Merry Christmas from Bill Belew at Greenpacks

December 25, 2008 / 1 Comment

Merry Christmas...Merry Christmas...Merry Christmas None of that Happy Holidays stuff from me, though I have no evil intentions of being insensitive to others' feelings. Christmas is about Christ. Call me a Bible thumper if you like. I'll take it as a compliment. I believe the Earth we live on is a gift from the Creator and it is for *that* reason we ought ...

International Earth Rotation Service Calls for a Leap Second

December 24, 2008 / 2 Comments

The International Earth Rotation Service is calling for a leap second - the 24th of its kind since the first in 1971. I wonder what they did before that? At midnight GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on December 31st, the world will stop while a second is added to clocks everywhere. The Earth rotates at different speeds in different years. The moon's ...

Donna Karan Goes Fur Free, But For How Long?

December 23, 2008 / No Comments

First of all, do you know who "The Bunny Butcher" is? Well, if you thought of Donna Karan, you're right, because that's how PETA used to call her. I'm using past tense, because the famous fashion designer announced that the fall 2009 collection will be fur-free and that future lines will also be fur-free. Even though we're not fans of what PETA ...

Solar-Powered Street Lamp and Lawn Mower

December 23, 2008 / 1 Comment

Sanyo Electric is the world's largest Li-ion secondary battery maker. At Eco-Products 2008, Sanyo introduced a street lamp that operates on solar power. The lamp stores power generated when the sun is up, then uses a built in capacitor for illuminating at night. This strategy along with low-power white LEDs is becoming the trend. Sanyo hopes to replace the lead ...

The “Fellows” Who Will Shape Tomorrow – TogetherGreen

December 22, 2008 / No Comments

In October, Alex shared an initiative brought to you by Audubon in alliance with Toyota called TogetherGreen. If you remember, TogetherGreen’s main focus is to secure a bright and healthy future for generations to come … but it takes the inspiration and wisdom from dedicated leaders to accomplish such a goal. TogetherGreen has been fortunate enough to have some of the ...

Japanese Research Group Charges Home Appliances with DC Supply of Solar Power

December 22, 2008 / No Comments

A Japanese group was able to charge a Li-ion secondary battery with DC power generated by solar cells and supply it to home appliances without using AC conversion. The test was part of the Development Project of Energy-saving Technologies for Weak Energy Storage Type Eco House. The program was conducted by Japan's Ministry of the Environment with an aim of developing technologies ...

Panasonic Plans to Spend $1B+ on Eco-friendly Energy Technologies

December 20, 2008 / No Comments

Panasonic is planning to spend Y100 billion ($1billion+ depending on the yen rate) to develop eco-friendly energy technologies like rechargeable batteries and solar cells. This plan is in align with the company's desire to acquire Sanyo Electric for a sum close to $9 billion. Sanyo's strength is in rechargeable batteries (leader in Li-ion batteries) and solar cells (ranks 7th), which Panasonic considers ...

Toyota Car Interiors to Get Plant-based Resins

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

How cool is this? Super eco-friendly Prius-maker, Toyota Motor Corp, has come up with a number of new plant-based resins that they can use to make automotive interior materials such as scuff plates, seat cushions, and so on. The new resins will be used in their new hybrid cars released in 2009. Toyota aims to make 60% of the surface area in ...

Asia’s Largest Railway Station is Powered by 3,246 Solar Panels

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

We hear that China is not very eco-friendly. That may be true in many regards, but not so when it comes to the builders of Asia's largest railway station - Beijing South. The station is large enought to hold a 747, has a roof area the size of 24 football pitches, can send 30,000 passengers on their way each hour ...

Cars Make Us Fat: Active Transportation is the Way to Go

December 19, 2008 / No Comments

Have you changed your habits? Do you commute to work on a bicycle or doing an extra mile walking? Well, good for you. Apparently you're not only helping the environment to reduce carbon emissions, but you're also helping yourself to stay healthier. Researchers at the University of Tennessee and Rutgers University found a direct link between "active transportation" and obesity. As ...