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Blest Machine Will Convert Your Plastic Into Your Oil

Blest, a Japanese company, presents a household machine that will turn your everyday plastic items into oil.  Saving you money and saving the planet from CO2 emissions, Ankinori Ito, CEO of Blest, developed a machine to educate and inspire people to take action.

2010 Trash To Treasure Competition Winners Are…

Last year, I wrote about the 2009 Design Squad Trash To Treasure Competition winner Max Wallack and his Home Dome design for homeless people. This year the Design Squad has announced the 2010 winners. The winners are Lilly, MaryAnn and Daniel. The best part is that Continuum is going to build their designs.

Social Media's Web 2.0 Merges Into Semantic Web With Paper.li

Did you ever think about becoming Editor-in-Chief of your own newspaper? Well, Paper.li can score you that gig. In an automated process, those you follow on Twitter and the links included in their tweets, can essentially become the subject matter of your own daily online newspaper that you can create in less than 5 minutes. As social media generates real-time news, it can now interface with Paper.li to not only publish this news onto a micro-site, it will also tweet it out to all of one's Twitter followers daily.

Important Considerations For Starting A Business

So you've been thinking about starting your own business. Perhaps it's been a long term goal of yours, or just an idea that came to you recently. Either way, there's some information you should consider before taking any further steps. Take a few minutes to evaluate yourself. Ask yourself, "What am I good at? What are my talents?" Next, ask yourself, "What am I bad at? What are my weaknesses?" As you evaluate, be honest - if you're not honest you're only doing a disservice to yourself.

5 Last Minute "Trashy" Kid Costumes Make A Green Statement

Why spend $15-20 (sometimes more) on a Halloween costume for your kid? Your child is only going to wear it once. For some ideas to make your own, take a look at the homemade eco-themed costumes below made by very innovative parents.

Throw An Amazing Halloween Bash With These Creepy Treat Makers

If you are planning a Halloween shindig you are going to need some terrifying treats to serve to your guests and there are no better ghoulish goodies than the ones you make at home.  Here are a few Halloween food and gadget items to get your party prep underway.

Giant LEGO Storage Blocks Make Cleanup Fun And Creative

As we all know, LEGO has evolved since its beginnings.  There are now different sizes, colors and shapes to suit every age group and taste, but there have never been life-sized pieces until now.  Lego Storage Bricks are an ingenious idea for de-cluttering kids’ rooms.

Cookie Stamper Lets Them Know It's Homemade

There is something to be said for having a real, homemade cookie.  Nothing can really compare and I am a big believer in making them yourself.  So why not flaunt the fact that you have taken the time to create something from scratch?

Perfect Fit Button Offers No Hassle Waistband Adjustment

With fall here already, the holidays will be upon us before we know it.  Yes, yes, I know it seems far too early to be thinking about that, but you know it’s true.  Anyways, once the festivities roll around you may want to look into some Perfect Fit Buttons.

Bread Tags Make Tiny Cute Eco-friendly Monsters

Are bread tags recyclable? Well... they're definitely craftable. Just take a look at these adorable bread tag monsters and see what I mean.

Reusable Style Snaps Allow For Quick, No Stitch Hem Changes

Style Snaps are a product that claims to offer a simple, no sewing, no gluing solution to your hemming woes.  These reusable adhesive snaps can be used to change hem length over and over. 

Can Small Scale Really Sell Products to Major Retail?

A common misconception about selling to Major Retailers is that you have to be a large established company in order to sell to them. This is absolutely  not the case! The truth is that there are many small start-up companies with just one product SKU that have gotten their products into Major Retailers. 

Slant Shack Jerky: DIY...Beef Jerky?

Well, you're able to order just about anything online and customize it and businesses are coming up with just about any DIY structure to jump on the bandwagon and offer people the chance to create things without going through the labor! Now, there's a new business that I bet you never would have searched for online, because it's a whole new concept!

Japanese Invention Assesses Your Health While You Sit On The Throne

The Japanese, long known for their unusual gadgets, have developed a unique way to test your health.  While remaining true to efficiency, the “Intelligence Toilet” design by Toto tests the sugar levels in your urine as well as weighing you and checking your blood pressure all while you use the facilities.

Inventor Creates Product on Kitchen Counter and Makes Millions!

Imagine coming up with an Invention on your kitchen counter and soon becoming a millionaire and having your Invention sold all over the world!  That's what happened to Debbie Barker, the Inventor of the FlipFold!

The OOoo Chair: It May Be Invisible, But You Can Make It Yourself With No Materials

At Decker Yeadon the focus is on the environment - particularly on how new material technologies can lessen the impact on water and energy depletion while positively contributing to health, safety, and security.  The creation of the OOoo Chair, invisible though it may be, stands out as the chair design with the least impact on the environment, although I don't know about 'security.'

 


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Apple iPad Goes Steampunk With The USB Typewriter

Love retro office equipment but need the practicality of top tech tools like the Apple iPad? Thanks to the USB Typewriter, you can now get the best of both worlds.

Bike-Powered Washing Machine Can Travel With You

What if every afternoon, after dinner, you could take a nice leisurely bike ride around your neighborhood and when you arrived back home your laundry was clean and inside a washing machine attached to the side of your bike? Crazy right? No! Someone invented a bike-powered washing machine that travels.

The Vaccination Patch: Do-It-Yourself Medicine

Human clinical trials will soon get underway of a new micropatch delivery system for vaccines developed at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  It is said not to hurt and what's more, you can administer the vaccine yourself!