Archive for the 'EcoFriendly' Category

A Liter of Light

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Video about harnessing the power of the sun to bring electricity to a poor community simply using soda bottles.
Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

Please consider helping this cause. See more from their website, http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/

Mini Hand-Cranked Keychain Flashlight

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Solar power is great, but what if the sun isn’t shining, or it’s night time and you’re caught without a light. This tiny keychain flashlight can be hand-cranked in minutes to give a good LED light. All it needs is human power, turning food into light! And the best thing is that if you keep it on your keychain then it will always be right there when you need it. This would be a great stocking filler or party gift for older kids and eco-geeks of all ages.

Costs $4.99 from ThinkGeek

Solar Powered Measuring Spoon Scale for Cooks

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

When you need to measure small quantities of ingredients, such as spices or oils, ordinary scales, even digital ones aren’t much use. That is where this little green gadget comes in so handy. Simply spoon up an amount and get a digital reading on the handle, so you know exactly how much you have got. Even better, the measuring spoon is solar powered, so there is no battery to run low and give a dodgy reading. Leave it on a sunny window sill when it is not in use and it will be charged and ready to go whenever you need it.
The TC-11 – solar digital spoon scale currently costs $18.99 from MiniInTheBox

Wasp Trap in Attractive Recycled Glass

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Attractive enough to look almost like lanterns hanging in the yard, these glass wasp catchers work well too. No chemicals are needed. You fill the catcher with lemonade or sugar water and the wasps are lured in and trapped. Great when you are being pestered by wasps and have trouble eating outside without them descending on you. The glass traps come in three colors, green, aqua and orange or you can buy a set of three. They are 8 ½ “ high and weigh about 1lb so can hang from small trees and branches.

Costs $13 for one or $30 for set of three from Gaiam.com

Toilet Lid Sink

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

This is a great water saving idea – so simple and ingenious that you wonder nobody invented it before. When you flush the toilet, fresh water from the clean water pipe comes out of the spigot tap automatically for you to wash your hands. The hand-washing water fills the tank as you wash, ready to be recycled for the next flush. This is a plastic molded fitting that will fit onto a standard tank instead of the lid.

Not only is it a great water saving idea, but it also works well as a space saving feature, when there isn’t room for a full size basin in a small toilet or bathroom. I can see it taking off as a feature in public toilets in eco-friendly resorts too. Perhaps the only possible drawback is the danger of the soap slipping into the toilet itself!

It’s not cheap but it is much more affordable than buying and installing a separate sink. There is also a deluxe version for $20 more that aerates the water as it flows, using even less water.

Costs $99 direct from TierraPath

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