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Living Green

Solar powered toy uses flexible solar cell to teach kids about renewable energy

A Silicon Valley start-up, ToyLabs, Inc. has developed the first toy motor car powered by a flexible polycrystalline silicon solar cell. ToyLabs developed the Volta Racer as a fun way to teach kids the fundamental principles and concepts behind solar energy and mechanical engineering. The Volta Racer is packaged with all the prefabricated components necessary for the child to build their own little solar...

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How to make your carbon footprint smaller at home – and save a bundle

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ll have heard the phrase ‘carbon footprint’ bandied around a lot by politicians, councils, and even your family and friends. What exactly does this mean though and, perhaps more importantly, why should you care about it? Carbon footprint explained. Simply put, a carbon footprint is the volume of carbon dioxide, or CO2, that a person uses...

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Create your own “green” city with Plan It Green

Imagine you could create your own world where you could see your ideals of a liveable community come to life. Plan It Green: The Big Switch is a new, free online city building game that allows players to design their own virtual town and make it the greenest, and most energy efficient city in the world. National Geographic, General Electric and the Center for Science, a national association of leading science centers...

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Eco-conscious designer creates organic clothing for children

LOS ANGELES — Eco-friendly Los Angeles fashion designer Marianne Broughton utilized her boutique Rêve to showcase clothes made by the organic fashion line Prairie Underground during a trunk show on March 2. The latter, based in Seattle, was co-founded by Davora Lindner and Camilla Eckersley, and has been featured at Rêve at discount prices as part of a special promotion this month. Broughton, who also sells her...

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Green Living and Eco Friendly Trends in Assisted Living Facilities

In a world racked with growing energy problems and depleting natural resources, being able to have the option of retiring with less of an environmental impact is an important option available to all older folks today. Having the ability to live out the best years of life in an eco-friendly manner can be a good way to create a more sustainable future for grandkids and society as a whole. It’s the most responsible...

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Round Town Rides: The Green Commuter Bike Revolution

Getting to and from work without driving a car or an SUV has become the new green anthem. According to a National Household Travel Survey, done by the U.S. Department of Transportation, 75 percent of commuters commute alone. Because of this high amount of solo commuters, some are opting to ride alone differently; via a motorcycle. It is not just the cool image of cruising on street rod that is compelling people to motorcycle to work,...

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Climate change beliefs? Changeable as the weather

People’s attitudes toward climate change are as changeable as the weather itself, found a recent study from the University of British Columbia. The study revealed that American’s attitudes could be linked in the weather they are experiencing – with skepticism about global warming increasing during cold snaps and concern over climate change growing during hot spells. “Our findings help to explain some...

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Checklist for Greener Packaging

Product packaging and shipping have been around nearly as long as human civilization. Archaeologists have found ancient packages made from materials ranging from reeds to clay to fabrics, while our more modern ancestors started the now-common practice of using paper, and then plastic, products to store and ship goods. Today, packaging continues to evolve as it is continually improved for sustainable design...

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Shower nozzle uses air for water-savings

An “air shower” developed at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization allows one to take long leisurely showers without worrying about wasting too much water. The new Oxijet shower nozzle, developed by New Zealand company Felton in collaboration with CSIRO, uses up to 50 percent less water than a full flow shower. According to Dr. Jie Wu, a fluids specialist at CSIRO, the Oxijet nozzle...

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Marketing for a more fuel efficient society

A small amount of information could be all that it takes to encourage people to decrease their transportation fuel use, resulting in savings for the consumer and lower emissions for the world. This is the finding of a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy which proposes a national marketing campaign on measures to decrease fuel use in order to encourage consumers to adapt greener transportation...

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