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Pill-Sized Super Lights
Pill-Sized Super Lights
Plasma Bulbs Glow Extra Bright
Inventors in Silicon Valley have unveiled a light the size of a pill which has the luminary power of a streetlamp. Engineers at Luxim Labs filled the bulb with argon gas, which turns to plasma when electricity… MORE
Wine Makes Grape Fuel
Wine Makes Grape Fuel
Winery Methane For Electricity
Canadian award-winning winemaker Inniskillin has teamed up with alternative energy firm StormFisher Biogas to use grapes leftover from wine production to make electricity. The grapeskins and seeds, previously… MORE
Recycled Furniture
Recycled Furniture
Chair Made from Plastic Scraps
The RD4 from UK design shop Cohda Designs, is made from 100% waste plastic. It's unique design makes a statement, and the woven chair can flex to accommodate its occupant. No colors are added during manufacturing,… MORE
Hotel Made from Repurposed Concrete
Hotel Made from Repurposed Concrete
Das Park Hotel
At first blush, sleeping in a tube of concrete might not sound so appealing. However, Das Park Hotel, located on the banks of the Danube near Linz, Austria, just might change your mind. The "hotel," designed… MORE
Zero Emission Homes
Zero Emission Homes
The Lighthouse
The UK has passed legislation requiring all homes be emission free by 2016, and the first prototype for the new green home standard has been unveiled. Dubbed "The Lighthouse," it has all the features… MORE
Solar Roasted Coffee
Solar Roasted Coffee
Eco-Friendly and Awesome
Going green starts with your morning java. While organic and fair trade coffee beans are now mainstream, Solar Roast Coffee is taking green coffee to the next level. Their coffee is roasted using solar… MORE
Hack My Mini Cooper
Hack My Mini Cooper
$25k Gets You Hybrid Green
Hybrid Technologies is greening standard vehicles by ripping out their powertrains and replacing them with electric components. Their pimped out lithium-ion powered Mini Cooper, which was taken for a test… MORE
Recycled Furniture
Recycled Furniture
Chairs Made From Playstation consoles
England's Pli Design brings us the Reee Chair, made from recycled Playstation 2 casings. The frame is made from powdercoated steel for strength and durability. The Ree uses 2.3kg of used plastic, and… MORE
Green Skateboards
Green Skateboards
FunkinFunction Recycled Wood Skateboards
With its low carbon emissions, skateboarding is a pretty green transportation alternative. You can take it to the next level with furniture designer Daniel Moyer's FunkinFunction skateboards. Made from… MORE
World's First Certified Organic Tequila
World's First Certified Organic Tequila
4 Copas
4 Copas, named 2006 Tequila of the Year, is the world’s first certified organic tequila. In addition to producing the tequila chemical and pesticide free, the company takes great pains to treat its… MORE
No-Frills Eco-Chic Hotel to Open in Montreal
No-Frills Eco-Chic Hotel to Open in Montreal
Cheap chic and eco travel collide in ALT Hotels, the new hotel brand from Montreal's Germain hotel group. The rooms are being prefabricated offsite, an innovation first. The hotel has geothermal heating… MORE
World's Smallest Wind Turbine
World's Smallest Wind Turbine
Blow Light
The Blow Light is a wind-powered toy which teaches kids about wind energy. The toy has one green and two blue LED lights which are powered by blowing on the 2.4 inch rotor blade. Though the practical… MORE
Mini Homes
Mini Homes
The Micro Compact Home
Living with less space doesn't necessarily mean living with less style. The Micro-Compact Home, or m-ch, is 76 square feet of design genius, and boasts a dining table for 5, 2 double beds, a kitchen,… MORE
Sex Toys for Environmentalists
Sex Toys for Environmentalists
Eco Sexy Kit
Everything's gone green. The next time you're in the mood, why not an Eco Sexy Kit to go with your organic strawberries and champagne? Set the mood with the natural soy candle, which transforms into… MORE
Organic Underwear
Organic Underwear
Buenostyle's Logo Urges You to “Eat Organic”
For those sassy eco-conscious women, Buenostyle's organic cotton panties feature a cherry graphic on the front with the slogan "Eat Organic." They are made with 96% organic cotton and 4% lycra, as the… MORE
Solar Powered Cell Phones
Solar Powered Cell Phones
Eco Moto?
Motorola recently received a patent on a technology for combining an LCD screen and a solar cell on a wireless device. The conductive film on new solar cells is the same as the material used on new flat… MORE
Billbirdhouse
Billbirdhouse
Billboards Recycled into Birdhouses
The Billbird house is, as you may have guessed, a birdhouse made from a billboard. Stylish and eco-friendly, even the hardware is green - it's reclaimed (previously used.) The Billbird retails for approximately… MORE
Eco-Friendly Retail
Eco-Friendly Retail
Home Depot Rolls Out Eco-Options in U.S.A.
Home improvement powerhouse Home Depot has launched Eco-Options in the U.S. Available in Canada since 2004, the program helps customers identify products which have less of an impact on the environment.… MORE
Eco Printing
Eco Printing
Greenprint
Greenpeint is a nifty software package that analyzes your print jobs and flags those pages that appear to be wasteful. The package includes a PDF reader and "print preview" feature so you can see what… MORE
Recycled Furniture
Recycled Furniture
Lamp Made from Books
Dutch design house Bomdesign features the Booklamp, a beautiful lamp fixture made from recycled books. The books are re-shaped into a variety of shades, though the light emitted is likely not suitable… MORE
Self-Cleaning Swimming Sanctuaries
Self-Cleaning Swimming Sanctuaries
Chemical Free Swimming Pool Ponds are Eco Friendly
In the old days, we used to swim in lakes, or ponds. A European trend of man made swimming holes may to be gaining ground in North America. The New York Times has a feature article on these self-cleaning… MORE
DIY Solar Powered Electric Car
DIY Solar Powered Electric Car
If you're looking for a weekend DIY project, why not a solar powered electric car? It gets good mileage - infinity miles per gallon! A group of high school students helped build it. They weren't happy… MORE
Arnold Wants to Sex-Up Green Movement
Arnold Wants to Sex-Up Green Movement
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has advised all treehuggers that environmentalism needs to be "sexy" before it is adopted by the mainstream. The Governator explained that bodybuilding, like the… MORE
Modern Solar Outdoor Light
Modern Solar Outdoor Light
Magic Globe Solar Light Sphere
It floats. It sits in the garden on a stake - or on your table. It cycles through a spectrum of colors. The Magic Globe Solar Light Sphere illuminates automatically, and stays bright for up to 12 hours… MORE
Eco Assessments
Eco Assessments
Todae Helps Business Reduce Impact
Australia's Todae, which retails eco products to consumers, is now offering "environmental assessments" for small to medium sized businesses. The assessments, or audits, are designed to offer businesses… MORE
Eco-Friendly Moving
Eco-Friendly Moving
Say goodbye to bubble wrap, styrofoam “packing peanuts” and cardboard boxes. Earth Friendly Moving will rent you a plastic box made of recyclable material for a buck a week, and will deliver the boxes… MORE
Wind Powered Outdoor Lighting
Wind Powered Outdoor Lighting
Light Wind
Leave it to the Dutch to find a new use for windmill technology. Made of stainless steel, wood, and sail fabric, the LIGHT WIND converts wind power to light with a 2 metre propeller. The wind energy… MORE
Rockers Go Green
Rockers Go Green
Live Earth Revealed
Tickets for Al Gore's Live-Aid for climate change, which he calls LIVE EARTH, go on sale on April 16th. The July 7 concert (07/07/07) is being held in the U.S., Australia, England, Brazil, South Africa,… MORE
Eco iPod Case
Eco iPod Case
Jimi Nano
The Jimi Nano (1.0) is made from 100 % recycled and recyclable plastic. Available in "Safety Orange", "Ruby" and "Aqua", it also has a swappable faceplate to change colours to suit your mood. Made in the… MORE
Alternative Energy Barbecue
Alternative Energy Barbecue
The Solar Grill
Gone are the days of singed eyebrows and unintentionally blackened meals. The Solar Grill cooks your grub with, as you guessed, the sun's energy. This New Age BBQ has a flexible mirror, which focuses… MORE
Tokyo and London Flooded by Eco-Disaster...In Second Life
Tokyo and London Flooded by Eco-Disaster...In Second Life
A flood temporarily swamped London, Tokyo, the Netherlands and the island of Ibizia in a dramatic illustration of climate change. According to witnesses, avatars remained calm and no rioting or looting… MORE
Sin City Gets Greener With Eco Loft Development
Sin City Gets Greener With Eco Loft Development
Words like "principled," "conservation", "healthy" and "holistic" don't generally come to mind when talking about Las Vegas. That may soon change with Green Valley Lofts, Sin City's first eco-friendly… MORE
MLS for Green Homes
MLS for Green Homes
Listed Green
If you want to buy or sell a green, sustainable, energy efficient and eco-friendly home, you have a friend in Listed Green. The firm screens homes to make sure they meet its green criteria, namely energy… MORE
Eco-Friendly Proms
Eco-Friendly Proms
The Toronto Star offers tips for a greener prom for the young treehugger. Rather than spend $500 for a dress that you'll only wear once, why not go vintage? Or sport a bio-degradable dress made from bamboo… MORE
World's First Eco Car Show
World's First Eco Car Show
"Sexy Green Car Show"
New Consumer visited the Sexy Green Car Show in the U.K. and cut through the eco-hype to look at the technologies that are likely to make it into our driveways in the future. Included are profiles of alternative… MORE
Discovery to Launch Green Lifestyle Channel
Discovery to Launch Green Lifestyle Channel
The New York Times reports that Discovery Communications, which operates the Discovery Channel and various spinoffs, will re-brand Discovery Home as a yet-to-be-named green channel. The channel will promote… MORE

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Wind Powered Outdoor Lighting
Wind Powered Outdoor Lighting
Light Wind
Leave it to the Dutch to find a new use for windmill technology. Made of stainless steel, wood, and sail fabric, the LIGHT WIND converts wind power to light with a 2 metre propeller. The wind energy… MORE
Green Power Utility Company
Green Power Utility Company
Ontario Company Offers Alternative Power
You too can join the likes of Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip,) Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies,) and Margaret Atwood and purchase your electricity from Bullfrog Power, Ontario's first 100% green electricity… MORE
Pill-Sized Super Lights
Pill-Sized Super Lights
Plasma Bulbs Glow Extra Bright
Inventors in Silicon Valley have unveiled a light the size of a pill which has the luminary power of a streetlamp. Engineers at Luxim Labs filled the bulb with argon gas, which turns to plasma when electricity… MORE
Recycled Furniture
Recycled Furniture
Springy Bed Made of Car Parts
Recycled furniture is the next bit thing, hence we have this springy bed made of car parts. The bed is hand-made entirely from recycled materials, including car suspension and recycled wood. The Springy… MORE
Hack My Mini Cooper
Hack My Mini Cooper
$25k Gets You Hybrid Green
Hybrid Technologies is greening standard vehicles by ripping out their powertrains and replacing them with electric components. Their pimped out lithium-ion powered Mini Cooper, which was taken for a test… MORE
Solar Powered Cell Phones
Solar Powered Cell Phones
Eco Moto?
Motorola recently received a patent on a technology for combining an LCD screen and a solar cell on a wireless device. The conductive film on new solar cells is the same as the material used on new flat… MORE
No-Frills Eco-Chic Hotel to Open in Montreal
No-Frills Eco-Chic Hotel to Open in Montreal
Cheap chic and eco travel collide in ALT Hotels, the new hotel brand from Montreal's Germain hotel group. The rooms are being prefabricated offsite, an innovation first. The hotel has geothermal heating… MORE
MLS for Green Homes
MLS for Green Homes
Listed Green
If you want to buy or sell a green, sustainable, energy efficient and eco-friendly home, you have a friend in Listed Green. The firm screens homes to make sure they meet its green criteria, namely energy… MORE
Recycled Furniture
Recycled Furniture
Lamp Made from Books
Dutch design house Bomdesign features the Booklamp, a beautiful lamp fixture made from recycled books. The books are re-shaped into a variety of shades, though the light emitted is likely not suitable… MORE
DIY Solar Powered Electric Car
DIY Solar Powered Electric Car
If you're looking for a weekend DIY project, why not a solar powered electric car? It gets good mileage - infinity miles per gallon! A group of high school students helped build it. They weren't happy… MORE
Green Skateboards
Green Skateboards
FunkinFunction Recycled Wood Skateboards
With its low carbon emissions, skateboarding is a pretty green transportation alternative. You can take it to the next level with furniture designer Daniel Moyer's FunkinFunction skateboards. Made from… MORE
World's First Eco Car Show
World's First Eco Car Show
"Sexy Green Car Show"
New Consumer visited the Sexy Green Car Show in the U.K. and cut through the eco-hype to look at the technologies that are likely to make it into our driveways in the future. Included are profiles of alternative… MORE
Self-Cleaning Swimming Sanctuaries
Self-Cleaning Swimming Sanctuaries
Chemical Free Swimming Pool Ponds are Eco Friendly
In the old days, we used to swim in lakes, or ponds. A European trend of man made swimming holes may to be gaining ground in North America. The New York Times has a feature article on these self-cleaning… MORE
Modern Solar Outdoor Light
Modern Solar Outdoor Light
Magic Globe Solar Light Sphere
It floats. It sits in the garden on a stake - or on your table. It cycles through a spectrum of colors. The Magic Globe Solar Light Sphere illuminates automatically, and stays bright for up to 12 hours… MORE