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Subject: Coolest of the Cool!
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 8:28 AM ET
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Hi!  I'd like to start a thread on the neatest ECO stuff you come across...things we absolutely LOVE or would love to own!!! 

Please make sure that you tell us why you think it is totally beechin' or better than anything else out there right now...if you have it or have ever used it...flaws (new tech; it's bound to have some) and what improvements you'd recommend...and a link for us to check it out!!!

And no, it doesn't have to be affordable, just way out AWESOME or the best of the best!


I went to look something up on CNET and saw this Trevor Baylis Eco Media Player http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/trevor-baylis-eco-media/4505-6490_7-32640582.html?subj=re&tag=mncol;psum and I'm hoping I can get one for my teen!  I'm not sure if it's the only one, but what an IDEA!  Obviously, everything should have a personal power option!!!!  Okay, the ugly is the price and I'm not sure it's using the most up-to-date media formats.  They also mentioned sluggish controls and dim video.  My experience with these cranks items is that they don't last long either!  With something like this...it'd be great if physical movement, like walking could charge it!!!

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 11:14 AM ET
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Those water-powered alarm clocks are pretty cool. http://www.greendaily.com/2007/10/19/water-powered-alarm-clock-never-buy-batteries-again/

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 11:20 AM ET
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PowerMonkey Explorer Portable solar charger- Pretty much can charge any small device including ipod, MP3 players cellphones, Nitendo DS and PSP. $129   It can be used in any country and be charged via mains power too :).  

I have not used this device but am looking at buying one when I travel to Australia for 2 weeks in Janurary, it would be able to charge my camera batteries as well as my MP3 player.  I could see people taking this camping and would stop anyone from running out of battery power on their cell.

Would make a cool present for a kid with a new DS or DS lite instead of a wall charger.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:52 PM ET
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Great examples Leah & Pam!!!  If I ever have to have an alarm clock again, I either want water-powered or the zen lamp (slowly getting brighter and gong slightly louder for a gentle wakeup.  And I definitely want a solar charger...on my WL!

Date Posted: 12/21/2008 12:36 PM ET
Member Since: 10/25/2007
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Looked for the portable solar charger on ebay. Found it for $72 and $118 for buy it now. There is an auction at $.01, but of course, reserve not met. One of the people who are selling it also have solar powered backpacks and laptop bags.

Date Posted: 2/24/2009 12:51 PM ET
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Well, I just came across something that we have to share with folks!

Recycling your #5 plastics!  Drop off at Whole Foods or mail in...


Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:45 PM ET
Member Since: 3/3/2006
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Oooh, they recycle Brita filters!! I wanna do that!

Subject: Auto Shut-Off Tap Timers
Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:30 AM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2008
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These things are a godsend. My husband always used to leave the water running filling up horse troughs...they would overflow for hours. Now he just sets the timer on the tap and it shuts off the water. I use it on my RO/DI in the house too. This would be good for people with lawn sprinklers and such....
Date Posted: 3/6/2009 8:07 AM ET
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I do like my homemade 9v LED flashlight made from an Altoids tin.

I also like my hommade rain barrel which I use to water all my flowers in the backyard. I got the barrel for free, and just had to buy the through fittings and spigot.

I've gotten many plants for free at a plant swap. My free trumpet vine is 50 times the size of my store bought trumpet vine. I've also acquired a mint plant (spearmint) from a roadside.



Date Posted: 3/11/2009 8:04 AM ET
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I just overflowed my bucket this week...I really hate getting the greenhouse all muddy, too!  Great examples!

Plant...and seed...swaps are great!  Any kind of swaps!  Remember that movie, Benny and Joon?  They played poker with stuff around the house they didn't want anymore; my friends and I did that and it was so fun!  If you didn't have anything for the pot, chocolate was the acceptable substitute!