2006 Honda Civic Hybrid Update

Honda has increased the efficiency of their new Hybrid Civic for 2006, which went on sale recently with a price tag of $21,850. Honda has improved the fuel economy by about five percent, to get 50 mpg on both EPA city and highway ratings. It looks like the Civic Hybrid and the Prius will get about the same fuel economy …

HybridCenter: A Buyer’s Guide

HybridCenter is a good site to get the latest information on hybrid cars. The site features a Buyer’s Guide where you can compare cars based on your driving needs and price of gas in your state. They also have a Comparison Chart, where you can see how each car will perform, based on your driving habits. There’s also a comprehensive …

Real-World Hybrid Mileage Reports

GreenHybrid.Com has a database of real-world mileage reports from hybrid car drivers. It now has statistics from over 1000 different cars in the database. The site also has an active discussion forum and a learning section where you can read about the basics of hybrid car technology.

Ikea Introduces Responsible Products

Ikea challenged 28 designers to create products using simple and repurposed materials. The designers made use of materials such as fish nets, recycled packing crates, bamboo and Indian newspapers. The designs are featured on the Ikea PS web site. Apparently, some of the products are already available in Ikea stores, and all items will be out by March 2006. The …

FindSolar.Com Site Launched

FindSolar.Com is an impressive new web site that helps answer two important questions: (1) Where can I find solar for my home or business? (2) How much will it cost? By entering your state and county, you get a detailed break-down of the costs for a solar installation, based on 3,100 electric utility rates, county-level solar radiation data, and any …

Best Book Deal

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 …

Flip-Top Dishrack by Simplehumans

If you really appreciate a well-designed dishrack this may be up your alley. It’s designed by simplehumans and is priced at $63. Aaron Ebata explains why he thinks it’s worth the money, on the review site Cool Tools. The manufacturer says: The flip-top dishrack adjusts to hold the different tools you use throughout the day. A compact shelf provides quick …

Soymilk Maker Reviews

Do you spend a lot of money on soymilk? You may want to try out a soymilk making machine — these devices allow to make fresh soymilk in your kitchen. We found a good review of the different soymilk machines out there by Vickilynn Haycraft on her site Real Food Living. Apparently the SoyaPower machine is the best one available, …

Bent Ply Chairs

Even retail stores sometimes offer efficient bent plywood furniture, like Hold Everything which sells this “Bent Ply” chair. You may need to go to their site and zoom in to get a good look at the wood grain. Available in four different stains for $88 (including shipping) from Hold Everything. This attractive “Kinetic Santa Catarina” chair (below) is available from …

Organic Cotton Shirts by Prana

Prana makes clothing out of 100% organic cotton, mostly activewear for climbing and yoga, but they also produce casual clothing like this “Cabana Stripe” shirt. Their web site doesn’t tell you much about how the shirts are made. But we did discover from another source that they are produced in the US. It’s available from Northern Mountain Supply for $45 …