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Archive for December, 2008

Gallery of December’s Eco Gadgets

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 31st, 2008

Solar Panel Sun Glasses

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 31st, 2008

Solar Powered Solar Panel Sun Glasses

The eco-designers are at it again, with these solar panel sunglasses from a pair of designers by the names of Hyun-Joong Kim and Kwang-Seok Jeong. The dye solar cells collect solar energy, and convert it into electricity. This electricity supply is fed to a small power jack at the back of the glasses. (more…)

Discover BioDegradable Credit Card

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 30th, 2008

Biodegradable Credit Card

The first green credit card has been announced! Offered by Discover, it is the industry’s first biodegradable plastic credit card. The biodegradable PVC is designed when exposed to soil and moisture. (more…)

Fuel Cell Charger with Swappable Cartridge

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 29th, 2008

MTI MicroFuel Cells

MTI Micro has announced the release of its portable fuel cell charger for gadgets like MP3 players and digital cameras. The new aspect of this charger is that the fuel cell is a removable cartridge, which can be re-filled by an authorised refilling centre. Each cartridge gives the user 25W hours of power, typically translating to 25 hours of charge time. (more…)

Hydra – Water-Efficient Easy Garden Watering System

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 26th, 2008

Hydra in Situ

The Hydra watering system is an easy to install and aesthetically pleasing garden irrigation gadget. The Hydra was designed as a solution to avoid home owners needing to dig up their garden to install a watering system. The Hydra uses a range of sensors to determine when to water the garden, saving up to 25% compared to existing watering systems. (more…)

The Packaging Lamp – made from its own packaging

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 25th, 2008

The Packaging Lamp

On the theme of using the packaging as part of the product, a designer by the name of David Gardener has created a packaging lamp. The packaging lamp houses all the parts you need to make a lamp from the packaging. (more…)

GettaGrip Musclephone – Hand-powered Mobile Phone

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 24th, 2008

GettaGrip Musclephone Squeeze Phone

In the spirit of hand-powered eco gadgets, the GettaGrip Musclephone needs 40 seconds of squeezing time to give the internal battery a full charge. (more…)

Sprout-Themed Edible Christmas Cards

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 23rd, 2008

Edible Christmas Card

An edible Christmas Card has been created by a Devon design company called Oxygen Creative. The card is made from potato starch paper and printed with food colouring rather than conventional ink. (more…)

Wine Bottle packaging transforms into a Lamp

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 22nd, 2008

Wine Packaging - Lamp Kit

Ciclus, a Spanish design company, were tasked with creating a gift with the theme of turning waste into resources. Their delivered concept was wine packaging that also doubled as a lamp. (more…)

Eco Tutor: Solar Heating for your Home

By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on December 19th, 2008

Solar Heater Diagram

This guest article was kindly written by Ron Bean of The Green Chameleon. It’s a great introduction to domestic Solar Heating and how it all works.

It’s that time of year again – time to break out the sweaters, winter coats and watch those winter heating bills go up every month. Chances are that along with those monthly energy bills, you’re also contributing to global warming.

If your home uses a conventional gas-fired furnace, or fuel-oil, both of which are fossil fuels, which generate greenhouse gases. If you have electric heat, you are indirectly generating greenhouse gases, since the electricity needed to power electric heaters is often provided by coal-burning electric power plants.

But what if you could keep your home toasty warm all winter long, generate zero greenhouse gases and your monthly heating bill was zero? That’s right, I said zero – as in nada, nothing at all. (more…)