Cardboard is often used just for packaging products before they reach the end consumers and once the product is delivered, the cardboard is simply thrown in the trash bin. However, there are some who know the true value of this neglected packaging material and use it to make products and more that not many would really imagine. Here are some of the most creative reuses of recyclable cardboard, giving it a whole new life and a new meaning.
Archive for November, 2012
The wait is finally over and Fiat has impressed one and all at the LA Auto Show with an electric version of the highly popular Fiat 500. The Fiat 500e, is just as cute and appealing as the gas-powered version but is designed to make you travel without emitting even a single ounce of CO2 from the tailpipe. The electric car gets powered by an 111hp, 83KW electric motor that sources juice from a 24kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack.
Despite the ever increasing output and size of wind turbines, there has not been much innovation going on in the field of wind energy. Turbines are still of the same design and build as they were decades ago and researchers over the globe are trying to reduce the cost of renewable energy produced using wind turbines to make it competitive with conventionally generated electricity.
Scientists over the globe are trying hard to generate usable electricity from any possible source of energy including heat and vibrations. However, since mechanical energy is often irregular and oscillatory, tapping into this form of energy is difficult and not to mention inefficient too. Scientists at New York’s Stony Brook University have developed a new patent-pending device that can convert the vibrations of a locomotive moving on a stretch of track into electricity, which can then be used to power signal lights and other railway infrastructure.
Out of the total water consumption of any average household, about a third is used for irrigation and gardening, something which isn’t in lines with the current environmental condition. With about a billion people in the world striving hard to obtain just a few liters of freshwater every day, it becomes necessary for the urban world to regulate freshwater consumption and harvest rainwater for tasks such as gardening or washing the car. The AquaHarvest by industrial designer Bernardo Bajana aims to do just that in a more convenient manner.
The Goldfish Garden is an innovative self-container aquaponic aquarium fish tank that doesn’t need to be cleaned every week like other aquariums which you might already be having. Moreover, this unique product, which features a patent-pending design, lets you effortlessly grow herbs, such as basil and oregano, without adding any water or nutrients whatsoever.
Lately, we’ve been reporting about a lot of cardboard creations, including a cardboard bicycle, cardboard firearms and a cardboard wheelchair too. Being easy to recycle and reclaim along with the ability to make it durable, designers have taken on this often neglected packaging material and giving it a new green life. The latest to jump on the bandwagon with cardboard creations is A4A Design with their sustainable cardboard furniture dubbed Havearest.
Thermoelectric materials can provide much needed clean energy by just harnessing the temperature gradient between two surfaces. However, due to the high cost of the materials and less efficiency, thermoelectricity is often thought to be not commercially viable. Now a team of scientists from the Michigan State University are claiming to have created a new material that is made using “very common materials” that are naturally-occurring and abundant, to reduce the cost of thermoelectricity.
Whether it comes to building robots or fast trains, Japan has always been on the forefront of technology. The Central Japan Railway is now showing what the technology advanced island nation could actually achieve, by revealing plans to build the world’s fastest train that can run at 310mph. Unlike trains that run on wheels, this new train will be based on the use of magnetic propulsion technology that will help it minimize friction.