eco friendly

  • Eco Market, The “Etsy For Eco,” Rebrands, Revamps, Raises & Prepares A U.S. Launch

    Eco Market, The “Etsy For Eco,” Rebrands, Revamps, Raises & Prepares A U.S. Launch

    London-based Ethical Community, which has now rebranded as Eco Market, is an online eco-friendly marketplace – or something of an “Etsy for Eco,” if you will. The company recently launched a completely redesigned platform to accompany its name change, is adding more social features, including a Pinterest-like user interface, and has also taken in additional investment. Read More

  • RidePal, The “Google Bus For The Rest Of Us,” Scores $500K From 500 Startups & Others

    RidePal, The “Google Bus For The Rest Of Us,” Scores $500K From 500 Startups & Others

    RidePal, a company providing a turnkey commuter bus system for companies, is today announcing having closed half a million in seed funding from 500 Startups, Amicus Capital, and Jeff Clarke, Chairman of Orbitz. The system, which the company refers to as a “Google Shuttle for the rest of us,” offers shared commuting buses which are equipped with Wi-Fi, as well as a ticketing… Read More

  • “Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

    “Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

    Ethical Community, an online, eco-friendly marketplace (which has plans for a snazzier name in the works!), has secured a £200,000 ($316,640 USD) round of seed funding from a syndicate of angel investors, the company is announcing today. Founded in 2009, the marketplace has signed up over 850 sellers from around the world, who have now listed over 7,000 eco-friendly, organic and natural… Read More

  • NEC develops eco-friendly, super-efficient CPU cooling system

    NEC develops eco-friendly, super-efficient CPU cooling system

    NEC has developed an eco-friendly cooling system for CPUs, claiming the technology [JP] uses uses 60% less energy than a water-cooling system and even 80% less than an air-cooling system. The core of the system is a liquid chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) substitute, which circulates around the CPU to draw away heat and has low greenhouse effects. Read More

  • Sprint suddenly gets all Captain Planet on us with green movement

    Sprint suddenly gets all Captain Planet on us with green movement

    Being eco-friendly should definitely be high on the priorities list for electronics manufacturers and service providers, so I’m pretty happy to see that Sprint is doing its part to make our planet a nicer place for future generations. Just in case you’re the apathetic type when it comes to the three Rs (recycle, reuse, reduce!), Sprint has put some incentives into place for you. Read More

  • Toner-, ink- and paperless printer (video)

    Toner-, ink- and paperless printer (video)

    A Japanese company called Sanwa Newtec has developed a printer that works without toners, ink or (copy) paper. ThePrePeat RP-3100 is rather based on a line thermal head and special paper that’s made of PET plastic and can be reused over and over again. In other words, if you have a sheet that you don’t need any longer you can insert it back into the printer (where it gets… Read More

  • Solar energy and lithium-ion batteries: Sanyo now builds "green" homes in Japan

    Solar energy and lithium-ion batteries: Sanyo now builds "green" homes in Japan

    Sanyo is already being considered Japan’s “greenest” brand in the consumer electronics field (which is the main reason Panasonic is about to acquire the company), but them building complete, eco-friendly buildings is certainly new. Sanyo Homes [JP], a wholly-owned subsidiary, will start marketing all-electric homes with lithium ion batteries providing back up power to… Read More

  • NYK Super Eco Ship 2030: How ships will look like in the future

    NYK Super Eco Ship 2030: How ships will look like in the future

    It looks like a vessel straight out of Star Trek, but it’s going to be a real ship soon(ish). Japan-based Nippon Yusen KK (NYK) is developing a “green” container ship that emits 69% less CO2 than existing models. The so-called NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, which is currently in design stage, will be 353-meters long and mainly powered by fuel cells. Read More

  • Boston-Power's eco friendly HP laptop batteries now on sale

    Boston-Power's eco friendly HP laptop batteries now on sale

    Boston-Power announced earlier today that their line of Sonata Li-ion batteries for 18 HP notebooks (about 70 percent of HP’s lineup) are now available directly from HP. The Sonata batteries were the first to be Nordic Ecolabeled, which essentially means they pollute less by being high capacity, longer lasting and having the “smallest amounts of detrimental heavy metals.”… Read More

  • The Ray from Quiksilver is eco-friendly and badass

    The Ray from Quiksilver is eco-friendly and badass

    Being eco-friendly has been a hot topic for most companies this year and Quiksilver is no different. The Ray is a limited edition watch (1,000 unit run) hitting stores next month for $500, but why is it considered eco-friendly? Or to be more precise, an eco-conscious design? Many of its parts are 100 percent recycled: aluminum, mineral crystal, anti-allergy 316L stainless steel and solvent… Read More

  • Biodegradable shoes, sounds great if they don't rot while you walk

    Biodegradable shoes, sounds great if they don't rot while you walk


    I presume that the time scale on these Brooks Trance 8 runners biodegrading is along the lines of years (as opposed to decades) and not months. Wouldn’t want them sloughing off while you run. It’s a nice move towards waste reduction, but as usual they carry a “Conscience Tax,” in this case bringing up the price to $140. I know you ballers pay more than that for your… Read More

  • Plasma torch garbage processing produces usable gas, electricity

    Plasma torch garbage processing produces usable gas, electricity


    Taking another step towards using our trash for fuel, Plasco Energy Group is putting up a large-scale plant in Ottowa that will use plasma torches to essentially vaporize trash into usable “syngas.” If it sounds too good to be true, that’s kind of the case because it’s quite expensive to run. But the technology works: the trash goes in and is reduced to simple gases… Read More

  • Mercedes aims to be entirely petrol-free in 2015

    Mercedes aims to be entirely petrol-free in 2015


    I don’t think I give Mercedes enough credit. I’ve never really liked the styling on their cars and they always seemed a little too rich for me. But the fact is they have a history of innovation and smart business decisions. So it shouldn’t surprise me as much as it does that they’re making such a ridiculous push for total nonreliance on gasoline within seven… Read More

  • Biomimetic sharktail wave-action harvester

    Biomimetic sharktail wave-action harvester


    Now there are a few words you probably weren’t expecting to read today. I have to say I’m a little skeptical of this system; after all, sharks’ tails are part of a supremely aquadynamic design and are powered by enormous muscles, not the waves, though I’m sure the researchers are aware of that. The system is designed to oscillate in the current, driving against a… Read More

  • Lowepro Primus AW is the most eco-friendly camera bag

    Lowepro Primus AW is the most eco-friendly camera bag


    I’m really digging on Lowepro’s gear lately. The Fastpack I reviewed a couple months back is still in great shape. I’ve got the Flipside, which is fantastic. I still have to do a formal review on it, but it’s phenomenal. Anyway, this being Green Week for us, I thought I’d share the Primus AW with you all. It’s Lowepro’s most eco-friendly pack and… Read More

  • More geeko-friendly bamboo Asuses

    More geeko-friendly bamboo Asuses


    Is it “Asuses,” or “Asi?” Anyway, Asus has made a big deal about being eco-friendly, and while the bamboo thing is nice, I don’t think it’s really going to make a serious impact, considering 95% of the laptop is not bamboo. It is a nice gesture, though, and it’s certainly a unique look. You’ll be able to pay too much for these very soon, I… Read More

  • Aqua-Roombas to clean up oil spills using teamwork

    Aqua-Roombas to clean up oil spills using teamwork


    This is a cool idea, although I’m skeptical of it being cost effective. And considering you’ll have to clean off every one of those expensive robots after each spill, it’s a messy proposition as well. Still, it’s a great idea and could provide a nice boost to spill containment efforts. It’s still a concept at this point, but feel free to DIY one in your garage… Read More

  • Sweet "Enerjar" measures your appliance's power consumption

    Sweet "Enerjar" measures your appliance's power consumption


    I saw a concept like this a while ago that was considerably slicker, but was of course just a CGI rendering. This is much more real and much more steampunk. Looks pretty awesome, in addition to being useful and interesting as well. I like to know how much processor each of my applications is using, why not extend that obsession to everyday objects? Of course, this thing is not actually… Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Visit the TerraPass store

    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Visit the TerraPass store

    are $34.95. Even when things are in sleep mode or turned off they’re still using up juice and costing you cents every day so maybe the Smart Strip would do you some good. It says it will turn off your peripherals automatically and works with the sleep mode function on computers. If it can actually save up to 260 watts per hour then sign me up. Grab one for $32.95. If you want to know… Read More

  • Asus going green – or beige, whatever color bamboo is

    Asus going green – or beige, whatever color bamboo is

    Asus is, I think, a good company – last week they revealed that they don’t care if you crack open their products, and now they’re revealing a new line of laptops in line with a more eco-friendly philosophy. They’re replacing the bulk of the case with bamboo instead of using PVC or other difficult-to-dispose-of materials. Other companies, like Dell and Apple, have pledged… Read More