A rickshaw like vehicle called the velotaxi is now available in Japan as part of their sustainability program. They are available for hire and they are Co2 emission free. One more benefit that you can have with the velotaxi, they are allowed in pedestrian areas, unlike the regular cars. In addition to that benefit, the velotaxi is also produces to noise and they never contribute any pollution to the community. So the next you visit Japan, don’t forget to contribute in saving the earth and give yourself a chance to take a ride with their velotaxi, and enjoy they benefits it can offer to you.
M2E is planning to design an electronic device that will replace the current cell phone batteries that we are using, and this is in the form of an external charger that will generate between 300 and 700 percent more energy compared to the present kinetic energy technologies. This design of M2E is composed of a tiny coil/magnet generator. It is now combined with traditional battery storage that will capture kinetic energy. The purpose of this is to covert the daily human motion into electricity sufficient and then to a power electronic devices such as the cell phones, MP3 players, PDA’s, and more.
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Recycling your milk containers is a good way of doing your part in saving the earth, and making it an attractive table lamp and lantern is another benefit that we can get. The Milkit is what I am talking about. It is a table lamp made of recycled milk bottles. Designed by Alexandru Adam and Steen Koch, the nature inspired graphic designed Milkit comes along with cords, sockets, fittings and more. The Milkit is available at Play Design. It’s your prerogative to produce milk bottles of different sizes. Aside from being a table lamp, it can also be a pendant lamp, which is very elegant as well.
Eco luxury hotel in a quarry. Building a hotel in a quarry is such a great idea for an architect. Nobody wants to use areas that have been destroyed already by humans. However, the firm Atkins didn’t think it this way. In fact, they positively designed the proposed Songjiang Hotel that will be placed in a 100-meter-deep quarry. Another great feature with the hotel is that it will use geothermal energy to power up its electrical supply and heating system. Aside the geothermal energy, the quarry itself is also a good source of heat control and shelter from the environment. With its waterfalls and underwater aquarium, there’s no doubt that it can be the next hottest tourist destination in China.
Eco friendly furnitures by NaturesCast are manufactured with the use of dry leaves, dead twigs and barks from the wonderful forest of Compostela in Cebu City. With the intention of recycling the loads of garbage they have in their community, Catherine, a co owner of Nature Cast together with Pete, decided to think of some ways to make use of those garbage they have and then came with these contemporary, sleek, elegant and eco-friendly products. Their furniture line is perfect for modern homes, especially for those who have toddlers that tend to mess out anywhere. I find it safe enough since it is not made of fabric.
The Singapore Institute of Architects will be holding another edition of archifest which will feature eco-friendly designs in accordance with the motto of the activity which is “man + environment”. One great entry is from Chang Architects called the Jalan Elok House. Another entry is from the RSP Architects, wherein they designed the Lasalle College of the Arts.
This activity will surely be a successful one since creating eco friendly designs is the most common trend nowadays, and just simply a trend, but instead, it also has a great purpose of saving our mother nature. Archifest will be happening on October 6-24, 2008.
TOTO Axiom faucet is an eco friendly sensor faucet with contemporary design, perfect for modern bathroom in your house. This faucet has a revolutionary EcoPower self-generating hydropower system, and it has a smart sensor that sets its own range without the need for you to adjust. TOTO is a company known for its quality and elegant design of their product, and now they are also creating products that is environmentally friendly for a better earth.
As the name suggests, the “Guru” which means master in Hindu’s culture, is aiming to be the new tutor for the taps and fittings of the new generation. Designer Ernesto Messineo from Italy, designed the Guru. This product tends to save up water supplied in lesser quantity and without any spill out. Another feature the Guru has is its function of letting just the right amount of the water goes down from the tap, unlike the ordinary taps that let the water flows freely. If you are into water saving, have the Guru taps installed in you ordinary taps and effectively save from you monthly water bill.
Casa Tolo is designed with the purpose of using as a vacation house for the architects wife, children, and cousins, the Casa Tolo is located on one of the steep hill northern Portugal. Normally, architects use to fight with natural environment, however Siza did in contrast. He embraced it and uses the slope as the buildings main feature. This unique home created by Siza begins at the top of the hill, and slowly show off its beauty as you go down the outdoor staircase. Despite of being the son of a well-known and award winning person, the house has a tight budget of $150,000, no so expensive for an eco friendly building.
Solar powered neck tie is a unique way of charging your gadgets while being on the go is through your solar powered clothing. The solar powered neck tie is just one of the products discovered by a group of researchers from North Carolina University. This design uses the process called “digital printing” in order to leverage the blocky solar panels to the neck ties and jackets. The concept is great with no doubt, however when it comes to the physical appearance of the product, this may result into a slight unwanted look. You can take the neck tie as an example. If you take a look at it, you can never tell it’s a tie maybe not unless it was being used, pretty cool gadget.
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