Have a Solar Summer!

Have a Solar Summer!

Jun 10, 2011
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With summer's arrival, it's time to start enjoying the long days and warm nights in one of our favorite spaces - the outdoors. Get your garden solar-ready with these eco-friendly picks for grills, lighting, and lounging.

GRILLS (top row)

  1. FYRKAT Charcoal Picnic Grill from Bodum, $59.95: A colorful, retro-inspired grill, perfect for the beach or your balcony.
  2. GreenFire Rocket Stove from StoveTec, $82.95: An economical but highly effective way to cook off-grid. This stove requires very little wood, retains heat exceptionally well, and produces minimal smoke.
  3. Studiomama's DIY Outdoor Kitchen:, FREE: Download the do-it-yourself plans to create this fun outdoor kitchen, comprised of a gas cooking hob, a bucket sink, a chopping board and storage for crockery, utensils and a few food ingredients.
  4. FlameDisk, $5.00: This affordable eco-alternative to grilling is a no-brainer. Made of solidified ethanol, simply peel off the top, light any one of the holes, and you're ready to grill. Fully recyclable.
  5. The Cookup200 Solar Oven Cooker, ~$500USD: This portable solar cooker can be assembled in minutes and folds up into a handy little carrying case. Made with 100% recyclable, optical polyester.

LIGHTING (middle row)

  1. Halley Lamp by Vibia Design, www.vibialight.com: This easy to assemble, portable and lightweight outdoor lighting system utilizes LED strips to beautifully transform any outdoor space.
  2. Luau Portable Lamp, $199: This portable lamp runs on a rechargeable (lasts up to 10 hours) and dimmable LED light.
  3. Soji LED Modern Solar Lantern, $39 (or four for $37 each): This lantern features a subtle white floral pattern and is completely powered by the sun. It is equipped with a photo light sensor (to turn itself on and off), two high-powered Amber LED lights and rechargeable batteries.
  4. Aurora Glow Sea Glass Solar LED String Lights, $49 per string (six for $40 each). A flexible way to bring ambiance to an outdoor setting.
  5. Candela Lights from Vessel, $39-$129: these portable rechargeable LED lights provide a warm, ambient glow.

LOUNGING (bottom row)

  1. Nestrest Hanging Lounger by Dedon, www.dedon.com: This cozy nesting lounger will make you want to stay outdoors all summer long.
  2. Kitsilano Beach Deck Chair by Gallant and Jones, $215.
  3. Valencia Teak Chair, $295: Made from sustainably grown and harvested teak.
  4. Recycled Plastic 4 Slat Adirondack by Loll, $599: Made from 100% recycled HDPE.
  5. The Emmet Adirondack Chair & Ottoman from Room & Board, $179: Made from 100% recycled HDPE.

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