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K9 Confections – treats for the discerning dog


Guest doggie-blogger Huxley (the springer spaniel, pic below) contributed this review from his sophisticated digs in Princeton, NJ.

k9confections_barkinforbacon_enlgim_1.jpgHuxley here. I’m writing this review from the library/smoking room of our tastefully appointed Princeton estate.  When the editors of AltCon received a supply of K9 Confections high-end eco dog treats they immediately thought of me and my discerning, classically trained palate to evaluate the treats for style, taste and culinary value.

Developed for founder Jennifer Wilner’s precious companion, ‘Dutchess,” who is afflicted with a bothersome array of allergies, these premium organic pet treats huxley1.jpgcontain no added salt, sugar or artificial flavorings or preservatives. The Confections which are soy, corn and wheat-free, are made of only the highest human-quality certified organic ingredients.

Extensive nibbling on these exemplary treats leads me to praise them for both flavor and organic quality.

Flavor selection ranges from Barking Bacon to Pumpkin Biscotti, with my personal favorite being the deliciously delightful Signature Peanut Butter treat.

Treats are also available for cats and in gift and holiday collections.  Find them @ k9confections.com

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Friday, January 2, 2009

miniHome’s 12WIDE – stylish prefab housing


Has the current economic armageddon signaled the death knell of that bloated, over-sized expression of American success and excess – the ‘McMansion’?  Is there actually a possibility that the next wave in home building will focus on living smaller and more sustainably?  The folks at Toronto-based Altius Architecture and Sustain Design Studio have created the miniHome to provide a sustainable housing option for couples and individuals into zero population growth, stylish sustainability and affordable prefab housing.  Their biggest model yet, the 12WIDE, is set to roll-out in 2009.

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The basic 12WIDE model will run you roughly $119,000 Canadian. The home ships on its own set of wheels with detachable chassis for easy placement (you add foundation).  This prefab features: super-insulation, a tankless hot water system, radiant space heating,  durable materials, intelligent controls, multi-tasking furniture, warm LED lighting and 10′ ceilings.  Add optional solar panels, wind and composting solutions and you’re getting very, very green.  Energy and water saving features make the 37 foot long 12 WIDE a purported ‘net-zero’ home.

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find out more about miniHomes and their many variations @ sustain.ca

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a mixed bag of green news


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Costa Rica Eco Lodges


Looking to steep yourself in the natural splendor of the Costa Rica’s Rain Forest? Check out these eco tourism destinations for a taste of rustic paradise. Don’t forget to offset that carbon footprint.  (try better planet)

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La Leona Ecolodge in Corcovado, (above)

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Selva Bananita Lodge & Preserve, (above)

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Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge, Dominical, (above)

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