Posts by Category: Eco Friendly

All things green and planet saving.

Eco Friendly December 21, 2009 posted by

Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning – Keeping cool via the abyss

Cold seawater will soon be pumped from the ocean’s bottom to cool more than half of downtown Honolulu. This $240 million project by Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning LLC owned by investors in Hawaii, Sweden, and Minnesota, and managed by Renewable Energy Innovations – could cut the city’s air conditioning electricity usage up to 75% while slashing carbon emissions and the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants. A five-foot wide pipeline will run hundreds of feet below the ocean, suck up thousands of…


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Bookmark This! December 15, 2009 posted by

Sugru – the world’s first hacker specific material

Sugru is a brand new substance designed to make it easy to fix, customise, repair and update things. It’s like modelling clay, but sets to a flexible silicone constituency, is adhesive to just about anything like super glue, is heat and cold impervious and waterproof. It comes in a number of colours and once taken out of the sachet cures in 24 hours. They’re marketing it as the ultimate hacker material, useful for fixing up just about anything, especially where…


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cool tech December 14, 2009 posted by

Why eco light bulbs aren’t what they seem – some useful info for greenies

This BBC report on why eco light bulbs aren’t what they seem is one of the best articles I’ve seen yet on the issue of eco bulbs for the home – the technology, the real pay-back figures, their effectiveness and the future. Worth the read.  At home, brightness varies as conditions change. “A compact fluorescent light is designed to provide maximum light output at 25C, and when it gets hotter or colder than that, its brightness can be reduced. “If your bulb is…


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but is it art? December 11, 2009 posted by

Solar Street Light Kit – Recycle shoes into party lights

It’s amazing the creative ways people think of the 2nd R (as in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). This spring, do-it-yourself-ers will love the new Solar Street Light Kit. No more tossing out those favorite, well-used sneakers or running shoes when you can turn them into party lights by adding solar cells and LEDs Created by Scottish design firm Lost Values, the kit contains solar cells and LEDs and comes in two sizes – for kids or adults, with 3 or 6…


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Eco Friendly December 9, 2009 posted by

GreenPrint – Useful freeware to save money and trees

Nigel blogged about GreenPrint a couple of years ago but the times they are a changin’. GreenPrint is now freeware for homes, schools and non-profit organisations, being supported by way of “tasteful” advertising. If you need a faster GreenPrint experience then there’s Home Premium for US$29. GreenPrint is a print utility that allows you to select which parts of a page to print and which parts to discard before printing. You can then elect to send the print job to…


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Eco Friendly December 2, 2009 posted by

CarGo – Saves car spaces for parking bikes

Copenhagen, site of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, has introduced something unique to handle their astonishing 15,000 bicycles in their fair city – the CarGo. Though a pilot project lasting the next 6 months, this fiberglass, car-shaped shell, by Danish design firm Goodmorning Technology has cabins to store 4 cargo bikes inside and takes the space of just one traditional car parking spot. The outer casing features solar powered lights -four headlights that light up after dark and another…


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cool tech November 30, 2009 posted by

321 Water – Bottled water takes the plunge

The 321 Water bottle is a water purifier in a bottle. Just add your yucky, nasty tap water into the top, and push the very-stylish plunger down. The water is forced through an activated carbon filter, removing chlorine and nasty flavours and the wholesome water is stored in the bottle ready to drink. The whole thing is designed as an alternative to bottled water and as such the bottle has a screw top and is designed to fit into car…


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Eco Friendly November 26, 2009 posted by

Sno Wovel – Eco and back-friendly snow shovel

Snow blowers are notoriously noisy, fumey and snow shovels are hard on the back but the Sno Wovel turns all them on their ears. This amazing shovel works 3 times faster than a standard snow shovel, is environmentally clean, quiet and maintenance free. It’s seesaw action lets you throw twice as much snow into piles over 4 feet high. It’s excellent for snow conditions from slush to even heavy snow over 2 feet high. Made of heavy gauge steel and…


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Awesome November 25, 2009 posted by

Lost tech redux – why killed the electric car?

  Cruising around the Interwebs the other day and came across this photo of Detroit, USA, circa 1917. Thing to notice is the small car centre left, which looks to be none other than a Detroit Electric vehicle from the Anderson Electric Car Company. What’s remarkable is the fact that the car could run for 80 miles on one charge, and in fact one managed 211 miles on a single charge in tests. OK, so top speed was 20 mph, but…


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cool tech November 24, 2009 posted by

SkySpark – electric plane breaks emission free flight speed record

The Italian SkySpark plane is totally electric, eerily quiet and has just broken the world record for emission free flight speed, humming through the air at 250 km/h using some Lithium Polymer batteries and a 75–kW engine. The team’s goal is to build a plane which will fly for over 500 kms at an average speed of 300 km/h, which would make it a very attractive alternative to conventional planes. As long as the price is right of course. The head of the…


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cool tech November 23, 2009 posted by

Nix X10A – Energy Saving Digital Photo Frame

Technology leaps ahead of consumer thinking on this one. NIX Digital has created a motion-sensing, energy saving picture frame. The NIX X10A Energy Saving Digital Photo Frame will switch itself on when you’re within 2.5 meters of it. Its cool features include 1GB internal memory, a high resolution 10-inch LCD screen, able to take downloads from any brand of camera, and “drag and drop” from your PC via USB cable. You can also use SD, SDHC, xD, Sony MS, USB…


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Eco Friendly November 23, 2009 posted by

Wind Up Universal Remote Control – One battery-free remote to rule them all

Never wrestle with a flat remote control again, jut give this Wind Up Universal Remote Control 30 turns and it’s fully charged for a week. It can drive up to 6 different types of devices and works with everything I suppose, that’s the universal bit. 19.99 Tired of running out of batteries at the worst possible time? Never worry about changing your remote control’s batteries again with the EZPower Universal Remote. 30 winds of the Jog Shuttle will store enough…


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Eco Friendly November 23, 2009 posted by

Solar Headphone Radio – FM forever

This stylish little number is a Solar Headphone Radio. The FM radio and headphones are powered by the integrated solar panel in the top of the band. One hour in the sun gives you 1-3 hours of tunes and fully charged it will last for 20 hours. It comes with a AAA NiMH rechargeable battery and plenty of street cred, don’t you worry. Pick one up for the gardener in your life. 24.95 Dual headband for added comfort; adjusts to…


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Eco Friendly November 20, 2009 posted by

XO2 Urban Transformer – Brilliant folding electric scooter

The XO2 Electric Scooter does what folks have dreamed about since we first saw the Jetsons cartoons – it folds in on itself. Called the first “Urban Transformer” scooter, the XO2 is a series of lightweight, electrically-powered scooters with a low saddle, large backrest and are easy to use. Manufactured by French company XOR Motors, it folds into a quarter cubic meter luggage cart in seconds, small enough to drag onto a train or upstairs to the office for a…


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