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    Aquastore in Rome

    July 24, 8:29 AM by Christine Lepisto in Clean Water

    If you have travelled through Rome's main train station recently, you may have noticed a well-lit, modern store selling nothing but...water. You have arrived at the AQUA Store. We can forgive the inefficiency of bottled water over the excellent water

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    Hydra Canoes

    July 21, 7:44 AM by Warren McLaren in Natural Sciences

    With the demise, last year, of recycled high density polypethylene (HDPE) kayak maker, Walden, we went looking for an alternative. We admit that our search ran out of steam, under the weight of too many other projects. But we did alight upon Hydra from

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    Elephant Pump Wins Award

    July 18, 2:59 AM by Warren McLaren in Clean Water

    Cultural sensitivity. Now there is a phrase not often found in design circles. But it is one of key drivers for Pump Aid, who work with Shona communities in Zimbabwe to help them build 'Elephant Pumps'. Drawing on a 2,000 year old Chinese design the

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    Water Aid Loo-roll Lobbying

    July 16, 8:54 AM by Christine Lepisto in Clean Water

    With all the attention grabbed by Live8, you may have missed reports of the activities of Water Aid. Water Aid may not have reached the millions of people who at least glanced at the Live8 concerts, but credit must be given: they did successfully

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    Organic Lawn Furniture

    July 13, 8:14 AM by Kara DiCamillo in Natural Sciences

    One of our tipsters, Sheila S., was "tickled pink" at an eco-fair in Fairfield, IA, about a month ago. Why, you ask? Sheila came across a sod sofa on display, however, "it was very freshly assembled so I couldn't test out its comfy factor" she

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    Biopavers

    July 12, 12:19 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    People, there's too much concrete in the world and most of it is entirely unnecessary. Rubbersidewalks are great, and here's a product that intelligently replaces the need for a hard surfaces too. Biopavers are specially designed pavers that catch storm

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    Modular & Sustainable Walkways: Mr Boardwalk

    July 8, 12:00 PM by Justin Thomas in Natural Sciences

    I'm so glad someone makes these: low-impact, modular walkways made out of sustainable timber. The company, Mister Boardwalk, even makes "roll out" walkways that simply roll out on top of grass, wood chips, sand, gravel or old concrete. The company

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    Nextfest Greenery: Earthbox Planter Boxes

    June 29, 8:36 AM by Dominic Muren in Natural Sciences

    I got to take a trip out to Wired's Nextfest this last weekend, and despite the overwhelming presence of military technologies, some great sustainable champions were strutting their stuff as well. One of these groups was The Growing Connection, a

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    Vertical Farming — The Future of Agriculture?

    June 27, 7:52 AM by Michael Graham Richard in Sustainable Agriculture

    The Internet never sleeps. You blink and everybody beats you to the punch; WorldChanging, the Gristmill blog and BoingBoing already have posts about the interesting concept of vertical farming. Why is it interesting? Because, according to projections

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    Pump-a-bike: Hop on a Hydrofoil

    June 22, 8:32 AM by Dominic Muren in Natural Sciences

    When you think of a hydrofoil, chances are, it's some crazy missile-equipped, laser guided, James Bond contraption. It's definitely not a human powered vehicle designed to make your next lake party a crazy amount of fun. But that's exactly what the

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    Texans Save Their Rain

    June 14, 8:37 AM by Dominic Muren in Clean Water

    Those of the treehugger community who are especially miffed by a certain Texan might be tempted to cast the entire Lone Star State in the same tainted light. But nothing could be further from the truth. Who knows whether it's the frontier life, or

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    Ecoflame: Sugar Cane Cooking Fuel

    June 4, 2:06 AM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    Ecoflame is a cooking fuel made out of sugar cane. Apparently it burns cleaner, hotter and more efficiently than petroluem-based fuels. It's an ethanol-based fuel made from natural sugar cane alcohol. Sugar cane is a renewable resource, but it does

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    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

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    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

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    Man Makes Wind Powered Pond Aerator, Sells It on EBay

    May 24, 12:06 PM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    Scott Hite has made a pond aerator that is powered only by the wind. You could install in your pond for aeration purposes. But it will also attract sightseers interested in capturing a photograph of an alien space probe. It is suitable for ponds up to 8

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    The BBC's eco-friendly garden design contest

    May 23, 8:05 AM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    A few months ago, in the context of their Planet Under Pressure series, the BBC asked its readers to "design a garden which is a relaxing green space for you, your family and friends, uses natural resources in a sustainable way and encourages a wide

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    Envirope Hammocks

    May 19, 12:37 PM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    Warm weather is just about here for some of us, so we'll be heading out to lie on one of these with much gusto. Envirope hammocks are made from old soda bottles by members of Twin Oaks Community in Virginia. They sell them for $139.00. They also make

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    100% Recycled Copper Fire Pit

    May 14, 4:35 PM by TreeHugger in Natural Sciences

    This fire pit is made of 100% copper recycled from demolition sites in Turkey. The reclaimed copper is handcrafted by coppersmiths in that country. Unfortunately transporting products from distant countries is not all that Treehugger-like. Too bad

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