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Eco-Friendly Earth Blocks Building Blocks

on Friday, March 16th, 2012
Posted in: Geek Toys, News

These LEGO-like building blocks are made from “a composite of the bark of the cedar tree, compressed dust from sawn cedar logs, and coffee beans as well as other recycled materials.”  The Earth Toy Earth Blocks are 1.25″ long x 0.6″ wide x 0.6″ high.  A set of 50 blocks is $30 at the Guggenheim Read More…

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Paper PP Alloy – A Greener Paper Notebook?

on Sunday, February 19th, 2012
Posted in: Laptops and Gear, News

Your next notebook (electronic one) may be made of paper if Pega Design has anything to do with it. Their Paper PP Alloy is made to replace plastic shells using  a combination of recycled paper and polypropylene.  The paper-based material is strong, sturdy, flexible, environmentally-friendly and inexpensive to make.  The material can be molded using injection molding methods.  Turn Read More…

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Is your PC made of cardboard? This one is.

on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Posted in: Computer Gear, News

Environmental friendliness and sustainability are pervasive topic these days and “green” is a term that is being applied in countless areas. How about your computer? Recompute has developed what they call the “eco friendly computer workstation.” And it’s made of cardboard. Blasphemy! you scream? Brilliant! you squeal? Either way, it’s an interesting concept—check out this video for Read More…

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MobileEdge ScanFast 2.0 Bag Review

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

MobileEdge ScanFast briefcase. Checkpoint and Environment friendly.   (this is a 2nd opinion review of bag that we featured last year) I really hate flying.  I’ve never been a big fan.   I hate the high prices, the long lines, the rules, the regulations, the baggage fees, what you can carry on and what you Read More…

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Back to School Gadgets: Staple-less Stapler

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
Posted in: Miscellaneous, News

Back to School these days just isn’t the Back to School it was in my day. When I went back to school, I went to the grocery store, picked out a colorful cardboard box that held No. 2 pencils (yellow thank you very much), some crayons, a ruler (wooden) and maybe some Elmer’s glue (the Read More…

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Bedol Water Clock – Never Change Batteries Again

on Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Posted in: News, Watches, Clocks

How would you like an inexpensive, attractive, small digital clock that never needs new batteries or power from a wall outlet? Check out the Bedol Water Clock. Just fill it up with tap water, add some lemon juice and it’s good to go for 8-12 weeks. It’s available in 4 colors and costs $16.00. They Read More…

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Fight Power Suckage with Belkin’s Conserve Valet

on Monday, June 28th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News, Reviews

In an effort to continue the fight against vampire power suckers, Belkin’s new Conserve Valet power station gives us an energy efficient way to charge up to four of our electronic devices at a time. The benefit of the Valet is that it shuts itself off once all the connected devices have been charged. This Read More…

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ECO Button Puts your PC to Sleep for Savings

on Sunday, June 6th, 2010

I love Green gadgets, and I’m not just talking about their color. The ECO Button is a small device that connects to your Windows PC (sorry, no Mac support at this time) through the USB port. When you aren’t using your computer, you can press the Eco Button and your computer will go into energy Read More…

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AT&T’s new ZERO Charger doesn’t suck…

on Friday, March 19th, 2010
Posted in: Gear, News

It doesn’t suck power. As in vampire power, the new buzz term for chargers that continue to slurp electricity even when they are not actively charging your phone. AT&T’s soon to be released ZERO Charger automatically shuts down when it is not in use, eliminating 100% of vampire power. The ZERO is an AC charger Read More…

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Save water with a pebble in your shower

on Monday, March 8th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

I try to be aware of my impact on the environment. I recycle as much as possible and recently installed a programmable thermostat. I’ve often wondered how much water I use every morning when I take a shower. The Waterpebble is a nifty little device that can help you keep your water consumption at acceptable Read More…

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Geek Going Green

By: Elizabeth Daugherty
on Friday, February 26th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

It’s no secret that everyone is looking for new ways to save power for whatever reason; either because you want to be “greener” or you want to lower your power bills from the “vampire suck” of plugged in but turned off electronics.  For $40.00, TV TrickleSaver shuts off the flow of power to your gaming Read More…

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Track Electrical Usage and Program Devices to Power On/Off

on Monday, February 8th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Kill-A-Watt Graphic Timer displays the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly power usage of a connected device on its large backlit LCD. We’ve reviewed Kill-A-Watt products before (see related posts below), but this gadget goes one step further by providing a programmable timer feature with up to 96 programmable on/off settings per day. It also Read More…

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Go Green with a Touch of a Button

on Sunday, January 17th, 2010

It might look like something that Dr. Seuss might eat for breakfast, but this Green egg looking USB device is a button. The USB Green Button from Solutions has been designed to put your Windows or Mac computer into low power mode when pressed. This is one of those devices that no one really needs Read More…

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TrickleStar TV TrickleSaver Power-Strip Review

By: cobinrox
on Friday, September 18th, 2009

The TrickleStar TrickleSaver is a device that can cut down on the “vampire” or stand-by power used by secondary devices in your video (or other electronic) system.  It uses a “master/slave” mechanism, where the “master” (normally your TV set) controls when the “slave” (or “slaves” such as VCR, game console, cable box or other devices Read More…

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E-Day Electricity Monitor Reviews on YouTube

on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

If you’re a fan of BBC Comedy (and even if you’re not), you should check out these YouTube videos with Jon Plowman. He does some quick reviews of a bunch of different electricity monitoring devices for Energy Saving Day 2009. E-Day 2009 takes place on the Isles of Scilly on October 6 and is the Read More…

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EternaLEDs HydraLux-4 LED Light Bulb Review

on Sunday, September 6th, 2009
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

Do the words Going Green, cause you to roll your eyes or open them? I fall into the eye opening group as I’m a self-proclaimed tree hugger that hates to hear about the the polar ice caps melting and oceans warming. We are big on recycling at my house and we’ve switched 90% of the Read More…

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Electricity trickling is a sad thing

on Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

I’m a big fan of green devices and ways to save electricity and money. I currently use a Belkin Conserve power strip and love it. The PC and TV TrickleSavers from TrickleStar are similar products, but in addition to the US, there are also versions available for Australia, New Zealand, UK, Italy, Denmark, Germany and Read More…

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Learn about Sony Ericsson’s plans for green technology

on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

Sony Ericsson will be holding a webcast at 1pm (GMT) tomorrow (Thursday 4th June) to announce its new global strategy to put more green technology into mobile phones. The webcast will be chaired by Ernest Doku from Omio.com and because they will be streaming it via Kyte, anyone will be able to ask questions live.

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Juno LED Downlight (aka recessed canned light) Review

on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

I do my best to be a steward of the environment through recycling, reusing, composting, minimizing fuel and electricity use when ever possible. As the story goes, this past year we purchased a new home in need of much updating and remodeling. My wife and I have taken it upon ourselves to integrate as much Read More…

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Ecofriendly Reusable Swiffer Mop Pads

on Monday, April 20th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

Today’s Earth Day product idea is an ecofriendly replacement wet mop pad for Swiffer wet-jet or similar mops. They are made of multi-layers of absorbent chenille cotton. Meredyth claims that they are great. You get two for $16.

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How many paper cups do you trash in a day?

on Saturday, April 18th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

Here’s another Earth Day idea… It’s the “I am not a paper cup…” cup. It sure looks like a paper cup, but it’s actually a porcelain cup with a silicone lid. It might look like it’s more a novelty product, than something serious, but it has double walls to keep your beverage insulated and hot. Read More…

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Altus Lumen’s PAD-L LED Light Review

By: Mark Adkins
on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Posted in: Gear

RAY: (With theme music) Welcome back to Flashlights Today. I’m your host, Ray O’Vac and we are talking to PAD-L, the new guy from Altus Lumens. So, Pad, tell us a bit about yourself. PAD: Well, I am a sustainable lighting option built with intelligent energy management from 75% renewable materials, so I am eco-friendly. Read More…

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Spotlight Gadget – Juicebar Pocket Solar Charger

on Monday, February 23rd, 2009
Posted in: Gear

Go Green with this 1500mAh solar charger from epogo. Comes with 12 connectors covering all popular mobile phones, handheld games consoles such as Nintendo DS and Sony PSP and MP3 players including iPods.