Vertical gardens are being seen as a great way of green living in packed urban areas. While several ideas and concepts have evolved, it would be quite a while before we get to see much of those in action. That however, does not mean that the beauty and elegance of the idea continues to exist in plans and vision only. As this Urban Treehouse building in Turin, Italy will tell you, the vertical forest is real, alive, and awesome.
In a world that hungers for resources, it is quite surprising to see how we discard or literally burn material that could be immensely useful. Bisman Deu from India noticed that her family burnt off the husk from rice cultivation. The 16 year old student from Delhi was convinced that there had to be a better way, and went on to invent Green Wood, a wood-like material sourced from the rice husk.
Vintage objects in modern settings have an inherent charm, if presented to their potential. Vintage and retro vehicles especially would make excellent additions given that several of them were made in a time when form was preferred over function. Well, several of them are seeing a new light thanks to initiatives like these. Berlin based studio Urban Light Factory specializes in creating lamps from the headlights of junked cars, motorcycles and even farm tractors.
Swiss company Freitag is on path to a more sustainable fashion environment with compostable fabrics. Now that might seem trivial at first, until you give a thought to the ungodly amount of resources that go into the manufacture of common clothing items. A pair of jeans could use as much as 9,992 liters of water in the cycle leading to its manufacture, a t-shirt is nearly 2,500 liters.
Solar energy generation and use is on its way for a quick boost with a quick and cheap spray-on solar cell process. A research team headed by Illan Kramer at the University of Toronto has come up with a new process that has made spray-on solar cells viable.
Propane is a gaseous fuel that is used widely throughout the world. As a fuel, propane has numerous benefits; it is easy to store, has a high calorific value, condenses easier than similar fuels, and already sees several applications throughout the world. The negative point, of course, is that propane is extracted from the very limited supply of fossil fuels, and as we know it, propane is a non-renewable energy source.
We did use the heading from Geek.com, but that really is the most succinct way of putting things. Dell has gone green with its packaging. They have used mushrooms and wheatgrass, which is totally worth the applause, and then they have even managed to harvest the power of the cow fart, and make it environmentally friendly.
Supercars are awesome, except of the part that they are not usually friends of the environment. While going green is desirable, supercars are expected to deliver high on performance, which unfortunately does not seem entirely possible at the moment by going entirely the green way. Thankfully, efforts are being made to make the supercars better, with performance and environment considerations to boot.
We would generally expect a lake to be green, perhaps blue, but hardly anyone imagines a lake to look pink. Reality is stranger than fiction, and Senegal’s Lake Retba goes a step ahead to mess with your mind with its pink waters. Also known as Lac Rose, the lake is quite famous for showing off hues of red, mostly pink.
It is quite unlikely that an average person would someday visit the Great Pacific Garbage patch to look at the scale of pollution that comes from irresponsible handling of trash. The gigantic mass of floating waste might be away, but you can get a sense of how bad things actually are simply by visiting a beach. Beaches are generally full of waste, discarded plastic bottles, cans, all kinds of waste thoughtlessly strewn around. A good number of people don’t really care about the trash, except perhaps the odd sneer.