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be the fish – fish scale bikini

Spanning the grand divide between sustainable agri-business and eco-fashion comes this fish scale bikini. Devour a tilapia, make a bikini out of its scales and skin, go for a dip and discuss the whole process with your other fishy-friends in this snappy bikini of repurposed fish skin.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

GreenSwitch – wi-fi home energy control system

grnswtchpix_1.jpgHere’s a product that can save a significant amount of home energy with relative ease. We all have countless electronics and do-dads sucking up electrical power while in stand-by mode, a situation compounded by an assortment of miscreants walking around our homes leaving stuff on. The GreenSwitch wireless home energy control system can let you shut down all that stuff when you leave the room or even your home, with just the flick of a switch. The system even controls your home heating and cooling systems.

edyoga_1.jpgOriginally developed for the hotel industry, the GreenSwitch system was found to save enough energy to pay for itself in less than two years. Check out, their website, for more detailed info on installation and to experience a video endorsement from non other than Ed Begley Jr. who gives this deal his seal of approval (it also appears on Living With Ed ).

The basic installation kit comes with one master switch, one thermostat, four slave wall switches and four outlets and goes for $1,125. Professional installation is offered for another $240. You can also buy individual components to build-out your system.

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Agave – a healthier sweetener


A plant that adds spice to a night out may now sweeten your cup of coffee the morning after. Agave, a succulent plant from central and tropical South America traditionally used to make tequila is now becoming a trendy new sweetener. In addition to being one and a fourth times sweeter than its sugar counterpart, agave is a low glycemic index sweetener. This means that the body absorbs it slower – preventing abrupt spikes in blood sugar levels. agveprod.jpgAlso, it’s readily available in organic form at many natural food stores including Whole Foods, where I tested a version by Wholesome Sweeteners, Inc.

The agave syrup tastes like simple sugar and water syrup straight out of the bottle. It worked well to sweeten a cup of hot tea. However, when I added it to iced coffee it clumped at the bottom of the cup and took much longer to dissolve than table sugar. Also, I detected a slightly bitter aftertaste. Nonetheless, if you are looking for an organic alternative to regular sugar, I’d suggest giving agave a try in your hot coffee… or just stick to margaritas.

Ever tried agave? Let me know what you think.

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monday’s mixed bag of green news


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