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Mariah Power creates iPhone wind speed app


Techie fun, marketing innovation and wind speed site analysis all on your iPhone?  Mariah Power and Create with Context will soon release an iPhone app that will let you know how much wind is whipping through your property and if it’s enough to spin a Windspire small wind turbine.  Just hold your iPhone into the wind and it will measure the wind speed and do the math.  The app will also estimate how much CO2 your potential Windspire installation will save the environment. (Update: link removed)

You can sign up at Mariah Power’s website to be notified when the app is available.

Related: previous Altcon posts on Mariah Power and its vertical axis wind turbine

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Seventh Generation sponsors bill protecting children from untested chemicals

milbaby_c.pngWe live in world filled with chemicals, toxins and unknown substances.  Emerging science increasingly connects exposure to toxic chemicals with serious health problems.  From Bisphenol-A in baby bottles to phthalates in children’s toys and flame retardants in nursery furnishings, the modern home is filled with synthetic compounds that research now shows likely cause neurological and behavioral disorders, reproductive and developmental disruption, cancer and other troubles.

There are hundreds of untested chemicals in the products families use every day.  The business-friendly law that directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct safety reviews of chemicals, the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), was passed by Congress over thirty years ago.  Since then, the EPA has investigated a paltry 200 of the more than 80,000 chemical compounds available to manufacturers today.  Critics of the law say it doesn’t give the EPA enough authority to demand that companies supply the information needed to evaluate a chemical’s risk.

Now, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, a coalition of nearly 30 leading, health-conscious, non-governmental organizations, is working with Congress to overhaul the nation’s chemical regulations.  Supporters of the coalition include the Environmental Defense Fund, Healthy Child Healthy World and Seventh Generation, the maker of all-natural cleaning products and diapers.  The group supports new legislation (more…)

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Andean Collection – Great Green Giveaway

UPDATE It’s official – Congratulations to our lucky winner, Cathie M. Thanks to Amanda for sponsoring such a lovely giveaway, and thanks to everyone for entering.  Be sure to check out our latest giveaway for another chance to try a cool, eco friendly product.

We’re thrilled to feature The Andean Collection as our generous sponsor of this Great Green Giveaway.  This collection of eco friendly and fashion forward jewelry is the creation of founder and designer, Amanda Judge.


When I met Amanda at The Green Fashion Shows kick off party, she was wearing this beautiful Acai necklace, (above, R), and I thought it would be wonderful to offer one to our readers.  One lucky winner will be able to select their favorite color from an array of 8 gorgeous variations. (Retail value, $49 plus free shipping to anywhere in the USA and Canada.)

Here’s how to enter:

  • checkout the array of necklaces, earrings and bracelets @
  • Then leave a comment on this post, telling us why you’d like to win this necklace, and which is your favorite color.
  • Sign up for their enewsletter and Receive an entry by leaving us a Comment to let us know.
  • Add the following address to your email address book: m at

One lucky winner will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email. Contest ends Monday, November 2, 2009 at 11:59p (EST). Winner has 24 hours to claim their prize, or offer is null and void. Winner’s name will also be included on this post. Giveaway includes free shipping, anywhere in the USA or Canada.

*One entry per person.
*EXTRA CREDIT If you have your own blog, you can post about the giveaway with a link back to this giveaway post. To make sure we know, you can come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog post. If you Twitter, you can tweet about the giveaway (once per day), and be sure to refer to @altCon, and leave a comment linking to the status. You can also receive additional entries 3 more ways: subscribe to our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter or friend us on FaceBook. (If you’re already a subscriber, just enter a comment to let us know.) Time’s ticking, so start clicking – good luck!

A little background about this ethical, socially responsible company:  The inspiration of the line came to Amanda while she was in Ecuador working on her thesis. The designs are fair trade made and handcrafted from natural seeds that have been sustainably harvested from the rainforests and lowlands of South America. Amanda has conceived of a smart way to ensure the survival of the world’s rainforests while providing the local inhabitants an alternative income, (rather than logging or selling their land to destructive industries).  As an extra perk, the artisans are not only paid fair wages, but also share in the profits as partial owners of the company.

The necklace (above) is made from Açaí (ah-sah-EE).  As you may be aware, Acai is not only gaining a spot for itself among indigenous artisans in Ecuador for its unique look and delicate size perfect for jewelry such as this, but also quickly gaining popularity as a drink for its antioxidant and energizing properties.

Shout out to New York City visitors and residents – The Andean Collection is in Madison Square Park at a great craft market (west side of the park) through November 1st, so if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say Hi for me. (11a-8p)

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a mixed bag of green news


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