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urban living: desk / dining table converts to handy loveseat – reclaimed lumber

Challenged for space in your teensy, urban hovel of an apartment?  Perhaps it’s time to have your home furnishings do a little multi-tasking.  The BADA table can perform very nicely as a desk, expand into a dining table or be transformed into a handsome loveseat.  Perfect for that 400 square foot shoebox of yours.




Designed and created by EcoSystems.

Wood options:  reclaimed shipping pallets or post-consumer reclaimed teak.  Features a clear, low-VOC, natural oil finish.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Great Green Giveaway – stylish knit wrap


UPDATE:  It’s official – Congratulations to our lucky winner, MJ, aka butterflyRouge.  Thanks to everyone for entering.  If you didn’t win this one, never fear – just check out our latest Great Green Giveaway.

Thanks to the eco fashionistas at Philadelphia based, SA VA, one lucky winner will receive The Addison, a beautiful wrap, perfect for fall.  This black beauty drapes in a variety of ways; one size fits all; fair trade, made in the USA of renewable wool.  (Knit wrap retails for $99 and prize includes free delivery to anywhere in the USA or Canada.)

With a retail shop (and manufacturing next door) located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, we asked founder & CEO, Sarah Van Aken, to tell us more about her eco and socially responsible company:

We are trying to take a comprehensive approach to socially conscious clothing.  We have reduced our carbon footprint in half by moving our garment factory here, from Bangladesh; we use recycled paper hangers and compostable shopping bags; and even better is the local living wage job creation we have created.  As we grow, we really want to try to increase the amount of sustainable textiles we use to make the most sustainable product on the market.”

Winner will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email. Contest ends Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:59p (EST). Winner has 24 hours to claim their prize, or that offer is null and void. Winner’s name will be included on this post.

To enter, simply:

  • check out
  • Then answer:  What’s more important to you – how a garment is made and what it is made of… or simply, price?
  • Add the following address to your email address book: m at
  • Bonus Entry:  sign up for SA VA’s newsletter, (bottom right of their Web site) & leave an extra comment here to receive an extra entry.
  • Here are a few more ways to receive extra credit: (more…)
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sun table – solar table gets you plugged-in + off-grid


Here’s an idea.  Bang-away at your laptop out on your veranda whilst sipping your morning cocoa without plugging-into the power grid — the Sun Table, a creation of designers Devang A. Shah and Mike Low of Brooklyn, NY,  is a cool idea for those in search of their own little piece of energy independence.

You can work on your laptop whether you’re in the woods, over in the north forty, or on your patio, without having to run extension cords or add any zeros to your electric bill.


The Sun Table is designed for both ease of use, and weather-resistance – you can hose the whole deal down to clean off any loose nachos – and the teak frame, stainless steel legs and outer electronics are all designed for outdoor use – but not during rain storms, hurricanes and serious inclement weather.

The solar cells charge the battery even when partially covered and will provide enough stored power for more than 4 hours of laptop use.  The coffee table-sized unit is hinged to allow for optimal exposure to the sun.


The on-board inverter allows the table to operate like a regular wall outlet.  The voltage meter displays the voltage of the battery, and the hour meter displays the total hours the table has been on.  Its electrical output is 12 volts DC and it will fully charge with 4 hours of direct sunlight exposure.

Besides being a renewable, non-polluting source of electricity, the table is designed to be re-used and recycled when its useful life is over.

H 18″ W 31″ L 54″  Materials:  stainless steel, teak, aluminum, fiberglass, acrylic, and silicon solar cells.

Get an extra charge — Sun Table would definitely be a great conversation starter at your next barbecue.

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eco deal of the day – raw guru


Expires tonight, Tuesday, the 7th of September:  save up to 50% off on certain items at raw guru.

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eco news roundup


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