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BOOK REVIEW: The Eco Chick Guide to Life

BOOK REVIEW: The Eco Chick Guide to Life

The Eco Chick Guide to Life is a roadmap to greener living for the modern girl. Author Starre Vartan covers fashion, makeup, cleaning supplies, pets, drinking, food and more in this

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IS IT GREEN?: The Laundry Ball

IS IT GREEN?: The Laundry Ball

The GreenWashBall is a device that you toss into the washing machine to clean your dirty laundry in place of detergent. An innovative concept, but not the first of its kind –

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K3 Charger: Solar and Wind Power to Go

K3 Charger: Solar and Wind Power to Go

Imagine you're lost in the woods, having wandered off the hiking trail. It's looking like you may have to bed down on some pine needles with what's left of the granola bars, when your friend

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The A2B Electric Bike

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The A2B Electric Bike

What do you get when you cross a bicycle with an electric scooter? Probably something like Ultra Motor‘s “Light Electric Vehicle,” the A2B. Silent and stylish, the A2B is

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IS IT GREEN?: The New American Home

IS IT GREEN?: The New American Home

With the economy reeling, luxury homes are a bit politically incorrect these days. That’s especially true in areas of the country that are suffering most, like Las Vegas – the site of the

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IS IT GREEN?: The New Macbook

IS IT GREEN?: The New Macbook

Apple recently rolled out its new family of Macbooks with a bold claim: The World’s Greenest Family of Notebooks. The new Macbooks are lighter, less toxic, and more energy efficient than

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FRY POWER: How to Convert Your Car to Run on Vegetable Oil

FRY POWER: How to Convert Your Car to Run on Vegetable Oil

What if you could refuel your car at a restaurant instead of a gas station? Some enterprising environmentalists have discovered that restaurants will gladly give away their used fryer oil, since

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IS IT GREEN?: Designer Totes

IS IT GREEN?: Designer Totes

Lately you may have noticed that trendy designer tote bags have become a charged medium for design and self expression. Touting sleek graphics and slogans such as “I am Not a Plastic

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IS IT GREEN?: Concrete

IS IT GREEN?: Concrete

Concrete is a familiar substance. Its durable nature and versatile applications have made its usage ubiquitous throughout our cities. However this primary building material is also extremely

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IS IT GREEN?: IKEA

IS IT GREEN?: IKEA

Americans demand low prices and giant warehouse stores where they can buy anything they want. We may not like it, but big box retailers are a part of life. But don’t assume that being big is

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IS IT GREEN?: Sherwin-Williams Paint

IS IT GREEN?: Sherwin-Williams Paint

Even if you've taken the steps to weatherproof, insulate, and seal up all of your home's energy-sapping drafty spaces, you may be alarmed to find that your home's interior is far from

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Rock Row Breaks Ground For LEED Certified Housing

Rock Row Breaks Ground For LEED Certified Housing

Los Angeles recently saw the groundbreaking of Rock Row, the city's first Small Lot Subdivision to be certified under the USGBC's new LEED for Homes program. Developed by Heydey Partnership, the

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IS IT GREEN?: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey

IS IT GREEN?: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey

These days it's important to consider the environmental impact of our actions when we buy certain things – gasoline, for example. There will come a time when people realize that everything we

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IS IT GREEN?: The Biodegradable Credit Card

IS IT GREEN?: The Biodegradable Credit Card

No question about it, Americans have an overconsumption problem. The total outstanding balance of bank-issued credit cards per consumer was $5,710 in December 2008, according to Transunion.

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IS IT GREEN?: Portland, Oregon

IS IT GREEN?: Portland, Oregon

This week’s Is It Green comes to you from the lush city of Portland, Oregon. I have lived in many cities, from Los Angeles to New York City to the suburbs of DC to Singapore. I have traveled

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IS IT GREEN?: Eco-Labels and Certifications

IS IT GREEN?: Eco-Labels and Certifications

We all know it: Green is the new black. One of the many manifestations of the environmentalist trend/movement is that labels and certifications designed for the environmentally-conscious

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BambooSK8 Eco Friendly Skateboards

BambooSK8 Eco Friendly Skateboards

Note to skaters – according to the Science Channel, skateboards have replaced furniture as the leading contributor to maple deforestation. The Canadian maple takes 40 to 60 years to mature

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IS IT GREEN?: ZipCar

IS IT GREEN?: ZipCar

One of the great perpetrators of the United States' wastefulness is urban sprawl, which leads to SOV (single occupancy vehicle) disorder. Many Americans drive to work, and we usually don’t

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IS IT GREEN? Clean Coal

IS IT GREEN? Clean Coal

Throughout this past election season we heard both major-party candidates give a lot of love to “clean coal.” The phrase sounds great to Americans concerned about our dependence on

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IS IT GREEN?: Maid Brigade Green Cleaning Service

IS IT GREEN?: Maid Brigade Green Cleaning Service

Household cleaning is a murky area for consumers who want to be environmentally conscious. Of course we can assume that reusing cloth rags for cleaning is greener than buying paper towels, but

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IS IT GREEN?: The Cordless Vacuum

IS IT GREEN?: The Cordless Vacuum

Dirt Devil is currently retailing a cordless, bagless, ENERGY STAR-certified vacuum cleaner called the AccuCharge. The product's website urges you to “Clean with a conscience” and the video

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Storefront for Art and Architecture: White House Redux

Storefront for Art and Architecture: White House Redux

What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today? In 1792, a competition was held to design the President’s residence, and the

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IS IT GREEN?: HP Printers

IS IT GREEN?: HP Printers

HP has rolled out a system that identifies eco-friendly features of its products to customers. It’s called the Eco Highlights label, and it provides quick facts about the product that may or

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IS IT GREEN?: The Megamansion

IS IT GREEN?: The Megamansion

Florida real estate mogul Frank McKinney has been building homes for the super-wealthy for 20 years. Recently he decided to start building them green. Acqua Liana, the largest and most expensive

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IS IT GREEN?: FIJI Bottled Water

IS IT GREEN?: FIJI Bottled Water

Bottled water is anathema to many hardcore environmentalists. Taking water from the land and sky, putting it into containers made from oil, and shipping it around the world defies core

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“Architecture School” Reality Show Premieres on Sundance

“Architecture School” Reality Show Premieres on Sundance

With the current vogue of reality tv shows sweeping the networks, we're excited to see one with an admirable humanitarian design mission. Architecture School is a new series that follows twelve

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TRAVELODGE HOTEL MADE FROM SHIPPING CONTAINERS

TRAVELODGE HOTEL MADE FROM SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Travelodge recently opened a hotel in Uxbridge, England that is constructed entirely from prefabricated shipping containers. The completed design uses eighty-six containers of various sizes that

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SOLAR POWER NECKTIE

SOLAR POWER NECKTIE

Researchers at Iowa State University have found that photovoltaic thin film has advanced to the point where it is durable and efficient enough to be incorporated into clothing. Following these

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M2E Charges Your Cell Phone With Kinetic Energy!

M2E Charges Your Cell Phone With Kinetic Energy!

Earlier this year we highlighted Idaho startup M2E Power’s push to develop motion-powered electronics for the military. Now M2E is emphasizing the commercial applications for their technology,

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PG&E Announces 800MW of Solar Energy for California

PG&E Announces 800MW of Solar Energy for California

As the United States' renewable energy sector grows by leaps and bounds, Pacific Gas & Electric recently announced plans for two gigantic photovoltaic plants in California. The solar

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