Danny Seo is a bit of a eco-conscious Renaissance man, bringing environmentally friendly solutions and tips to just about every corner of the house through his books, television appearances, product lines and online presence. He started his mission to educate and share about what would later become the "Simply Green" philosophy from the young age of 12, when he founded the grassroots organization Earth 2000. He's since expanded the scope and reach of his mission to bring eco-friendly solutions to everyone...
Since then, his name has become synonymous with the transition toward a healthier and eco-friendly lifestyle, with partnerships with the likes of Simmons Natural Care, JCPenny and Method Products. Danny is more apt to recycle and reuse, and admittedly isn't the tech obsessed type. But you've got to admire someone who fashioned dumbbells out of old compact discs and is helping the push toward more energy efficient solutions like LED lighting and induction top cooking. Below are the tech tools that come in handy in his daily life.
I have a new book coming out next year called Upcycling that's all about eco-friendly crafts where you take something obsolete or old and transform it into something unexpectedly new. These dumbbells were the inspiration for the book. I don't really work out with them, but I love their modernist look and love even more people's reaction t it for the first time. It's just a 12" inch threaded rod from the hardware store, about 100 CDs and bolts to keep them in place.
Kohler Dual Flush Toilet
Yes, a toilet. Anywhere else outside the United States, toilets with two flushing options is pretty common, but here in the U.S., I have to explain how to use my bathroom to guests. You press the smaller button (#1) when you need to, um, #1. And the other button for…well, you get the point.
My Old Blackberry and Flipcam
I call this my social media office; it goes wherever I go. I used to be the spokesperson for a nonprofit called The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (a mouthful, right?). Their goal was to collect used cell phones for recycling to keep them out of landfills. When you are immersed in the knowledge that millions of phones are needlessly thrown away every year just because something newer comes out, you kinda don't care about having the latest. For the Flipcam, I love it because it's basically idiot-proof. I've done audition tapes in minutes and even make my celebrity clients film videos for various company's Facebook pages. Point, shoot, plug in and go.
Dyson Air Multiplier
I helped launched the Dyson vacuum in 2002 by placing them inside the Imitation of Christ fashion show in NYC. Tara Subkoff, the lead designer, failed to mention to me that topless models would be vacuuming with them, but nevertheless, it got a LOT of attention. I still have one of those original Dyson vacuums, so I figure this Air Blade must be well-made, too. On a hot summer day, it's been great having a continuous stream of quiet air blowing, all without dusty blades or noisy motors. This thing is pure brilliance and whisper quiet.
LED Lightbulbs and Lamps
Light Emitting Diodes are going to make CFL bulbs look like the Hummers of lighting. In my foyer, I'm using LED bulbs inside the fixtures and love the fact they'll last around 20 years. That means, when I'm 53, I'll have to replace them. Christ. These LED lamps were shot for a JCPenney lookbook that I styled. I work for JCPenney as their Green Living Partner and these are part of our Simply Green line. It's nice that you can go to a mainstream store and buy LED lamps at a fraction of the cost; and I might add, they look pretty darn cool, too.
Cooks Induction Top
If you can't afford to replace your entire stove with one of those induction cooktops all those foodies are coveting, this little portable one is the way to go. It's from the COOKS line also at JCPenney. Induction cooking uses magnetic technology to directly transfer heat to the metal cookware to speed up cooking. Just boil a pot of water and you'll see. It also uses 20% less energy, so it's pretty green. Whenever I have guests over for a Sunday brunch party, this is a time saver in making omelets and pancakes in a jiffy.
Sony VAIO VPCY115FX
I'm not an Apple person. Sorry. Don't send me hate mail. I just don't like the Iphone, the Ipad, the IAnything. I do love my Sony Vaio computer and this thing travels with me all over the country. I had a netbook for, like, a second and it was just the biggest waste of money. For the amount of writing, blogging, video uploading and digital photos shoots that we do, nothing beats this thing. Yes, all of the photographers and their digital assistants I work with at photo shoots are Mac lovers, but so far, nobody has rolled their I-balls at me.
Kohler Industrial Faucet
I wonder if I went to Yuppy-ville when I installed this industrial style faucet in my kitchen two years ago. I felt like a Range Rover, two Golden Retrievers and Prada loafers would be next. But this baby makes washing dishes a breeze. The toughest baked on messes on pots and pans can be blasted away on one setting; just twist the nozzle, and you have a gentle stream of water for more delicate things like glassware. Let me put it this way: I don't let other people wash dishes at my house. That's how much I like this thing.
9 out of 10 people I work with do not know what on Earth I'm talking about when I ask "do you have an FTP site." YouSendIt is my go-to home to send large files----Flipcam videos for a blog, hundreds of images for a new book, digital reels or lookbooks---to anyone without fear it's going to be rejected by a company's server. The monthly fee I pay is more than worth it.