How innovations in packaging are preserving products while saving the planet

Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by

We live in a throw-away world, which takes its toll on the environment, demonstrated by such realities as the tonnage of plastics — almost all from packaging — that inundates oceans. However the “circular economy” invites product innovation and new business models in packaging. Some manufacturers and designers concerned about waste reduction are coming up […]

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Solar-powered ‘Energy Bucket’ collects sunshine

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by

In a surprising merging of products, the Solar Energy Bucket serves as a multifunctional tool for anyone who likes to rough it. At first glance it appears to be a simple water bucket, but turn it upside down and you’ll see a small solar panel which harnesses the sun’s […]

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New Recyclable Fiberboard to Cut Landfill Waste

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by

Professor Andrew Abbott of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom recently developed a way to make a recyclable wood product similar to MDF that doesn’t use typical resins. Instead, the boards are held together using starch from sources like potatoes. For his work, Professor Abbott won the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for […]

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World’s First Floating Apartment Complex to Begin Construction in 2014

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by

The Netherlands is home to over 3,500 polders, or patches of low-lying land that are protected by  dykes. Since they are below sea level, water needs to be pumped out of these  areas around the clock. The Citadel apartments will be one of six projects  comprising the New Water development, which is located in one […]

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NliteN Launches 2D LED You Won’t Call A Light Bulb

Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 by

Designed and manufactured by NliteN Inc., the 2D Lite LED Disk is something entirely new in energy efficiency lighting: a patent-pending and unique flat design that delivers superior brightness and reduced energy consumption at a price that’s more than 60% less than the average price of dimmable 60W incandescent-replacement LED light bulbs. Read more Earthtechling

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This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by

Solar-powered calculators have been on the scene since the  1970s, but nothing much, except the shape, has changed since. Now a  solar-powered calculator made entirely from bamboo is putting a modern twist on this old school device.  This hand held electronic calculator from a Japanese manufacturer boasts a  natural feel and a unique look that […]

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Solar headphones

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by

A pair of headphones that can harness solar power to charge mobile devices when you are on  the move has been designed in the United Kingdom. Andrew Anderson, a Glasgow-based designer , launched the OnBeat headphones on crowdfunding site Kickstarter and hopes to have them on sale by early next year. The headphone band is […]

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 by

Ann Makosinski, 15-year-old Canadian student, created what she calls the “Hollow Flashlight,” a device that harvests energy from the human hand to power itself. Makosinski created a prototype using Petier tiles she bought on eBay, which produce electricity when one side is heated and the other cool. After tinkering with a few designs, she […]

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The Amazing Solar Kettle

Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2013 by

Contemporary  Energy’s Solar Kettle uses the sun’s rays to boil water on the go. The  lightweight thermos-like device is perfect for camping or picnics, allowing users to make hot  beverages or sterilize water without electricity. Using fold out reflectors, it  channels solar power to the container, boiling the water  inside. Read more original article Contemporary […]

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A solar-powered plug that sticks to windows and out from the crowd

Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 by

The creation of Korean designers Kyuho Song and Boa Oh, the Window Socket is a portable, suction plate-based solar converter-charger that functions as a standard (at this point, European) plug. Stick it on any window — at home, in the office, car windshield, commuter train — where there’s decent sunlight, and the device automatically starts converting […]

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