Christmas means time to spruce up your den with newer décor stuff. And if it’s a sofa that you are looking for then RC Green’s line of furniture offers the best eco-options without compromising on quality or appearance. I fell for the eco-friendly Alexander Sofa that elegantly combines contemporary design and comfort with ecological intelligence. Designed by Robert Craymer (stands for RC), the skeleton of the sofa is crafted out of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood. Further more, the springs and screws are made of recycled steel while the glues and stains are non-toxic, water-based and formaldehyde-free. Packing such green materials inside, the comforting section also boasts green as the cushions are made of natural latex wrapped in 100% organic wool and organic cotton.
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Celebrate Chanuka or the Yuletide with these recycled LED motherboard kits ($20). Pick up from Motherboard Menorah or Motherboard Christmas Tree to keep yourself or young kids busy with these geeky DIY holiday kits.
Care to arouse your sense of smell in a modish eco-friendly style? A whiff of eco-friendly Nautica Oceans is the key. Surfacing up in the month of March 2009, Nautica Oceans is Nautica’s green perfume, exclusively for men. Unlike the traditional alcohol-based perfume that consists of up to 40% perfume oil and diluted with ethanol, the water-based perfume Oceans is based on micro-emulsion technology that allows for up to 20% concentration of perfume oil to be built into water-based fragrance. Along with Coty, the company has sole rights to this kind of eco-friendly micro-emulsion technology. Beneficial to skin too, Oceans is also meant to be fair on environment too as it makes use of biodegradable ingredients and packaging.
Japan comes under green limelight again for the most eco-friendly skating rink. An ideal green alternative for the ice-skating rinks, this 300 square meter rink is stretched out of resin. Since it is made out of putting 80 pieces of plastic together, some people may question its eco-credentials. However, it does manage to score over such doubts with the fact that there is no usage of water to make. Secondly it eliminated the need of the energy consumed to cool the place to keep the ice solidified. Though it won’t render icy speed as well sensation, it will certainly gain popularity as a green skating rink in the land of rising sun.
By now we all know that chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) is a prime culprit for the depleting ozone layer from our environment. Though it has many other vital applications, one of them is for respiratory related ailments. Prescribed for those suffering from wheezing, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Albuterol inhalers contain CFC. The propellants push the albuterol out of the inhaler allowing patients to then inhale the medicine. However since U.S. is stopping all production and sale of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) including CFCs from 2009 onwards, its time to switch over to the eco-friendly inhalers that replace CFC with hydrofluoroalkane (HFA).
This Christmas, steer clear of gadgets and gift your little one with a plaything that can captivate her green senses in a playful manner. If you intend to instill eco-friendly habits in your kids from a young age then the Eco House is the best bargain. Fitted with a solar panels and wind turbine on the roof, the beautifully designed house also features a rain barrel and a recycling bin. It also includes handsome energy- and resource-saving furnishings. Playing with such an eco-friendly doll house, kids will grow up thinking that with such green features are a must for every house. Crafted out of renewable rubberwood and recycled wood, natch, it is up on Heartsong for $150.
As we step into the last month of this year, it’s time to retrospect and pick out the few designs that left a lasting impression on Designlaunches, in the month of November. The pick ranges from everyday things to concepts that we wish were true.
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Lunar Baby Thermometer
Fold&Hold Bike is the best seat for your butt
Exotic mobile phone design
Nokia concept takes the shimmy route
Quick! Drown in the Step Bed
Drag your finger to turn off the lights
All the fashionistas can put their foot down in an eco-friendly style with a line of chic, green footwear from Mohop. Women of every age can flaunt their love for fashion as well environment by strapping on these sandals. The ergonomically shaped foodbed is handcrafted out of sustainably sourced solid cherry. Plastered with a black recycled rubber sole, the padded footbed also features an umbrella motif on high-end 100% nylon ‘leather’.
Co-designed by Leonard, a solar powered public toilet is all set to be seen on the roads of Portland before 2008 ends. Estimated at about $140,000 (for the prototype) and dubbed as Portland Loo, this portable toilet is very light in weight. Erected out of stainless steel wall panels, the cylindrical bathroom is designed to be five feet wide and eight feet tall. It will sport a sink on the outside and see-through slats down low so police can check for unhealthy or nasty behavior. It will have a hard connection to water and sewer and solar panels to power the light that will come on in the evening and warm the pipes to prevent against freezing. This toilet business will throw its doors open on the 12th of Dec this year.
Philadelphian designer Brian Kelly intends to explore the relationship between humans and plants by growing greens nourished with urine. He implies that since plants enrich humans with Oxygen and nutrition, we too should enrich them with nitrogen from human’s urine along with the carbon dioxide from the air. To eliminate the need of chemical fertilizers, he shaped up a project, Grow Cycle. It is designed to fit in urban dens too as people excuse from green responsibilities attributing to lack of space. Going by his images, I can write that a valved bottle is used for clean transportation of the urine into the system. Now Brian, how to fill that bottle…..without messing fingers and hands? Ok, once user masters the art, urine collected needs to be diluted with water in a fixed measure to feed the plant. Roll over for lots of illustrative images……