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Rawganique.com


rawhat_1.jpg Keep your head happy with these certified organic Euro-hemp hats from rawganique.com. These unisex, vegan hemp hats are stylish in the most outback kind of way, functional, fun to wear, and supremely earth-friendly.

In addition to fine headgear, rawganique.com offers a broad and diverse array of products from men and womenwear to bath, kitchen, paper goods, books and hemp accessories. They take great pride in providing items made from certified organic materials manufactured in the most eco-friendly, sustainable fashion. These certified vegans go so far as to produce their website off-grid, powered by wind and solar energy on tiny Denman Island, B.C. where I envision them zipping happily around on their electric scooters.

In an ever-greener world, these good folks take their business to a deeper shade of green. Click for the site

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Water – Your Glass May Be Half-Empty


drnkwtr1.jpgOK, the official World Water Day for 2007 is March 22, but let’s not forget the importance of water conservation, in our own lives, everyday. To satisfy your thirst for more knowledge about what you can do, try H2Ouse.org.
According to earthday.org, “by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in conditions of water shortage, compared with around 40% today.” For more info, and to learn how to be more involved, visit here.

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Flying Carbon Neutral


jet_1.jpgIt can cost you less than 1% of your total flying costs to offset carbon dioxide emissions when flying that private jet of yours…or Brad Pitt’s.

Helium Report Story

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Wind Power Basics


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I admit I’m a wind power neophyte, but I’m learning. That being said, here are a few basic notes of interest on this alternative energy source.

Energy from wind is ample, renewable, widely distributed, clean, and can mitigate the greenhouse effect, if used to replace fossil-fuel-derived electric power generation.
In 2005, worldwide capacity of wind-powered generators was 58,982 megawatts; although it currently produces less than 1% of world-wide electricity use, it accounts for 23% of electricity use in Denmark, 6% in Germany and approximately 8% in Spain. Globally, wind power generation more than quadrupled between 1999 and 2005. Germany is currently the leading wind power generating country, followed by the U.S. and Spain.*

US Department of Energy studies have concluded wind harvested in just three of the fifty U.S. states could provide enough electricity to power the entire nation, and that offshore wind farms could do the same job, and that wind power could grow by 50% in the U.S. in 2006, (the jury’s still out on this one).
India, China, Canada and Brazil are all investing in the rapid deployment of wind power projects.

Though the long term theoretical potential of wind power is greater than current world energy consumption, there are many barriers to wide implementation. Initial start-up costs for building wind farms is prohibitive, the wind is intermittent, the physical/visual impact can be negative (see the Cape Wind project), vast tracts of land or sea would be required for construction and the environmental impact must be evaluated for the effect on endangered species, migratory birds, sea life, deforested land during construction etc.

The benefits to wind power are many — it’s totally renewable; creates no ancillary pollution in production; can replace fossil fuel, hydro-electric or nuclear power plants; and is relatively maintenance-free.
For more info see:
Wikepedia*
American Wind Energy Association

For wind power available to the individual consumer:
otherpower.com

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Hemp Shop


HempDogcollar1.jpgHemp has to be one of the most versatile natural resources we have. Always been a fan of it, but now I have even more reasons to like it. For background info about this important material, visit sammy’s hemp tienda (Spanish for shop) and link to the hemp facts. You might start buying more hemp-based products — for you, your family, or your real best friend — your dog. (dog collar pictured here is called fat moe) sammyshemp.com

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