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Fund Reforestation Efforts with Your Recycled Ideas

Fund Reforestation Efforts with Your Recycled Ideas

For a great way to help fund a conservation charity, without spending a penny, consider contributing to the Recycling for Reforestation campaign from Fashion for Home. This home furnishings company is working to become more sustainable and environmentally aware by offering at least one range of furniture made from recycled wood, and now they’re partnering with the Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust (REACT) on a project that could not only help fund it, but will also build an online resource with recycled furniture ideas. The Recycling for Reforestation campaign asks people to send in their photos and stories about decorating… read more

Turn a Soda Can into a Camping Stove

Turn a Soda Can into a Camping Stove

The best kind of DIY projects tend to be affordable, quick to construct, and highly functional, such as this one, from Tom Allen. This camping stove, made from repurposed materials, could be a great addition to camping, backpacking, or emergency gear, and the fuel can be found at pharmacies, grocery stores, or hardware stores just about anywhere. The raw materials can come out of your recycling bin or trash can, and the entire thing can be built with just a pocket knife and a little time. “One of the best gifts I’ve ever received on my travels is a stove… read more

Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Desktop with LittleBox

Turn a Raspberry Pi into a Desktop with LittleBox

Sometimes the advances in technology get away from us, and we don’t know how our gadgets are even put together, let alone how they work. But with the mini-computer revolution happening, it’s a great time to get started in building your own devices. Thanks to innovations in tiny powerful devices, such as the Raspberry Pi units, it’s now possible to create your very own custom gadgets, from a laptop to a media center to a WiFi radio. But it doesn’t stop there, because one dedicated user has come up with a design to take a Raspberry Pi and turn it… read more

Build a Recycled Eco Quadcopter

Build a Recycled Eco Quadcopter

Not too long ago, we had to settle with remote controlled vehicles that had a cord connecting it to the controller, and they were restricted to rolling across the ground (and it had to be level ground, too, or they got stuck). Then we got the next generation of all-terrain remote controlled cars and trucks, which used wireless controls and could tackle difficult driving surfaces.  The first remote controlled helicopters able to fly and hover on command came along just recently, and then a more robust version, the quadcopter, which uses four motors to lift and maneuver the vehicle, is… read more

Create Your Own Bioplastic

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The emerging 3-D Printing industry is an area of manufacturing we highly recommend getting behind. It’s affordable, fast, eco-friendly, and absolutely is going to redesign the way we create things in the near future. But what if you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a new printer? Or maybe you already have one, but ran out of build materials and need a quick fix?   The solution, my friend, is in bioplastic. It’s virtually the same thing as the plastics used in 3-D printers, though the method of crafting the plastic is much different. The best part is… read more

DIY Wireless Electricity Project

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We’ve written about wireless electricity in the recent past, and explained how we, and many in the tech industry, believe that the not-too-distant future will be dominated by this technology. Gone will be the days of dealing with rattails of wiring from our PC’s, game systems, lamps, chargers, etc. Instead, wireless induction coils will power our gadgets for a more efficient, eco-friendly transfer of energy. Summer is a time for fun and enjoyment and for families, it’s a time to spend with children and teach them important lessons about life. Consider a garage project with electromagnets, such as this one… read more

Solar Powered Gadgets

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Saving electrical costs is a top-priority for homeowners. Solar power, until recently, has been an expensive option for everyday consumers. Unless you required an entire city block’s worth of power, going green really wasn’t monetarily feasible. That all changed last year, when a wide variety of solar-powered gadgets debuted at the consumer technology tradeshow, CES. Not only is the next generation of green gadgets affordable and utilitarian, but they look wonderful and will add an artistic flair to any tech setup. The first on our list is solar powered wi-fi pictured above. This is best for on-the-go internet needs, as it’s essentially just… read more

Build Your Own Emergency Thermoelectric Charger

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With our dependence on gadgets these days, going out to the woods and off of the grid for a bit requires some forethought if we want to still have power for them. There are plenty of ways to do so, from carrying extra battery packs or a small solar panel with you, but if you’re looking for something that will charge your devices on the fly, even after dark, then this project could be the answer. If you’re a tinkerer and a DIY kind of person, you may enjoy building your own thermoelectric charger capable of topping off the battery… read more

Build a Solar Heating Panel with Soda Cans

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If you’ve got good sun exposure on one side of your house, you can take advantage of free heat from the sun with this DIY solar heating panel, which uses old soda cans to collect and transfer the sun’s energy into your house. Sometimes, low-tech solar devices are much better than high-tech ones for home use, as they not only tend to be cheaper to make, but will also last much longer before any repairs or maintenance are necessary. And even better, they can be built in part from repurposed or recycled components, which is something you don’t see very… read more

World’s First Build-at-Home Electric Car Kit

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Imagine being able to build an all-electric race car at home, from a kit. If the iRacer project goes forward as planned, you may soon be able to fabricate one of the world’s first build-at-home electric sports cars in your garage or back yard. A new partnership between Birmingham City University (BCU) and Westfield Sportscars Ltd will focus on developing the electric car kit, which will further strengthen the growing demand for cleaner transportation, as well as appeal to the DIY crowd. According to BCU, the iRacer kit will sell for about £13,999 (~$21,000 USD), and can be quickly transformed… read more