Inventor, entrepreneur, and environmental activist Saul Griffith's Onya Cycles came about after he took a hard look "at every single joule of energy I've used in my whole life," then figured out where to trim the fat, so to speak. Replacing cars with electric bicycles for short-haul trips, even to carry loads of cargo, was the obvious solution.
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green design that isn't ugly
Design 21: Social Design Network announces winners of Power to the Pedal design comp
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The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams designs a chair (and it ain't pretty)
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Two green innovations that almost seem too good to be true:The NatureMill kitchen cabinet composter only draws 50 cents of power per month, but will allegedly turn your table scraps into compost in just two weeks, without attracting the insects and vermin that can plague urban applications of composting. It's...
In one of the cooler interface designs we've seen, German engineers Matthieu Deru and Simon Bergweiler hacked a Wii Balance Board into a PC interface; thusly rigged, it can be used for, among other things, virtually surfing the planet using Google Earth. Check out the video:via makezine
No more hot dog-a-la-lighter-fluid! Thanks to our friends Mike and Maaike there's a new way to grill up your favorite tubes of meat. Their Firepack is a smartly designed charcoal packaging that lights instantly and burns away in the grille, making the barbeque experience simple, clean and...