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    A rodent powered eco-friendly paper shredder

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    Instead of getting rid of rodents, why not employ them for an eco-friendly task? Tom Ballhatchet from London has precisely done that and is boasting of the most unusual paper shredder. He has come up with a hamster powered paper shredder for an industrial design project. With an aim to address issues like identifying fraud and recycling, Tom borrowed his friend’s hamster to power his eco-friendly paper shredder. It works on simple principle: The rodent has to run flat out for 45 minutes to shred one sheet of A4 paper. This shredded paper in turn becomes the fresh bedding for the helpful pet.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 30, 2008
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    Spreading the Holiday Cheer!

    Christmas is here and we want to wish all our readers a safe and happy holiday. Spread the jolly cheer for the moment…
    In our effort to bring you the best, we started two new blogs this year, Designlaunches.com and Greenlaunches.com and we are glad that they are being received so warmly by you.
    The future holds a promise of success.
    Striving to keep you abreast with latest in the field, the team hopes to embark on a literary feast and bring to you more new blogs to read.
    Till then, have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 24, 2008
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    Recycled Santa sits on the head of dometic tools

    Mr. Charlie Huie is up to some fun since years as he carves Santas into just about anything that will sit still long enough. And his trademark is the Santa handles of old tools like tack hammers, sink plungers, old-fashioned potato mashers, and the like. Recycling tools and other old wooden handled household items like iron and rolling pins, this fellow is certainly smitten by the Santa’s charm.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 22, 2008
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    ECord – An eco-friendly cord that brings energy leakage to light

    What’s that one thing that stands true for economy, electric, energy, and environment? ECord is the correct answer! Conceptualized to protect environment by efficiently reducing energy waste due to the ‘Standby Power’, ECord simply indicates the wastage by changing its color. Sporting a patterned new composition on its PVC covering, it goes from invisible to detectable mode when the specific range (from 1 to 15W) of current is passing through it. And if there is any loss due to standby power, noticeable pattern appears on the ECORD surface.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 22, 2008
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    Eco-gift: Vaccum Engine Car toys with alternative fuel

    If the engineer inside you is toying to work on some noteworthy object over the weekend, or you simply want to buy an out-of-the-ordinary gift for your smart teen, then Vaccum Engine Car is the thing. Japanese hobby kit maker, Gakken, is out with a set that allows you to build your own vacuum car engine. Of course for $210, you cannot get a real hybrid car to zoom off in an eco-friendly style, but certainly a DIY eco-toy-car for green playtime. Sporting an aluminum body, iron shaft, brass valves, plastic steering wheel and a seat too, this vehicle feeds on alcohol fuel. It boasts of a real eternal combustion engine that takes about two hours to assemble without any special tools. Simply hit the gear and watch it go! Don’t miss the video after the jump…….

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 22, 2008
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    Sip from eco-friendly carton of wine for a green toast

    Recently we bought your attention to the World’s Largest Cork Mosaic. And today, it’s the whole wine bottle that is undergoing an eco-revamping. Till now economically prized wines were packed cardboard boxes but henceforth FOUR wine intends to break that trend. For the first time a premium California wine has dared to shatter the glass to step in the cardboard tubes. Supposed to be good for environment as well as pockets, such an eco-packaging move may not go down the throats of wine connoisseurs with ease. But FOUR’s Brand manager Larry Leigon is optimistic about this green change. He also justifies the positive effect of such a carton-styled packaging by stating that the wine can last longer after being opened and less oxygen enters through the tube and its spout than a bottle whose cork has been popped. The company is marketing its Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah blend in three-liter (three-quart) canisters.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 22, 2008
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    DIY – Recycled necklace from junk guarantees spooky look

    Feeling lost at the thought of buying the perfect gift for your geeky gal? If you are looking for something out of the box, then here’s an exceptional DIY recycled neckpiece for your geek-diva or eco-babe. Simply rummage through the junk corner of your house and grab hold of broken discarded stuff like vintage pocket watch, a skeleton key and a doll’s arm. At least that’s what GreighdayVintage found in her closet. You can go more creative and personalize a different version of this Avant Garde Dolly Assemblage Necklace. Roll over for more images…..

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 19, 2008
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    Eco-Art: World’s Largest Cork Mosaic

    After popping up bottles, most of us simply drown in the intoxicating world of champagnes and wines without giving a second though to the cork that keeps the flavor intact. But artist Saimir Strati has gathered about 229,764 corks to give shape to an exceptional form of eco-art. His work has been recorded as the World’s Largest Cork Mosaic. Slogging over 14 hours a day and 27 days at stretch, Saimir has recycled the corks of different sizes and colors by gluing them onto a large banner in the gardens of Sheraton Tirana Hotel and Towers.Watch out for the video after the jump…….

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 19, 2008
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    Greenlaunches is giving away Energizer Advanced Lithium Batteries for the Greenest Tip Contest

    Greenlaunches is pleased to announce its first contest – Greenest Tip Contest. Focusing on eco-everything, we love to hold your attention by posting about various green products, projects and innovations. And in a bid to learn more from you all, we have decided to launch a contest about tips for living a green lifestyle with flair. The winner of the best green tip will walk away with 4 AA Energizer Advanced Lithium Batteries.
    A must for gadget users on the go, these light-weight batteries last longer which in turn leads to lesser burden on e-waste heap. I am sure you all will be interested in the Energizer/Pandora Project which was initiated to launch these batteries. It focuses on generating interactivity amongst Pandora’s robust user base once they’ve discovered new artists and bands. It also provides Energizer with a platform to interact with Pandora users.
    How can you win the green crown? All you got to do is pen down your tip as a comment on this post and leave the decision of the fair judgment of the greenest tip to us. Be it about gadgets or ideas that promise to boost energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint…….anything that you believe that can make a difference to our environment.
    Starting from today, the contest will close on the last day of 2008 and the winners will be announced in the first week of 2009.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 18, 2008
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    Eco-Fashion: Divas go green with Eco IT Bag

    Eco_IT_bag.jpg The mere mention of an eco-friendly handbag conjures up images of cloth, jute or bamboo sacks that fail to make its presence in the hoity-toity world of fashionistas. But Vegan Queen steps in to break this myth with its ultra-chic, eco-friendly handbags for the eco-divas of the current generation. Wear you green attitude up your sleeve with this IT bag. Christened as Eco IT Bag, the maker asserts that this small bowling bag is crafted out of 100% PVC eco-polymer vegetal leather. Even the inside is lined with 100% cotton terry lining. For $650, it sports a VQ engraved recycled crest medallion too.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 16, 2008
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