Top 7 Green Gadgets and Innovations of 2011

2011 has been a great year for green innovations and products and we here at The Chic Ecologist would like to share some of our favorites. This years list includes green electronics, biodegradable stickers and eco-friendly designs all which present …

Green Driveway Path Options

Create a green space on your driveway- Do it yourself or professionally installed with so many options! A while back, I wrote about Green Driveways and Paths, which ended up being a pretty popular article. I figured that it would …

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Building Slam! 2011

Ten projects. Ten slides. Ten minutes. Emceed by Patti Southard, of the King County Green Tools Program, this year’s Annual Green Building Slam! put on by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is sure to be interesting. What: Annual Green Building Slam! …

Composting with Local Cafe Coffee Grounds

If you have a composting pile or bin for your home garden, then you should head down to your local cafe and pick up these compost boosters. Coffee shops throw away tons of used coffee grounds each year, grounds which …

Leaf vs Volt – Who is Winning Sales?

With six months of sales under their belts, which is coming out on top when it comes to sales in the plug-in EV battle? Apparently the Nissan Leaf has the lead with 3,875 sold LEAFs so far in 2011 while …

Electric Car Showdown – Chevy Volt vs. Nissan Leaf

It’s so exciting to have affordable full electric highway legal cars back on the market! Brings me back to the mid 90’s all over again. This time we have some choices with Chevrolet launching the Volt right around the same …

Ford Focus Global Drive

In an effort to promote the Ford Focus, the Ford Motor Company is promoting a competition called Global Drive. While I am optimistic of future electric cars such as the Chevy Volt, I myself am a fan of this small, …

Government Vehicles Going Green

As some of you know, I work for a lab run by the Department of Energy. I get the opportunity to not only witness exciting research that furthers tomorrow’s sustainable lifestyles, but also to see the changes the federal government …

The Driving Significance of Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

I am currently undergoing the search for a beautiful new (or used) car for myself. As daunting as the search can be, there are a lot of great facts about hybrid-electric vehicles that I’ve found during the process. Luckily, as …

Release, React, Recycle

This is awesome! There are many ways to alleviate anger and frustration and many ways to recycle. Combine them and you get Glassphemy! I a new project in New York by the creative David Belt to encourage fun recycling. Glassphemy! …

Fun At The Eco-Chic Expo

I hope many of you had a chance to visit the Eco-Chic Expo yesterday at the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center that Rachel posted about last week.  Featuring many different local sustainable living companies, the expo was definitely a great and interactive …

Platinum For Fuel Cells Gets Cheaper

The DOE laboratory I work for recently published some promising results of one of our fuel cell experiments. Researchers with the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Houston recently found a way to get platinum …