13 Paper Packaging Examples By: Jana Pijak - Published: Sep 19, 2014 • References: These paper packaging examples are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic containers and bags. Plastic pollution is a serious issue that is effecting out environment, causing many brands to reconsider how they are packaging their products. Margination: An attempt to create a different sort of local economy By Lauren Hittinger In North Troy there's a group of nine individuals trying to promote economic development and social change with very different approach. This collective, working under the name Margination, is an ongoing experiment in collaboration and interdependency -- sharing financial resources, expenses, even housing. Their goal is to use the skills of group members to provide secure work and secure housing to demonstrate that anyone with determination can flourish inside of a local economy.
Before I Die What matters most to you Interactive public art project that invites people to share their personal aspirations in public. After losing someone she loved and falling into depression, Chang created this experiment on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with her neighbors. MIT researchers create super efficient 'origami' solar panels MIT researchers have created an origami-like solar structure that is much more efficient than current flat panels. The three-dimensional solar structure could, at least in principle, absorb a lot more light and generate more power than a flat panel containing the same area footprint. The hope is that all unused light which has been reflected off one panel would be captured by other panels. Panels of this type would be most ideal in circumstances with limited space. "This was a fully 'bio-inspired' idea," said researcher Jeffrey Grossman, a theoretical physicist at MIT. "I was hiking up at Lake Tahoe in California and noticing the shapes of trees, and wondering, 'Why do they have a given shape over another?'"
Think Big! Arizona Solar Tower 2X Taller Than the Empire State Building Will Produce 200 Megawatts Image: Enviromission 2625 Feet Tall! Solar towers, which are kind of big funnels that generate electricity by using the fact that hot air rises, are too often forgotten when we discuss solar energy. Solar PV and CSP get all the press, but solar towers have attractive power-generating characteristics and I wish more companies were working on perfecting them. EnviroMission is an Australian company working on that very thing, and they've announced that they want to build a gigantic 2625 feet/800 meters solar tower in the Arizona desert that would produce about 200 MW, enough to power 150,000 US homes.
20 Eco-Friendly Sunglasses By: Michael Hemsworth - Published: Aug 29, 2014 • References: While the idea of eco-friendly sunglasses might seem like a rather niche concept, we're seeing a real boom in the ways that brands are making designs more sustainable in design and beyond. The most popular approach is to use recycled materials (think skateboards and vinyl records), but we're also seeing materials like bamboo -- a highly resilient, renewable resource -- being used to make sunnies.
Video production company run out of modern green garden shed in London The shedworking movement has never really caught on in North America like it has in the UK, and perhaps the reasons can be most clearly seen in this interesting shed shown recently on Alex Johnson's site Shedworking., built by Green Studios in South London. It clearly demonstrates how different things are. Baldwin House from video/Screen capture The story really starts on the street. In South London, the terrace houses may be hot properties now, but they are often really small, with only two bedrooms and probably not much of a cellar or basement. Manga farming 12 Apr 2010 Tokyo-based artist Koshi Kawachi recently demonstrated his "Manga Farming" technique -- which uses old manga as a growing medium for vegetables -- by cultivating a crop of radish sprouts in an installation at the Matsuzakaya department store in Nagoya. [Link: Koshi Kawachi]
Super Cheap Solar Cells Just Got Cheaper, Switch Gold For Nickel One of the major drawbacks of most renewable energy sources is high cost. In order to see a huge rise in the use of renewable energy sources, prices must come down. In the world of solar there have recently been some major breakthroughs in cost advantages and efficiency increases. Scientists at the University of Toronto in Canada have come up with a way to reduce colloidal quantum dot solar cell prices by up to 80%, by swapping out costly conductive gold for cheap nickel. Turn Steel Into Solar Panels With Photovoltaic Spray Paint No, it's not a joke or a crazy awesome futuristic concept . It's real. Tata Steel Europe (formerly Corus) and Swansea University in Wales, UK are collaborating to develop a spray-on technology that would transform steel sheets into solar panels. Earth and Industry says , The technology has significant applications since it is highly efficient even in diffused sunlight. Therefore, countries at higher latitudes or those with limited solar energy resource can generate significant amounts of solar-powered electricity with going for large-scale power plants.
24 Disposable Fashion Finds By: Michael Hemsworth - Published: Aug 30, 2014 • References: Fast fashion is purported to be quite disposable in nature but this collection of literally disposable fashion finds highlights the ways that designers are literally creating clothing and accessories that is meant to be thrown out. The fashion market is expanding at an exponential rate; brands are consistently scrambling to deliver product to retail locations at an accelerated rate to please shoppers. As concerns about sustainability rise, the concept behind many disposable fashion designs is to create something on-trend, but that can be easily recycled without guilt.
Skinny micro-housing designs lets you live between buildings With more and more people choosing to live in cities, there is less and less affordable housing available, meaning that some municipalities are trying out things like micro-housing or relaxed zoning laws to meet up with the demand. Of course, not all of these micro-developments have to sit on vacant land; Danish designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have created a series of clever urban infill concepts that could occupy the residual spaces between buildings, yet remain lit with natural daylighting and looking surprisingly spacious. © Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann