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EcoSmart’s Q – designer indoor, outdoor fireplace


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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

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(5.4.09) ecoSmart fireplaces qualify for tax credit

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Monday, June 29, 2009

blossum bike basket – from Basil


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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

via: coolhunting

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favorite green finds for summer 2009


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

seaspray.jpg 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

slmbrhat_1.jpg 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!

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DIY project – green your iPod – go wood


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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.

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He even recreated his iPod dock in wood. (below)

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The pix are from his Wooden iPod Flickr page.

via: design boom

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a mixed bag of green news


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  • The House Minority Leader is obviously suffering the debilitating effects of over-tanningBoehner: Climate Bill’s a pile of s–t’ – thehill.com
  • On the other hand…Analysis: Climate Bill May Spur Energy Revolution – ap/yahoo! news
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…The World’s Ugliest Dog – ananova (more…)
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