The Street Enlightened Electric Bicycle From IZip

The Street Enlightened electric bike from IZip is a good example of a “stealth” electric bike –the batteries are concealed inside the bike’s frame (in the down tube), and the DC motor is integrated into the rear wheel. You don’t have to mention this fact to your fellow cyclists! The bike has a three hour charge time and an electric-assisted …

Solar Evacuated Tubes: Free Hot Water

For solar water heating in your home, there are basically two types of solar collectors: conventional flat-plate collectors and evacuated tube collectors. Evacuated tubes have a number of advantages: the work on overcast days, in colder weather, and the tubes can be installed and replaced individually without special tools.

Test Tube Vases

These are minimalist test tube vases. They’re available for $9.15 from Sprout Home. Found via Better Living Through Design

Best Television Reviews

The best television reviews can be found on Consumer Reports (subscription required) and CNET. Shown here is Sony’s WEGA KV-27FS120 television. It received the highest marks from reviewers for its sound and picture quality, especially in 16:9 enhanced mode. It has a flat picture tube to minimize glare. It’s a bit more expensive (about $300) than comparable sets, but according …

Auro Contact Glue: 100% Natural

Why are we featuring this dull looking tube of glue from Germany? Because it doesn’t suffer from the design flaw of every other household adhesive: toxicity. It is one of the few glues in the world that are derived solely from natural materials. How is this possible? This transparent glue’s main ingredients are dammar, latex, casein and orange oil. Dammar …

Recycled, Biodegradeable Footwear: Solemates

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.

Solar Tubes: Very Efficient Heating

Apricus makes a unique solar hot water heater which is 30-40% more efficient than flat plate solar systems. The secret to the performance is the use of cylindrical evacuated glass tubes to absorb the heat from the sun. Because the tubes are cylindrical, there is always a surface area that is perpendicular to the sun. The tubes also house a …

Cold Cathode Compact Fluorescents (CCFs)

Cold Cathode Fluorescent lights draw very little power for the light they deliver. CCFs produce up to 80 lumens per watt. Halogen lights typically produce 15-18 lumens per watt, and the most efficient white LEDs on the market produce 23 lumens per watt. CCF lights provide up to 25,000 hours of service life and unlimited starts. The CCFs are similar …