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A Mighty Wallet Review

We like the Mighty Wallet. It’s no secret. But we thought our first post about them was a bit lacking in detail and grit. So here we are with a hands-on review.

The Mighty Wallet from Dynomighty, to recap, is made with 25% post-consumer materials such as recycled milk and water containers, and is also 100% recyclable. It’s made from Tyvek (the stuff used to make those incredibly sturdy express mail envelopes) and so resists tears because of its thousands of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns giving the wallet incredible strength. Plus, its super-clever origami design reinforces that strength by using a single folded stitch less construction allowing the wallet to gradually expand and adapt to meet your own personal storage needs.

Review after the jump!

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Disney's Earth

Opening Earth Day, April 22.

Forever Redwoods Gets Us Ready For The Patio

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When being ecologically sound is as important to you as good looks, California-based Forever Redwood’s collection delivers. Made from Old-Growth Again’s responsibly-managed forests, this 52.5” Rectangular Folding Table with Two Folding Benches is a great addition to any patio.

OGA was founded to restore and manage forest land within a growing restorative business model (ecology and economy). OGA’s restoration manual outlines all aspects of forest management.

Ecorattle, The New Eco Blog For Babies (And Those Who Have Them)

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It was bound to happen at some point. And now here it is. From the founders of Ecorazzi, it’s the eco-baby blog we’ve all been waiting for. Ecorattle!

Besides the great name, it features lots of details on baby products, lots of advice, and even the odd celebrity parent tidbit. Head on over, it’s “all that’s shakin’ in green baby news.”

And when you’re done, come on back and enjoy our baby-friendly BPA-free series for all your news and reviews in the world of BPA.

Philips Master LED Light Bulb

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The Philips Master LED light bulb is the new hot thing in lighting. Why? It tramples the conventional incandescent competition in longevity (45,000 hours versus 750 hours) while still emitting a nice, warm light. And it also outpaces the CFL, which meets its maker after 10,000 hours.

In stores until July. Prepare to enjoy.

The Return To The Garden

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As Now Magazine writes, call it recession or climate change, toxic food or the new taste for community – we’re getting ourselves back to the garden. Even the White House is getting in on this action. Good times.

Josh Jakus UM Shoulder Bag

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Josh Jakus is a California–based designer. We like his stuff.

Greenthinkers’ female contingent is all over this UM 100% industrial wool felt shoulder bag featuring Lampo metallized coil locking zipper and nylon stitching. Shy industrial felt? Because it’s made from approximately 85% factory excess wool and 15% mixed fibers.

The ingenious design is the result of its simplicity – the bag is nothing more than two layers of a cleverly shaped piece of felt and a zipper. Like the popular Tote, Carry, Clutch and Hold bags, this easy-to-carry tote unzips to a flat piece for easy cleaning, travel or storage.

There Go The Birds

It’s all over the news today. Nearly a third of 800 U.S. bird species are imperiled or in significant decline. A comprehensive new report cites among the threats to bird species energy development, suburban sprawl and agricultural practices.

The “State of the Birds” report shows sobering declines for rare birds on the Hawaiian islands and in ocean habitats, grasslands and arid lands. But it shows waterfowl and wetland birds rebounding, an improvement that conservation groups touted as evidence of the success of habitat-protection programs.

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An Inconvenient Proposal

In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, the ‘greenest’ day of the year (groan), Josh Rachlis has posted a brand-new environmentally-friendly comedy hip hop video in which he is proposing marriage to Laurie David (the uber-environmentalist who produced An Inconvenient Truth and was married to Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David).

CBC's Great Food Revolution

CBC’s new series The Great Food Revolution seeks to explain the radical change in our ways of eating, drinking and thinking about food. It’s a revolution that’s turned our traditions upside down and changed the global economy.

This four-part series takes a fascinating look at the multi-faceted world of food. The series was produced by English and French networks teams who shared expertise throughout the project. The first episode, titled “The Great Food Revolution,” looks at how our tastes have evolved over the past 30 years. The second episode, “The Battle to Get on Your Plate,” explores the fierce competition driving the food industry. “24 Hours, 24 Million Meals” shows what goes into feeding eight million New Yorkers three times a day! And the last episode, “Food of the Future,” ventures into the unknown, exploring major food trends of the future.

Look for online video soon.

BPA-Free: Even More In The News

BPA Free is a new running Greenthinkers feature where we discuss BPA, link to BPA-related pieces in the news, and also discuss and review all the BPA-free products you can handle. Enjoy your new BPA-free life.

The six largest manufacturers of baby bottles will stop selling bottles in the United States made with bisphenol A

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics finds carcinogens in kids bath products. List here.

117 years of BPA, according to Washington Post.

Samsung's Solar-Powered Phone

The Samsung Blue Earth is a pebble-shaped, solar-powered touchscreen phone. The Blue Earth is free from harmful substances such as beryllium and phthalates, and is made out of recycled water bottles. It’s a step beyond this, we guess.

On the back of the Samsung Blue Earth, you’ll find a solar panel designed to harness the sun’s energy and pump it into the phone’s battery. Samsung is also keen to point out that the Samsung Blue Earth’s packaging is made from recycled paper and the charger uses less than 0.03W in standby mode.

Look for more in mid-‘09.

Via Gizmodo.

Wired: Can A Gadget Really Be Green?

Wired’s question of the day - do green gadgets really exist? They say yes.

There are three factors that can transform accessories into planet-slayers: the energy they use, the toxic materials they contain (lead, mercury, cadmium, and chromium), and the way they pile up in landfills with every fulfillment of Moore’s law. But with a bit of research, you can find products that address all three of these concerns.

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Up To You's Magazine Stool

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From the re-use section of the 3 R’s manual, turn old magazines and catalogs into extra seating around the home with this Magazine Stool from Up To You.

How does it work? You affix the cotton and nylon straps around a stacked bundle of catalogs or magazines. Then, well, you sit on them! As the website says, this is the perfect solution for turning unruly piles of reading material into extra seating is part home organizer, part storage and part furniture.











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