Outdoor Retail Show 2014 Spotlight: Solarpod

21 August, 2014

 

The Solarpod Buddy
 Our generation of smart phone users rely heavily on plug points.  When hiking or camping though, you can’t just plug your phone charger into the nearest fir tree, although, truth be told, there is a constant source of energy available to us in the great outdoors.  Solarpod's line of solar charged batteries offer a renewable energy source at an affordable price by harnessing the power of the sun.  
 
The solar charged batteries range in size and power.  The smallest is the Solarpod Buddy, pocket-sized and easy to carry everywhere, Solarpod Buddy carries 2 full mobile phone charges.  The next step up is the Solarpod 240, perfect for backup power at your home, office or as a mobile solar generator and for those of you wanting to get totally crazy there is the Solarpod 1k capable of powering a mini refrigerator for 36 hours.  Solarpod released their newest innovation the Solarpod Pyxis with Kickstarter.  The Pyxis is a USB chargeable battery pack that also has 3 intergrated solar panels.  Charge time at home is 4 hours, in the sun is 4.5 and with readily available energy the Pyxis promises to extend your battery life and allow smartphone users to take full advantage of all their smartphone has to offer.  Anyone that has tried to use location services while listening to their favorite playlist knows exactly what we are talking abbout.  Make sure to watch their Kickstarter video below.
  
The Solarpod Pyxis
 
Whether it’s camping overnight or wanting to be completely off the grid, the Solarpod offers a range of renewable energy sources while being light weight, with ultra slim solar cells and new batteries that hold a charge up to a year with only 15% degradation.  The sun can do some really remarkable things, it can charge your phone, run a mini fridge and even grow CRAiLAR’s flax fibre in the fields.  The more we use what Mother Nature has already provided for us, the closer we all get to becoming personal stewards for the earth.  
 

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Outdoor Retail Show 2014 Spotlight: Flowfold

18 August, 2014

As promised in our lastest blog post we would be featuring our personal highlights of this years Outdoor Retail Show.  Last week we featured the GoSun Stove and it's solar powered cooking capabilities.  Today, we are highlighting a company that started out with a few pieces of scrapped sail cloth and a Grandfather's failing leather wallet.

Peaks Island, referred to by locals as the Coney Island of Maine, is home to Flowfold and Flowfold's founder and creator, Chuck.  The first prototype was crafted after Chuck's Grandfather's leather wallet started falling apart.  As a teenager, Chuck worked sewing sailboat sails in Maine.  He took a few scraps from work and made the first Flowfold wallet, and since then, hundreds of prototypes have been made and put to the test. 
 
Flowfold's Taretero Design in the CRAiLAR Office!
Flowfold products are built with the same high tech racing sailcloths used by the world’s sailing elite. These cloths are composed of Carbon Fiber, Kevlar, Pentex or Polyester matrixes sandwiched between Mylar films. They are the toughest, lightest and most resilient cloths in the world due to their high tensile strength to weight ratios and ideal modulus of elasticities. The cloths used in Flowfold wallets are carefully drawn from scrap, blemish, and discontinued stock.
 
Flowfold offers three varieties for the heavy handed wallet user, all of which are lightweight, sweat resistant and ridiculously durable.  The Tarjetero wallet designed with a sleek outline for the minimalist in you, the Billfold, the original Flowfold for those who seek originality and the Trifold, able to fit all your plastic and paper needs while surviving a tsunami.
 
Today, Flowfold is an ecologically conscious lifestyle company that designs and manufactures products in Maine, USA.  Carry the Future with Flowfold and join their growing community of over 10,000 fans!

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Outdoor Retail Show 2014 Spotlight: GoSun Stove

13 August, 2014

CRAiLAR was at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah last week and we thank everyone we had the pleasure of meeting and talking with, it was truly a remarkable show!  Sustainability is the name of the game, we were so jazzed to see the collective conscience of so many companies being stewards for the planet and the environment   It made our hearts swell!  For the next week we are going to showcase a few innovators and their inventions we found to be truly inspiring, today we give you the GoSun Stove!

The GoSun Stove was created by veteran solar designer and tinkerer extroadiniare, Patrick Sherwin.  Having experience in off-grid living and expeditions into remote places, Patrick realized the short comings of solar ovens and appliances thus seeing the need for a dependeble solar-powered way to cook food.

To really dumb it down, Peter took solar hot water technology, did some really nifty modifications to it and from that he created the GoSun Stove.  It can bake, boil or fry a meal in 20 minutes, reaching temperatures of up to 550 degrees and all with out the use of fuel.  It's portable, you can attach it to your camping backpack, lightweight, no fumes, no smoke and also acts like a huge thermos, keeping food warm for hours.  

As if that didn't make the GoSun an exciting enough product the social and evironmental benefits add a deeper layer to simply preparing food with out the use of fuel.  Today nearly 3 billion people cook with dirty fuel sources, such as wood, dung or charcoal. As a result, the second leading cause of death on Earth is smoke inhalation related illness.  For every five GoSun Stoves purchased the company donates a stove to a family in need of a clean and safe way to cook as well as educates the community on how to prepare food with GoSun technology.

Whether you are on a beach, your backyard or a snowy mountain top the GoSun performs all with out the use of fuel.  We love this company's ethos and dedication to sustainable innovation and social empowerment.  See their introduction video below and be sure to visit their website by clicking this link.

 

 

 

Flax your Muscles!

5 August, 2014

 

Georgia Pacific Professional are preparing to release their latest cleaning innovation with Brawny Industrial Flax Cloths.  Made of 85% CRAiLAR flax fiber and 15% reconstituted cellulose fibers, the cloths are high performing, heavy duty and disposable.  Most shop towels are made from oil-based materials like propylene and polyster and contain dangerous heavy metals but Brawny Industrial Flax Cloths are a 100% USDA Certified Biobased Product.  A naturally soft, naturally absorbent, naturally safe and naturally sustainable cleaning option for those heavy duty industrial messes.

 

The professionals at GP put the cloths to the test.  Watch the updated video below to see how the competition holds up against the natural and powerful absorption of CRAiLAR Flax Fibers in Brawny Industrial Flax Cloths.

 

 

Impressed by the video?  Vote for Brawny Industrial Flax Cloths in the 2014 ISSA Innovation Award by clicking this link.

GP's Heavy Duty Wipes Pack Cleaning Power With Sustainable CRAiLAR Flax Fiber

14 July, 2014


GP's NEW Brawny Industrial® F800 Heavy Duty Flax Long Distance Roll Wiper

Georga Pacific’s new F800 Heavy Duty Wipe, features CRAiLAR Flax Fibre, making it not only tough on messes and spills due to its durability and absorption, but easy on the environment. The introduction of CRAiLAR's natural flax fiber (85% flax, 15% reconstituted cellulose fibers) creates an exciting new product with a soft hand feel that delivers a high-performing, heavy-duty, disposable wiper made from the stalks of flax plants.

GP's NEW Brawny Industrial® F800 Heavy Duty Wipe Dispenser

Available to order online in GP's product catalog, the Brawny Industrial® F800 Heavy Duty Wipe Dispenser and Long Distance Wiper Roll utilizes the same CRAiLAR Flax Fibers to form strong and absorbent wipers with great hand feel, and is made from 100% plant-based renewable material.  We are already happily using it in our own homes and workspaces.  If you don't believe us, watch the video below to see how Georgia Pacific puts the Flax Wipers to the test.  The demonstrations show that you can buy sustainable, earth friendly products with out sacrificing performance and quality that you expect from the brands you know and trust.

 

 

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