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Optimal Material For Mattresses: Natural Latex

by Justin Thomas •

I’ve come to the conclusion that natural latex is the optimal mattress-making material. I’ve tried all kinds of mattresses: goose down, wool, foam, cotton futons and box spring mattresses. But I have to say that my first few nights sleeping on a latex mattress were the most comfortable I ever experienced.

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Chainless Bikes

by Justin Thomas •

Besides the wheel the invention of the chain is probably what made the modern bicycle possible but ironically it’s also the bike’s biggest downside. The chain usually needs a lot of maintenance and care to keep it functioning properly and of course there’s always the risk of pant legs or loose shoelaces getting caught. If the Dekra D-Drive (Direct-Drive) system …

The Healing Powers of Peppers

by Justin Thomas •

Chile peppers contain one of the most effective curative substances in the world — capsaicin. While many people enjoy eating hot and spicy food they are not aware of the therapeutic properties of chile peppers. The authors of The Healing Powers of Peppers present a wealth of scientific and medical information, including personal testimonies about the healthful advantages of chile …

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Solar Tubes: Very Efficient Heating

by Justin Thomas •

Apricus makes a unique solar hot water heater which is 30-40% more efficient than flat plate solar systems. The secret to the performance is the use of cylindrical evacuated glass tubes to absorb the heat from the sun. Because the tubes are cylindrical, there is always a surface area that is perpendicular to the sun. The tubes also house a …

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Pure Chocolate: Raw Cacao Nibs

by Justin Thomas •

You may have tried a dark chocolate bar with over 70% cacao, but have you tried raw criollo cacao nibs? Cacao is the bean that is ground up and blended to make chocolate. “Nibs” are raw beans that have been peeled. Raw cacao nibs can be eaten by themselves or sprinkled on top of your favourite dessert. Criollo is a …

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Fungi Perfecti: Growing Useful Mushrooms

by Justin Thomas •

Fungi Perfecti is the web site of Paul Stamets, author of “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms“. Stamets has a long history of discovering and cultivating edible and medicinal mushrooms. He researches useful aspects of fungi such as their antiviral properties and their potential for “mycoremediation” (restoring polluted or damaged habitats with fungi). Through the Fungi Perfecti web site you can …

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Meta-Efficient: Buckwheat Pillows

by Justin Thomas •

The Chinese and Japanese discovered centuries ago that buckwheat hull pillows are light and fully adjustable. The Japanese in particular spent a great deal of time researching pillows, even trying porcelain pillows to achieve a healthy state of body called “Su-Kan-Soku-Netsu” or a balancing of cold and heat. Eventually they decided that pillows made of buckwheat hulls provide just the …

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Non-Toxic Adhesives, Caulks and Sealants

by Justin Thomas •

When building, adhesives are often overlooked and considered at the last minute. However, adhesives are often more toxic than the flooring and other products they are made to adhere.

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Wet Lead Acid Batteries

by Justin Thomas •

Wet Lead Acid batteries are the most common batteries used in energy systems because of their price, local availability, and ease of recycling. A properly maintained lead acid cell will last about ten years. This type of battery will deliver about 1000 full charge-discharge cycles. The drawbacks of Wet Lead Acid Batteries include the following: They need to be equalized …

Top 5 Bike-Friendly Small Towns

by Tracy McGill •

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Most lists of the top bike-friendly towns include major metropolitan areas, but small towns, those with a population under 100,000, actually pull in higher percentages of bike commuters. Small towns have the advantage of smaller road grids, easier commutes, and local government support. The most bike-friendly small towns are typically college towns where bicycling is considered by college students as …