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Blu Homes – prefab green home builder


A helpful reader just turned us on to Blu Homes, an innovative builder of prefab, sustainable green homes.

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Blu Homes factory manufactures stylish, energy efficient, sustainable homes utilizing Cradle to Cradle (c2c) certified building materials, energy efficient lighting and appliances, efficient heating and cooling technologies (radiant heat and tankless water heaters etc.), low VOC finishes, countertops and tiles created from recycled materials and carpets and decks made of recycled composite materials.

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They offer a variety of small to comfortably large designs ranging from studios to multiple bedroom layouts.  Passive solar positioning for optimal heating and cooling is factored into every project.  Designs are flexible and customizable.  A typical Blu Home can be factory manufactured in 4 to 6 weeks including full assembly and flat-bed truck to the building site where it can be assembled in as little as a couple of weeks.

Blu Homes are estimated to save up to – and over – 60% in energy costs over a typical code built, or existing home and their manufacturing process is estimated to reduce material waste by 50 to 70%.  The designs are intended to reflect all current insulation and energy efficient technologies, and these home are built to last.

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Prices can range from as low as $50k for a small studio to $255k for a three bedroom 2 bath “Retreat” home.  The buyer is responsible for land purchase, septic etc.

Your ‘fun’ home can designed to your lifestyle and needs.  The company is currently finishing installation of homes in Massachusetts and Utah.  If you’re interested in more details or purchasing a home contact them at info@bluhomes.com or visit their website.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

kuyichi jeans – fall/winter collection


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We have to admit, we love Kuyichi’s organic cotton jeans and t’s.  Pure denim from certified organic cotton grown and harvested under heavily monitored fair trade conditions in Peru and manufactured with care, environmental responsibility and, above all, style.

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see more of their 2008 collection @ kuyichi.com

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Organic Snacks for Health Nuts of All Ages


This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of Perfume Deals on the Organic Coupons website.

With the demand for organic foods free of harmful additives and chemicals growing bigger every day, many companies are stepping up to the challenge and introducing organic snacks that can be taken on-the-go, without sacrificing the health benefits of eating organic and natural products.  What follows is a brief list of great organic snacks that you can take anywhere.

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Smashies Applesauce:  This organic alternative to the old favorite comes in a handy squeeze pouch to help dispense the product with little or no mess.  Try this new take on an old standard and taste the difference.

edenpop_1.jpgEden Organic Yellow Popcorn:  One of the oldest natural snacks, popcorn is a great tasting treat that can be taken on the go, thanks to Eden Farms.  Pre-packaged popped organic yellow corn is a great way to keep your growling stomach satisfied.

Bumblebar Organic Snack and Energy BarsOrigBarPhoto.jpgThe folks at Bumblebar have been working for some time to perfect their organic snack and energy bar line. These delicious treats are 100% organic and are certified by the USDA as such.  Made to suit your needs, Bumblebars are great snacks and excellent sources of energy and protein for the health-conscious snacker.

fignewmans1__1.jpgNewman’s Own Organic Snack Line:  The late Paul Newman founded his company with healthy alternative products in mind and in the last several years, the company has added several organic snack products to the market.  Organic cookies, snack cakes, chips, and much more are available form Newman’s Own and can be found at most grocery stores.

You can contact Kelly at kellykilpatrick24 at gmail dot com.

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a mixed bag of green news


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