July 23, 2009

Green Blog Recommendations: Ecofriend.org

ecofriend.png We've discovered a new green blog we'd like to recommend to you! Ecofriend.org features many great posts on environmental trends. From Eco Homes to Eco Cars, Ecofriend has you covered. Recent posts include:
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April 2, 2009

Greenbird Breaks Land Speed Record for Wind-Powered Vehicles

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British engineer Richard Jenkins clocked 126.1mph in his Ecotricity Greenbird powered only by the wind. The previous record of 116 mph for a wind-powered vehicle had held for ten years. At Lake Ivanpah, a dry lake bed, just south of Las Vegas, the Greenbird was powered by only 30 mph winds. Eco-businessman Dale Vince explains:
The record is an amazing achievement. It shows what is achievable with great British engineering and the power of the wind. In the next twenty years I firmly believe that wind power will be our main energy source and wind-powered cars will no longer be the stuff of dreams.
Ecotricity plans to reveal a wind-powered car for everyday use in the near future.
Via: Daily Mail
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January 13, 2009

Japanese Airport to Store Winter Snow for Summer Air Conditioning

snow-covered-plane.jpg New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, Japan plans to start storing winter snow for summer cooling in 2010. The winter snow will provide 30% of the summer cooling needs. EcoGeek explains this clean technology:
The snow will be covered by heat-insulating materials, which should retain about 45% of the snow collected. The remaining snow will then be used to chill the liquid of the building's cooling system. According to Japan Today, the practice could result in a 2,100 ton reduction in CO2 emissions per year.
Hokkaido's annual snowfall is between 20 to 30 feet. Hopefully this innovative technology will catch on in other snowy cities around the world.
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January 8, 2009

Used Coffee Grounds Can be Made Into Biodiesel

coffee-beans-coffee-grounds.jpg I am an organic, biodynamic coffee junkie, and my used grounds end up in the compost pile. New research done in Nevada has revealed that wasted coffee grounds can be used to make biodiesel. 16 billion pounds of coffee are grown worldwide annually (so apparently I am not the only addicted to morning soy lattes). The used grounds contain 11 to 20-percent oil by weight, and its high level of antioxidants makes coffee more stable then other biodiesel blends. Researchers estimate that coffee grounds could add another 340 million gallons of biodiesel to the world's supply. If SVO cars smell like french fries, I wonder if coffee biodiesel will have that delicious roasted aroma when burned.
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December 19, 2008

Can Biodiesel by Made from Rainforest Fungus?

20081104_fungusroseum.jpg From algae to dirty diapers, it seems like biodiesel can be made from almost anything. Recently, researchers have discovered in the Patagonian rainforest a unique fungus that makes diesel compounds directly from cellulose. Professor Gary Strobel of Montana State University explains:
These are the first organisms that have been found that make many of the ingredients of diesel. This is a major discovery.

Gliocladium roseum could be used to turn the 430 million tons of plant waste that are produced on U.S. farms each year into biofuel.

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October 22, 2008

Eco Touch: Conscious, Eco-Friendly Car Care

411nnbVxMWL._SS400_.jpg The green market is full of eco-friendly cleaning products for the home; however, Eco Touch is the first specific green product I have come across for the car. It's ironic that I will only clean my home with eco-friendly products, but when it comes to my car's interior, I've been known to use Armor All. Non-toxic, biodegradable, and phosphate-free, Eco Touch products keep your car clean without a nauseating brew of toxic fumes.
  • Eco Touch Dashboard + Trim: Keep your car's interior shining without a greasy residue! Just spray on and wipe off with a reusable, washable microfiber towel. This product even cleans the major layer of dust off my dashboard from living on a dirt road.
  • Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash Starter Kit: Who needs water to wash their car? A typical home car wash uses between 80-140 gallons of water! Just spray this product on your car and wipe off with a microfiber towel. One bottle saves 800 gallons of water and cleans six cars!
  • Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery: The description of this product cracks me up: "removes wine, coffee, and more". Why are there wine stains in your car? Well, it does work...the wine coffee stains are gone from my driver's seat.
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August 26, 2008

Oil Alternatives: Making Biodegradable Motor Oil from Cow Fat

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When we talk about lessening our dependency on foreign oil, it is not just gasoline we need to find alternatives for in making this change. Green Earth Technologies (G.E.T.) makes high performance motor oils made from American grown base oils, including cow fat! Although I am a vegetarian and appalled at the way the beef industry treats cattle, making oil from leftover cow fat is a good solution for eliminating some waste in the industry while meeting our needs for engine lubricants. I especially like how Green Earth Technologies rapidly decomposes outside of your engine. According to G.E.T.:

One five quart oil change improperly disposed can:

* create an oil slick on the surface of ten acres (about ½ million square feet),
* render five acres (about ¼ million square feet) unusable for planting for decades,
* and, contaminate one million gallons (a year supply for 50 people) of water.


Should such an accident occur with cow fat oil, it will mostly biodegrade in 9 days and completely biodegrade in 28 days. It is much safer for our soil and water.

Via: Eco Geek and Green Earth Technologies

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August 19, 2008

Toyota Adding Solar Panels to Prius to Power Air Conditioning

solar-prius.jpg The Toyota Prius has long been the golden child of the environmental movement for its fuel economy. When the EPA changed the standards for reporting fuel economy on new car stickers to include the use of air conditioning, the hybrid Prius lost a few miles per gallon. That may all change, now that Toyota plans to install solar panels on the roof of high end models to power the AC. The Kyocera solar panels will produce between two to five kilowatts. Hopefully this power can be stored while the car is idle to power the electric motor too.  People just may have to think twice about parking in covered garages if solar panels become a regular feature on car roofs. 
Via: BBC and Treehugger
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July 29, 2008

Ahoy Matey! Bring Me My Eco-Friendly Wine!

barque.jpg I thought I got my wine in a low carbon manner by walking to my neighbor's cabin, but the French have outdone my efforts. A three-masted, 19th century barque transported 60,000 bottles of French wine from Bordeaux to Dublin. The delivery by ship took longer than a flight, but it saved 18,375lb of carbon or about 4.9oz of carbon per bottle. Each bottle was labeled, "Carried by sailing ship, a better deal for the planet." Further voyages are planned to Bristol, Manchester, and Canada.

Via: The Guardian and Planetsave

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June 25, 2008

Ford Cuts Back on Production of SUVs - Makes Hybrids Instead

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TreeHugger is reporting that Ford is cutting back on SUVs. No duh. We're bummed people have to pay $4 for a gallon of gas but we're excited that it means less trucks and less green house gases.

"We view the move to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles as permanent, and we are responding to customer demand." When the CEO of Ford makes a statement like that, you know that high gas prices have really had an effect on the economy. Not only is Ford aware of the need to respond to changing customer demand, it is also acting on that by delaying the launch of its new F-150 pick up truck, producing "90,000 fewer pick ups and SUVs in the second half of the year than it originally planned," and preparing to make more compact, efficient cars like the Ford Focus and Escape

Full read at Telegraph.co.uk

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