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LEGO Wind Turbine Set Includes First Plant-based Plastic Parts

LEGO Wind Turbine Set Includes First Plant-based Plastic Parts
As much as we love or LEGO sets, these building blocks are made of plastics, which are byproducts of crude oil and natural gases. And while we’re not tossing LEGO bricks in the trash like drinking straws, making them still isn’t great for the environment.

LEGO Going Green, but Keeping All Its Colors

LEGO Going Green, but Keeping All Its Colors
When the largest toy company in the world says it’s making a major effort to make its products more environmentally friendly, the impact could be huge. The LEGO Group, which made more than 60 billion pieces of its classic bricks in 2014, has set as a goal to eliminate the current plastic it uses for its products (oil-based acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) in favor of a “sustainable material” by 2030.
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Used Refrigerator Converted to Harvest Drinking Water from Air: Draw the Dew

Used Refrigerator Converted to Harvest Drinking Water from Air: Draw the Dew
A few years ago we saw a prototype for an irrigation system that draws water from air. Nottingham Trent University professor Dr. Amin Al-Habaibeh and his student Joseph Wild have developed a device that has a similar function, but for the purpose of harvesting drinking water.

E-Bike Roundup: Pedals Plus Power

E-Bike Roundup: Pedals Plus Power
If you need to get around the city and don’t want to worry about parking, gasoline or traffic, then biking is a great way to get around. But if you have a long distance to travel, lots of uphill stretches or just don’t want to be all sweaty when you get to the office, an E-bike is an even better alternative.

PediPower Converts Your Footsteps into Electricity

PediPower Converts Your Footsteps into Electricity
One thing everybody does is walk. You could drive a car or ride the bus to work or to school, but you’d still have to walk to do various stuff throughout your day. Now a group of students called the ‘Agitation Squad’ from Rice University are taking that very basic action and coming up with ways to use that kinetic energy, starting with the PediPower.

Plug2Know is an Amped-Up Home Energy Cost Awareness Device

Plug2Know is an Amped-Up Home Energy Cost Awareness Device
How much electricity do your electric curlers gobble up while they’re heating up? What about your iron or your food processor? In this day and age, it pays to know how much electricity your appliances and devices are consuming.

Wear ‘Em, then Recycle ‘Em: Puma InCycle Biodegradable Apparel

Wear ‘Em, then Recycle ‘Em: Puma InCycle Biodegradable Apparel
People have been pushing for a greener world, but it’s often hard to make the switch given the current lifestyles that we all have. For example, clothing. It used to be a whole lot harder to find biodegradable clothing, because most manufacturers don’t make them so they can go back to being part of the earth one day.

Evonik Electric Kite Car Travels Across Australia on Just $15

Evonik Electric Kite Car Travels Across Australia on Just $15
Whether you like it or not, electric cars are part of our future, and I hope that my next one will be able to function without the need of any gas. Distance races are quite important, because they allow teams to showcase and iron out the faults in rapidly-developing electric vehicle technologies.

Eco-Airliner: Up, Up and Away!

Eco-Airliner: Up, Up and Away!
There’s something magical about airships. Recently, they were showcased in the TV show Fringe when the action took place in an alternate universe. Personally, I’ve never flown in one, but I’d sure like to fly in this unusual airship, which combines an airplane with a dirigible.

Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Japan to Replace Fukushima Nuclear Plant with Largest Offshore Wind Farm
I think it’s definitely a good idea to try to replace some of the world’s nuclear power plants with clean and sustainable sources of energy. After the disaster at the Fukishima power plant, Japan has unveiled a plan to decrease its reliance on nuclear energy and move towards greater use of wind power.

Chisel 5 Bamboo iPhone Dock Frames Your Precious Phone

Chisel 5 Bamboo iPhone Dock Frames Your Precious Phone
If you love everything about your iPhone 5, then this dock just might be the right one for you. This minimal dock is eco-friendly and you’ll be able to frame your precious phone for everyone to see.

3D Printed Symphony Shells Amplify Smartphones with Style

3D Printed Symphony Shells Amplify Smartphones with Style
I’ve seen lots of acoustic amplifier add-ons for smartphones, but never any that are quite as cool looking as these. Symphony Shells are 3D printed acoustic amplifiers which are reminiscent of marine life.

Kinetic Charger Concept Would Juice up Gadgets Just By Walking

Kinetic Charger Concept Would Juice up Gadgets Just By Walking
As gadgets become more and more compact and portable, one thing that continues to stand in the way is the limitation of current battery technology. Just think of how the majority of space and weight inside your tablet or smartphone is its battery pack, and they still often run out of juice before you’re done for the day.

This Gadget Eats Your Leftovers to Feed Your Plants, Everybody Wins

This Gadget Eats Your Leftovers to Feed Your Plants, Everybody Wins
Humans are wasteful. We throw away so much food without a thought as to others who are not so fortunate. Well, I don’t have an answer for feeding the world, but this concept gadget wants to take your waste and feed plants with it instead.

BRD RedShift Electric Motorcycles: Eco-Friendly and Look Good Doing It

BRD RedShift Electric Motorcycles: Eco-Friendly and Look Good Doing It
Motocross bikes are notoriously horrible for the environment, with their tiny two-stroke engines, they spew forth tons of Carbon Monoxide. And while many bikes have more environmentally-friendly four-stroke engines, they still have some emissions. But now riders have a choice to be a little more green when they head to the hills, thanks to the BRD RedShift.

Wind Turbine Gathers 1,000 Liters of Water a Day from the Air

Wind Turbine Gathers 1,000 Liters of Water a Day from the Air
If anyone needs access to clean water, it’s people living in the desert. The lack of water in deserts and other locations may now have an answer with this prototype wind turbine. Marc Parent, founder of Eole Water, noticed how much water an air conditioner unit produced, so he combined a green energy source with other components for condensing water directly from the air.
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