TAG: Innovative

Conserving Rainwater

Conserving rainwater

Legend says that over two thirds of our earth is covered with water. But the sad part is that most of it is spread out as saline sea water. Only 3 percent of this huge volume comprises of domestically usable water. Further, this percentage shrinks to less than 1 percent when we talk about drinkable fresh water; that too locked in the ice caps. In the Middle East, over a dozen countries face problem of unavailable drinking water. In several Asian countries, unavailability of treated water forces the rural women to travel several miles every day and accumulate usable water… read more

$9 Cardboard Bike

Cardboard Bicycle

In an effort to be more ecologically-friendly, over the last few years many people have started riding bicycles to work and using them for short distance travel.  This has forced bicycle designers to make the design more attractive and light weight. Many companies have already started replacing the heavy metals in bicycles with carbon fibre. But an Israeli researcher, Izhar Gafni, has designed a totally cool and innovate bicycle which is made from an even lighter material – cardboard. Typically like most other great innovations the first prototype of his cardboard bicycle design was a failure.  It looked unattractive and therefore… read more

Why Move to Electric?

Electric cars - the future

Are electric cars the future? If you are a person that likes to save money or the environment, gas powered vehicles are not for you.  Only the electric alternative will save you money on a regular basis and help protect our environment. One advantage of an electric car is the complete nonexistent emissions.  A full electric vehicle will not have an exhaust system, fuel tank or muffler.  Another great thing about electric vehicles is how they use absolutely no fossil fuels under the hood.  The rechargeable battery is just an added benefit to owning an electric car.  As is the… read more

The Biosphere Project

Biosphere 2 - University of Arizona

In Santa Catalina, Arizona, the largest eco-research system on Earth rests near the mountains just north of Tucson. It’s called ‘Biosphere 2’, and its goal is to educate the public on the importance of conserving Earth’s ecosystem through smarter living and researching climate change. Built in 1986 by Space Biospheres Ventures, and now owned and maintained by the University of Arizona, Biosphere 2 is roughly the size of two and a half football fields, and is elevated 4,000ft above sea level. The glass facility has several biomes, each one unique to different Earth terrains. There’s a 1,900m rainforest, an 850m… read more

Green Phones – The Future


In the digital era cellphones have become as mandatory for humans as air. In any part of the world the least power consuming home appliance is the cellphone charger which powers the cellphone’s battery.  The average power consumed by a cellphone when charging its battery is 26watts but with 6 billion people living on the planet and with 5 billion (and counting) mobile phones registered with all networks, the total power consumption will be jaw-dropping and become a very serious problem like global warming.   So, in an effort to reduce power consumption, scientists are constantly researching to automate the… read more

Modern eco chair

Butter seat

Australian designers, Nicholas Karlovasitis & Sarah Gibson, have created a 100% recycled chair that itself is 100% recyclable! The Butter Seat is derived almost entirely from post consumer recycled milk containers. The product comes in both upholstered and non-upholstered versions. The non-upholstered version is suitable for indoor and outdoor use as it is UV stable and waterproof. The Butter Seat can be transported as a flat piece to reduce its environmental impact during distribution. The robustness of the chair ensures product longevity and DesignByThem offers a product stewardship program where it takes back products to be repaired, reused or recycled…. read more

Green Louver Building

Green building

Architects Rothe Lowman White has launched an innovative green building in Melbourne, Australia. The $90 million office tower features louvers which are designed to follow the sun and thus provide the optimal mix of shade on the glass while allowing natural light to enter the building. The building consists of approximately 12,600 square meters (135,000 sq ft) of office space and 1,900 square meters (20,000 sq ft) of retail space over seven levels, and is located in the heart of South Melbourne a 10 minute walk from the CBD. The development has a street level bicycle facility featuring 85 secure… read more