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Backwards Umbrella

Backwards Umbrella

It’s no secret that the use of umbrellas is to keep you and your belongings dry; the issue with this is when you go to close an umbrella, all the water that was on the outside of its material gets everything wet anyways. The Inverted Umbrella is something we all should have thought of way(…)

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The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

Upcycling materials that would otherwise be considered trash is fast becoming a trend as we all learn to value things and cut down on wastefulness. Artists who offer numerous creative upcycling projects, Meriç Kara & Serda Çamlı have brought us the latest project for their shop, meric kara, called A Second Chance. Utilizing discarded mixer handles, they have(…)

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Power Your Wilderness Adventures

Power Your Wilderness Adventures

Wouldn’t it be nice to get away from the world sometimes and live “off the grid” while still maintaining certain comforts like light, music, and other things that tend to require a “grid”? Well, now you can truly have the best of both worlds with the BioLite NanoGrid! These kinds of gadgets are becoming increasingly(…)

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Eco Fridge

Eco Fridge

Imagine a fridge that you wanted green things to grow in! No, it’s not a sign to clean out your fridge – it’s the ecosystem you have created with Verdant, The Eco Refrigerator by Yolegmma Márquez, Erin Glaberson and Emily Kvale. In creating a product that promotes sustainable living, these young designers have chosen to remake one(…)

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Hot New Yacht

Hot New Yacht

The sun god Helios would certainly take a fancy to this new yacht, named in his honor. With sails made of solar panels in order to power the boat with the sun, this luxury yacht is surprisingly eco-friendly, for all its decadent appearance. Designed my Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi, the sailing yacht Helios is heating(…)

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Mountain Module

Mountain Module

Livable shelters become increasingly popular as more of us travel, providing an easily-constructed shelter in remote places. Especially useful in areas that are difficult to develop, these structures can add a sense of home-away-from-home while hiking or backpacking. One such shelter is the Huba Mountain Shelter by Michael Holcer. While these shelters are most popular(…)

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Good, Green Monsters

Good, Green Monsters

It’s important for children to get in the habit of being environmentally conscious, which can be tough sometimes without simple explanations that they can understand. To help kids learn good green habits, designer Anastasia Bondarenko has created Eco Monsters. A set of adorable little creatures, they teach kids more about energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling,(…)

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2 Seats, 3 Wheels, 1 Great Car

2 Seats, 3 Wheels, 1 Great Car

Getting one step closer to the consumer market, this stylish electric car has been worth the wait. Those who have been watching its 3 year production process are extremely excited to see the Innvelo Three by Form & Drang finally reach the prototyping stage, making it that much closer to a purchasable product. Electric cars for(…)

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Eco-Friendly Flashlight

Eco-Friendly Flashlight

An alternative to cheap, plastic flashlights, feel the enduring power of bamboo with the Bamboo Torch by Jordan Koroknai. With bamboo’s natural strength and tubular shape, it’s the perfect ecological solution for a personal flashlight! Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that makes it a very sustainable material. This would be a perfect alternative to the(…)

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Build a Better Community with this Toolbox

Build a Better Community with this Toolbox

We all have those moments where we are suddenly in desperate need of tools – from trying to hang a picture to replacing a doorknob. But many of us don’t have a constant need for tools, which means we have to go out and purchase new tools even though we’ll get little use out of(…)

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Upcycle This

Upcycle This

As more people become conscious of recycling, reusing, and upcycling objects to get the most use out of them and lessen waste, ideas lie the Upcycling Project by Ryan Jongwoo Choi are definitely much needed. Ryan has designed a clever bottle cap that is versatile to fit all kinds of containers so that they can be(…)

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Live Like a VIPP

Live Like a VIPP

We all need a place to get away from our busy lives sometimes, and there are few better places to which we can escape than the serenity of nature. Immersing oneself in the outdoors is a great way to relax, although sleeping in a tent for a few days is not ideal. Instead of a(…)

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Out of Thin Air – Creating Drinking Water with Fontus

Out of Thin Air – Creating Drinking Water with Fontus

Building upon methods used by Asian and Central American cultures for over 2000 years, the “Fontus” water bottle self-fills by creating water out of air. Sound like a miracle? It’s actually just science! Because our atmosphere contains over 13.000 km3 of unused fresh water, Fontus can use the air humidity to separate water and air(…)

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Hygienna Solo, a Portable Bidet

Hygienna Solo, a Portable Bidet

If you’re packing for a long trip to a remote area, you should definitely include the “Hygienna Solo”, an incredibly convenient portable bidet! Simply combine with a water bottle for your very own travel bidet. This ingenious little tool was created by aerospace engineers and award-winning artists, so you can rest assured that the design(…)

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New Device Can Help Visually Impaired Read Printed Text

New Device Can Help Visually Impaired Read Printed Text

FingerReader is a wearable gadget that could help the visually impaired to read printed text in books and on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the visually impaired access more resources than what is currently available in Braille format.

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