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Tuesday, September 30, 2008


advent eco pc – greener computing


Advent has just introduced its new green desktop PC (it runs Windows Vista) for the burgeoning, green Bill Gates crowd (see Microsoft’s “I’m a PC ad campaign”).

Constructed of 75 recycled material and said to use 78% less energy than comparable desktops (it has no fan).  Paper waste has been reduced by installing all manuals and documentation on the computer.

some specs:

Intel® Core 2 Duo T5250 processor, Windows Vista, 2GB DDR2 667MHz memory, 160GB SATA hard drive and built-in wi-fi and dvd burner

currently on in the U.K. for £599.99 @

please note: I’m not a PC.

previously on altcon:

dell studio hybrid – a greener pc

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bamboo Island Home – pre-fabs on St. Croix

I’m intrigued by the idea of bamboo homes.  Perhaps because of the unprecedented, current economic debacle, the idea of flying the coop and living on a Caribbean island for a spell seems very appealing.


If I were to put any effort in this direction, I’d check into living in a pre-fabricated home like this, built to meet the Dade County/FL/USVI wind load code requirements of 145 pmh winds, the strictest requirements in the U.S. — made by the “first and only internationally certified manufacturer of bamboo structural systems.”  Bamboo Living’s exclusive distributor in the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico — Bamboo Island Home now has 8 pre-fab structures, and the first ICC-ES certified — scheduled to arrive in St Croix in November ’08.  Ah yes, the fantasy continues as I imagine the trade winds stir a soothing breeze. more @

via:  prweb (Update: some links removed)

Related:  previously on the Alternative Consumer
bamboo homes – grow your own (3.24.08)

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mini kin charger – nano wind power

minikin.jpgThis teensy-weensy, small device wind charger will be available soon at I Want One of Those.  A must-have for those days when clouds render your solar charger irrelevant and you desperately need to get some juice into the iPod for your daily KajaGooGoo fix.  It might also look good on the deck of your catamaran or the hood of your golf cart, if that’s how you roll.

£29.99 eventually

via: techlime (Update: link removed)

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a mixed bag of green news


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Monday, September 29, 2008

Triton Hotel – In the Heart of San Francisco

The next time you travel to San Francisco, you might want to try the Triton Hotel.  Part of the Kimpton family, this green hotel makes it a priority not to compromise the environment for luxury. The way they see it, you can have both!

Their commitment to sustainable practices is widely acclaimed.  In addition to following water conservation practices to reduce usage by 25 percent, the hotel has also installed motion sensors and Halogena Advantage light bulbs to reduce energy consumption.  And, they offer 25 percent off valet services for hybrid vehicles.  Check out a complete list of their eco-friendly amenities (trust me, there are a lot!)

Of Triton Hotel’s 140 rooms, 7 eco suites have been designed by celebrities and feature all things green.  Woody’s Oasis, the suite created and inspired by Woody Harrelson, features organic cotton sheets and biodegradable, corn-based pillows.  And the furniture is made only from wood that has been sustainably harvested. Every time a person stays in Woody’s suite, the hotel donates 10 percent of the room price to Oasis Preserve International, a nonprofit organization that protects endangered ecosystems.  It doesn’t stop there…


Triton Hotel has the best perch in San Francisco, located just two blocks from Union Square and across the street from Chinatown.  Conveniently accessible to the finest of San Francisco, some of the premier spots are only a short ride or stroll away — the Moscone Convention Center, Little Italy, the Financial District, and Nob Hill.

The hotel’s prime location, combined with its luxurious atmosphere and dedication to the environment make it an obvious stay the next time you’re in San Francisco.  And hey, it’s a place that you can feel good about staying at!

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