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Give the Gift of Green: 5 Eco-Friendly Wrapping Tips

Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:25:00 -0800

(image) This year don't just give green gifts, but wrap them green, too.  From purchasing specialty, eco-friendly paper to using what you already have in your home, wrapping with the environment in mind is easier and more festive than you may think.

Top 10 Repurposed Wares from Etsy Designers

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:40:00 -0800

(image) is a great site to find handmade crafts and vintage items, but a new trend is developing rapidly - repurposing old items to make new ones.  From handbags made from men's suits to lounge chairs made from vintage ovens, these products give new meaning to the phrase, "One man's trash..."

Wysips's Transparent Film Transforms Your Cell Into A Solar Panel

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:10:00 -0700

(image) A new, ultra-thin, transparent film made of photovoltaic cells is said to power traditional phones using solar energy.  Wysips, a French tech compnay, presents this new technology, which can be applied to any cell phone without affecting its appearance or touch-screen capabilities.

EcoSmart Fireplace: A Green Way to Heat Your Home

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 19:10:00 -0800

(image) Using bio-ethanol to heat your home, the EcoSmart Fireplace is an even greener alternative to an already ecocentric concept.  Eliminating the need for a chimney or flue, the EcoSmart Fireplace comes in a variety of options.

A Green Home is A Warm Home: Eco-Friendly Heating Options

Wed, 08 Dec 2010 18:00:00 -0800

(image) Stay both green and warm this winter using eco-friendly, innovative alternatives to traditional heating systems.  Geothermal heat pumps, GE's GeoSpring Hybrid, and the Complete Radiant Panel all promise to save energy and money while keeping your home toasty.

Paper Feet: The Upcycled "Foot Condom" by Jimmy Tomczak

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 14:30:00 -0800

(image) Jimmy Tomczak decided he loved going barefoot but wanted protection from the elements, and thus, "Paper Feet," were born.  Made from old billboards, these upcycled "foot condoms," as he refers to them, are green, trendy, and lightweight.

A Winning Design Tor The Primorksiy Zoological Park In St. Petersburg

Sat, 23 Apr 2011 09:40:00 -0700

(image) Two architects from Beckmann N'Thépé and two designers from TN Plus have teamed up to create a winning design for Russia's new Primorskiy Zoological Park in Saint Petersburg.  The layout of the zoo is reminiscent of a Paleolithic Pangea, wherin each continent is represented throughout the zoo.

Interactive Art Gallery and Bar: Revision Lounge In NYC Brings New Life To Discarded Items

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 13:35:00 -0700

(image) A new bar in the East Village of NYC called "ReVision Lounge" is not only a high-end place to enjoy a few drinks but it also serves as a chic art gallery--repurposed art, that is.  From bar stools made of old skis and couches made of coffins, everything at Revision is living its second life.

Purdue’s Celeritas: A New Venture For The Thee-Time Winners Of Shell’s Eco-Marathon

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:55:00 -0700

(image) Teams from Purdue University have entered solar-powered vehicles in Shell's Eco-Marathon and won for the past three years; however, the University's team is headed down an entirely new road this year.  They will be entering an urban-concept solar car, "Celeritas," in the April 14-17 competition in Houston.

Chevy Cruze Eco: Obama's 50mpg Gas-Engine Car, Or Not?

Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:01:00 -0700

(image) In his recent major policy speech, President Obama claimed that gasoline-powered cars are currently being sold with the potential to achieve more than 50 mpg.  However, car enthusiasts and eco-experts are having a hard time finding one such car.  According to the White House, the president was referring to the Chevy Cruze Eco, which has government ratings of 42 mpg on the highway.  So what's the truth?

Eco-Friendly Auto Shops Like "Green Garage" Pop Up Nationwide

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:50:00 -0700

(image) Is it possible for an auto shop to tune up your car to make it less harmful for the environment?  Well, that's the claim of eco-friendly shops such as "Green Garage" of Colorado.  By using non-toxic, low-VOC, and biodegredable products, these auto shops intend to make your car go green--not without making plenty of green themselves of course.

Could Increased Reliance On Biofuels Be More Detrimental To Our Health Than Global Warming?

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:10:00 -0700

(image) Because biofuels redirect crops and land formerly used for food production to use in biofuel production, increased reliance on biofuels always results in increased food prices.  New projections indicate that the very efforts industrialized countries set in place to alleviate deaths and disease caused from global warming by increasing biofuel reliance could actually cause more deaths and disease than global warming itself.

NASA Tests New Biofuel Made With Chicken Fat

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:23:00 -0700

(image) Research teams from NASA are experimenting with a new jet biofuel made from chicken fat.  The teams will compare emissions from operating with the new biofuel in its pure form, a 50-50 mixture of the new biofuel and traditional jet fuel, and pure traditional jet fuel.  The new biofuel is aligned with the U.S. military's goals of using 50 percent biofuel in their aircraft.

New Study Shows Consumers Aren't Buying Into Faulty Green Claims

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:20:00 -0700

(image) A new study shows that 71 percent of consumers will stop purchasing a product if they feel the company's claims about green-ness are misleading.  The study also looks at how much consumers really understand regarding environmental labeling, how such labeling affects consumers' purchasing choices, and how green-consciousness is surviving in this recession.

NRDC Joins Professional Sports Leagues To Launch The "Green Sports Alliance"

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:47:00 -0700

(image) The National Resources Defense Council has joined forces with the MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA, WNBA, and MLS to form the Green Sports Alliance.  The GSA intends to reduce the carbon footprint of northwestern professional sports teams involved in the alliance.  Clearly, the NRDC understands the importance of utilizing highly influential groups to express the importance of green-ness.

New Method Of Extracting Oil From Tar Sands Will Also Help Clean Up Oil Spills

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:20:00 -0700

(image) Researchers from Penn State University have developed a new method of extracting oil from tar sands that is far eco-friendlier than traditional methods.  What's more, this method can also be applied to cleaning up beaches after oil spills.  Using ionic liquids, the new technique cleans sand so efficiently that the sand can be put back where it came from rather than being moved to landfills as with former processes.

Radiation Levels Said to Rise In California: Find Out About Your Town

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:40:00 -0700

(image) Radiation levels were originally said to be on the rise in southern California yesterday as a result of devastation in Japan; however, the latest news says that levels are normal for that area.  Nonetheless, it's important to know the facts about radiation levels and what they are in your area.  Check out two websites that provide helpful services, such as reporting radiation levels across the country.

A Green Metropolis For China: The Largest Green Development In The World

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:45:00 -0700

(image) Projected to be the world's largest green development yet, CK Designworks, a group based in Australia, has unveiled a master plan for a green metropolis to be located in Nanjing, China.  With 10 LEED-certified towers and a monorail connecting them, the project hopes to express modern sustainability as well as Chinese culture and history to the entire world.

PepsiCo Announces A Bio-Based, 100% Recyclable Bottle

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:25:00 -0700

(image) PepsiCo announced today the first 100 percent recyclable PET bottle made from agricultural byproducts from the company's own foods business.  The company is already a leader in green endeavors, including its 100 percent compostable SunChips bags; 100 percent, post-consumer recycled NAKED juice bottles; and the ultra-lightweight Aquafina bottle, "Eco-Fina."

The Hydra Tower: An Earth Shattering Skyscraper That Harnesses Hydrogen Using Lightning

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:20:00 -0800

(image) Winning an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Hydra Tower promises to harness energy using lightning to split water molecules for producing hydrogen.  Hydrogen is a valuable alternative energy source but unfortunately requires a great deal of energy to procure; however, using heaven-sent resources could be just the ticket.

U.S. Department of Energy Announcement: Innovative Technology Counteracts Biofuel's Shortcomings

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 13:05:00 -0800

(image) Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that a research team led by the Bioenergy Science Center developed an economical, one-step method for converting woody plants directly into isobutanol for use in traditional gasoline-powered vehicles.  The considerably simple and inexpensive process utilizes a new strain of the microbe, Clostridium celluloyticum, which naturally breaks down cellulose.

Green Plastic Althernatives: Self-Healing Plastics and Renewable Polymers

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:15:00 -0800

(image) Bioplastics have been a hopeful alternative to petroleum-based plastics for some time now, but this new advancement, self-healing plastics, will outdo the competition.  Researchers at Iowa State University are developing multifunctional renewable polymers, and they are not alone in the pursuit.  Scientists at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute are developing self-healing plastic inspired by the rubber tree.

SOM's New York City Green School, Brought To You By The Number Zero

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:13:00 -0800

(image) The New York City School Construction Authority's latest endeavor is the planning of the first ever net-zero elementary school.  Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, the Staten Island Elementary School, P.S. 62, will produce as much energy as it consumes.  The school is set to open for the 2015-2016 school year but not without controversy among locals.

CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:50:00 -0800

(image) New solar technolgy developed by a partnership of Amonix and the U.S. Department of National Renewable Energy Laboratory promises to double energy production by utilizing space-grade technology.  The 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Generator is also less expensive and less land-intensive than traditional PV solar technologies.

DUO: Vehicle Name Stands for Doesn't Use Oil, but Does It Exist?

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:27:00 -0800

(image) DUO is a three-wheeled, 2-passenger electric vehicle from Meyers Motors that doesn't use gasoline OR oil.  Innovative, eco-friendly, and interesting to look at as this "electric motorcycle" may be, the release date keeps getting pushed back despite the company's encouragement to pre-order now for $24,995.

Carnivorous Furniture: Rodent-Eating Robotics Generate Electricity

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 15:15:00 -0800

(image) Designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau recently presented their carnivorous robots.  Fly-eating wall clocks and mouse-eating coffee tables use the carcasses of their prey to generate electricity.  Animal activists, beware - these inventions are not vegetarians!

Water-Scraper: A Green Metropolis in the Deep Blue

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:49:00 -0800

(image) Water, water everywhere and not a drop to live in - well, maybe not.  Evolo's 2011 Skyscraper Competition gave the hO2+ Scraper an honorable mention for its positive impact on the environment as well as the concept of taking the land-loving skyscrapers to the sea.  These underwater, floating structures use wind, solar, wave, kinetic, and bio energy sources for powering an underwater metropolis.

Will the Bill Pass for Energy-Generating Roadways in California?

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:50:00 -0800

(image) A new California bill proposes the installation of piezoelectric energy-generating technology for the state's many highways.  This technology uses the vibration of cars driving on the road to generate energy that can be converted to electricity.

Umeox's Apollo Cell Phone Brings New Meaning to the Words "Solar Cell"

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:55:00 -0800

(image) Once again, groundbreaking innovation from Asia: a solar-powered cell phone that should actually reach mass-production.  Umeox, a Chinese high-tech cell phone manufacturer, recently unveiled "Apollo," complete with solar panels for charging.  This smart phone is a must-have for techies, outdoorsmen, and green fiends alike.

Help I Need Help: Green Packaging for Red Hot Pain

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:20:00 -0800

(image) Help I Need Help offers medications (like ibuprofen and sleep aids) as well as health supplies (like bandages) that come in eco-friendly packages.  Made from compostable materials such as paper pulp and corn, the straightforward, light-hearted doesn't want to just help you feel better but the planet, too.