3 Amazing Eco Laptops

January 17, 2012 by  
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Committed green warriors pride themselves on limiting their negative impact on the environment, but they often forget about the damage that power-hungry laptop PCs can do to the Earth. We all use computers daily and those machines tend to suck up a lot of juice. In addition, toxic chemicals and elements are often used in the manufacturing of those computers. But it’s possible to find a solid machine that’s both powerful and green without breaking the bank. Here are three laptops that are easy on your wallet and your conscience.

Sony Vaio W Series

Sony Vaio - over 80% of plastic components are recycled

The Sony Vaio W series of laptop computers are fine when it comes to performance versus power consumption. Like most netbooks, they’re powered by the Intel Atom line of CPUs, and offer decent bang for the buck. In addition, they’re incredibly portable and feature up to 8 hours of battery life. But the real reason they made the list is because they’re quite simply the most environmentally friendly computers on the market today. Over 80% of the plastic components are made from recycled materials, the LED screens are 100% mercury-free and they’re shipped with the smallest amount of packaging material possible.

Gateway EC19C may be the most energy efficient laptop you can get your hands on

Gateway EC19C-A52C/S

Watt for watt, this little notebook the Gateway EC19C-A52C/S might just be the most efficient laptop you can get your hands on. It features a 1.33 GHz Intel Core i5-470UM CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a spacious 320 GB hard drive for less than $800. The gorgeous 11.6″ LED screen supports a surprisingly clear 1366 x 768 picture resolution, and there are also plenty of USB ports for all your peripherals if you need them. In spite of all that power-hungry hardware, the EC19 can still manage to get up to 6 hours of battery life per charge.

ASUS U43JC-X1 [Natur.e] Bamboo Series

Asus Bamboo series cuts down on plastic

If you’re looking for some green street cred and a great machine at the same time, there’s no better laptop than this Asus Bamboo Series model. The outer shell is a mixture of actual bamboo and brushed aluminum, which cuts down on the use of plastic. Boasting an Intel i5-450M processor, an Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics card and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, the U43 has the kind of firepower that can handle anything you throw at it. Battery life is similarly impressive, allowing it to run for up to 10 hours off of a single charge.

Finding the Greenest Laptop

More and more consumer electronics companies are making the effort to “go green” and embrace responsible and Earth-friendly manufacturing technique, improving technology is a big part of that. There is also a big resurgence in Eco ISP’s giving you your high speed internet so check out your supplier to see what green measures they are implementing. Low-powered ARM processors that are found in many phones and tablet PCs deliver respectable computing power while using a fraction of the electricity. When buying a laptop in the future, opt for a model with a less powerful CPU. You’ll save money on energy costs over the long haul, and you won’t miss the extra muscle for most everyday computing tasks.


Q: When is a Coke can an elephant (or possibly a giraffe)?

January 17, 2012 by  
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A: When Farai’s had his creative way with it!

Farai is a member of the Mother City Craft Collective, a collective of traffic-light crafters who you can see selling their wares as you drive through the streets of Cape Town.   This group of Zimbabwean crafters have joined forces to expand their market and create an alternative outlet for their crafts, an online shop.  This has brought a new set of challenges for these artists, because the traditional wire & bead and wirework crafts that they produce are pretty heavy, which results in very high postage costs.

To reduce the price of postage (and consequently the carbon footprint of the piece) Farai has come up with an interesting solution.  He’s using recycled materials that are a lot lighter than the materials that he usually works with.

These recycled Coke can animals and more are available from the Mother City Craft Collective’s recycled range, and as you’ll see, both the cost of the products and the postage costs are considerably less than the traditional.  While buying crafts from this store makes a huge difference in the lives of these traffic-light crafters, by choosing from the recycled range you will be making a huge difference to the environment too.

So while necessity is the mother of invention, isn’t it great when it also leads to recycling, reusing and a greener way of doing things?

 


Review of fruit and vegetable teethers

January 17, 2012 by  
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Green Bean teether

Organic cotton green bean

Message to mummies! If you are looking for fantastic teethers I would like to share with you some of the best I have found. We are delighted to be stocking the vegetable and fruit collection from Under the Nile they are just so cool. The green bean is a firm favourite because it’s easy for babies to grasp, lightweight, colourful and soft but with enough firmness to ease aching gums. No chance of babies bashing themselves in the eye either. Or what about this fruit tote which comes complete with 4 different fruits watermelon, banana, pear and grapes.

 

Lovely tote basket of organic cotton teethers

These fruits and vegetables are all hand picked because they are made from 100% organic cotton which is coloured using metal free and vegetable dyes so no problem about them being chewed and sucked. An additional plus factor is that unlike the usual hard teethers they will absorb the dribble so much less likelihood of a sore face. Machine washable and can be tumble dried so if they get grubby it’s not a problem. Under the Nile are supportive of fair trade so you can feel reassured that your baby’s beloved toy is helping somebody else by ensuring that they are paid a fair wage.
These cute teethers will introduce babies to their 5 a day at an early age and hopefully help develop a positive attitude to eating up their fruit and veggies. All in all they have just got to be a win win buy.

 


Our polluted world – an infographic

January 17, 2012 by  
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pollution around the world

Source: Reusable Bags


World says goodbye to an Eco-hero

January 17, 2012 by  
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Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai passed away on Sunday 25th September in Nairobi. She was an inspirational human being who constantly fought for her beliefs and she shows us what a community can achieve when they harness their knowledge and protect their resources.

She created the United Nations Environmental Programme  in 1972 and founding the Kenyan Green Belt Movement in 1977, Wangari inspired a nation to plant 45 million trees in Kenya. The GBM movement continues to plant trees and campaign for education, nutrition and other issues that are important to women. She wrote a number of books, which are available on the GBM website.

She was elected as an MP in Kenya in 2002, and became deputy environment minister in 2003.  In 2004, she was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to sustainability, democracy and peace.

EcoStreet praises Wangari Maathai for her lifelong dedication to our beautiful planet. You are our hero… goodbye, you will be missed!

Why not join the Green Belt Movement tree planters and plant a tree in your neighbourhood because, in Wangari’s words “When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope”.

Photo copyright © The Nobel Foundation


How to shop safely

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Infographic: Power Consumption Facts for the US

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Facts about electricity consumption in the USA and how to reduce your impact

Source: Power SuperSite


Join the #BagBrigade to make Black Friday Greener…

January 17, 2012 by  
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I just joined the #BagBrigade at The Green Life Online and pledged to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags.

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will take to the shops and just think of all the plastic bags that don’t have to be used. Plastic bags have never been so un-fashionable.  And for good reason!  There are so many stylish options available for reusable bags these days. Here’s a round-up of three fabulous reusable bags…
Maggie Bags Recycled Seatbelt Campus Tote Bag in Fall Leaves

Maggie Bags

We love these Maggie Bags made from Recycled Seatbelts. They come in a range of single colours, or multi-colours like the Autumn Leaves bag pictured here. These bags are made to last with four nickel plated feet on the bottom and internal zip pockets for your purse, keys or cell phone.

 

Rebagz Tote Bags

These Rebagz Cinchy Tote Bags are made from recycled rice sacks. The one pictured here is called Honeybee, and there are other fresh and funky styles available. These Cinchy Tote Bags are not only eco-friendly and stylish but they are human-friendly too because they are made under fair labour conditions. Makes a great shopping bag, handbag or even a briefcase!

 

Flip & Tumble

Finally, the Flip & Tumble Reusable Shopping Bag. Gorgeously designed in loads of colour choices. Reusable shopping bags that folds up into a tiny pouch when not in use, it’s so easy to take it along when you go shopping. This bag can hold 25 pounds and has a comfy fit felt shoulder pad.

 

 

Click here to join me and take the pledge to make plastic bags history!


Cameras at the ready… it’s ‘The Greener Me, The Better Us’ Video Contest

January 17, 2012 by  
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The Environment Action Association (EAA) has just announced their very first annual environmental video contest “The Greener me, the Better us.”

EAA invites you to submit a funny, creative video portraying how each of us can reduce our environmental impact and what we can do to protect Mother Earth.

Topics include but are not limited to: energy & water conservation, recycling, composting, buying local, reusing, and consumption, etc.

Anyone 18 years or older living in US is invited to use a camcorder, camera or mobile device to record a video clip two minutes or less.

To enter, you can upload the video to either of the following:

  1. EAA Facebook Page ‘Environment Action Association
  2. Your “YouTube” account under the subject of EAANYC-The Greener me, The Better us and tag EAANYC.

Videos will be judged on originality, creativity, adherence to theme and number of page views generated.

The contest runs from Jan 5 to March 5, 2012. Winning videos will be announced on Earth Day and available for online viewing at environmentaa.org and on the EAA facebook page.

Rules of the contest:

  • Videos must be PG rated
  • Videos should be 2 minutes or less
  • Finished videos must be uploaded to YouTube
  • You may submit more than one video
  • If filming others, you must have their permission before it gets posted to YouTube
  • Videos must be posted and the link along with the entry form sent to eaanyc@gmail.com by no later than midnight Eastern Time, Monday, 5 March 2012 to be included in the competition.
  • Entry forms are available upon request by emailing eaanyc@gmail.com

Prizes:

  1. First place -$300 cash
  2. Second place -$200 cash
  3. Third place -$100 cash

The Environment Action Association reserves the right to eliminate any video is done is poor taste, deemed inappropriate and/or does not meet the requirements above.


The Growing Green Job Market (an infographic)

January 17, 2012 by  
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Jobvine takes a look at what green jobs are and at growth over the past few years. With most governments investing millions of Dollars into making their countries greener each year, all industries are getting affected. This graphic shows how some of those industries have changed. They also examine the top IT companies and the effort they are making into saving the environment. Google has been completely carbon neutral since 2007. By 2012, Microsoft plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 percent compared to 2007 levels. If you are looking for a job at a top company like that its time to examine how you can become greener at your job.

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(Infographic by Jobvine Jobs)

What is the deal with Green jobs


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