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February 27, 2013

Reduce Cell Phone Radiation with the Bodywell Chip

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It's inevitable. We spend a lot of time on our cell phones. Although these gadgets may make our lives easier, there is concern about the radiation they give off affecting our health.

BodyWell Chip Scientifically Proven to Reduce Negative Effects from Exposure to Cellphone Radiation is especially important to have on your phone if your child uses it. It is a simple chip that adheres to the back of your phone.

THE BODYWELL CHIP IS DESIGNED FOR CELLPHONE USERS OF ALL AGES AND USAGE STYLES: All-Natural: Bodywell is imprinted with all-natural frequencies that counter cell phone radiation. Durable: The Bodywell chip sticks directly to your phone and is designed to last the lifespan of your mobile phone. MobileTek: The Bodywell chip is powered by the proprietary MobileTek technology, which is scientifically proven to reduce exposure to cellphone radiation. Intelligent: Whether your cellphone has full signal or is using max power to find one, your Bodywell chip will provide the appropriate frequency to reduce radiation absorption. The Bodywell chip is scientifically-proven to reduce our constant exposure to cellphone radiation. With the little black chip in place, a blend of frequencies is created that counters cellphone SAR radiation without affecting cell service. This is similar to the effect of noise-canceling headphones, which greatly reduce noise with a form of counter-noise, rendering the disruptive sound neutral.

The Bodywell Chip reduces 77% of radiation.  This is a great, simple idea to offer you protection while still allowing you to enjoy your smartphone. 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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January 4, 2013

Switch: To a Smarter Energy Future [Documentary]


We all know that something has to be done to meet our energy needs. There are many alternatives and many campaigns selling us on which one is cleanest and best. There is much confusion and delusion.

Switch: To a Smarter Energy Future is a documentary, as well as an energy project website, that makes energy information accessible to anyone. You don't need a scientist to understand and explore our options.

Every energy resource -- fossil, nuclear and renewable -- is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow.

This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen.
Switch is also about a changing energy conversation. Today, it's polarized and unproductive. Switch focuses on practical realities and encourages a balanced understanding.

Finally, Switch is about changing the way we use energy, to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency...

In 2009, documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch and geologist Dr. Scott Tinker set out to make a film on our energy transition. The goal was not to advocate for one technology over another, not to suggest how the transition should happen -- but to try to determine how it actually would happen, based on scientifically-sound investigation and the practical realities of the world of energy as we discovered them. The result, is Switch.


This movie and website are very educational!  It helps form and solidify opinions letting you make a choice as by trying to be unbiased in its presentation.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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September 12, 2012

Digipower eco-friendly smartphone case made from grass

IMG_1978.jpgDigipower is the maker of accessories for your gadgetry. We were sent an eco-friendly case for smartphones and digital cameras that is made from grass!

Mobile tech enthusiasts who want to make a statement about the environment as much as about their technology can now do both with the market introduction today of the new "Back to Nature" Series of eco-friendly cases for PDAs, smart phones, and ultra-compact cameras by Mizco International's (www.mizco.com ) DIGIPOWER Division. The cases feature recycled paper, hemp, cotton, and bamboo!

Unfortunately, I cannot find this product on the internet anywhere, so perhaps Digipower gave up on their green cases. This is one of those products that has sat in my office buried before review, thus the times and availability has changed. Too bad, it is unique and well constructed of grass!  The magnetic closure is very handy.  I guess these products didn't sell well.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

September 11, 2012

2012: 1 car for every 7 people on Earth

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We all know that passenger vehicles are one of the largest greenhouse gas contributors. As we push for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as increased fuel economy, the rise in the number of cars globally is increasing dramatically.

According to the Worldwatch Institute:

Rising sales translate into ever-expanding fleets. An estimated 691 million passenger cars were on the world's roads in 2011. When both light- and heavy-duty trucks are included, the number rises to 979 million vehicles, which was 30 million more than just a year earlier. By the end of 2012, the global fleet could top 1 billion vehicles----one for every seven people on the planet.

Electric vehicle (EV) production remains at barely perceptible levels. Although several countries have issued targets for future EV fleets, it remains to be seen whether these goals can be met. China, for instance, wants to put 5 million plug-in hybrid-electric and fully electric vehicles on its roads by 2020----which could account for more than 40 percent of the global EV fleet that year. An analysis by Deutsche Bank Climate Advisors, however, suggests that production of 1.1 million EVs and a fleet of 3.5 million in China is a more realistic projection.

Unfortunately, of the 76.8 million passenger vehicles on the road in 2011 (not including light trucks), hybrid vehicles only account for 2% of all cars.

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July 21, 2012

Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things

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Do you like to tinker and create? My son does, and Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things: Power Devices with Your Plants, Modify High-Tech Toys, Turn a Penny into a Battery, Make Sneaky Light-up Nails ... Sneaky Levitation with Everyday Things will be his favorite book once he his older.

As the eighth book in Cy Tymony's Sneaky Uses series Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things includes never-before-seen activities, including Sneaky Fashion such as Light-up Nails and Sneaky Belts and Bracelets.

Over 30 new inventions are outlined inside Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things, and most projects can be completed in just minutes using common items already found around the house. Each activity begins with a complete list of materials and continues with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions paired with helpful illustrations. Fans of all ages will use their ingenuity to turn ordinary, everyday objects into something extraordinary with the help of Super Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things.


There isn't really anything eco-friendly about the book, other than you use everyday objects you already own. It is printed in the USA. The publisher's website states:

Environment We uphold high ethical standards of honesty and integrity in all aspects of our business dealings. We maintain a climate that attracts the best people and provides them with rewarding career opportunities.
Obviously, they are not referring to environment in the same context as this blog. There is no information as to the source of the paper in this book, but it appears to be newsprint.

This would be a great book for fun science projects as part of school!
 

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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April 10, 2012

GreenZero Chargers Automatically Shut Off When iPhone Battery is Full

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We never seem to have enough chargers for our Apple devices. iPhones, iPods,and an iPad are always competing for a spot on the charger. Even though these devices come with chargers, there always seems to be the need for an extra one.

Bracketron makes a cool Mushroom GreenZero Wall Travel Charger that automatically turns off when your battery is full eliminating the dreaded phantom charge.

Quick Overview

  • Unique design features one-click charging

  • Automatically shuts off with zero idle power when device is fully charged

  • Portable design to take with you and charge on the go

  • Included cord winder for tangle-free cable storage and transport

  • Apple 30-Pin versions


Product Description
The Mushroom GreenZero Wall Travel Charger features our exclusive GreenZero Technology -- the most eco-friendly way to charge mobile devices while totally eliminating the wasteful stand-by consumption (Zero idle power) that other chargers consume when left plugged in.

This is a very cool charger and very much needed in our home. Living-off-the-grid makes phantom charges a reality that most people don't consider. Those extra watts add up!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review would be positive or negative.
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March 8, 2012

Made in the USA from Recycled Plastic Bottles iPhone Cases by TRTL BOT

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If you are lucky enough to own an Apple iPhone 4, TRTL BOT makes great cases that are made from recycled plastic bottles.


TRTL BOT "The Minimalist 4" Card Clip Case for iPhone 4 (Black) (Fits AT&T iPhone):

Product Features

  • Holds 1 to 3 ID/Credit Cards

  • Contains plastic from recycled bottles

  • Protects iPhone from damage

  • Made in USA


TRTL BOT "The TRTL STAND 4" Stand Case for iPhone 4 (Black) (Fits AT&T iPhone)
Product Features

  • Props up your iPhone in three different ways; portrait, landscape, tripod

  • Contains plastic from recycled bottles

  • Protects iPhone from damage

  • Made in USA

These cases are made in the USA, and the company is a member of 1% for the Planet. No greenwashing here! At least you can offset some of the environmental damage done by Apple by choosing and eco-friendly case for your iPhone.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

February 7, 2012

Toddy Gear Silk Microfiber Cloth Cleans Your iPad Without Worry

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My son has an iPad 2. Little hands leave little smudges, and touch screens do need careful, constant cleaning. The Toddy Gear Smart Cloth cleans effortlessly and beautifully.

Dual-sided cleaning
Plush microfiber material on one side to clean and a distinctively patterned silk microfiber on the other side to buff and polish.
Distinctive Patterns
A variety of vibrant designs and patterns to choose from, adding personality, color and style to your life.
Antimicrobial Coating
Protected with the AEGIS Microbe Shield® technology, an antimicrobial coating that prevents the spread of germs and bacteria.
Reusable and Environmentally Friendly
Washable, stain and wrinkle resistant, just machine wash cold and tumble dry low.

I do worry about anti-microbial product safety and what they do to our health (weakened immune system, antibiotic resistance, etc.); and I feel that just being reusable is not enough to call a product "environmentally friendly". There needs to be some commitment from the company towards sustainability, alternative power, organically-grown materials, etc. That being said, I do love the Toddy Smart Cloth and its fun patterns. It works well!

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

January 10, 2012

Zhip: Hands Free Stand for Your iPhone

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Other than coming in a "recyclable" package, there is nothing eco-friendly about this product that I can discern, yet it was sent to us, so I will review it.

The ZHIP Stand with 3 Feet of Retractable Zip Cord for iPhone, iPod and All Other Smartphones makes your gadget hands-free when needing to be mounted. Whether just propping your smartphone on a desk by using the kickstand or hanging off the back of a car seat for movie viewing, this polycarbonate holder fits iPhones, iPods, and other smartphones.

Product Features

  • On the plane, in the car, at the gym, in the kitchen, on the stroller... ANYWHERE!

  • Expands to fit iPhone, iPod touch, Droids and ALL OTHER SMARTPHONES

  • 100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE! Made of 100% super strong Polycarbonate.

  • Folds up to fit into any small pocket... be entertained anywhere. Have fun!


I could see this being useful in the kitchen, as I often look up recipes on the Epicurious app.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

December 14, 2011

National Geographic Books Make Great Gifts: The Big Idea

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National Geographic books are always well done, and of course, the imagery is spectacular. The Big Idea: How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future is set up in a timeline to show the progression of "Big Ideas" through time and beyond.
The Big Ideas are:


  • Information & Communication

  • Health & Medicine

  • Physics & the Cosmos

  • Chemistry & Materials

  • Biology & Environment

  • Transportation & Space Exploration


From the Pythagorean theorem to DNA's double helix, from the discovery of microscopic life-forms to the theory of relativity--the big ideas of science and technology shape an era's worldview. Open this book, grasp the newest ideas from thought leaders of today, then spring off from them to move back through the past, one big idea at a time. Meet the people who gave birth to these ideas--and those who fought against them. Meet the MIT electrical engineer currently developing a way to turn on the lights cordlessly, then move back through Nikola Tesla's visionary concept of the wireless transfer of energy, Thomas Edison's groundbreaking work in developing a nationwide electrical grid, Ben Franklin's experiments to capture electricity, all the way back to ancient Greece, where Thales of Miletus described static electricity as a property of naturally occurring amber.

As with other National Geographic books we have reviewed, there is nothing eco-friendly about this book other than the work National Geographic does as a society. I would really like to see the company move towards using recycled materials in their books. 


Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

October 4, 2011

NIMBY: Wind Energy

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August 31, 2011

GE: Energy Smart Lightbulbs from a Company Making Record Profits and Not Paying Taxes

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We've come a long way when it comes to the energy we consume to light our homes. GE has been the leader in home appliances from the beginning. From Thomas Edison's first light bulb to today's CFLs and LEDs, GE is paving the way.

We were sent the following GE Energy Smart bulbs to try:
GE 74437 15-Watt Energy-Smart Covered Glass CFL Light Bulbs, 60-Watt Equivalent:

GE Lighting 74437 15-Watt energy smart CFL all glass light bulb, 60-Watt output, 1-Pack This bulb was made to look like a regular incandescent light, but uses a fraction of the electricity. Our compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs bring all the advantages of fluorescent lighting to regular incandescent sockets. They use up to 75-Percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer. This bulb has the same look and size as a standard incandescent light bulb, but has GE spiral bulb on the inside. The instant on feature allows it to perform similar to an incandescent. It is energy star compliant and RoHS compliant requiring it to contain lower mercury than before. It uses 73-Percent to 78-Percent less energy! This bulb will pay for itself with energy savings. It provides the same warm soft-white light and lasts 5 years (8,000 hours), 8 times longer than the standard incandescent equivalent.

GE 62180 9-Watt LED Soft White A19 Light Bulb
This 9-watt GE energy smart LED is an A19 General Purpose Bulb. A19 is a Shape of light bulb that you see in most homes also known as a "Household light bulb". They're the most common bulbs in the world and never before has an LED A19 existed that actually sends light out in all directions. We have the solution! This bulb uses fantastic LED technology to ensure it will last longer than other bulbs you've seen. this bulb specifically will last 22 years based on normal 3/hour per day usage. Its rated at 25,000 hours and puts out 450 lumens. The instant full brightness doesn't need to warm up and makes you feel like you have a normal bulb in the socket. It has omni-directional light distribution. Color temperature of 3000K. RoHS compliant with a 10-year warranty.

I think the future of light bulbs are LEDs. Sure they cost a lot more now ($42 a bulb!), but the technology has really improved. The LED bulb we were sent is fabulous, lighting up in all directions as promised.

If GE's record profits and lack of tax paying bother you, than you will want to shop around for other alternatives.  As ABC reported:

For those unaccustomed to the loopholes and shelters of the corporate tax code, GE's success at avoiding taxes is nothing short of extraordinary. The company, led by Immelt, earned $14.2 billion in profits in 2010, but it paid not a penny in taxes because the bulk of those profits, some $9 billion, were offshore. In fact, GE got a $3.2 billion tax benefit.


Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

Jennifer Lance at Permalink social bookmarking

June 14, 2011

LeafSnap App Makes Tree Identification Easy

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If you have an Apple iPad 2 or iPhone, tree identification just got a lot easier. Developed by the University of Maryland, the Smithsonian Institution, and Columbia University, LeafSnap is quite handy if you are like me and are always trying to learn more about the plants that surround you. The Huffington Post reports:

Scientists have developed the first mobile app to identify plants by simply photographing a leaf. The free iPhone and iPad app, called Leafsnap, instantly searches a growing library of leaf images amassed by the Smithsonian Institution. In seconds, it returns a likely species name, high-resolution photographs and information on the tree's flowers, fruit, seeds and bark.

Users make the final identification and share their findings with the app's growing database to help map the population of trees one mobile phone at a time.


This app is an incredible resource that will continue to expand its database to all of North America!

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January 4, 2011

Which eBook Reader is best? DO NOT BUY NOOK!

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Last year for Christmas, my daughter received a Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook Reader. She has read over a hundred books on her Nook. I wish I could say this has been a trouble free experience, but NOOK is not worth the money.

Ebook readers certainly are environmentally-friendly when you consider how much paper is saved; however, the electronic components and energy used in production do not balance out saved paper if the device is buggy and ultimately fails.

Our first Nook was a constant source of frustration. Regularly books would not open and have to be sideloaded. A few times the device simply got stuck and had to be restored to factory defaults. Software updates are usually buggy and do not solve the problems. Then after eight months, our Nook got a crack in the outer bevel case. Barnes and Noble shipped us a new one. Five months later, the e-ink screen has failed on the replacement device.

Our warranty has expired just days ago, and Barnes and Noble will do nothing for us. We are left with a worthless device. It has been nothing but trouble from the beginning, when you had to go to a store to actually register and use the device. I am extremely disappointed with Nook and Barnes and Noble.  I will no longer support this bookstore chain.  A little bit of internet research and you will discover how buggy these devices are.

I will not be buying a replacement device. The Nook is slow, and even though you get used to sideloading, it isn't always possible when traveling. Looks like a Kindle is in our future, now that we are hooked on eReaders.

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