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.”
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.
Too often, the little used areas in homes are overlooked. Storage closets can easily be a victimized to moths, centipedes or mold; attics and crawl spaces can suffer similar problems from inadequate ventilation.
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.
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.
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.
Those wanting the best light for interior spaces may want to take a look at Sunflower Corporation and its Sundolier®, a lighting system designed to deliver high quality indirect daylight to large spaces.
This October, a group of international business people gathered to observe a portable compressed earth block (CEB) press called the 714 Dynabloc Press co-developed and manufactured by Iowa-based Vermeer Corporation in conjunction with Faith Tech Connect (FTC).
It is estimated that almost 1.6 billion people on this planet live without electricity. To have light in the darkness, toxic fuels like kerosene are used to fuel lanterns.
Solar panels for homes are generally hard, solid structures that require mounting. SoloPower, a company that makes portable polar chargers, has broken the mold with new flexible panels. The company has received the first every UL Certification for their flexible, CIGS modules.
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.