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Monday, July 27th, 2009 | Author:
How to Make Your Cell Phone Use Green

How to Make Your Cell Phone use Green

It’s a fact that there are ‘greener’ things than cell phones. But for most of us, smoke signals and tin can telephones just don’t get the job done anymore. But don’t fret! There are a few easy steps that everyone can take to make their mobile phone use as ecologically friendly as possible.

  1. Always unplug your cell phone charger when it’s not being used! Leaving your charger plugged in wastes energy and costs you money. I know almost nobody that follows this advice, and until a few months ago I had never even considered how chargers not is use would waste energy.
  2. Only charge your phone when the battery is almost completely dead. New phone batteries can last up to a week without needing to be charged. Don’t get into the habit of charging your cell phone every night even though it may not need it.
  3. Dispose of your cell phone battery properly! Even though most cell phone batteries aren’t the most hazardous substances on the planet, that still doesn’t mean you should throw them in the old bonfire. Because of The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation there is a location near you that will accept your old cell phone batteries for recycling.
  4. Consider buying a solar cell phone charger. No matter what brand of cell phone you have there is brand of solar cell phone charger that will work for you. Solaris makes a brand of charger that will work with almost any phone including the iPhone. Xcite makes a similarly useful charger. SolLight makes a charger specifically for the iPhone.
  5. Take steps to prolong your cell phone battery life. Hold down the ‘#’ key and lock your cell phone. Use the ‘tools’ section of your phone’s menu to minimize the amount of time the back light is on. If possible, minimize the brightness of the back light. These are just a few steps you can take.

These are just a few ideas that I use to prevent energy waste. What else do you do to make your phone use green? Leave your ideas in the comments!

Friday, July 24th, 2009 | Author:

A survey of the green attitudes of consumers in United States, the United Kingdom, China, Brazil, India, Germany and France. The results may surprise you – Environmental Valuation & Cost-Benefit News

Green kitty litter? Why not? As long as it doesn’t smell it works for me – CleanTechnica

Does paper that blooms into flowers made from 100% recycled post consumer waste disgust you because it still comes from trees? Do I have the product for you… – News Blaze

The Wanderlust Festival, going on right now, is striving to be the greenest festival around – TreeHugger

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Friday, July 17th, 2009 | Author:

Are green banks a good idea? – Economix

How green is your birth control? I Really Have Nothing That I Can Add To That – The Huffington Post

“Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, will launch a labeling system to disclose the environmental impact of the products it sells” – Earth2Tech

“The government today gave the go-ahead for the construction of four eco-towns, offering 10,000 homes overall, which, it hopes, will showcase environmentally friendly living in the UK” – Worldchanging

Bernie Madoff will be spending the rest of his life in the United State’s first and only LEED-certified prison. So at least he has that going for him – Mother Nature Network

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 | Author:
The Invention Nation guys build a wind turbine

The Invention Nation guys build a wind turbine

Invention Nation is a show about three guys trying to make it across the country on a bus that runs on used cooking oil. Along the way they seek out everyday people who have made awesome eco-inventions. Today’s episode centers on inventions that generate energy, with the focus being innovative ways to use old technologies.

First they visit Working Bikes Cooperative in Chicago. This is a place that gives away 5000 bikes a year and sells bikes to pay for shipping. They also promote bikes for power generation within the home. The demonstration on how a simple bike can be used to create energy is really cool.

The next stop for the guys is Chip Energy in Goodfield Illinois. There they build a gasifying stove. The stove is green because when you burn gases you get cleaner combustion or something like that. I have to admit that didn’t totally get it. It just looked like a fancier grill chimney with a fan to me. If you have a better explanation of how it is green please leave it in the comments.

Next the boys go to New York state to meet two people who build wind turbines. One of these guys, James S. Juczak, lives in a house that is completely off the grid and is made from 80% recycled materials, and looks incredibly awesome. In upstate New York that they try to build a small wind turbine, and in a show of my ignorance I discover a turbine is much, much more complicated than a Dutch windmill.

How Green Was the Show: Very. Everything these guys do and show is green.

Fun Facts:

  • I lived a few miles down the street from Working Bikes Cooperative in Chicago for two years and never knew it was there
  • The turbines that power the off-the-grid house need winds of only 7 mph to function
Monday, July 13th, 2009 | Author:
A theoretical orbital solar cell field

A theoretical orbital solar cell field

Professor John Mankins has an idea of creating a field of solar cells in outer space that could beam power to Earth and in theory could provide 10,000 times the energy needed by all of Earth’s civilizations. This episode of Discovery Project Earth on Planet Green TV presents a number of tests designed to prove whether such a lofty goal would be possible.

The first test consists of launching a normal solar cell, and a solar cell whose effectiveness is intensified with a Fresnel lens 100,000 feet into the air to make sure that solar cells could function properly at the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere. I won’t ruin the results for you, but I will say that I wasn’t surprised at what happened.

After that test was complete, things got much more interesting. For solar cells to function from space there would need to be a way to get the energy back to Earth. One way that this could be possible would be to beam the power back to Earth using concentrated microwaves. To test this a set of controlled experiments were conducted starting with beaming energy over 12 feet in a lab and finishing with the transfer of energy over 60 miles between two Hawaiian islands. The controlled experiment worked perfectly as did a much shorter version of the 60 mile experiment. The larger experiment didn’t work quite as planned, but going from 100 yards to 60 miles is a rather large jump.

How Green Was This Show: It was extremely green. You don’t get much greener than proposing a way to generate 100% of the world’s energy through solar power.

Fun Facts:

  • Solar cells strengthened with Fresnel lenses were eight times as effective in the experiment compared to normal solar cells
  • Solar cells in space could generate five times as much energy.
Sunday, July 12th, 2009 | Author:

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Friday, July 10th, 2009 | Author:

This could be the perfect time to starting investing “green.” With that in mind here are 4 exchange traded funds profiting from green energy – Investment U

Here is a relatively technical article about the development of a new “green” industrial lubricant – Scientific Blogging – Science 2.0

“Let’s be quite clear about this: carbon will be the world’s biggest market and people are set to make a fortune out of it. Some of them might even care about the environment.” – G-Online

There is a company out there (Aakron) making “green” 12 and 17 ounce stadium cups. What a great idea! Cups like these are never going to go away, so they might as well be as green as possible – Ecopreneurist

The bastion of truth and justice that is Fox News has reported that President Obama’s Green Jobs Czar has a history of “anarchism and communism”. I don’t know how stupid Fox News reporters and viewers are, but aren’t communism and anarchism polar opposites of each other? If you really think about it isn’t capitalism much, much closer to anarchy? …I’m just saying… – More About Politics

A nice concise article explaining ways that a “green” automobile will save you money – Online Car Insurance Guide

Every other “green” business article I read seems to be an article about China going green. Now I hear that Pepsi is opening a green plant over there. What are those communists really up to? – TheTradingReport

Tuesday, July 07th, 2009 | Author:

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Ecoffins USA has recently introduced a line of environmentally friendly banana caskets. These caskets completely break down within a couple of years. This month’s poll question asks if you would seriously consider being buried in one of these coffins. Leave any comments you have below, and be sure to vote!

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Tuesday, July 07th, 2009 | Author:

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Monday, July 06th, 2009 | Author:

IBM recently released report showing it has reduced it’s energy consumption 6.1%. They saved 30 million dollars on energy cost and avoided producing 200,000 metric tons of CO2.

Pepsi Co. opened a green beverage plant in China. This plant should use 23% less energy compared to other Pepsi plants in China.

Coca Cola is to put 2 fuel cells in it’s NY bottling plant. This will provide 1/3 of it’s energy. A fuel cell creates electricity by combining oxygen and hydrogen in a electrochemical process.

Procter & Gamble was a winner in the 14th annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. They use greener chemicals for a new paint based of sugar and vegetable oils.