Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

cool tech June 2, 2010 posted by

SunSil Integra PV – breakthrough solar panel tech promises to improve efficiency by 30% or more

Those clever Danes have come up with a new ‘breakthrough’ solar voltaic tech that they say will improve efficiency by 30% or more. The new SunSil Integra PV system uses intelligent solar micro cells instead of large dumb panels, which means that their product can cope with shadows, obstructions and dead cells significantly better than traditional solar panels. In the demo video they simulate the loss of power from a leaf falling on a panel, and where the conventional panel…


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Eco Friendly May 31, 2010 posted by

HECMEC Chair – paper based kids seating grows with their kneeds

Give me a child  and they can have a chair for life, or something like that. This HECMEC Chair will grow with the kids and help save the world at the same time – just don’t put them out with the recycle on bin night, the chair that is. Made from enviro friendly materials, plant based resin seat and paper tubes, which you can change to fit the growing legs of your little treasure. A part of the sale price goes to…


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cool tech May 28, 2010 posted by

ToxGuard – the air purifying snuggle blanket

This ToxGuard blanket is soft, cuddly, warm and removes all household smells 24/7 with no chemicals, electricity or user intervention. The secret is in the super porous activated charcoal fibres which literally suck up the smells from the air via a surface area larger than 60 football pitches. Machine washable and perfect for pets too eh? £89.95.  Each gramme of this high-performance absorbing layer has an amazing active surface of 1,400m² (15,269sqft) which binds odours and harmful substances in the…


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Eco Friendly May 25, 2010 posted by

How to do proper oil spill booming – aka how BP and the US Coastguard are NOT

Want to see how proper oil spill containment with booms should be done? Read this piece [Warning: SNSFW bad language]. Notice that despite well established and long existing expert knowledge, BP and the authorities in the Gulf spill are NOT using the correct technique. Why not? Tags: gulf+oil+spill, booming, ecological+disaster


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Eco Friendly May 25, 2010 posted by

Grove Bamboo iPhone Case – the smug gift for your trendy friends

Now this I want, the warm cosy feeling of having an environmentally luscious Grove Bamboo iPhone Case protecting my resource hungry entertainment centre…sorry…cell phone. Seriously, even the product packaging can be upcycled to a picture frame instead of forwarded to a landfill. You can also upload your own artwork and have it engraved on the back to show off your individuality when you’ve finished posing with your new Walmart purchase. $99.00.  How will my case wear over time? You can expect the case to wear…


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Eco Friendly May 22, 2010 posted by

Pedicab – biker punk transport for the post petroleum age?

The Pedicab is a person powered, 2 passenger transport which uses a shed load of gears and some super lightweight tech to allow for the dragging of bodies along a roadway without rupturing the driver…ah…pedaller. We’re guessing that only would-be eco taxi owners and very rich people with large estates are going to be interested in dropping the $4800.00 on the craft. But what do we know?   The cab’s seat and back are padded vinyl upholstery, and an adjustable…


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Eco Friendly May 13, 2010 posted by

Waterpebble Water Saver – save water, shower with a gadget fiend

This Waterpebble Water Saver is designed to help you conserve water by timing your showers. Drop it next to your plughole and it’ll incrementally reduce your shower time each morning by showing different colour lights at each stage, until after a few days you’ll be allocated 60% of your usual shower time, soapy hair or not. £12.37 says you’ll sling it in the garbage after 2 weeks (and feel guilty for a month).  Simply place the Waterpebble Water Saver in your…


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Eco Friendly May 13, 2010 posted by

Who funds the climate change deniers?

A recent Scientific American article offers an interesting tidbit on the money behind the climate change denial machine. Surprisingly, according to Greenpeace, it’s currently not fronted by the obvious oil company candidates, but instead it’s mostly down to Koch Industries, a ‘sprawling private corporation’, run by two brothers out of Kansas in the US, which owns refineries, oil pipelines, fertilizer facilities etc etc etc. Surprised?  The group calls Koch the “financial kingpin of climate science denial,” saying the brothers, Charles and…


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Awesome April 30, 2010 posted by

Copenhagen Wheel – turn your bicycle into a hybrid e-bike computer

The Copenhagen Wheel project is an initiative from MIT which turns your ordinary bike into an electric version via a retrofit wheel motor. The idea of slotting an electric motor into a wheel replacement is not new of course, but this concept goes one further by incorporating all the electrics and battery in the hub, as well as a set of sensors which can offer monitor the environment and your journeys and connect to city information services to provide an…


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Awesome April 30, 2010 posted by

iFixit – repair your own stuff and save the whales

iFixit is a new service which aims to get everyone repairing their broken tech, instead of throwing it away, which is excellent. It’s basically a user editable wiki for consumer electronic repair manuals and the idea is that the community will come together and help each other repair their devices. The site also sells tools and parts to help get the job done which is hugely valuable. A few weeks ago I dug out an old Internet radio and found it wouldn’t…


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cool tech April 29, 2010 posted by

Drop & Go Japanese Electric Taxis – Recharge? Pftt. Fergedaboutit…

The Japanese have just started testing a fleet of ‘drop & go’ electric taxis, which don’t recharge their batteries, but instead exchange their exhausted batteries for fresh ones via a drive-thru station. It certainly removes the hassle of stranded cabs with angry drivers hanging around all over town, or cabbies dumping passengers in the middle of the journey to go recharge the motor. The Lithium Ion cells have a range of 70 – 80 km on a charge, and can be…


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cool tech April 28, 2010 posted by

CHANA Green-i Electric Car – only needs ten minutes to charge up

The Green-i concept eco car from CHANA Auto recently made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. The electric powered car measures 3.23 meters long, 1.67 meters wide and 1.56 meters high and comes with some interesting styling, if you like the shiny green goblin look. In order to meet the needs of our future hi-tech driving habits, the vehicle uses steer-by-wire and something called Brake Energy Regeneration, which retrieves power from the braking process to top up the batteries….


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Eco Friendly April 27, 2010 posted by

LED Kerosene Lantern – retro lighting swings gently in the breeze

This LED Kerosene Lantern combines all the olde worlde charm of a smelly paraffin lamp, with the clean, eco-lovely of an LED light fixture. Your friends will be amazed when you change batteries and don’t come back smelling of dead dinosaurs. And hey, you’ll get 60 hours of light from 2 AA cells, which has gotta be a bargain. £17.95.  Equipped with everything: A glass tilting mechanism, an air vent, guard wire. Yet instead of having to deal with smelly…


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Eco Friendly April 23, 2010 posted by

Solar Powered Motion Sensing Warning Lamp – the price of safety is eternal vigilance

The Solar Powered Motion Sensing Warning Lamp, powers itself from the sun and can be used as a warning light or anti-burglar lamp for cars, boats, caravans and small horses. Apparently you can stick it anywhere with the supplied double sided tape, and relax in the knowledge that no slimeball’s going to make off with your pony tonight. Jack. $11.69.  The small device has a warning light that blinks automatically when the oscillating sensor is activated. This device is easy…


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