How to “Use the Force” to Lower Gas Prices

darth vadar kid using the force

If you are not one of the 42 million or so people who have watched the Darth Vader kid & Volkswagen commercial (“The Force”) on YouTube or who saw it during the Super Bowl, you should go check it out now (and then come back to this post). One of the best Congressmen out there today, in my humble opinion -- Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) -- and the Natural Resources Committee (Democrats) recently made a great spoof of this video, or sequel you might say. But, beyond just spoofing or making … [Read more...]

Yike Bike: What Do You Think About This Bicycle Alternative?


What is a Yike Bike? It’s a pretty interesting bike-like vehicle (actually, like a miniature version of an old Penny-farthing bicycle) that is not human-powered but battery-powered. Cycling is a great way to get around with almost no impact on the environment, but with a positive impact on your health. But does the Yike Bike detract from both of those often-touted points? Check out the videos below for a lot more on how the Yike Bike works.   … [Read more...]

The Man Who Cycled The Americas = Awesome

the man who cycled the americas

Mark Beaumont -- heard of him? I’m sorry to say that I hadn’t until recently (I think). Mark became the “fastest man to cycle around the world” in 2008. He did so in 194 days and 17 hours. BBC commissioned a film of this record-breaking journey and news agencies around the world picked up the story (I wasn’t quite the news addict then, so apparently missed it). Anyway, that was 2008. Since that time, he has also taken a 9-month bicycling trip down North and South America, traveling down … [Read more...]

YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip (Award-Winning New Film)


YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. Put this on your must-see list. This is an excellent-looking film I heard about a few months ago and would love to see. Apparently it’s as good as the trailers make it look. YERT, I think, is exactly what this site is about – fun ways to help the environment and fun storytelling to give props to such innovative, green projects and efforts.     At its world premiere at the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EEFY) a couple weeks … [Read more...]

Making Solar Power a Community Thing


Americans love solar power, really. Nearly every poll concerning the matter shows tremendous support for solar power across the United States, across political preferences, and so on. No, unfortunately, that hasn’t translated into a lot of solar power use yet. (But we’re getting there -- solar power growth has been tremendous in the last decade or so.) Now, when you think of going solar, you think of doing so on your own, right? But that one person at a time thing is sort of slow, and … [Read more...]

Get Your Crafty Cruise On With A Folding Swiss Army Knife Bike


Ever wish you had a bike that was sort of like a Swiss army knife? Well, some Swiss designers have developed a nifty, folding electric bike that seems to fit the bill. The Voltitude, as it is called, made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year and is supposed to be on the market worldwide sometime in 2011. It's incredibly easy to fold and unfold the bike. … [Read more...]

103-Year-Old Cyclist May Be World’s Oldest


We support cycling a lot around here, since it’s both one of the greenest things you can do (in place of driving) and it’s a lot of fun. But while we’ve written posts on 5 reasons to bike commute, 5 hidden benefits of bike commuting, various bike events, and some super cool bikes, sometimes we skim over that fun part. I guess it’s sort of implied. But the story I’m about to tell you a little about brought that key benefit to the forefront of my mind recently. … [Read more...]

2 Cool Green Gadgets That Help You Save Energy… and Money!


One of the greenest things you can do is be more energy efficient, but that just sounds like a drag or an unsolicited responsibility or something, doesn’t it? There are actually a ton of ways to become much more energy efficient (and technologies to help you do so) that you might actually find some that are cool and fun. Take these 2 gadgets, for example...   … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Save Money Greening Your Home


Going green is often portrayed as requiring sacrifice and it’s even considered in many cases that it requires monetary sacrifice. But going green, in essence, is about using resources more wisely and efficiently. Doing so, either through your habits and actions or through the technology and appliances you use, often actually means financial savings. Here’s a list of 5 ways to green your home and save money from doing so (starting with the smaller actions and moving towards the bigger ones … [Read more...]

Shoes that Sprout Wildflowers As Their Final Green Step

Oat shoes

Need a new pair of shoes? Want to go green this time? How about some biodegradable shoes that sprout flowers at the end of their life? No kidding, you can really get such shoes now (or, very soon, depending on where you live). Some Dutch entrepreneurs recently started OAT Shoes and their first collection is about to be launched after two years of research and development. As hinted above, the shoes are made completely of biodegradable materials and packed with “a bouquet of perennial … [Read more...]