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Jai Activewear – fashion for girls on the go


One of NYC’s emerging eco fashion designers, Kizzy Jai Knight, has seamlessly transitioned from dancer-choreographer to sustainable clothing designer.

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Working with environmentally conscious fabrics such as Tencel, recycled nylon and recycled cotton, Jai puts a holistic spin on creating sustainable modern threads.  The reversible raincoat (above, R) provides busy bees with total flexibility.

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And the kicky dresses, jumpsuits, tops and rompers look casually chic and comfy.  Get moving @ jaiactivewear.com

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Ford’s Fusion Hybrid Nabs Highest Honor in Detroit


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Today kicks off the nation’s largest car show – the North American International Auto Show – and to whet the appetite of aficionados worldwide the show begins by announcing the annual Car and Truck of the Year.  This year, American automaker Ford took home both trophies, (marking the third time in 17 years that one manufacturer has won both awards), for the 2010 Transit Connect van (above), and 2010 Fusion Hybrid sedan.  In the past, we’ve heralded both the Fusion and the Transit’s EV version, but here’s a quick recap on the Fusion Hybrid, (below), a car that we’ll likely be seeing a lot more of in 2010.

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The most fuel-efficient midsize sedan available in North America thanks to 41 mpg (in city driving) and 36 mpg (on highway driving) ratings, Ford’s Fusion Hybrid beats out the competitive Toyota Camry by a sizable eight mpg in city driving.  Car of the Year jurors took note of this, as well as the vehicle’s design, safety, handling, innovative features – and ever-important in today’s economy – value.  And according to Ford, the Fusion has made quite the impression on car shoppers, accounting for a healthy 20 percent of total Fusion sales and luring in a bevy of buyers from import brands like Toyota and Honda.

Starting at $27,270, the car presents an affordable option for eco-minded folks who are ready to transition from an all-gasoline engine to a gasoline/electric powertrain.  Allowing up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, the easy-on-the-eyes sedan also delivers roughly 700 city miles on a single tank of gas… now that’s some added value for the frugal resolution-setters of the New Year.  For full specs, check out www.fordvehicles.com

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the Triac all electric vehicle evolves


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California based Green Vehicles will unveil its 2010 Triac pure electric, full speed commuter vehicle on the “Electric Avenue” at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan from January 11th – January 24th, 2010.

The first Triac EV prototype introduced to the market in April 2008 featured:  good mobility with no CO2 emissions, a highway speed of 80 mph, and easy charging that priced out at about two cents per mile.  The vehicle’s new 2010 design incorporates feedback from early adopters and incorporates various engineering advances that, among other benefits, allows the vehicle to travel 20% farther per charge.  Key improvements include:

  • Advanced IT system, that improves vehicle diagnostics and charging efficiency and adapts vehicle performance to various driving conditions.
  • A non-traditional electric drive-train, which raises efficiency and performance without the high cost of over-sizing the electric motor.
  • Next-generation energy storage and power systems, which optimize trade-offs between cycle life; energy density; specific power, cost, and temperature sensitivity.

The 2010 model will still have a top speed of around 80 miles per hour.  The on-board charger can be plugged into any 110v or 220v standard outlet; a complete charge takes six hours at 220v.  Charging the battery for the typical 50-mile commute takes about three hours.

You can look for the first deliveries of the 2010 Triac in October 2010, at a price per car, including lithium-ion battery pack, of US $24,995.  The company anticipates initially producing 1,000 Triacs per year.

source: businesswire.com

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a maelstrom of green news


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eco lola felt purse


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Designed and created by Zaum, this styling little green purse has an exterior made of handmade light gray all natural felt, with vegetable dyed green felt stripe.  The Interior lining is tan organic cotton twill.  The interior purse area approx. 6.5″×4.5″×3.75″.

The bag features two small pockets inside, invisible magnetic closures are hidden inside the circles on the bag’s top, as well as in the purse’s interior flap.

$95 @ zaum’s little online shop

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