August 31, 2011 § 1 Comment
Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon one of my previous articles on ceramic lamps and if you read my blog you know that I always try to find great designs which are functional and eco-friendly. That’s why I bash petroleum-based plastic and other toxic materials. Clay/Porcelain is easier to obtain than glass or metal but it’s still energy intensive while making. Air-Dried Porcelain would be a dream come true for DIYers. Consumerism is a plague these days so anything self-sufficient and sustainable is a blessing.
Originating from Argentina, this Cold porcelain, aka “porcelana fria”, is a « Read the rest of this entry »
April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Just want to quickly point this out: ecovative, the company that has developed the green packaging and insulation materials made using mushroom mycelia, and which I have already covered in a couple of blog posts, have made some significant steps to go into mainstream products.
First they have teamed up with « Read the rest of this entry »
March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
All DIY lovers out there, this one won’t have any fancy description, just the picture.
Admired it? Ok, now go clean up the table and see what difference this might make.
January 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
This is another example of “why didn’t I think of that”, so I won’t rant much on that but I will at least give credit for this simple but ingenious product and the philosophy behind it to Eindhoven grad Nathalie Stampfli who got inspired by cheese graters and peppermills. Nathalie explains that: « Read the rest of this entry »
December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’ve been studying this area of bio-based foam products pretty actively over the last year and unfortunately no good news on this front happened. But this one from Case Western Reserve University scientists in Cleveland, Ohio, developed a new type of bio-degradable foam that could end up in all kind of products including furniture cushions, insulation, packaging, and many other products, displacing the petroleum-based foams that need hundreds to thousands of years to degrade in the environment, leaching many toxic chemicals in the process. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
In different parts of the world it’s already a cheap and well-established method of scaring away household flies, involving a plastic bag hanged in front of the window or door. For example the owners of outdoor taco kiosks in Mexico use this ingenious form of pesticide based on light refraction. The plastic bag full of water hangs from the ceiling, amplifying the « Read the rest of this entry »
September 24, 2010 § 6 Comments
As sustainability grows into people’s consciousnesses and as the 8th largest economy in the world and 1st in USA, California, sets new rules on toxic chemicals and becomes more environmentally friendly each year, manufacturers are forced to follow and mobilize their herds of scientists to develop new products that meet the requirements. « Read the rest of this entry »