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  • Senate Passes Schwarzenegger's 'Million Solar Roofs' Plan

    June 2, 2:35 AM by TreeHugger in Corporate Responsibility

    Yesterday the Senate passed Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan for new incentives to encourage use of solar power. Schwarzenegger's goal is to harness 3,000 megawatts worth of solar power by 2018. This is about 5% of California's entire electricity use at peak

  • TomaHouse: Portable, Configurable Housing

    June 2, 2:26 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Product Design

    After posting my ideas concerning a ultra-minimalist, self-sustaining modular house, some Treehugger readers drew my attention to TomaHouse's Multipurpose Cabin. It is a similar concept to one I proposed — except it does not address

  • Australian Town Bans Plastic Bags

    June 2, 1:10 AM by TreeHugger in Corporate Responsibility

    The blog run by Rajiv Badlani has a very specific focus: plastic bags. He advocates the elimation of plastic bags, and covers news stories related to this issue. One of the stories is about a town in Australia, Fitzroy Falls, which has banned plastic

  • Bear Attacks Biodiesel Car

    June 2, 1:06 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    A man from Winsted, Minnesota believes the sweet smell of the vegetable oil he uses to fuel his car attracted a bear who damaged the vehicle trying to get at the biodiesel. Larry Joy said the bear shattered a window on his 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit, and

  • Biodegradable Leaf Bags

    June 1, 1:00 PM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    Many communities have banned the use of regular plastic bags for yard waste removal, because polyethylene-based plastic bags can not be composted with the yard waste or burned. The best solution is to allow wet grass clippings be left on the lawn, where

  • Self-Sustaining, Ultra-Minimalist, Eco-Effective, Modular Housing System

    June 1, 12:55 PM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Someone had to invent it. It's a housing system combining modular ultraminimalism, neo-sustainability and regenerative optimization. Taking cues from traditional Japanese joinery, the basis of the house is interlocking timber components. No piece is

  • SustainableMarketing.Com and Wind-Powered Hosting

    June 1, 12:25 PM by TreeHugger in Renewable Energy

    If you’re starting a new green business, finding customers and partners can be difficult. A company called SustainableMarketing.Com is offering to help solve this problem, and is also including wind-powered web hosting as part of its services. After

  • Seattle Could Recycle Food Waste

    June 1, 12:09 PM by TreeHugger in Corporate Responsibility

    NPR reports that Seattle residents will soon be able to recycle food waste. The city has started distributing large wheeled bins to residential customers. Food waste makes up nearly 40% of garbage, the city officials estimate. Not all food can go into

  • VitaSpelt: Pasta and Flour

    June 1, 11:39 AM by TreeHugger in Green Food

    Not long ago I described the eliteness of spelt. Now a spelt bakery, Purity Foods, has been brought to my attention, and they speak about their organic Vita-Spelt with much gusto, which is good. They make spelt pasta, flour and intriguingly, spelt

  • Green Dry Cleaning

    June 1, 4:12 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Conventional dry cleaning isn't even slightly green. The standard solvent is perchloroethylene (or perc). It is a central nervous system depressant, and is listed as a hazardous air pollutant under the federal standards. There are three less toxic

  • Hemp Hammocks

    June 1, 2:12 AM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    If ever there was a match made in the empyrean, it's hammocks and hemp. Hemp twine is the toughest out there, and it is mildew resistant and UV tolerant. When hemp is exposed to warmth and the sun, it softens (in a good way). CommunityMade.Com makes a

  • Piedmont Biofuels Co-Op and Energy Blog

    May 31, 12:59 PM by TreeHugger in Cars

    Piedmont Biofuels is an active biodiesel cooperative based in North Carolina. They have a frequently updated "energy blog", with lots of first-hand reports about using biodiesel and biofuel events in the Mid-Atlantic area. They also sell fuel and

  • Julia Hill on Big Picture TV

    May 31, 12:41 PM by TreeHugger in Corporate Responsibility

    Big Picture TV is unleashing more in-depth television upon us. This time it features Julia Butterfly Hill. I'd have to say with a name like that she was destined to be a green theorist. On screen she speaks about the concept of sustainability and what it

  • Woman Wears Specific Combination of Aromatic Plant Extracts

    May 31, 10:58 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    This weekend I met a Scandinavian woman at a party who said she had been experimenting with different combinations of aromatic plant extracts. She said she wanted to find out which ones interacted best with her individual pheromones. She said she started

  • All-Natural Latex Bedding Outsells Foam

    May 27, 11:49 AM by TreeHugger in Interior Design

    According FoamSource, a large supplier of natural bedding, there has been explosive growth on a national scale in the latex foam mattress industry for 2004 and 2005. The company states that natural latex foam bedding products are outselling memory foam

  • New Diaper Recycling Technology to be Launched

    May 27, 11:28 AM by TreeHugger in Corporate Responsibility

    Smallplanet, a Canadian company, this summer will launch a disposable diaper recycling program. Smallplanet will use the services of Knowaste, which has patented technologies for the recycling of absorbent hygiene products. The Knowaste processors will

  • Double-Sided Solar Panels

    May 27, 9:41 AM by TreeHugger in Renewable Energy

    Double your solar power? These double-sided solar panels, exhibited at World Expo 2005 are actually only 1.3 times as effective as regular, single-sided ones. The panels collect light on both their sides, and are installed vertically. This means that

  • Experimental Clock Made With "Wooden Plastic" Gears

    May 27, 9:17 AM by TreeHugger in Corporate Responsibility

    These clock gears are made out of a "wooden plastic". They were used to make a large clock exhibit at the World Expo 2005 held in Aichi, Japan. It's true that composites of wood and plastic and been previously developed. In this instance though, the

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