Toyota Hi-CT Hybrid Concept Car

Toyota Hi-CT hybrid concept car offers an enjoyable vehicle with weird looking design, but according to Toyota’s team of young Japanese and European designers, this is the reflection of what a cool and great vehicle should look like. The idea behind this hybrid concept car is the theme of “unbalanced”, creating something that make people stop and take a good look.

The Hi-CT is a plug-in hybrid with a 1.5L motor and uses lithium-ion batteries, which are located underneath the floor of the vehicle in order to maximize the interior space of the car. While it looks quite boxy and big, it is in fact quite small. The entire vehicle is 3.3 meters long, 1.6 meters wide and 1.7 meters high. It is, effectively, a cube on wheels. Due to the tiny size, it can only carry two persons. However, being a �lifestyle� car, there�s enough space inside it for everything that an active user or two could need. The rear trunk can be modified so that surfboards, bicycles and camping equipment can be carried around for those days where you need to get out to nature.

The interior looks futuristic, I don’t really care anymore about the outside look. Those young designers surely think outside the box when they designed this car.

toyota hi ct

toyota hi ct concept

toyota hi ct hybrid concept car

toyota hi ct car concept

From Toyota via Inhabitat

Toto Neorest AH Hybrid Toilet

Toto has designed a new tankless toilet type called Neorest AH which can save quite amount of water while you’re flushing. Hybrid Neorest AH uses water from both a toilet tank and an external water supply line. This hybrid toilet is claimed to use just 5.5 liters instead of 13 liters that the conventional pots use. Neorest AH also features technology that can help to warm the toilet seat, it also has auto clean water system, what can you ask for more ? You can see it in action at Japanese Design 2008 Innovation which will be held in Milano from April 16th to the 20th this year.

toto neorest ah

toto neorest ah green toilet

toto neorest ah environmentally friendly toilet

Source : EcoFriend

Environmentally Friendly Bamboo Flooring by Smith and Fong

Smith and Fong earns FSC Certification for its bamboo flooring and plywood product which mean they use bamboo as main materials without resulting in deforestation and biodiversity loss. Bamboo is quickly renewable, no argue in that, but we need to make sure that the company has the certifications to tell if their main materials which is bamboo came from sustainable sources.

bamboo flooring

bamboo environmentally friendly flooring

Designer : Smith & Fong via [TreeHugger]

Veolia Project Bathroom Focuses on Saving Water

Veolia project bathroom is an urban concept bathroom which designed for someone who loves luxury but with a green inclination. Thomas Nicodeme has designed a waste management in your bathroom in association with Veolia, a multinational French company focuses on water and waste management services. Take a look at this design, there are two cylindrical columns contain a podium that houses a basin, you can step in for a shower in one of them, and the other is for others to answer when nature’s call. I guess that the water used for shower and wash users hand in the basin, once again used to flush the toilet.

veolia project bathroom

veolia project eco friendly bathroom

Designer : Thomas Nicodeme via BornRich

Alppac – A Green Backpack Charger

Designed by Joel Lim, this backpack is able to generate a substantial amount of electricity to power/charge electronic devices on the go. And at the same time to have a solution for the negligence in having a first aid kit among hikers, due to the lack of space. This is a great news for hikers or individuals looking for an alternative way of charging their electronics, at the same time doing their part for the environment and staying green.

Alppac would come in handy when the user has set up camp and would like to explore the surrounding area. It’s a lighter alternative to carrying the entire backpack,and comes with it’s own charging compartment too. Alppac also has first aid box inside of it. It’s design doesn’t vary much from what you see in the market, but there are some changes like the use of transparent pockets instead of the conventional cloth ones, to provide easy identification of equipment.

alppac eco charger

alppac eco charger

alppac eco charger

Designer : Joel Lim via EcoFriend

Environmentally-Friendly Americana Kitchen by Giemmegi

Fabulous character of Amerikana kitchen from Giemmegi fills your house with incredible quality of craftmanship of Giemmegi workers. These kitchens are built using environmentally friendly process which ensure there is no harmful elements in their products. Beautifully smooth, soft lines of the units and the useful peninsula possess a tactile appeal and convey a spirit of freedom. For Italian design inspired by the stunning natural landscape of Tuscany, try the Americana kitchen from Giemmegi.

amerikana kitchen from giemmegi

amerikana kitchen from giemmegi

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Origami Crockery Disposable Plastic Cups

Oksana Bazanova is a designer that aware of the importance of creating environmentally friendly product. Inspired by the Japanese art of Origami, Bazanova has designed a disposable plastic cups and plates made of waterproof paper which you can fold by yourself when you need it. It’s cheap, eco friendly, and stylish.

origami crockery disposable cups

origami crockery eco friendly

origami crockery green cups and plates

Source : YankoDesign

Skimmer Solar Powered Pool Cleaner from Solar Breeze

You can clean your pool and help the environment at the same time. By using this robotic pool cleaner, you don’t need any electrical connection. Skimmer is solar powered that can recharge the battery during the day, in conclusion, you can use solar powered directly during the day, and use the battery power at night. The skimmer can also automatically dispense chemicals as it skims, and is so effective, according to the manufacturer, that the traditional pool pump is needed only half the time.

skimmer solar powered pool cleaner

skimmer solar powered pool cleaner

Source : SolarBreezeDirect

Vers Audio Hand-Crafted Wood iPod and iPhone Audio Systems

This wood audio system is made of high quality wood and delivers rich sound and sustainable design. This wood sound system is designed for iPod, iPhone and others with a lot of thought put toward sustainability, totally hand crafted real wood. Vers’ debut product is the 6.5-pound, hand-crafted cherry veneer 2X with 8 iPod adapters and universal MP3 dock and two 15- watt speakers.

Each of this Vers Audio hand-crafted wood audio systems takes a week to create, and when the sound systems are ready to ship, Vers uses totally recycled and recyclable paper for their packaging.

vers audio handcrafted wood speakers

vers audio wood speakers

vers audio made from wood

Designer : David Laituri and Sprout Creation

Vectrix ZEV Zero Emission Motorbike

Vectrix ZEV is an all-electric motorbike, this can be one of great solution for your efforts toward greener earth by reducing fuel consumption and emission while riding around the town. Vectrix ZEV motorbike runs clean, super far per charge and extremely fast, this could be an alternative for four-wheeled city travels.

The Vectrix ZEV allows you to jump from 0-50mph in seven seconds, pretty fast huh? You can go around 50 miles before Vectrix Zev needs to be recharged. You can charge this motorbike pretty much anywhere as long as it has an electrical outlet. Using this environmentally friendly motorbike is one great move to save our planet, plus this motorbike is sexy and very stylish.

vectrix zev electric motorbike

vectrix zev green technology electric motorbike

vectrix zev eco friendly electric motorbike

vectrix zev electric motorbike

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