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Paint Me a Solar Panel!

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could just slap some paint on a flat surface and instantly have solar panels to power up your work, home and everything else? It seems impossible right? Maybe not.


Ashley’s Recycled Leather Bags: Environmentally Friendly Or Not?

Is a product environmentally friendly if it’s made out of leather? What if it is made out of recycled leather? If you are not sure how to answer these questions take a look at Vancouver’s fashion designer, Ashley Watson’s recycled leather bags and other accessories.

$10,000, a Laptop and More for Redesigned Trash

Ever watched the Design Squad? Design Squad is a kids program on PBS consisting of 8 young engineers. As a team these young engineers take on engineering challenges for an actual client such as Ikea. There are 13 episodes per season. In the final episode the top two contestants compete, "for the Grand Prize-a $10,000 college scholarship from the Intel® Foundation".

$21 million for Cool Earth’s Solar Balloons



What has inflatable lightweight mirrors and captures the same amount of energy from the sun, as traditional flat panel PV systems, while using 500 times less solar cell material? Cool Earth's cool Solar Balloons do and they're about to expand. read more »

Eco-Cashmere Sweater for Your Dog and You


I love my dog, but is buying him a hundred dollar Cashmere Sweater just a bit too much, even if the sweater is eco-friendly? Designer, Deborah Lindquist doesn't think so. She's made an entire line of colorful eco-friendly cashmere sweaters for dogs of all sizes.
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Nanowires Grown to Absorb more Sunlight


 

Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario have grown light-absorbing nanowires that can absorb more energy from the sun than the silicon ones. The challenge for the researchers is to improve the nanowires' efficiency without bringing up the cost. Can they do it? read more »

Lovely Eco-Silverware Jewelry For Your Love


Jennifer Northup, a talented jewelry designer, deserves applause for her innovative eco-jewelry. Recycled from vintage antique silverware of the 1800s she molds silverware (handles and other parts) into elegant belts buckles, necklace pendants, bracelets, rings, spoon watches, cardholders, etc. read more »

Super Soaker Squirt Gun Guy Wants More Sun


Remember the Super Soaker water gun (a.k.a Power Drencher)? It was the world's first high-performance, pressurized water gun invented by nuclear engineer Lonnie Johnson.

Mr. Johnson who once worked with the U.S Air Force and NASA has more than 100 patents to his name. His most recent invention today could drastically reduce the cost of solar energy as well as conserve heat, if it works. read more »

Carnival of the Green # 110!


 

This week it's my turn to host the Carnival of the Green and I am excited to be the 110th host for the Carnival. read more »

Twirl N’ Take My Picture: Digital Cam Powered By Hand


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a continued environmentally conscious effort Sony has added one more hand-powered prototype to their eco-list called the "Twirl N' Take". It looks and moves kind of like a pizza cutter, but it doesn't cut pizza. It takes digital pictures instead. read more »

9 Great Green Holiday Gift Basket Ideas That Are Eco Friendly


If you are still shopping for green gifts this year and have no idea where to look consider a green gift basket. Today’s gift baskets are as green as they are unique and they aren’t just about chocolates, coffee and popcorn anymore. Check out some of the innovative gift baskets below. read more »

The Sun Even Powers the Bible


It talks in a human voice, fits in the palm of your hands, is biblical and charged by the sun (or a light bulb or charged from a 9 volt DC adapter ((not included)). What is it? A solar powered bible you can listen to over and over again. read more »

Trellis Earth's Bioplastic Bag Sample Pack Review


There is an ongoing doubt about the environmentally friendliness of biodegradable plastic as compared to petroleum made plastic. Do they really biodegrade? Does it take more land, resources and energy to make biodegradable plastic than it does to make petroleum made plastic? The following review is not meant to confirm or deny this doubt, but simply to review an innovative biodegradable corn based products produced and sold by Trellis Earth. read more »

Newspaper Can Make Good Yarn Too


Imagine yourself one relaxing cold winter night in front of the fireplace. Your newspaper logs burn brilliantly in the fire. Your hot cup of organic chocolate coco cools down next to you on your favorite recycled wood end-table as you sit back and crochet your new rug out of newspaper yarn for your bamboo floor. read more »

Innovative Log Roller Saves Money and Trees


What recycles your newspaper, save trees, helps you warm up you home and saves you money all at the same time? An 8lb gadget called the Newspaper Log Roller. read more »

CFLs, Old Incandescent Lightbulbs and Creacycling


So you've replaced all your old incandescent lightbulbs with CFLS. Now you're saving money and saving energy, but there is still the stack of old incandescent lightbulbs waiting to be disposed of. Throwing them away wouldn't be eco-friendly. Right? How about creacycling them instead? read more »

Aluna, Lunar Clock for the Olympics


The power of the sun is amazing, but what about the power of the moon? Can it be harnessed? London-based artist Laura Williams thinks so and has decided to tap into that lunar power. read more »

9 More Solar Powered Lights For the Holidays


It's a little early, but this holiday season I already have a whole new set of innovative solar powered lights to introduce you to. Take a look at them below; snowmen, snowballs, reindeer, and Santa are what seem to be popular this year.

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LifeStraw Filters Dirty Water Too


Like the LifeSaver, another innovation can also turn dirty surface water into clean drinking water in a matter of seconds. It is called the LifeStraw and unlike the LifeSaver, the LifeStraw,personal water filtration tool, is a lot cheaper, a lot smaller and easier to take around. It can even be hung around the neck for easy access. read more »

8 Environmentally Friendly Burial Alternatives.. or 8 Options to the Boring Old Coffin


Today's funeral practices are not environmentally friendly. Between clearing land out to make burial sites, green house gases due to cremation, trees cut down to make caskets and embalming fluid which contains chemicals like formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents, death is not as natural as it should be. Funerals are detrimental to the land, water and air. The good news is that green funeral options continue to grow in popularity. Below are some innovative burial alternatives to choose from. read more »