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    Topeak's Bikamper Bike Tent

    August 29, 3:54 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    This bike tent tip landed on our desk and my first thought was "Hey, another product to help promote cycling!" But then as time approached to write the post I was less sure. It does however offer an opportunity to discuss green design on a broader

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    The Sound of Bells from Everest

    August 28, 1:16 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    You’d imagine that mountaineers that would have a very healthy respect for the environment in which they play, especially if the mountain was Everest. Unfortunately it has only been in last few years that environmental responsibility has become more

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    More Suburbanities Growing Their Own Food

    August 26, 12:09 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    The Corvallis Gazette-Times is reporting that many backyard farmers say they're growing food out of a fear that much of the commercially grown food found at the supermarket isn't safe. For example, Jules Dervaes and three of his four grown children work

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    Water Softeners: The Life Cycle Treatment

    August 22, 8:30 AM by John Laumer in Clean Water

    If you've a private well, or get public water drawn from water wells, you may be familiar with hard water issues. In extreme cases, you can hardly run a comb through your hair after a shower, the water smells like rotten eggs, pipes, teapots, water

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    Life Straw: All You Can Drink For A Year!

    August 22, 6:02 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Water

    Even with the "massive" 1700 person cryptosporidium outbreak in New York State this past summer, the water quality problems of the developed world pale in comparison to the more than 1 billion people throughout the world without access to safe drinking

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    Sustainable "Serenity Bench"

    August 20, 10:35 AM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    What makes this curved-back garden bench a bit different? It's made of kapur wood, a Southeast Asian hardwood which is almost as dense as teak but is much more affordable. Kapur is also certified by the Tropical Forest Trust due to its responsible

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    Erosion Stopping Geogrid from Saxon Textile Research Institute

    August 13, 1:23 AM by Christine Lepisto in Natural Sciences

    Overcoming technological obstacles in available production capabilities, the Saxon Textile Research Institute (under the project leadership of Dr. Monika Seeger) has developed a new geogrid capable of stabilizing soils on steep

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    Etra Collection from Modern Outdoor

    August 11, 4:30 AM by Collin Dunn in Natural Sciences

    From Modern Outdoor, the company that brought us this cool planter, comes their Etra Collection. As with the rest of Modern Outdoor's products, the pieces in Etra are constructed with either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), International Timber Treaty

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    Waterex: Water Out of Thin Air

    August 6, 7:59 AM by Christine Lepisto in Clean Water

    Here is a technology which raises an eyebrow in the first glance, but shows so much promise, we have to bring it to your attention. The Waterex water maker condenses water out of the air and serves it up hot or cold. It looks a bit like the

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    Recycled Water to Make Snow

    August 1, 5:06 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    Strange as it might seem this is very topical story right now. ‘Coz right after writing this post, I’m heading off for a spot of backcountry skiing. In the southern hemisphere it’s winter and even in Australia that means snow. Both natural and man-made.

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    Bottled Water Trends in Japan

    July 31, 9:00 AM by Christine Lepisto in Clean Water

    The Japanese are heir to waters of great quality or historical value, some which are even claimed "divine". In order to raise the public awareness and help preserve this natural heritage the Japanese Ministry of Environment designated 100 sources of

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    The "Light Bench" by Runge

    July 26, 12:25 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    This bench features FSC certified tropical wood and integrated LED lighting. We're not a fan of unnecessary outside light, but the illumination here is subdued — a green glow via LEDs. Runge, in a company in Germany, designs and manufactures

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    Case Study for Flushless Urinals

    July 24, 9:06 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Clean Water

    A 2003 Pacific Institute research titled "Waste Not, Want Not: The Potential for Urban Water Conservation in California" (pdf) tells us that if California's water-use was as efficient as readily available technology allows it to be

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    Aquastore in Rome

    July 24, 8:29 AM by Christine Lepisto in Clean Water

    If you have travelled through Rome's main train station recently, you may have noticed a well-lit, modern store selling nothing but...water. You have arrived at the AQUA Store. We can forgive the inefficiency of bottled water over the excellent water

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    Hydra Canoes

    July 21, 7:44 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    With the demise, last year, of recycled high density polypethylene (HDPE) kayak maker, Walden, we went looking for an alternative. We admit that our search ran out of steam, under the weight of too many other projects. But we did alight upon Hydra from

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    Elephant Pump Wins Award

    July 18, 2:59 AM by Warren McLaren in Clean Water

    Cultural sensitivity. Now there is a phrase not often found in design circles. But it is one of key drivers for Pump Aid, who work with Shona communities in Zimbabwe to help them build 'Elephant Pumps'. Drawing on a 2,000 year old Chinese design the

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    Water Aid Loo-roll Lobbying

    July 16, 8:54 AM by Christine Lepisto in Clean Water

    With all the attention grabbed by Live8, you may have missed reports of the activities of Water Aid. Water Aid may not have reached the millions of people who at least glanced at the Live8 concerts, but credit must be given: they did successfully

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    Organic Lawn Furniture

    July 13, 8:14 AM by Kara DiCamillo in Natural Sciences

    One of our tipsters, Sheila S., was "tickled pink" at an eco-fair in Fairfield, IA, about a month ago. Why, you ask? Sheila came across a sod sofa on display, however, "it was very freshly assembled so I couldn't test out its comfy factor" she


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