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solar flashlight, cellphone charger combo


solarbeam2.jpgThis green gadget will shed some light on the subject and put a charge in your cellphone all with sustainable solar power.  The Solar Beam III is both a very bright, 3 LED flashlight (65,000MCD) and cellphone charger in one nifty rechargeable package.  You can charge with one, two or three solar panels open and operate the flashlight with 1, 2, or 3 LEDs to extend your charge.  Fully charged, the 3 LED mode will give you bright light for 15 hours.  It can also be used as a flashing emergency light.  Comes with 5 cellphone charger adapters.

The sun recharges a built-in 700mAh/3.6v NI-MH battery.

$37.50 ea. @

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Bio-Beetle: Burn Clean When Visiting Maui

Prompted by a couple of friends’ invitation to visit them in Hawaii, I began to explore some travel options to this island paradise.  These days I’m traveling only vicariously to destinations far and wide, but I figured what the heck, no harm in looking. Having visited Maui a dozen years ago, visions of a spectacular sunrise experience in Haleakala surfaced in a flash, and so the fantasy of a return trip begins…


Lo and behold, I discovered an eco friendly way to cruise the winding roads — in a Bio-Beetle, fueled 100% by sustainably-renewable, vegetable-based biodiesel.  According to U.S. government studies, biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 78% because of its closed carbon cycle. It’s also non-toxic, biodegradable and free of sulfur.  Purportedly, we’d save 70 cents/gallon over gas. discover more info about renting this clean machine @

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Kelley Blue Book adds green car info


Kelley Blue Book’s new green section, KBB Green, allows car shoppers to get green info on hybrids, diesel, ethanol and alternative fuel cars.  They are launching the site with a good article listing their Top 10 Green Cars of 2008.

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a mixed bag of green news


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