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Green Options 2008-09-05 02:40:36
We really love our Haba Toys. They are safe, fun, and out of the ordinary. The brainchild from Germany creates the most delightful and engaging toys for infants and children. I can tell we are going to have a long love affair with Haba. After our resounding success with the Haba Stroller Chain; we decided to purchase another Haba Toy. We …


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Green Options 2008-09-05 01:21:14
If you have a big-screen TV, you may have some inkling about the amount of energy that goes into powering it. And while LCD TV’s use significantly less energy than plasma screens, these power-suckers are still nothing to scoff at. Fortunately, television manufacturers are beginning to realize that rising energy costs mean they have to address this problem. Sharp is presenting their …


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Green Options 2008-09-05 00:49:00
[This is a guest post by Meg Hamill who works at an environmental non-profit called LandPaths in partnership with the Sonoma County Open Space District.] Until now, it has been internationally believed that the United States ranks number one, worldwide, as the country with the highest greenhouse gas emissions. However, a new report, to be published by the Journal of Environment Economics …


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Green Options 2008-09-05 00:18:28
Last week, I profiled a gym that uses human-powered energy. It’s a brilliant idea, but there’s no reason why it should be limited to the gym. If you think about it, dancing expends just as much energy as working out. Shouldn’t that energy go somewhere too? Rotterdam’s WATT club, which just opened today, features a dance floor where the disco lights become …


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Green Options 2008-09-05 00:10:55
The University of California, San Diego, in support of its ambitious goal of being the greenest university in the U.S., are installing a 1.2 MW  solar electric system as part of its comprehensive sustainable energy program.  This system will contribute approximately 1.5 million kW hours of clean energy to the university per year and be one of the largest non-utility solar …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 22:46:12
Think for a moment, if you wanted to make the maximum impact in greening one product area, what would it be? Cars may come to mind first, but that requires a significant commitment and investment by the buyer.  While it can and will make a positive impact, there’s an area that’s much more ubiquitous and may not even register on the …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 20:19:31
Last month I reported on some Car & Driver spy photos that indicated Honda would be building a hybrid-only car that looked almost exactly like the Prius. Today, Honda confirmed that those spy photos were genuine ? and that their designers don’t have any creativity. Read more of this story »


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Green Options 2008-09-04 19:41:44
Morgan Solar, a Toronto-based company launched last summer, believes it has the answer to creating simple and cheap solar concentrators. While other companies are working to make solar cheaper by using mirrors or lenses to magnify sunlight that is directed into solar cells, Morgan Solar takes a different approach. Their system uses a thin sheet of acrylic to concentrate sunlight 750 times. …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 19:24:35
Last week, while poking around a few dusty corners of the internet, I came across a small business future group which one person had left because of disagreement about the prominence of sustainability in the group?s charter. This is a shame. Those who are facing up to the current challenges in business need to work together to find the solutions, not argue …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 19:00:34
The fourth Carnival of Green Crafts is now posted at Whip Up, and it’s quite a diverse collection of links for all of us to enjoy! I love seeing the submissions as they come in, especially when one post introduces me to a whole new blog I’ve never read before.  If you haven’t yet submitted something to the carnival, please do!  Even …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 18:52:47
Spoonflower is a new company that offers crafters a chance to order fabric printed with their very own designs. Crafty superstars like The Black Apple and My Paper Crane have already jumped on this cool service, and I love drooling over their amazing designs. The thing that bums me out is that they aren’t currently offering a sustainable fabric At the moment, …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 18:39:38
The hardest part for me when hunting for sustainable clothing is finding cute, comfortable lingerie. Enter Blue Canoe Organic. They have a whole line of organic cotton bras, undies and nighties! Not only is everything made from soft, sustainable materials, it’s made here in the US and is sweatshop-free. The company is a member of Co-op America Business Network, a group of …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 18:31:17
One of my passions in life is climate science and research, and I am a strong defender of the science proving anthropogenic global warming. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has long attempted to bring to the forefront the scientific facts about humanities effects on the environment. Naturally, there have been those who have set out to simply ignore …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 18:30:25
Another whopping chunk of ice has broken free from Ellesmere Island in Canada’s northern Arctic. This Markham Ice Shelf, just one of five remaining shelves in the Canadian Arctic region, split away sometime in August. The shelf is gianormous. It’s 19-square miles, around the size of Manhattan, and now adrift in the Arctic Ocean. In addition, two other large chunks - …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 17:45:56
In what he describes as misplaced behavior, Nikola Davidson, program director for the Northwest Biofuels Association, has raised a good point in a Seattle Weekly article ? why is it that biofuels are becoming the ire of green activists while petroleum appears to be getting a free pass? The issue stems from activist and Green Party candidate for Washington governor Duff Badgley’s …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 17:22:12
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Green Options 2008-09-04 08:54:41
“Word to Your Mother” reads my son’s new organic t-shirt from Solid Threads, a company well known by t-shirt connoisseurs for their random, funny, vintage shirts.  Their new ?Solid Threads To Live By” line features 100% organic cotton t-shirts and onesies for kids, as well as adult tees.  15% of profits are donated to environmental groups. With slogans like ?I?m Not …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 03:58:34
Get out your calendars right now and reserve the weekend of the 20th and 21st of September! Plan to be in Fort Collins for the premier green festival of northern Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair. The Sustainable Living Fair is a solution based, hands-on, family oriented event designed to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about Sustainable Living Practices, …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 02:35:23
As I washed dishes in a house we rented with friends in Maine this summer, I pondered the dish soap (yes, I know many of you are avid label readers, too– what else is there to do when you wash dishes?). It was Dawn dish soap, and on the label it had a picture of a mallard duck flying. It read, …


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Green Options 2008-09-04 01:00:56
What I have come to appreciate about Democrats is that they like to talk about the specifics of policy.  Dare I say, the Democratic Party is the party of wonk? Sure, I’m painting with a broad brush, but I’m going to take that liberty because it segues nicely with this video I want to show you of an interview CNN’s Anderson …


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