HybridCars.Com

HybridCars.Com is a web site with a lot of up-to-date information on (you guessed it) hybrid cars, trucks and vans. The editor is Bradley Berman who has written a book entitled “An Insider’s Look at Hybrid Cars: How They Work and Why They Matter”. The web site has an overview of what vehicles are available now and which ones are …

Upside-Down Tomato, Flower and Vegetable Planter

An interesting idea. This planter can used to tomatoes, other vegetables or even flowers from a small area. Hang on decks, patios, porches, balconies, or even from a tree. The manufacturer claims feeding and watering is easy: you pour water or nutrients into the top of the funnel. Web Site: Clean Air Gardening ($19.95)

How Clean Is The Air You Are Breathing?

The website Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site will tell you how clean the air is in your zip code. You can enter your zip code below to test it out: Enter your zip code:    When the report appears, choose the “Air Quality Rankings: Health Risks, Exposure, and Emissions” link. The site also has suggestions about how you can help …

Nike Releases “Considered” Footwear Line

Nike has released a new line of footwear called “Considered”, which they claim is produced using sustainable manufacturing practices, quite different from the way most athletic shoes are currently made, and quite efficient if their claims are true. Some examples: 80% less solvents and glues used; simpler designs involving fewer production steps including less stitching; materials are sourced closer to …

Recycled Rain Barrels

Aaron makes rain barrels out of recycled plastic, and runs an informative web site about rain water harvesting. The 58 gallon rain barrels are made out of thick food-grade plastic, and can withstand both hot and cold temperatures. The barrels connect directly to the downspout of your rain gutter. They are also paintable (with Krylon Fusion) for those who want …

Metaefficient Wood Stains

Napier Environmental is a company in British Columbia that sells non-toxic wood stains that replace the hazardous products widely used to treat wood today. An example of one of their products is Natural Desk Oil, a waterborne blend of natural oils designed to penetrate deep into wood, and protect it like the true oils found in wood. You can buy …

Eco-Investing: SustainableBusiness.Com

The Sustainable Business web site covers news about eco-effective companies. It hosts a large list of the current stock prices of these companies, sorted by industry type (for example “Geothermal” or “Health Care”). The web site also has a “Green Investor” section, and lists the “20 Most Sustainable Stocks of 2004”. The editor, Rona Field, starts with this introduction: Wind …

Best and Worst Personal Care Products: Ratings

A while ago we published a link to a site that rates Personal Care Products. We had some requests from readers who were interested in finding the report, so here is an update. The EWG has also published the most comprehensive study on chemical contaminants found in humans. Blood and urine from nine people was tested for 210 chemicals that …

Fungi Perfecti: Growing Useful Mushrooms

Fungi Perfecti is the web site of Paul Stamets, author of “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms“. Stamets has a long history of discovering and cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms. He researches useful aspects of fungi such as their antiviral properties and their potential for “mycoremediation” (restoring polluted or damaged habitats with fungi). Through the Fungi Perfecti web site you can …

Transefficient: Porous Pavers

Porous pavers are permeable replacements for concrete or other hard surfaces. They reduce rain water runoff by 90% thus avoiding erosion. Less pollution reaches the waterways because the rain water penetrates the underlying ground more effectively. Permeable pavement is slightly different — it looks like concrete but is structured to be porous so that rain water seeps through it. See …