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HYmini handheld wind power charger

hyminicu.jpgHYmini is a palm-sized portable charger that can utilize wind power, solar power, and the ubiquitous wall socket to recharge almost any 5V gadget, from iPods and PDA’s to most cell phones.

Marketed as the mini-green powerstation that fits in your hand, the device is designed to capture and charge from winds between 9 and 30mph. It makes a little noise, isn’t waterproof, and may or may not work, but it does look cool.

Comes in black, white and green with a bunch of adapters for use with most small, popular devices. You can also connect the company’s mini solar panel to the HYmini to charge the device’s built-in 1200 mA/H lithium ion polymer battery.
The holiday special Basic Package includes one miniSOLAR panel and will run you $59.99 @

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

An Uncommon Plate with a Purpose


Show someone you love them this season with Plates for a Purpose. Made from recycled glass by Uncommon Goods, these beautiful platters will make a stylish contribution to any serving setting. What’s more, 10% of the proceeds benefit Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity, a wonderful program in which I had the opportunity to participate a few years back.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes for underprivileged families under the conditions that they help build it and provide repayment at a discounted and affordable rate – this money then goes into building more homes. How’s that for sustainable? Recycling for a worthy cause – you can’t go wrong there.

Other designs available, including flowers and trees, each design purchase benefits a different organization.

$72/each @ Uncommon Goods

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a mixed bag of green news


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