The award-winning EcoSmart Fire Q is a portable, pivoting, futuristic fireplace sure to turn-up the cool quotient – and the heat – at any indoor or outdoor social event. Ventless, weatherproof and very cool to look at. Makes me want to break out the shag rug and get busy.
Fueled by ecofriendly, renewable, denatured ethanol. Receive up to 30%, or $1,500 in tax credits when you purchase any EcoSmart fireplace (they’re not cheap).
in black, white or custom colors @ ecosmartfire.com
Related: previously on altCon
(5.4.09) ecoSmart fireplaces qualify for tax credit
The Dutch company, Basil, makes a wide range of bike baskets and bags to help make your bike a more utilitarian conveyance.
The Blossum basket (L) can be front or rear mounted, has a sturdy steel frame, is made of recyclable fiber material instead of traditional wicker, and is easily removable for hitting the farmers’ market. available in blue, green or gold for $61.03 @ amazon.com
Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite finds for staying cool and refreshed from head to toe this summer:
Dr. Bronner’s Baby-Mild – organic soap & shampoo, all-in-one
John Masters Organics – Sea Mist, $16.50; safe for color-treated hair, and infused with essential oil of lavender, this non-sticky spray adds extra body and combats the drying effects of sea salt
Pangea Organics – Malagasy Ylang Ylang & Linden Flower shower gel; $16.00, also at Whole Foods
CoQ10 Wrinkle Defense Serum; $24.95 from Avalon Organics
Our Recap of Best Sunscreens for face, lips and body for the whole family
www.glominerals.com – Glo Minerals with zinc oxide, a natural sunscreen ingredient; green tea extract and antioxidants
Put on a happy face with Mineral Mist, Makeup Melt and other summer beauty products @ PurMinerals.com
Erbaviva – Organic Deodorant, Lemon & Sage; it smells great, and works! $18.00, 3.4oz size will last a long time
Organic Coconut oil – use for cooking, hair and skincare – first cold-pressed (on sale now, $12.75) from Wilderness Family Naturals of Minnesota
Solumbra hat – from sunprecautions.com $50; with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) of 50+
coolibar.com $60; long-sleeved coverups made of tightly woven fabric
www.alexandme.com, Rit Sun Guard – $23.99; increases the UPF of a white cotton t-shirt from 5 to 30
Protect your eyes with shades that have the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Approval for Sunglasses.
Now go have some fun!
I’m a little late to this dance, but I found Josh D’s DIY take on the iPod to be interesting, nonetheless. Josh’s ingredients: one Mini iPod, one Dremel, some Australian red cedar, a few screws, some double-sided tape and more than a modicum of woodworking skill. The result: one crunchy, custom iPod case.
He even recreated his iPod dock in wood. (below)
The pix are from his Wooden iPod Flickr page.
via: design boom