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insulated curtains save heat


If the price of oil, gas, and electricity is blowing through your bank account make sure the heat in your home isn’t going out the window. In addition to weatherstripping and proper insulation you might want to cut down on drafts and heat loss by installing insulated curtains for the winter months. The curtains pictured above are backed with 100% acrylic foam insulation which blocks winter’s drafts and heat loss from warm interior air hitting cold windows.

these and others (on sale now) @ plow & hearth

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tube Chair – recycled cardboard tube seat


From our friends at Golf Refugees…I don’t think I could spend an entire Super Bowl sitting on this baby, but it is a cool concept and conversation piece.  The Tube Chair was designed by Peter Gorse, a UK Industrial designer.  It’s constructed from recycled cardboard tubes which are attached together by a series of cable ties to form a rigid eco-throne.

Available in different colors and sizes – optional extras include a bubble wrap seat cover.  Pricing on request.  find out more @

(UPDATE: links were removed)

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Green Car of the Year Finalists

Green Car Journal has announced its 5 finalists for “Green Car of the Year” 2010, and here they are (pictured alphabetically, below):  Audi A3 TDI, Honda Insight, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Volkswagen Golf TDI.  Nominees needed to be readily available to consumers during the award year.






The winner is ultimately decided by an eclectic collection of jurors including:  Jay Leno, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Carroll Shelby, Matt Petersen of Global Green USA and the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope, along with Green Car Journal editors.


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Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet debuts

asi1.jpgLike many celebrities, Alicia Silverstone has put together a guide for the rest of us, one that tells us the secret to her fame and beauty.  Silverstone’s most recent book The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight and Saving the Planet highlights a vegetarian diet (now often called a “plant based diet” to avoid controversy).  The book takes readers through a three-step transition into Silverstone’s diet.  She includes recipes, anecdotes and “motivational tips” to help you kick your current diet and adopt hers.

Many, including Silverstone, argue that “plant based diets” are inherently more green than their carnivorous counterparts.  Plants require less fuel, water and other resources. (more…)

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a mixed bag of green news


  • You know we’re not doing enough when this happensMexico Calls U.S. a ‘Stumbling Block’ in U.N. Climate Talks – reuters
  • I guess this explains all those headless Barbie dolls….Plastic Chemicals (BPA) Tied to Aggression in Young Girls – yahoo! news
  • Stop eating sushi…Tuna’s Plight is a Problem the World Must Solve – cs monitor
  • Apple is latest to wave goodbyeCompanies Quit U.S. Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Policy – npr
  • It’s always more fun doing things together…Albatross Camera Reveals Fascinating Feeding Interaction With Killer Whales – sciencedaily
  • More bad news…Global Warming May Worsen Locust Swarms –
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