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Sun Jar


The Sun Jar collects and stores sunshine so you can use it at night! Simply leave the Sun Jar in a sunny window during the day for about 5 hours of warm glowing light at night.


How does it work? An ingenious combination of old and new, the Sun Jar is made from a traditional Mason jar and high-tech, energy-efficient lighting. Captured inside the jar are a highly efficient solar cell, rechargeable battery and low energy LED lamps. When the jar is placed in sunlight the solar cell creates an electrical current that charges the battery over a few hours. This energy is then used at night to power the three LED lamps inside the jar.


There is no switch on the Sun Jar — no visible controls at all — instead, a clever light sensor inside automatically activates the light when it gets dark or the light turns out. Magical!


The beautiful frosted glass Mason jar is completely water tight — so the Sun Jar can happily be left outside in any weather conditions. A perfect garden light or night light for a child’s bedroom! Original design by Tobias Wong. As seen in DailyCandy.


“We are going to buy a box of these to use as patio lights at the Splitzville Farm” Will Engel


The green gift of the year!

Make this Handy Heater with an old Flower Pot

Written by Sarah Nagy

Kandle HeeterToday is a cold, wet dreary day. Which inspired me to dig the Kandle Heeter out of the garage.


Parked next to my mouse, this little device brings the temperature of my 8×12 office up from shivery to cozy – not quite enough to take my lovely handknit wool socks off, but a great antidote against a dreary January, and a definite cat magnet.

How it works: That top terracotta pot is actually a nest of several, spaced with metal bolts. Heat rises from the candle and then absorbs into the ceramic, which is a high ‘thermal lag’ material. High thermal lag materials are dense and heavy – tile, concrete, water – all of these store heat well. The pots won’t hold it forever, but they concentrate it, slowing down its exodus to the ceiling. They keep the heat near my mouse hand – which definitely increases my productivity!

The developer says a 3″ dia. by 3″ ‘dollar store’ candle will yield about 50 BTUs an hour, for a total of 1000 BTU. I get about two days per candle, so that’s 0.50/day. If all my winter days were wet, cold, and in need of paraffin cheer (sum total of mid-Dec thru March = 105 days), that’s about $50 for a heating season. And it smells nice.

Granted, I live in mostly sunny Northwest Florida, so my heating bill is pretty small compared with snowy places. But this one with the silly name is one of those ‘value added’ ideas – if I’m going to burn a Christmas gift candle, I may as well get full value.

(Check out their other nifty ideas: using an incandescent light bulb instead of a candle, and other open-architecture common-sense energy concepts.

UPDATE: Here’s a podcast interview with inventor Doyle Doss. (Ed. note: Max tells us the podcast isn’t there anymore, but he’s reposted it at


NEW LED’s for Florescent Bulbs

t_8_rp_22 LEDs are now available to replace Incandescent, Fluorescent and Neon lighting

These LED tubes fit into a T8 fluorescent fixture. The brightness is similar to a 40W T8 bulb, but ours uses 14W of electricity. You save 26W per bulb. Now times that with every fluorescent light in your building and the KW savings is staggering.

We can offer a beautiful warm white color that will be almost the same as an incandescent (Edison) bulb. These tubes will last about 17 years if used 8 hours a day.


The savings is normally between 70-85% on electricity.

There is no hazardous waste.

No mercury.

No gases.

All environmentally friendly.

LED diodes quantity – 300 PCS (driverless)LED Wave – 3700k

LED Color – White = 5500

Kelvin – warm white = 3700Savings

Based on $0.06 kwh, 4-foot, 40W fluorescent tube x 80,000 hours/the lifespan of the LED light.1 small store with 60 lights would save over $10,000!

60 lights with $156.00/each = total savings = $9,360.00 .Technical Specifications

7.5W & 14W(no driver)

Tube working voltage

110V AC

The Return on Investment for either of these solutions is less than one year.

Evergreen goes NOT FOR PROFIT!!!

After watching the troubles that our friends on Roatan are facing, we have decided to conduct our business operation in a way that helps out in the best possible way. So we will quote all systems for Humanitarian organizations in the Bay Islands on a “Not for Profit” basis. This way we can help electrify all of the clinics on the island with solar power within five years. And we may be able to help more! based upon individual credentials, we can go to our suppliers and ask for further discounts on a case by case basis!    A cheaper system does not mean a “cheap” system, our humanitarian work gets even more closely looked at by our team of engineers on the “Solar Panel”    All of our other projects will receive the very best pricing, and design service possible.

This Week NBC Showcases Ecopreneurs Who Help You ‘Green Your Routine’


Written by Reenita Malhotra, Published on November 19th, 2008

For those of you who didn’t know already, this week is “Green Week” at NBC Universal. On Monday (till the end of the week) the network started broadcasting 150 hours of environment-themed programming on its various TV channels and other properties.

Green themed programming includes prime time shows such as “The Office” which will air an episode about the company considering recycled paper. And then local NBC stations are incorporating green-themed stories into their newscasts. As a Healthy Living Consultant, I spent this morning at the Farmer’s Market with NBC11 talking about “How to Have a Green Thanksgiving.” The segment will air on NBC11 this Thursday at 6.45pm so stay posted!

I think it’s a great opportunity for Ecopreneurists.  Both in terms of finding interesting eco businesses…as well as a tool for drawing visibility to your own eco business. Last year, the company launched its first Green Week and also a “Get On Board” program to encourage consumers to reduce greenhouse gases and raise awareness. This year’s theme is ‘Green Your Routine,’ the network will feature tips and resources that offer consumers advice on this area: green cleaning companies, sustainable food producers, greening your commute and so on. More information about the programing can be found here.


So Ecopreneurs, it is time to start creating you NBC pitch.  Your company or product might just be their next Green find!

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Even before the protester is removed, even before the public safety is secured the advertising goes up


The ongoing “tree-sit” protest to stop construction of an athletic training center on the U.C. Berkeley campus finally came to a conclusion on September 9, 2008, when the last tree-sitters came down from the one remaining tree. The scene attracted a huge crowd of sympathizers, detractors, onlookers and media.


A recent legal ruling had cleared the way for the university to begin construction after a seemingly interminable series of delays which lasted over a year and a half. Within hours of the ruling, campus work crews felled all but two of the disputed trees which had occupied the work site — one that was to be transplanted elsewhere, and the other (a redwood) which housed the last four tree-sitters. A few days later, on September 9, after negotiations failed to convince them to come down of their own accord, the police had no choice but to bring them down whether they liked it or not. The stage was set for the final act.

Even before the protester is removed, even before the public safety is secured the advertising goes up

Even before the protester is removed, even before the public safety is secured the advertising goes up

Check out  for the full story.
Please note that the photo shown is cropped and has been photo shopped to obliterate all personal identification as well as the name of the company that built the structure. Note that the guys putting up the advertising don’t seem to be wearing safety equipment. ( I should know I’m an Aerial Rigger!)

The most and least Contaminated foods
November 17, 2008, 5:04 pm
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1.PEACHES: Over 94% tested positive for traces of 45 different pesticides.


2.CELERY 94% tested positive for 29 different pesticides.


3.APPLES: 92% tested positive for 36 pesticides.


4..SWEET BELL PEPPERS: 68% tested positive for 39 different pesticides.


5.CHERRIES: 91% tested positive for 25 different pesticides.


6.IMPORTED GRAPES: 86% tested positive for 35 different pesticides.


7.NECTARINES: 97% tested positive for 26 different pesticides.


8.PEARS : 94% tested positive for 35 different pesticides.


9.POTATOES: 79% tested positive for 29 different pesticides.


10.RASPBERRIES: 59% tested positive for 39 different pesticides.


11.SPINACH: 83% tested positive for 36 different pesticides.


12.STRAWBERRIES: 90% tested positive for 36 different pesticides.



























Paper Made From Rocks!?


My brother handed me a piece of TerraSkin paper with the challenge “Try and rip it!Go ahead…” The only outcome of all my tugging and tearing was a tiny bump in the sheet. “That’s because it’s made of rocks…” he concluded smugly. TerraSkin is a new line from the Environmental Division of Design and Source Productions Inc. ( Marketed as a “tree-free paper,” TerraSkin paper is made almost completely from minerals and uses barely any water, and none of the usual toxic chemicals, such as bleach and high levels of chlorine, present in the traditional paper production process. Additionally, any water that is used is part of a closed loop system so as to avoid the systematic pollution of water sources that results from most paper-making practices.

TerraSkin paper is made by using high levels of heat on mineral powders combined with non-toxic resin. The ink used in TerraSkin products is also all non-toxic and the ink bonds extremely well to the surface. Once formed, the paper sheets are impermeable to water.However, if left to decompose the paper will degrade back in to mineral powders over time. Printing on TerrSkin papers also use 20-30% less ink (ink is another major contributor to toxic water outputs of paper industries).

According to statistics quoted on their website, the pulp and paper industry is the third largest polluter in the U.S. and Canada, with over 220 million pounds of toxic pollutants being released per year into the environment. Pulp and paper industries are also the largest cause of deforestation across the globe, which is a key factor in climate change and the rapid degradation of the earth’s ecosystems on every level.

With such in mind, it’s high time we began implementing wide scale changes to the industry and to our treatment of paper as an infinite resource and disposable commodity.TerraSkin presents itself as a much more environmentally sound option.In Canada, TerraSkin products (which include shopping bags, banners and journals) are sold through Mitz ( Further articles on TerraSkin can be found in the January 2005 issues of The Earth Guardian and Beyond Beauty mag.

Does anyone have more information or other alternatives to tree-made paper to share?Paper Made From Rocks?!

We are new, but we are not naive, we are putting together a panel of a half dozen experts in the field, granted they are retired, but they are qualified. I was very impresses with the response I received. This panel will take a look at all of the systems that we sell, and offer their opinions, and offer perhaps better ideas! More thrifty ways of doing things, more effective..

The Sun and the Calm Return!

The past few weeks have been very hard on Roatan’s tourist industry. With the “riots” and roadblocks news reaching us in the north, things seem much worse than they were before, but in fact the situation is better. The power is on, but patchy in some areas, and the roads are clear. A friend told me that while in a cab to French harbor they had no trouble getting through a roadblock in front of the RECO plant.

The bad weather that had covered the area lifted this week and once again the island is a glistening gem. The good weather I hope will stay with us for a good while, five weeks of solid rain AND the whole RECO business is enough to drive someone mad!