Eco-Friendly Exercise Gear

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If you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle there’s no reason you should forgo your eco-consciousness. There are several items made from sustainable materials that also provide impressive alternatives to traditional work out equipment. From shoes to water bottles, there’s always an earth friendly choice.

Here are a few eco-friendly exercise gear to maintain excitement and motivation for healthy living.

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The Home of the Future

In the U.S., green building can mean a lot of things — recycled greywater, roof gardens, solar panels and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification all come to mind. But in Europe, many green builders focus laser-like on the amount of energy a building consumes, half of which typically comes from heating and cooling. Twenty years ago, German physicists erected a home that demonstrated how little energy a building would need if built with, among other things, thick insulation and airtight walls. The so-called “Passive House” (or “Passivhaus” in German) was soon replicated throughout the continent.

I learned about the concept when I met building scientist Henry Gifford — a persistent critic of LEED certification and noted leader of the New York City “Boiler Tour” — while researching a story on green building in Manhattan’s East Village. In the same way that I feel the ‘organic’ label doesn’t necessarily mean a food was produced in the most sustainable manner, it seemed the term “green” was often misleading when applied to buildings. But Gifford’s Passive House projects seemed like the real deal – no bells and whistles, just slashing energy use with some simple principles.

I embarked on a documentary project to show how far Europeans have taken the concept and to show the pioneering American builders who are bringing the movement across the Atlantic. The result was “Passive Passion,” a documentary selected for the 2011 Architecture and Design Film Festival.

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The Most Interesting Eco Gadgets


Everyday household items have been redesigned in order to cut production costs and overall price of these items, while still saving the environment as well. I have put together a list of some of my favourite eco-friendly gadgets.

The USB rechargeable batteries

So every household, no matter where or what size it is, uses batteries somewhere in the house. Batteries have to be used for remote controls, cameras, some kid’s toys and in plenty of other digital equipment around the home. Lots of people have moved to rechargeable batteries, as this saves money for them, instead of having to go out and buy new batteries whenever it is needed. Some people also use one set of batteries across various remote controls in one room. Well now, charging batteries is easier than ever and can save you lots of electricity as well. USBCell have invented USB rechargeable batteries that can be plugged into any USB port and it charges away.

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Best Green Apps


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As part of our effort to promote a more sustainable lifestyle we are assembling a list of the top 100 apps that will help you go green. Apps become an integral part of our life and a valuable tool and we believe we should also take advantage of them when it comes go greening up our lifestyle.

Below you will find our list with apps for iPhone, android and iPad. To get into our list apps need to both green and affordable – we chose only apps that are either free or cost less than $2.

The apps are brought to you in an alpabetical order. We hope you will find these apps useful and enjoyable!

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Genius DX-ECO: battery-free wireless mouse

Genius DX-ECOWhile wireless mice are a useful and great for getting rid of wire clutter on your desk, they do have some pitfalls. The fact that the mice run on batteries means they’re usually heavier and you’ll need to deal with changing its batteries every now and then. Well the folks over at Genius have come up with a solution to the problem: the Genius DX-ECO, touted as the world’s first battery-free wireless mouse. While it doesn’t have a battery, it does have a built-in gold capacitor that has a long life of 100,000 recharges – and it is touted to take only 3 minutes to fully recharge.

The DX-ECO uses BlueEye Optical tracking, which means it will work on any surface, and has an adjustable dpi of 800/1600. The mouse comes with a travel friendly 2.4GHz USB Pico receiver, and is fully plug and play. Four way scrolling, next/previous page hot keys complement the standard buttons and an ergonomic design makes sure you can use it for long hours comfortably. The Genius DX-ECO is available now with a price tag of $39.99.