Handmade Toys

by Justin Thomas •

This Baby Elephant toy is handmade by artisans in rural Kenya. The octopus is created with natural wool yarn treated with natural vegetable-based dyes. It’s filled with acrylic (kapok would haven been better). The price is $22 from Branch. The also have a number of other non-toxic toys available.

Best Book Deal

by Justin Thomas •

If you want find out where to buy a particular book at the lowest cost, try out Best Book Deal. This service will search 100 bookstores, and show you how the prices compare. A very handy feature of this site is the inclusion of the shipping costs to calculate a total price. So, at a glance, you can see which …

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Organic Cotton Tank

by Justin Thomas •

Organic cotton goes mainstream, and starts to slip into the malls. Now available from Saks Fifth Avenue, this scoopneck tank by Eileen Fisher. It’s made in the U.S. too. The price on it is $58.

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Reclaimed White Oak Chair by Whit McLeod

by Justin Thomas •

This chair is made of 100% white oak salvaged from wine barrels discarded by California wineries. It is treated with linseed oil. The chair folds together like so: The price for one chair is $125. They also construct other furniture. Available from: Whit McLeod

Honda Civic Hybrid

by Justin Thomas •

Configuration: 1.3L 4, auto Miles per Gallon: 46.9 Price: around $20,000 Homepage: Honda

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Flexible Solar Panels

by Justin Thomas •

If you boat, hike or are basically remote, these panels are the most portable way to produce electricity yet devised. The panel above, weighing 4.7 pounds, produces 32W of 12V power, and rolls up so you can pack it. They are extremely durable and can withstand rain or being stepped on. Best Price: $268.75 (AltEnergyStore)