Green Products & Gadgets

Green products and gadgets to enhance everyday living in an eco-friendly way.

“Wildman” Steve Brill Releases Wild Edible App

Green Lifestyles - Naturalist, author, and environmental educator "Wildman" Steve Brill, America's go-to guy for foraging, has just released a master series of foraging apps, WildEdibles, that will give iPhone users the in-depth information they need to identify, ecologically harvest, and use 165 of the best wild edible and medicinal plants of North America, plus essential details of 52 look-alikes

Naturalist, author, and environmental educator “Wildman” Steve Brill, America’s go-to guy for foraging, has just released a master series of foraging apps, WildEdibles, that will give iPhone users the in-depth information they need to identify, ecologically harvest, and use 165 of the best wild edible and medicinal plants of North America, plus essential details of 52 look-alikes. The focus will be on eastern species, but half the plants and many more very similar close relatives that are also edible grow across the country.

“This takes foraging beyond what’s in any book or other app,” said the popular freelance naturalist, author, and environmental educator. “Taking full advantage of this newly developing media technology, I pair each plant with up to eight detailed pictures. My 718 photos, paintings, and drawings present all aspects of these tasty, nutritious, in-demand renewable resources in all their seasonal forms, something simply not cost-effective with print media.” Read More »

Go Greener with your Television

Green Lifestyles - Electronics manufacturer Philips would like to share some ways to go green with their televisions. One way to be earth-friendly is with some of the high-definition televisions on the market, such as those with LED technology. Not only sleek and stylish, the new LED HDTVs use less power and eliminate the use of mercury in the backlighting, making them the right choice for the eco-conscious TV fan.

Electronics manufacturer Philips would like to share some ways to go green with their televisions. One way to be earth-friendly is with some of the high-definition televisions on the market, such as those with LED technology. Not only sleek and stylish, the new LED HDTVs use less power and eliminate the use of mercury in the backlighting, making them the right choice for the eco-conscious TV fan. Read More »

Cowpots

Green Lifestyles - are molded out of dried manure using a manufacturing process that removes weeds and pathogens - and any trace of manure odor. Made in the USAI worked for a summer on a dairy farm so I can attest to the fact that a cow produces a lot of manure. Matt and Ben Freund, the two Connecticut dairy farmers who invented biodegradable CowpotsTM, estimate that a cow produces about 120 pounds of manure per day. And disposing of that manure is a big issue. Although manure makes a nutrient-rich fertilizer for hayfields and cornfields, spreading fresh manure also risks polluting surrounding waterways. So what’s a farmer to do?

The Freunds came up with the idea of making plant pots out of manure - and the rest is Cowpot history. The pots are molded out of dried manure using a manufacturing process that removes weeds and pathogens - and any trace of manure odor. Read More »

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