Stuff we love this Jan/Feb: A mushroom farm in a box. A lamp that simulates sunrise. And much more.
Airmega is an energy-efficient, smart, app-controlled HEPA filter for your home that automatically adjusts to your room’s air quality and purifies it accordingly. airmega.com
Goal Zero makes it possible to store and use power efficiently. I’ve been living primarily off-grid for the last year using the Yeti 400 Portable Power Station. It can supply enough power for a computer, lights, Wi-Fi and small appliances. (I charge it each day with a Goal Zero solar panel.) Larger units to power full-sized appliances all the way down to pocket-sized phone chargers are available. goalzero.com
This clever bedside light uses slowly increasing brightness followed by sounds that gently grow louder to wake the user up, as opposed to a traditional alarm clock’s jarring sound. Waking up to dawn-like light has been shown to improve mood and cognitive performance later in the day. Some models simulate sunrise colors (red, orange and yellow). And some even guide you through breathing exercises and a sunset simulation to help you fall asleep at the end of the day. usa.philips.com
Reduce your food miles to a few feet by growing your own mushrooms out of a box. Just add water to this organic pearl oyster mushroom growing kit, and 10 days later you’ll have fresh, delicious ’shrooms that are ready to cook and eat. backtotheroots.com
Urban Wood Goods builds beautiful handcrafted benches, tables and more out of lumber reclaimed from old buildings. All of the wood used is old-growth lumber harvested in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The tree rings are closer together in old-growth lumber because trees took more time to grow in the denser forests where they had to compete for sunlight and water. This made them stronger and their wood more durable. urbanwoodgoods.com
RIVA WAND series wireless speakers use a patented technology that mixes the left-right stereo signal and blasts it out through three channels of amplification. The result? Surprisingly powerful yet hi-fi sound given the speakers’ size. The Arena model is super portable and comes with an optional battery that gives you 20-plus hours of playing time. It even lets you charge your phone. rivaaudio.com