November 13, 2008

Green Laundry: Nellie's All-Natural Oxygen Booster

NelliesOxygenBrightener-376.jpg If you use eco-friendly laundry detergent, you may notice your whites aren't as bright as when you used to use laundry products that are bad for our environment and your health.  Nellie has the solution for you!  Available at Delight.com, Nellie's All-Natural Oxygen Brightener for your laundry needs will give you "Whites so bright...you'll need sunglasses!" Nellie's isn't just for whites either. It is color-safe, septic-safe, and environmentally safe. You can even use it for carpet and upholstery stain removal too, as well as cleaning your floors and counters.
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October 20, 2008

Want to Save Toilet Paper? Install a Brondell Swash Ecoseat

31TSGHAil4L._SS400_.jpgWe don't often think of the resources used our making toilet paper, but 100,000 rolls of toilet paper are used everyday worldwide. That translates to 55 million trees cut down each year just for U.S. toilet paper production. Also, 37 gallons of water is used to make just one roll of TP. There is a solution we can learn from old Europe: the bidet. The Brondell Swash 250-RW Ecoseat Bidet Toilet Seat reduces your toilet paper use by 75%! It is relatively easy to install, but it takes four AA batteries, which detracts from its eco-friendliness. It takes a little getting used to washing your derriere after a lifetime of toilet paper; however, I do believe it is more hygenic.  If you would like to read an interesting post on Which is Greener: Toilet Paper or a Bidet, please visit Lighter Footstep.
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October 16, 2008

SporiCLEAN Green Enzyme Cleaner Kills Mold, Bacteria, Viruses, and Germs

31YDerY-KZL._AA280_.jpg SporiCLEAN is a medical-grade enzyme cleaner that safely cleans all washable surfaces, including pets. It is highly effective at killing mold, mildew, viruses, germs, and bacteria. It is a non-chemical, all-natural plant-based cleaner that breaks down or destroys microorganisms. It is concentrated, so you can mix up the solution you need, between two to four ounces per gallon of water, depending on your needs. SporiCLEAN is much safer than bleach for your health and the environment.
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August 28, 2008

ESL (Electron Stimulated Luminescence): Move Over CFLs and LEDs, There's a New Eco-friendly Lightbulb in Town

vic_butterfly.jpg Changing your light bulbs from incandescents to compact fluorescents (CFLs) has become the mantra of the green movement for what one individual can do to lessen their contribution to global warming; however, CFLs contain trace amounts of mercury making them hard to dispose. Vu1 has created a "light without compromise" with the ESL (Electron Stimulated Luminescence) bulb. According to CleanTechnica:
The technology works by using accelerated electrons to stimulate a phosphor coating on the inside of the glass bulb. In contrast, incandescent bulbs run a current through a filament inside the bulbs, and LEDs stimulate semiconductors to create light...Vu1 claims that their bulbs do not have the trace amounts of mercury that CFLs contain, and they do not require the manufacturing energy of LEDs.
ESL bulbs should be available next month and retail for about $12.
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July 7, 2008

Eco Bamboo Fabrics for Your Natural Window Decor

bamboo fabric by Drapestyle Drapestyle, a national window decor company, is now featuring natural bamboo fabric! These luxurious bamboo drape fabrics are also comprised of linen and cotton, and the 10 styles are beautiful, chic, and modern. My favorite style is Psari in the color Angelus, and even the back side of the fabrics are beautiful! Lisa Sinatra, DrapeStyle's Creative Director, explains:
Interior designers and customers have been asking for an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional drapes in an effort to create a 'green' home - something new and different, and we are delighted to be offering these luxuriously elegant bamboo drapes for the first time.
If you are planning to remodel, green decorating is definitely the way to go for the earth, your health, and indoor air quality.
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June 26, 2008

Build a Green Home - No More Power Bills Ever

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A New Jersey engineer Mike Strizki has created a green home resulting in no more power bills ever, and not just electric bills. Strizki converts sunshine into electricity using photovoltaic panels - and then uses the electricity to wring hydrogen for fuel out of ordinary tap water. The result: For two years Strizki has bought no electricity, no gas, no fuel for his several vehicles. The only downside - an investment of just over $500,000 bucks was needed to achieve this feat of eco-modernism.

Via Popgadget

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June 18, 2008

Zero Footprint and Ultimate Eco-Friendly: New Terracycle Natural Household Cleaning Products

cleaners_group2_hr.jpg Terracycle has long been known for its liquid plant food, now the "ultimate eco-friendly brand" has moved into natural household cleaners. These cleaners are non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and have a zero footprint! Natural All Purpose Cleaner, Natural Bathroom Cleaner, Natural Window Cleaner and Drain Maintainer and Cleaner, like all TerraCycle products, are packaged entirely in waste, reused soda bottles and are sold nationwide at OfficeMax and The Home Depot. Made from concentrated essences of plants, shrubs, fruits, herbs and grasses with natural minerals and water,TerraCycle's ready-to-use cleaners really work. The window cleaner even cut through my dirty glass door with little effort, removing fingerprints, doggy nose prints, and mud with one spray. These cleaners are EcoLogo certified, the strictest certification given by the Canadian Government for environmentally sound practices in production and formulation.

Terracycle was started by Tom Szaky, a 25-year old entrepreneur and Princeton University dropout. TerraCycle products are the first consumer products to earn the right to carry the Zerofootprint™ seal. The seal signifies that the materials and manufacturing processes have virtually no negative environmental repercussions. By reusing plastic soda bottles for packaging without changing the bottle at all, Terracycle makes recycling more efficient and require less processing. After trying Terracycle household cleaners, they have become my products of choice for my green home cleaning!

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June 17, 2008

Drought Solutions: Virtually Waterless Washing Machine

washing_machine.jpg With drought occurring on all seven continents, many people are wondering if peak water will replace peak oil. We already have low flush toilets and low flow shower heads, soon we may be using virtually waterless washing machines. Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a process of cleaning clothes using less than 2% of the water and energy of a conventional washing machine, and it can replace both water and dry cleaning. The process uses of plastic chips tumbled with the clothes to remove stains. I'm not sure how eco-friendly the plastic chips may be, but water and energy conservation needs may override plastic concerns. These virtually waterless washing machines may be available as soon as 2009. Via: University of Leeds & engadget
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May 29, 2008

Digifire Clean Burning Ethanol Fireplace

digifire_front.jpg Fire brings a nice ambiance to a room in the winter, but woodstoves contribute to poor air quality both inside and outside of the home. The Digifire is a remote controlled fireplace that requires no chimney, because it burns a highly refined form of ethanol called Fanola. Only a small amount of steam and carbon dioxide are emitted as a result of combustion. The Digifire emissions equal that of an exhaling human! It comes in several cool, modern designs.
Via: DVICE
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April 24, 2008

Should Your Home Go Solar?

solar-house-front-1.jpg When I first purchased solar panels 15 years ago, there was very little help for homeowners beyond other homeowners who had already gone solar. Solar panels were mostly the realm of do-it-yourselfers. I remember taking a protractor with a weighted string to our building site and trying to figure out our solar window from charts. Basically, solar success was by trial and error, but those days are over now. If you live in California, two new websites are offering services for homeowners wanting to explore their solar options.
 
Renewzle
Renewzle offers homeowners a simple way to:
  • Learn the basics
  • Explore your options
  • Shop for a system
Simply enter your zip code, select your region and utility company, then submit your average monthly utility bill. Renewzle will give you a "Solar Overview" that includes your recommended system, monthly cost, solar potential (including savings), average monthly emissions, etc. You can make adjustments based on your energy needs and then request quotes from multiple retailers/installers.
 
Sungevity
Sungevity asks users to first enter their home address. Next, a virtual earth map pops up of your neighborhood, and you find your rooftop. Sungevity calculates your roof's dimensions, including the pitch and azimuth, and then selects appropriately sized solar arrays. You are then given an image of your house with panels installed, as well as a computation of your investment return. If you decide to purchase, the panels are shipped directly to you, and an installation crew is dispatched.


Since I live in a very remote region of Northern California without a real physical address, I could not get Sungevity's map to find my house. The virtual map is very cool, but it was much easier to simply enter my zip code on Renewzle. I did try Sungevity on a friend's house in Arcata, only to find out they are only serving the San Francisco Bay Area currently after I selected her roof. It appears Renewzle gives you access to many different suppliers and installers for quotes, whereas Sungevity provides only one option for purchasing.  If I was a homeowner in California interested in solar energy, I would probably explore both sites to determine my options.

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