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Ultra-Efficient Design Meets Low-Impact Manufacturing: Patagonia Wetsuits

by Benjamin Roman •

If you’re not a surfer or a diver, a wetsuit may seem like a fairly specialized or even obscure piece of equipment. But once in a while, a product arrives on the market that’s noteworthy not only for how well it performs its job, but also for how it’s designed and produced. Such is the case with the amazingly efficient …

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Nikon Introduces Green Binoculars: Ecobins

by Justin Thomas •

Nikon has introduced some new binoculars called Ecobins with some nice green features. The body of the binocular is made with rubber than does not include chloride, toxic inks or dyes. The lens and prisms are made with Nikon’s Eco-Glass™, which is lead- and arsenic-free.

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Highly Efficient Hemp Shoes by Lafuma

by Justin Thomas •

This shoe, the Greenley 2 by Lafuma, is built with highly effective and sustainble materials. The uppers are made of hemp and the lining is a cotton canvas. The shoe also has a removable footbed of tanned leather (made without VI chromium or latex), and natural rubber sole. It is part of Lafuma’s Pure Leaf Collection. The shoe is currently …

Reusable Aluminum Lunch Boxes by Sigg

by Justin Thomas •

Sigg is a Swiss company with a reputation for producing quality, non-toxic containers. They makes these lightweight, durable boxes out of anodized aluminium. They have snap lock to keep the lid securely in place, and a rubber seal provides a leakproof closure. They are available from Amazon.

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Yaktrax Ice and Snow Shoe Grips

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s something that allows you to get traction on snow or ice while wearing your regular shoes. These Yaktrax grips are essentially a thick rubber bands, equipped with steel coils, that fit over the sole of your shoes. Apparently the idea was borrowed from the Tibetans. Priced around $20 per pair, available from Amazon.

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LIKEaBIKE: A Cool and Efficient Learning Bike

by Justin Thomas •

The LIKEaBIKE is a unique toy vehicle for children between the ages of two and five. It’s a learning bike with no pedals — children can push themselves along with their feet. It allows them to gain the confidence and coordination to ride a real bike. It can be used indoors and out. With its inflated tires, it can be …

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Marko Travel Toothbrush by Ohso

by Justin Thomas •

This Marko toothbrush by Ohso holds toothpaste in its handle, and dispenses it within its own bristles, making it a self-contained device for travelers. Last year we reviewed the “Clever Toothbrush” which was similar, but it was made out of plastic, and was not very durable. This toothbrush looks better — it’s composed of chrome and rubber, and has a …

Intriguing Designs: Get Sticks by Extremis

by Justin Thomas •

Recently featured on MoCo Loco, “Get Sticks” are space dividers for indoor or outdoors. Designed by Hsu-Li Teo and Stefan Kaiser, the dividers come in separate modules that you arrange as you wish. The base is available in wood or recycled rubber with cork. The sticks are 6 feet (180 cm) high and are made of wood or fiberglass and …

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Rubberwood Coffee Table

by Justin Thomas •

This coffee table is made with rubberwood, which is considered a renewable timber because it is only milled from rubber trees that have ceased to produce latex. See more information on rubberwood here. Available for $60 from Amazon.

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New Adidas Hemp: Dakota Lo

by Justin Thomas •

Perhaps due to the resurgence of interest in their hemp shoes, Adidas has introduced a new shoe called the “Dakota Lo Hemp”. This cranberry number is a reintroduction of the original Adidas basketball shoe from in the late 70s. It’s reasonably metaefficient in its construction — with hemp uppers and laces. We believe the sole is made of natural rubber …