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Excerpted from an article by Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com

“Living green is on the minds of many, but bring up the idea of grey water and composting toilets, and, well…never mind.  The great news is there are tons of products and ideas you can use to be kind to the universe without a big compromise.

CHARGERS:  According to the United Nations Environment program (http://www.unep.org/climatechange/), the world generates twenty to fifty million metric tons of electronic waste each year and most of the wastage is caused due to heavy use of electronic appliances,” said Geeknaut.  “Wouldn’t it be great if we could replace our gadgets with solar powered counterparts?  You can, with a Freeloader Solar Charger.  A portable charge powered by the sun, the Freeloader “is an advanced portable charging system that can power any hand held device anywhere.  Once charged, Freeloaders internal battery can power an iPod for 18 hours, a mobile phone for 44 hours, PSP for 2.5 hours and a PDA for 22 hours.

OUTDOOR FURNITURE:  A stylish, outdoor dining set that’s eco-friendly?  Yep…(Bambeco’s) “recycled post-consumer HDPE outdoor chairs are constructed with the material from 300 salvaged plastic bottles.”

COOKTOPS:  Interested in induction cooktops?  They use induction technology to reduce the amount of electricity required to cook foods traditionally prepared on electric stoves.  The secret is an internal copper coil that generates a magnetic field within your steel and iron-based posts and pans.  The magnetic field causes molecules in the pots to begin vibrating rapidly, creating heat, so the cookware itself heats the food.  In this way, heat is generated in the cookware and not on the cooktop surface, a process which is much more energy efficient than cooking with traditional gas or electric ranges.

LOW-FLOW SHOWERHEAD:  The problem with these is that they feel like low-flow showerheads.  But there are models like the Whedon from ShowerChamp.  Compact, solidly built, and provides a strong, steady spray.  Reviewers complimented the strength of the water output – even in homes with low pressure.

LAWN MOWER:  Robotic Lawnmowers get grass mowed automatically – around the clock without your supervision.  They’re electrical so there are no emissions.

THERMOSTATS:  Automated thermostats like The Nest come with individual room sensors, not only help you regulate the temperature in your home to keep you and your family more comfortable, but can also help save energy and money – about 10 – 15 % – on your heating and cooling bills.

COUNTERTOPS:  Another reason to love quartz, the Number One choice for countertops today.  A recycled material would be the more eco-friendly, but quartz products do not need sealing and maintenance like granite or other stone.  There is less material waste and fabrication of quartz surfaces.

SOURCE:  Jaymi Naciri for realtytimes.com  IMAGE:   Pinterest

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