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    Top Five - Recycled paper products

    January 1, 1:31 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    We had a lot of interest in the Paper Vase we highlighted made from recycled magazines. Unfortunately it is no longer available. So thought we'd track down some appropriate replacements. Here are five examples of what we found. The ‘Radiator’ vase (shown

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    December 31, 7:06 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    At a time when modern society normally slows a little, so families can come together, thousands, maybe millions, have recently had their relationships torn apart. Tragic as the Asian Tsunami has been for many visiting foreigners, those that survived, can

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    Eco-Tip: Smoke Detectors and Radiation

    December 30, 1:15 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    You wouldn’t want all your fancy green furniture to go up in flames, so of course you’ve got a smoke detector. But not all detectors are created equal: there’s a choice between photoelectric and ionization detectors, and the latter contains a tiny bit of

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    'Nice day for a Green Wedding'

    December 29, 8:20 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    Stepping down the aisle and want the maximum emotional impact, with the least environmental one? Consider these folk. They offer wedding gowns of floaty hemp/silk or hemp/tencel blends. Advice on reception catering, with leads to bakers who make such

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    Mission Playground T-shirts

    December 28, 3:36 PM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Fashion

    T-shirts designs from Mission Playground come with cool artwork paired with catchy phrases ("It's not the conditions, it's the decisions" and "Nature rocks," for example) in order to increase people's awareness about environmentalism. Some

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    Stomatex Textiles

    December 28, 10:23 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Fashion

    Borrowing from the physics of transpiring plant leaves, Stomatex high-tech textiles use the art of biomimicry to imitate nature for useful applications. This super-textile uses a pattern of dome-shaped vapor chambers to allow body heat and perspiration

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    IPath Hemp Footwear

    December 27, 10:18 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Fashion

    Street-chic skaters already know that IPath footwear keeps you ice cold. TreeHugger types can hop on that bandwagon, since the company produces about a dozen different styles of footwear fashioned from hemp. Guaranteed to suit your needs, whether you’re

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    Two Star Dog

    December 27, 9:31 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Fashion

    In the early to mid 90’s there was huge boom in hemp awareness and hemp clothing companies popped up everywhere, like mushrooms on a dark night. Unlike many that vanished, when the bubble burst, Two Star Dog have stayed the distance--a testimony to their

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    Liv Tyler's New Baby Uses Seventh Generation

    December 27, 12:14 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    We’ve normally got our noses buried in Dwell or Metropolis so we can excitedly report back to you on all the juicy things we find. But TreeHugger isn’t too proud to peek at somewhat lower-brow sources, so we can tell you that photographers for Star

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    Richard Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller

    December 25, 11:17 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    Was thinking the other day - how can we have a "modern + green lifestyle filter" and not mention 'Bucky'? But where to start? The guy was an eccentric genius. He designed a car so eye-poppingly radical, it once caused a seven hour Manhattan

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    Goddess Gear overcoat

    December 24, 4:59 AM by TreeHugger in Sustainable Fashion

    With the northern winter biting, a good coat never goes astray. This Wheat coloured, hemp/silk blend tweed overcoat, is 3/4 length with a couple of pockets. For some strange reason however, Goddess Gear chose to use a Plum hued polyester for the lining.

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    Lego: Fun and Green!

    December 23, 12:51 PM by TreeHugger in Culture

    I’ve always thought Lego was pretty environmental just because it never ends up in a landfill. I mean, who would ever throw it away? Other toys come and go, but you can always build something new with Lego. But imagine our delight when the Massive Change

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    Terrapax Sonoma Tote

    December 23, 4:25 AM by TreeHugger in Style

    Picnics, yoga, grocery shopping, secret overnight trysts all require you have something to carry your stuff in. What could be more planet benign way to do just that, than in this tote? The outer, with its four pockets, is sewn of Hungarian hemp and lined

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    Jade Pachira boot

    December 23, 2:46 AM by TreeHugger in Style

    A decade ago there was a ‘start-up’ company, whose enviro footwear was 'so cool' that they quickly generated an estimated $6 million USD in unpaid advertising, through editorial exposure. They were pushing design and manufacturing envelopes in all

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    Demano Recycled PVC Bags

    December 22, 1:33 PM by TreeHugger in Style

    PVC is very evil, we know. But the cruel, un-treehugging world just keeps using it despite our protests. That’s where Barcelona-based Demano enters the picture, taking PVC event posters and turning them into bags of all shapes. The unrecyclable waste

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    December 22, 3:55 AM by TreeHugger in Green Food

    Wanna buy a solar powered toothbrush? Have a look at this! [by

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    Big Shrimpy Recycled Dog Beds

    December 21, 12:07 PM by TreeHugger in Style

    Big Shrimpy dog beds are stuffed plushy-thick with nylon fleece pieces collected from the cutting room floor (instead of meeting their other potential fate—ending up in the landfill.) (Hey-does that make these beds especially good for retrievers?)

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    How To: Make a Cycle-Powered Generator

    December 21, 10:45 AM by TreeHugger in Culture

    Hey DIY-types: Wondering how you can make your very own cycle-powered generator? Check out this site, which’ll walk you through the process. Though it claims not to be a step-by-step for a specific set-up, it will give you the basic information you


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