Planned Obsolescence

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As Annie Leonard illustrates in “The Story of Electronics”, most of our computers, phones, etc are designed for the dump — they don’t need our help. Joe’s cartoon archive, twitter ramblings and StumbleUpon page and Facebook.

5 apps for a healthy lawn and garden

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A multitude of lawn and garden apps now exist to educate and assist homeowners in tending to the lawn or growing a garden. Toss the gardening books this year and get the growing done with these horticultural apps. Turfgrass Management $19.99 a year for iPhone & Android Developed by University of Georgia, Turfgrass Management is […]

Cinch: A minimalist wallet with a ton of space

Cinch wallet

Thick, bulky, leather — or worse, velcro — wallets are so passé. Minimalist is the way to go. Your back, butt, and bank roll will thank you. The Cinch wallet has a stainless steel or oak “backbone” with black elastic “keeper”. The oak backbone is made from 100% salvaged or ethically sourced wood and finished with eco-friendly, non-toxic tung oil.

Hear the beauty of these eco-friendly wood earbuds

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When I say the phrase “musical instrument”, what is the first one that comes to mind? Chances are it is something made of wood or brass. What it is most certainly not made of is plastic. There’s a reason for that. Brass and wood (but especially wood) have wonderful acoustic properties and produce clear and […]

Logitech wireless solar keyboard review

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Every now and then you come across a product that makes you want to kick back in your chair and say, “finally!”. The Logitech wireless solar keyboard (with both Mac and PC versions) is just such a device. Comfortable, affordable, and with the ability to charge from any light source (including a lamp), this keyboard should be on your desk.

Swiftwick debuts world’s first recycled nylon sock

Swiftwick socks made from post-industrial recycled material

Taking steps to live greener often involves getting more active, in which case you need quality performance socks. Swiftwick is a US-based company that makes a wide variety of performance socks, made from many different materials, but the SUSTAIN socks is their first product line to include recycled content — and quite impressive it is!

Say hello to the revolutionary Square water bottle

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The Square is the latest 20oz water bottle from the folks at Clean Bottle — and both are the brainchild of Dave Mayer, the founder of Clean Bottle. The Square, while appearing to simply be a good looking water bottle, is actually quite special in a myriad of subtle ways — which are the best kind, don’t you think?

Epic bicycle wheel light sports 32 LEDs & 42 themes

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When it comes to cycling, seeing the road ahead is important, but being seen by motorists is even more important. If you had a sweet wheel mounted lighting system made up of 32 LED’s, took up about 3/4 the height of your wheel, and combined 42 themes with hundreds of color combinations you wouldn’t just be seen by motorists, you’d be envied.

How to use an old computer to stream media and files

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It’s a great day. You’ve just upgraded to a shiny new computer. But wait, now you have this not too terribly slow computer, with a huge hard drive full of files, pictures, and videos just sitting in the corner collecting dust. Isn’t there something you could do with that aging computer (that is now suffering from abandonment issues)? Yes there is!

Amazing: The environmental impact of video games

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A lot of us tend to focus on picking products that are produced in a way that is best for the environment. The people at Big Fish wanted to know how much would the world save if every video game was downloaded instead of purchased with the packaging. The statistics are surprising on how much […]