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Cornucopia? - An Opportunity For Mexican Farmers

A new initiative in Mexico guarantees farmers a price for their corn, and a reason to stay at home.

C.F.S. Kids Set Is Seriously Strong Cardboard Furniture

The C.F.S. Kids table and stools set by Metrocs is made of cardboard and is surprising strong.  The set, which comes unassembled, requires no adhesive to put together.

Eat Yak Cheese, Send a Tibetan Kid to School!

Semi-nomadic tribesmen who raise yaks in the highlands of Tibet once thought their traditional lifestyle was doomed. Now a pilot project centered on yak cheese has boosted incomes, employment and educational opportunities.

Gadget-Charging Bicycle Makes Efficient Use Of Your Pedal Power

A bicycle that charges up your electronics with eco-friendly leg power. All it's missing is a bamboo frame and organic-wool-filled seat.

CPV Generators: The U.S. Goverment Develops New Solar Technology

New solar technolgy developed by a partnership of Amonix and the U.S. Department of National Renewable Energy Laboratory promises to double energy production by utilizing space-grade technology.  The 7700 Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Generator is also less expensive and less land-intensive than traditional PV solar technologies.

MET Electric Car Great Concept For Singles - Might Highlight Your Crippling Depression

The MET "single-person family" vehicle is intended to be both energy and space efficient and also reminds you hey - guess what - you're all alone!

Eco-friendly Iron Concept Makes Steam Out of Air

I won't iron. I hate to iron. Luckily, I don't need to iron much for my job, but my husband does. He hates to iron too. So, he takes his clothes to the dry cleaner. This gets expensive and isn't eco-friendly. Maybe the new eco-friendly self-charging Phillips iron will change our minds about ironing.

DUO: Vehicle Name Stands for Doesn't Use Oil, but Does It Exist?

DUO is a three-wheeled, 2-passenger electric vehicle from Meyers Motors that doesn't use gasoline OR oil.  Innovative, eco-friendly, and interesting to look at as this "electric motorcycle" may be, the release date keeps getting pushed back despite the company's encouragement to pre-order now for $24,995.

Candy Wrapper Chair Disassembles Easy For More Eco-Friendly Transport

It has been a really long while since I've posted anything about eco-friendly chairs. So, here is a chair I would like to add to my list of favorite eco-friendly chairs I believe deserve to be noticed as much as possible. This chair's design is collaboration between Emiliano Godoy and Ecoist.

Carnivorous Furniture: Rodent-Eating Robotics Generate Electricity

Designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau recently presented their carnivorous robots.  Fly-eating wall clocks and mouse-eating coffee tables use the carcasses of their prey to generate electricity.  Animal activists, beware - these inventions are not vegetarians!

Red Rice For Beans - Marketing Rice To Reduce Poverty

A small organization is helping lift Sri Lankans out of poverty by marketing the rice they grow to the world.

Lunar Cubit Tells Time And Makes Energy

Lunar Cubit is a unique design for power generation and storage that comes in the form of nine pyramids and is slated to be built outside of Masdar city in Abu Dhabi.

Nissan Sporty, Electric Vehicle Concept

Nissan takes its electric-vehicle prowess to the next level with an all-electric sports car concept.

Designs By 'Leftovers' Tell Some Creepy Stories

Swedish sisters Linda and Jona Netsman have a great talent for repurposing old furniture and odds and ends and totally recreating new purposeful items. Their design studio, Leftovers, produces one of a kind furniture and lighting objects that are very emotionally evocative, something that one doesn't find in most furniture or lighting designs. I chose a few of the somewhat creepy ones to share with you.

 

Color Changing Plants May Serve As Chemical Agent Warnings

At Colorado State University, Dr. Judy Medford and her team are developing ways for plants to visually signal when there is a biological contaminant present.

Mine Detector Lets The Boom Go Off At A Distance

In Sweden, a pair of Colombian researchers have developed a way to remotely detonate land mines that is not only reliable but that is done at such a distance to keep the operator safe.

NYC's Got Gas - A New Plan To Turn Sewage Into Heat

A New York City wastewater plant will soon be adding enough methane to the city's natural gas supplies to heat 2,500 homes.

Water-Scraper: A Green Metropolis in the Deep Blue

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to live in - well, maybe not.  Evolo's 2011 Skyscraper Competition gave the hO2+ Scraper an honorable mention for its positive impact on the environment as well as the concept of taking the land-loving skyscrapers to the sea.  These underwater, floating structures use wind, solar, wave, kinetic, and bio energy sources for powering an underwater metropolis.

Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

Indoor Planter With Umbrella Stand Makes Use Of Rain Water

Turkish designer Merve Sarışın created a simply lovely concept for apartment, home, and offices spaces that makes use of rain drops to water plants, just as they do outside.