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Efficient But Rare: Hemp Bath Towels

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Hemp is more durable and resistant to mildew than pure cotton. It’s also more absorbent: hemp fiber can absorb 150% of its weight in water (as opposed to cotton, which can absorb about 100%). Yet hemp bath towels are difficult to find.

SmartGardens: Automated Growing

by Justin Thomas •

SmartGardens are specially designed gardens that automatically water and feed plants without the need for pumps, timers and nutrient monitoring. They incorporate a watering system called a SmartValve, which enables the plants to be gravity fed, instead of through a pump. This means there is no need for a reservoir below the garden to capture runoff. There are some more …

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Staber Washer: Highly Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

The Staber Washer is good washer if you are interested in saving electricity, water and detergent. It is the only top loading, horizontal-axis clothes washer made in the U.S. It operates in a similar way to an efficient front load washer, but you get top loading convenience. Compared to conventional vertical-axis agitator washers, the Staber uses 66% less water, 50% …

Egglings: Crack Open a Plant

by Justin Thomas •

These ceramic “Egglings” look and feel like real eggs. But if you crack one open, and add water, you’ll soon have plant growing. Each Eggling comes with a terra cotta tray and seed pack. The plants will grow for months in their shell and can be replanted in soil. Available for $8.95 from Elsewares. Found via Inhabitat.

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Efficient Sprouting: The Sprout Bag

by Justin Thomas •

In the growing world, it doesn’t get much easier than sprouting. It’s a easy way to grow fresh ingredients for your sandwich or stir fry. It takes only about 6 to 7 days for sprouts to grow. People often assume sprouts are best grown in jars. But jars were never designed for sprouting. According to the Sprout Man, it’s more …

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Ultraminimalist Electricity

by Justin Thomas •

By using ultraminimalist electrical configurations, you can lighten your housing arrangements and make them more portable too. Ultraminimalist lighting is straightforward. The most efficient way of lighting a house is to use lamps with compact fluorescent bulbs inside. For example, a 27W compact fluorescent is equivalent to a 100W incandescent bulb. Use LED lights for task lighting and spot lighting. …

Heated Pools and Rain Water

by Justin Thomas •

We recommend rain water as one of the purest waters for baths and pools. Even in cities, rain can be purified easily. Most pollution falls in the first three minutes and the rest of the water can simply be filtered to a level where it will rival the purity of spring water or bottled water. See more information about heating …

Modular Architecture: Lukas Lang

by Justin Thomas •

Lukas Lang Architecture Technology is based on a modular component system, which allows the customer to plan and modify buildings of different shapes and sizes. The pre-fabricated wood components and other elements fit together in different configurations to construct everything from housing complexes to simple water gazebos. Lukas Lang Architecture Technology

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Energy Star Washer: Ecosmart GWL11 by Fisher & Paykel

by Justin Thomas •

This washer is no longer recommended, due to the lack of service and support. This washer from Fisher and Paykel is very efficient in terms of water use and electricity consumed, costing only about $21 annually in power, and using only 26 gallons per laundry load. The CEE (Consortium ForEnergy Efficiency) rates this washer as the most efficient of its …

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Efficient Pasta Cooker: Zevro Perfetto

by Justin Thomas •

Here’s a promising product that will be introduced soon — the Zevro Perfetto is a pasta cooker said to save up to 70% of energy and up to 50% of water compared to cooking pasta in a traditional pot. Only about 32 fluid ounces (1 liter) of water is needed and there’s no need to stir or watch the pasta …