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The Ideal Camper for One!

Camper For One, Please: Bufalino Concept

The Bufalino, designed by Cornelius Comanns (great name) is a little three-wheeled camper made for a single person. Or two if you like things cozy. Like, really cozy. I’m talking privates touching cozy (the best kind).

the minimalist construction is based on the existing piaggio APE 50 three wheeled light transport vehicle; a model chosen for its economic and fuel efficient benefits.

‘my aim was to give people a better understanding of the country, the surrounding, and the range they have travelled. the travelling vehicle is always with you like some kind of a base camp, while also being used for moving on in an easygoing and spontaneous way.

‘bufalino’ encourages users to explore the surrounding off beaten tracks. meanwhile the furnished interior consisting of a bed, two seating units, a cooking zone, a basin, storage space, a water tank and a refrigerator offers the comforts of a home.

Call me crazy, but I actually want one. I’ve always wanted to get behind the wheel and see this great country of ours. Ooooor get drunk and have a ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ marathon. What? Baby steps, yo!

Hit the jump for a whole bunch more pictures of the last thing you’ll ever camp in before being mauled by a wolf/bear/mountain lion (maybe I’ve been playing too much RDR).

cornelius comanns: bufalino [designboom]
‘Bufalino’ concept car, an apartment on wheels [dvice]

The Farm is under Attack!

After owning this property since 1988, we have huge gardens, solar water, and electricity eight chickens, (and next year three pigs). We have discovered that we, our home, our farm our everything. Is contained within the 120 meter set back  from an Ontario Province significant wetland area. In our case it is administered by the Cataraquai Waterway authority. the upshot of all this is that we had to teenagers come out to our property and tell us that we would have to pay them $150 every time we built a building or graded our driveway.

Now I am all for protecting the earth that we inhabit, but how come I get this tax? I’ve been solar since ’88 but I never got any kind of credit for that. we buy locally what we don’t produce here, and we manage our water consumption carefully. (We have a dug well). But not so the others in the area!

Up the road there is a chap (very connected, government job) who put two lakes in, with his back hoe he flooded a huge area, making himself a private lake!, then he put in a large lined pond, All within the wetland. Currently they are redoing a local bridge in Outlet. The construction company is dumping huge amount of chipped concrete into the creek, do they have a permit? No. The county even hauls water directly out of Grippen Creek which is next to my property. Within the PSW!

This is an attack against the local rural farmer, please go to our Facebook page and join our cause, after all they let people have chickens in Toronto now, why not let us have this new fangled technology you call chicken, out here in the countryside!

Mission to M.A.R.S.!


The Magenn Air Rotor System (MARS) is a new generation of wind turbines with cost and performance advantages over existing systems. 

MARS is a lighter-than-air tethered wind turbine that rotates about a horizontal axis in response to wind, generating electrical energy. This electrical energy is transferred down the tether for consumption, or to a set of batteries or the power grid. Helium sustains the Magenn Air Rotor System, which ascends to an altitude as selected by the operator for the best winds. Its rotation also generates the “Magnus” effect. This aerodynamic phenomenon provides additional lift, keeps the MARS device stabilized, positions MARS within a very controlled and restricted location, and finally, causes MARS to pull up overhead to maximize altitude rather than drift downwind on its tether. mars2

The Advantages of MARS over Conventional Wind Turbines are: (1) low cost electricity – under 15 cents per kWh; (2) bird and bat friendly; (3) lower noise; (4) wide range of wind speeds – 2 to more than 28 meters/second; (5) higher altitudes – from 200 to 1,000 feet above ground level are possible without expensive towers or cranes; (6) fewer limits on placement location – coast line placement is not necessary; (7) ability to install closer to the power grid; (8) mobile and; (9) ideal for off grid applications or where power is not reliable. mars3

Tim Hortons Should switch to Earth cups!!



    *  Earth Cup™ is made from renewable resources, is 100% compost able and petroleum free, all which make this cup very earth friendly.

    * Most hot cups are coated with Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), a petrochemical plastic. LDPE is non-renewable and non-compostable, making the only methods of disposal; litter, land fills or incineration. Earth Cup™ is coated with earth friendly bio based material that uses less energy and significantly less greenhouse gas footprint.

    * Earth Cup™ meets the ASTM 6400 composting standard and is acceptable at over 45 composting facilities in North America.

    * Earth Cup™ can be coated one side for hot cups and two sided for cold beverages.

          o Earth Cup™ hot cups are suitable for hot coffee, tea and other hot beverages.

          o Earth Cup™ 9 oz water cups are coated on both sides and are suitable for water, soda and other chilled beverages.

    * Earth Cup™ hot cups stock sizes are 10, 12, 16 and 20 oz.

          o all hot cups fit one size Tater Ware™ sippy lid

          o 24 oz cups will be available in December.

    * Custom print using either flexo or off set print is available hosting up to five colors using soy based inks (minimum order is 50,000 per size).

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.

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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