Archive for the ‘Living’ Category

Clean Dishes…No Soap

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Normally plastics are not a part of the green equation.  They cause massive amounts of pollution to manufacture, and if not disposed of properly, can cause vast areas of our oceans to be covered in trash.  However, Dr. Jeffrey P. Youngblood of Purdue University has been working on new transparent plastic coatings that may eliminate the need for detergents and soaps.  The hope is that one could just leave dishes in water and they would clean themselves.  If commercialized, this could have a huge impact on the amount of phosphates entering our marine ecosystems. read more »

Cleaner Safer Water With No Chemicals

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Chemicals are a less than desirable way to treat water, but it is a necessary evil so that we all have clean drinking water.  However, Cavitation Technologies, Inc. has come up with a solution that uses mechanical and electrical systems to destroy pathogens in our water supply without the use of any chemicals.  Enter the CaviGulator.

A set of complex reactions based on kinetic energy, chemical, electro-chemical, and hydrodynamic principles drives the cleaning process.  This process is read more »

Calstar’s Fly Ash Bricks

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Last year we brought you fly ash concrete and fly ash countertops.  The trend continues with fly ash bricks and fly ash pavers by Calstar.  They are made from 40% fly ash, 60% local aggregates, and some proprietary ingredients.  These products are not made with Portland cement or any other energy intensive firing resulting in substantial carbon savings. read more »

The Coke Phone?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

We have seen green technology come to mobile phones before in the form of the Samsung Spring Reclaim, and we have also seen green tech influence the end of the life cycle of the phone by being able to recycle it easier with the ecoATM.  However, Designer Daizi Zheng thinks that the production of the batteries ” is expensive, consuming valuable resources on manufacturing, presenting a disposal problem and harmful to the environment.”

She was looking to catch the problem on the front end, and she might be on to something.  Zheng designed a phone for Nokia that would run on Coke.  Running a fuel cell on sugar water is nothing new, but the tandem of Coke and Nokia could make a big splash. read more »

Recycle Your Cell Phone At An ATM?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

ecoatmkioskMany cell phone companies are starting to make it easier on customers to recycle their phones.  Some, like Sprint, have even made a cell phone made from recycled materials like the Sprint Reclaim.  However, EcoATM is changing the game and making it very easy.  Its just a simple 3 step process.

Step 1) Insert portable CE device or handset
Step 2) Used device automatically valued
Step 3) Portables automatically binned inside. User receives trade-up coupon, gift card, and/or charitable contribution

Over the last year, EcoATM has enjoyed much success in its Omaha, Nebraska location inside Nebraska Furniture Mart.  Now it is planning to go nationwide with more locations opening up in San Diego, Washington state and Vermont read more »

MIT Professor Changing the Solar Game

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Nocera fuel cellMIT Professor Daniel Nocera thinks that the incremental gains made in solar output are not the answer to cheap solar energy.  He thinks the answer is water.  Last year Nocera and other MIT colleagues wrote a technical paper describing a closed-loop energy system. read more »

Better Than CFL, Better Than LED…ESL

Friday, September 18th, 2009

esl bulbOver the past few years, the light bulb market has become more and more competitive as consumers want to spend less and less on electricity as the price per kilowatt hour rises.  I wish it were a more altruistic reason, but I digress.

CFL’s are the cheap alternative, and I don’t mean Canadian Football League.  They are relatively inexpensive, and have a good bulb lifespan at between 6,000 to 15,000 hours.  However, it produces a poor light quality, takes time to warm up, and is not fully dimmable, but the real detractor is that it contains mercury.

LED’s are thought to be the future of bulbs.  They have a longer bulb life at between 25,000 -100,000 hours, read more »

Going Green At School

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Green_AppleFor many students across the U.S., today was the first day of school.  That means kids out of your hair…uhh…I mean they have a great opportunity to learn in a fantastic school environment.  However, it is also another opportunity in going green.  If I sit and think about all the waste when I was going to school, there is a huge opportunity to not only help save our environment, but to also teach kids at a young age not to live wasteful lives.

1. Plastic storage bags – Instead of using new storage bags every time you send your child to school, tell them to bring them home so you can wash and reuse them.  Even better, put their sandwiches in hard plastic storage containers.  This way you can wash and reuse them, and their sandwich wont be a sadwich that was all mangled by the apple you stuck in there. read more »

Eco Friendly Concrete Countertops – 5 Pointers

Friday, August 21st, 2009

concrete-countertopsConcrete and paper countertops are some of the hottest trends in environmentally friendly design.  However, not all concrete is made the same.  Some can be more eco friendly than others.  Here are some ways to make sure your concrete countertops are green.

1.  Make sure there is as little portland cement in the mix as possible.  Portland cement takes a lot of energy to produce, and thought the end product may be green, the process is not. read more »

Green Car Washing

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

carwashOk, lets face it.  We all get bird poop on our cars, and along with all that tree sap, it can do a number to the paint job.  However, there is a dilemma for those of you that are environmentally conscious.   Do you go to a car wash or do you wash it yourself?

Exhibit A: Car Wash Center

Pros – Besides not having to do it yourself and slaving away in the heat, the upside to paying for a car wash is that the dirty runoff water is collected and routed to water treatment plants.  Water usage is under 40 gallons or less according to the Car Wash Operators of New Jersey. read more »