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Monday, September 29, 2008


air breeze – the latest in off-grid wind power


Small wind leader, Southwest Windpower, has introduced its new, small wind turbine, Air Breeze, as its successor to its successful Air-X product. The system is primarily marketed for off-grid applications such as vacation homes, cabins, boats and RV’s, or as an adjunct to an existing battery charging renewable energy system (solar). The Air Breeze is marketed as being quieter, more efficient, and precision engineered to deliver more energy at lower wind speeds than any other wind generator in its class. (Update: links removed)

airbreeze.jpgProvides power at wind speeds as low as 6mph and 200 watts of power at 28mph.  For land or marine use, the 46 inch diameter rotor can be pole or roof mounted on land, or mounted on a boat for marine use.

12 and 24 volt models range in price from $599 to $699 on the net @ (doesn’t include installation, mounting and storage system). (Update: link removed)

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Jurlique—New Biodynamic Skin Care

Jurlique, an Australian-based skincare line made with organic plants, herbs and flowers grown on the company’s own farms, recently launched five new biodynamic products: a Beauty Serum, Balancing Face Oil, Eye Cream, Refining Treatment, and Night Lotion.


The products are loaded with naturally active ingredients such as calendula, soapbark tree extract, hibiscus, beech tree buds, witch hazel, pansy, sweet violet, daisy, rose, licorice root, chickweed (whatever that is!) and on and on. This collection does not contain parabens, mineral oils, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, synthetic emulsifiers, artificial colors or fragrances.

Because they’re grown biodynamically, the products are a bit more expensive than some of Jurlique’s other offerings, but then again, you pay for what you get. (Note: You can find a good definition of biodynamic farming here:  find more @ (Update: some links removed)

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Bibs and Match – the perfect onesie set

After the birth of her second child, mom Molly Chen decided it was time to stop tying one on — tying a bib on her infant, that is.  Concerned about the safety of those traditional tie or velcro bibs that might accidentally strangle or even suffocate a child, Molly gave birth to a new business — Bibs and Match, creating bibs and onesie sets, that work in a snap.


Made with non-toxic, 100% water-based inks, and now available in super soft organic cotton, these clever, comfy, cool, bibs and matching onesies are designed to snap on simply to each other, with six strategically placed snaps.  As tried on my friend’s bambina, Sofia, it’s true — the set works beautifully, there’s simply no way that this bib could rotate around a baby’s neck, or cause any irritation to their chin or neck.

bam2.jpgVoila — safe, comfy, happy baby = happy parent. The 3-piece organic cotton set comes in 2 sizes — 0-6months and 6-12months, ($32). Find where to buy in-store or online.  Check it out, Donny Deutch’s Big Idea recently recognized this as a million dollar idea!

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a mixed bag of green news


  • All workmen on the project will be required to wear kilts…Scotland to Build ‘Wind Farms Under the Sea’ – (Update: link removed)
  • Scientists Eager to See European Spacecraft’s Death Dive – livescience
  • Give that produce a good rinse. Is the Salad Bar Safe? science daily
  • (video) Gore: Climate Crisis Like Financial Crisis – (Update: link removed)
  • There was urination involved…Man Fined for Putting Wife’s Cat Outside – ananova
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Easing Earth’s Plasticular Cancer

This first post focusing on Plastic Recycling is Part 1 of a 2-Part Series on Plastic.  Part 2 will focus on the Health and Safety issues related to plastic, and will be posted here on Alternative Consumer in a few days.

It requires only the power of observation to recognize that the world we’re living in is increasingly plastic. Initially drawn to plastic’s versatile, lightweight and sturdy promises, the euphoric state that accompanies inventions allowed us to glimpse over the fact that due to the very qualities we produced them to have, plastics don’t want to go away. So until biodegradable plastics dominate our industries, Earth will be yearning for us to become better recyclers of the pervasive plastics at hand.

p2pic.jpgWe must first recognize that plastics’ rotating triangular codes, although wearing our beloved recycling symbol’s clothes, mean nothing of the sort. They disclose only their chemical identity, enabling them to be numerically sorted. All plastics are not created equal and with several being virtually impossible to recycle, focusing our eyes on their numbers is vital.

The recycling champions are numbers 1 and 2, easily recycled virtually everywhere. With #3, a rare recycling center is the key. Although recyclable p2pic2.jpgoutside many grocery stores, #4 is a chore as curbside pickup is not yet available. 5 and 6 are rarely recycled so be sure to steer clear whenever feasible. Sinful number 7 is practically impossible to recycle. To obtain more facts, recycling tips and info on each plastic type check out @ (Update: link removed)

Meanwhile, twist off bottle lids, rinse containers free of yesterday’s cravings, crush them with all your might, and educate yourself on your local recycling programs before your plastics hit the bin. Above all, rethink how you can reduce your plastic habits and reuse whenever possible.

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