There is nothing more frustrating than gutters that are clogged during the fall and then ice-damaged during the winter. It's bad for your house and a nuisance to repair. RainTube, one of Sustainable Industries top green building products of the year, will not only alleviate these problems, but also assist in a rainwater collection system...
RainTube is a lightweight perforated material that fits snugly into the body of a gutter to keep debris high up out of the water where it can dry out quickly. Rainwater is scrubbed clean as it quickly passes through the RainTube and to a downspout. In addition to preventing clogged gutters, it helps prevent snow and ice buildup and can even be fitted with an optional heating element.
RainTube will not deteriorate and is virtually invisible when in place. It is made of 100% recycled HDPE (old milk jugs, etc), is completely recyclable and comes with a lifetime warranty. According to the company RainTube is one of only eleven companies worldwide to achieve a Cradle to Cradle Gold Tier Certification.
The company also makes rain barrels, BarrelMan, out of salvaged and recycled lumber with a waterproof liner - a decent alternative for people who'd prefer the look of a wooden barrel over plastic.