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EcoLEDS – a no mercury LED lighting solution


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CM_Capture_2_2.jpgConsumer health advocate Mike Adams has launched a company offering mercury free, energy efficient, high-brightness LED lights to replace typical light bulbs in homes and offices. EcoLED’s use 1/10th the electricity of incandescent light bulbs, contain zero mercury and are estimated to last 50,000 hours before burning out (approximately a decade of normal use).

The premium 10-watt EcoLED white light bulb replaces a 100-watt incandescent bulb and contains a single, extremely bright 10-watt LED. The company estimates the light bulb will save you nearly $450 in electricity over its life while reducing CO2 emissions by over 9,000 pounds compared to regular light bulbs.

The other cool thing is that, unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, these bulbs contain NO mercury . The major product concern is that they are directional (note they kind of look like a showerhead) so they may not work in all lighting situations.

EcoLED’s work in standard light sockets worldwide (from 85 – 240 volts AC, covering most countries), run cool and produce very little heat. The bulbs are precision machined and unconditionally guaranteed. Packaging includes a Certificate of CO2 Emissions Reduction.

Compatible with AC voltages in most countries, including the US, Canada, the EU, Australia, etc.

These new LED lights are pricey, running from $39 for the 3 watt halogen MR16 replacement lamp, to $99 for the 10 watt (100 watt equivalent) top of the line bulb – and note these are “sale” prices.

purchase on-line @ betterlifegoods.com

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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Recycle those old cell phones


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Cell phones, like golf clubs, cars and skis, will always be a product that is outdated by the time you learn how to use it. Help the environment, help the needy, and get that technological clutter out of your domicile by donating your trusty old cell or mobile phone to charity.

donate your phone at any of 40,000 drop-off centers in the U.S. @ wirelessrecycling.com

donate or sell your cell across the pond @ the freshly redesigned mopay.co.uk

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One Way to Escape the Energy Trap


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Ford’s lovely Escape Hybrid is a sight for sore eyes, and for the 2008 model year the ante is upped in terms of energy-saving design. Take a gander inside of one of the new models and you’ll find a new, soft seat-fabric that marks the “first U.S. automotive application of seating surfaces made from 100 percent post-industrial materials.”

Created by InterfaceFABRIC Inc, the recycled seat fabric is expected to conserve nearly 600,000 gallons of water, an estimated 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents and the equivalent of more than 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The first step in Ford’s impact-reducing updates, we’re hoping these seats spur a movement with competing automakers.

For more info on the new Ford Escape Hybrid, visit www.fordvehicles.com.

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wednesday’s mixed bag of green news


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Growing Green in Kachemak Bay


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If you’re headed to America’s Great Frontier—Alaska—this summer, you’ll want to carve a stop at Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge into your itinerary. Located in the beautiful Kachemak Bay State Park (near Homer), this top eco-resort will be planting a three-to four-foot tree in honor of each guest. Plant your own or allow the staff to take care of it; either way you’ll be contributing to the health of Alaska’s pristine environment.

Learn more about Sadie Cove’s eco-initiatives like non-polluting alternative energy systems and “leave no trace” program @ www.sadiecove.com.

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