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Environmental awareness is working. As consumers, we now have a lot of choices for buying smarter. As we continue to choose products that respect the environment, more and better choices emerge. It's called the power of the purse and it's shifting green from 'alternative' to 'mainstay'. Life in the modern world is complex and like you, we want to simplify. That's why werd sources sensible stuff and shares the good news.



SolSource Sun-powered Grill at werd.com
SolSource Sun-powered Grill

This solar powered grill isn’t just another nerd’s novelty. The SolSource was developed to help nomadic tribes in the Himalayas improve their nutrition. Now this fuel and emission-free cooking system will work for you, too. You can quickly grill, steam, bake, or boil your meals outside under the sun & you’ll never run out of gas again.

BUY IT   $250 Categories: Grill, Host

Vintage Truck Tailgate Outdoor Bench at werd.com
Vintage Truck Tailgate Outdoor Bench

Here’s one from the “You Might Be A Redneck” file: This handmade bench is built using reclaimed wood from pallets and a vintage tailgate from a pickup truck. NV Custom Furniture makes ’em to order. Choose a Chevy, Ford, or GMC tailgate and pick from their rainbow of paint and wood finish colors.

BUY IT   $549 Categories: Outdoor, Seating, Space

Solar Kettle at werd.com
Solar Kettle

It sounds almost too good to be true but this light & compact solar kettle will boil water, heat your soup or coffee, even desalinate ocean water for drinking in “just a while.”  The length of that “while” of course, depends on how sunny it is but since it uses nothing but the energy of the sun, you can’t find a cleaner, greener kettle for off-the-grid use. via

BUY IT   $65 Categories: Camping, Gear

Ogami Repap Paper Made From Stone at werd.com
Ogami Repap Paper Made From Stone

Paper is a renewable resource but considering its production footprint, any alternative material is worth a look, especially something as good as this. Repap is ‘paper’ made using calcium carbonate, which is recovered from stone quarries and waste from the building industry. Making it requires no petroleum, trees or water and the paper itself contains no acids or chlorine yet feels just like a normal notebook. Source

BUY IT   $13-30 Categories: Gear, Work

Biolite Portable Grill at werd.com
Biolite Portable Grill

A lightweight, portable campstove that burns wood instead of fossil fuel. That’s cool. It’s also an off-grid USB charging station. Even better. And now the BioLite campstove gets one more genius point for this new attachment that turns it into a packable backcountry barbecue grill. Cue the meat.

BUY IT   $60 Categories: Camping, Gear

Fuel cell-powered H-ROVER at werd.com
Fuel cell-powered H-ROVER

Technically, the camera-equipped H-Rover is a toy. But honestly, outside the MIT robotics lab, who has ever played with an RC vehicle powered by a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell & a super-capacitor?

BUY IT   $800 Categories: Gear

The PowerPot at werd.com
The PowerPot

The super lightweight Power Pot uses your camp cookstove to convert heat from boiling water into power. Fire up the stove, fill your pot & as it heats up, plug in your USB device and recharge. A great alternative to that portable solar panel that works only when the sun is shining.

BUY IT   $149 Categories: Camping, Gear

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator at werd.com
Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator

For unexpected power outages or missions that take you off the grid, this portable, solar powered generator provides power to recharge laptops, phones, cameras, and lights, plus thousands of other electronics, with outlets for 12V, AC, and USB. The generator gets a full charge in 4 hours from a wall outlet or car charger & in 5-6 from the sun, providing enough juice to keep everything up & running until power is restored or you’re back from the boondocks. Available Spring 2013.

BUY IT   $400 Categories: Gear, Tech

Via X-Truck at werd.com
Via X-Truck

Via Motors is an American carmaker that specializes in custom electric vehicles, mainly turning popular full-size GM cars & trucks into long-range plug-in electrics. Their latest, the 2013 Chevy Silverado-based X-Truck just debuted at the Detroit auto show last week. The truck has been heavily modified inside and out with beefed-up and mean looking body panels, bumpers, and suspension, while achieving the fuel economy of a Prius.

BUY IT   $ TBA Categories: Rides, Trucks

WakaWaka Light at werd.com
WakaWaka Light

The WakaWaka Light is a powerful, award-winning little portable solar LED light that burns bright for 16 hours on an 8-hour charge. That is cool. What’s cooler is WakaWaka’s mission to bring light to places without electricity: off-the-grid zones, refugee camps, and disaster areas. When you buy one, you help give one to those in need.

BUY IT   $39 Categories: Gear
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