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Packaging Turns into TV Stand

Packaging is a very temporary commodity, serving to enable the safe handling of an object until it reaches its destination. And becomes completely useless. Increasingly, designers are creating products where packaging is unnecessary. But for fragile things like electronics, it's still mostly necessary to have a box and i use it best levitra prices some padding to enable the product to withstand shipping.

Designer Tom Ballhatchet has created a TV Packaging Stand which has multiple cool features. First, it has wheels. Like a rolling suitcase, a pair of wheels on one end make it possible for a single individual to move a large screen LCD television. But even better, once it's delivered, the packing can be re-assembled into a stand for the television.

Not only do you get a stand for the TV, but when it comes time to wow look it cialis now online move, you know where to find a container to safely contain and move the TV again.

via: TreeHugger


DuH! Using Sink water to Flush the Toilet

Large scale LEED projects sometimes install massive systems to treat and re-use greywater (water from sinks that has been used for washing, as opposed to sewage waste, which is termed black water) for flushing toilets. Now, you can do levitra usa the same thing in your very own home!

The Aqus system collects the water from a bathroom sink and filters and disinfects it before it gets re-used as flush water for an adjacent toilet. (There is nothing that would prevent this from being used in a large-scale LEED project either.)

"Our system is expected to save between 10 and 20 gallons of fresh water per day for two person bathrooms with normal activities. This represents between 3,650 and 7,300 gallons of fresh water saved per year. An equal amount of wastewater cost is also saved." This would mean an annual savings of viagra woman $40.88 to $81.76 (based on buy tramadol online free shipping an average rate of $5.60 per 1,000 gallons) from using a device like this.

The Aqus system can be retrofitted to an existing toilet without great difficulty (the company likens it to the difficulty of installing a new toilet and/or an over-the-stove microwave oven). It can be connected to a standard 1.6 gallon two-piece toilet.

via: Architectural Products magazine


HP Recycles its Billionth Pound

HP has just recycled its one billionth pound, six months ahead of schedule. HP has always had one of the best recycling programs in personal computing but this event marks a major milestone.

Not only is this a huge amount of recycled waste, but HP CEO Mark Hurd also says that "We've reached the tipping point where the price and performance of IT are no longer compromised by being green, but are now enhanced by it." This is amazing news. It means that companies who have invested in recycling programs and infrastructure are now making a profit by recycling products at the end of their life.

It's one thing for HP to recycle out of viagra online the goodness of its heart, it's quite another thing for them to now be able to wag their tongues at their competitors and say "we're making friends and recommended site cialis price in canada money."

Via GreenerComputing

Turn Junk Phones into Cash

There are hundreds of millions of unused cell phones sitting in junk drawers and glove compartments in America alone. It's sill, they're very fancy, expensive pieces of machinery and when Verizon says "oh, sorry, your old phone won't work with our new plan," all you can say is "Well, fine...but just so you know, I hate you and you're destroying the Earth."

But now there's at least half a solution. will buy your old unused cell phones from you, as long as you don't wait too long for them to go completely obsolete. Even then, however, they'll recycle your old phone for free.

Just use their search tool, find your phone, enter your address and they send you a box and shipping materials. Once you send your phone to them, they'll send you a check for anything from $5 to well over $100. My LG VX9800 is worth $52. Though, I'm definitely still using no trade-in for me just yet.

You get the best value out of your phone right after you finish with it, so don't let that technology rot, capture the value of your old phone! 

Keep reading after the break for some great stats on cell phone disposal.

Harry Potter and the Sickly Forests

There's a couple of reports flying around that HP7 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is the cheapest prices for viagra online greenest book in history! Well, I just wanted to let everyone know that that is order cialis in united states complete crap.

Sorry if I'm being snide, but this is a ridiculous headline, especially considering that HP7 is nothing like the greenest book in history.

  Rebelling Against Recycling
After the publication of viagra australia no prescription the extremely long and best-selling Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, J.K. Rowling got a bit disturbed by the plight of the trees. Indeed, 250,000 trees were required for that printing. So she asked her publishers to print the book on 100% recycled paper. Almost all of her publishers agreed. Unfortunately, her largest publisher, Scholastic, which publishes the U.S. editions, did not agree. And now, instead of having a "no trees were harmed in the making of this book" label, we've got a "we chopped down 30% less trees than we could've...we're so green!" annoucement.

Electronic Idiocy
Worst of all, in my opinion, is that no Harry Potter book has ever been downloaded legally. Rowling made this decision years ago, citing fears about piracy. Obviously it's ridiculous to suppose that this decision has in any way decreased piracy, as every book is available for download if you know where to look (including the levitra from canada yet-to-be-released HP7.)  An Electronic HP7 might have been the greenest book in history, but Rowling made a bad decision, and so that is unfortunately not possible.

Missed Opportunities
There has never been a book more suited for electronic release. With Harry Potter, people are willing to pay to a premium to receive the book as soon as possible. That could have been arranged, with a simple system allowing folks to pay upfront for an ebook delivery by email. This could have been a boon for the budding ebook industry. It could have helped standardize formats and viagra femele introduced people to the idea. It could have made Jo and her publishers additional millions. It could have saved tens of thousands of trees.

Buy Used, Borrow or Trade
Though in all of these circumstances Rowling gets exactly as much money as if you download the book online, these three practices haven't been outlawed yet. There will be tens of thousands of used HP7s in the coming weeks, so find a friend who's finished theirs, swap them for some other fantasy classic, or just promise to bring it back in a week or two. Unfortunately, libaries will necessarily be short on the books, but you can get on waiting lists.

Buy Canadian
If you still haven't bought HP7, I do not endorse pirating it. If you want your own copy, the best thing you can do is head to levitra online shop, and buy the Canadian edition. Rowling's Canadian publisher, Raincoast Books, was the first to publish 100% recycled Harry Potter books and have since converted their entire domestic line to 100% post consumer content. Plus, the Canadian edition keeps all the quaint British words and spellings. A must-have for any true Harry Potter dork.

In Conclusion
I'm not saying that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a particularly ungreen book, nor am I saying that you should feel guilty about buying a copy (I certainly don't.) But I think it's important to recognize what's "green" and what isn't. All I'm saying is that it's not the greenest book in history.
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