Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

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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CHANA Green-i Electric Car – only needs ten minutes to charge up
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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Eco Friendly April 21, 2010 posted by

Save a Drop Hose Nozzle – save water, several gallons at a time

This Save a Drop Hose Nozzle comes with a handy water use counter which will let you know exactly how many gallons you’re squandering using on your garden. There’s nothing better than knowing your saving the planet as well as the roses, eh? $24.95.  Help decrease your overall water usage and make your home a little greener when you’re in the garden with our Save A Drop Hose Nozzle. Each nozzle features a digital readout that displays exactly how many…


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Eco Friendly April 21, 2010 posted by

Intelligent Solar Pest Killer – the low power bug killing machine

The Intelligent Solar Pest Killer a very efficient device for attracting and killing bugs and pests in a large scale garden, nursery or other agricultural area. One unit with two 18V/12W solar panels and a lead acid battery can keep an area of up to 50 acres clear of pests, which it does by using light to attract them, and then electromagnetic waves to exterminate. It is portable, obviously very energy efficient, and easy to maintain. A very effective way to protect…


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Eco Friendly April 19, 2010 posted by

Solar and Wind Power Webcam – for those remote little moments?

This Solar and Wind Power Webcam is perfect for keeping tabs on the remote bits of your property. Just stick the thing into the ground within 800 metres of your WiFi signal, and it’ll keep beaming back images as long as the wind blows and the sun shines. Cave dwellers need not apply. The ultimate CCTV system?  By using a combination of solar and wind you really get the best from the natural resources to charge and run the camera…


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Eco Friendly April 19, 2010 posted by

PUMA Clever Little Bag – A new green shoe box

If you thought shoe boxes were just for storing your receipts in, take a look at PUMA’s new cool little red one. After almost 2 years of design collaboration between Fuseproject (the design firm led by Yves Behar), and PUMA sportswear’s design magicians, their cool red shoebox – called the Clever Little Bag – decreases cardboard use by 65%, eliminates tissue paper, plastic bags and a laminated cardboard exterior. Made from PET plastic, it requires no assembly, is fully recyclable,…


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Eco Friendly April 17, 2010 posted by

Multi Purpose Solar Charger Backpack – loves the sun, hates little insects

This Multi Purpose Solar Charger Backpack comes with a stonking big 10,000 mAh battery pack which is enough to power up most laptops, as well as phones media players and the like. It also features a built in ultrasonic mosquito repeller to ensure peace and quiet as you’re surfing your backpack out there in the rugged outdoors. Supplied with a lot of tips for most power socket needs, including 8 laptop connectors. $189.00.  This Multi-Purpose Solar Charger Backpack can output…


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