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Energy Pavement Lights up the Streets

Friday, November 13th, 2009

As you are walking down city streets, little attention is ever paid to the pavement that you are walking on. Throughout the day, one single piece of pavement can be stepped on upwards to 50,000 times. Now think about if all 50,000 of those steps hitting the pavement could generate energy. This would be able to supply enough energy to be distributed to nearby lights, traffic controls, information displays and much more. This is exactly what Pavegen, a new product from Pavegen Systems Ltd., is capable of doing.

With a small flex of 5mm, the Pavegen is absorbs the kinetic energy from every footstep which creates 2.1 watts of electricity per hour. Every time the rubber Pavegen is stepped on the kinetic energy is absorbed and either stored in polymer lithium batteries or dispersed throughout the city. A whole bus station can stay illuminated the whole night by the energy generated from just five Pavegen slabs in high foot traffic area.


Environmental Theme Park takes Recycling for a Ride

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The world’s first environmental theme park uses music, art, and prizes to get the public thinking green. Global Inheritance, an environmental non-profit organization has inspired a fun and educational eco-out reach. Where could this wonderland exist? Oh, just Hollywood Highland right in the heart of the most popular L.A shopping mall! No matter what your interests are Enviromentaland has got you covered. They’ve proved that green can grow in all areas of our lives whether it’s in our music, movies, games, art, fitness, or education.

What kind of games you ask? One of Enviromentaland’s most popular games called, Recycled Paper Plane Shoot Out was inspired by artist M.I.A’s song, Paper Planes. It gives visitors a chance to answer questions from an environmental test to earn points. Once the quiz is completed the paper becomes the contestant’s paper airplane to hit a huge bull’s-eye. Winners receive festival tickets, Fuel TV skate decks and more.


Now you can feel just a little bit better about going shopping…

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Today shoppers are starting to opt for the Green version of everything. It may be the trend, but it’s helping us all out nonetheless. Until now, it was a bit difficult to find exactly what you were looking for. Fortunately, it has become more common to find local stores that carry eco-friendly products and even easier to find great eco-stores online. What used to be frumpy and inconvenient has now become fashionable and simple to use. Some of the eco-stores carry a wide range of products that can help you to simplify your life. But be careful what you shop for, some stores might try to convince you that something is not damaging to the environment without really having any reason to say so. What does organic, all-natural, or eco-friendly mean? It means the products are less wasteful and less toxic than mainstream products.

From eco-friendly items such as make up and beauty products to large ticket items like water heaters, refrigerators and composters, we are able to compare prices, and potential environmental gains from the product’s use. For instance, when you use a Nature Mill composter it “recycles its weight in waste every 10 days, diverting over two tons of waste from landfills over its life. This reduces emissions of methane, a harmful greenhouse gas produced when organic matter decomposes in oxygen-starved landfills.”

Of course you can also find websites such as,, which will help you to completely overhaul your home from toilet paper to appliances. If you are looking for something more luxurious, check out Vivavi for some great pieces with intentional green design. Pristine planet offers links to a range of items from eco-friendly clothing to services for wedding and event planning. If you are looking for gift baskets, go ahead and check out Fresh Unlimited for organic fruit and gifts.

Whatever you may be looking for, somewhere out there has an eco-friendly way of doing it. It may take a few extra bucks or a few extra minutes, but it’s well worth it when it comes to saving the planet and being socially responsible.

Go Boxed instead of Bottled!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Let’s drink out of something better! Bottled water has turned out to be a big mistake. It releases plastic toxins into the water, increases disposable waste and ironically the same as tap water. Let’s face it, bottled water only benefits on-the-go convince.

Thanks to a Grand Rapids based distribution company we can start going old school by drinking water out of milk cartons. What a concept! It’s what Boxed Water calls simple, sustainable and beautiful. So why is it better? The answer is because it makes sense.

Here’s how it works. Boxed Water saves space by shipping their boxes flat to a filler, which is more efficient compared to shipping empty plastic or glass bottles. The cartons are 85 percent renewable and do not release “plastic poisons” into the drinking water. Boxed water gives back to the resources they use by donating 20 percent of their profit to world water relief and reforestation foundations.

Boxed Water isn’t perfect, but its better! When you drink bottled water you’re taking a risk and damaging the earth, but with boxed water you’re helping the planet and the future of your health.

If we start drinking water that makes sense and is actually better, maybe Boxed Water will be the new bottled water trend!

For more information check out Boxed Water!

Disney Begins Project Green

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Disney has recently gotten popular celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brother to sway the tween crowd to preserve the planet. They are hoping that they can make green issues understandable for this age group and show them how easy it is to curb their impact.

Disney Stars Sit On Sofa Made of Recycled Jean Fabric

Since May, over 350,000 young people have already registered on the website for Project Green.  Registering is simple and allows them to track their impact and vote how Disney should use the $1 million in donations that they have received.  Disney focuses on 4 different areas for these donations: climate change, habitat preservation, water conservation, and waste reduction.

Find out more by visiting Disney online!  And as always remember that you can recycle your used cell phones, mp3s, iPods, and digital cameras and send the proceeds to a charity of your choice with Recycling For Charities today!

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