eco friendly

 
  • 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 kicks… 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 by 2000… 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 years. 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 is geared… 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 think. No… 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 (but… 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 buyable, it… 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 exactly… 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 to… Read More