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The Light Bulb as a Home Appliance

I’m sure by now you’ve read some of the political talk circulating the web as a result of a recent article by The Washington Post about the Philips LED bulb that won the L Prize and $10 million.  The contest was meant to spur lighting innovation and make LEDs more affordable, but readers noted the bulb’s unrebated MSRP of $50 and basically flipped out.

Even Energy Secretary Chu commented on the price: “Nobody expects to pay $50 for a light bulb and quite candidly, if you’re filling your house with light bulbs like that, they should be part of your will,” according to Andrew Restuccia of The Hill.

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Eco-Friendly Canvas Prints by UPrinting

*This is a sponsored post for UPrinting.com.

Let’s say you have a new home with naked surfaces in desperate need of some wall art.  You can drop coin on expensive art or splatter some color on a canvas — Jackson Pollock style — or you can turn your best photography or custom digital art into a canvas print with the help of UPrinting.  UPrinting offers canvas printing in two formats, rolled canvas and stretched canvas.

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Stratum is a Bamboo-Filled Surface Material

So, what do you get when you sandwich a plywood bamboo material called PlyBoo with two sheets of a paper-composite called RichliteStratum, a new countertop material made through a venture between Smith & Fong and Richlite Company.  The material was inspired by nature and the majestic basalt cliffs of Palouse Canyon in eastern Washington.

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Home Depot Creates Products List for LEED

We’re in a $17 billion market for new green homes, so it makes sense that the USGBC and Home Depot would team up to make green building products more accessible. Today, the USGBC and Home Depot announced a new database – available through LEEDHomeDepot.com – currently listing more than 2,500 products that contribute towards LEED for Homes certification.

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No VOC Hard Wax Finish by Unearthed Paints

Unearthed Paints, maker of non-toxic and VOC-free paint, just announced a new natural Hard Wax Oil finish for wood floors, cork floors, and stone in interior surfaces.  It’s non-toxic and contains zero VOCs and “provides a natural, breathable silky-matte finish,” according to a statement by Unearthed Paints.

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KuL Intros Recycled Modular Wall Planters

Along the lines of Urbio or Minigarden, check out these new modular wall planters by KuL Studios made with recycled HDPE plastic.  Called Ballavaz, the planters can be used indoors or outdoors and are available in 10 colors.  KuL offers two sizes, 24″x12″ and 24″x18″, which mount with screws or hooks.  Ballavaz include a concealed recess for drip irrigation — making these just right for herbs, veggies, and maybe a flower or two.

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