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Bamboo Eco-Thermo Sleeping Pads For Backpacking in Comfort

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Sleeping rough doesn’t have to mean sleeping on hard ground. These bamboo fiber sleeping pads are light and very comfortable. They pack up small, are light to carry ( at just 1lb 6oz) and very warm. They use bamboo fiber as the outer fabric and for the fill for great insulation. Even the valve is made of recycled aluminum, so they have been made with eco-friendly principles a priority. Even the renewable energy used to manufacture them has been carbon offset. It has won several awards from outdoor magazines for its rugged yet comfortable design. So make sure you sleep snugly on your next backpacking or camping expedition without affecting the environment at all.
Currently costs $150 from GaiaM

Hand Cranked LEGO Flashlight Wastes No Batteries

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Kids love flashlights, but they often forget to switch them off. Buying batteries week after week gets expensive and is not great for the environment. This Lego flashlight is the perfect solution for Lego fans. It is hand cranked by rotating the arm, so the dynamo powers the flashlight with no need for batteries at all. It’s sturdy enough for younger kids and works well enough for adults to borrow in power outages!

It comes in various colors and there are also other Lego character versions, including a Police officer and a City construction man. This would make a great gift for any child who plays with Lego or who just enjoys gadgets.
Currently costs $ 20.83 from Amazon.com

Insect Repelling Wristbands With Natural Geraniol

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

These ingenious insect repelling wristbands actually seem to work to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay. If you don’t like spraying repellants directly on your skin, or have kids with sensitive skin, this is a great solution. Geraniol is a natural plant-based, essential oil and insect repellant and is odorless to humans. Wear one on a wrist and one on an ankle and they will keep you covered. The wrist bands last for up to 120 hours, but should be kept in their resealable containers when not in use. They are made from recyclable plastic and have a child-safe breakaway strap feature so are safe for small kids too.

Set of four costs $26 from Gaiam.com
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Solar or Hand Crank Radio and Flashlight

Friday, April 8th, 2011

When you’re out in the wilderness fishing or camping and need to keep in touch with the weather channel, a radio that isn’t dependant on an electric supply is essential. This Eton Scorpio radio can be solar charged or hand-cranked when the sun lets you down. It has a digital AM/FM radio tuner and picks up the NOAA weather band for emergency bulletins. There is a built in LED flashlight which always comes in handy, and a good sized solar panel for charging. It also lists a USB cell phone charger and audio line input for use as an MP3 speaker among its other functions. In a rubber casing for sturdiness, it is splash proof but not fully waterproof.
Costs $50 from EMS.

Tough Solar Flashlights

Monday, December 13th, 2010


There are lots of solar charging flashlights around, but not all of them really work reliably. This hybrid solar flashlight is tough and well-made. With a back-up emergency battery you aren’t going to be left in the dark, even when you run out of solar charge. The great thing is that the solar charge can be held in the flashlight, so it doesn’t need constant re-charging. Once fully charged it can be stored for up to three years and still work. This makes it great as an emergency flashlight to keep in the car or around the home, for occasional or regular use. It can even be charged in indirect light, for example on a window sill, though a full charge will then take longer. A full charge gives 10 hours of bright light and these flashlights are waterproof, so can stand up to a lot of use.

Currently costs $ 28.75 for a pack of 2 at amazon

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