Verde Lifestyles; An Eco-friendly Furnishing Business

Verde Lifestyles is a home furnishings business that is thriving as an eco-friendly vendor of sustainable products. All of their products are made from all natural organics, recycled and sustainable materials. Green Verde states, “We carry only the best green products and have a ton of great information on how best to select, use, take care of and even repurpose each eco friendly home decor item you buy from us.”

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Zero VOC and Formaldehyde Free, PureBond Plywood, Gets a Nod from the Green Parents’ List

As the first building product to receive the Green Parents’ List Healthy Home check mark, the PureBond Plywood has no VOC, especially no formaldehyde, a well known respiratory and skin irritant. In order to meet the Green Parent’s List requirement, product must pass the VOC restriction set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and also meet additional third party validation.

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Part 3: Other Non-Gas Portable Power Alternatives

We have written about some interesting portable power generating options available by plugging into the sun or from pedaling a stationary bicycle. We now look at some of the other options that might be considered “a little farther out there.” This list includes a portable wind generator and a hydro-powered backpack.

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Generating Portable Power by Bicycle

We begin with the do-it-yourself version of power generation: the bicycle. Convergence Tech manufactures the Pedal-A-Watt, a bicycle stand that not only generates electricity, it seconds as a fitness device. The power that’s generated can be used to power lights and/or other small appliances, such as laptops, cell phones, fluorescent or LED lights.

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New Paradigm for Compressed Earth Blocks and Roofs

TSC Global, championing its innovative “Roofs for the World” program, met in Denver with a group of earth building advocates, including Partners Worldwide and Iowa-based Vermeer Tractors for a full production test run of the Vermeer’s mobile compressed earth block machine press.

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Moving Air in Habitats Without Ducts

A Minnesota-based company – Tjernlund Products, Inc. – sells a number of low-cost ductless systems that move air from one part of the house to another, whether through walls or through floors.

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LED Economics Make Sensible Solutions

A year ago, Eco-story LED Lighting Solutions was selected by The Timberland Company (NYSE: TBL) to “help its stores make an eco-friendly shift in lighting.” The results are impressive – both economically and environmentally.

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Here’s Looking at Composting Waterless Toilets

For those considering building without a septic tank or access to a sewer line, it might be time to look at composting alternatives, especially if putrid smells can be avoided. Swedish-based BioLet has manufactured waterless toilets for 35 years.

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