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PowerTrekk- A Revolutionary Water Based Phone Charger

By Anny on March 30th, 2013

Imagine a handy charger which you can take along while you are travelling-one which can also charge your smartphones and other devices with ease. Your guess would be a solar powered charger or a backup battery arrangement. But you would quite be surprised to hear that there is a charger which ispowered by pure water and can charge your smartphones while on the move. Such technology has been in news a little while ago with a clock being made to work on pure water. The PowerTrekk charger is an extension of such technology ad uses pure water to run an internal circuit which in turn charges your phone.

PowerTrekk- A Revolutionary Water Based Phone Charger

The charger uses a fuel cell technology that converts hydrogen into electricity. Its driven by a replaceableFuelCellSticker which is made from foils and adhesives in the form of a fuel pack. This fuel packs need to be inserted into the device and when water is added from the inlet, a chemical reaction releases hydrogen which is then converted into electricity. The electricity is stored in the storage buffer which allows the device to function both as a battery as well as a charger.

The myFCPowerTrekk is priced at € 199. The fuel pack which needs to be replaced after some time is priced at € 4/puck (The Fuel cell is called -The Puck).

 

The output is USB compliant and corresponds to an output voltage of 5 volts and a power of 5 watts. The only bye-product is a bit of water vapor which is released into the atmosphere. The device is quite handy when you are traveling, and would not have access to regular power sources and sunlight.

 

PowerTrekk- A Revolutionary Water Based Phone Charger

The product is currently being sold in selectretail stores in Bulgaria and is expected to be available in different countries by early 2013. The device is safe, eco-friendly and is a perfect alternative to conventional solar chargers.

For more details on this technology, please access the below link.

http://www.powertrekk.com

Nokero Crestone Pro (N210C)

By Anny on March 28th, 2013

LED’s have been becoming popular since the past decade as they consume less electricity and also give more light when compared by power consumption.  We see them being used in indoors, gardens, outdoors in form of an arrangement of LED’s in a panel. One such low cost LED device is Nokero Crestone Pro (N210C) solar bulb which has been designed to run on solar power and provide a one-time purchasesolution for your lighting needs.

Nokero Crestone Pro (N210C)

The device is useful for both indoor and outdoor lighting and can be hung in your garden or patio and can also be taken along while on the move. The device coms with 4 wide-angle LED’s and would last for about9 hours when fully charged. A special circuit in the device makes it glow only in the dark so that you would not need to worry about the battery draining off in the morning hours. The device is portable and coms with a hook using which it can be hung from a surface.  The A4 sized rechargeable battery lasts approximately 2 years in normal conditions

The brightest light it can give in full charge is about 13 lumens. It has a dimensions-length-8.5cm, width-7.3cm&height-17cm and is made of polycarbonate casing along with a stainless steel hangar and a rubber bumper. The Nokero Crestone Pro weight just 130 grams and has a three-way switch which can be used to turn on-off or set to Low.

Nokero Crestone Pro (N210C)

Price: TheNokero Crestone Pro (N210C) is priced at $20 and can be purchased from the below link.

http://store.nokero.com/Crestone-Pro-Solar-Light-Bulb-p/n210c.htm

We also suggest buying the Solar Light bulb stand for this product enabling you to set the bulb on a fixed surface such as for reading etc. The stand is conveniently priced at $1.50 and can be purchased from their site.

Handcrafted Kitchen – ware from Leis

By Anny on March 26th, 2013

The practice of using wooden utensils and kitchen-ware dates back to the early ages when wood was used in a number of ways. This tradition continued through the ages with each country having its own distinct way of woodcraft. Ceramics, glass, metals, and plastics have graduallydisplaced wood amongst the choice of materials for normal kitchen needs. However an ancient wood crating technique from Europe (SuharRoba) is now being bought into prominence by Leis Inc which is a Slovenian based company manufacturing kitchen utensils from a locally sourced wood called leech. Leis aims at reviving this age old craft and bring it back to prominence in this modern age with their excusive range of  dining accessories which include a spatula, fork and a spoon which are individually handcrafted using leech wood. They come in a slightly curved shape for easy movement and also have an embedded magnet so that you can rest them on a metallic surface.This can be a unique and perfect gift for these coming holidays.

Handcrafted Kitchen - ware from Leis

They are a perfect way to show your solidarity with the environment and can be used both for routine use as well as for banquets etc. You could also choose to gift them to your near and dear for this holiday season.

The 3 piecekitchen set costs €49 while a 15 piece set of Christmas ornament hooks costs €29. You can also purchase both of them for €69-packed in an attractive gift wrap.

SuhaRoba is an age-long craft of making wooden goods for domestic and kitchen uses.The craft was practiced in the Ribnica plain in Slovenia and was widely popular in the 15 century with goods being exported to Austria, Hungary as well as far off Africa and India.

You can purchase them online from the below site.

http://www.leis.si/

Green Mortgage- An Upcoming Trend for Energy Efficiency

By Anny on March 24th, 2013

The concept of Green mortgage is recently becoming popular as more people are becoming eco-conscious and are looking to reduce their energy consumption. Greenmortgageeinvolves  modifying your home to make it more energy efficient. This could mean buying gadgets which work on alternative energy such as solar panels, using dimmable CFL lighting, LED panels, changing your windows by using cellular and low emission windows etc.  We are all aware of the fact that all the above mentioned gadgets do require an initial investment, and the returns start pouringingradually. The high cost of the initial investment is what deters a lot of us from making the first move, and we often tendto lose out on the recurring returns they offer. Green mortgage is one such facility which helps you with the initial cost of investment for such technologies

Green Mortgage- An upcoming trend for energy efficiency

You stand to gainin both ways as the modifications you decide to do for your house can be done in a modern way which is sure to impress your visitors and add to the value of your house. Also such energy saving modifications do give you regular returns by means of reduced power bills etc- which can be used to offset a part of the mortgage amount. Also investing in such eco-friendly practices also shows your solidarity with the environment as your act decreases the net carbon footprint, pollution and greenhouse emission which are direct and indirect consequences of your energy consumption.

This is a welcome move to start the trend of energy saving in our daily life. There are a whole lot of ways by which you can save energy consumption in your home and since you now can be assured of a funding for that. You would also need an energy  audit done on your home so that an estimation can be made as to how muchsavings in terms of spent energy would your modifications make. To know more, just get in touch with your bank to check on a suitable scheme.

 

Green Battery Powered from By a Plant Extract

By Anny on March 22nd, 2013

We all are familiar with the standard lithium ion batteries which are used in a variety of appliances in our daily life. The involve use of lithium compounds an as electrode. Lithium and similar elements used in such applications are not easily available and mining and extraction of lithium consumes a lot of energy which in turn adds to the carbon footprint of the battery manufacturing cycle. Also recycling lithium releases  a lot of carbon dioxide into the air which in turn causes a lot of pollution.

Scientists at Rice University  of New York and US Army Research Laboratory have designed a battery which uses Purpurin-a derivative of the madder root which is used in fabric dyeing. Madder roots have been used as a coloring agents since 3000 years and can provide orange, red and pink hues when used in different proportions

Green Battery powered from by a plant extract

An extract of the dye-Purpurin is said to have properties similar to lithium electrodes such as carrying carbonyl and hydroxyl groups in the process of electrolysis. In standard batteries the electrodes are immersed in electrolytic solution and ions move from one electrode to the other creating a current. This current comes out of the electrode panels of the battery to run our appliances.

The core compound used here is chemically lithiatedPurpurin (CLP-where Purpurin is treated with lithium salts to create a material for the electrode) which is derived from the madder root. The project is being worked upon and it would take some more years for it to be made for commercial uses. However, it can for sure reduce our dependence on Lithium and cobalt metals for batteries and would also reduce the carbon footprint of the battery manufacturing cycle. Do watch out this space for more news on the Green Battery.

Gravity Light-A Phenomenal application of Gravity as an Energy Source

By Anny on March 20th, 2013

Gravity Light-A Phenomenal application of Gravity as an Energy Source

In our quest to bring you the latest in alternate sources of energy-we now present a very remarkable invention that might one day solve a major part of our energy crisis. The gravity light is a phenomenal invention that uses the power of gravity to generate an electric current which powers a portable light.  The system uses a heavy weight that is apparently attached to a system of gears, springs  and pulleys which in turn move a lighter weight. The heavy weight is first lifted to a certain level and the system then uses its displacement due to gravity to rotate a smaller weight which in turn might move  a dynamo attached to the pulley. This dynamo generates the electric current required to power a bulb. This new invention which is still in a limited trail phase is sure to help a lot of people who cannot use solar powered lamps due to various reasons. This gadget can be used anywhere and just needs to be hung from a surface with the heavy weight being periodically raised. It’s estimated that the one lift of the heavy weight can generate enough power to light the bulb for 30 minutes.

The gravity light uses the simple force of gravity which is universally available in every location. It doesn’t require a separate charging device or a battery and is just a one-time investment. The invention has been made keeping in mind the energy crisis and the cost involved in alternate forms of energy such as solar energy devices. This is a boon for developing nations where a large number of people still use fuel based lighting sources. Not only does it decrease the pollution resulting from burning fossil fuel such as kerosene but is also economically viable.

For more information on this remarkable application of gravity as a power source, please access the below link. The manufactures plan to distribute 1000 such units on a pilot basis to the needy in third-world countries. It’s estimated the commercial cost of this unit once produced in a large scale would be around $5.

SimBioUsa-Eco-Friendly Disposable Tableware

By Anny on March 18th, 2013

Eco-Friendly Disposable Tableware

Simbiousa.com has an amazing range of disposable plates, boxes and garbage bags made from bagasse, sugarcane and wheatstraw fibers. Not only are they a perfect alternative to Styrofoam, plastic and paper plates  but are also bio-degradable and durable too. Their range of tableware is made from used sugarcane fiber called as bagasse which is left out after the juice is extracted from sugarcane. Wheatstraw is the plant material which is left after the chaff and wheat have been extracted. These material usually end in landfills or are disposed of by burning which causes air and soil pollution. Using them for creating sustainable tableware is an effective way to use all of our available natural resources in an optimum manner.  These little known materials are not only safe, bio-degradable but also strong and can be easily compressed and molded into plates. They are a perfect alternative to plastic, styrofoam and paper plates and come in a range of sizes and dimensions. You can find square, rectangular and circular plates within these dimensions

They also have a range of Clamshells which can be used as containers for your kitchen items and consumables

Do also check a pizza box made from recycled cardboard which is 100% recyclable and also a range of eco-friendly garbage bags. You can also find cutlery, kitchen utilities, straws etc.

The products are deemed to be safe as per FDA standards for food items as they do not have any harmful allergens-Gluten and Gliadins at 5ppm, whereas the current FDA standard is 20 ppm.

SimBioUsa-Eco-Friendly Disposable Tableware

Bagasse plates are available in 6`,7 `and 9 ` dimensions and are pure white in color and resemble normal Styrofoam plates. Wheatstraw plates are brown in color and come in the same dimension. Both can be used in your  microwave and freezer and are soak proof. They do not use an external  shiny wax coating which does away with any harmful chemicals that are sometimes used to add color and textures to paper, styrofoam plates and cups, and  can also handle hot liquids till 220°F.

After using them, you can dispose them in commercial compost facilities against normal home composting.

Eco-Friendly Refrigerant

By Anny on March 16th, 2013

Eco-Friendly Refrigerant

 

Refrigerators are one of the most commonly used household appliances and since theiradvent, they have changed the very meaning of normal food preservation. Not only do they provide a perfect temperature for preventing your food from getting spoilt, but they also help you organize and store your food products. Many of us are familiar with a normal course in the lifecycle of most refrigerators where we would need to change the refrigerant at some point of time.The commonly used gas inside the refrigerator is Freon (R-12 or R-22) or  R-134a (Tetrafluoroethane), with the former being widely used. Freon consists of elemental chlorine as one of its constituent, which has been found as one of the major reasons for the depletion of ozone layer-which is a protective blanket in the atmosphere protecting us from the harmful radiation of the sun. At high altitudeschlorine displaces an oxygen atom in the ozone molecule, and caused a decrease in the net content of ozone. Lesser ozone means lesser protection from radiation emitted  by the sun, which causes a host of environmental and health issues.

During the past couple of years, there has been an ongoing research to find an effective substitute for Freon, with R-410A- a Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) compound that does not contain chlorine being widely used nowadays. `The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working to stop all new refrigerant sets from containing Freon, and has been working for a total ban on such materials in the long run.

Eco-Friendly Refrigerant

This new change in introducing an alternate refrigerant which not only powers the actual refrigeration cycle in your refrigerator, but also is used in air-conditioners and dehumidifiers does not cause any adverse effected to the ozone layer. Also, it has been reported in some studies that the new chemical makes your appliance last much longer byincreasing the cooling capacity and thereby reducing the load on the system. In the long run, this decreases the net power your refrigerator  consumes and also decreases the net carbonfootprint generated by frequent  repairs and replacements.

So, beforeyou choose to purchase any of the above mentioned appliances, do check for the refrigerant they areusing. Also, consider replacing your old appliances with the newer versions using R-410 A, as they are slowly being phased out. As we always reiterate in Envirogadget.com, small steps we individually take can collectively make a huge difference  to a cleaner, safe and greener planet.

Kirei USA Eco-Friendly Construction Materials

By Anny on March 14th, 2013

The concept of Eco-friendly homes is fast catching-up across the world with a choice of Eco-friendly materials used for construction and interior, thereby reducing carbon emission and creating a safer environment.

One such store where you can shop for a natural elements to build your home or workplace is kireiusa.com which offers various sustainable natural alternatives for your construction materials.

Kirei USA- Eco-Friendly Construction materials

These materials are manufactured from renewable and recycled agricultural bye-products  by using special adhesives which are low in formaldehyde. This is one productive way of using bye-products which often are disposed in landfills or are incarcerated. Not only does this help in optimum usage of natural resources, but is also safe for the environment as it reduces the pollution emitted when these products are discarded.

Kirei stand for clean or beautiful in Japanese and since 2003, the company has been pivotal in creating new interior solutions with sustainable and non-toxic materials

Their range of products are deemed to be beautiful, natural and sustainable. You can also download the material specifications from their site and can also request a sample.

Do look for:

 

Kirei Board: This is a safe alternative to natural wood and is made from reclaimed sorghum straw and can be used in furniture and cabinets. Using this is a perfect way to qualify for a LEED certification for sustainable construction practices. One advantage is that it replaces wood which is fast depleting from our environment. The second being that sorghum stalks which are left over after being harvested are used in a constructive manner to become an alternate to wood.

Bamboo: Check out their range of bamboo panels, doors etc which apart from being attractive are also sturdy and durable.

Wheatboard wood panels are similar to Kirei board, except that its made from the left over wheat stalks after harvesting.

Coco tiles made from coconut fiber that can be used as wall tiles and also in furniture.

Hemp panels which can be used for ceiling, panels, regular millwork etc.

You can use the dealer locator to locate a dealer new you or can also contact them for more information. Their site has a beautiful gallery for every product which shows the many ways were it can be used to blend with your aesthetics and create a sustainable construction.

Styrofoam Environmental Affects and it’s Elimination

By Anny on March 12th, 2013

Styrofoam Environmental affects and it’s Elimination

The Styrofoam is an environment killer!!!!

The Styrofoam has been now to as it has done many detrimental things on our earth, there are still few aware about harmful nature of Styrofoam and its impact on our environment. Knowing about impact of Styrofoam will help the individuals to find different ways of minimizing the Styrofoam damages. Nowadays, Styrofoam has become a common use product and one would not stop using it once its negative impact are brought forward and told to every individual.  The Styrofoam is a polystyrene made product, which is taken from petroleum based plastic and we can say that Styrofoam is used as trade name of polystyrene.

Styrofoam is highly used because of its insulation properties and being lightweight. It can easily keep the products hot or cold and helpful or shipment of the products without adding more weight. After its years of usage, now environmental agencies have found that Styrofoam has many hazardous and harmful effects on the environment. The environmental and health concerns of Styrofoam start with its use and manufacturing process. While manufacturing the polystyrene, the styrene is used as primary ingredient.

International Agency for Research on Cancer and EPA has found styrene as a human carcinogen- substance causing cancer. Many individuals who had been dealing in manufacturing process of styrene were studied and following health problems had been found during the research study;

–    Gastrointestinal effects

–    Irritation of Upper respiratory tract

–     Irritation of eyes and skin

–     Effect on nervous system and chronic exposure led to weakness, fatigue, headache, depression and affected the kidney functions.

The Styrofoam is resistant to photolysis and therefore it appears to last forever in landfills. The Styrofoam is unaffected through breaking down of material by protons and its lightweight and floats on the landfills over the passage of time. THE EPA researchers told that a great deal of polystyrene has been accumulated in waterway and coats and causing damage for the living beings. EPA studies also told that styrene has been found as main component of marine debris and death threat for marine life.

The recycling process of Styrofoam is also ending up because individuals in many regions have been told that such wastes will not be accepted by landfills and if they are recycled, they are used for manufacturing of packing filters and cafeteria trays. The National bureau of Standard Center for Fire Research has told that air pollution is also a major problem because of polystyrene along with its health risks associated.

Styrofoam Environmental affects and it’s Elimination

During the manufacturing process of Styrofoam, more than 57 chemical by products are produced. These chemicals will not only pollute the air but also those solid and liquid wastes to which they will react.  Styrofoam also adds the bromine retardants which have been found harmful for health and environment.  Hydro fluorocarbons are also used in manufacturing process of Styrofoam which has negative impacts on ozone layer and cause global warming. Another reason that Styrofoam is harmful for the environment is its manufacturing through non-sustained petroleum sources.