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Friday, April 27, 2012


eco news roundup

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

lyrical lines – salvaged walnut dining table

salvaged walnut dining table

This beautifully handcrafted dining table is a juxtaposition of lyrical modern lines and rustic construction. The “Modern Slab Dining Table” was created from salvaged old-growth black walnut and was designed and crafted by Austin Aaron and his Dancing Grains Woodworks.

salvaged walnut ding table

The tabletop retains its ‘live’ natural edges and the piece is assembled using traditional hand-cut, wedged-through mortise and tenon construction. Each table is made to order.

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Obama’s 2030 54.5 MPG fuel standard to save commuters $68 billion


A recent Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report has found that by 2030, commuters will be saving $68 billion from Obama’s mpg standard effective by 2025 (which will be finalized in August). The best part is that savings can start immediately.

The new 2012 fleets already give “twice the fuel efficient car options than just three years ago,” according to senior analyst Luke Tonachel of NRDC. There are currently 57 fuel efficient showroom models that are available today (up from 27 in 2009) just to meet and exceed the current mpg standard of 35.5

With the new standard implemented it could potentially save drivers up to $4400 over the vehicle’s lifetime (taking in to account the cost of the fuel saving technologies). Alan Baum, a contributor to the report detailed that upgrading current vehicles does not necessarily mean compromise anymore either, “from pickups to SUVs to minivans to cars, automakers are squeezing more out of vehicles with conventional gasoline engines than ever before.”

What’s also interesting about the report is that it quantified proposed savings by state listing the top 20 (top 5 listed here, for the rest, take a look at the report) that will see the biggest breaks in their wallets:

  • Texas                    $7.750 Billion
  • California            $7.270 Billion
  • Florida                 $6.683 Billion
  • New York            $2.959 Billion
  • North Carolina   $2.797 Billion

This gives hope for a transportation medium (that is, internal combustion engines) that there are better times ahead for everyone, and even within the industry everyone believes that the internal combustion engine is far from dead.


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

designer bamboo sunglasses – handmade


Two Dutch designers, Patrick van Hoof and Ruud Wensink, launched their first collection of eco-friendly eyewear just in time for summer. Handmade of renewable bamboo (which grows at a rate of approximately 39 inches per day), each of the 9,999 limited edition, numbered frames comes with a certificate of authenticity confirming that a tree will be planted through the Global ReLeaf Project.


Durable yet lightweight, the two unisex styles are available with your choice of either light or dark bamboo frame and lens color. Providing 100% protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays, they’re a nice eco chic companion to your days in the sun.


So new, when you order online, they ship from Europe – at no charge. find @

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eco news roundup

cows look into camera

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