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Distilled Innovation: Whiskey In A Can

Scottish Spirits Ltd., a Glasgow Scotch whiskey distiller, has been around since 1896, distilling and exporting blended whiskeys.  Now, with a new distribution center in Panama, Scottish Spirits is bottling booze that's a little more at home in Latin America and the Carribean - rum, vodka, tequila, and... whiskey in a can?

ECOtality Teams Up With Sprint to Combine Connectivity and Electric Vehicle Charging

ECOtality, leader in clean transportation and storage technologies, will be collaborating with Sprint Nextel to merge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and connectivity.  The Sprint Command Center available at charging stations will allow effective monitoring of car charging and payments as well as user-friendly charging station locator services for motorists along with advertising on screen displays.

Repurposing For Inspiration: Book Origami By Isaac Salazar

We give away old clothes, old furniture, old toys... but old books... they get to stay.  They're on the bookshelves or packed away in our garages.  They represent our formative selves; they announce, "This was once important to me."

GIMME SHELTER Architects’ Eco-Challenge To Help Our Furry Friends

Do cats deserve eco-friendly homes too? Herb'n Maid and SPACE Architecture & Design thinks so and are hosting an eco-challenge called Gimme Shelter to help city cats. To win contestants have to build an eco-friendly pet home.

Soap Flakes Eliminate Slippery Bar Soap Problems

Why did bar soap fall so far out of favor when it was once the king of the shower?  It is likely because bars can be slippery and awkward and no one wants to use them once they get worn down to the cracked and crumbly little nubs.  Soap Flakes, a design by Nathalie Stampfli, is a bar soap grater that seems to solve the old problems of using hard soap.

Liquid Gold: The Towa Watering Can Uses Urine As Fertilizer

Swedish start-up company, Guldkannan, presents their chemical-free alternative to store-bought fertilizers: urine.  With the use of their "Towa," a urine watering can, you can enjoy a comfortable chamber pot, storage bin for your urine, as well as a pouring device for your homemade "liquid gold" all in one convenient device.

Chopstick Tree Art Sculpture Helps Make a Point

In another effort to encourage people to use reusable chopsticks the China Environmental Protection Foundation has sculpted a chopstick tree and handed out reusable chopsticks.

Biotic Video Games Bring Life To The Small Screen

At Standford University, Assistant Professor Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his team are developing ways to take real micro-organisms and make them part of video games.

When You Just Can't Get Enough Pressure: The DIY Plunger Seat

If you've ever just not had enough arm strength to plunge the junk out of your toilet, you may just need a little more body weight to do the job...

Paper Feet: The Upcycled "Foot Condom" by Jimmy Tomczak

Jimmy Tomczak decided he loved going barefoot but wanted protection from the elements, and thus, "Paper Feet," were born.  Made from old billboards, these upcycled "foot condoms," as he refers to them, are green, trendy, and lightweight.

Swedish Architects Propose Building A Movable City On Railroad Tracks

The Swedish architectural firm Jagnefält Milton came up with an ingenious new master plan for the city of Åndalsnes in Norway.  The plan was submitted to the city's international Master Plan competition, and though the Jagnefält Milton plan didn't win first prize, it certainly is creating a positive stir in the architectural world and the plan may just be the right solution for another city.

 


Eco-friendly Image Printing Process Previously Thought to be Impossible

Something great and eco-friendly is happening to the furniture and design world. A company, Lumi Co, has invented a new printing technology that is not only eco-friendly, but also previously thought to be impossible to achieve in the design world. It's called the Lumi Process.

Steplight: A Perfect Architectural Lighting Design

One of my favorite forms of design is architecture.  The beauty of a mathematically perfect scheme, natural balance in a man-made form, and the efficient hands-on methods of fitting parts together...  They are just a few of the marvels of the art, now being brought into interiors by architects the likes of Ron Arad, Noriaki Okabe, and Zaha Hadid.

 

Saving Energy Via Digital Power: Green Plug Presents the Green Power Processor

Green Plug's "Green Power Processor" (GPP) intends to save energy wasted by electronic devices by relying on digital power as opposed to analog.  According to PC World, technology used in this device could allow dormant devices to "relax their demand from the electrical grid or shut down automatically, thanks to intelligent power supplies."

Ocean Empire LSV Super Yacht: Green Three Times Over

Sauter Zero Carbon Design presents their latest concept in hybrid superyachts.  The Ocean Empire LSV uses three sustainable energy sources: the sun, wind, and waves.  This 44m superyacht also uses some of the most efficient technology available.

Acoustic Cloak Hides Objects In Plain Sound

Professor Nicholas Fang of the University of Illinois has created an acoustic cloak that hides objects from standard sonar waves - and it fits in the palm of his hand.

Solar Powered Fashion: Silvr Lining's GO Collection

Silvr Lining is a foreward thinking clothing company that offers urban apparel for the eco-conscious trendsetter with an unlimited budget.  Their most advanced line is the "GO Collection" which carries clothing that uses solar panels to power your on-the-go devices.  With futuristic cargo pants, director's jackets, and topper coats, this line comes with a heavy price tag, but hey, it's really, really cool.

Eco Printer Goes Ultra Violet For Ultra Paper Use

A Red Dot Concept Design award winner, the Eco Printer looks to extend the life of paper without the need for shredding and recycling.

Professor Recycles Rainwater and Sunlight To Bring More Color To Our Lives

It seems the New Year will be filled with an array of colors, recycled rainwater and solar power thanks to Michael Jones McKean's, professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Why? Michael has created a machine that can make man-made rainbows recycling natural resources.

Soundtracks For Your Pets, But No Earbuds... Yet

If you haven't purchased My Pet Speaker from Pet Acoustics yet, you'll be happy to know that appropriate pet-oriented relaxation songs are now available on CDs, so that pets can listen to their music without you putting out another $250 for a speaker.