2013
02.04

Top 100 Green blogs to follow

An infographic by the team at CouponAudit

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2012
10.24

For most of us considering a switch to the electric car, the benefits to the environment seem obvious. However, for some residents the benefits are not as great as you may think. For instance, individuals living in cities powered primarily by coal, may be surprised to learn that the energy being expended in charging your car might be just as detrimental to the environment as just driving a gasoline-powered car. It is important to know, whether your city is powered by natural gas, coal, hydroelectric or nuclear energy before deciding to invest in an electric car.

The info-graphic below provided by CarInsurance.org breaks down all these options and illustrates the best places in the U.S. for green cars.


Green Cars Infographic

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2012
08.13

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Here is a novel idea in Green Bike Design, backed by the Israeli financial firm ERB.

The idea for the Cardboard Bicycle was first inspired from looking at a cardboard canoe and applying the principles of Japanese Origami, which postulate that when you fold paper once it becomes 3 times stronger.

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The project is still in its infancy and there are very few details available at this time. Here is what I do know from their website. The first model is being designed as a cheap, light-weight solution for large cities (an electric model is also being developed).

The Cardboard Bicycle can withstand water and humidity, coated with a strong layer of brown and white material, making the finished product look like it is made of hard lightweight plastic and can carry riders weighing up to 484lbs.. The cost to make the bicycle is around $9-$12 and the manufacturer expects that the cost to the consumer would be around $60-$90 depending on what parts the consumer chooses to add on.

Personally, I think it’s an awesome design and there are countless applications where this type of product can both help the environment and the wallet simultaneously. Please comment below if you can think of some creative applications for this new revolution in transportation.

I believe that a good expansion of this idea would be with bamboo as the main ingredient. Bamboo is one of the hardest and fastest growing woods on earth, making it one of the “greenest” materials around (both in terms of practicality and renewability). In the future, I can see many consumer products being developed with bamboo alternatives for metals and plastic, like a bicycle or even a bamboo baby stroller.

Here is a video about the birth and design of the cardboard bike:

For more information visit www.erb.co.il/en/aboutus.asp?p=yxdn-vrjd-ufzg-ukyv.

By Joshua Levitt
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2012
06.05

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For a few minutes last week, German solar energy production crossed the line into becoming a viable source of energy to industrialized societies as it broke all previous records for simultaneous production of solar electricity. At least this is the message being put out by the head of a German think tank with a clear and explicit interest and having this be so- or having people believe it is so. The evidence does suggest that on Saturday, May 26 German photovoltaic arrays produced more than 20 gigawatts of electricity- more than half the national consumption for the same period in which it was produced. While this milestone is certainly encouraging, it is not quite yet time for euphoria.

First of all, the context in which Germany is aggressively promoting the expansion of photovoltaic energy production must be taken into account. Following the Japanese nuclear disaster of last year, the German government resolved to phase out altogether the country’s dependence on nuclear energy. Because no existing source of renewable energy has the capacity or dependability to replace nuclear power for the energy needs of a developed economy, it has been necessary to expand the production of electricity by the burning of fossil fuels in the past months. In this light, the timely declaration about best case scenario solar production starts to look a little bit like a whitewash or greenwash.

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And how has this exciting generating capacity been achieved? Who has paid for it? German electric consumers already pay among the highest tariffs in the Western world for their electricity and the mandatory programs which underwrite the expansion of solar generation have added real palpable costs on top of these costs. So, while German electricity is among the greenest although certainly not the greenest it comes at a steep cost and given the inherent lack of dependability that attaches to solar generation, German energy policy promises to be expensive and decidedly underwhelming for the foreseeable future. But we can probably look forward to more giddy press releases, and at least they are focusing their industry and their attention on expanding solar infrastructure.

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Beating swords into solar arrays

learn more about what Germany is doing today to make the world a better place, but especially read the lively comments courtesy of Reuters and the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/28/solar-power-world-record-germany

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2012
05.24

Interactive graphic explores the true costs of iPhone ownership.

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One loyal reader of the Green Your Network Blog has sent us a link to this sobering infographic exploring the environmental toll being taken by our rampant consumer culture and by iPhone mania in particular. Picking up the thread of discussions of e-Waste we have covered here, 60 Minutes Visits the Place Where Old Computers Go to Die

You can view the graphic here (or view it embedded below): http://www.mbaonline.com/cost-of-iphone/
but be warned it is a bit of a bummer and probably nothing new to faithful readers of this blog. Read it anyway, especially because you can copy the links at the end and embed graphics in your own web page to raise awareness of this very real problem.

As for me I am converting my iPhone into a self-warming cradle for handicapped ducklings.

Created by MBAonline.com

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2012
05.16

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How do the fashion-conscious find a way to be cool to the environment while still looking hot on the beach? EOC SWIM BY AQUA GREEN has the answer. The Easton, Pennsylvania-based company creates beautiful swimwear made from recycled water bottles and fishing nets. ECO WIM BY AQUA GREEN also partners with United by Blue to host regular ocean and waterway cleanups.

“The demographic of customers who choose to purchase from socially responsible companies is exploding, so there are obvious marketing benefits of communicating that we are as committed to solving problems as our customers are,” says Alex Waldman of ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN.

According to the Nielsen Global Survey of Corporate Citizenship, Waldman is right. “Ensuring Environmental Sustainability” was ranked as the number one most important cause for socially conscious consumers across the globe.

ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN’s parent company was started by Waldman’s great-grandfather in 1937. After years of hard work and image building, the company became one of the leading manufacturers of swimwear in the US. Today, ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN is attempting to address the heavyweight problem of ocean pollution by cleaning up what it can and raising awareness. “Our family has always been committed to making women look and feel great on the beach. But how can you feel great when the beach is dirty?” says Waldman. “So we decided to use our family’s several decades of experience in swimsuits to address that problem.”

ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN has become on of the world’s leading manufacturers of sustainable swimwear. Its swimsuits can be purchased at department stores and online. For more information about ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN’s environmental leadership, swimwear and events, visit the web site at http://www.ecoswim.com, find the brand on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ecoswim, and follow the company on twitter @eco_swim.

ECO SWIM Mission Video

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/ECO-SWIM-BY-AQUA-GREEN-A-Swimwear-Brand-that-3521613.php#ixzz1u700rXru

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2012
05.07

Green Tow

We’ve all heard of a green thumb, but how about a green tow? Now you can safely tow heavier loads across long distances and not lose your membership in the environmentally-conscious club. Just call Adam Winters, the Tennessee-native who started the Los Angeles based, Green Technology Transport Company. Winters modified two Toyota Priuses to carry up to 2,000 pounds of cargo on a custom-built trailer. Green Technology specializes in high-end pet transportation and towing motorcycles.

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Winters, an ASE-certified mechanic, modified the cars himself using reusable K&N air filters, installing custom air-ride battery suspensions, and changing the battery packs. “I’m only 23 and barely graduated high school,” he said. “The technology’s there and there are way smarter people than me, so I don’t understand why the technology hasn’t advanced.”

Surprisingly, Winters claims to exceed 50 mpg effic while towing two eight hundred pound Harleys , which is better than stock Priuses off the assembly line without the heavy loads. Winters is currently trying to improve efficiency even more by working on a set of wheel generators.

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Winters says he decided to start Green Technology after having his two dobermans shipped cross-country. The transport did not go well for the dogs– they arrived dehydrated, underweight, and one was pregnant. As shown on the Uship website, customers give Green Technology nothing but stellar reviews. The company has shipped 36 pet orders and 43 motorcycle orders through Uship to date.

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2012
05.01

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Made in China: the BYD all electric E6 car

While US consumers still eagerly anticipate the long promised and still undelivered debut of the electric-powered DUO car, the Chinese will be unveiling a number of clean-energy vehicles in a bid to convince their citizens to stop driving nasty old gasoline powered vehicles.

The Auto-China 2012 exhibition opened last week in Beijing. The exhibition showcases 120 new models of clean-energy vehicles, made both domestically in China as well as internationally. Trying to appease the Chinese government by showing they are bringing electric cars to China, plans have been announced by almost every international car maker to market an electric car in the country. And in the United States? Maybe next year, maybe when the auto market matures. Maybe when the auto industry and the petroleum lobby decide to allow it.

China, although currently not known for its environmental initiatives, is eager to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. It wants to see 5 million electric cars on its highways by 2020, and it has pledged more than $14 billion to develop the technology and infrastructure to reach this goal. The government also hopes to gain an edge over foreign auto makers by developing its own clean-energy technology. Additionally, the Chinese are pressuring foreign auto makers to invest in clean-energy in cooperation with Chinese joint-venture partners.

Sales of clean-energy vehicles have so far been quite low. Volkswagen, which has already announced plans to market electric vehicles in China, projects that it will only have managed to sell 10,000 such vehicles by 2018. To date, few clean-energy cars are actually on sale in China. The cost of the vehicle remains high and the technology does not allow a competitive offer versus a traditional car,” said Yann Lacroix, an analyst with Euler Hermes.

Analysts expect sales to increase in 2020, when the prices of electric vehicles are expected to be more comparable to that of traditional cars.

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This Chinese electric car is happy

Oh- and although you still can’t buy one, if you want to see what the sale sticker on a Duo would look like if you could then follow this link.

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Why is this American electric car frowning?

More information on Green Initiatives at the Beijing Auto Show can be found here.

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2012
04.26

US Army Looking Green

The US army is looking pretty green, thanks to a new army laboratory complex that opened near Detroit last week, The Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (GSPEL). The complex was opened in order to develop unprecedented new technology for the military, such as fuel cells and hybrid systems for combat vehicles. It will conduct research on electrical systems, heating and cooling components, fuel cells, hybrid electric powertrains and advanced batteries. The complex will employ about 150 scientists, researchers, engineers and other personnel.

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The opening of the complex coincided with the Obama administration’s recently-announced series of initiatives to create a greener US military. The goal of the initiatives is to generate enough renewable energy on military bases by 2025 to equal the output of three nuclear plants.

The federal government currently uses about 2 percent of the total US energy consumption, and of that the military uses 90 percent. Reducing consumption of fossil fuels will make the military more efficient, but it will also save lives. Many casualties of war in Iraq and Afghanistan involved convoys hauling fuel into battle areas. Projects developed at the new complex could make the military bases less dependent on the national power grid.

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The government hopes that some of the technology developed at the military labs could also spur private sector innovations for passenger and commercial vehicles. Additionally, the potential exists for joint-projects between the military and the private sector.


Grand opening of the Army’s new automotive test and evaluation lab in Detroit, Michigan. Produced by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Peavy.

Read more:
http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Army-lab-to-develop-energy-saving-technology-.html

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2012
04.20

An Israeli company has discovered a new source for paper: human waste. The company, Applied Clean Tech, collects the waste before it is destroyed by conventional wastewater treatment facilities.

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The company has already successfully tested their process in various locations throughout Israel. Their method requires that the collected waste matter be at least 60 percent cellulose in order to maintain enough elasticity to convert the matter into a new solid. As this story gets grosser by the sentence, the company’s founder and CEO, Rafael Aharon, has affirmed that the process is 100 percent clean and safe, and that the finished paper products do not retain any foul odors or tastes.

Aharon estimates that 10 percent of the paper market can be serviced through recycled human waste. Applied Clean Tech is trying to expand their wastewater recycling business into the international market. Europe and the United States are looking into the technology, and China is currently building 1,000 such facilities. Of course, Aharon notes, this process would be a tough cell for countries such as India and Thailand, where people use a hand-wash method of keeping clean.

While this new method of recycling can be a huge save for the planet, the biggest hurdle to overcome will be getting people to accept it. After all, who wants to lick an envelope that was partially-manufactured in your toilet?

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For more information, see http://www.digitaltrends.com/international/your-bowel-movements-can-save-the-planet/.

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