Rice Paper Whirl Lamp by Adesso

by Justin Thomas •

This lamp by Adesso has a fan-shaped, bamboo-ribbed, collapsible rice paper shade that stands 28″ tall. The metaefficiency comes through the use of bamboo and rice paper, both very light and renewable. Can be fitted with a CFL, if you like. Available for $87 from Contemporary Furniture Online.

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Bamboosa Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

More bamboo fiber clothing! This time made in the U.S. and organically produced. Bamboosa is an eco-efficient company based in Andrews, South Carolina. They blend bamboo fiber with organic cotton to make an innovative range of clothing. The men’s short, pictured here, is made from 100% bamboo French terry fabric (i.e. extremely soft). Bamboosa is a sweatshop-free company, they use …

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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Geämi: Metaefficient Packing Material

by Justin Thomas •

Geämi is a new biodegradable and very effective packing material. The name means “earth (ge) friend (ami)” in Latin and Greek. The Geämi system expands kraft paper into a honeycomb with thousands of little hexagonal cells. The result is a lightweight, extremely protective material that reduces overall packing size. Geämi packaging is also easily recyclable and is biodegradable. Crate & …

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Innocuous and Efficient: Stapleless Staplers

by Justin Thomas •

Stapleless Staplers are a more efficient way to bind paper. The models available today are designed for small binding tasks (5-7 pages max). The stapler seen above is available for about $21 from Amazon. Other models are be seen here.

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Excel Hand Dryer Uses 80% Less Energy

by Justin Thomas •

This is a hand dryer, made by Excel, that uses 80% less electrical energy than similar dryers. It uses a high velocity fan to dry hands faster (10-12 seconds) by blowing the water droplets off the hands. Hand dryers are more efficient than paper towels in public restrooms. Paper towels have a higher annual cost, use energy to transport, create …