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folding bike – TX Commuter from SwissBike

I’ve recently noticed NYC bursting with new bike lanes as our intrepid Mayor Bloomberg tries to create Paris on the Hudson.  No better time to get your butt in gear and start pedaling to that desk job of yours in the newly renovated Garment District or your night job working the door at the Cave in Williamsburg.  The beautifully foldable, TX Commuter from SwissBike.


This bike is designed to have all the features and performance of its non-folding brethren, with the added ability to be folded up, thrown in the trunk of your car, or taken up to your cubicle to prevent it being hijacked.  Weighs 30 lbs.

You can even take advantage of the newly minted Bicycle Commuter Act which is buried deep within this fall’s Economic Stimulus Package (i.e. bailout), which allows your employer to give you a tax-free $20 a month to cover your various bike commuting expenses.

goes for $699 @

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

a mixed bag of green news


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VerMints – all-natural mints and pastilles

Move over, Certs. Take a back seat, Tic Tacs.  We’ve found an alternative to the mass-produced, chemical-laden, not-so-natural mints that dominate the market.


Called VerMints, the company was launched in a small kitchen in Vermont with a mission to create the highest quality and best-tasting mints and pastilles on the market.  You won’t find any nasties like high-fructose corn syrup, chemicals and meat byproducts in these tasty treats, only natural ingredients like organic maple syrup, Vermont spring water, natural ground ginger root and organic mint leaves.

Available in six flavors, they’re manufactured according to exact standards to prevent cross contamination with allergens; they’re kosher, gluten- and nut-free and vegan friendly, too. Plus, the unique, artful tins are perfect for reusing (they’re ideal for holding hair ties). Use the Store Locator on the VerMints website to find them in your area.

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idbids eco-friendly starter kit a cute green toy

idbid1.jpgIdbids Eco-friendly Starter Kit has been nominated as 2009 Educational Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association.  Pictured on the right is the ‘Lola the Flower Idbid’ and Starter Kit. (iddy biddy steps for a greener world.)

Each starter kit contains:

  • One 9” Idbid handcrafted toy made of 100% organic Egyptian cotton
  • colored with natural organic dyes – no two are alike.
  • Organic cotton backpack for child to wear
  • Storybook and Field Guide printed on recycled paper with eco-friendly inks
  • Online reward program
  • Packaging is made from recycled and eco-friendly materials and includes paper doll cutouts and a playland insert

$39.99 @

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