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Solé Power Tile – an integrated solar roofing solution


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Having seen all the mission-style roofs around the country, especially in California and Florida, we keep coming back to the Solé Power Tile as a great residential solar roofing solution.   We’ve posted about this product before, but armed with some new photos, we thought we’d take another quick look at this innovative green building product born of the partnership of US Tile and SRS Energy.

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Solé Power Tiles are designed to seamlessly integrate with US Tile’s Mission profile tiles and install like a standard piece of tile with no penetrations into the tile. The resulting installation is the first in which solar components aren’t obtrusively visible.soletile06sm.jpg

These photovoltaic solar tiles are the first flexible solar electric tech to be combined with a premium roofing product.  It is no longer necessary to make aesthetic compromises for sustainable choices.  Installation and integration of the solar tiles into an existing Mission tile roof is a relatively simple process.  The Solé system seamlessly installs with US Tile’s authentic clay tiles, maintaining the integrity of the roofscape without the penetrations and mounting equipment required with conventional solar panels.  The tiles are lightweight and glass-free and require expensive mounting equipment.

US Tile operates a zero waste manufacturing facility and their roofing products can all be reused or recycled. Made in the USA, the Power Tiles are currently only available on the West Coast.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

the 2011 Lincoln MKZ hybrid


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Why is it I don’t associate “green” with Lincoln Mercury?  Probably because the Lincoln has traditionally represented big-car-obsessed old Detroit – a perception that may be about to change.

Ford Motor Company has added to its arsenal of innovative hybrid cars with the introduction today of its first Lincoln, luxury hybrid – the new 2011 MKZ Hybrid – at the NY International Auto Show.  The MKZ is poised to be the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America – utilizing Ford’s SmartGauge™ with EcoGuide to offer drivers enhanced positive feedback on long-term fuel efficiency and driving performance.

“Lincoln’s hallmarks are design, technology and comfort. Now, Lincoln also delivers the best fuel efficiency of any luxury sedan in America,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas.

Lincoln’s first-ever hybrid is expected to deliver at least 41 miles per gallon in the city, when it goes on sale this fall.

Now if we could just get all those Lincoln driving limo drivers to stop waiting for their clients with their motors idling we might really accomplish something…

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deal of the day – jute and jackfruit


Find 50% off designer eco fashion for women and free shipping at online e-tailer, Jute and Jackfruit.

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Feral Childe’s Cameron Stretch Pant, handmade in NYC from fabric that’s a combination of soy, organic cotton and Lycra for stretchability. Was $132, now $66.

Regarding the economics of your wardrobe – do you consider how much wear you may get from an item before forking over that cash?  (ie – if you were to wear those pants 100 times, that’s about 66 cents per spin…a good return on your investment?)

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eco news roundup


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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rishi on-campus and on sustainability


A Senior at UC, San Diego, our intern, Rose Eveleth, conducted interviews with some friends and colleagues about sustainability; here’s her post on Rishi Gosh.

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Most college students spend their time shuttling between their bed, class, the library and a few occasional sweaty parties.  They aren’t usually taking on the administration, founding businesses, keeping on campus enterprises alive, establishing campus wide policies and working on physics problem sets on the side.  But that’s exactly what Rishi Gosh (photo, above) does.

As an active member of the Student Sustainability Collective, and the organization One Earth One Justice, you might assume you know his stance on sustainability, that he shops at Whole Foods and only buys organic.  You’d probably be wrong.  “My opinion is that products themselves are not ‘green’, the entire idea of a product is not green,” he says.  For Rishi, it’s not about giving your money to the “good guys,” but rather keeping it away from the bad.  “It’s about keeping money away from corporations,” he says, “I really just try to avoid companies that I know are terrible, like Coca-Cola.  I stay away from super huge brands like Kraft, and the Nestle Corporation.”

Rishi’s experience as a budding businessman also informs his decisions about green products. “If I know they’re selling it at a 300% profit, I simply won’t buy it,” he says, “no matter (more…)

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Plum & Sage – recycled sterling silver ammonite pendant


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This organic looking piece of jewelry was created by Andrea of San Francisco-based Plum & Sage.  The designer made a custom mold out of a fossilized Ammonite (an extinct Cephalopod) and kiln fired the piece at 1650 degrees to create this pendant.  As if dangling an extinct Cephalopod around your neck doesn’t draw enough attention – the piece features a tiny champagne diamond in its center to add a little more sizzle.

Made from recycled materials, this handmade beauty will cost you $90 at the Plum & Sage online storefront.

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TerraCycle + RESTORE Clothing = NYC Event


In honor of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary, (April 22, 2010), lots of special events are sprouting up all over the country.

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Right here in NYC, a shout out to our friends at both TerraCycle and RESTORE Clothing — check out their bright GREEN-UP pop-up shop in NYC’s Port Authority.

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Sign up for FREE Wednesday Workouts … receive big discounts on cool upcycled products… and learn how to conserve resources — from now through May 1, 2010. Open Monday – Saturday 11a-7p at 641 8th Ave. at 41st St., closed Sundays.   – more @ terracycle.net

Related:  (previously on altCon)
(5.12.08) – Terracycle – Creating an Upcycle Generation
(8.31.09) – RESTORE Clothing – fashion meets function

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bel&bel create chair from recycled Vespa parts


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We recently featured the bel&bel sofa 600 which was created from the remains of a recycled Spanish automobile. bel_belmono2.jpg We thought we’d further explore the Spanish designer team’s great conceptual work by presenting another of their prototypes, the Monobrac Vespa seat and ottoman (puff) combo, created from the remains of everyone’s favorite scooter, the Vespa.

Nice details: one of the scooter’s recycled wheels forms the chair’s base.  The scooter’s rear storage bin is retrofitted into a ‘puff’ which can be used as low-rider auxiliary seating, or storage.

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