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Thursday, January 31, 2013


energy saving lighting solution: dimmable satechi smart LED desk lamp

energy saving LED lamp

If you’re on the prowl for energy-saving lighting solutions this Satechi LED Desk Lamp is a very nice combination of style, functionality and cost savings. The lamp features easy-to-use touch screen controls as well as a variety of light-intensity modes and brightness levels.

The desk lamp’s modern, minimalist design has a nice clean look and consumes only 1/8th of the power of an incandescent lamp and less than half of the power of a comparable fluorescent lamp. The lamp’s LED has a led lamp usblifespan of over 40,000 hours with a color rendering index (CRI) of 90. And, unlike CFLs, it contains no mercury or other environmentally harmful substances.

The design features several flexible pivots to ensure it fits into any desk space or position. Additional features include an energy-saving timer function that can turn the lamp off after a period of inactivity and a USB port that enables you to charge various USB-chargeable devices by plugging them into the lamp. In black or white — $99 @

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

eco news roundup

elephants at sunset

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ecobuild: A Green Gala for Sustainable Construction

green building graphic

March is a good month for green; St. Patrick’s Day aside, this year March 5-7 are the dates for Ecobuild, an international green gala celebrating sustainable building and construction. It’s going down at the ExCel exhibition and conference centre in London and if you wanna get in on the action–it’s free to attend.

Every year the Ecobuild event brings together thousands of professionals to mix, mingle, and collaborate in shaping the future of sustainable building design. During the course of the three day conference, a number of talks, free seminars, cutting edge product demonstrations, and panels provide a platform for the exploration of innovation in eco-architecture.

Here’s a taste of what the 2013 event will offer:

  • The Ecobuild Arena – a forum for discussion and debate, where ministers, government officials, and experts from eco orgs and universities gather to discuss current environmental issues.
  • The Solar Hub – dedicated to explaining and demonstrating the latest practices and technologies in solar power.Visitors stopping by this center will be able to gather practical information that will help them make choices about installing a solar system of their own.
  • Working With Nature – an interactive center concerned with sustainable design solutions and infrastructure utilizing natural materials.
  • Green Deal Terrace – a series of programs, seminars, and clinics demystifying recent government environmental policy.

These are just a few highlights of Ecobuild; over 1500 exhibitors were featured in 2012, and 2013 has attracted even more of-the-moment exhibitions. And hey, in case you missed it here, the remarkable KREOD pavilion will serve as the media and visitor center.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

forest koan table from reclaimed douglas fir

forest koan coffee table

Furniture designer J Libby has created the modern-rustic form of this sustainable table by simply cutting a two-foot chunk out of beam recovered from an old defunct Seattle warehouse – revealing the colorful geometry of age rings of the old-growth Douglas fir from which it’s made.

reclaimed douglas fir coffee table

The table’s 65 pound weight attests to the robust nature of the raw material. Finished with locally produced tung oil and beeswax, the piece rests atop legs made of matte-finished recycled steel.  $300 @ birdloft

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a mixed bag of green news

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