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    Solar powered portable public toilet opens up for toilet business

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    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.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 28, 2008
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    Grow Cycle aims to feed the greens with urine

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    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……

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 27, 2008
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    Green hero – Hart Bochner is Hollywood’s greenest actor

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    With the latest 007 movie breaking all records at world-wide box-offices, Daniel Craig is ruling the scene in Hollywood. But all those speeding cars, high tech gadgets and wild chases in air as well on water doesn’t earn him or his film a green flag from ecologists. Also actor-turned governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s green promises and earth-friendly Leonardo DiCaprio do not get the honor of being voted as the ‘Greenest actor in Hollywood’. This title is awarded to Hart Bochner. Now who is this chap? Well, Bochner co-stars in the USA Network drama The Starter Wife, featuring Will and Grace alumna Debra Messing. Believing in the famous old adage, “Practice before you Preach’, Bochner does anonymous, behind-the-scenes work to make the industry more environmentally friendly.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 21, 2008
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    Arbre – An eco-friendly tree to illuminate the eco-dens of the future

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    It is impossible to grow trees in and around most urban nest as crammed space doesn’t allow such eco-luxuries. However designers Wan-Jin Joo, Hyun-Joung Yoo, Sun-Woo Lee and Won-Seok Lee have shaped up, if not a real green tree, an eco-friendly glowing tree. Dubbed, Arbre, it is a cluster of twigs that light up with LEDs. Shaped out of recycled plastic, it’s a simple assemble-it-yourself concept. Utilizing a module method of lighting, Arbre takes it form by fitting the twig like pieces into one another. Though it isn’t an out-of-the-box design, it’s the use of recycled plastic that has caught my green fancy.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 21, 2008
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    Eco-friendly Handy Heart Eco Warmer to beat the heat!

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    It’s about 2 months before you need to bring your attention to red hearts for Valentine’s Day. However I couldn’t stop myself from bringing this ‘green’ Handy Heart Eco Warmer to your attention. Coming from Japan, this hot heart helps to keep your hands warm in chilly winters. The fact that it is also eco-friendly at heart, has bought it on Greenlaunches. It isn’t the usual disposable type that makes use of certain chemicals to keep you warm. This one gets it heat by being boiled in water for 10-20 minutes. Thus it earns the tag of reusable too.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 20, 2008
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    Walt Disney’s eco-friendly movie to be premiered in an eco-friendly Pavilion

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    A green dome to house the premier of a green cartoon! Since kids love to watch cartoon and learn a lot in process, Walt Disney has come up with an eco-friendly cartoon, Trilli. And to complement the premier of this movie, Milan based designer Riccardo Giovanetti recently designed the Plasticamente Pavilion. It will accommodate the exhibition dedicated to children to explore the qualities of the plastic its potential for recycling. The form of the structure resembles the molecular structures of polymers literally. It is made of white plastic discs connected like the molecules. The Pavilion’s exterior develops into a rich variety of interior point of views that maximize the potential to reuse and rethink space due to the innate flexibility of its plan. While the interior space is designed as a covered zone for the visitors to rest in and live the film experience. Roll over for many more images……

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 18, 2008
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    Solar powered stroller for eco-infants

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    A stroller is essential for infants and their parents to push them around the streets with ease. Such an infant accessory doesn’t need any extra frills other than the basic sturdy structure and comfortably padded and secured seat. But designers are cashing on to the parent’s whim for extraordinary stuff by presenting strollers tweaked with gadgets and pimped with precious metals and gemstones. Currently, our eco-blogoshpere is also buzzing with a green stroller. Not much is revealed about this Solar powered Stroller. But going by the pictures it can be determined that this all white stroller has a solar roof stretched over the seat. I am sure that this green roof will protect the child from the harmful rays of the sun but what’s got me puzzled is the need of solar panels on a stroller. To charge parent’s gadgets on the go? Or to charge the little prince/princess’s lullaby strumming music player? What ever it is, the designer certainly let his green thumb loose with this solar powered stroller!

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 17, 2008
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    Recycled urine to quench astronaut’s thirst in Space Station

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    A trip in space may actually seem to be out-of-this-world for all of us. But for the natives of space, it isn’t as hunky-dory as it seems to us, sitting here on this planet and sipping onto a glass of clean water. Residents of Space Station will have to quench their thirst by sipping on to their urine, which of course will be recycled to make it 100% potable. A $250 million system is exclusively designed to ionize, filter, distill, and oxidize the wastewater. It was reported that folks aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour will be handing off to their Space Station colleagues this water regeneration system. As of yet, the astronauts will only be testing the system and not drinking on this trip. When on earth, the system showed excellent results, but NASA wants to be sure that it works, as designed, in a zero-gravity environment too.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 17, 2008
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    Coldpack’s AirLiner is an eco-friendly alternative for Styrofoam

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    Though there are varied applications of Styrofoam, the most common ones any layman can identify with are disposable coffee cups and as coolers or packaging material. However this non-degradable product adds on to our landfills, raising environment concerns. To combat this eco-problem, Coldpack has come up with a green, resourceful inflatable, insulating cooler liner for packaging purpose. The new eco-friendly material, AirLiner, requires half the raw materials, water, and energy to produce compared in comparison to styrofoam. Also the alarming amount of trash can be eliminated and landfill impact can be reduced by as much as 19.1 billion cubic feet per year. This nifty material is not only a fantastic insulator but also renders 400 percent more cushioning than styrofoam. The key to AirLiner’s ability to cushion, protect and maintain constant temperature is its award-winning, patented internal heat-barrier technology.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 14, 2008
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    Eco-partying at Greenhouse- Worlds First Eco-Friendly Night Club

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    NYC boasts of night clubs at almost every corner of the streets. So how does one more opening of a club in NYC make a difference? The owner Jon B has cashed on the latest fad of eco-friendly lifestyle to open the doors of the world’s first eco-friendly club. Located at 150 Varick St. in SoHo, Green House is the coolest green club where clubbers can party hard in a green style. The club will serve green liquor, the eco-friendly 360 Vodka, which is made in a green distillery and shipped in reusable bottles. Spread over 6,000-square-foot space and stretching up to two levels, this club is supported by walls made of sustainable bamboo. While the whole of the club is powered by 100 percent wind-powered along with the sound system, the green set up is lit up by LED light bulbs.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 14, 2008
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