Displayed on the Paris Auto Show the Townpod EV concept is another eco-friendly vehicle that will soon bridge the world of private and commercial vehicles. The Townpod carries a sleek and elegant external look with its Stratosphere White body paint. The car’s touch screen display that allows the users to cooperate with their PDA’s made the car suitable enough for today’s technology world. And the most interesting feature that I know each one of us are getting excited for especially to those who wants to help save the environment is its zero-emission electric powered engine. In addition, the Townpod is capable for personal and business use.
Eco-architecture can be the best option for architects to help save the environment. Joining with those architects into green architecture is Mikuo Studio who had an eco-friendly proposal of Bottrop Higher Technical College built in Germany. Located in an urban area and with a quiet residential neighborhood, the Bottrop Higher Technical College will have a free large flat roof of photovoltaic panels. Other option in mind Is to have some greeneries planted. If this proposal will come into fruition, it will surely help its residents save on their energy use. The building structure may not be lovely to the eyes, well at least it can help save the environment.
Driving with care to the environment needs not to be traditional and pedal powered. The Pugeot EX1 is a sports car concept that is electric power. With this car concept, drivers can now drive luxuriously without feeling guilty of producing too much carbon emission. Aside from being an eco-friendly car, the Pugeot EX1 also comes with a sleek and luxurious design where one can surely be proud off the moment the step on the accelerator. A 30KWh lithium-ion battery pack juices up the EX1’s two electric motors place in the car’s front and rear part that provides power to the car.
Fresh air is all we need to keep going. However, with continuous abuse by humans and the huge amount of carbon emission produced, the air becomes polluted. To keep the air fresh, many of us have done our part by reducing our carbon footprint through different eco-friendly products or by recycling many of our used and discarded items. However, Korean designer Won Hee Lee has designed a unique tool to keep our air clean. Hailed as the Pollution Eraser, this earth-friendly tool is one of the entries for the Design for All competition. As the name suggest, the Pollution Eraser will rub out the pollution we have in the atmosphere.
When disaster comes, emergency shelters are the only tool that rescue operation must have in standby, for here is where victims can feel safe and comfortable. When designing an emergency shelter, it important to consider the environment. Designing with sustainability in mind is the produces eco-friendly products like the Life Cube. Aside from its ability to allow you to save on energy for assembly, because of its 5-minute assembly requirement, the Life Cube is packed using a recycled plastic container. This eco-friendly emergency shelter contains the basic post-disaster needs like food, water, battery, lights, radio and more making this concepts worth waiting for in the market.
With the various eco-friendly concept designs, I believe that people from all around the globe have done their part in combating global warming. Among various eco-friendly concept designs that has been introduce to the people these days, the King of Urinal is one of the few examples. This Urinal concept has its sink placed on top, thus will allow users to wash their hands right after peeing promoting good hygiene and the water used in washing the hands is the ones to rinse the urinal, thus promotes recycling of water. This concept with environment care in mind will surely help us save the earth.
We have seen numerous designs for eco-friendly bathroom fixtures already including eco-friendly urinal. However, the Eco Urinal by designer Yeongwoo Kim is interesting enough to catch an environmentalist’s attention. The Eco Urinal has a built-in sink on top for washing purposes. By the time men, wash their hands (everyone washes hands after peeing isn’t it?) on the sink, the water used for washing will then be used for rinsing the urinal, which obviously will save on water usage. In addition, the eco urinal has a sleek design that will save on space as well aside from adding some style to any comfort room.
Keeping our food warm is important to retain its tenderness and taste. However, doing this will surely blow up our electric bill but not anymore today because designer Jess Chee has already designed the uHeat, a hand-powered food warmer. As the name suggest, the heat warmer will function with the help of your hands. Thus, it requires no electricity at all to take action, will lower down your electric bill, and most of all, will produce zero carbon emission. The warmer has the dynamo that start up by pulling the string attached to it several times, which obviously and eco-friendly way of heating our food. In addition, aside from being a food warmer, uHeat can also be your serving dish.
Empty spaces are common in many cities around the world particularly in lower Manhattan while many of our brothers and sisters made themselves contented with the very limited space they have. Good thing, there is a proposal from Workac that will utilize this underused space in lower Manhattan. Hailed as Plug Out, this one of a kind building proposal will house 45-stories of housing unit wherein each unit has independent section and are rotated around the core of the building giving them the chance to take advantage of the panoramic views and sunlight. One of the best eco-feature of the building is the different ecosystem of the section’s rooftop.
Joining with the other carmakers, KIA is now also into eco-friendly cars and recently announced their KIA Pop concept. This zero-emission car concept accommodates 3 passengers and will soon be unveiled at the Paris Motor show on September 30, 2010. How nice it would be that motor companies are helping and did their part in saving the environment. The Kia Pop is a full-electric car and is literally tiny. If ever this concept will result into production, the Pop will be Kia’s first in the Ultra Light market. The Pop is stylish and chic enough for on the busy streets of any major cities.
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