Swedish energy products company, Home Energy, is marketing an innovative new small wind turbine, the Energy Ball v100. The Energy Ball utilizes the ‘Venturi’ effect to increase the speed of the wind passing through its spherical design to make it more efficient at low speeds.
The design is a departure from the conventional three blade, propeller-like turbine designs and is said to be almost silent in operation while having a more pleasing visual silhouette. The ‘Ball’ starts generating power at 4.5 mph and has a maximum power of 500 watts (more specs).
Roof, pole or facade mounted.
more info and details re: the U.S @ Home Energy Americas
(Update: links removed)
In this economy, many of us are appreciating more the value of thrift shops, clothing swaps, and online grab bags such as freecycle. We’re also thinking twice about the idea that something is a “must have.” For many, must have means shelter, food and health insurance. But if you’re in a position to perk up your eco wardrobe with a few layers that will last beyond just this fall season, here are some personal faves. Remember to buy quality pieces, and invest in fabrics and styles that will endure. Here’s a special offer to all of you from Angelina at Beklina — Good through the end of October, receive 20% off any full priced item with the purchase of a sale item. Use code: 20OCT08 at checkout.
(L) Skins and Threads scarf, 100% untreated merino wool, comes in 3 colors, $68. And John Patrick cashmere dress in gray or black, $286.
(C) Stewart + Brown merino wool tank cable dress, $220. And Beryll Vintage, reworked military belt, in medium brown, $335.
(R) Nicole Bridger soft, 100% virgin wool, black cardigan sweater, $265
more organic, sustainable, ethical, green goods @ beklina boutique.
Related: previously on altCon –
how to recycle clothes (5.8.08)
Card and gift design company, Soul U.K., has recently come out with a vibrant, new collection of retro-paisley gifts.
The Karma collection is made completely from unbleached organic cotton and includes compact mirrors, pretty pen pouches, bags, diaries and other gifts. The Karma design will help you make a statement in colorful 70’s style without the prerequisite drug intake.
find out more @ souluk.com