Kohler’s Moxie Bluetooth Speaker + Showerhead Is A Short-Shower Killer.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead SpeakerKohler Moxie bluetooth speaker in showerhead.Get the $200 Kohler Moxie bluetooth in-showerhead speaker and say hello to 20 minute showers. Just when we needed a shower that goes cold after 3 minutes comes one that encourages the showerer to hit shuffle and extend it exponentially. Haven’t seen it yet but my guess is Kohler’s recommended playlist for the Moxie includes “Never Stop” (Echo & the Bunnymen) and “Don’t Stop Now” (Crowded House). If Jubbling had a say, the playlist would include “I Know It’s Over” (The Smiths), “Drain You” (Nirvana), “Leave Home” (The Chemical Brothers) and “Seconds” (U2). [Gizmodo]

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U2 Tour = 360, Carbon Footprint = Zero?

Ireland’s fab four, U2, is redefining the rock concert in more ways than one with their newest world tour called the 360° Tour, produced by Live Nation. U2’s website touts that they’re committed to a net zero emissions goal for the global tour with suggestions that fans carpool to their concert dates and refill aluminum water bottles instead of buying plastic bottles at the venue. A marketing firm called Music Matters is acting as U2’s official “Environmental Advisor.” “The crew has embraced a lot of our initiatives and has even been developing ideas of their own they would like to implement,” said Lucy August-Perna, Music Matters touring Greening Manager. Their initiatives include backstage and bus recycling, battery and electronics recycling, refillable water stations, composting in catering, analyzing truck and bus operations to reduce their environmental footprint.

U2 inspires us at Jubbling, as they do so many others. They are, by far, my favorite band dating back to the early 80s when I first heard their entire Boy album on a Philly radio station. They’re still socially and politically conscious, musically innovative and they continue to strive for excellence and relevance as younger hearts and minds replace their original fan base. So why do I have the long face? Does Adam Clayton even care?

Maybe George Costanza’s remarks from a 1990 Seinfeld episode can best sum it up – “Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.” Music Matters’ emissions target for this tour can be far reaching but consider the amount of manpower and machinery it takes to power a world tour of this magnitude. In fact, check out this video clip of U2’s main stage being erected and then tell me that battery recycling is really the answer to reducing impact:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5P1Vkzel4k[/youtube]

Don’t get me wrong; I love the band and I have paid my money to see their shows over the years but there is some hypocrisy to hyping a tour with net zero emissions and then flying away on private jets. See my carbon offset story for more details.

We have to admit to ourselves that entertainment in the form of arena concerts uses lots of natural and man-made resources to keep shows exciting, especially in a culture where bigger is better. This beginning attempt by U2 and Music Matters may be enough to make other big acts wake up and take notice, especially if it saves money in the long run. Simply paying off a show’s impact with carbon credits is not the answer! The tricky thing is keeping a live show interesting enough for audience members while at the same time cutting the environmental impact. That’s a Jubbling puzzle we all face when we look to lessen impact in our own lives. Personally, I already have tickets to their Seattle show in June 2010 and I plan on taking public transportation and wearing an extra pair of adult undergarments so I don’t have to miss a beat.

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