If you happen to still have a land line, this is the only thing you need sitting next to it. These “cashier’s journals” from Moleskine have a simple heavy-duty cardboard cover with visible stitching on the spine and acid-free pages. Last 16 pages are detachable and each has 64 pages. Better looking than post-it notes and reasonably priced. Set of 3 for only $8 BUY
You didn’t think we were just going to leave that champagne post just sitting there with nothing to go with it? What better economic times than now to feature caviar? We’ve seen that your worth can drop by 40% rather quickly, so now is the time to invest not in stock, but in your happiness. And why not be “green” about the whole thing, by purchasing one full ounce of Tsar Nicoulai Osetra caviar? Raised from sustainable sturgeon farming, you’ll be glad you’re enjoying a delicacy that will now never be extinct. A focused, clean palate with a creamy finish. No better time…$107 BUY
The HYmini power plant will charge your cell phone, PDA or digital camera using only the greenest energy sources; wind and solar. The most innovative use of the wind charger is attaching to your body or backpack on the slopes to keep your MP3 player going all day. The wind generator only needs 9 mph winds to charge, and the solar charger of course can charge even in cloudy weather. Hand crank charger included as well – just in case the weather isn’t cooperating. $75 BUY
A new development in medicine has been rushed to the battlefield of Iraq, and is now sold for home use as well. Celox is a blood clotting agent, essentially a granulated version of a bandage. A sterilized powder substance clots blood almost instantly, even in situations of hypothermia. Patent pending, understandably. Stop major bleeding quickly when needed. A small addition to your emergency kit, but state-of-the-art. Be sensible – use as directed. $35 BUY
Say goodbye to that orange carboard box of Baking Soda in the fridge. Replace it with a solid block of white charcoal (though it looks like gray charcoal to us). The Kuro Cube will absorb odors wherever you put it. Even better – it stays active for years. To “re-actviate” the charcoal all you have to do is leave the block in the sun for an hour. Then put it back to work. Simple enough – and no need to buy and replace every few months. Worth a try at the very least. $45 BUY
Does the thought of planting 100 trees on earth day sound nice? You can do it right now via Oxfam. Other “green” solutions include purchasing a crocodile to restore caiman populations thus returning the ecosystem to what it was, or protecting fishing rights in traditional grounds. Plant 100 Trees – $60. Raise a Crocodile – $50. Protect Fishing Rights – $45.
Canadian Intelligent Form Design came up with an outdoor table that charges your laptop, iPod etc. using the solar panel surface. You can access battery info etc about the table using bluetooth, and at night, the whole thing glows with internal LED lights. USB plug and normal three prong wall plugs are built in. Perfect for a deck, or out by a pool – we want one. $14,000. BUY
For earth day, today’s products will all be green focused. We’d like to remind you to visit our Green Section as well as our Green sponsors, including Eco-Living at Gaiam, Wind towers, and Solar Toys & Gifts from Real Goods Solar. Below is a sampling of green products we have featured over the past few months for you and your pad. Go Green.
“Biodegradable Business Bag” doesn’t mean some hemp made messenger sack – we mean cleaning up after Fido. These are made from corn, like the cups (but try not associate what goes in them) – thus biodegradable in 45 days. You can even toss them in your compost. Probably acts as great fertilizer. Keep it clean. 40 for $6. BUY
Orbee-Tuff has come up with a dog chew toy that is their most indestructible yet, rated “for the most aggressive chewers.” The Orbee-Tuff Recycle Ball will occupy your dog – and take the place of your couch arm. Think of it as the tennis ball that the dog can’t destroy – and is actually washable. It’s even made of materials the company normally would throw out, that couldn’t fit in other chew toys (hence recycle image). $10. BUY
Cyber-Rain has come up with something very clever. The Cyber-Rain XCI System for your sprinklers, will wirelessly connect to the internet to research the weather, then adjust your watering schedule accordingly. You can even adjust the schedule from your computer and see how much water you are saving (Cyber-Rain estimates 30-70% drop in watering bill.) The system also accounts for seasons as well as fertilizing. The Cyber-Rain can manage eight separate zones, meaning you can put different sections/plants of the garden on different watering schedules (as is probably best anyway). Why didn’t anyone think of this before? Combine this with your lawn-robot and forget about the lawn permanently. We love it – and it pays for itself over time. $340. BUY
Next time you’re buying those red cups for large parties, try grabbing these Greenware Cups. A new line by NatureWorks – who figured out a way to extract the starch from corn and convert it to sugar and lactic acid using fermentation – which results in a plastic called polylactide. All you really need to know is these are made entirely from corn, and they biodegrade in 50 days when met with 150º and 90% humidity (a.k.a composting conditions – don’t worry they will survive shelfing). Keep in mind these are only good for cold drinks. Now to get college students to use these… $105 for 1,000 cups. Buy Here.
No hybrid convertibles are currently for sale in the United States. However, PGO has just announced a clean natural gas version of it’s speedster, the PGO Cevennes Turbo which can also run on biogas. Modeled after the 1950s Porsches, it looks fantastic. Six gear manual transmission and a turbo-charger – to compensate for the four cylinders. Top speed of 130 mph and 0-60 in just over six seconds. Unfortunately, it’s sold in Euros – and with the dollar where it is: €48,000 is…brace yourself, $75,000.
Alternative home energy is growing, and the Skystream Wind Turbine is now installed in some of the greenest homes in America, even the urban ones. Embrace that lower electric bill and grab one of your own. Unit is all inclusive, with built in inverter. It is quiet, clean, and doesn’t need a tornado to run. After the math, you do save money in the long run. Birds on the other hand…are a different story. Feed a pigeon lose a finger, install a rotating blade in the sky – you might lose a pigeon (don’t worry not the case). $9,000 includes installation.
So what happens when you take beef that is grass fed on Hearst Ranch’s pastures, family farmed, high in heart-healthy Omega-3 acids, and just tastes fantastic? You get a company that can’t restock the shelves fast enough. Let’s Be Frank Hot Dogs are somewhat hard to come by, but if you can find them – you’ll want to try them. Great taste, sustainable farming, no hormones, no nitrates, even organic spices. The best. Click the link for ordering and markets that carry them.