Category Archives: Eco products

Eco Building Products Continues to Be the Product of Choice With Custom Home Builders

Published by Market Watch on Wednesday 07 September 2011
A custom home builder in Southern California offered Red Shield(TM) protection to their client and they both agreed it was a worthwhile investment. The owner of the construction company was looking for innovative products and has embraced Red Shield(TM) technology to stand out in today’s market. ECOB is shipping from inventory over the next few weeks the entire house package for this custom home located in the gated community of Pelican Hill Newport Beach, California.

The sales and marketing campaigns of Eco Building Products are starting to stand out. In our opinion, an increase in orders from the custom home builders, in the Southern California market, has indicated that Red Shield protection against Mold, Wood Rot, Termites and Value Added Fire is in demand.

“Custom home builders …

Carbon Nanotube Based New Solar Thermal Fuel Formulated

Published by Crazy Engineers on Saturday 23 July 2011 by Kunal Mathur
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of technology have come up with yet another revolutionary discovery. The team of MIT scientists claims that it has devised a new type of solar thermal fuel. The thing that makes this fuel different and better is that it can store 10,000 times more energy than any other existing fuel or system. Once again, nanotechnology has found its application in this fuel in the form of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that have been altered a little by azobenzene. This new material can be used as a substitute for the lithium ion batteries since it possesses the same energy per unit volume. It can be charged by exposing it to the sun and can be used for a long period.


The solar thermal fuels capture the sun’s energy in the chemical bonds between the molecules. This energy can be stored indefinitely forever in the fuel. To better understand the charging and discharging phenomenon, consider this example. Suppose that a normal uncharged fuel molecule is in a ground state A initially. As this molecule absorbs the solar thermal energy, the molecule goes from state A to excited state B. This results in a minor change in the geometry of the molecular structure but no chemical reaction occurs. Such molecules are called “photo-switchable”.

As per the thermodynamics, …

10 eco products you don’t need

Published by Which? on Monday 18 July 2011
Save hundreds of pounds by leaving these gadgets on the shelf…

Which? today reveals 10 eco products that we think aren’t worth buying, which could help you save £535 by leaving them on the shelf. We also give you alternatives to help you save energy, water and money.

Eco products you don’t need…

There’s a plethora of eco products on the market that promise to slash your power, heating or water bills, but our tests reveal that not all of them deliver on those claims. We sent a range of eco products to our lab for testing, while others went to a user panel for assessment.

To separate the products we think are and aren’t worth investing in, we sent some to our lab for testing, and others to a user panel for assessment. During our tests we found that one product, the Ecotek Energy Wizard, actually did the opposite of what it claims to do – it actually increased the power used by a plasma TV or stereo. And we found that two disposable battery chargers didn’t do the job effectively – even though each could cost you up to £35.

One user whose home didn’t have high water pressure found that the water-saving shower head they tried only provided a disappointing trickle of water to wash under.

Find out the full details of the eco products that we think you can live without…

Can you fact-check “green” home products?

Published by Sign On San Diego on 1st July 2011 – an interview with Jaimi Julian Thompson, a nationally known “green” interior designer, conducted by Lily Leung
How do you know if an eco-friendly product or service is truly “green”?

Are there ways to verify companies’ promises to save you money with their solar panels, bamboo flooring and cabinets?

In an email interview, Thompson gave the Union-Tribune some tips on how to fact-check green products and which have won her approval.

Question: With so much hype in the marketplace, how do you decide if a product is really “green”?

Answer: Many products portrayed as green, fall short when you look at the entire life cycle of the product. I help clients “decode the hype on green,” by looking at five aspects:

  • How does the product’s manufacturing process affect air quality and the environment?
  • Is there any recycled content in the product itself?
  • How much energy does the product use?
  • What is the lifespan of the product before it needs to be replaced?
  • Can the product be recycled after its use, and if so, how?

By looking at every aspect, consumers can create green homes that use less energy, water and natural resources, create less waste, and are more durable and comfortable.

Question: Where can consumers get independent assessments on a product’s “green-ness”?

Answer: Look for independent, third-party verification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system instituted by the U.S. Green Building Council (

Many industry associations …

Toyota Prius v Expands Iconic Hybrid Family

Published by New Design World on Monday, 30 May 2011 by MaryP

The newest entrant in a growing Prius family of hybrid vehicles, the Prius v delivers an unparalleled blend of versatility and fuel efficiency in a comfortable, mid-size package. A new evolution in hybrid vehicles with excellent cargo space and Prius’ heritage of environmental performance and fuel economy, the 2012 Prius v will go on sale in Fall 2011.

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The new Prius v, with “v” expressing the vehicle’s versatility, will meet the needs of growing families with active lifestyles while providing the same attributes traditionally found in the Prius DNA. Despite the spaciousness of a family friendly midsize vehicle, the Prius v will deliver estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 44 mpg city, 40 mpg highway and 42 mpg combined.

“The Prius v brings leading-edge hybrid technology to customers who need more room and provides more cargo space than 80 percent of all small SUVs,” said Toyota Division Group Vice President and General Manager Bob Carter. “And because it’s a Prius, it produces 66 percent fewer smog-forming emissions than the average new vehicle and will have the best mileage ratings of any SUV, crossover, or wagon sold in America. We think that’s a win-win for everybody.”

The Prius v will be utilizing …

Eco-friendly products: Just add water to …

I think that the whole concept of using “house cleaners” is corrupt. We agree and manufacturers produce (now ‘better’, ecological) enormous variety and quantity of such when in principle we do not need them at all. I do not see much eco-friendliness in making them because still there are chemicals, plastic bottles and a lot of waste.
First of all, Keep Your House Clean and Tidy. This is the easiest way to avoid most of “house cleaners”.
Then, Clean Your Home Regularly. By doing so, which is a lot easier and faster you can reduce house cleaners use even further.
And last, possibly one cleaner such as dish washer can do it all.
But if you want want be really eco-friendly, try ordinary soup, vinegar and baking soda. They will help you clean windows, cooker, fridge, floors, toilet bowl and bath tube.

Below, it is how some see the household cleaners to be an eco-friendly

Published by on Friday, 27 May 2011 by Kimberly L. Jackson

… new highly concentrated household cleaners in reusable bottles

The latest eco-friendly household cleaners are coming in tiny cartridges, sold with empty spray bottles and aiming to reduce plastic waste by asking buyers to add their own tap water to the highly concentrated formulas.

Unlike old-school concentrates that are diluted in a bucket of water, these cleaning agents are dispensed from small units called pods. In the case of two brands, Just Add Water System and Planet People’s IQ cleaners, the spray bottles are first filled with water to a specified level and the pod is inserted into the bottle’s neck.

The pod releases active ingredients into the water when the sprayer tube is inserted through its top and the cap is tightened. Both products require only 1/3 ounce of cleaner per bottle. Once empty, refill pods allow the bottles to be reused.

All said and …


Published on Now Toronto on Thursday, 19 May, 2011; When you’re addicted to the planet by Adria Vasil

Why don’t green cleaners like Ecover list all their ingredients?

Sometimes you have to put on waders and trek through a swamp to get a good answer in life. Other times the answer is quick ’n’ dirty, as it is today.


Why don’t most green cleaners, or any cleaning products for that matter, divulge all or any of their ingredients? Simple: no one’s holding a squirt gun to their head.

We now have mandatory ingredient lists on cosmetics (not the case just five years ago), but there’s still no sign of compulsory content listing on dish detergent or toilet bowl cleaners. It’s an outrage, really, considering all the lung-irritating, skin-inflaming, hormone-disrupting, water-pol-luting and cancer-linked cleaning chemicals on the market.

You’d think green cleaners …

Completely Off-Grid Eco-Friendly Outdoor Lighting Solution

Published by PRWeb on Thursday, 19 May, 2011
Urban Green Energy, unveils its Boardwalk street light, a sustainable outdoor lighting solution that operates entirely on wind and solar

Urban Green Energy (UGE), the leading manufacturer of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) and hybrid renewable energy solutions, announced today its newest product, The Boardwalk, a hybrid wind and solar streetlamp. The Boardwalk is the second addition to UGE’s line of hybrid wind and solar outdoor lighting, after the successful launch of its Sanya hybrid solar streetlamp in December. The Boardwalk gives customers an elegant and completely off-grid lighting solution that is perfect for parks, pathways, and quaint passageways.

As Urban Green Energy’s sustainable solution to elegant outdoor lighting, the newly introduced Boardwalk operates completely on wind and solar energy, just like its predecessor Sanya. Equipped with a 60 watt LED light that is powered by a 600 watt eddy VAWT and a 150 watt solar panel, The Boardwalk’s distinguishing feature is its old-fashioned and traditional design, reminiscent of the gas streetlights prevalent at the turn of the last century.

Characteristic of the entire …

Graphine paper 10 times stronger than steel

Published by Digital Trends on Friday, 22 April, 2010 by Jeff Hughes

This is indeed very interesting product and who knows it may revolutionize many industries. However, how much it is an eco-friendly as claimed by scientists product? The manufacturing process may pose some eco-friendliness doubts but … possibly it could be improved.

New material processed from raw graphite is stronger than steel and may revolutionize the automotive and aviation industries.



Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a new graphene paper, a composite material made from processed graphite that is as thin as paper but is stronger than steel.

The UTS research team’s breakthrough with the material is the result of their unique production and heat testing method which found out these exceptional properties for the graphene paper.

The research team, supervised by Professor Guoxiu Wang, took raw graphite, purified it, filtered it with chemicals and pressed it into sheets.
The graphene paper not only has ten times the strength of steel but …

Mexican Scientists Developing Eco-friendly Cement

Published by Fox News Latino on 4th March, 2011 by Peter Fairley
Scientists at Mexico’s Research and Advanced Studies Center, or Cinvestav, are developing a new type of cement that they say will reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent while lowering the amount of energy consumed in the production process by as much as 50 percent.


“Cement is the second most consumed product in the world after water, due to population growth that in many cities requires the development of infrastructure, buildings and homes,” Cinvestav, which depends on the National Polytechnic Institute, said Thursday in a statement.

Yet the intensive use of cement “is …