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LED Floodlights

by Justin Thomas •

Enlux, a company in Arizona, has created floodlights built from LEDs. They did this by removing the diodes from their individual plastic housings and clustering them on a heat-dissipating circuit board, known as a light engine. They also created finned aluminum housing that spreads the heat across its surface. The 22-watt floodlight ($80) gives off about as much brightness as …

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EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo: 100% Recycled Glass Flooring

by Justin Thomas •

EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is flooring made of 100% post-consumer recycled glass. Recycled glass bottles are crushed, mixed with an epoxy, and poured to form a very appealing surface. Terrazzo, from the Italian word for terraces, was created several hundred years ago in Europe when Venetian workers discovered a new use for discarded marble remnants. EnviroGLAS™ Terrazzo is the latest Terrazzo innovation …

Sun-Mar Toilets

by Justin Thomas •

Notes from Manufacturer: The Sun-Mar’s unique patented Bio-Drum™ tumbler optimizes mixing, oxygenation and moisture distribution. No other composting toilet includes a rotating drum. Evaporation is optimized via large surface areas, heating evaporated surfaces, and well-designed air flow. The finishing drawer collects compost from the Bio-Drum, isolating it from new compost and allowing it to dry before removal. Home Page: Sun-Mar …

GAC (Granulated Active Carbon)

by Justin Thomas •

Carbon has long been used to absorb impurities and is perhaps the most powerful absorbent known. Activated carbon is carbon which has a slight electro-positive charge added to it, making it even more attractive to chemicals and impurities. As the water passes over the positively charged carbon surface, the negative ions of the contaminants are drawn to the surface of …

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Levy Design: Side Chair

by Justin Thomas •

This chair, designed by Josh Levy, and inspired by the earlier works of Frank Gehry, is constructed with recycled corrugated fiberboard. The surface is soft and brushed to feel like suede. Corrugated fiberboard consists of linerboard (the flat exterior) and flute (arched and sandwiched in between). When the two are adhered together, they resist bending from all directions. Designer: Josh …