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eco gadgets and cool solar gifts

We’ve been obsessed and consumed by the Christmas spirit, so here’s our 4,267th green gift list. Enjoy.

SPABT009600_06_L_1.jpgDazzle the eco-geeks at your local Apple Store or Starbucks with the Solar iPhone Charger (pictured left) a ‘must have’ for many trendy, iPhone-packing eco-geeks.
$48 @ ($3 shipping worldwide)

neuton1.jpgStudies show that running your gas-powered lawnmower for an hour is the equivalent of driving your car 100 miles.  Time to get dad a clean machine like this Neuton mower (right).  This electric mower runs silent, clean, is 95% recyclable and also gets dad off the couch. The Neuton CE 6.2 mower goes for $449 @

solargorilla1.jpegKeeping your laptop or PDA charged while you’re tooling around Palin country saving polar bears can present a major logistical challenge. The SolarGorilla solar charger (on the left) can keep all your electronic doodads charged-up and ready for action.  Bear in mind that most portable solar chargers don’t work with laptops – this baby does.  You can find it @

cyrilsolarrobot.jpgThis one’s for fans of solar toys and general geekery.  These solar-powered, light-seeking bugbots are the creation of designer and builder, Tinyminds. The Etsy-based designer makes these little guys on custom order for $80.  The bugbot will hop steadfastly to the nearest, brightest source of sunlight (lightbulbs make him wiggle).

solarsensationvibe.jpgIntegrate alternative energy technology into your boudoir with what may be the first solar-powered vibrator.

The Solar Sensation vibrator (at left) will charge in sunlight (5hrs) and artificial light (100w bulb 24hrs). It has three speeds, and it will run 2.5 hours on a full charge (if you should last that long). A great way for avid users of vibrators to save tons of batteries while putting a smile on their faces.
$49.99 here

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Zoica Matei’s ‘slow fashion’ – the next wave in eco fashion

Perhaps the goal of the fashion industry should not be the seasonal changing of styles to cynically put cash in the industry’s pockets and out of date clothes in the trash bin.  We’ve all fallen victim to chasing a new fashion trend, but it’s time to kick that habit.


Romanian born, and Atlanta-based, designer Zoica Matei has developed her slow fashion earth collection with a focus on creating timeless, sustainable clothing choices that defy seasonal trends and the wasteful consumption of trendy fashion junk. This socially responsible designer believes fashion must slow down, be built to last and become trans-seasonal. Her line is created in the U.S. with eco-friendly materials and Fair Trade principles.

Defy the urge to be the trendiest victim of the fashion industry’s marketing schemes, and slow it down. Perhaps we should harken back to the days of yore when people had more individual style.

use coupon code GreenGift to receive 40% off @

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Excessive and poorly regulated fishing is leading to: a decline in biodiversity, threatening endangered species, and causing entire fisheries to collapse.


It is reported that approximately 70 percent of fisheries in the world are either over-exploited or have already collapsed.  Soon, domestic shortages will become global shortages.  Scientists predict that if this trend continues, all current fisheries will collapse by 2048.  President Obama is being urged to take on the task of examining all federal fishery management plans by 2012, with at least half of them incorporating catch share management by 2016.

iStock_000004463119XSmall.jpgCatch share restricts the amount of allowable catch, restricting fishing to a sustainable yield, and thereby, alleviating overfishing.  The use of cap-and-trade systems with marketable permits has proved effective in the past.  In Australia, the government adopted a permit system to address the overharvest of lobsters.  The sustainable yield of lobsters was estimated, and the government issued catch permits totaling the specified amount.  Fishers could then bid and trade permits, allowing the market to determine its price.  Since its adoption in 1986, the fishery has stabilized and currently operates at a sustainable yield. (more…)

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a mixed bag of green news


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