Monday, October 22, 2012

Recyclable Rain Boots

Kamik's "Stomp" boot for kids

The rain has started up again here in the Pacific Northwest. A great time to give a shout-out to Kamik, the Canadian pioneers of recyclable rain boots. Their PVC-free synthetic rubber is super-light, super-comfortable, and gives great traction in the rain. Adults will likely have their Kamiks for years, but for kids, constantly outgrowing them, all boots can be shipped back to Kamik, where they are recycled.

Have some old boots you're looking to recycle? It's a bit complicated (and therefore sooo much easier to just buy Kamiks), but see this article for ideas. (Thanks, Ari!)

Kamik's "Samantha" boot for kids

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Water Power

Bedol's "Squirt Alarm" in charcoal is water-powered
Have you heard of these water-powered clocks by Bedol yet? They require no batteries or electricity to run—just tap water. (Proprietary plates inside the water reservoir allow ions in the water to be turned into current that powers the clock.) It's such a brilliant design. The water only needs to be changed every 6 months! The only teeny-tiny complaint we have is aesthetic. If they could just come out with some better-looking clocks (ahem, like this one by Furni Creations, below), we'd buy them by the case!

Furni Creations' Alba clock is a favorite