Green options for recharging your electronics

Energizer's new Recharge batteries are faster and longer lasting than other rechargeables.

Energizer’s new Recharge batteries are faster and longer lasting than other rechargeables.

As the electronics in our homes proliferate, so does the need to keep them charged. Invariably, you or others in your household need to recharge that smart phone, iPad, tablet, Xbox, mp3 or DVD player or other favorite “toy”, and there are never enough electrical outlets to go around.

Recharging leads to batteries that all too often end up in landfills and/or electricity that gets wasted when the device is fully charged but the charger stays on. There are greener ways to go.

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360 Cookware – the ultimate in green cookware

360 Cookware's Vapor technology cooks evenly throughout for perfect results

360 Cookware’s Vapor technology cooks evenly throughout for perfect results

Look in almost every kitchen and you’ll find at least one non-stick pan, often with a scratches on it.  Because this cookware “wears out”, it needs replacing every few years. What if you could break this cycle and could use the same top quality cookware for years, without worrying about scratches that caused toxic chemicals leaching into your food?

This isn’t a fantasy. Americraft’s 360 Cookware could be the last cookware you’ll ever buy.

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Encouraging test process helps remove drug residue from wastewater

Pharmaceuticals and fishThe proliferation of drug residue in our waterways has become an increasingly challenging health hazard, one that until now has seen no large scale solution, other than educating the public to dispose of unused medications properly.

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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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How to Green Your Printer and Save

The following is a guest blog by Shane Shirley-Smith.

Consumers Just Say “NO” to Throwing Money Away Along with Their Ink Cartridges

Free Ink 4 Life is a sustainable way to refill ink cartridges and save money too!

Consumers today are more eco-conscious than ever about how they are spending their money.  Reducing the impact that purchasing choices have on the planet is on consumer radar and wastefulness is on the demise.

People are feeling less green in their wallet but want more green in their products and are looking for innovative ways to deal with both desires. Consumers get that green feeling every time they print something and notice the ink is getting low. Consumers can turn in their ink cartridges for recycling and receive a small credit at many stores that accept used ink cartridges.  Still, many consumers are left wondering if there is an even better way to green their printer.

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Streaming Movies is Now Portable with mUVichip

The mUVichip could make DVD’s obsolete!

Some of us remember VHS – those big plastic boxes we used to record and watch movies and our favorite TV shows on. Then came DVD’s and CD’s, which allowed for more portability and higher quality viewing, although there’s still a lot of plastic involved.

At the recent Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, a small start-up company called Flixchip may well make those devices obsolete – and put a lot more fun in movie watching.

To learn more about this truly innovative technology and how easy and fun it will be to use, check out bit.ly/NF9s3m.

BluApple – the easy way to keep produce fresh longer

BluApple is a simple way to keep fresh produce longer. You can put it in a fruit bowl on the counter or in the fridge

In our throwaway society, everything is fair game. The Organic Consumers Association reports that Americans toss out on average $600 worth of food each year. That’s over 100 billion pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits, milk, and grain products wasted, primarily due to spoilage.

A simple blue ball called BluApple can cut that figure down dramatically.

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New energy efficiency software makes life easier for builders and homeowners

Ed & Rachelle Begley, the King and Queen of living green; photo by Lisa Franchot

For those of you who may not know them, Ed Begley, Jr. and Rachelle Carson-Begley are “the King and Queen of green”.

Well-known environmental activists, the Begleys take living green to new heights in order to achieve the lowest carbon footprint possible. Along with driving an electric vehicle, being vegan and having what could be considered one of the greenest homes in America, the Begleys introduce TV viewers to an expanding variety of energy efficient, eco-friendly products, services and lifestyles on a weekly basis as hosts of the show Living with Ed.

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Mushrooms can be green too!

Premier Mushrooms, one of the top growers in the country, incorporates environmental practices

Once considered “food for the gods” by the Romans. Egyptian Pharaohs forbid commoners to eat mushrooms, saving these delicacies for themselves. By the late 1800’s, mushrooms were being cultivated in the United States, in Pennsylvania, as a side crop.

Today, Americans enjoy over 750 million pounds of mushrooms each year. Northern California is home to one of the countries top growers, Premier Mushrooms, a five-year old company based in Colusa, California, that produces close to 11 million pounds of white, crimini and portobello mushrooms annually.

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Spray-on LED’s on wallpaper could be in our future

Walt Disney said : “if you can dream it, you can do it.”

Researcher and doctoral graduate Gul Armin wrote his thesis on how it’s possible to grow white LEDs, made from zinc oxide and a conducting polymer, directly on paper. He also shows how they can be printed onto wallpaper.

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