New online grocery store sells quality goods for just $3

July 17, 2017 by  
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Whether you’re shopping for a facial cleanser, gluten-free brownie mix, or bowls and mugs for your kitchen, everything you seek can be obtained at incredible low prices through Brandless . The new online retailer based out of San Francisco, California is selling nearly 200 generically packaged staples for a mere $3. Products include pantry items, beauty products, office and household supplies and personal care items. Best of all, over 50 percent of the items are organic , with many of the foods being free of preservatives, GMO-free and gluten-free. According to co-founder Tina Sharkey, the goal of Brandless is to “democratize goodness,” and ensure every consumer has access to affordable, basic necessities. “We feel like as a nation, we have become quite polarized, and we see all people as the same,” Sharkey  told NBC News . “We deeply believe people being able to live their values.” Some of the products presently being advertised on the Brandless website include organic applesauce, sea-salt quinoa chips, a six-ounce bag of fair-trade Colombian coffee, virgin coconut oil, and an eight-inch serrated bread knife. Because the store specialized in packaged nonperishables, no produce, bread, frozen goods, dairy or meat is sold. However, that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t receiving great deals. One can expect to pay $9 flat rate in shipping, unless they spend $72, in which case shipping is free. An annual membership costing $36 allows one to receive free shipping if their shopping cart totals $48 or more. As Today reports, Brandless can afford to sell a variety of high-quality products for $3 because none of the items on the shelves are brand names. In fact, all are unique to Brandless, which co-founder Ido Leffler says saves money in retail space, warehousing and distribution by eliminating the “brand tax” that often makes products cost up to 40 percent more. Before any item is sold, both Leffler and Sharkey approve the products, going through multiple rounds of taste tests before settling on what they want. They hope to attract health-conscious consumers and believe that in time, Brandless can rival stores such as Whole Foods , Sprouts and Trader Joes. Related: EarthCraft-certified Organic Life House teaches Atlanta agrihood residents about healthy living The co-founders are aware they need to sell a lot of the products to be successful, so the goal right now is to reach as many customers as possible. “We will absolutely scale our logistics and operations to work to delight everybody as quickly and we can,” said Sharkey. ”We’re just getting started.” + Brandless Via Today , GrubStreet Images via Brandless

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UK man builds highly sustainable Passivhaus-standard home for his elderly parents

July 17, 2017 by  
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A UK man has built his parents the ultimate gift: a highly sustainable home where they can comfortably live out their lives in one of their favorite places on Earth—and it’s also a house that’s won numerous awards to boot. The loving son is Richard Pender, who began the self-built project, called Shawm , as a master’s student studying renewable energy at Newcastle University. Richard worked in collaboration with Dan Kerr of MawsonKerr Architects to create a beautiful airtight home in rural Northumberland that’s built to Passivhaus standards. Richard’s retired parents, Tony and Anne Pender, previously resided in a traditional farmhouse but needed a more modern home where they could comfortably age in place. To allow his parents to continue living in the beautiful yet wild landscapes of rural Northumberland, Richard lived and worked onsite to design and build a custom home with minimal environmental impact. Though Richard isn’t an architect, he drew on his experience with conventional property development projects and dedicated three years to research to meet the highest standards of energy efficiency and detailing. Related: Colorado man builds state’s most energy efficient house The new Shawm home is located within a former farmyard behind the existing farmhouse. The timber-frame new-build is attached to an existing stone wall and features a traditional barn-like silhouette with a clean and contemporary appearance. Materials were sourced locally, such as the larch cladding from Borders and the bespoke furnishings built from trees felled onsite. Richard also manufactured the entire timber frame with a specially designed jig in an old hay shed. Since Shawm was built with Passivhaus principles, the low-impact and low-energy home features highly insulated fabric with airtight construction, thus doing away with any need for a space heating system. The house also includes mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, ‘passive’ solar gain through the south, and use of local and low-carbon materials wherever possible. However, because the site on which Shawm is built is oriented to the north, the home was unable to attain Passivhaus certification. A small biomass pellet boiler provides space heating and domestic hot water in the winter. A solar array powers the house year-round, while rainwater is stored and pumped around the home for non-potable uses. Shawm is also disability friendly and includes ramps, electric blinds, and intercom front door control. The Shawm house won four Regional RIBA Awards, a National RIBA Award, and is long-listed for the RIBA House of the Year 2017 . + Shawm House Via Dezeen Images via Shawm House , by Renderloft

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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

February 13, 2014 by  
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Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes

February 13, 2014 by  
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Toyota has announced plans to begin verification testing of its new wireless battery charging system for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Doing away with today’s charging cables, the system can charge an electric vehicle parked over a coil on the surface of the ground, making the process simpler and more convenient. Read the rest of Toyota to Test a Wireless EV Charging System that Recharges Batteries in Just 90 Minutes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , electric vehicle , green car , green transportation , lithium ion battery , plug-in hybrid , Toyota , toyota electric vehicle , toyota hybrid , toyota prius , Wireless charging system        

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How to Buy Clothes That Don’t Harm Third World Workers

April 28, 2013 by  
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Last week’s collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh has shone a bright light on working conditions that we have known for years are not sustainable. More than 300 people have died so that we can purchase cheap clothing, and families are mourning their devastating loss. What can we do to ensure that we are no longer supporting businesses that fail to pay their workers a decent wage or provide a healthy working environment? For an answer to this question, we turned to Amanda Judge, a designer from The Andean Collection . Hit the jump to find out what we can do to ensure the people who make our clothing are living and working in the same conditions we expect for ourselves. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amanda Judge , Bangladesh , clothing , eco design , eco-fashion , ecouterre , Fair Trade , fair wage , garment factory , green design , responsible clothing , sustainable design , The Andean Collection        

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ENTER TO WIN: An Organic Cotton Scarf and Glove Combo From Indigenous (Worth $100)

February 4, 2013 by  
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Still shivering away these wintry days? Well this will surely warm you up!   Ecouterre is teaming up with Indigenous to give away an emerald loop scarf AND silver cuff gloves to TWO lucky readers. Hand knit by Peruivan women artisans from 100 percent  organic cotton  treated with low-impact dyes, this  fair-trade set  will go perfectly with your winter wardrobe. Swing over to Ecouterre and enter to win now ! ENTER TO WIN >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly accessories , eco friendly knits , eco-fashion , eco-fashion giveaways , eco-friendly gloves , eco-friendly knitwear , eco-friendly scarves , ecouterre giveaway , Ethical Fashion , ethical scarves , Fair Trade , fair trade clothing , fair trade scarves , fair-trade fashion , green fashion , Indigenous , Indigenous Designs , organic cotton , sustainable accessories , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable gloves , sustainable knits , sustainable knitwear , sustainable scarves , sustainable style

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GIVEAWAY: Win an Organic Cotton Tassel Scarf from Indigenous (Worth $70)!

January 7, 2013 by  
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If one of your new year’s resolutions was to buy more ethical clothing, then you’re in the right place. We’re teaming up with our friends over at Indigenous to give THREE lucky readers a super-soft platinum  Tassel Scarf  (worth $70) for free!  This beautiful scarf is Fair Trade certified and handmade using organic cotton and low-impact dyes by women artisans who are guaranteed a living wage . Cozy up to this scarf this winter, and enter now to win ! ENTER NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly accessories , eco friendly knits , eco-fashion , eco-fashion giveaways , eco-friendly knitwear , eco-friendly scarves , Ethical Fashion , ethical scarves , Fair Trade , fair trade clothing , fair trade scarves , fair-trade fashion , green fashion , Indigenous , Indigenous Designs , low impact dyes , organic cotton , sustainable accessories , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable knits , sustainable knitwear , sustainable scarves , sustainable style

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GIVEAWAY: Win an Organic Cotton Tassel Scarf from Indigenous (Worth $70)!

January 7, 2013 by  
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If one of your new year’s resolutions was to buy more ethical clothing, then you’re in the right place. We’re teaming up with our friends over at Indigenous to give THREE lucky readers a super-soft platinum  Tassel Scarf  (worth $70) for free!  This beautiful scarf is Fair Trade certified and handmade using organic cotton and low-impact dyes by women artisans who are guaranteed a living wage . Cozy up to this scarf this winter, and enter now to win ! ENTER NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly accessories , eco friendly knits , eco-fashion , eco-fashion giveaways , eco-friendly knitwear , eco-friendly scarves , Ethical Fashion , ethical scarves , Fair Trade , fair trade clothing , fair trade scarves , fair-trade fashion , green fashion , Indigenous , Indigenous Designs , low impact dyes , organic cotton , sustainable accessories , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable knits , sustainable knitwear , sustainable scarves , sustainable style

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Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads

January 7, 2013 by  
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Audi has announced that the State of Nevada has issued it a permit allowing the testing of autonomous vehicles on the state’s public roads. This is only the second permit that Nevada has given out, with the first one being given to Google . The new permit makes Audi the first automotive manufacturer to obtain this special permit. Read the rest of Nevada Gives Audi the First Automaker Permit to Operate Autonomous Vehicles on Public Roads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AUDI , Audi autonomous vehicle , Audi TT , automotive , autonomous vehicles , Google , green transportation , piloted driving , piloted parking

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2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range

January 7, 2013 by  
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Fiat has announced the official performance specs for the 2013 Fiat 500e electric vehicle. The 2013 500e beats out other electric vehicles like the Honda Fit EV and Nissan Leaf with an EPA rating of 108 MPGe on the highway and a total driving range of 87 miles between charges. The 2013 Fiat 500e also has a 116-MPGe combined and 122 MPGe city-cycle rating. Read the rest of 2013 Fiat 500e Tops Class With 108 MPGe Highway Rating and 87 Mile Range Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , electric vehicle , FIAT , Fiat 500 , Fiat 500e , Fiat electric vehicle , green transportation , lithium ion battery

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