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eSolar Gets $130 Million From Google and Others

by Justin Thomas •

eSolar employees put the final touches on the mirrors used to focus sunlight. eSolar is a startup company which is in the process of building solar thermal power plants. It was one of the first startups to earn financial support from Google. This morning it received $130 millions dollars in funding from Google.Org, Bill Gross’ Idealab, Oak Investment Partners, and …

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MetaEfficient: Hemp Socks

by Justin Thomas •

Hemp is the most efficient material for socks: it’s durable, it breathes better than all other plant fibers and it’s more resistant to bacteria than cotton. It’s also grown a environmentally sound manner without pesticides. All of these factors give it the edge in terms of sock efficiency. Usually, the hemp fiber is blended with cotton and spandex for support.

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Recycled, Biodegradeable Footwear: Solemates

by Justin Thomas •

Made from recycled newsprint, these remarkable and disposable slippers cost less than 50 cents each. The color is natural and no bleaching agents/chemicals have been used — even the cord and the support tube are made from twisted unbleached paper.

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Biolet Toilets

by Justin Thomas •

Notes from Manufacturer: BioLet composting toilets are efficient, compact and reliable appliances which can be easily installed in any location. All models are manufactured from durable, easy to clean ABS plastic and non-corroding stainless steel and are backed by over 25 years of experience, a three year limited warranty and toll free customer support. Home Page: Biolet Price: $1065-2000

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Ultralight Hammocks

by Justin Thomas •

This Hennessy Ultralight Backpacker Hammock is a compact and inexpensive shelter. Uniquely designed to be stable while entering the hammock, and to provide support while sleeping. It has an oversized rain-fly to protect you from the elements while you are sleeping. We like these expedition hammocks because they weigh 1 lbs. 7oz., and are substitutes for an ultralight tent, fly …