Sunday, 31 January 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
An average timber-construction usually takes nine to twelve months to complete, but Bamboo Living Homes, the only ICC-ES code certified designer and manufacturer of bamboo prefab homes in the world and with 14 years experience, built two bamboo homes on the Big Island of Hawaii in just two days!
The bamboo prefab is superior to traditional structures, environmentally as well as aesthetically. Sequestering roughly 20 tons of CO2 through a 1,000 sq. feet single story, it’s negligible when compared to traditional constructional practices.
David Sands, co-founder and Chief Architect from BLH says: "People love, and I mean love their bamboo homes. We don’t have clients, we have fans. It’s such a kick to watch their faces when their homes go up – one day they just have a foundation and then a couple of days later they’re walking through their house figuring out where to put the furniture."
Watch it being done in this video.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Mark Muller, a Swiss engineer, plans to go on a 40,000 km trip around the world in an eco car without releasing even a single gram of CO2. The Yverdon Engineering School is also supporting this green project called ICARE Project. The car is powered just by the wind and the sun - solar panels will power the electric motor during the day, and when it is dark, a wind-powered generator take over.
Monday, 18 January 2010
As much of the affected area in Haiti remains without power, complicating rescue and cleanup efforts, Sol Inc, a US company, is helping the earthquake disaster effort by donating solar powered lighting systems so that relief efforts can be provided during dark hours and to provide greater safety and security to those affected.
The solar lights will be used to provide light in areas such as the triage, food distribution areas and along roadways leading into to Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. The company has also launched an initiative whereby people who donate a Tropical Solar Light System to the disaster relief efforts in Haiti, Sol Inc will make a matching donation of a second lighting system.
The system includes weather, corrosion and tamper proof security features for theft prevention, and, using solar panels between 80 and 260 watts, it includes a battery backup for cloudy days with enough storage capacity for a minimum of 5 nights.
Sol Inc says the Tropical Solar Light is easily installed and requires no scheduled maintenance for up to five years. It can also withstand hurricane force winds.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Now this is unconventional! An umbrella without a canopy! The Air Umbrella, designed by Je Sung Park consists of just a stick that blows a sheet of steady air forming an air canopy that doesn’t let raindrops get all over you.
It uses wind power to form an air canopy. The air-curtain, whose air comes into the intake, goes out into the outlet, and behaves like an umbrella that is able to block the rain. The length and size of the air-curtain can be adjusted and not only does its ingenious design give convenience to users, but also saves the environment from the use of plastic bags.
No more poking each other's eyes out as we hurry along the street in the rain!
Thursday, 7 January 2010
Monday, 4 January 2010
UK-based packaging company Cyberpac has developed a complete range of products, which it calls “Harmless”. Harmless uses a hydro-degradable plastic that is nearly three times stronger than polythene, lighter and leaves no damaging residue after dissolving in water.The newly developed plastic bag is being used by the company to send their products to customers, who can conveniently dissolve it at home.
In order to dissolve the bag, all you have to do is first cut out the glue strip, as it does not dissolve in water, but you don’t have to worry about its environmental impact because it is biodegradable. The next step is to place the bag in a container and pour hot water on it. It will start dissolving, though the printed areas will take a little longer to dissolve. Eventually the solution can be drained down, leaving no trace of the plastic bag. Less plastic in landfills means a heathier planet.
This is what the company has to say - “Harmless-Dissolve is non-toxic and is degraded by micro-organisms, moulds and yeasts. These organisms can occur in both artificial environments, such as anaerobic digesters, activated sewage sludge and composts and natural environments such as aquatic systems and soil. The micro-organisms use Harmless-Dissolve as a food source by producing a variety of enzymes that are capable of reacting with it. In the end the bag becomes carbon dioxide, water and biomass.”