Solar3D, Inc. has developed 3-dimensional solar cell technology for some years now, but only a few days ago, announced that they successfully fabricated their first prototype: Above is an image captured by a scanning electron microscope, clearly showing the photovoltaic microstructure this new next generation solar cell is based on. Photons (or light particles) are […]
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I know, I know, people talk about electric hybrids quite often. The iMiEV, however, has no gas tank. That’s right, this baby runs solely on electricity. It’s an eco step up from a hybrid. I was given the chance to cruise around town in the MiEV for a few days here in Phoenix. I was able to see all the benefits and some of the complications of driving a fully electric automobile. Keep reading to see how far electric cars have come with my review of the i-MiEV
Looking for comfort in the bedroom while embracing eco-living? Plush Beds can make your dream a reality. Voted #1 Best Latex Mattress, their latex mattresses contain a generous layer of 100% natural Talalay latex and natural Dunlop latex depending on your chosen thickness. Plush Beds generously offered their 8-inch Botanical Bliss Natural Latex Mattress for me to review and keep. The following information and review is based on my experience and I was not paid for this review. The experience has been nothing short of bliss and I’ve taken to promoting the bed among friends and family considering latex mattress purchases. Here’s why you might want to consider the 8-Inch Botanical Bliss Natural Latex Mattress as your next bedroom purchase.
While the midwest has not become the dust bowl of Steinbeck fame, it is parched, chocking and sorely yearning for rain. The worst drought in 50 years has behind a stream of high grin prices affecting farmers, mostly livestock growers. So, the worst drought in 50 years may not affect you if you eat a raw foods diet. Here’s why now might be the time to give up processed foods and ease the stress caused by the drought.
Neti pots are a popular and successful treatment for sinus pain. A few stories circulated regarding Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba which was reportedly transmitted in two cases through the use of Neti pots. The amoeba was traced to the New Orleans water supply and the two cases were individuals who had used the neti pot. While many are now scared away from this natural treatment option, they shouldn’t be. By following the instructions for your neti pot use you can still enjoy the benefits without risking your health and safety. Here is how to safely use your neti pot to avoid or alleviate sinus pain or perform religious nasal cleaning rituals.
Summer’s around the corner bringing us into the great outdoors for camp outs and hikes. Each step we take into the woods increases our chances of running into one of Mother Nature’s creatures. It’s always a good idea to make as much noise as possible when hiking to warn creatures of your approach. Skunks are one of those critters to avoid. With the power to tax your olfactory system, a skunk’s spray can bring a walk in the wild to a screaming halt.
When your walk in the wild turns into a stroll through smellyville, here is how to remove skunk spray the green way.
Shiply has provided Europe with a greener shipping option since 2008. According to their site Shiply, “Matches you with rated delivery firms going there anyway.” They offer a simple system for getting your product from point A to point B through delivery options which were planning the travel with or without your item. There’s no additional carbon footprint, instead it reduces the footprint by decreasing the need for separate delivery travel. Shiply provides a great model for cheaper and more eco-efficient delivery.
In the new year we discussed practicing mindfulness and green manifestos for living healthy and green lives. Half a year has gone by and many have given up resolutions and fallen back into old habits. Instead of giving up entirely, it’s helpful to continue learning new ways to incorporate lifestyle changes that mesh well into your life. Even when weight loss is the primary focus, balancing the whole body helps increase success with healthy eating, exercise and overall well being. Ayurveda and Yogasana are two methods for balancing the whole body including weight maintenance.
It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S., a day we honor those who have died in the line of military duty. However, it’s also become a day reflecting on military members serving and their families. Clean Technica covered a great story about solar power for military homes. While solar power is important for all home […]
A clogged drain lands at the top of most house-related annoyances. While slow drains signal impending clogs, many ignore them or the hint of foulness sometimes wafting up. By the time the drain is clogged there is a substantial amount of soap scum, hair, body tissue, grease and other organic materials sealing the drain off from the sewer. Don’t let it get that bad. Here are four simple ways to prevent clogged drains naturally.
Summer’s around the corner bringing family vacations and much-needed getaways. If you’re flying, are you choosing an environmentally-friendly airline? While air travel does contribute to pollution, there are ways to minimize your carbon footprint. Southwest Airlines recently received the Eco-Pioneer of the Year Aviation Award for its green practices which it pursued long before other companies thought about Earth-friendly business practices. Here’s why you should definitely consider Southwest Airlines for your travel plans.
Memorial day is just around the corner springing us head long into the fun-filled summer vacation. Along with gorgeous sunny days and lazy afternoons come a few ailments that can quickly extinguish all the fun. Whether lounging poolside or surfing at high tide, summer is the season for a few good-time halting issues. Here are a few natural treatments for common summer ailments to keep your summer healthy and fun.
Eco-vacations are all the rage with trips to the rain forest or stays on organic farms. Sometimes the only get away is a road trip to a nearby state or town. The most eco-friendly vacation is one spent at home, but not everyone can enjoy a “staycation” and most can’t afford extravagant “greencations”. So if you need to hit the road to enjoy some down town this summer, there are some tricks to help make your road trip more eco-sound. When you must drive, here are some ways to drive efficiently.
The popularity of documentaries like Food, Inc. have helped bring food safety to the forefront and many are looking to decrease their exposure to illnesses and long term diseases. While diets consisting of meat are the most common in the U.S. outbreaks of illnesses, however small, are causing pause in thinking about what is healthy. Let’s take another look at Mad Cow Disease, E-Coli and other health hazards associated with beef and what changes can be made for increasing health and wellness.
Mother’s Day is a few days away, unless you’re in Mexico than you really blew it. If you waited until the last minute for mom’s gift, don’t dispair, we got you covered. We also think Mother’s Day is a perfect holiday for honoring Mother Earth and that special woman in your life. Here are some last minute Mother’s Day gifts for Eco-moms or lovely ladies looking to go green.
We recently discussed the possibility of solar power in colder climates, but what about sunny states? Which states rank highest for solar power and who is adding solar power to their home energy plan? The following infographic offers clear and insightful data answering these questions.