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new retrevo study – game consoles suck up energy. do consumers care?


The good folks at Retrevo, a leading electronics review website, recently surveyed over 400 visitors to their site on personal game console use.  The survey group varied in gender, age, income and location in the United States.  Retrevo was gracious enough to share their results with us.

Some findings:

  • retrevoconsole11.jpgRetrevo Asked: Do you turn your game console off when you’re not using it?  84% said, “Most of the time.” 16% said, “Almost never.”
  • Retrevo Asked:  Does your game console turn off automatically or go into sleep mode when it’s not in use? 29% said, “Yes.” 25% said, “No.” 46% didn’t know.
  • Of the people who know their game console turns off or goes to sleep when not in use: 36% say it’s always done that. 18% enabled it to do that.

More on console energy consumption from Retrevo’s blog:  (more…)

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

2 Great Green Giveaways – The Bubble Roome

UPDATEIt’s official – CONGRATULATIONS to Dee G. of NJ and Dawn S. of Florida, our lucky winners. Thanks to everyone for participating.  If you didn’t win, don’t despair – be sure to check out our latest Great Green Giveaway; (original post follows…)

We love The Bubble Roome and we’re excited to feature their wonderfully effective bath and beauty products in this Great Green Giveaway, generously sponsored by Jennifer Branham, owner of Natural Luxe online boutique.


Two very lucky readers will each receive a Gift Package of up to $40 worth of Bubble Roome products.  Winners get to select their own product preferences.  Prize includes free shipping.  Winners must reside in the USA.


I’ve tried a nice array of rich, creamy Bubble Roome products, (see Tried and True Review).  They’re vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free and handmade in Brooklyn, NY.
To Enter this Random Drawing, simply:

  • Check out the goods @ and find your favorite item.
  • Then leave a comment on this post, telling us — when you shop for health and beauty products, do you take a hard look at the ingredients? Also let us know what matters most to you – price or healthy ingredients?
  • Be sure to add the following address to your email address book: m at
  • Two lucky winners will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email. Contest ends Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 11:59p (EST). Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize, or offer is null and void. Winners’ names will also be included on this post.

abubrm6.jpg*more ways to enter

  • 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 a day — 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 become a friend on FaceBook. (If you’ve already signed up, just enter a comment to let us know.)
  • Note:  this giveaway is also featured on free!grechen.

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Book Box creates Secret Storage spaces from recycled books

Contributed by guest blogger, Mandy Ellis, this article profiles eco-entrepreneur Brian Egan’s Vancouver-based, Book Box Company.

For many Canadians, the idea of going green involves over-priced veggies, unaffordable hybrid cars, and expensive organic remedies.  For Brian Egan, going green is the elixir of life—and even business.


More and more people are making it their business to live greener lives, one vegetable garden or cold-wash laundry load at a time.  Brian Egan, 52, knows that even the smallest measures can have profound impacts. For him, green values—energy efficiency and waste reduction—are just business as usual.

bookboxegan.jpgEgan has been in the business of recycling for over ten years.  He is the founder of a green e-business called the Book Box Company Inc., which specializes in recycling old books by hollowing them out and turning them into Secret Storage Books.

“Not only do we save discarded books from a long death in the landfill, turning them into functional gifts,” says Egan, “but we also choose to do it despite it not being very lucrative.”

With operations in rural Black Creek, BC, Canada, Egan’s is the pinnacle of low-impact, family-run businesses.  The company’s studio is a converted barn from which nothing is discarded that can be recycled and nothing is thrown away that can be reused.  (more…)

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EarthBox – easy, small footprint container gardening


Spring has just about sprung and it’s time to start thinking about growing your own produce.  If you lack earthbox4.jpgspace, good soil, or the time to tend a traditional backyard garden, a container garden like the Earthbox can provide a great alternative.

The EarthBox can be filled with any potting mixture and features a cover that prevents water evaporation and weed growth, and a water reservoir that lets the plants take in just the amount of water they need for optimal growth.  As long as you don’t let the reservoir go dry your plants will remain happy, healthy and hydrated.

Fertilizer can be added to the top of the potting mixture and it will naturally filter down to the root as the potting mixture is hydrated.

earthboxkit2.gifPlants are placed through the plastic, reversible, mulch cover.

The EarthBox comes in green or terracotta and can be bought with, or without, the optional growing stand.  Available at many garden shops and the EarthBox website.  A complete kit, including organic potting mixture, will run you $59.95

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