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Marko Travel Toothbrush by Ohso

by Justin Thomas •

This Marko toothbrush by Ohso holds toothpaste in its handle, and dispenses it within its own bristles, making it a self-contained device for travelers. Last year we reviewed the “Clever Toothbrush” which was similar, but it was made out of plastic, and was not very durable. This toothbrush looks better — it’s composed of chrome and rubber, and has a …

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Non-Toxic, Eco-Effective Ice Pack

by Justin Thomas •

These reuseable, non-toxic ice packs are unlike the gel-based packs you may have used. Most ice packs on the market today contain urea, a waste byproduct. Instead these packs use a super-absorbant material instead. You can cut them to any configuration you need, soak them in water for a few minutes and freeze. The packs remain flexible when frozen, and …

Elite Dual Compartment Garbage Bin

by Justin Thomas •

This Brabantia Twin Bin is divided into two compartments, one for regular trash, one for compostable matter can be kept separate from all other waste. Eliteness doesn’t come cheap — it’s available for $166 here. Now if it really glowed like that… Via: Kitchen Contraptions

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Using Eggshells To Build Walls In Japan

by Justin Thomas •

In Japan, there’s a product called “Shell Walls” which allows walls to be plastered with a paste made out of waste eggshells. Making full use of the eggshell’s porous structure, Green Techno 21 created Shell Walls which withstand humidity. The eggshell plaster is hazard-free and fireproof as it is made from natural calcium carbonate. After having their inner film peeled …

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Effective Microorganisms or EM

by Justin Thomas •

This may be one of the most efficient things we’ve featured. “Effective Microorganisms” or EM is a formula of specially selected microbes which can be used for many applications. For example, they are a metaefficient compost additive. If you add a mixture of them to your kitchen compost and it will decompose more quickly and with less odor.

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Foam-Flush Toilets: Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

"Foam-Flush" toilets look and function much like conventional toilets. Using a mixture of biocompatible soap and water, the foam-flush toilet moves waste through a conventional 4″ pipe to the composting tank below. The foam mixture cleans the toilet bowl with every flush but uses only about 3 oz. of water, making it fully compatible with the composting process. Since the …

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Ecoist Bags

by Justin Thomas •

Ecoist makes bags and totes by hand with recycled materials used to make candy wrappers, food packages, and soft drink labels. This excess materials often ends up as waste in landfills. For each bag sold they plant a tree. Each bag is unique, with patterns and colors that vary widely, taking each artist 2-5 days to produce. Marisa Rey is …

MetaEfficient: Metal-Free Inks by Ecoprint

by Justin Thomas •

Not many print houses put much thought into making their production processes more efficient or non-toxic. Ecoprint, based in the Washington DC area, is different. They have developed their own “eco-inks”. These inks are specially formulated to be free from toxic metals like copper and barium. The Ecoprint shop also runs on 100% wind power, and uses 100% recycled or …

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24-Hour Kitchen Composter

by Justin Thomas •

These composters efficiently break down and digest organic food waste by means of a proprietary “Composting Bio Mix” containing a blend of food digesting microbes and yeast cells which also act to suppress odors while they work. Sharp claims that they reduce kitchen was by 92% in 24 hours. The composters are only available in Japan. Link: Sharp’s Press Release …

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Metaefficient Fertilizer: TerraCycle

by Justin Thomas •

TerraCycle is a product that could be called completely Metaefficient. It is a liquid fertilizer produced through vermicomposting, or feeding organic waste to red worms. The worms’ excrement is a nutrient rich compost that can be mixed to produce liquid organic fertilizer. The TerraCycle bottles are recycled soda bottled collected by students in elementary schools, and the trigger sprays are …