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solio – portable solar power for ipods +


Need some power to charge that iPod when you’re consumed by the need to bust out some Kanye West, David Hasselhoff, or vintage Kraftwerk while sitting atop Mt. Kilimanjaro? Well, here’s a sexy looking solar charger that works anywhere there’s some sunlight or a wall outlet. Just fan out the blades and expose them to sunlight either outdoors or through a window and in 8 hours you’ll have fully solio3.jpgcharged this baby’s internal battery…or just affix it to the windshield of your alt-energy car or handlebars of you electric scooter and get on with your life.

Charges all manner of small electronics, and you can buy additional cables and adapters to hook-up to everything from your cellphone, game player, pda or digital camera.

The Solio Universal Hybrid Charger (you can plug it into the wall also) will run you around $74.  You can pick up one in our eco boutique on OpenSky.  Just click on the Add to Cart link below.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

City Chicks: Backyard Chicken Coops

chickens.jpgScrambled, sunny-side-up, over-easy, poached, fried, hard-boiled – however you like your eggs, you’re sure to like them fresher, organic, and humane. You can skip the store, skip the middle man, and know exactly where your eggs come from: your backyard!

Backyard Farming is a Seattle-based, national distributor of attractive chicken coops, founded by a chicken enthusiast. They provide three coop sizes, suitable for three to twelve chickens – and since chickens lay an egg a day, that’s three to twelve servings of nourishment every day. My brother-in-law keeps chickens, and he loves it.

chicken_coops.jpgLearn about the company and ordering information @

To build your own coop, try the book Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock, available on Amazon.
Please do not order live chicks in the mail. Instead, find a local farmer. As long as you treat your chickens kindly, your eggs will be guilt-free.

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saturday’s mixed bag of green news


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