Environment

Insulation and Packaging Products Made With Mushrooms Roots From Ecovative Design

Recently the co-founders of Ecovative Design, who live by the cradle-to-cradle philosophy, have invented two revolutionary new products from mushroom roots, ""Greensulate"" and "Acorn". These two products could be alternative products for energy conservation and waste reduction. "Acorn" is a compostable packaging material and "Greensulate" is an organic insulation.

Spring Is In The Air! Top 10 Businesses For Spring 2009

Spring is in the air, and as cooler climates begin warming up for the spring and summer, interesting business concepts that cater to spring activities and interests take on a whole new appeal. Over the upcoming months, the popularity of businesses with an outdoor theme will increase, while consumers take in the nice weather and get outside! In honor of spring's arrival, I'm counting down the Top 10 spring businesses of 2009!

Tesla Model S Loaded With Technology and Massive Touchscreen to Control Everything

The Tesla Model S Sedan has been a long time coming and saying that it has piqued quite a few interests is an understatement. With all electric power and seating for the whole family, the Model S looks to have a promising future. However, in case those reasons aren't enough, Tesla also decided to throw in one of the most impressive infotainment systems available on the market.

From Cradle To Cradle: Ecovative Design's Acorn™ Packaging

What happens to all the packaging inside of all the computer and printer and cell phone boxes? The preformed foam plastic, the peanuts, the bubble packaging, the sponge sheets... Waste in landfills, toxic waste.

Siberian Sculptors Erect Monument to Yeti

Last month, I wrote an article about a scientific expedition that set out to the mountains of Siberia to explore recent reports of Bigfoot sightings. Although fruitless so far, organizers deterred by the severe climate are determined to resume the search this summer. A monument has been erected to honor this yeti expedition, but viewers cannot resist the urge to smile upon viewing it. Read on and find out why.

Babies Go Green with Dandelion’s Organic Teethers

Babies who are teething often mean very long nights with very little sleep for mom and dad.  So why not nip the problem in the bud and have a few teethers on hand, just in case?  These two teething products, from Dandelion, are not only cute, they are organic too.

Intel's 2009 Inspire-Empower Challenge Awards Salute Four World Changing Projects

When you read about what four Intel Challenge winners are doing, don't be surprised if you feel like giving up your day job and joining them in their valiant causes. These are truly inspiring and empowering innovations.

Got Legos? Innovative Earth Friendly Ideas To Upcycle Lego Bricks

Thanks to my Lego fanatic husband my kids are Lego fans too. I don't mind. Really! I appreciate it. Lego bricks are a wonderful imagination opening resource for building basic life long art skills that can be used in various careers (ex. architecture), but don't think I don't notice the material they're made with. This is why I've put together a list of earth friendly ways to recycle used Lego bricks. 

Honda FCX Clarity is Named World Green Car of the Year

Back in 2006, Honda introduced the FCX Concept Vehicle with the hopes of expanding the platform over the next few years. Their goal was to design a fuel efficient midsized sedan that was both fun to drive and easy on the environment. From there, the FCX was used at the base for the FXC Clarity Hydrogen Concept Vehicle introduced in 2008. Skip ahead to this year's New York Auto Show and the Clarity Concept Vehicle is dubbed the Green World Car of the Year.

10 Top Gifts For America's First Dog "Bo"

I'm not close enough to the First Dog to send a gift he might receive, but if you are, don't be shy... steal my ideas!

One Incredibly Awesome Fireplace: The EcoSmart Zeta

There is nothing modest about EcoSmart's new Zeta portable fireplace. It's bold and eloquent, perfectly formed, and finely crafted in timber, leather, and stainless steel. Yes, the exterior is leather!

 


Russian Orphan Designs Winning Spaceship Logo

A talented, 15-year-old Russian orphan has won the competition to design the space mission emblem that is certain to go down in space travel history. Read on for more information about this very special contest and its extraordinary winner.

Construction Without Carbon Footprint? British Look To Hemp

 "... It only takes an area the size of a rugby pitch four months to grow enough hemp to build a typical three bedroom house," said Professor Pet Walker, Director of the BRE Center.

Don't Be An Ash: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 5

Japan Tobacco ad execs sweated, strained and no doubt chain-smoked a whole lot of their main product while brainstorming up 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads. Numbers 41 through 50 are presented here in hopes that rude smokers will smarten up and get their ashes in order.

South Africa Fight Aids With Innovative Phone Project

In an attempt to curb the terrible rising tide of South Africans afflicted with HIV/AIDS, local organizations have teamed up with leading telecommunication firms to launch the life-saving, Project Masiluleke, (the please-call-me project) which aims to close the healthcare information gap by delivering messages that encourage South Africans to access HIV testing and to know their status.