sterilize fruit and vegetables, purify drinking water, sanitize dishes, countertops and cutting boards and inhibit bacteria growth in pools and spas. The active ingredient of grapefruit seed extract is synthesized from the seed and pulp of certified organically grown grapefruit. The process converts the grapefruit bioflavonoids …