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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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method prefab cabins – living in balance


A secret fantasy of mine is to live in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps in the San Juan Islands area.  So when I stumbled upon Balance Architects’ prefabs built with sustainable practices by Method Homes, I had to take note.

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As of right now, any of their 3 models of prefabricated vacation cabins can be delivered to you whether you live on San Juan Islands, the mountains of Washington, Montana, British Columbia, Oregon or Idaho; and they’re working their way further south and east.

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Utilizing certified-FSC lumber, bamboo cabinets, efficient shower heads, EcoTop Countertops, Energy Star appliances, Yolo no-VOC paint, radiant heat and solar power options for generating electricity, construction targets a rating of LEED for homes 2.0 or higher.  Appropriately green for a cabin in the woods.

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These eco-minded prefabs can be constructed in a day, but allow at least 3 months for the entire process. For those who want a vaca in Mount Baker, Washington, you can rent one of these babies and try before you buy.  Check out their 2-bedroom, replete with organic sheets.  I just might be heading west very soon. more @ methodhomes.net

via:  haute nature

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

a mixed bag of green news


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D-Link wi-fi routers get greener


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The move toward a more energy efficient future is edging forward. Popular home and small business network electronics maker, D-Link, has announced that they’ve become one of the first manufacturers to produce energy-saving home network Wi-Fi routers capable of saving up to 40 percent in power usage.

D-Link is expanding its Green Initiative by adding eco-friendly features to its award-winning Xtreme N™ line of Wi-Fi Internet routers to decrease energy costs by reducing power consumption.

From the company press release: “…innovative energy-saving technology that automatically detects link status and network cable length, then adjusts power accordingly. The D-Link routers also feature Wi-Fi scheduling that allows customers to easily program when the Wi-Fi radio signals are turned on and off to further save energy consumption.”

The Green technology will be incorporatied in the D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router (DIR-655), D-Link Xtreme N Duo™ Media Router (DIR-855), and the D-Link Xtreme N Gaming Router (DGL-4500).

Find the routers at the company’s online store, www.dlinkshop.com,

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

eco bikini from niksters


ecobikini1.jpgIt’s time to add some eco sizzle to your collection of eco swimwear.  This two-piece Eco-Bikini from Nikster features a Bandeau-style top, and Brazilian-cut bottom with white ruffles.  Created with soy, organic cotton and spandex fabrics.  (is that Terry Hatcher in the photo?)

made in the old US of A
$100.00 @ nikster.com

Related:  previously on altCon

eco swimsuits – green is sexy

hemp on the beach

Ashley Paige – eco chic

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sunblazer – solar cellphone charging holster


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Everyone is continuously challenged with the burden of charging their ubiquitous cellphone. Genesis Electronics has patented a solar holster that will keep your phone charged while you go about your daily business. The Sunblazer will keep your faithful cellphone at optimum charge just by adding a little sunlight. You’ll now have a more compelling excuse for joining the growing legion of pocket-liner, cellphone-on-the-belt wearing geekazoids.

Parent company Pricester.com and Taiwanese electronics maker MediaTek are negotiating to mass produce the green gadget.

Remember that cellphone charger of yours slurps-up energy when plugged-into the wall even if your phone isn’t charging, so unplug that charger when not in use.

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