Bidet Seats: More Efficient Than Toilet Paper

Bidets are those devices that spray water (and sometimes air) on your posterior. They are more hygienic than toilet paper, and save you money in the long run. In Japan, high-tech bidets called Washlets are now the most popular electronic equipment being sold — 60% of households have them installed. In Venezuela they are found in approximately 90% of households. …

Updates From The MetaEfficient Kitchen Labs

This summer I’ve been working on food-related optimization projects, here are some updates: I now have subscriptions with two local farmers (through a CSA or Community Support Agriculture). One farmer provides me with raw milk, raw butter and eggs, the other farmer provides vegetables and fruit. They both happen to deliver to same street in my neighborhood, so I ride my bike …

OLEDs Printed Like Newspaper: World’s First Demonstration

OLEDs are thin, organic materials sandwiched between two electrodes, which illuminate when an electrical charge is applied. They’re so thin, that they could be applied to rooms as a type of wall paper to glow at the touch of a finger or when someone enters the room. Like LEDs they produce light very efficiently. But OLEDs also have to potential …

Innovation: Biodegradeable Coffee Cups!

Today, there is no way to compost or recycle the billions of disposable coffee cups used in the U.S. each year. It’s all due to a simple fact: the cups are lined with a petroleum-based plastic (polyethylene) to prevent leaking. But, finally, someone has invented a biodegradable coffee cup. The innovators are International Paper and Green Mountain Coffee. They’ve created …

The Pocket Survival Pak

These are the best pocket-sized “survival kits” we’ve seen. They are a collection of minimalist survival tools packed into a tiny case — handy to have during wilderness travel or any other time a emergency situation could arise. They also include “Survival Instructions” with 33 illustrations printed on waterproof paper. The packs were designed by Doug Ritter who runs the …

Recycled Paper Journals

These classy journals are made from 100% post-consumer fibre. They have a perpetual calendar printed on the inside fold-out front cover. The journals measure 6” X 9″ and are filled with 200 pages of 24 lb. cream coloured paper which is processed without chlorine bleach. Availalbe for $14.55 from Grass Roots. Found via Great Green Goods.

TA-KE Floor Lamp

This “TA-KE” floor lamp is one of many affordable, asian-style lamps available from Shojidecor. Light on resources, it is made of thick rice paper with a satin steel finished base. Available for $89 in five colors from Shojidecor.

Sustainable Chopstick Set

This fair traded chopstick set is made with recycled scrap hardwoods in Thailand. The set includes six chopsticks, six bowls, and six holders. Packaged in sustainable, hand-crafted Saa paper. Available from DropSoul for $29.

TAK Pushpins

It’s a design update on a common household object. The TAK Pushpin has two pins, an oversized head and a channel in the middle. The double pins add strength and stability while preventing paper from swiveling, and the horseshoe shaped channel allows users to organize wire and hang up holiday lights. Packs of six are available for about $5.

Recycled Newspaper Vases

At first glance the surface of these vases look like wood grain. But they are actually constructed entirely out of recycled newspaper and aluminum. The paper is carefully die cut and bound like a book. They have other unusual shapes too. They are prices from $23 to $32. Available from Wishing Fish and Gardners Eden