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EcoDriving USA – helping you drive greener

I just saw John McCain ridiculing Barack Obama’s reference to adjusting tire pressure as a small part of the  fight to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.  Funny guy.


The fact is that changing the way we drive and maintain our vehicles can significantly reduce our carbon footprint and gas consumption.  A new website, EcoDriving USA, has created a video that provides some valuable tips.   Appropriately enough, the EcoDriving site is sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers who are supporting the transition to greener driving habits.  The automobile industry may actually be wising-up.


Some helpful info from the EcoDriving site:

  • Every 5 mph over 60 mph you drive costs you 20 cents a gallon in gas
  • Properly inflating your tires can boost your gas mileage 3%
  • Avoid stops and starts; rapid acceleration can cost you $1 a gallon in fuel economy
  • To cool off, open your windows under 40 mph, and use the AC over 40 mph

In conjunction with the introduction of EcoDriving, the National  Automobile Dealer’s Association announced that September will be “Free Green Check-up Month” nationwide.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Freeplay rechargeable emergency flashlights

It’s never a good idea to be left in the dark; (I know, because my friends do it to me all the time).
With the hurricane and tornado seasons fast upon us it’s a great time to update your home’s emergency systems and the Freeplay Light Center is a great addition to your home emergency gadgetry.

The wall-mounted, AC powered unit constantly charges 3 rechargeable Sherpa LED flashlights and, in case of a power outage, activates a bright LED beacon to reveal the Light Center’s location.  The 3, extra bright, LED flashlights can be recharged by hand crank if the initial charge runs out. Fully charged, the Sherpas provide light for 20 hours on the ‘economy’ setting and over 3 hours on the ‘bright’ setting.  The Center’s clear cover lets you know if the kids have misplaced one of the flashlights.

No batteries or bulbs to replace (the bulbs are tested to last for 100,000 hours of use).

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Annatarian – brides go green in peace and love

Designer with a conscience, Anna Mkhitarian now branches out from designing beautiful eco couture dresses and eco bridal gowns to eco jewelry, as well.


Her peace, love and earth themed necklaces and bracelets are all created from 0.925 recycled pure sterling silver and designed to inspire change. Each piece is hand made in L.A., and devoid of any harmful chemicals.  They will tarnish naturally, but can be cleaned with an eco-friendly cleaning solvent.

How cool is this?  In a couple of clicks, wear a smartly designed eco bridal gown and give sweet eco gifts to your bff’s in the wedding party.

Anna’s 7 Wishes Bracelets start @ $30 and necklaces range up to $275.  Or just skip the wedding and pick up a cool piece of jewelry for you, or someone you love:)

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Bags on the Run

Reusable bags by Bags On The Run are a good solution to the growing menace of plastic and paper bags – washable, recyclable, and offered in a wide range of colors and styles.

Bags on the Run green bags are available in different sizes, with or without the logo. Each can carry twice the weight carried by a plastic bag and lasts as long as two years. You can also order custom reusable bags with your company logo and message.

Bags On The Run is a direct seller of reusable grocery bags, green bags, and eco-friendly bags. They comply with the FDA regulations and also have been certified by an EPA-approved laboratory. Besides, these bags have gained admiration from Hollywood celebs like William Shatner, Kevin Dillion, Rex Lee, Diedre Hall, Catherine Oxenberg, Casper Van Dien, and Marisol Nichols.
Perfect for big hauls or buying in bulk at the food co-op, (pictured above) is the “Going Green Variety 12-pack” ($23, 1.99/per bag) @

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a mixed bag of green news


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