Environment

Cheaper Than Solar and Better Than Gas: The New Neuton CE 6 Lawn Mower

Around here the rain has not fallen in weeks. This is why the grass remains short, but the rain will come and when it does it will pour and the grass will grow tall quickly, which will mean, time to mow. Fortunately, there is one more planet-friendly lawnmower on the market to consider using when you mow your lawn.   

Where Water Is Scarce, You Can Drink The Air!

In desert climates where the ground may be too dry for even a cactus to survive, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) and their colleagues at Logos Innovationen have created a method for getting drinkable water from... the air!

Grab A Cup Of Joe From The Eco-Friendly Solar Roast Coffee Company

The coffee industry, as a universal role, takes a toll on the environment for any number of reasons that go against sustainability. But that's not what we're talking about here today, instead, I present you an eco-friendly coffee company that allows you to drink that morning cup of joe without the guilt of the environmental consequences

Office Paper Recycling Machine Turns Trash Into Toilet Paper

What's an eco-friendly way to recycle used office paper and botched photocopies? Here we might mulch it to be used in farming. In Japan they're turning it into toilet paper.

Man Made Trees Invite Natural Species To Return Home

Once an agricultural area, the commercial/industrial city of Leeds, England has displaced millions of birds, bats, and small animals and hundreds of individual species have disappeared completely from the urban landscape.  But Leeds has decided to bring its wildlife back.

Call Goes Out to Boost Used Mobile Phone Collection

Cellular phones are gold mines, even when they're no longer wanted. Problem is, as phones get better people are more reluctant to get rid of them. A new campaign by the Japanese government seeks to reverse this disturbing trend and boost mobile phone recycling.

Innovatively Refashioning Dad’s Vintage Ties

Don't worry too much about giving your dad too many ties for Father's Day every year. Ties can be recycled, upcycled, reused, refashioned and crecycled into new, sometimes very pretty things. Look at all the wonderful and inventive ways to use old ties below. 

Environmental Twist Plastic Bottle Saves Space, Reduces Waste

I LOHAS, Coca Cola Japan's entry in the bottled water sweepstakes, is going green... with a twist. Once you've drained the bottle just give it a twist - and help save up to 40 percent in disposable volume.

Eco-Friendly Walking Elephant: Hop on!

The creative folks at PlanToys have done it again! They've created yet another wonderfully innovative product that's guaranteed to be a great big hit with the little ones!

Call For Inventors! Walmart's Innovative (GREEN) Product Search!

How are you doing on your projects for PetSmart and As Seen On TV? Because here's another Innovative Product Search, this time from Walmart! Ya Hoo! They're all calling for you and your super-duper problem solving inventions, but they have to be GREEN! Here's the nutshell version of Walmart's needs...

Cool Solar Gadgets For The Solar Powered Addicted Dad

I think solar powered gadgets are amazing, so I have put together a list of solar powered gift ideas for Father's Day.  If you still need to buy a gift for your dad or your baby's daddy take a look at the list below. You might just find what you are looking for or think of something better along the way. Either way, I hope it helps.

Michael Recycle: A Great Read for the Kiddies

With summer break right around the corner, it's still important for parents to encourage children to practice their reading skills, even during vacation. If you've been looking for a great book for the kids, check out Michael Recycle!

Heliotropic Biomimicry: Solar Panels That Follow The Sun

Solar panels that track the sun currently involve the use of motors and electronic control systems to move them and convert the power to energy.  But a team of engineering students at MIT, inspired by heliotropic plants that move in the direction of the sun all day (like a sunflower), have developed a new method of motivation for the photovoltaic cells to move.  Their invention won first place in MIT's Making and Designing Materials Engineering Contest (MADMEC)  -- a $100,000 prize!

One Way To Make Green Soda: The EcoStream

It's not all in the mix, but the newest green machine, the EcoStream, does enable an interesting mix of soda flavors, if you want it.  How about an orange Coke, for example?  But what exactly makes the EcoStream green?  It's BYOC: Bring Your Own Container.

Recycling Is Beautiful: Bottle Cap Art

In January of this year I introduced you to Alexandra Guerrero the Chilean designer who recycles cigarette butts into clothing. Today I introduce you to Tom Deininger. Tom also upcycled cigarette butts into something: art. In fact, he recycles a lot of found objects (cigarette butts, toys, bottle caps, etc) into art.