Clothes Drying Racks: Effective

by Justin Thomas •

If you dry your clothes on these racks instead of a clothes dryer — they will smell fresher and last longer. In many homes, the clothes dryer is the number two electricity consumer, after the refrigerator. Used in combination with a Spin-X: metaefficient. GreenFeet sells clothes drying racks made of reclaimed wood. The Vermont Country Store sell large racks made …


by Justin Thomas •

We mentioned previously that using porous pavers is an effective alternative to paving with concrete. They make patios and driveways less erosion-prone and they do not get as hot as hard-surfaced pavement. Now a company called Biopaver is trying to take things a step further by introducing a new type of paver designed to catch storm water run-off but also …


Faucet Restrictors/Aerators

by Justin Thomas •

Have you ever spent time at the sink, judiciously adjusting the hot and cold water, to achieve that happy medium between “cold” and “scalding hot”? Well, we’ve been there too — and we’ve noticed that water streams down the sink in a meta-inefficient manner. That’s why these faucet restrictors are so handy. They attach like a regular faucet aerator but …


Silicone-Based Sealants

by Justin Thomas •

If you’ve got to fix a leak, you might want get some silicone sealant, instead of such things as Plumber’s Goop that contain toluene. Silicone sealants are often sold as aquarium or marine sealants. Some silicone sealants still contain questionable ingredients – best check the label. There are alternatives to any toxic substance they have in the hardware store.


Electrical Timers

by Justin Thomas •

Electrical timers are humble devices, but they might give you that energy-saving edge you’re after! In fact, they are one the simplest upgrades you can make to your house. The Intermatic timer pictured here plugs into any electrical socket and switches that device on or off at the times you set. It costs only $11, and will allow you to …


LED Light Bulb Replacements

by Justin Thomas •

LEDs are close to becoming metaefficient alternatives to regular light bulbs, but they are not quite there. Right now the brightest LED bulb is equivalent to a 25W incandescent bulb. The bulb seen here has 36 LEDs and runs on 1W. That means it could run 10 hours a day for a whole year for less than two dollars. It …


BioBag: Biodegradable and Compostable Bags

by Justin Thomas •

BioBags are the first 100% bio­degradable alternative to plastic bags. They are made from cornstarch, vegetable oil and other renewable resources. BioBags makes kitchen “compost bags” to store foods scraps before composting. They can also can be used to store food in the refrigerator. The advantage over plastic, is that these bags will “breath” without leaking. This allows heat and …


Men’s Bamboo Fiber Shirt

by Justin Thomas •

Bamboo Textile has released a new, thicker men’s bamboo shirt. (We outlined the advantages of bamboo fiber clothing previously). We were thinking a thicker bamboo shirt would be a good idea — the thinner ones are really only suitable for summer, or to wear as an undershirt. The new shirt is 70% bamboo fiber and 30% cotton, and is made …


Eco-Disposable Diapers

by Justin Thomas •

Nobody makes eco-disposable diapers in the U.S. — Seventh Generation diapers come close, but according to a company representative, they are not fully biodegradable. The trouble is the outer liner of disposables is always some kind of plastic. The only commercially available, fully biodegradable, disposable diaper is the Swedish "Nature Boy & Girl" diaper which, instead of a using plastic …


Kapok Pillows

by Justin Thomas •


Kapok is a silky fiber harvested in the rainforests of the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, tropical America and Africa. After the ripe pods of the tree are harvested, the seeds are removed and the fluffy fiber is meticulously cleaned and dried.