Very few are aware that the United States Colors of the American flag should be properly illuminated, when left up overnight. And here is a green way to light up the red and blue flag! Franklin, a small town in U.S., flaunts of a flag that is lit by solar powered light. Army Airborne veteran and DPW Director Brutus Cantoreggi is the person behind this progress. The townies take pride in following the protocol and honoring the country as well as the veterans who served under the flag. The solar-powered spotlight will save the town at least a few hundred dollars a year. Energy is stored in a battery, which the spotlight draws upon at night to illuminate the flag. The green light source for the American flag wouldn’t have been possible without the $6,000 grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Art collectors in U.S. can add a dash of greenness to their creativity by showcasing their stuff at eco-friendly Sapphire Gallery. Designed by a team of XTEN Architecture, this structure camouflages green features with utmost elegance. Located at Los Angeles, it is an addition to an existing 1960′s modern house. Designed to be erected in a day’s time, the structure is shaped out of lightweight, factory built trusses. Perforated aluminum will help to protect the artwork from direct sun and at the same time reveal the greenery alfresco.
Every time I hit the vehicle congested city roads, I cannot stop swearing as I feel so helpless sitting behind the wheel of my fuel guzzling four wheeler waiting for the traffic to give way. But Truong Minh Nhat has actually given shape to a solution for zooming out of such a no-win situation. This industrial design student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture has designed a lightweight, compact electric bike that can actually fold into a backpack. No hassles of getting stuck in congested roads, parking or filling the gas tank. Simply wear it on your back, ride it when needed and pack it up on reaching the destination. Inspired by the Unicorn that controls the star Capella, this portable eco-friendly bike is christened as Capella. Targeting the young generation who rate the good looks as a prime reason to buy a product, Nhat has rendered a chic touch to this vehicle.
Sean Langman intends to race it up at the 2009 Sydney to Hobart race in an eco-friendly style on a yacht recycled out of aircraft. The idea of recycled yacht didn’t actually rise out of the need to do his bit for the environment but has more to do with the cost reduction. This recycled racing yacht will be a cross between a boat and a glider featuring a canting deck and wings that will help to reduce drag. Langman foresees it as the biggest, fastest most radical thing anyone has ever seen!
Although it isn’t alternatively powered, GreenPeak’s remote control will flaunt the green crown at the CES 2009. Fitted with Emerald GP500C chip, the remote control will be able to get its juice from a single watch battery. Also the chip’s IEEE 802.15.4 protocol allows for two-way communication. Hence these potentially greener remotes would be able to offer high-definition album art and menus from household devices on their screens. Such a move will at least help to save on to tons of AA and AAA batteries that eventually end up in landfills. However, we hope to see more of solar powered or other alternatively charged up versions in 2009 and get rid of the dependence on the batteries completely.
With the media monitoring every move of theirs, it is difficult for the Royal family to keep the glare of publicity at bay. However it’s the green limelight that they won’t mind basking in. The latest from Buckingham Palace is that Queen of England is going to ride in biofuel powered Bentleys. The Queen has given a nod to replace the engines of the two state limousines with more eco-friendly engine that can run on plant-derived fuel. And this ‘flex-fuel’ system will also allow the vehicles to run on conventional petrol. Priced at £10million each, these majestic vehicles will not leave a trace of carbon footprint when powered by the vegetable fuel. Such a new powertrain will also offer a 40 per cent fuel economy improvement by 2012. Three cheers for green royalty!
Come 2009 and we hope to look forward to more eco-friendly vehicles hitting the road. Toyota Motors is also keeping a green vehicle under wraps. The buzz is that the car maker is working on a car that will run on sun’s energy only. Going by The Nikkei’s reports, it is known that the company is working on an electric vehicle that will get some of its power from solar cells equipped on the vehicle, and that can be recharged with electricity generated from solar panels on the roofs of homes. The newspaper also claimed that Toyota is toying with the idea of a vehicle totally powered by solar cells. Although there is no official word from the auto maker about this green-rumor, we can only wait for the leader in green technology to fulfill such green expectations in the near future.
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Even before the CES 2009 opens up, the blogosphere is buzzing with the news about the stuff that will be seen at the exhibition. Today it’s the Univenture that is come under light as it is going to launch its new retail line of UniKeep solutions at the most awaited consumer fair. This award winning inventor and manufacturer of a robust line of eco-friendly packaging, media and document storage, presentation and direct mail products has come up with a green solution for disc packaging and storage. The eco-friendly UniKeep line is crafted out of 100% recyclable polypropylene, plant-based, and recycled content materials. Consumers can also watch out for the Enviro Disc Wallet that is manufactured of up to 85% recycled content. Easy on environment, the company also claims that these products will be easy on user’s wallets too.
In an attempt to keep up with the green trend of recycling cell phones, Nokia India gears up to enlighten 87% of ignorant Indians about the importance of recycling e-waste. A survey by Nokia bought this fact to light that the awareness quotient was the lowest in India. As a part of this project, the company will set up recycling bins set up across Nokia Priority Dealers and Nokia Care Centers where mobile phone users can dispose their used handsets and accessories such as charges and handsets, regardless of the brand. What’s alarming is the fact that in India, on an average a person owns about five phones but only 3 per cent of the users recycled their old phones. However with such take-back campaigns, the company aims to educate Indian consumers that 100 percent of the materials in the phones can be recovered and used to make new products or generate energy. Commencing from January 1st 2009, many of the Indians who intend to do their bit for the earth, including myself, can make the best of such a green campaign.
Contributing for the wellbeing of humans as well as earth is the best way to kick start 2009! A cancer charity from a small town in South West England has come up with a platform where residents can recycle their mobiles and at the same time raise funds for cancer awareness. World Cancer Research Fund has teamed up with ShP solutions, specialists in mobile phone recycling, to raise £3.50 for every cell phone recycled. Every mobile phone recycled WCRF UK will be helping to fund innovative scientific research into cancer prevention as well as an extensive national education program. All you got to do is donate that unwanted mobile phone and hit two birds with one stone!