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Blue Sky Homes high desert prefab


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Location, location, location…pictured above is the first prototype house utilizing the Blue Sky Homes Building System.  The home sits on a site 4,000 feet above sea level in the rugged Southern California High Desert and was completed earlier this year in a pretty impressive eight weeks.

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The structure is integrated into the landscape on a floating six-legged platform – thus avoiding the need to grade a traditional home pad which would have irreparably damaged the beautiful desert site.

The 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom prototype house was designed by  Palm Springs – based o2 Architecture with the intent of maximizing both the benefits of the Blue Sky Homes Building System and the house’s spectacular location in the Southern California High Desert.

The home’s design is all about steel.  Other than cabinetry, a couple of interior doors and furniture, this house contains no wood at all.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

moxsie – eco fashion indie shop kicks off


Besides supporting indie fashion designers who care about the environment, derive an extra hit of good karma when you shop by donating a portion of your purchase to the cause of your choice.

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Cutting-edge independent designer online hub moxsie.com just launched Eco Shop which features more than two dozen eco conscious indie fashion designers from around the world and allows you to “shop for a cause.”  Choose from eleven organizations such as: The Sierra Club Foundation, The Hunger Project, Save the Children and Dress for Success, and feel good knowing that moxsie will donate a portion of the proceeds of your purchase to your preferred non-profit.

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Take a peek at the collections of clothes, shoes and accessories made of organic, sustainable and reclaimed materials for both men and women @ http://shop.moxsie.com/ecoshop.

update – more good moxsie vibes… just heard from the company — at checkout you can receive 15% off your purchase by simply entering code:  Altconsumer.

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OnlyGreen Organics – a new product review


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VA_HB_SHA_NOR_lg_1.jpgI recently had the privilege of trying out some products provided by OnlyGreen Organics, a new direct sales company offering certified organic products.  Susie Schiering, an Independent OnlyGreen EcoAdvisor, was generous enough to send me samples of their new shampoo and conditioner, an orange creamsicle lip balm and compostable plastic ware.

The VADA brand shampoo and conditioner are manufactured by OnlyGreen and they work very well.  However, as with most organic toiletries when the sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate is missing the lather is just not as abundant as it is with mainstream brands.  I will say that in the (more…)

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a mixed bag of green news


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