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Boosting Ecological Savings with a Box

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Sally Kuchar, editor of Curbed SF, noticed these Boost Boxes at the Green Festival in San Francisco the other weekend.  The company that makes them, Boost Home, put a lot of work into making dead-simple, unintimidating boxes to help people increase their energy, water, and money savings.  Boxes include products, instructions, audit information, and other goodies.  Check out a few:

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Eco Automatic Combo Sink Dishwasher

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I can see the value in a combo sink dishwasher like this Eco Automatic concept from Electrolux and Ahha Project.  Why not eliminate a step in the middle and put the sink to better use?  The concept has two racks rotating on an axis — fill one side, spin it around, let it wash, and work from the other side.  Seems like it may be tough to fill up a crescent-shaped bowl, but other than that, Eco Automatic could be the kitchen appliance of the future.  Thoughts?

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Envi WaterSense Rainshower from Moen

Recently Moen sent us an Envi showerhead to test out for fun.  Installing the fancy new fixture took nothing more than a few minutes, and I’ve been using it for a few weeks to get a good feel for how it works.  All things said, Envi saves water and provides good flow, although of the two functions, rain and rinse, rinse is by far the best for daily showering.

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No-Flush Touch-Free Urinal for Homes

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In his Cool Product of the Week article, Alex Wilson has the story on this Baja urinal designed for residential use by the Waterless Company.  The no-flush, touch-free toilet retails for $248 and has to potential to save about 3,250 gallons of water per year, assuming a home with two males, three uses, and 340 days, according to Building Green.

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Niagara’s Stealthy New Efficient Toilet

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Niagara Conservation has developed what it claims is the world’s only 0.8 gallons per flush toilet, the Stealth.  The ultra high efficiency toilet — recently profiled as Alex Wilson’s Cool Product of the Week — uses a patented hydraulic technology to deliver a quiet flush with the performance of a pressure-assist toilet.  It’s a water saver, too, using approximately 37% less water than a standard high efficiency toilet.

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A Permeable Solution with Drivable Grass

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California-based Soil Retention is behind a product, Drivable Grass, that many of you may be interested in.  The name is somewhat of a misnomer, because, as you will see below, the infill doesn’t have to be grass.  It can be gravel of various kinds, too.  Drivable Grass is a flexible product that can be used as a substitute for concrete and asphalt driveways, patios, parking lots, RV pads, boat ramps, and the like.

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