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coming soon: a hybrid on three wheels


Plug-in power is gaining traction on roads across the globe, but have you ever seen a hybrid that rolls on three wheels?

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This sleek PTV (personal transit vehicle) has been sold online for the past year as a DIY kit car, but is headed for the streets, according to AutoblogGreen, who recently spoke with Robert Q. Riley, creator of the XR3. A prototype is headed to Michigan, says Riley, where it will undergo testing for production.

The 125-mpg plug-in XR3 is driven by the fact that in urban driving settings, nearly 80 percent of a vehicle’s energy is related to mass. So, the XR3 offers less mass—mated with a 23-horsepower diesel engine and Lithium Ion battery pack. When the two systems (more…)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

alex and ani – eco friendly jewelry


Eco jewelry designer, Carolyn Rafaelian’s Alex and Ani website kicks off today.

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You can now shop for Alex and Ani’s rings, bracelets, bangles and accessories made from earth-friendly and recycled materials – created right here in the USA.  Many of the line’s pieces feature an innovative and patented technology that replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable, allowing everyone to have a piece of jewelry with a custom, perfect fit.

The Isle Expandable Wire Bangle (above, L) is adjustable to any arm size via A&A’s patented design.  The set of 12 Expandable Wire Bangles (above, R) features 12 unique textures and finishes.

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Burt’s Bees – a lip smacking daily giveaway


Burt’s Bees, a huge player in the natural personal products arena, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by giving away 25,000 free beeswax lip balms in 25 days. The giveaway already started but you still have until June 20th to try and snag one for yourself.

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This is how it works: The giveaway will start anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. EDT, but no one knows exactly what time. It could be 9:56; it could be 11:57! You have to keep checking Burt’s Bees website each morning, because the balms go quickly once the giveaway begins. Good luck.  catch the buzz @ burtsbees.com

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a mixed bag of green news


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