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Archive for February, 2012

Survival Straps

Survival Straps are stylish bracelets & gear that can help you survive whatever life throws at you. They are worn around the world as a fashion statement, but also as a symbol of strength, honor, survival, and the greatness of American production. They are made in America from super strong military spec paracord which gives them a secondary purpose. In an emergency situation, unravel the bracelet to deploy the paracord to help get you out of a jam. If you do use it in an emergency situation, send us your story, and we will send you a new one, free of charge.


1. Made from several feet of super strong military spec paracord.

2. Stainless shackle is makes the bracelets adjustable on your wrist.

3. A Break away pin is included for safety.

4. They are super stylish. We have over 50,000 color combinations to choose from.

5. We have many pieces of officially licensed gear. From collegiate, PGA Tour®, Wounded Warrior Project®, and much more. There is something for everybody!

6. Unravel the bracelet in an emergency anytime when super strong rope can help you out.

7. If you use it an emergency situation, we will send you a new one for free!

50% of the proceeds from the Wounded Warrior Project Survival Straps gear goes directly to them. You can find the Wounded Warrior Project line of gear under the “Shop Collections” menu. In addition, a portion of every purchase from our website goes towards our support for our nations heroes through both monetary and product donations. We have counter on the left that will keep track of the money and product that we have raised to date.

Why do we do this?

We are extremely passionate in our support for our Men and Women in uniform. We realize that we are able to lay our heads down on our pillows safely at night because of the work that they do. We must honor those who serve our country and protect our freedom. They come from all walks of life and from every part of our country. We really hope that our customers use our gear as a vehicle to show support for the members of our armed services and to help spread the word about the needs they have. Just as they have stood tall for our country, we must always stand by and support the Men and Women in uniform and their families.

Many of these brave Men and Women now need all of our help. That is why we have partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project. The struggles that our wounded soldiers face when they get back home from Iraq and Afghanistan are enormous. We are a small company, but we hope to do something big in raising awareness and dollars for our Men and Women who have sacrificed so much for us.
Thank you so much for your support!


Nickel Iron Battery Test : First Results Are In!

Iron Edison, Lakewood, CO – Iron Edison has been working with the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO to test the capacity of our nickel iron batteries. The lab tested the batteries at a 5, 10, and 20 hour rate and the results came back better than expected! In each test, the cells delivered more energy than their rated capacity. This is great news for our customers because they are getting more bang for their buck. We wanted to share these results with you so click the link below to view all of the results and see more photos from inside the lab.

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The full data set is available upon request. Email us at


The Green Trust Water Purifier in Anguilla

We just heard from one of our customers in Anguilla (eastern Caribbean) and she included a picture of her Green Trust Berkey Water Purifier. She bought one of our kits and built the unit from the ebook and video we include. You can learn more about our water purifier at


Survival Communications: Ham Radio

Next weekend I’m off to Columbia SC to get my Ham License. No, this isn’t permission to eat pork, this is my ticket to broadcast on Ham (Amateur) Radio frequencies. Now what does this have to do with survival? Ham Radio has the ability to reach around the world. You can talk to folks in a variety of situations, and stay informed about what’s really happening. You have the ability to call for help, or provide help to others in bad situations when land and cell lines aren’t available.

In times of crisis and natural disasters, amateur radio is often used as a means of emergency communication when wireline, cell phones and other conventional means of communications fail.

During Katrina, local officials relied heavily on Hams to coordinate rescues and organize search and rescue missions throughout the effected areas. Their ability to communicate when the grid goes down is one of the major reasons that I highly advise our readers to look into HAM Radio.

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

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Composting Disposable Hot Drink Cups

Here’s a message to all you fast food places that send hot drinks on the go. Your styrofoam cups and plastic sippy lids are passe! There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s compostable!

These cups (including the lids) are made of plant based materials, and are completely bio-degradable. They are printed with soy based inks, and do not use chlorine in the manufacturing process.

I use these cups, and recommend them!

The insulated technology keeps hot beverages warmer for longer, and prevents heat from escaping the cup, protecting the user and creating a more comfortable feel with only one product. The revolutionary new insulated cup requires no sleeve, uses 65% less CO2 than a traditional cup to produce, and can be composted in 90 days. Traditional insulated cups are made by adding additional layers of paper; however, the Repurpose insulated cup does the same with our patented insulation material on a single wall cup. This high quality food service product finally offers the greenest possible alternative to Styrofoam and non-compostable insulated cups.

Repurpose was founded in 2009 by a group of young environmental entrepenuers, looking for quality solutions to the problem of single use petroleum based plastic products. After searching and finding few quality and cost competitive compostable solutions, they decided to manufacture their own. Repurpose was born with its mission to replace all single use disposable plastics with high quality, innovative, plant based alternatives. Repurpose makes products from plants, not petroleum, using Ingeo™ resin and meet ASTM 6400 compostability standards.

Repurpose products are now available to consumers and to businesses allowing everyone the opportunity to lessen their dependence on oil, lower their carbon footprint, and find non-toxic, safe alternatives to plastic.