August 31, 2006

Klean Kanteen Non-Toxic Stainless Steel Sippy Cups

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I guess I think about this all the time. I get to drink out of glass but my kid - plastic. Yuck. It's also not so good to have your kid getting plastics sucked into their little bodies with every sip. Finally there's a solution with Klean Kanteen.

The Klean Kanteen 12 oz Sippy Cup is a stainless steel bottle (no epoxy coating on the inside) coupled with a non-leaching #5 polypropylene adaptor and #5 polypropylene sippy spout. You can finally know that your toddler is drinking clean, pure water without the risk of Bishphenol-A, a potent hormone disruptor found to leach from hard, plastic (particularly #7 polycarbonate plastic).

Via Goto Reviews and available at Klean Kanteen 12oz Sippy Cup

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August 30, 2006

Ban Beater Recycles Your Bathwater For Plant Watering

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What's not to love about recycling your bath water? How about drinking it? YUCK. Okay this really isn't for you to drink after recycling, but it is for you to use in your garden. Recycled "HUMAN WATER" is perfect for plants and other water uses in the outdoors. Ban Beater is actually available in the UK and you can get it shipped internationally.

Via Gizmodo at Ban Beater

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August 29, 2006

Making a Natural Home in the Modern World

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Dwell magazine has an amazing profile over at Apple.com under their Pro section. If you've never experienced Dwell before, it's a terrific read and full of info on making your home more natural, modern, and yes - more green. At first I thought it was a magazine for only architects or people who wanted a super modern home and I might have been right except within that context lies a more modern natural living approach that Dwell exudes in ever issue. Check it out and pick up a copy of Dwell and see for yourself.

At Apple - Pro - Profiles - Dwell and Dwell Magazine

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August 28, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - Summer WrapUp 08.28.06

Blogpire 144We talk about the summer "best of" from Shavingstuff.com as well as other products and news from around the 'pire. We also answer your questions from the past couple of weeks so keep sending them in to podcast at blogpire dot com.

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With Hosts: Russell Miner and Jay Brewer

Program:

2:30 Best of ShavingStuff.com
3:30 Best Razors
3:55 Best shaving cream
7:20 Best aftershave
8:30 Best shaving oil
10:30 Best shaving online stores
12:56 LiquorSnob.com

13:30 The Scotch Blog
14:15 Guest Review: Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
15:57 ReallyNatural.com
16:03 Home Composter
19:14 Organic Beer
21:10 Prefab Sunset Cabin
23:45 TVSnob.com
23:55 Tivo Series 3
28:25 Oppo Digital LCD/DVD TV
29:25 Samsung 70' LCD TV
32:55 KitchenContraptions.com
33:02 Mix and Measure Bowls
34:44 Gourmet Basting Brush
36:01 Electrolux Cyber Fridge
39:14 CriticalGamers.com
39:27 World of Warcraft Collectible Card Game
43:37 Lost the Game
43:38 Gametap
53:06 Questions
60:00 Ending

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August 28, 2006

Bi-O-Kleen Soy Blends Soy Cream Natural Floor Cleaner

Tired of using harsh toxic chemicals on your nice natural wood floors? We just found Soy Cream Cleaner, with soybean oil extract and natural volcanic perlite. It cleans, shines, and protects many surfaces without scratching, and without the use of harsh, toxic chemicals. You can use it in your Kitchen & Bathroom: Countertops, Tub-N-Tile, Sinks, Stovetops, Floors, Walls and More! All you need to do is apply directly to wet sponge or soft brush, or directly on stain. Rub lightly letting the micro-scrubbers do the work. Rinse with damp cloth and water and then dry off with a towel.

At Bi-O-Kleen Soy Blends Soy Cream Cleaner

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August 25, 2006

1001 All Natural Secrets to a Pest Free Property

We like this book. My brother got us this book not too recently and it has some good suggestions and more natural ways of dealing with creepy crawlies. We got rid of a spider mess simply by reducing the moisture in the basement with a de-humidifier. So there are many ways to deal with insects and other pests that don't involve pesticides or simply squashing them.

From the book:

  • Do you hate spiders?
  • Has your house been invaded by ants, termites or cockroaches?
  • Is your garden a feeding ground for caterpillars, aphids, mites or grasshoppers?
  • Are you tired of rabbits or deer eating from the vegetable garden you worked so hard to create?
  • Are raccoons after your trash or tearing up your lawn?
  • Is your property infested with mice or moles?
  • Does your neighbor’s dog or cat cause you problems every day?
  • Or would you simply like to enjoy your summer evenings without mosquitoes, flies or yellow jackets?

This book offers powerful, all-natural solutions to these problems -- and hundreds more. Every bug, pest, critter and animal related problem you can think of is covered in this comprehensive, detailed and creative book. And every one of the 1001 solutions in this book avoids the use of any kind of pesticide or other poison that could potentially cause harm to our families, our communities, and our natural environment.

At 1001 All-natural Secrets to a Pest-free Property

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Throw a Senseo Single Serve Coffee Party with Your Friends

senseomachine_promotion.jpgWe've gotten a pretty cool opportunity on how to receive a Senseo single serve coffee maker for FREE for readers of KitchenContraptions.com.

Single Serve Coffee (another site from Blogpire Productions) and the folks that make the Senseo coffee pod system are offering you the opportunity to qualify to receive the Senseo machine, share it with friends, and then provide some feedback on the machine. All you need to do to see if you qualify for the FREE Senseo coffee machine, 18 coffee pods, and get FREE shipping is fill out a short questionnaire.

It's for a limited time only and quantities are limited, so click here to fill out the questionnaire and see if you qualify.

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August 24, 2006

Natural Urban Composter

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Need a space to compost in but you live in the city? How about the urban composter. It's very efficient and also takes up less space by standing tall. It's solar powered and will also not smell like an open air compost solution.

Via Uber Gizmo At Urban Composter

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August 23, 2006

Brew Organic Beer at Home

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Brewing beer at home then why not go organic. Sure they cost a bit more, but because organic malts have less protein you'll get a clearer beer. You can also get a faster fermentation and there's a variety of sites including Brew Organic that can get you started.

Via Goto Reviews

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August 22, 2006

Prefab Sunset Cabin from Taylor Smyth

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We are big fans of modern prefab, and even bigger fans of where you can put a modern prefab house. How about on the side of a lake with floor to ceiling glass with a wrapped ceder exterior? Wow. The cabin is also green roofed and seems to almost glow in the sunset.

Via MoCo Loco at Taylor_Smyth’s Sunset Cabin

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August 21, 2006

Mass Produced Organic Food - Is it Better?

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Now that organic food is growing in popularity, agri-business is getting on board and mass producing organic food instead of it being grown on smaller farms. Is there a difference?

"Industrial organics." The mere mention of the recently coined, aptly turned phrase describing mass-produced organic foods grown on giant industrial farms and sold in superstores such as Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Safeway, can cause our palms to sweat.

As you can see it can turn some people to panic, but isn't the use of less pesticides, less fertilizer and less of all those evil chemicals a good thing?

As food systems consultants and school food reform advocates, we regularly take a firm stand on a wide range of controversial food issues. So what is it about industrial organics that kicks our nervous systems into high gear? Is it that we so strongly believe that industrial organics constitute an incongruity so dangerous as to destroy any remaining prospect of developing a truly sustainable agriculture system? Or, is it because we fervently believe industrial organics are the long-awaited savior -- almighty capitalism's answer to eradicating pesticides, hormones and antibiotics from our food supply?

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August 18, 2006

Natural Remedies For Anxiety And Panic Attacks

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Panic attacks are happening a lot more as people are overworked and over stressed. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it doesn't need to be a regimen of drugs or other things that will drastically change your natural state.

It can also be a blending of old and new medicine. This article outlines many options for dealing with stress the natural way. If you're not familiar with Homeopathy, then this article can also start you on the path to a new alternative to conventional medicine. Consider the idea an east meets west and not throwing everything out to achieve your goal of a more natural remedy.

A lot of people combine conventional medicine with alternative medical measures in finding cures to treating anxieties. This gives a method of using modern medical knowledge and this combination is better known as complementary therapies. A lot of practitioners of the conventional and complementary areas agree to the benefits that can be derived from this fusion.

Read More and Photo Via Trek Earth

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August 17, 2006

Loremo AG 157 MPG Diesel Car

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See!!! You can actually get great gas mileage with fossil fuels if you try. The Loremo AG is a lightweight diesel car that gets up to 157 miles per gallon, making other "fuel-efficient" cars look like you're driving a hummer. It weighs less than 1,000 pounds and seats four, requiring no hybrid technology, electricity, or fuel cells of any kind to achieve its efficiency while using diesel fuel. The best part? It's only going to cost $12000 and will debut in 2009.

Via SCI FI Tech at Loremo

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August 16, 2006

Myers Motors NmG Electric Car

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If you're into helping out the environment by driving a car that looks like it's from the Jetson's garage, then the NmG electric car from Myers Motors may be for you. It gets 30 miles to the charge and goes over 70 mph. The bad news - it's going to set you back a cool $25,000.

Via OhGizmo! at Myers Motors

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August 15, 2006

Solar Powered Visor Radio

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Being very natural can sometimes lead to being really dorky. We can't see ever really needing to go this extreme just for a few batteries, but you never know. This solar powered visor features an AM/FM Speaker Radio and speaker all powered by the attached solar panel. We like the fact that instead of burning our nose off at the beach it's converting all of that energy into some excellent beach music. Priced at just $26.50 you can even order it right now from Global Merchants just in time for your Summer vacation.

Via Coolest Gadgets at Global Merchants

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August 12, 2006

Not So Natural: Re-grow Teeth with Computer Chip

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Okay - so this isn't that natural but it's a pretty amazing breakthrough. The ability to re-grow teeth is nothing short of astounding. How do they do it? A small chip is implanted near the area and it pulses slowly to stimulate growth. It's supposedly very non-invasive and the researchers hope to have the device ready for public use in the next two years.

Full Article at gizmag

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August 11, 2006

Throw a Senseo Single Serve Coffee Party with Your Friends

senseomachine_promotion.jpgWe've gotten a pretty cool opportunity on how to receive a Senseo single serve coffee maker for FREE for readers of ReallyNatural.com.

Single Serve Coffee (another site from Blogpire Productions) and the folks that make the Senseo coffee pod system are offering you the opportunity to qualify to receive the Senseo machine, share it with friends, and then provide some feedback on the machine. All you need to do to see if you qualify for the FREE Senseo coffee machine, 18 coffee pods, and get FREE shipping is fill out a short questionnaire.

It's for a limited time only and quantities are limited, so click here to fill out the questionnaire and see if you qualify.

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Fresh Roast Home Coffee Roaster with Organic Coffee

You can roast your own green coffee beans into coffee ready to brew with the Freshroast Plus 8 Coffee Roaster. It features a glass chamber for a 3.5 oz. roast batch and a fast roast cycle. Ideal for a household of 1 to 2 coffee drinkers, it takes just 5-7 minutes to roast the green coffee beans with a 2 minute cool-down cycle. It also includes a pound of our Fair Trade certified organic Sumatra Takengon green coffee to get you started.

It also features a "natural timer" as there is no electronics or other gizmos to time the roasting process. The timer uses good old mechanical parts and should last a life time of coffee roasting.

At FreshRoast Plus 8 Home Coffee Roaster

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August 10, 2006

Make Your Own Natural and Organic Soy Milk

We often spend the morning looking at the rising cost of milk and think - could we make our own easily and at a lower coast? We think we may have found the answer. The SoyQuick is a milk maker that performs such a task every morning and best of all it costs just pennies a quart to make the milk of your choice.

Features include: boil-over protection, programming options to suit your needs, deluxe cleaning kit, seamless stainless steel jug with pour spout, laser perforated stainless steel filter cup, quick and easy to clean, long detachable cord, soft audio finish alert, power indicator light, recipe guide, high quality stainless steel #304 from Japan, cycle time: 13-15 minutes, microprocessor controlled using Motorola CPU, deluxe support manual, soybean starter package.

At Automatic Soy Milk Maker by SoyQuick

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August 9, 2006

See Radiant Energy with a Radiometer

If you really want to see how powerful the sun can be and how natural the experience of it is - get a Radiometer. I had one of these as a kid and was always mesmerized by it. 5" high evacuated clear glass stand 3" in diameter at the top. A four bladed vane is balanced on a needle inside the sphere. Because opposite surfaces of the vanes are black and white, incident radiant energy is absorbed or reflected to a different degree. The result is a spinning vane. The brighter the light, the faster it spins. Simple, but compelling.

At RADIOMETER

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August 8, 2006

All Natural Green Wi-Fi

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More and more electronics are going to need to be powered by solar energy and creating a distributed Wi-Fi network is a perfect candidate. Developing countries want fast internet access but they're often in remote locations where wires just don't work. Step in some solar powered Wi-FI repeaters and you've got a Green Wi-Fi that's fast and ready for places like India, Pakistan, and other hard to wire places.

At Green Wi-Fi via SCI FI Tech

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Kitchen of Terrestrial Mechanics

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We like to see a kitchen that's designed to grow food, recycle the waste, and grow more food from the entire process. Old and new methods meet a modern kitchen with composting and also highly efficient appliances and use of solar energy.

The Kitchen of Terrestrial Mechanics is a new kind of kitchen where natural processes and products are integrated in a symbiotic relationship. Old and forgotten technologies revived and new developments are explored. In this kitchen food is grown, stored, cooked and composted to grow more food. Here efficiency and enjoyment are addressed to not as separated elements but integrated in a flexible and playful way creating a flow and interaction between the processes.

More pictures at Yanko Design

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August 7, 2006

Kellog's Organic Cereals - Organic Raisin Bran Anyone?

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It's about time. Sure - we can safely say it's nice to see Kellogs and others making organic products, but we're not so sure the large scale farming that must be behind such large scale products can be good for the planet. Only time and some investigation will tell. What we do like, is the fact that these cereals will bring the importance of a pesticide free breakfast to the masses and continued awareness.

Via Treehugger at Kellogs

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August 5, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - The Pilot 08.05.2006

Blogpire 144We've been working hard to get it together on the podcast front and can now officially say - we've got a podcast for the entire BlogPire! Hosts Jay Brewer and Russell Miner will take you through the best news and reviews from around the BlogPire. If you're not familiar with podcasts - they're basically a web based radio show and you can read more about them here.

The Pilot show features exclusive chat and banter about the launch of our new blog SingleServeEspresso.com, a run down of the latest from GPSLodge.com, TVSnob.com, KitchenContraptions.com and many others. We take a look at the latest in BBQ, Poker Drinkware, and of course high definition TV stuff. We hope you enjoy the BlogPire Podcast and expect it to show up on whatever BlogPire weblog you read every 2 weeks!

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August 4, 2006

Topographical Translucent Fish Pod Aquarium

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Creating a natural yet unnatural terrain for fish that is both beautiful and practical can be a real challenge. Benjamin Graindorge’s Fish Pod is an aquarium re-thought with the inside having a transparent set of rock ridges pushed up from the interior.

Via MoCo Loco at Fish Pod

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Learn the Art of Easy Espresso at SingleServeEspresso.com

B00004Rbre.01. Ss400 Sclzzzzzzz V1099448119 Easy Ad-1Blogpire Productions is pleased to announce the addition of www.SingleServeEspresso.com to its growing family of product and especially kitchen focused Web logs. SingleServeEspresso.com will provide news, insights and reviews of espresso coffee, and espresso machines, especially the newer easy to use ESE Pod espresso machines and Super Automatic Espresso machines, both of which make espresso at the touch of a button that rivals the corner café.

"SingleServeEspresso.com is the natural out-growth of SingleServeCoffee.com that has seen great success in the Web log world," says Jay Brewer, founder of Blogpire Productions and editor of SingleServeCoffee.com. "While covering the explosive growth of single serve coffees, our readers kept asking us to cover the growing trend of espresso, and the newer easy to use E.S.E. machines that are becoming a lot more popular. With SingleServeEspresso.com, we’ll be able to do a better job of helping our readers sort through the new espresso coffee market and help them enjoy great tasting espresso at home."

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August 3, 2006

Saab Gets into Biofuel Hybrids

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It's going to be a greener future if automakers can have their way and consumers can afford to purchase the new cars they're coming out with.

The Swedish subsidiary of the embattled American automotive giant General Motors has already made a name as a leading maker of biofuel cars, which can run on any mixture between ordinary petrol and E85, a fuel blend that contains 85% bioethanol made from plants.

In the future, Saab intends to go one step further with its Bio Power Hybrid, a concept car that combines a plant-powered engine with an electric one, thus reducing emissions even further.

There is no news yet about when such a car could hit the tarmac, but Saab's hybrid head Martin Elliot is confident that in a few years "we'll get something on the market" similar to what is on display.

Via Goto Reviews and Full Article at BBC News

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August 2, 2006

Natural Waterfall Door

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Get the perfect entrance for you house if you really want people to see everything going on inside and also just walk through the front door. Sure, the water door brings a natural feel to an unnatural idea, but we not so sure we'd get one. And yes - it's actually for sale.

Via OhGizmo! at ElseWare Watur Door

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August 1, 2006

Write for ReallyNatural.com

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Interested in writing about all things Organic and really natural? ReallyNatural.com is looking for a dedicated "NATURAL" person who knows the ins and outs of natural living, organic food, and other natural wonders.

Drop us a line at jobs at blogpire.com and tell us why you're a great fit for the job. Please don't send DOC files - point us to a weblog or two that you've written on and some NATURAL posts would be good too.

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Don't Be Fooled into Buying RED RED Meat

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We like our steaks fresh and natural. We often stay away from anything that's just too red. If you look above, you can see two steaks of the same age - TWO WEEKS OLD. Scary isn't it. The top steak has been injected with red dye to make it seem fresh. Yuck. See what Safe Tables has to say about it. You may also want to read this article in the New York Times archive on how consumers are being tricked into thinking red red meat is fresh.

Via Treehugger & productdose.com at Safe Tables

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Even Organic Food Can Be Wasteful

We don't agree on the "snob ploy" but we do like to cover all the bases here at ReallyNatural.com. If you're wondering about the environmental impact of really natural organic food this is a good article for you.
Organic food consumers are as careless of the environment as the drivers piloting those massive Humvees around our city streets. Both are wasting money and natural resources to gain snob appeal -- with no other benefits. Almost everyone realizes that the $100,000 Humvees that get 9 miles per gallon are in the cities to impress the waitresses at the local sports bar. Few of those vehicles ever take to the rough off-road environment for which the Army designed them. If the Humvees did get driven over rocks and stumps in the wilderness, the resulting dents and scratches would offend the parking valets at the fancy restaurants. Organic food is also a snob-appeal ploy. Organic food is a politically acceptable way to brag to your neighbors that you can afford to pay double for your food, and smile about it. You can claim to care more deeply about your children and the environment.
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