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small wind – Windside off-grid turbine


Finland’s Windside Wind Turbines cut its teeth designing wind turbines for remote weather stations and installations located in the harshest and most extreme environments, from the frigid Antarctic to the sizzling Sahara desert.  Though they specialize in professional installations, the company does offer an interesting consumer small wind turbine for sale in Europe and Canada.

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The chimney, pole, or roof-mounted turbine which is designed for off-the-grid cabins or cottages, is completely silent, bird friendly and operates in high and low winds. The system charges a battery and is not designed for grid tie-in.  Windside’s professional experience has driven the company to design low maintenance, highly efficient, extremely durable turbines with a long lifespan (hence the 10 year warranty). Get technical specs here.

Hopefully serious money and design resources will soon be hitting the small wind market transforming small wind systems from interesting design novelties into mainstream home energy solutions.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

reclaimed bourbon barrel = iris coffee table


We’ve posted about Brooklyn based sustainable furniture maker, Uhuru, in the past and thought we’d revisit their site where we discovered the Iris Coffee Table made of upcycled bourbon barrel staves.

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Uhuru specializes in designing and handcrafting stylishly utilitarian furniture from reclaimed, recycled and repurposed materials.

The barrel staves that make up this piece are straight out of Kentucky and would have either been shipped to Scotland to distill Scotch or burned as firewood after their one-time use to distill Kentucky bourbon.  Me thinks this is a smarter, happier fate.

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How To Get Married In Green — the must-have guide for eco-friendly brides


Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it can also put a lot of stress on the planet.

Just think: Guests typically fly or drive in from miles away, as do the caterers, photographers and musicians; the bridesmaids’ dresses have to be boxed and shipped, sometimes to all corners of the country; hundreds of sheets of paper are used for invitations, programs and menus; and flowers grown with pesticides are brought in from thousands of miles away. It’s enough to make you say “I do” to a green wedding.

mig1.jpgHow to Get Married in Green, by Suzan St Maur, aims to help you do just that. From the rings to the ceremony to the honeymoon, the book provides easy, achievable tips for making all aspects of your big day a little bit greener. Maur maintains a balance between what is feasible and what is taking the whole thing to extremes, proving that you don’t have to compromise on glamour, quality or fun to get married in green. For instance, she writes that it’s okay to serve prime rib at your reception, just make sure that it’s organic or locally sourced. And, while you certainly don’t have to do everything the book suggests, in the end, you’ll enjoy your wedding even more knowing you’re starting your (more…)

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a mixed bag of green news


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