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Natural Indigo Jeans: Metaefficient?

by Justin Thomas •

Originally, jeans were dyed with the color of the actual indigo plant. Today, natural indigo jeans can’t be considered metaefficient because they are expensive and only available as a kind of designer jean. Notwithstanding this, people admire these jeans because of their distinctive, deeply hued appearance. The story behind them is interesting too. There are at least three companies making …

MetaEfficient: Metal-Free Inks by Ecoprint

by Justin Thomas •

Not many print houses put much thought into making their production processes more efficient or non-toxic. Ecoprint, based in the Washington DC area, is different. They have developed their own “eco-inks”. These inks are specially formulated to be free from toxic metals like copper and barium. The Ecoprint shop also runs on 100% wind power, and uses 100% recycled or …

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Book Review: Field Guide To Sprawl (De-Metaefficient)

by Justin Thomas •

Who would have thought sprawl could be so entertaining? I guess its the combination of Dolores Hayden’s extensive collection of sprawl coinages and the aerial photography by Jim Wark that makes this book an intriguing coffetable read. By glancing through the pages you see examples of curious sprawl phenomena such as “Pork Chop Lots”, “Boomburb”, “LULUs” and “Clustered Worlds”. This …

Hand Crank Blender: MetaEfficient

by Justin Thomas •

This Vortex blender might save you a couple minutes at the gym. A useful device to mix a margarita while living off-grid, camping, boating or traveling. It qualifies as metaefficient because: portable, energy efficient, and relatively inexpensive. Priced around $50. Available from: Shop.Com or Campmor

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Metaefficient Fertilizer: TerraCycle

by Justin Thomas •

TerraCycle is a product that could be called completely Metaefficient. It is a liquid fertilizer produced through vermicomposting, or feeding organic waste to red worms. The worms’ excrement is a nutrient rich compost that can be mixed to produce liquid organic fertilizer. The TerraCycle bottles are recycled soda bottled collected by students in elementary schools, and the trigger sprays are …

Metaefficient Wood Stains

by Justin Thomas •

Napier Environmental is a company in British Columbia that sells non-toxic wood stains that replace the hazardous products widely used to treat wood today. An example of one of their products is Natural Desk Oil, a waterborne blend of natural oils designed to penetrate deep into wood, and protect it like the true oils found in wood. You can buy …

Metaefficient RVing

by Justin Thomas •

With the right techniques, RVing can be a very efficient, non-polluting lifestyle. The best resource about retrofitting your RV to be more efficient is Phred’s “Poopsheets” which are free, compact information guides written by an experiencd RVer. Topics include water treatment, solar power, efficient heating and cooling, composting toilets and efficient 12V appliances and lighting. For solar power, he directs …

Book Review: Natural Capitalism

by Justin Thomas •

Natural Capitalism is a book which dicusses similar ideas to those we present here at MetaEfficient. Written by Paul Hawken and Amory and Hunter Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the book starts off by explaining the authors’ theory of “natural capitalism”, but then it really picks up and provides a fascinating and well-referenced examination of the vast inefficiences of …

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Organic Vodkas: Metaefficient

by Justin Thomas •

Liquid Ice Vodka is a unique vodka made by distilling five grains — wheat, corn, barley, rye and oats, all of which are certified 100% organic. The vodka is made with water from the Snake River in Oregon, which runs right under the distillery. It is distilled four times and filtered three times through lava rock. In 2003 it was …