Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

Get a Weatherproof Lockable Trunk for Your Bike

One of the most common excuses for not riding a bike more often is the need for secure storage of our stuff while we’re riding, because let’s face it, cycling with a big backpack on can be a bit of a drag, and not everyone wants to pull a bike trailer everywhere they go. Sure, there are racks and baskets that can be put on the back or the front of a bike, but they aren’t secure by any means, and they sure aren’t weatherproof, so that means that you not only need to put your stuff in another bag… read more

Lightbulbs For A Lifetime

Lightbulbs for a Lifetime

Interested in a lightbulb that will probably last longer than your tenure at your current residence? 3M thought you might be, which is why their LED Advanced Light bulb is the best and longest-lasting bulb on the market. By 2014, the Energy Independence and Security Act will ban incandescent bulbs in favor of LED’s and fluorescents. The Advanced Light Bulb is getting a headstart on the market, and it’s your best option right now. LED’s have the efficiency of fluorescent bulbs, but without the harsh light emission. For $25, you can own 3M’s light bulb that is estimated to last… read more

You’ve Probably Never Seen A Stroller Like This

You’ve Probably Never Seen A Stroller Like This

Exercise – Love it or hate it, we all need it. Strollers are a perfect way to get around with kids in tow and get some fitness in, but what if you could take it up a step? Well the Longboard Stroller certainly does that. No it’s not for sale, yet, as it is still in the experimental phase. At this stage developers are tweaking the prototype, working on fine tuning specifications, looking at sustainability and partnering, as well as concentrating on safety features. Also being investigated is the notion of the Longboard Stroller as a means of travel. It… read more

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Micro Flats Are Becoming A Big Option For Students

Student housing has changed a lot in the last decade. Architects and designers have made attempts to update temporary accommodations, allowing affordability, style and a mix of ecofriendly features. These student flats represent all of the above, and the amenities are interestingly packed into some fairly compact spaces. This new construction model is from the Tengbom architectural firm and is meant to be a cost efficient and sustainable use of space for student living. The layout was reduced from the size of other current student housing arrangements, and a lot of specifications had to be incorporated into a small space,… read more

Green Jeans Made from Recycled Water Bottles

Green Jeans

We love our jeans, but they’ve got a real problem. The cotton that we rely on to make denim uses 25% of all the insecticides on Earth, and growing it consumes vast amounts of freshwater to produce a yield (estimated at 22,000 liters of water for every kilo of cotton). If we want to live in a more sustainable way, and we’re going to continue to make and wear jeans, then it stands to reason that a better pair of jeans is called for. That’s where Dirtball comes in. They make eco-friendly clothing with pre-consumer recycled cotton and post-consumer polyester… read more

Put a Solar Charger on Your Keyring

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For the ultimate in portable solar charging, the ClicLite is small enough to fit on your keychain, offers a boost to your mobile phone battery and features an ultra-bright LED bulb to shine a light on the task at hand. The system is made up of two components, a small solar cell (a “Clicc”) and the ClicLite module itself, which has an internal battery and charging components, plus the LED light. (Video is in German, but is a good introduction to the Clicc) The ClicLite is small (4×4 cm), and the attached solar cell takes up to 10 hours to… read more

The Bicycle that becomes a Motorcycle

The Bicycle that becomes a Motorcycle

When you need to get around in the city, sometimes one option isn’t enough. A bike is great way to travel in some areas, while a motorcycle will let you travel greater distances without a whole lot of energy input from the rider. But now you can have the best of both worlds, with the Greyp, a transportation option that lets you pedal it like a standard bike when you want to, but ride it like an electric motorcycle when that’s called for. The Greyp G-12 can either be pedaled manually, with electric assist, or hit up to 65 km/h… read more

Set the Date For Change

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Words can start a revolution, change the course of a life, and bring mass attention to social injustice. Utilizing one of civilization’s strongest tools is 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an annual event on September 28, which takes place essentially everywhere. Despite the name, it is an all-inclusive event, with both poets and non-poets coming together to bring awareness to current political and social issues. All the while promoting the need for cultural change, including the move to a more sustainable future. This is achieved through organized gatherings scattered throughout multiple countries across the globe. Events are full of planned… read more

Solar-Powered Laptop Never Needs to Be Plugged In

Solar-Powered Laptop Never Needs to Be Plugged In

Many of us have no need for a computer in the wilderness, but there are quite a few professions and projects that can benefit greatly from having access to a laptop while in the field. And let’s face it, if we had a computer that was built to take out of the office and off of the couch, most of us would probably end up finding a need for it and bringing one along on our outdoor excursions. Right now, if you want to do some off-grid computing, you can either use a standard laptop (but just until the battery… read more

Harvesting Tidal Energy with an Underwater Kite

Harvesting Tidal Energy with an Underwater Kite

A new sort of tidal energy device that looks like an underwater kite offers the promise of clean energy generation from low-velocity currents in the ocean. Many tidal energy solutions require a location with higher velocity currents, or to be at or near the surface of the ocean, which limits their application, but the Deep Green device is said to be suitable for operating in deep waters with low velocity currents( 1-2.5 m/s), which greatly increases the number of possible locations. Combining a tethered wing and a turbine, the Minesto Deep Green device “flies” underwater, using the ocean current to… read more