Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

Future Energy Saving Technology Infographic – ideas under test show promise

The good folk at SaveOnEnergy have sent us an infographic demonstrating some clever ways we might be saving energy in the future, using new technologies. We’re huge supporters of anything that can go towards helping us reduce consumption, even if some of it sounds like pie in the sky right now. You never know, right? Technology has a habit of delivering surprises down the line. So here’s the info (and a link to the main source) for you to enjoy.


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Pavegen – sustainable energy through walking

As we become more energy dependent, there is a need to create more energy for our use. Although we’ve relied on nonrenewable resources in the past to create our energy, in today’s world the focus is on sustainable. To that end, Pavegen wants to turn our footsteps into power.


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Nanobubbles – cute name for a powerful anti-pollution innovation

Non-biological pollutants are a huge problem for our planet’s waterways but sometimes these manmade pollutants cause a rise in harmful bacteria and viruses that further make a natural space uninhabitable. Which is to say, there may not be much in the way of trash that are is killing a waterway, the issue could be smaller than our human eyes can see. One scientist used nanotechnology to clean up and recover an entire wetland, saving it from utter destruction.


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ByFusion – the company making full sized LEGOs from waste material

  We talk a lot about things to do with plastic because it was built in 1907 and has been destroying the world ever since but it also helped in many of our advancements so you have to take the good with the bad. That being said, we can do better with the waste. ByFusion wants to turn all that waste into building materials.


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FarmBot Genesis – our robot overlords just want to keep us fed

Growing your own food is one way to become more sustainable in your life but not everyone has a green thumb or time to spend digging into the dirt (no matter how therapeutic it may be). For those that want to grow their own food but are better with a keyboard than a trowel, check out FarmBot Genesis, the open source farming robot.


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Eco Friendly August 1, 2016 posted by

Open Source Toolkit – awesome low cost home building eco project deserves our support

We’ve been following the Open Source Ecology project for a while now – since 2012 actually – as we just love the idea of putting together an open source program for living sustainably. Now the team has gone one further and created a very interesting initiative to make home building fast and affordable by a massive factor.


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Open Source Toolkit – awesome low cost home building eco project deserves our support
Eco Friendly July 21, 2016 posted by

The Ocean Cleanup – the set it and forget it way to clean up the Earth’s oceans

The ocean is sort of a large part of our planet and we’ve spent a good deal of time just filling it all up with garbage. We’ve realized the error of our ways and we’re trying to fix it. The Ocean Cleanup is a largescale project that wants to use the ocean to . . clean the ocean.


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The Ocean Cleanup – the set it and forget it way to clean up the Earth’s oceans

Quebec company’s innovative technology means polystyrene (styrofoam) can be recycled

We’re all familiar with that white chunky packaging that’s snug around all our electronics. But styrofoam or polystyrene is very difficult to recycle, with few exceptions. Polystyvert, a company in Quebec, has developed a process that not only makes polystyrene recyclable but enhances its “green” factor. Founded in 2011, the company provides expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers they call concentrators for on-site collection at the business sites where the polystyrene is. Once filled with up to 66o pounds of EPS, the…


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diy July 12, 2016 posted by

Open Building Institute – A Cheap Open Source House in 5 Days!

Your home is one of your biggest assets and making it green is a way to help out the Earth from the word go. If where you live is sustainable, then you’re already having far less of an impact on the world around you. The Open Building Institute is an initiative to help provide people with the information they need to build green living structures.


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Warka Water – check out this sustainable water harvesting tower

Humans have a really hard time surviving without water. It’s one of those things, like shelter and food that we REALLY need in order to stay alive but for some reason, we don’t always live in places where there is a lot water. The Warka Water design is a unique water harvesting technique that brings water to places that would be without.


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Warka Water – check out this sustainable water harvesting tower

Siva Atom – get some cardio and charge your phone

When you move, you create energy. Most of the time this energy is lost but thanks to the wonders of technology, there are new ways to harness that power and let you interact with it in useful ways. The Siva Atom Is a battery bank that you charge by riding your bike.


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Awesome June 29, 2016 posted by

Solar E Cycle – the sun powered bikes looking to help make life better for those who live off grid

There are a lot of places in the world that don’t have great electrical grids but just about everywhere in the world gets at least a touch of sunlight. The Solar-E-Cycle is an electric bike that runs on solar power with the goal of helping people who live in areas that would be considered “off grid”.


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Solar E Cycle – the sun powered bikes looking to help make life better for those who live off grid
Awesome June 22, 2016 posted by

Eco-Cooler – check out this electricity free air conditioner and learn how to make your own!

It’s really hot out there and in some countries, it’s deathly hot and not everyone has access to air conditioning. One of the places dealing with this particular issue right now is Bangladesh, India. In order to help keep people cooler, two companies teamed up to create the Eco-Cooler, an air conditioner that doesn’t use any electricity.


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Eco-Cooler – check out this electricity free air conditioner and learn how to make your own!
Eco Friendly June 10, 2016 posted by

Innovative bricks made from recycled waste

Two recent architectural grad students in the Netherlands are using recycled waste as a building material . Their start-up StoneCycling has created WasteBasedBricks, made from the waste from nearby glass, ceramics and insulation factories.The company also sometimes uses rejected clay from traditional brick factories, along with demolition waste. There are a number of green benefits to using this type of recycled building material. It not only saves waste from ending up in a landfill, Manufacturing WasteBasedBricks also produces significantly less…


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