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Power Your Car For $160/Year, Every Year, For 25 Years With DIY Solar

Power Your Car For 0/Year, Every Year, For 25 Years With DIY Solar
For many enthusiasts DIY solar is on the rise. What if you could pay $ 4000 for the life energy of your new EV and all your EVs to follow for the next 25 years? Would you? So what is involved? What size system do you need? What will it cost? If you are …
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DIY Solar-Powered Security Camera Keeps Your Home Safe Without Wires
We’ve shown you how to create a streaming, motion-detecting surveillance system with a few webcams, but if you want to watch the outside of your house, you’re going to be running a lot of cable. Redditor cheapguitar came up with this clever mod for …
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A DIY Solar Phone Charger Any Occupier Would Love
Revolt Labs created this DIY solar phone charger for Occupiers who needed to keep their communication devices running.
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Sniffing For A Customized Dog Cologne


Azusa, CA (PRWEB) July 06, 2012

Motivated by the true story of one of their past colognes for dogs – one that made possible the identification and safe return of a lost dog (http://bit.ly/O3zrRL ) VivaLaDogSpa.com, a French-themed brand of personal care products for pets, invites women who love pets to help them create a Signature Fragrance for dogs.

Fragrances have been popular with pet lovers since the 80s but Viva La Dog Spa is taking pet fragrance to a new level with their plans for a Signature Fragrance, an original fragrance developed by a Master Perfumer that is exclusive to their customers. The majority of pet colognes on the market today are knock-offs, or copies, of famous fragrances whose success now delivers add-on sales in the pet market.

Working with a Master Perfumer, who was also inspired by the Lost dog story, the Viva product development team has a unique idea for creating the cologne for women who pamper their dogs.

Coming up with direction for the notes in a custom fragrance that will appeal to a large group of very selective pet shoppers isnt easy, says V.P. of Marketing, Barbara Denzer. If only a few people are involved in the process, what are the chances it will be liked by many? Our team is excited about including all their pet loving customers, women of all ages, backgrounds and tastes, who will share their favorite fragrance. The team believes their choices will inspire a scent that a majority of pet parents, professional pet groomers, pet store personnel and fragrance aficionados will enjoy. Participants will also have the opportunity to suggest and vote on the final name of the fragrance.

Participating is very simple. Women are invited to submit their all time favorite fragrance name to the company via the Viva La Dog Spa Facebook page or Twitter page and follow the progress reports. Tested for a few days in May, the campaign officially begins on June 15th. Viva will collect favorite fragrance names until July 15th. They will then send the list to the Master Perfumer who will analyze the commonalities of the notes of the many different favorites and use it as inspiration for his creation. When his submission is ready, the task will be getting samples to the participants for their input. In the meantime, the product development team will be working on packaging, which will also be shared with their friends as the product development progresses.

Tony de Vos, CEO of parent company Cardinal Laboratories (aka Cardinal Pet Care) adds I thought we were pushing the envelope when we developed the Viva La Dog Spa Facial Wipes but people who pamper their pets embraced them because they are functional and luxurious. The humanization of pets reflects how much we love them, said de Vos.

In the end, we will have an exclusive fragrance and along the way I think we will have a lot of memorable interactions with our customers, says Denzer. Fragrance is so appealing to people whether its perfume, candles, potpourri, or home fragrances. It evokes pleasant memories and we always associate good memories with our pets.

Visit the VivaLaDogSpa.com website for a special invitation (in the right hand column) to help Viva create a new signature fragrance.

About Viva La Dog Spas parent company, Cardinal Laboratories Inc.:

Established in 1948, the now Solar-Powered personal care manufacturing business is located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Cardinal is Certified and licensed by the FDA to produce Over-the-Counter drugs (OTC). They make liquids, cr

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Solar Power Your Home For Dummies (For Dummies (Home & Garden))

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies (For Dummies (Home & Garden))

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies (For Dummies (Home & Garden))

The bestselling alternative energy reference book in North America—now in an updated editionWant to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies, 2nd Edition takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!This new edition gives you hands-on tips and techniques for making your home mo

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Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle

Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle

Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle

In Green Made Easy, author and green pioneer Chris Prelitz shares how to be both environmental and economical at the same time. Going green is not only good for our planet, it’s good for your pocketbook. For over 20 years, Chris has been helping businesses, home owners, and corporations lower their monthly expenses by going green. Chris and his wife, Becky, share a green solar-powered home in Laguna Beach, California, which Chris designed and built. Most months they produce more power than th

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Are Eco Cleaners All Natural?

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by Unique Hotels Group

Article by Eco Girl

Eco cleaners are now a massive industry. But, when you are checking those labels to ensure your cleaning is Eco friendly, how do you know what to chose? Green does not necessarily mean natural.

Firstly if you can find all natural cleaning products in your price band, you will be on to a winner. The main problem with conventional products is the amount of toxic synthetic chemical concoctions they include. But, beware – not all Eco cleaners are necessarily natural. That is not to say they are not Eco or green cleaning products. Not every synthetic compound made by man is bad or dangerous! Just make sure you know what you want. Then, be prepared to really hunt for it!

This is not an issue unless you specifically want natural products (which many people do). If you are hoping to use all natural ingredients you must expect to pay more, and find it harder to find! Perfumes are particularly likely to be synthetic, as they can be very costly to product naturally. Check the label. If a manufacturer is using all natural ingredients they will tell you. Organic cleaners are a good route to go down, though again you will be likely to pay more for the extra dark green credentials!

Do not forget about packaging either. Although it is now possible to make some plastics which are relatively easy to recycle, it does not make plastic a good option. If you can find a supplier who uses glass, or refills bottles, fantastic. If not, admit it, your all natural cleaning product is relying in part, on the massive polluting power of the petrochemical industry for its packaging. I am not here to judge, just to point out the imperfection of green products in general and Eco cleaners in particular.

Beware too, some of the ingredients in your simple green cleaner may not be as harmless as you think. The natural world contains nasty, dangerous stuff too, remember. For example a very reliable, open and honest green cleaning product manufacturer still put lye in their tub and tile cleaner. Lye is caustic soda, an explosive and corrosive alkaline material able to eat through plastic, wood and skin. Admittedly the conventional alternative is perhaps more dangerous, containing larger amounts of the scary ingredients. I just think it is useful to realise that Eco cleaning is not necessarily perfect!

One way to ensure we make our cleaning Eco friendly is to move away from such a vast array of cleaning products, green or otherwise. We also need to use less product. Even something as non-polluting, gentle and ‘green’ as liquid vegetable oil soap is not and Eco option when so much is used that it takes gallons of water to rinse it away.

We should not just rely on the green bottles being safe. The best simple green cleaner is soap and water plus your elbow power. We need to change our attitudes to cleaning to make it more environmentally friendly. Use less product, and spend more time scrubbing. Use less varieties of Eco cleaners so you reduce the range of packaging, transport and so on.

The way to make cleaning Eco friendly is to find one simple green cleaner and use it for as many cleaning jobs as you can.

For more information on making cleaning Eco friendly with one simple green cleaner visit the Eco Green Cleaning Products site.

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Listen on Spotify: open.spotify.com Download on iTunes: bit.ly Download on Beatport: bit.ly Directed by Evan Larimore, Produced by Gearyard. The EDM-loving souls can hardly wait for it to be the end of April. That’s when Eco’s ‘M(You)sic’ is going to hit the storms, an entire artist album full of melodic gold. The New York based mastermind, Marcello Pacheco, already wowed the global trancers with previous releases like ‘Light At The End’, ‘ And We Flew Away’, ‘Tonight Is Forever’ and ‘Lost Angeles’. To ease the wait till April, he now presents the first official single of the album, his diverse sounding ‘The Light Un Your Eyes Went Out’. Things go deep on Eco’s latest production, that features his ever-refreshing sound that is typically him yet always different from his previous release. No surprise, as he finds his inspiration in ambient, progressive rock, alternative and trance. On ‘The Light In Your Eyes Went Out’, he combined the best of all these genres, making it fit in a multi-styled layer of a masterpiece. On the flipside, Norwegian duo Lemon & Einar K translated ‘The Light In Your Eyes Went Out’ into a purely uplifting piece with big synths and refined beats. Leaving some of Eco’s typical sounds in there makes up for a temping combination of the best of the three producers.

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Stop the abuse our beautiful planet is suffering - become a Planet Buddy!
Stop the abuse our beautiful planet is suffering – become a Planet Buddy!

According to the very learned among us, our earth and the solar system beyond, our earth has many hundreds of millions of years of life left in her.

This is a very gratifying little nugget of information for sure.  However, our beautiful earth is quite happy to look on as we* pollute and contaminate our air, sea and land with poisonous chemicals, cut down and destroy forests and fight endless bogus wars. This process of destruction is at full speed caused and fueled by the largest corporations on the planet,- the Military industrial, pharmaceutical and new generation TEC giants all rolling out and / or performing incredibly hazardous programs damaging to all life.

Millions of years from now, all of mankind’s turbulent time here will be long since have ended, representing a mere blip in earths history and we shall be nothing more than fossils preserved for some future intelligent lifeforms to find unless…

*We as in the vast majority of people on earth are NOT intentionally polluting or otherwise damaging our environment. However, the huge all controlling corporations are by knowingly continuing to promote an oil based economy and vast arrays of other damaging and toxic process to produce items we assume are safe when they are not. If given a choice to use any of the hushed up or blocked ‘green’ alternatives we would almost certainly do so.

The problems we are facing now include Geoengineering – the purposeful modification of our weather systems and more using all manor of ghastly means like creating false cloud cover by ‘Spraying’ highly toxic chemicals into the sky…

The way we live is inadvertently causing the loss of around 200 species of flora & fauna every day,- no not a misprint, it is incredible but true! We can’t sit back and consider everything as being someone else’s problem or that someone else will fix everything. We all have a part to play right now,- it’s about waking up to find the truth and becoming educated to whats really going on all around us.

Well what can I do? Often we feel like we simply cant take ‘worthwhile’ action, we aren’t powerful enough, we don’t have the necessary power to effect change. However, it is possible to become supremely powerful by clearing away, replacing old paradigms and indoctrinated ways of thinking. If we are not able to change and become effective and powerful, we cannot make or encourage the necessary changes of  habitual ways of thinking in others in our environment.

It is becoming very clear to all of us that the best indicator of ‘trouble brewing’ is our changing weather patterns. The evidence is clear for all of us to see and experience, very clear – just about every weird weather event imaginable is or has been occurring in recent times. Okay, so we are all aware but what can we really do? Planet Earth has no conscience when our loved ones are swept away by flood, burned by raging fire, frozen or drowned by freak weather. It fears not if our crops fail or our power supplies cease to function. The message is we should be very grateful for our time here and try to work and live as harmoniously as possible with our beautiful earth. The aim of this blog is to motivate and spread the word as far as what ‘regular folk’ can do. We welcome comments from anyone who believes they are becoming part of the solution and / or consider themselves to be opting out of being part of the problem and seeking TRUTH. The good news is that all around the world people are starting to take action by stopping bad practices and opting for gentler, kinder strategies for living. Let us know if you have tips or maybe a story of how you changed your life by becoming ‘greener’ in the way you live. Tell us about your energy saving projects,  your organic vegetable plot, water saving strategies, your converted ECO vehicle or other related projects.