Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

cool tech July 29, 2010 posted by

Urbanlit-e 1603 Electric Folding Bicycle – light, small, zippy dippy

This new Urbanlit-e 1603 Electric Bicycle is a Chinese model which actually looks decent, comes with a reasonable spec and appears to come with a reasonable weight of just 19kg all in. Judging from the photos it won’t fold into a very small package, but it’s probably enough to cram into a car when needed. Range is 35km, charging time 5 –  7 hours, and the low price of £646.25 reflects the fact that it’s using a cheaper brush type motor…


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Bookmark This! July 27, 2010 posted by

How Much Energy Does Your Website Use?

How Much Energy Does Your Website Use? Interesting little service which analyses your website’s power consumption on load. I’m happy to report we’re significantly under the average. Goodness knows which sites are lighting up a bulb for over 25 seconds.  Enter your website address below to find out how much energy is used each page load! Tags: how+much+energy+does+your+website+use, ecological, online+application


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Awesome July 26, 2010 posted by

Arboform – liquid wood is better than plastic and vastly more earth friendly

ArboForm is a ‘sustainable’ plastic type material invented by a couple of German dudes, Juergen Pfitzer and Helmut Naegele, which is 100% renewable, totally biodegradable (you can even burn it like wood) and can be formed into just about any shape you need. The material is made from lignin, a component of wood and a by-product of the paper making process. Apparently the paper industry throws away around 50 million tonnes of lignin every year, which makes it very attractive as a low cost plastic replacement….


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Eco Friendly July 26, 2010 posted by

Makani Air Turbines – taking power from the wind with added complex

It strikes me – as a rank amateur of course – that the last thing you would want in order to generate electrical power from the wind, would be a complex tethered kite concept. The Makani Airborne Wind Turbine system however combines just these elements in its  proposed low cost power generation product. There’s lots of nice charts, pics and videos on the site, but you can’t help feeling that any system which relies on swinging an aircraft around on a bit of string at…


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Eco Friendly July 23, 2010 posted by

Scratch and Scroll Mouse Pad – the low tech alternative to the low tech Post-It Note

This Scratch and Scroll Mouse Pad combines one of those lift and delete reusable scratch pad thingies with a mouse pad type format. Yeah it’s primitive, but pretty useful too, especially for those quick phone number moments where you need to jot and run. £17.97.  There’s no more collecting little bits of paper all over your desk and screen – when you’ve finished with the information, just flip up the semi-transparent top sheet and you’ve got a clean slate! (Which…


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Eco Friendly July 22, 2010 posted by

Solar Dwarf Lights – the garden gnome goes all high tech

The Solar Dwarf Light proves that there’s nothing sacred when it comes to the world of the microchip. These cutesy little garden gnomes contain a solar panel, rechargeable battery and an LED light to give your garden a little twinkly feel come twilight. And you thought gnomes were just for decoration?  Solar Panel: crystal silicon solar panel Battery: NI-MH/CD battery, 1.2V 600mah Light source: super bright LED LED color: 1pcs white light LED. Material: Poly resin Working time: 8 hours…


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Bookmark This! July 22, 2010 posted by

iPrint – eco friendly printing freeware saves paper, money, the planet

iPrint is a cool little freeware program which lets you set up a detailed print schedule and so save paper and money. The program will also automatically delete pages it thinks are blank –  useful for printing out web sites with orphan pages – and give you the option to print multiple pages on one sheet to save space. I rarely print anything any more, and the stuff I do is mostly for later scanning, but this is certainly a useful…


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Eco Friendly July 20, 2010 posted by

WhiteyBoard – clever stick on whiteboard

Whiteyboard is a clever stick on whiteboard which comes in a range of useful sizes, sticks to just about any surface and can be written on with standard whiteboard pens. Oh, and you can move them around as needed. That’s all…carry on as you were. Priced from $10.00.    Our team of chemists formulated an ultra-light, ultra-inexpensive whiteboard sticker that can adhere to any flat surface in just seconds and comes off clean – no installation, no heavy lifting, and…


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Eco Friendly July 16, 2010 posted by

Fast Forward Powered Pedals – innovation award winner now on its way to prototype?

Congratulations to Stephen Britt whose invention the Fast Forward Powered Pedals has just won a Barclays Bank innovation award. He gets £50,000 cash to move his electrically powered bicycle pedals to prototype stage, and hopefully then on to full production. Video. The jury is still out as to whether this concept will actually work in a real world environment. You have to take the pedals off the bike to charge them, and there’s some doubt as to whether they will actually store enough power in…


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Eco Friendly July 15, 2010 posted by

ECO Motor EMC3 Commuter – three wheels on my wagon…

The Eco Motor Company EMC3 Commuter is a three wheeled vehicle which will achieve 60 mpg, seat two people and features a 1000 cc engine. It will also, for some strange reason, cost you nearly $14,000 to buy, which seems a little savage considering you’re paying for one less wheel. But what do we know?  The EMC3 Commuter has a strong, nimble body with a compact, yet powerful, engine that achieves two to five times more miles per gallon than most…


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cool tech July 12, 2010 posted by

Electric Bike Challenge – GoCycle vs Brompton Nano

Electric are beginning to enter a new phase of popularity, spurred on by rising oil prices, cheaper components and a populace eager to save money on their commuting and daily travel costs. The result has been a flood of new entrants to the market in recent months, underpinned by a new crop of cheap Chinese electric motors which are more efficient, and cheaper than ever. I thought I’d take a look at two of the products jostling for our cash,…


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cool tech July 8, 2010 posted by

T.27 City Car – electric cars get the Formula One treatment

This is the T.27 City Car, designed by Formula One designer Gordon Murray. It features a Zytek Automotive electric drivetrain (probably similar to the one in the Smartfortwo EV) which will propel the vehicle to 105 km/h and give it a range of 80 –  100 miles. A running prototype is scheduled to hit the asphalt in April next year, no news on pricing yet. The thing is based around the rather cools T.25 City Car which is a conventionally powered…


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cool tech July 6, 2010 posted by

Ecoped CityGo – hybrid electric scooter for the modern mover

The EcoPed CityGo is a Canadian built hybrid electric bike that scoots around for up to 60 kms per 7 hour charge. It’s hybrid because it also comes with bicycle pedals, so you can use your leg muscles if your juice runs out mid-journey. Top speed is 32 km/h, it has ABS brakes and an ignition lock, but we’re talking 59 kg in weight here, so good luck pedaling to work every day. No license needed. Priced at around C$1200. CityGo…


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Eco Friendly July 5, 2010 posted by

BT-01 Black Trail – the world’s most eccentric electric bike?

This BT-01 Black Trail is 20kg carbon fibre, aluminium, magnesium bodied, 100km/hour electric bicycle with a claimed max range of up to 200 kilometers at 50 km/h cruising speed. Also features a Lithium Ion battery with a charge time of just over 2 hours plus some nice retro style leatherwork by the looks of it. And let’s face it, the looks are…well…different. The other thing that’s different is the price, coming in at a stonking €59,500.00. Yep that’s 50K Euros,…


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Awesome July 5, 2010 posted by

The Igglu Modular PC – Lets you keep your computer longer

Everyone knows that computers are obsolete almost out of the box. The Igglu Modular PC could change that. UK designer Rob Mansfield’s concept will consist of a single tower with compartments that are color coded to match swappable modules that let you easily update the main parts of your computer. Color coded blocks would fit easily into their matching slot and all parts would be sold in blocks that supposedly would work with your computer. All this reduces the chances…


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