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Wooden Hot Tubs

by Justin Thomas •

Wooden hot tubs are an attractive alternative to the plastic tubs that have come to dominate the marketplace today. These traditionally styled tubs are built with wood that contains natural anti-bacterial oils. SeaOtter Woodworks build their tubs by hand with Western Red Cedar. They are one of the few companies in the U.S. making wooden hot tubs. They support sound …

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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 …

PIE Furniture

by Justin Thomas •

PIE‘s curvaceous furniture is handmade using natural materials like water hyacinth, liana, bamboo and rattan.

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Eco Kettle

by Justin Thomas •

This Eco Kettle is designed to boil the exact amount of water you need. It has two compartments: the internal reservoir holds about half a gallon of water ready for use, while the measuring button allows any quantity — from a single cupful to the full capacity to be released into a separate chamber for boiling. Available from The Insight …

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PaxFan: An Innovative Spiral Form

by Justin Thomas •

A fine example of biomimicry, the PaxFan is an innovative, spiral fan created by Jay Harman, an Australian inventor. His domestic exhaust fan is half as noisy and three-quarters more efficient than the average fan. Sierra Magazine reports: Harman spent a lot of his life watching water flow, both as a diver and as a sailor, one of those principles …

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Presso: A Non-Electric Espresso Maker

by Justin Thomas •

The Presso is a manually operated espresso machine — no electricity is required. You make an espresso by adding hot water and ground coffee at the top. When you press down on the levers, the pressure pushes the water through the coffee, and it is deposited in your cup. You can make either a double espresso or two single espressos …

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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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Ecoflame: Fuel Made from Sugar Cane

by Justin Thomas •

Ecoflame is a cooking fuel made out of sugar cane. Apparently it burns cleaner, hotter and more efficiently than petroluem-based fuels. It’s an ethanol-based fuel made from natural sugar cane alcohol. Sugar cane is a renewable resource, but it does require a lot of water to grow. Still, most other heating fuel products are poisonous and derivatives of petroleum and …

Biopavers

by Justin Thomas •

We mentioned previously that using porous pavers is an effective alternative to paving with concrete. They make patios and driveways less erosion-prone and they do not get as hot as hard-surfaced pavement. Now a company called Biopaver is trying to take things a step further by introducing a new type of paver designed to catch storm water run-off but also …

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Faucet Restrictors/Aerators

by Justin Thomas •

Have you ever spent time at the sink, judiciously adjusting the hot and cold water, to achieve that happy medium between “cold” and “scalding hot”? Well, we’ve been there too — and we’ve noticed that water streams down the sink in a meta-inefficient manner. That’s why these faucet restrictors are so handy. They attach like a regular faucet aerator but …