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Ford’s MyKey – prevents teenage wasteland?

081006_MyKey_1.jpgMost parents can’t even keep their teenagers from cranking the latest Fall Out Boy single at window breaking levels in their bedroom – never mind while unsupervised in the family car. Ford thinks it has the answer, its MyKey feature — which debuts next year on the 2010 Ford Focus and may quickly become standard on many other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models — allows owners to program a key to limit the vehicle’s top speed and audio volume. MyKey also encourages safety-belt usage, provides earlier low-fuel warnings and can be programmed to sound chimes at 45, 55 and 65 miles per hour (ringtones anyone).

This violation of teenager personal freedom is intended keep the rockin to a minimum and save lives and fuel in the process.  They’ll really have a breakthrough product if they can program this thing to kill the engine if the radio’s turned to Rush Limbaugh…


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Monday, October 6, 2008

KOR ONE – sleek, sexy, safe and reusable

kw1.jpgFinally, we can sip on the run, in true sustainable style.  Tap into Kor — a cool looking, highly functional, reusable vessel for agua, or whatever liquid you wish to cart around.

Three years in the making and designed to be opened or closed with just one hand (oh my), this hydration vessel smacks of style smarts and sustainable good looks.  Made from Eastman Tritan, unlike your typical polycarbonate bottle — there’s no BPA toxicity in sight with this container. Good to the last drop.

750ml capacity, ($29.95)

available now @

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cheeky monkey – eco jewelry

If you require a certain level of bling to complete your “look” but can’t get your head around destructive and exploitive mining practices, jewelry design company, Cheeky Monkey Jewelry, may provide the appropriate combo of trendy fashion status and the feel good, earth-friendly attributes you crave.


Handmade jewelry, from recycled and ethically sourced materials that further confirm your eco fashion good taste by bathing you in the afterglow of the likes of Drew Barrymore and Nelly Furtado — who love wearing the “Monkey’s” pendants and earrings.

more @ (Update: link removed)

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Zehn – organic cotton, carbon neutral hoodie

ZEPhoodie.jpgNow that title’s a green mouthful!  Zehn’s Carbon Neutral Apparel achieves a 90% carbon footprint reduction in the manufacture of the pictured hoodie by using renewable wind power and low impact, organic farming.

The manufacture of the typical hooded sweatshirt is 62lbs of carbon dioxide emitted. By comparison, a Zehn solar or wind power hooded sweatshirt is made with the emission of only 6.2lbs of C02.

Good stuff.

women’s organic cotton zip-up hoodie – $46 @

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a mixed bag of green news


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