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Solar Flowers help launch new Prius

Toyota is using these giant solar flowers as part of its launch of the 2010 Prius. Each of the five, 18′ tall plant sculptures seats up to 10 people. Solar panels on the petals and stem provide passersby and free-loaders with free wi-fi and power to their laptops and small devices. The displays recently made an appearance in Boston’s Prudential Plaza and will be making additional summertime stops in New York (7/23 to 8/2 at Flat Iron Blg), Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Though the display is entitled “Harmony between Man, Nature, and Machine,” it appears to have been created by the set designer of an Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors.

via: more photos @ toyota’s flickr page

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

iPath Reed hemp skate shoes


America needs to start getting behind industrial hemp as a raw material.  No, you can’t get high off the stuff, though our brain-dead politicians continue to confuse the bong loading variety with industrial hemp which is used to make clothing, rope, plastic, biofuel, and even food.  Hemp is one of the fastest growing sources of biomass around and its propagation doesn’t require fancy soil, fertilizers or pesticides.  U.S. manufacturers are forced to import hemp, or hemp products, from places like China, Canada or France.

These stylish, vegan, hemp skate shoes (above) from iPath are a fine example of a product created with fast growing hemp…they’re durable and they look great, too.

these men’s skate shoes are $49.99 (marked down from $72) @

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ecoUsable – stainless steel filtered water bottle

Today’s Tried and True Green Product Review focuses on a new, innovative water bottle from ecoUsable.  There’s a plethora of stylish designs of reusable bottles available today. But we’re also considering the materials used in manufacturing, and how the bottles actually perform.


ech2o has a unique, ecofriendly design.  It may cost a bit more than most, but it’s well worth it.  Here’s why we highly recommend it as a great way to get instantly filtered water and stay hydrated while on-the-go.

  • We like the fact that the container is made of 304 food grade, non-leaching and recyclable, stainless steel. (Compared with aluminum, stainless steel requires less energy to produce, and it doesn’t require a lining.)
  • The Ionic-Absorption Micro-Filtration System is BPA-free.
  • The ech2o straw top filter, on the 25-ounce size, filters up to 100 gallons of water, (estimated to last about a year). Replacement filters are sold separately, and made in the USA.
  • As you drink, the straw top instantly removes up to 99.99 percent of pollutants: toxic chemicals, detergents, pesticides as well as other harmful industrial and agricultural wastes; and reduces unpleasant taste, odor, chlorine, sand and sediment. (Tested by independent state and EPA approved labs to EPS/ANSI protocols and NSF Standards 42 & 53.)
  • Filters water from: the tap, pool, rivers, streams and lakes (everything except salt water).  For on-the-go hydration, that’s a lot of filtered, great tasting water for your buck.
  • Available in an array of colors, various sizes, with sport caps and water wraps; ($12.49-$39.99) EcoUsable is offering AltCon readers an exclusive offer — you can save 10% at checkout via this link.

aech4.jpgThe best way to eliminate the use of plastic water bottles, save money in the long run, and get great tasting, instantly filtered water – we give Ech2o a definite, green thumbs up.

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recycled truck tire ‘You Are Here’ doormat


Guests arriving at your door can now locate themselves without resorting to Google Maps.

This doormat made of 100% recycled truck tires, is durable, washable and 24″ in diameter.  Designed by John Cave.

$35 @

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