Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

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Eco Friendly June 23, 2015 posted by

Grow It Yourself Mushroom Material – experiment with this plastic replacement

Plastic is pretty horrible for the environment. It’s disposable but once we toss it, the Earth has a pretty hard time getting rid of it so there’s a lot of waste filling landfills and floating in the ocean. Evocative Designs has a solution with a plastic replacement material made from mushrooms. You can try it for your own creations with Grow It Yourself Mushroom Material.


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Grow It Yourself Mushroom Material – experiment with this plastic replacement
Eco Friendly June 22, 2015 posted by

ecoATM – turn in your old mobile devices for cash

By now most of us have a legion of outdated mobile tech products sitting around the house. Old phones, MP3 players and the like that we’ve upgraded from. You should be passingly aware that you can’t just toss them in the bin but short of posting them on Craigslist, what else can you do? Enter ecoATM, the machine that recycles your tech for cold, hard cash.


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ecoATM – turn in your old mobile devices for cash
Eco Friendly June 18, 2015 posted by

Used Nissan Leaf batteries to gain 2nd life as home energy storage

The Nissan Leaf – a compact, five-door hatchback electric car – has been around since 2010, at least in the States. Once its lithium-ion batteries need replacement, the used battery packs have slowly filtered out into the Japanese marketplace as alternative energy sources such as back-up home generators. Now they’re venturing out into the world as battery packs for stationary energy storage. Partnering with commercial energy storage company Green Charge Network, who will provide the power management software, Nissan designed…


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Used Nissan Leaf batteries to gain 2nd life as home energy storage
Eco Friendly June 6, 2015 posted by

Entrepreneur “grows” real furniture

Wood-based furniture is usually made with timber, nails or metal fittings and glue. Over time, inherent weak points cause joints to fail, requiring us to repair or replace our favorite easy chair or dining room set. That’s the way it’s always been. Until now. Lampshades “growing” around formers, photo by Full Grown For the past nine years, Gavin Munro and his UK-based company Full Grown has worked with trees to nurture them, shaping them into one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture that…


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Entrepreneur “grows” real furniture
Eco Friendly June 4, 2015 posted by

Plumen Drop Cap And Pendant Set – keep stylish lighting while keeping your carbon footprint low

Low energy light bulbs are very in vogue because saving the planet is everyone’s responsibility. But despite what you may think, living a greener lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to be unfashionable. The Plumen Drop Cap and Pendant Set are the first designer low energy light bulbs.


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Plumen Drop Cap And Pendant Set – keep stylish lighting while keeping your carbon footprint low
Eco Friendly June 2, 2015 posted by

2015 VW Golf TSI Bluemotion – 3 cylinder, 76.5 mpg, 127 mph, petrol wizard [Review]

Something’s up with the car world. Unless we’re hallucinating, it looks like the major manufacturers are actually starting to try and produce vehicles which are designed to be fuel frugal, instead of sticking their head in the sand about the economic and environmental situation. The result is more and more cars on the road which give more miles per gallon, without sacrificing quality, performance or style.


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2015 VW Golf TSI Bluemotion – 3 cylinder, 76.5 mpg, 127 mph, petrol wizard [Review]
Eco Friendly May 19, 2015 posted by

Luka EV – 20,000 euros, 130 kph top speed, 300 km range, electric hub motors, open source

You have to be some special kind of crazy to try and create your own electric car. Lots of people have tried, and lots have come unstuck, because at the end of the day there’s an awful lot that can go wrong with your design and plans. For example almost all the electric cars featured on this page are no longer in existence. It’s a tough world out there. Especially with the major manufacturers like Nissan and BMW engaged in…


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Luka EV – 20,000 euros, 130 kph top speed, 300 km range, electric hub motors, open source
Awesome May 18, 2015 posted by

Google Autonomous Cars – they’re real, they’re coming and they’ll transform our cities completely

In the scant six years (yes that short) since Google first sprung the idea of self-driving cars onto the world stage, things have moved on significantly. Their vehicles have now racked up around 1 million autonomous miles of driving on test tracks and roads, and during that time only 11 minor accidents – caused by other people, and mostly from rear end shunts at traffic lights!


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Google Autonomous Cars – they’re real, they’re coming and they’ll transform our cities completely
Awesome May 15, 2015 posted by

Tabby EVO – the $4000 open source electric car you can build yourself in an hour

Do you want to know what’s keeping car industry execs awake at night right now? It’s not oil prices, it’s the convergence of open source and 3D printing technologies. Sure, right now the whole idea of DIY cars is a pipe dream, but look forward a decade or so and you can easily see a situation where car production goes completely local.


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Tabby EVO – the $4000 open source electric car you can build yourself in an hour
Eco Friendly May 14, 2015 posted by

Peugeot 208 fuel consumption world record shows how peak oil is having a real effect

A standard 1.6 liter BlueHDi Peugeot 208 car has just set a new long distance fuel consumption record by clocking up an astonishing 141.2 mpg. That’s a miserly 2.0l/ 100km. The car drove for a total of 2,152 kilometers (778 miles) on a test track in France using just 43 liters of diesel fuel. That’s got to be less than a tank full!


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Peugeot 208 fuel consumption world record shows how peak oil is having a real effect
diy May 14, 2015 posted by

Tesla Torch – amazing DIY flashlight gives 1 min of light for every 1 second of hand cranking

If you’ve ever tried to use a hand crank flashlight, you will know that they’re a) very cool but b) a real pain, because you need to keep cranking the handle until your arm drops off to get any decent amount of run time out of the LED bulbs. But now some very clever chap has come up with a superb 3D printed DIY solution.


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Tesla Torch – amazing DIY flashlight gives 1 min of light for every 1 second of hand cranking
Eco Friendly May 2, 2015 posted by

Groundfridge – the perfectly eco way to store your family food

Back in the day everyone who was anyone knew that the best way to store your food, especially the stuff that you grew yourself, was deep in the ground. In Sweden they called these places Jordkällare, or earth cellars, and they were very useful. Now a new instant fit version has been produced by the Dutch, which looks rather interesting.


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Groundfridge – the perfectly eco way to store your family food
Eco Friendly April 24, 2015 posted by

W Hotels now use sheets made from recycled plastic bottles

There’s way too much plastic in the world and the lion’s share of that is used for plastic water bottles. Too often, those bottles are getting tossed rather than recycled. Thankfully, the W Hotel chain is doing something about that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3Kz-8LasKo&feature=youtu.be W Hotels now feature Ekocycle sheets, a brand of sheet developed by Coca Cola in partnership with rapper will. i. am. First introduced in North America on April 13th, these eco-friendly sheets are made from 30 percent rPet polyester,…


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W Hotels now use sheets made from recycled plastic bottles