Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

diy April 26, 2011 posted by

DIY Arduino Controlled Can Crusher takes the work out of collecting cans

With the economy how it is, people are trying to find good ways to earn an extra bit of cash here and there. One way you can accomplish this is by recycling aluminum cans (if you drink a lot of soda and such). It’s not a terribly difficult thing to do, as it merely requires the effort to crush each one and toss it into a bag. Once you have enough, take it down to your local recycling center and…


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DIY Arduino Controlled Can Crusher takes the work out of collecting cans
Eco Friendly April 26, 2011 posted by

Conserve Socket uses a timer to prevent wasted electricity

These days it’s not uncommon for a person to carry at least one gadget with them at all times. Sometimes you’ll carry more than one, depending on your needs. In order for these devices to keep pace with you, they need to be charged for a few hours. But how often do you charge them for the exact amount of time necessary? Well, when you leave them on the charger for hours after they’ve received a full charge, you’re wasting…


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Conserve Socket uses a timer to prevent wasted electricity
Eco Friendly April 25, 2011 posted by

Paper Pens are very eco-friendly

As time goes on, it seems that we as people become more wasteful. With new technologies leaving our gadgets outdated, we feel the need to constantly upgrade. This is exactly why we need to focus on being more eco-friendly in our everyday lives. Doing small things might not undo the damage we’ve caused to the environment, but every little bit helps. Take, for instance, these Paper Pens. Ideally, we should be able to buy one or two pens, then just…


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Paper Pens are very eco-friendly
diy April 20, 2011 posted by

Turn an old webcam into a dedicated security camera

Setting up a home security system can be an expensive chore. Many of the better ones even require a monthly subscription to keep your house safe and sound. However, for the smart DIY-er, you can setup a security camera that not gives you a live feed, but also sends email alerts with still images. The best part is that if you have the right parts lying around, it can be done for free. All you’re going to need is an…


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Turn an old webcam into a dedicated security camera
diy April 18, 2011 posted by

Build your own cardboard laptop stand

If you use your laptop as your main computer at home, you’ve probably found that using it on a desk isn’t the most ergonomic thing in the world. After all, your monitor should be sitting at eye level so that you don’t have to bend your neck to look at it. The easiest solution is to purchase a laptop stand, which props your computer up at the correct height and angle. So what if you don’t have the funds to…


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Build your own cardboard laptop stand
diy April 11, 2011 posted by

DIY “Air Conditioning”

When it gets hot out, turning on the air conditioning can be a bit of a wallet-buster. As the heat of summer is fast approaching, everyone is going to be looking for inexpensive way to cool his or her home. Enter in the DIY Air Conditioning that can be found on Instructables. This “air conditioning” is extremely cheap and phenomenally easy to make. All it takes is a 2-liter bottle, a pair of scissors, and some ice. All you do…


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DIY “Air Conditioning”
Eco Friendly April 11, 2011 posted by

The Water Powered Clock

Having to adhere to a schedule means that you have to keep your eye on the time. Constantly needing to buy batteries or let a plug-in clock that resets when the power goes out can be a hassle. Wouldn’t it be nice to power your clock with something a little bit more natural? The Water Powered Clock can give you the peace of mind to know that your clock will never again flash 12:00 every time the power goes out….


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The Water Powered Clock
Eco Friendly March 29, 2011 posted by

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard lets you forget about changing the batteries

Using a wireless keyboard has been an absolute joy. Not having to be tied to the desk and lounging back in my chair to do work has made work much more, enjoyable, if that is possible at all.  The only nightmare of using this kind of keyboard is the panic attack that ensues when the batteries die (which always happens in the middle of an important game). Logitech just made the wireless keyboard even more amazing thanks to utilizing solar…


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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard lets you forget about changing the batteries
Eco Friendly March 29, 2011 posted by

Philips AmbientLED bulb saves energy, shines bright

One easy way that you can cut back on your electric bill is to switch your light bulbs out for ones that are more energy-efficient. This does have its drawbacks, of course. One of the biggest being the fact that energy-efficient bulbs tend to put out a lot less light. So if you’re forced to use more lights than before, you’re somewhat defeating the purpose of making the switch. However, this new Philips AmbientLED 12.5-watt A19 LED bulb might be…


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Philips AmbientLED bulb saves energy, shines bright
Eco Friendly March 28, 2011 posted by

Solar keychain provides a power boost in a pinch

Being “green” isn’t easy. If you want to use an alternative power source to charge your gadgets, it usually means carrying around something that is bulky and inconvenient. After all, harnessing the sun or wind isn’t the easiest of tasks. Well now if you want to keep a little extra juice around for emergencies, you can do so with a solar-powered keychain from Neon Green. This Piggy Power Bank keychain is only a little larger than your average fob, so…


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Solar keychain provides a power boost in a pinch
Eco Friendly March 25, 2011 posted by

Tree Trunk iPhone Dock

There are tons of different docking stations out there. Some may look like a cute animal, and others may look like a very modern alarm clock, but for those of us that miss that nature feel, the pickings are slim. Thankfully there are some people out there that like natural materials more than plastic and metal. The people over at Woodtec have created a docking station that will go great with log cabin homes that have a more natural feel….


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Tree Trunk iPhone Dock
cool tech March 24, 2011 posted by

Solarball uses sunlight to purify water

For anyone who lives a little ways out from normal society, water purity can be an issue. You don’t know what people upstream have done to the water that is just now getting to you. If you want to purify your water without having to purchase a huge filtration system that needs a new filter constantly, you might want to look into the Solarball. This simple plastic ball can purify about 3 quarts of water a day with ample amounts…


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Solarball uses sunlight to purify water
Eco Friendly March 23, 2011 posted by

Fujitsu Power Strip lets you monitor your power usage

Everyone wants to cut down on their energy consumption, as it will help lower bills. It’s really difficult however, to find out what is sucking up the most energy in the house to try and use it less. Unless you have geek-rigged your home already to know exactly how much energy is being used and where, there’s a good chance you’ll need a little help finding out that information. Fujitsu had those of us who need that help in mind…


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Fujitsu Power Strip lets you monitor your power usage
Eco Friendly March 21, 2011 posted by

Flea 2.0 USB rechargeable bike light

Trying to “go green” is a pretty big endeavor. If you’re already riding your bike to and from your daily routine places, then you’re on the right track. However, if you have to ride at night, you need a bike light, and especially one that’s not going to need new batteries all the time. Having to toss batteries isn’t good for the environment, or your wallet. The Blackburn Flea 2.0 USB Rechargeable Bike Light makes use of natural light to…


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Flea 2.0 USB rechargeable bike light
cool tech March 19, 2011 posted by

PiCycle – the electric bike that thinks it’s a work of art

The PiCycle is an electric bike with attitude. It also has a built in charger, 25 mph top speed, a 20 mile range from a 3 hour charge and a price tag that will bring tears to your eyes. $2995.00 worth of tears to be precise. Well you did want to show off to the neighbours a little, right?  PiCycle ST is ready to take on whatever terrain you put in its way. There’s two-wheel drive for the ultimate in…


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