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ReNu Solar Powered iPhone/iPod Speakers/Recharging Dock!

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For those of you eco-enthusiasts out there (like me), you might be happy to learn that ReNu solar-powered iPhone/iPod speakers will be available so you can enjoy your favorite music without adding to the world’s carbon footprint but by using solar power!  You can pre-order yours on Amazon here for $149.

The best part about these new ReNu speakers is that they can even “recharge” your iPod or iP

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Recycled DIY Art using Old Skateboards!

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Skateboards are probably one of the toughest built sports gear out there (and probably the reason why skaters like to throw them up in the air for no reason).  Haroshi, a skateboarder and artist in Japan, has devised a way to make some great art using old skateboards.  I would have to say these are indeed works of art, definitely check it out here.

“As a skater, I want to take responsibility of reusing skateboards when they were no longer useable,” Haro

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DIY Can Crusher using a Basic Stamp!

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For those of you who tend to drink a lot of soda and/or beer, you might need a cool gadget like this DIY can crusher (built using a Basic Stamp) so you can automate the can-crushing process.  Not only is it cool to recycle, it’s even better if you can make the whole recycling experience at the ease of pushing a button.

This is the “Cannihilator”, a pnuematic powered can crusher that is controlled by a BS2 on a modified Homework Board.  My two sons, Jake-

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Eco DIY – How to Make Flower Furniture! #EcoDesign

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What happens when you grow flowers on ordinary furniture?  Take a look at some of the work designer Asif Kahn has created with his flower furniture, brilliant!

If you have old furniture laying around, this might be a great idea to turn them into garden art.

See below picture of how Asif has used strong indoor lights to grow the flowers.

designer Asif Khan has taken the subdued aesthetic of Gypsophila (better known as Baby’s Breath) and let it bloom into something splendid to sit on. Kahn began wor

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Animas Quadracycle – DIY Pedal Powered Vehicle!

After watching this video of an Animas Quadracycle, which is basically a four-wheeled bicycle, I think we should have more of these around.  Not only can you seat 2 people safely balancing on all four wheels, the quadracycle does really well on rugged train and even snow where bicycles might have trouble.

If these quaracycles can be made with optional electric, it would possibly great commuters around town.

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Clearly four wheels are required for car-like stability, he

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IllumiCharger Uses Solar Cells to Recycle your Indoor Gadgets via USB!

Here’s an interesting eco-gadget that could proved to be pivotal in recycling all of indoor lights.   The IllumiCharger uses solar cells to recycle you indoor lights and feeding your gadgets via USB ports.

The Illumi-Charger achieves this unprecedented feat by recycling light energy that permeates in any indoor space that has luminescence provided by fluorescent, compact fluorescent, or incandescent lighting. As solar calculators (available in every Walmart or drug store) utilized the light energy inside our

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Solar DIY – How to Make a Solar Powered Digital Photo Frame!

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Valentines is around corner and if you want to give your lover something unique and to remember by, you can make one of these nifty solar-powered digital photo frames with a rather affordable digital photo frame keychain, solar cells, and some glue to make it all stick together.  Also see my DIY on glowing heart.

At the core is a standard off-the-shelf keychain digital picture frame.  It is mounted in a fancy enclosure, in this case a flower that is modeled after

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What Kinds of Solar Power Incentives are Available in the U.S.?

*Note – This is a guest blog post from Shannon Bell from ResidentialSolarPanels.org.  Thanks Shannon!  I’ve always wondered how government credits work with residential solar panels, now I know.

Over the years, you have seen your power bills increase for a variety of reasons. Sources are inconsistent, and methods to generate power are becoming more expensive. Ultimately, many of the resources we use are non-renewable.

Coal, gas and oil are finite commodities. To encourage people to reduce thei

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DIY Solar Powered Bottle Boat Kits!

Here’s a really cool set of DIY solar power bottle boat kits.  If you have a lake nearby or even a pool in the backyard, it might be a great idea to get your kids started on eco-science experiments.  $24.95 at SpheralSolar.com

This is a fun kit to build your own solar powered boat. You provide the recycled soda bottle and the kit has everything else you need.Includes complete instructions with 3 boat

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Eco DIY – How to Make a Tooth Brush Bracelet!

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OMG!  This is so cool!  Just when I thought there was nothing you can do with an old plastic toothbrush, I see this great instructable on how to make a bracelet out of your old toothbrush!

How cool is that!  I can see all kinds of fashionistas wearing this everywhere in San Francisco and New York.

Hello, and welcome to the illustrated step-by-step process for making a toothbrush bracelet. This is a great way to reuse an item that you may have otherwise thrown out. In six simple steps you will turn your toothbrush into a one-of-a-kind fashion accessory!

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