Solar grows up to power elevators and air conditioners

The Mezolift solar elevator

The Mezolift solar elevator

The idea of using solar to power all kinds of devices isn’t a new one. But the opportunity to ride a solar-powered elevator or tie a solar air conditioner to your solar power system is now an exciting reality.

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Voluntary recall for Annie’s Pizza

Annie's pizza recallThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that Annie’s Inc. has initiated a recall of all varieties of their “Annie’s Homegrown Rising Crust” pizzas.

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The 2013 Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards_logo_cmykSeeding Projects, a self-styled “do tank” that works collaboratively to support the sustainable food movement, recently announced the winners of the third annual Good Food Awards in San Francisco. Our of 1,350 applicants from across the country, representing nine categories of Good Food, including beer, charcuterie (i.e. cooked pork and/or cold meat products), cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves and spirits, 114 winners were chosen.

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The two-edged sword of banning plastic bags

Ban plastic bagsAs more and more communities and countries pass a ban on single use plastic bags – over 50 so far in California alone – high-end small retailers find themselves placed in sometimes awkward positions. Charging top prices for luxury products such as fine jewelry, the thought of adding a 5 or 10 cent fee because a customer doesn’t have a reusable bag for their purchase seems ludicrous.

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A view of the North Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic ocean trash

I came across a video about the North Pacific Garbage Patch (vs. the newly discovered gyre in the South Pacific Ocean). I’ve written a number of times about this whirling maelstrom but have rarely seen footage that displayed it like this.

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Victoria’s Secret agrees to detox its fashions

Victorias-Secret-1Who would have thought that something as simple and as elegant as Victoria’s Secret lingerie could be toxic? But like so much of the rest of the fashion industry, their creations are chock full of hazardous chemicals such as phthalates and other toxic chemicals. However, a news report today says that after “urging” from Greenpeace and its Detox campaign,, Victoria’s Secret’s parent company Limited Brands and the Benetton Group have agreed to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from their supply chains and products by 2020.

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Farm Dog Naturals offers safe, cruelty-free pet products

Itching dogAs the proud owner of a newly rescued dog, I’ve been gathering the necessary supplies to help keep my new buddy healthy. While searching one of my favorite green product websites, I came across Farm Dog Naturals, whose products are geared toward helping to reduce trips to the vet naturally.

Farm Dog Naturals’ top quality herbal products are vegan, cruelty-free, nontoxic, biodegradable and can be used in conjunction with each other or individually.

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