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Kiva - Loans that change lives. Kiva - Loans that change lives. Startup offers Netflix-like clothes rentals for women. Share Now: Your How-to Guide to Getting More and Wasting Less. Sharing is about maximizing the use of products, services and ideas in order to minimize overall consumption by a community.

Share Now: Your How-to Guide to Getting More and Wasting Less

Sharing Systems. Are We Ready to Share Our Legos?

Sharing Systems

Sharing Systems. Recycling Labels Decals Signs Stickers Compost Waste. Take action. Take Your Neighbor’s Stuff Without Getting Arrested. Long ago people didn’t have a lot of personal possessions.

Take Your Neighbor’s Stuff Without Getting Arrested

Not everyone had their own power-drill, cookie pans or tripod. And because the nearest Target was 30 years away, rather than not assembling that desk, eating raw cookie dough or shooting blurry shots, people used the only store around: their neighbors. Well those days might be upon us again…but better. Rather than bugging your neighbors, services like Neighborgoods, Snapgoods and Share Some Sugarconnect you online with people in your area who have the stuff you need. Mellowcabs. Gumroad. Take action. Etsy - Your place to buy and sell all things handmade, vintage, and supplies. New Bladeless Wind Turbine Claimed to be Twice as Efficient as Conventional Designs. © Saphon When it comes to the future of wind power, one company thinks it looks a lot different than you would expect, and cheaper and more efficient to boot.

New Bladeless Wind Turbine Claimed to be Twice as Efficient as Conventional Designs

Saphon, out of Tunisia, is interested in finding partners to mass-produce and market their unique wind energy device, based on their own Zero Blade technology. "The Zero-Blade Technology is largely inspired from the sailboat and is likely to increase the efficiency of the current wind power conversion devices. The blades are replaced by a sail shaped body while both hub and gearbox are removed. " SLIDESHOW Wind Energy Today: A Look at Wind Energy Projects Around The World According to the company, their zero-blade technology devices are capable of overcoming the Betz' limit, which states that no turbine can capture more than 59.3 percent of the kinetic energy of the wind.

PHOTO: Impressive Beast! The Saphon Zero Blade technology is different in other ways as well, most significantly being storage of energy. 10 steps for a 'zero waste' shopping routine. “Zero waste” is a lifestyle that embraces minimalism; rejects the ubiquitous disposable items that are everywhere in our society; challenges mainstream consumerism; and encourages people to come up with alternative reusable solutions to everyday life.

10 steps for a 'zero waste' shopping routine

In the context of the articles I write, “waste” refers to municipal solid waste (MSW) – the kind of trash that gets hauled to landfills. This includes recycling, which you can read more about here. Food provides sustenance, but unfortunately it also generates trash, especially if the majority of food comes from a grocery store. Sharing economy. A sharing economy takes a variety of forms, often leveraging information technology to empower individuals, corporations, non-profits and government with information that enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services.[1] A common premise is that when information about goods is shared (typically via an online marketplace), the value of those goods may increase, for the business, for individuals, and for the community.[2] Collaborative consumption as a phenomenon is a class of economic arrangements in which participants share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership.[3] The collaborative consumption model is used in marketplaces such as eBay, Craigslist, Tradepal and Krrb, emerging sectors such as social lending, peer-to-peer accommodation, peer-to-peer travel experiences, peer-to-peer task assignments or travel advising, car sharing or commute-bus sharing.[4] Scope[edit] Types of collaborative consumption[edit] History[edit]

Sharing economy

Local Tools: Rental and Tool Library Software. Local Tools: Rental and Tool Library Software. Why Hasn't The Tiny House Movement Become A Big Thing? A Look At 5 Big Barriers. © Sustain TreeHugger has been covering tiny houses for years; I even own one, the remains of a previous career trying to promote the idea of the tiny house.

Why Hasn't The Tiny House Movement Become A Big Thing? A Look At 5 Big Barriers

Notwithstanding the success of people like Jay Shafer and his Tumbleweed Tiny House line, it is still an incredibly tiny niche. What's holding it back? Over at The Tiny Life, Ryan Mitchell lists the Top 5 Biggest Barriers To The Tiny House Movement; the first three L's are well known to me, I am not certain about the last two, and I think he is missing a big one. Land. 5 Alternatives to the Buy vs Rent Question. When we talk about housing, in North America the discussion almost always comes down to 1) own a house in the 'burbs or 2) rent an apartment in the city.

5 Alternatives to the Buy vs Rent Question

One commentator at Bloomberg wrote: "With gasoline at $4-plus a gallon, lots of thinking people see the U.S. undergoing a vast demographic shift, with millions of people moving back to cities. The suburbs, and those places beyond the suburbs, the exurbs, will dry up and blow away. SmartFlix. SteepEdge - Adventure Films Available to Download or Rent Online - SteepEdge - Online Adventure Films Available to Download or Rent. Snoozebox Portable Hotel is a Creative Use of Shipping Containers. Snoozebox/Promo image Shipping containers are not just metal boxes, they are part of a transportation system.

Snoozebox Portable Hotel is a Creative Use of Shipping Containers

Without the trailers, cranes and ships designed to handle them quickly and cheaply, they would be just packing cases. That's why I have never been much of a fan of most shipping container architecture, where they are thought as just metal boxes, and why I love projects like the Snoozebox Portable Hotel, which demonstrates how this incredible transportation infrastructure can be put to work. The Snoozebox Hotel can be set up anywhere in the world in as little as 48 hours, and the entire hotel can be rented for as few as three days. Search for Self Storage Units. Store At My House. So I Flew In An “Uber For Tiny Planes” The first line of the email in my box read, “This is UberX for small planes.”

So I Flew In An “Uber For Tiny Planes”

Yet another Uber for X mystery startup in my inbox. Yay! (not really). But the idea of skipping the traffic to Tahoe was attractive enough to bite on this one. So four days later I found myself 2,000 feet high in a tiny plane with Flytenow founder and licensed pilot Matt Voska as the company’s first ever Bay Area customer.

Earn Extra Income By Renting Out Your Excess Space. Service My Parking Space Zipcar. Being the ultimate consumer product service system (PSS) I am of course a big fan of Zipcar — (and Streetcar — its competitor) — the pay-as-you-go car service. And now I find out (on PSFK) they are doing more smart service things in London; they are using their solutions approach to partner with a company that lets people share cars and parking spaces. PSFK describes it as "one of the coolest and most functional partnerships we've seen recently". 75 Open Source Tools to Replace Apps You Use Every Day.

ALSO SEE: 50 Open Source Tools To Replace Popular Security Software • 50 Open Source Tools: Desktop Downloads • 51 Open Source Tools to Protect Your Identity Can open source tools replace all closed source software? That is, are open source tools – freely downloadable software – really just as good as software you have to pay for? In a lot of cases, the answer is yes. Ripe Near Me - local food, home grown vegies, neighborhood fruit. Find, swap, share, or sell fresh local homegrown food and wild edibles with Ripe Near Me. As much as we like to tout the benefits and advantages of sourcing more of our food locally, actually getting homegrown and local food on our table is a bit more challenging than it ought to be.

Farmers markets and farm stands are a great place to find local growers that plant and harvest enough to bring to market, but it takes a fair amount of commitment and equipment to be a market gardener, so they don't often host backyard growers who end up with excess produce. Platforms such as local forums or Craigslist are an alternative method of finding local foods, but they don't tend to be a place to find wild edibles or fruit trees that are growing on public properties, so urban foragers looking for ripe local fruits rely on word of mouth (and many of them are unwilling to disclose their favorite locations) or local food maps, which can take quite a bit of work to put together.

Send money online. Dwolla Review & Complaints 2014. Dwolla Overall Rating Last Updated: January 11, 2014 Find a Top-Rated Processor | Get Rate Quotes | Write a Dwolla Review Dwolla Overview. Flattr - Social microdonations. Beacon — Fund great writers. The difference between car sharing and car rental. In light of several new innovations in shared vehicle services, I think it is useful to review what the essential elements of carsharing are. Berlin supermarket would have zero packaging. Nudie Jean’s repair shops should be the new standard for sustainable fashion.

Nudie Jeans is working hard to reduce the environmental impact of denim: they use organic cotton and vegetable tanned leather, pay fair wages and have a detailed description of where their materials are sourced in their production guide. Where can you find Car Sharing in North America. Car Sharing pilot projects like Witkar began as early as the 1960's and 1970's, but modern car sharing programs launched in 1987 in Switzerland and later in 1988 in Germany, and came to North America via Quebec City in 1994.

Carsharing.US. Car Sharing, an alternative to car rental and car ownership – Zipcar. Enterprise CarShare - Explore our Car Sharing Programs. Welcome! - UhaulCarShare® WhipCar.com - the Neighbour to Neighbour Car Club and Car Rental Service. Real-time ridesharing. Uber. Wingz - Airport Rides. Scheduled & On Time. How do UberX, Lyft and SideCar compare? Crowdfunding.

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Credit Unions. 5 ways to optimize your CSA experience. The Farmery. The Farmery. Fair Trade Labeling Initiatives. TouchdownSpace — Everyone's Private Office, On-Demand. Micro Hotels & Airport Sleep Pods. Breather - Peace & quiet, on-demand. Lulan Artisans - Luxurious Style for Everyday Living. Shedworking. WE'VE.

WE'VE is a new site for sustainably sourced home goods. A new online retail site, Lloyd Alter wrote that Blossom "has one of the most sophisticated views of sustainability that we have seen. " Lulan Artisans Redefines Sustainability. Eve Blossom has one of the most sophisticated views of sustainability that we have seen; it is not just about being "green" or having a low carbon footprint; sustainability includes economic, cultural, environmental, and social factors. It must also demonstrate high levels of craftsmanship and use natural materials and processes. SteepEdge - Adventure Films Available to Download or Rent Online - SteepEdge - Online Adventure Films Available to Download or Rent.

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RentTheChicken.com lets you practice raising backyard chickens. Well, this is pretty clever. If you're enticed by the idea of having fresh eggs straight from the backyard, but are not sure if you're ready to commit, RentTheChicken.com lets you rent some chickens! Bowery Project. The Best Alternative Apps to Everything in Adobe Creative Cloud. It’d be hard to be a creative professional and not have heard the drama around Adobe’s move to subscriptions with Creative Cloud‘s release.

A Moveable Feast: The Bowery Project is an instant prefab demountable urban farm. Welcome - Little Free Library. Welcome to BookCrossing. Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites For Fundraising. 75 Open Source Tools to Replace Apps You Use Every Day.

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Global Village Construction Set. Solar-Assisted Air Conditioning Comes To Market. Solar HVAC Solutions and Success Stories. Lulan Artisans - Luxurious Style for Everyday Living. Richard Poynder - The Open Access Interviews. How Do You Know The Public Domain Is In Trouble? It Requires A 52-Page Handbook To Determine If Something Is Public Domain. Welcome to BookCrossing. CouchSurfing. Copyleft and Alternative Licences.

Theory. Nautical Monkey - Sharing Made Simple. Building a Local Foundation for the Global Sharing Economy. Coworking (Shared Corporate Spaces) Tips, Hints, Reviews and Safety for Bike Commuting.