Felt Briefcase Made Out of Merino Wool

by Justin Thomas •

This distinctive felt briefcase was designed by Daff from Germany. It’s made out of 100% merino wool felt that resists piling. It features a roomy interior with two main pockets and space under the front flap for credit cards and ID, as well as a cell phone storage pocket. Available from Unica Home for $275. Found via Better Living Through …

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Ultraminimalist Electricity

by Justin Thomas •

By using ultraminimalist electrical configurations, you can lighten your housing arrangements and make them more portable too. Ultraminimalist lighting is straightforward. The most efficient way of lighting a house is to use lamps with compact fluorescent bulbs inside. For example, a 27W compact fluorescent is equivalent to a 100W incandescent bulb. Use LED lights for task lighting and spot lighting. …

Portable Micro-Power Kit

by Justin Thomas •

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SolarOne’s Harvester is a complete solar micro-power kit. Built to be durable and weatherproof, it produces 750 Watts of power (surge capacity of 1500 Watts). The Harvester contains a 104 amp-hour AGM battery by Concorde — a very reliable battery (for more information see our AGM battery review). The Harvester is an great choice for back-up power or portable remote …

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Top Rated Earbuds: The Etymotic ER-6 Isolator

by Justin Thomas •

Recommended by: ZDNet, CNET and Wired Magazine. From ZDNET: The name Etymotic means “true to the ear” and is pronounced “et-im-oh-tik.” We’re huge fans of the company’s ER-4P earbuds but it retails for a whopping $330. The ER-6 Isolator earbuds, meanwhile, carries a list price of $130 and is designed to offer most of the performance and features of its …

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The Greenest Audio Systems Of 2009

by Justin Thomas •

This has been a breakthrough year for green electronics, but audio equipment is lagging behind a bit. As you’ll soon discover in our review below, there’s only a smattering of products that are Energy Star certified. Fewer still are those products certified to be free of toxic materials, or packaged in green manner. Perhaps audio manufacturers need to take a …

The Longest Car-Free Bicycle Routes In The U.S.

by Tracy McGill •

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Bicycle touring is gaining in popularity across the U.S. with more car-free bike routes being completed each year. Cyclists who like the idea of long distance riding, but not the hassle of navigating through traffic and across busy roads on a bike can now plan an outing on one of these bike trails. Thanks to abandoned railway lines and canal …

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NASA Sustainability Base Showcases High-Tech, Eco Friendly Design

by Benjamin Roman •

NASA’s space expertise means it’s virtually unmatched when it comes to creating efficient and sustainable environments for humans to live and work, and the innovative new office facility at their Ames Research Center near San Francisco is a showcase of intelligent and environmentally friendly design.  Designed by William McDonough + Partners, the Sustainability Base draws on the latest in green …

Commuter And City Bikes Shine At 2011 NAHBS

by Tracy McGill •

For the average bike commuter, the idea of owning a handcrafted, custom fit bicycle used to be just a pipe dream. But with the increasing popularity of the annual North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS) sales of custom made bikes are rising and interest is growing. The 2011 NAHBS took place last month in Austin, TX showcasing bike builders from …

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The Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Of 2011

by Benjamin Roman •

Stereo headphones with active noise cancellation technology let travelers hear their music with greater clarity and less ear fatigue. These headphones are useful for those who want to seal out their surroundings, since noise cancellation circuitry is especially effective at countering low-frequency tones (like crowd noise or engine noise on an airplane). Here are four of the best noise-cancelling headphones …

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3 Reasons Light Rail is an Efficient Transportation Option for U.S. Cities

by Tracy McGill •

Light rail is a type of electric railway that runs on right-of-way railroad tracks or on tracks in city streets. Using their own lanes and able to go anywhere, light rail cars mix well in urban settings by not getting caught up in traffic congestion. Though the United States operates the largest and most efficient freight railway system in the …