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SunBell: a Solar Lamp With The Power to Give More Than Light

December 15, 2014

SunBell lights up the night for kids at Mein Thauk Orphanage in Myanmar. By filmmaker Lise Wulff.   BRIGHT's SunBell Solar Lamp and Charger is a beautifully designed, smart, sustainable and multi functional solution for shining a light on nighttime fun. It will light up your campsite while cooking or hanging out under the stars. It's a reading lamp, an overhead tent or camp light, a flashlight, a mobile charger, or a speaker for your cell phone. A dimmer switch lets you choose between 3 levels of LED light intensity and operating time. SunBell is quick and easy to recharge in just 3-4 hours of good sunlight. Thanks to a generous 9-foot cord, you can place the solar panel in the sun and secure the device inside. And, when you're ready...

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The Artisans and Makers are Coming

November 25, 2014

“In order to thrive, artisanal manufacturing must push for innovation in direct-to-consumer distribution and spread brand awareness through loyal customers who now hold the power to make or break companies,” says Bruce Upbin of Forbes Magazine.  And that's where you and the COMMON Marketplace jump in together.  This season we're introducing great new products borne of the artisan and maker era. You will soon see home, skin care and lifestyle tools, all designed for daily use. Each product is made from natural, non-toxic materials ranging from essential oils, plants and herbs, to reclaimed wood, leathers and fabrics. Most important, they are made by hand, sourced from historical or folk traditions, and they wear beautifully. One of the many items we’re introducing in this group is the Anselm Bookbinding...

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