Electric Chain Saws

Electric chain saws are a great option for the gardener who needs to do some tree trimming or other similar projects in the yard or garden. They are also more ecologically sound and more efficient than your typical gas-powered chain saw.

You don’t have to gas these babies up or struggle to get them started. Their motors require less maintenance, and they are generally quieter than traditional chain saws. The number one reason we like these chain saws is no nasty fumes! One disadvantage is that they often have a cord you have to watch out for, but other than that, we think they’re great!

While they aren’t as powerful as gas chain saws, they will work great for the serious gardener in your family who likes to do a little heavy work in the garden every now and then.

Husqvarna Forest and Garden is a great place to shop for electric chain saws.

More info on electric chain saws can be found here: TreeHugger.com.

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Buy Nothing Day: Hey, What Did You Buy?

The Friday after Thanksgiving is Buy Nothing Day, in which many Americans (and others throughout the world) mount a sort of protest to the rampant consumerism of the X-mas season by refusing to buy useless crap. While this is a great idea, I’d like to propose an alternative.

If you’re just burning to go out and buy something after Thanksgiving, why not celebrate “Buy Local Day,” “Buy Natural Day” or “Buy Organic Day.” Hell, let?s face it, Americans love to shop, but instead of not spending your money this day or giving your money to some chain store, why not stimulate your local economy or encourage environmentally friendly businesses by buying some of their products. If you’re just itching to spend your money, consider supporting a local artist or artisan, or buying from a small local business, or shopping at your local co-operative supermarket, or at your local farmer’s market.

There are lots of good ways to spend your money without supporting the corporations that run our daily lives.

Info on Buy Nothing Day has also appeared in the following blogs:

Treehugger, and The Gristmill.


Charge your laptop with foot power!

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Engadget reviews the new Freeplay Freecharge Weza pedal-powered generator, which they evidently found at Book of Joe.

By pumping with your foot with “modest dedication”, you can generate up to 40 watts of electricity with the generator. It has all kinds of different options like a cigarette lighter output and those things that you can hook up to a car battery to jumpstart it.

Totally sold out for now, but it looks like it is going to cost just under $300 from CCrane.

Electric Tankless Water Heater

Electric tankless water heater? What the heck is that? For your information, these little gadgets are great for the practical environmentalist. They heat your water, only when you need hot water! This avoids the added energy spent in maintaining a constant supply of hot water ready for use. A typical water heater looses energy through heat radiated from the walls of the tank. Why waste this energy? Even the feds have some useful info on these products. See this EERE review of tankless water heaters.

This company seems to carry the best products out there: Tankless Water Heater.

Wonderwash – Hand Crank Powered Washing Machine

This hand crank powered washing machine requires no electricity.
This hand crank powered washing machine requires no electricity.

Millions of people throughout the world wash their clothes by hand and hang it out to dry. In developed countries, we use tons of energy in washing and drying our clothes in machines. We need to ask ourselves, are washing machines a necessity, or a luxury? There is no doubt about it, washing clothes by hand is a pain in the butt. Who has the time and energy these days?

Well, here is a happy alternative, the Wonder Wash hand powered compact washer. This is a hand cranked washer that uses high pressure to get your clothes super clean. In the process, you use up to 90% less water and detergent. It takes about 2 minutes to wash a 5 pound load, and requires no electricity. You may even find you’ll be spending a little less time at the gym!

You can also use organic bio-degrabable detergents with the Wonder Wash. Additionally this machine reduces the amount of lint produced by washing.

PLEASE NOTE: We are linking to a different source for this product now, and not the company complained about in the comments.