Plastic Microbeads No More: Unilever Will Phase Out Micro-Plastics From Their Facial Scrubs And Exfoliators.

Microbead Food ChainGood for Unilever – the makers of Dove soaps, Vaseline and Pond’s skin cream has decided to phase out slow-to biodegrade plastic microbeads from their products. Microbeads are used in Unilever produced facial scrubs and personal care products as an exfoliator. After use, the environmentally damaging microbeads enter the waste stream and eventually travel up the marine food chain. Here’s the statement from a Unilever’s website:

“The issue of plastics particles in the ocean is an important issue and we have reviewed the use of micro beads in our portfolio (both current products and those in the pipeline). We have decided to phase out the use of plastic micro beads as a ‘scrub’ material in all of our personal care products. We expect to complete this phase out globally by 2015.”

So what can you do now to avoid plastic microbeads in your facial scrub? According to Sue Kinsey of the Marine Conservation Society, you should read the label carefully and look for natural alternatives such as products that contain sand. [Guardian]


The Eco-Polyglu Takes In Dirty Water And Cranks Our Clean Water.

Skip ahead to the 1:30 mark to watch the Eco-Polyglu in action. The $145 Eco-Polyglu from Poly Glu International is a hand-cranked water filter / purifier that makes non-potable water potable by using polyglutamic acid to bind the suspended solids and a filter to collect them. From a Poly Glu spokesman:

“Rotating the tank results in aeration which furthers the effectiveness of the acid making it easier to separate and remove toxicants such as colon bacterium and heavy metals.”

Poly Glu International hopes their Eco-Polyglu will find a market as an affordable water purification system in developing nations and everywhere else as an emergency water purifier.

Eco-Polyglu Water Purifier from Poly Glu International

The Eco-Polyglu sounds like a great idea and the only way it could be marketed more effectively is if the guy in all of their videos pounded the glass of newly-clean Eco-Polyglu’d water. A product name change wouldn’t hurt either – how does “H2O Yeah!” sound? [RocketNews 24]


Panasonic’s Thermoelectric Hot Water Pipes Generate 7.5 Watts Of Power Per Foot.

Panasonic is designing an improved system to generate thermoelectric power by making it more efficient. Thermoelectric power is created via temperature differences – in this case, between the hot and cold water running through your house. Attempts to generate thermoelectric power in the past have been unsuccessful due to the amount of heat lost in the process.

The video pretty much explains how Panasonic’s thermoelectric tubes work. [DigInfo]

Somewhat related article: 100-Megawatt Power Plant via Variations in Ocean Temperature


Mark Wilby Is Protesting Illegal Rhinoceros Poaching By Sending Toenail Clippings To Chinese Embassy. (GRAPHIC)

“I’m doing this out of a sense of horror and powerlessness.”
Why Mark Wilby protests illegal rhino poaching in South Africa by sending his toenail clippings to the Chinese Embassy.

It’s likely that by the end of 2012, 600+ rhinoceroses will be illegally killed in South Africa. It’s all about the extremely valuable rhino horn that is made up of mostly keratin – a protein found in human hair and nails. In Asia, rhino horn is ground and consumed for its “believed”, yet unproven, healing properties and is used to treat fevers and inflammation.

Frustrated by the wasteful rhino killings, Mark Wilby is taking his fight to one of the expected end-users by sending his toenail clippings to the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and he’s encouraging others to do this same. Mr. Wilby knows his toenail campaign is disrespectful but guided by a feeling of powerlessness, hopes his form of protest will effect change where other methods have failed.

Jubbling thinks Mr. Wilby may be on to something. This form of protest will not only motivate our environmentally concerned kids to clip their seldom cut toenails but it’ll also encourage them to write letters too. [E360]

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
972 Pretorius Street
Arcadia 0083
South Africa
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
87 Brooks Street, Brooklyn
Guateng 0181
South Africa

Just Added Kopi Luwak (Civet Turd Coffee) To My Unbucket List.

Don't Drink Kopi Luwak!!!The first guy to brew and drink Kopi Luwak coffee deserves a Jubbling patch – the people drinking it today deserve a nut-shot. Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee, is made from post-digested coffee berry beans that are dug out of Asian palm civet crap. A pound of this shitted coffee sells for $230. The popularity of Kopi Luwak coffee has skyrocketed thanks in part to a mention of the drink in the 2007 film “The Bucket List.” Unfortunately, the Asian palm civet hasn’t benefited from the boom. The Guardian posted an article on how the crazy interest in Kopi Luwak has led to force-fed farming conditions for the Asian palm civet that can only be compared to the gluttony scene in the film Se7en.

Sorry Kopi Luwak, you are now on my unbucket list. Mr. Kopi Luwak (?) was a Jubbling award winner when he dug some beans out of a Asian civet dookie, roasted it and then plugged his nose and drank the first sip of the drink that now bears his name. Jubbling can’t help but feel that choosing to drink it today would make you feel like how Kopi Luwak is delivered. [Guardian]


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]