Have you seen the most recent issue of Newsweek? The issue is entitled The New Greening of America. I’m not a subscriber so I don’t have an issue but much of the material is here. If you peruse the photo gallery (front and center as the page loads) you’ll find lots of cool new products you may not have known about. One of the things I found interesting was home insulation made from recycled denim; it’s a pretty blue too. The website doesn’t list the manufacturer but I’ve found two companies that make this stuff. The first is Recovery Insulation in the UK. The other company is Bonded Logic. Bonded logic is interesting in that they’re actively working with Polo/Ralph Lauren to collect used jeans on college campuses. The goal is to recycle the donations into insulation for Habitat for Humanity homes. To find out more on the denim collection project, select G.I.V.E Campaign at the Polo website or visit Bonded Logic. At last count, they’ve collected 13,000 pairs of jeans. One last note; I realize that home insulation is not a topic of thrills and chills but it’s estimated that the half the energy used in the US is used in homes and buildings.
Another interesting product highlighted in the article was a solar powered purse called Power Purse. The bag uses solar cells to recharge electronic devices like cell phones (below). Pretty cool huh?
As it turns out though, solar powered bags aren’t a new idea. I found a backpack from Reware with solar cells too. I think this item has greater potential than the purse since it isn’t limited to women’s accessories. With a back pack, men can use it too -and men tend to be more active adopters of new technology.
I’m sorry this isn’t much of a post today but I’m driving to Sally’s to pick up a sewing machine and that is an all day affair. And yes, l need another machine like I need another hole in my head. Actually, I do need this one to replace one I accidentally sold a couple of years ago. By the way, Sally is purging because she is moving to Albuquerque. Once she’s settled in, she’ll be back in business.