Category Archives: Tech

2014-Zero-SR2

Electric Motorcycle goes 0-60 in 3.3 Seconds? Um, Sure.

When sustainability melds with breakthrough performance the world celebrates. From Zero Motorcycles for 2014 comes the Zero SR, a motorcycle that goes 0-60 in 3.3 seconds.  As the company puts it, the Zero SR “is designed for riders who simply want to go faster and accelerate harder.”

Now, I know a whole of folks who want to go faster and accelerate harder.  They  may not care much for protecting the environment. But the electric motorcycle between their thighs will typically generate far fewer emissions than a gasoline-powered alternative regardless of whether the rider gives a hoot.

So whether you crave speed or an environmentally advanced way to get there and back, the Zero SR may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. Throw in the fact that its electric motor operates virtually maintenance-free and lazy environmentalists who have neither kids nor Jewish moms might be able to charge around town on one of these.

WHY IT’S GREEN: The 2012 Union of Concerned Scientist’s report “State of Charge” (PDF) notes that electric vehicles generate significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than most vehicles on the road today no matter where in the U.S. those vehicles are charged.

BUY: Zero SR from Zero Motorcycles ($16,695)

iSkelter Slate Mobile AirDesk Bamboo Lap Desk

Bamboo Accessories from iSkelter

Several years ago when we first lived in Asheville, this northern city boy had never actually seen live bamboo shoots. I’d seen plenty of bamboo furniture and furnishings from my days running Vivavi but never the living grass.

That’s right, bamboo is considered a grass. It grows fast. Really fast. Like crazy fast. And then it grows some more. When you cut it down, it grows back. Fast. So, it’s rapidly renewable. Hence, many of us consider it a green material.

Bamboo in the hands of the folks at iSkelter is a sight to behold. I’ve no idea if I really truly need a laptop desk. But this one – the Slate – diffuses heat, provides ample room for a mouse and also a nifty place to place your cell phone.  Hmmm. Maybe I do.

slate-laptop-pad

I also know that I definitely do not need a Chisel Dock for my iPhone. My phone does just fine wherever I happen to misplace it. But i love it. I want it. I want my phone to live in it.

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iSkelter is really onto something.  They keep crowd funding sustainable goods that I must own.  Nice job, guys.

Why It’s Green:  Bamboo is considered a grass. It grows fast. Really fast. Like crazy fast. And then it grows some more. When you cut it down, it grows back. Fast. So, it’s rapidly renewable natural material that can be used again and again.

Buy: iSkelter products