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    Recycled urine to quench astronaut’s thirst in Space Station

    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

    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

    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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    E-Scrap recycles e-waste to reduce the burden on landfills

    E-waste heaps are rising sky-high and daunting our environment by releasing toxins in the air. An estimated 133,000 computers are discarded by homes and businesses every day in America! To tackle this menace of reckless e-waste dumping, a 16 foot tall and 60 foot long man-made monster is set up in Islandia, N.Y. This mammothic shredder at e-Scrap Destruction chews on to all the cast off computers and its peripherals, printers, fax machines and also cell phones with its steel blade jaws. The components are reduced to rubble that contains pieces lesser than four inches. This shredded material goes back on the belt, where an overhead electromagnet removes material containing iron as the waste moves along. Trace Feinstein, the founder of e-Scrap Destruction was determined to handle the scrap more responsibly. The folks at e-Scrap also respect customers’ privacy and ensure that no personal or confidential data can be recovered from hard drives or memory.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 14, 2008
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    Sharjah’s Eco-friendly Sewage Treatment Plant will recycle water to the fullest

    snasco.jpg Green waves are coming from Middle East as Sharjah is moving ahead with its eco-friendly waste treatment plant. Leading master developer SNASCO, has teamed up with prime utility service provider, the Sewage Treatment Plan Company (STP), to put up this green waste treatment unit for the colossal Sharjah Investment Centre (SIC) project. This sewage treatment plant is meant to deliver reclaimed water for non-potable utilization, such as providing an alternative supply for cooling and irrigation works to centre. In an attempt to guarantee superlative ‘green’ services for development, the SIC sewage treatment plant aligns itself with the regional developer’s aims of ensuing sustainable development.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 13, 2008
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    Soda cans recycled to fit eco-diva’s lingerie collection

    The used, empty soda cans in my house find their straight into the dustbin. However sometimes I save up one or two for my toddler’s ‘Best out of Waste’ project. She loves to decorate such cans into pen stands or comb stands with all the craft material. Pushing aside such kindergarten-aged recycling attempts, Designer Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch has moved up further to shape a set of adult lingerie from recycled soda cans. Inspired from a very young age to do something green, Ingrid presented the most unusual eco-friendly set of underclothes for a eco-diva. If filthy rich women can display their wealth by flaunting gold and diamond studded under garments, then eco-conscious babes can stand up to flaunt their love for our environment with such a recycled set. I am sure such a green set of underwear isn’t actually wearable. But the red and silver combi certainly kicks out a hot and bold ‘green’ style!

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 12, 2008
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    Old hard drives recycled into a DIY Wall Clock for geeky times

    Here is an outstanding time-telling DIY project for a geek with a green thumb. Darren from Engadget has bought to light a Wall Clock that has been wheedled out of old computer Hard Drives. So if you too have been accumulating such geeky stuff and a tiny e-waste heap occupies a corner in your den then dig in through the junk to grab a dozen hard-drives. Put your expertise to test with help of few tools and a tiny quartz machine to set the hands moving. A smart Instructable user has got hold of a drill, a kit of screw drivers and pliers to fix up about 12 of 3.5 inched cast off computer hard drives. To create the “face” of this clock, he has used aluminum washers or spacers that separate hard drive platters. You can also let your creativity loose and come up with unusual combinations. The geeky designer here has smartly used the number of rings to denote the hour on the face of the clock. That is three rings for 3 o’clock, 6 rings for 6 o’clock and so on!

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 10, 2008
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    Recycle or Landfill – The fate of millions of America’s TV sets

    recycle_tv.jpg Keeping up with the digitalized fad, this time almost 20% of Americans will be forced to swap their outdated broadcast television sets for the upgraded digitals one. From 18th Feb onwards, all the analog signals will be terminated. Though such digitalized television viewing can be a pleasure to be entertained, it will lead to an unwanted eco-problem. All such discarded sets will find their way to landfills which are already overflowing with e-waste. Toxic components like lead, mercury and cadmium along with plastic and other metals will do more harm to our race. However Environmental Protection Agency has offered a solution with its Plug-In To ECycle website. The site suggests that most of the components from the old idiot-boxes can be reused and recycled. This will help to cut back on greenhouse gases, reduce pollution, save energy, and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 6, 2008
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    Hydrocar – A clean green toy car for eco tots

    Hydrocar.jpg It is time to introduce eco-awareness amongst humans from a very tender age. As the graph of global warming is escalating rapidly, we cannot wait to teach our kids about the need to change their lifestyles after they grow up. And Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has some real interesting educational toys that aim to teach young eco-tots everything they need to know about renewable energy. Designed as the “chemistry sets” of tomorrow, the company offers various kits to do so. I had to force my self to pick up only one right now and that is Hydrocar. Zooming straight out of future, this vehicle is powered by water only and solar energy. It runs on clean hydrogen fuel using a next generation reversible Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 5, 2008
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    Pink Barbie dolls go green as they head for recycling

    Though humans are doing their bit to change the current non-eco-friendly scenario, the world’s most famous doll is also set to do her bit for our globe. Found in every girl’s toy chest, Barbie is undeniably a reflection of current cultural trends and issues. And to motivate kids from a tender age to make a green statement, Mattel has teamed up with Wal-Mart for an eco-friendly program dubbed as ‘Give Back with Barbie Cares‘. Scheduled for 8th of this month, this in-store program will call out for all the Barbie lovers to bring in their Barbie dolls. These donated dolls will be used in a pilot program that will explore the possibility of toy recycling. And for every doll, Mattel will donate a new doll to a local children’s hospital, up to 100,000 dolls. Also donors can capture their early green acts by getting clicked at the venue with Barbie and receive a coupon to print a free 4×6″ photo from the Kodak Picture Maker that same day.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 4, 2008
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