Blessed with a talent to invent stuff to improve the lifestyle of the underprivileged from the Third World, Emily Cummins has once again hit the jackpot with the solar powered refrigerator. Created out of household materials, this green fridge maintains a cool temperature at 6 degrees by absorbing the scorching rays of sun. Based on the principle of evaporation, this cooling gadget helps to preserve perishable goods such as milk and meat cool for days. Comprising of two cylinders fitted one inside the other; it uses the simplest method of biological cooling. Akin to the human body that cools off by sweating. While the inner cylinder is made from metal, the outer cylinder can be made from anything a person can lay hand on, including wood and plastic.
Thank you readers for pouring in your tips for the Greenest Tip Contest which revolved around saving energy, fuel and in turn our blue planet earth. Every tip is unique and is helpful to lead a green lifestyle. However since we have to pick up one winner only, Jim gets the honor of walking away with 4 AA Energizer Advanced Lithium Batteries. His tip about saving electricity by putting devices that constantly use electricity on a power strip earned him the green crown.
A vast variety of green gadgets are waiting to show their true green color at the CES 2009. And amongst them are Fuji’s latest EnviroMax batteries that are boasting of being green in addition to being disposable. Since it packs these two contradicting qualities, a few eyebrows are raised to know the reason behind it. EnviroMax batteries make do without the cadmium and mercury. Also their eco-friendly packaging eliminates the need of PVC as it is made entirely from recyclable materials. These batteries also require no special disposal. Just hold on to your non-eco-friendly or a-menace-on-landfill batteries till spring time as Fuji intends to ship these green-disposable batteries then.
At some point in life most of us have deliberately or instinctively scribbled on to the government property like table tops and park benches. Waiting for the lady of your life, you would have etched her name on to the bench to demonstrate your passion. Bring back those memories to life with the tables and benches from “I was here” collection. Designed by Jason Miller, this line features a Side Table ($650), Bench ($1600) and a Dining Table ($2,000). Crafted out of “graffiti-proof” recycled plastic wood, the furniture sports all sorts of random New York graffiti carved into the top of them.
Party time is behind us and its time to get back to the grind. So pack away those wine bottles by piling ‘em up on a suitable wine rack. If you are looking for an out-of-the-box wine rack, then the Recycled Ski Wine Rack is the best and the greenest option. Recycled out of skis, this ski-wine rack will holds your wines in the most appropriate manner. And if you are or have been a professional skier then for $56, this rack is a must have addition to boost your passion for the sport too.
We bought your attention to the green personality of the Pope and the Nuns. Also the most eco-friendly and energy efficient Church found a mention on Greenlaunches. Treading on the green religious route, today we pause to read about the eco-friendly Bible. The holy book is printed on a recycled paper with soy ink. Sporting a sustainable beige linen cover embossed with a green picture of a tree, this Green Bible covers the Old and New Testament inside. Highlighting the need to accept green as the new holy shade, this eco-friendly Bible has all text that mentions something about the environment printed in green. This has led to over 1,000 green colored verses throughout the Bible.
If bitten by green bug, along with the travel bug, then solar powered Grand Canyon Visitor Center is the place to hitch the next flight to. A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. And now we have a green reason to marvel about this majestic location. The Grand Canyon Visitor Center near the South Rim is getting a solar-power system which will enlighten at least 1 million visitors per year about the benefits of sun’s energy. An $185,000 grant by the Arizona Public Service Co. will help to raise three ground-based solar-panel platforms and a digital readout to show how much electricity is being generated, it will also explain about the working of the system. More solar panels will find their way on to the roof. The 18-kilowatt system is large enough to generate about 30 percent of the center’s annual electricity and save $2,500 annually.
As the CES is itching to throw its doors open, we are eager to report every bit of interesting eco-news that crop up with CES tagged along. The latest is that Motorola is all set to sail in the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show on the glory of world’s first mobile phone made using plastics comprised of recycled water bottle. Dubbed, MOTO W233 Renew, this cell phone is also honored as the world’s first carbon neutral phone. Teaming up with Carbonfund.org, the company will offset the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone through investments in renewable energy sources and reforestation.
I believe that education does start at home but when I came across this eco-friendly school, I beg to change my view. Eco-education starts at the first ever green school – Ysgol-y-Graig at Anglesey, North Wales. Erected out of sustainable timber, this green school can house more than 300 students. The photovoltaic roof tiles and wind turbine will be able to energize the institute and the surplus power will be sold to the National Grid. The green roof will also attract many insects on the green plants. Roads leading to the school are also fine-tuned for providing safe walking or cycling route to the school from nearby residences. This in turn will lure children to walk to and fro and hence reduce the use of vehicles and CO2 emissions too. Built by contractors, Wynne Construction, the green change is estimated to cost about £3.7 million.
Audi R8 zooms in as the first all-LED car in the world. Right from head lamps to daytime running lights to other indicators, the energy saving LEDs power up every light source of this vehicle. Pushing aside the battery draining halogen headlights, the four times more energy efficient LED headlights render homogenous light distribution and daylight-esque color. Such a LED headlamp heralds the eco-friendly onset of the headlamps that help to leave lesser carbon footprints. The Audi R8 also boasts of a LED footwell lighting, light and rain sensors and LED engine compartment lighting.