It appears that both the audience and judges at this year’s Consumer Electronics Association’s i-stage competition agreed that Regen Inc.’s eco friendly ReNu personal power generation and storage system is the big winner. The centerpiece of the ReNu product line is the stylish, portable solar panel and battery. The modular design allows the panel to work with a wide range of devices including the Regen iPod Sound Dock (pictured at right – $149), which pumps out 8 hours of tunes when powered by a fully charged ReNu panel. The solar panel also charges Apple’s iPod and iPhone via ReNu’s iPod Dock.
The ReNu panel will go on sale in Feb. 2010 for $199. The iPod/iPhone Dock (pictured at top) stores enough power to recharge an iPhone twice and will run you $249 – pre-order and get more info @ regenliving.com
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It’s great to see upcycled and repurposed wood become stylish and functional furniture. The folks at Portland, Maine’s Good Earth Furniture hand-make some great looking custom furniture from the remains of wood pallets and a variety of recycled wood.
A pool heated by solar panels; an organic garden; an interpretive biodiversity trail; and closely-protected turtle hatching grounds. The only thing more drool-worthy to an eco traveler is the locale—the pristine dune-swept beaches of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
It’s there, nestled in the Special Biosphere Reserve of Celestun, that 24 thatch-roof cabanas occupy roughly 1.2 percent of the Hotel Eco Paraiso’s property. The rest has been left undeveloped and conducive to the area’s ecological wonders.
Along a three-mile beach, guests can tread their feet, choosing an on-site dining destination in the evening or planning the next day’s excursions. Moonlit safari, anyone? I hear the alligators are a “usual.”
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The Lenovo ThinkVision L2251x Wide desktop computer display is the first to be awarded the new TCO Certified Edge designation for excellence in combining green and high performance in IT design. The award recognizes several “green” features including: Lenovo’s use of 65 % post consumer recycled plastic in the display’s construction, recycled packaging materials and a proximity sensor that saves energy when the user is away from the computer by dimming the display.