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Nova Scotia’s Hidden Eco Retreat


You can’t help but fall in love with Nova Scotia once you’ve walked its streets, eaten its meals and chatted up the locals.  Ever since my first visit, with a particularly memorable wine tour of the Annapolis Valley, I’ve been dying to go back.  And now I see that there’s good reason to make the jaunt.


Located in a protected wilderness area, Trout Point Lodge is a deeply green getaway that encourages guests to leave no trace as they visit, stay or dine at the rustic, but luxe, lodge.  Through solar-powered lighting, grey water recycling (more…)

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

animal shaped toys from recycled tin cans

Designer Loran Scruggs creates these great looking toys from the recycled remains of tin can and bottle caps.  These little gems are probably more a collectible than a toy destined for aggressive daily play, since nails and glue are involved.  Intended for non-destructive kids 3 and up.

They can be purchased individually, or you can pick up a set of 3 of these handmade, one-of-a-kind toys for $75 @ loran’s online store

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a greener notebook – Sony’s VAIO W Series 212AX Eco Edition


I remember when Sony stood high atop the consumer electronics’ mountain, peering down on other mere mortal brands…times have changed, but I digress.

vaioeco3.jpgToday’s news — Sony has introduced a “greener notebook.”  With the new VAIO W Series 212AX Eco Edition, Sony has begun to dip its toe into greener waters…or at least gotten the word “eco” into a product name to help its marketing people.  The new eco notebook is professed to have the following features:

  • 20% of the PC/ABS resin used in the cover, palm rest and incidental parts is comprised of reprocessed plastic from DVD and CD waste
  • electronic user-manual in place of the standard 76-page printed manual, to save paper
  • packaged in a reusable carrying case that utilizes 100% recycled PET material (material from plastic bottles)
  • a 10″ display and a weight of less than 3 lbs

This one small step for man will be available soon at Sony Style retail stores.


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99 ways you can change your community


If you’re in Chicago right now you should go visit the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.  Your visit might just help improve your city!

The Canadian Centre for Architecture has put together an exhibit called “Actions: What You Can Do With the City,” showcasing 99 projects from walking, playing, recycling to goats as lawnmowers and more.  What these projects all have in common is that they help make your city better.  The exhibit features ideas and actions that anyone and everyone can do, and it also shows everyday people making a difference in their community.

Can’t make it to Chicago?  Their website has an amazing database of (more…)

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