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Optimal: Making Manufacturing Processes Transparent: Patagonia

by Justin Thomas •

Patagonia is really a leader in effective, green manufacturing. Now the company is making its manufacturing processes as transparent as possible. Patagonia has created a web site called the Footprint Chronicles, where you can track the eco “footprint” of several pieces of Patagonian clothing. Also listed in the amount of waste and CO2 generated as the garments are produced — …

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Green Hotels: Healthy Accomodation

by Justin Thomas •

From installing efficient lighting and air conditioning to featuring only locally sourced and organic ingredients on restaurant menus, many accommodations are actively pursuing sustainability. Green Seal and the Green Hotels Association promote this innovation in the lodging industry, and their web sites list green hotels on a state-by-state basis. You can find a list on the Green Hotels Association web …

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iT House

by Justin Thomas •

Inhabitat reports on the iT House — a prefabricated housing system that uses glass and aluminum frames as its basis. Created by Bosch, the house is only 1000 square feet, and is designed to be constructed in 8 weeks. It makes use of radiant heat flooring and solar panels on the roof. Homeowners can customize many facets of the house …

Top Rated Rice Cookers: Zojiriushi

by Justin Thomas •

Rice cooker reviews are little hard to find — the bigger consumer magazines don’t seem to cover them, but some other sources on the web do. Reviewers on Cool Tools and Sally’s Kitchen both recommend Zojirushi Rice Cookers. Popular in Japan, Zojirushi cookers are pricey ($150-$200). But they also have no-frills models for about $60.

Fox Fibre Towels

by Justin Thomas •

Green Sage has towels available in two natural Fox Fibre cotton colors “sage green” and “cafe” — each created with fiber straight from the cotton plant — there’s no dyeing involved. Fox Fibre is a little scarce — its good to see the towels available here. The towel set is priced at $55. Web Page: Green Sage