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Saturday, January 30, 2010

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altCon eco media minute Jan 2010


From around the blogosphere, a green stimulus package for your eyes, ears and mind.

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  • Looks like last week’s Hope for Haiti benefit album will debut at the top of the Billboard charts.
  • The green fashion industry is revving up for this year’s earth-friendly runway series, TheGreenShows, during Eco Fashion Week in NYC, Feb. 14th thru 17th.  Some of the eco-fashion trendsetters who’ll be strutting their stuff – Gary Harvey, Sonja den Elzen, deux fm, House of Organic and C. Marchuska.  More on this one later…
  • action for nature.org – Get those kids back to nature – Action For Nature, a San-Francisco-based non-profit, is now taking applications for the 2010 International Young Eco-Hero Awards, which honors youngsters ages 8 to 16 for their outstanding accomplishments in environmental advocacy, environmental health, research and protection of the natural world.  Honorees will receive up to $500 cash, an award certificate, and other forms of recognition. The application deadline is February 28, 2010.
  • Check out a video featuring Michigan’s DTE Energy, a Ford Motor Company utility partner, conducting real world testing of the plug-in hybrid electric Ford Escape. The video shows DTE’s demonstration of how EV users will use smart meter technology to recharge their vehicle using renewable energy sources such as solar panels.  The video was shot at the recent North American Auto Show.
  • This event is a little bit down the road… Trashfusion Design Contest and Green Expo, May 1 & May 15, way  up north in Ontario.  The event will feature a runway show of fashions designed from recycled materials, with some lucky designer winning a $1,000 prize.
  • Here’s a good example of green promotion — a contest called, The EarthCare ChallengeAre You Eco-Chic or Eco-Oblivious? highlighted a furniture product, EarthCare Inside – Hickory Springs’ soy-based Preserve foam with other recycled and sustainable components.  One lucky grand prize winner received an earth-friendly home furnishings makeover for their home, valued at $5,000!  Congrats to the lucky winner of the contest, Laura Dillon, who blogged for 6 weeks, explaining how she greened her lifestyle – going from eco oblivious to eco savvy.  Enjoy that new earth-friendly furniture!
  • Hey y’all, Miami Green, (and we’re not talking golf), is around the corner – save the dates – Feb 25 & 26, 2010.
  • Anyone think Avatar’s green message will have a lasting influence on the general public’s awareness of man’s connection with nature – or is it just this month’s must-see movie…a placeholder until the next Twilight flick comes out?
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Friday, January 29, 2010

GasHole magnet


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Gas_Hole2_1.jpgWe all know them.  The tiny housewife, sitting on her booster seat, driving a giant Escalade, the urban cowboy driving his man-sized Ford F-150 and never, ever uncovering the truck bed.

You can tag them for what they are with this removable GasHole magnet.

$5 from topos graphics

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eco fashion friday finds – turn up the green


We don’t espouse mindless consumption, but we do occasionally like to perk up our wardrobes and spirits with a stylish indulgence.  Here’s this week’s small, edited collection of eco savvy fashion finds, many of which have a common thread…

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(above) – We begin today at the bottom, with highly breathable and thermal regulating eco “shorts” – made from merino wool,  from finisterre.

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(above, from L to R)

The bubble look, in soy/ organic cotton/ Spandex;  Sequoia dress (on sale) at Elroy.

With rolling paper dispenser, (how convenient), this street smart Summer Tech Jacket is wind and water resistant; made from a hemp/organic cotton combo and on sale now @ Amsterdam-based, Hemp Works.

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(above, from L to R)

Brides can walk down the aisle in a eco chic style without breaking the bank – the limited edition vintage lace bustier and long straight skirt @ deborahlindquist.com.

Guys can do the sustainable walk in highly renewable, 100-percent hemp pants (black or white) @ hempworks.

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(above – accessories, from L to R)

Confurtable Gloves (fingerless/mitten overlay) in hemp/organic cotton/soy knit; in snow, black, raspberry or atlantis (on sale now) at hempworks

and a finishing touch from Etsy – handmade – the hipshack in cotton stripe.

As always, feel free to send us your faves or just jump in…what was that fairly common thread?

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Eco & Vegan Sustainable Fashion Sample Sale


Time to strut your eco stuff on over to the first-ever Eco & Vegan Designer Group Sample Sale.  Frocks, coats, shoes and accessories 30-85% off.  Today 11a-7p and Saturday 11a-6p.  Where:  1133 B’way, bet. 25 & 26 St, Suite 1020; cash or credit.  See you there. And hey, it’s Gina (designer/owner of Cri de Coeur) Ferraraccio’s b-day today, so wish her a happy! (more…)

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friday’s scan of green news


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Thursday, January 28, 2010

e-BODE prefab eco vacation home


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This eco-friendly beach abode is marketed as a ‘gleaming piece’ of affordable prefab modernism by Australia’s MODABODE.  The first version of the e-BODE was built in 2004 by U.K. architects, Sarah Bickford and Paul Lucas.  The single bedroom unit is priced at something around $115,000 US – for those Australian’s who want a small footprint prefab.

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Some features: large windows allow for plenty of natural light, louvred upper windows create cross ventilation and the over-hanging roof protects the unit from the sun.  The home, which features a solar water heater, a rainwater collection system and full coated insulation, easily exceeds Australia’s Building and Sustainability Index energy and water consumption targets.

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The home is also offered in a two bedroom configuration. The only site work required is an electrical hook-up and simple foundation pads – creating as little site disruption as possible – the home can be moved or removed relatively easily.  Add solar panels or a wind turbine to get completely off-grid.

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viral video from eco celebs – this is our moment


What are we waiting for?  Checkout this video and email your Senators about this vitally important bill for OUR clean energy economy.  Watch Email Share. Pretty Simple.

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“Americans want real action to address climate change and move our country toward a clean energy future,” said NRDC President Frances Beinecke. “This is one of the most important pieces of legislation of our time – we cannot let our moment pass us by. Our Senators need to hear all of us loud and clear.”

Thisisourmoment.org brings together the nation’s most effective environmental action group and a host of notable celebrities including DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Forest Whitaker, Jason Bateman, Felicity Huffman, Chace Crawford, Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.  This is Our Moment.org  enables citizens to become participants by speaking to their representatives in two ways: uploading their own videos in support of a clean energy economy, and sending direct emails to their Senators.

Clean energy and climate legislation passed the House of Representatives for the first time ever in June 2009.  The legislation, the Clean Energy, Jobs and American Power Act, is now pending in the Senate. The bill has the power to jumpstart our economy, create millions of jobs, break our dependence on foreign oil, and cut global warming pollution. This is Our Moment calls on Americans to hold their representatives to task and to pass urgently-needed climate legislation.

via:  National Resources Defense Council pr

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eco geekery – light seeking solar robot head


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Show me another solar-powered bird repeller and I might puke…but this little analog, phototropic solar gadget holds some attraction.  For those in need of a tiny, non-judgmental solar friend.  This green gadget was handmade from recycled electronics parts.  A tiny gear box rotates and turns the head towards any light source – occasionally he may turn away for an instant and turn back…sort of like an old boyfriend.

$55 @ middlecreekmerchants etsy shop

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