Portable Greenhouse brings nature into your home

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Don’t have enough space in your courtyard to grow a kitchen garden, check out the portable greenhouse from the Dutch design brand Usuals that lets you grow herbs within the home. Designed by Niels van Eijk & Miriam van der Lubbe, the compact louvered “Greenhouse” is just ideal for compact city homes where urban dwellers can grow fresh herbs to add natural flavors to their cooking.

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Ridekick’s trailer makes any bike run on electricity

Bicycling to work rather than driving a car has a lot of advantages, the two most commonly felt ones are saving some cash that you would have spent on the gas station and reducing some extra pounds off your waistline. However, nobody likes to arrive at the workplace all covered in sweat, unless you’re wearing something like Columbia’s Omni-Freeze Zero.

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Boeing’s Phantom Eye UAV completes second flight, goes longer and higher

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Boeing thinks that it’s Phantom Eye, an environmentally friendly UAV, which is propelled by liquid hydrogen, has some pretty well defined applications, for which it has to be able to operate for up to four days at altitudes of up to 65,000 feet. While the UAVs first test flight was unsuccessful and resulted in broken landing gear, the second flight has been a lot more successful and ended with a “picture-perfect” landing.

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Portable Verbandkammer container offers a modular space for creative artists

Artists or designers usually wish for a calm and collected space to help them visualize and produce innovative works without any disturbance. Designed to bring all the amenities under a single roof, the “Verbandkammer” by architects Nilsson Pflugfelder is a modular space that offers a workspace, residence and archive or meeting area for modern artists looking to give wings to their ideas.  Backed by the FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, the mobile container is currently on display in Genk, Belgium, as part of contemporary art biennial Manifesta 9 Parallel Events.

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D-Eco Brick: Concept planters made using recycled plastic cups

There are millions of plastic coffee and tea cups that are simply thrown into the trash bin after a single use. This plastic waste, which later finds its way to the landfill, takes thousands of year, if ever, to decompose. Providing a simple solution to the complex problem, industrial designer Hakan Gursu has come up with the D-Eco Brick concept. The concept aims to create decorative bricks from used plastic cups which can then grace the walls of your living room or can also be placed in your garden.

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Russian woman gives artistic look to her home with 30,000 plastic bottle caps

We all know that plastic waste, which arises mainly due to the billions of plastic water bottles sold worldwide each year, takes hundreds of thousands of years, if ever, to decompose. While environmentalists have been encouraging individuals to give up on bottled water and use filtered tap water instead, there are a few artists working on ways to reuse plastic waste. Olga Kostina, a Russian pensioner living in the Russian Village of Kamarchaga, in Siberian taiga, thinks that plastic bottle caps can be reused to give a new look to her house.

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WiSHrama sustainable bus stop for rural India harvests the sun and the rain

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While the developed parts of the world, residents get to use modern forms of public transportation like subways, conditions in the other parts are just the opposite. These places are mostly connected to other areas with buses and bus stops here are nothing more than simple shelters that too are often broken. Recognizing the need for safe and eco friendly bus stops in such areas, Indian designer Aravinda DK has come up with WiSHrama – a sustainable bus stop to be built in the rural parts of the south Indian state of Karnataka.

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5 zero emission rides powered by hydrogen fuel cells

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Hydrogen is the fuel of the future as it is friendly to the environment, unlike other fuel sources that emit harmful gases into the atmosphere to add to global warming. Thus, this clean green source of power is being utilized in some upcoming vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells. Check out some of these hydrogen-powered, zero-emission rides being introduced in the auto market. Read more »

Artist creates eco friendly clothes from aluminum pull tabs

We’ve reported about eco fashion trends ranging from solar powered clothes to attire made using recycled wine corks and the newest on the same lines is clothing made using recycled aluminum can pull tabs. Created by Pennsylvania-based Michael Mixell of Pull My Tabs, the quirky clothing range includes everything from neckties to entire dresses made using the same raw materials. Each item requires a lot of pull tabs, with the shirt consisting of 2478 pull tabs alone.

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Cygo concept electric car features built-in bicycle racks

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While most of us believe that bicycling should become a primary mode of transportation for people living in the urban parts of the world, there is no denying the fact that most of the people coming everyday to the city centers for work come from places located 10-50km away. For them, it becomes essential to make use of faster mode of transport. For such people and for those who love to take their bikes whenever they want, auto designer Daniel Rauch has come up with the Cygo.

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