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Most Efficient Filtering Plant: Boston Fern

by Justin Thomas •

The Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) — it’s the plant that’s the most efficient at removing formaldehyde (the most common indoor air pollutant). See our post on How To Grow Fresh Air for more information.

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Outer340 Clipper by Icebreaker

by Justin Thomas •

This newly released Outer340 Clipper jacket from Icebreaker is made out 100% New Zealand merino wool. The “Outer340” refers the the weight of the wool (340 grams per square centimeter). It costs about $230 USD. See this previous post for details on why we think their clothing is metaefficient. This page has a guide to where to buy Icebreaker clothing.

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Chameleon Lamps from Philips

by Justin Thomas •

Hold something in front of these lamps, and the lamp shade will change to the color of the object. There’s a standard light bulb inside, surrounded by a ring of LEDs which project the color onto the shade. These lamps will be released sometime next year by Philips. We also featured Philips’ interactive bulbs in a previous post.

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New Solar Tiles Introduced

by Justin Thomas •

Kyocera has introduced a new solar roof tile. The solar tile is designed so that it blends in with standard roof tiles. These are not the first solar tiles on the market (see this previous post), but it is the first time a large corporation has introduced them. Kyocera calls the solar tiles “MyGen Meridian”. The company says the tiles …

EcoResin Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

3Form has just introduced a new line of furniture made with Varia Ecoresin. (See our previous post on Ecoresin.) Varia is manufactured under strict OHSA approved standards and is free of VOC’s, solvents and emissions. 3form ecoresin and Varia are built to exceed LEED accreditation insuring at least 40% post industrial recycled content, and are free from plasticizers and stabilizers. …

Icebreaker Jackets: Innovative Merino Wool

by Justin Thomas •

Icebreaker, a New Zealand company specializing in merino wool performance wear, has just introduced a new line of jackets named PurePlus. The jackets are constructed from two merino fabrics: a stretch knit interior laminated to a finely woven exterior. They are wind resistant, warm and highly breathable. We’ve noted the virtues of merino wool in a previous post. It is …

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Rebinder by Sustainable Group

by Justin Thomas •

The Sustainable Group produce a binder made of a durable material that is 35-40% recycled post consumer corrugated cardboard. We are not fans of vinyl, the material usually used to make binders, so these binders are a welcome alternative. The binders have resuable covers that are replaceable because they are attached to the metal spine with screws rather than rivets. …