Monthly archive November, 2007
Hyundai QarmaQ: Plastic bottles put to use

Hyundai QarmaQ: Plastic bottles put to use

Hyundai released its QarmaQ concept car to an impressed audience at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show.  The fly little crossover vehicle is a sign of what may come for the Korean auto giants… Not only did Hyundai do a bitchin’ job designing the QarmaQ, they packed in an eco-punch by partnering with GE Plastics to create a revolutionary ‘skin’ for the car’s body.  Made...
Greenest building on the planet

Greenest building on the planet

The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Fairfield, Wisconsin was recently certified Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.  It received 61 of the available 69 points, more than any building ever rated in the world.  This 12,000 square ft educational center is carbon neutral AND net zero… It incredibly produces 15% more energy than it uses! The...
Prefab Shoutout | Michelle Kaufmann Designs

Prefab Shoutout | Michelle Kaufmann Designs

I have to make a confession… I’ve been having an affair with Prefab for almost two years now.  I’ve tried to keep it a secret but no longer have the power…. Michelle Kaufmann Designs is a powerhouse in the Prefab scene.  With an extensive line of home design options, Kaufmann has been featured in virtually every progressive design...
BoGo Light, anyone?

BoGo Light, anyone?

BoGo Light, represent!  The BoGo Light, a solar-powered LED flashlight, is a rockin’ example of using new, sustainable technologies in socially responsible ways.  For every BoGo Light purchased ($25), a BoGo Light will be given to someone around the world who doesn’t have access to electricity, and could really use a BoGo Light. The BoGo Light features a solar panel that takes...
Track those trends

Track those trends

Here’s a little slice of new technology that is sure to take off… It’s called the Ambient Orb and it looks like a cross between a water balloon and a mood ring.  The orb is a glass lamp that uses color to show changing information, such as market trends, weather forecasts, email activity, or even traffic.  It is...
P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project

P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project

The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. project is a fresh take on urban housing solutions, started in 2001 by Dutch architects Kortknie Stuhlmacher Architecten.  P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. stands for Prototype for Advanced Ready-Made Amphibious Small-Scale Individual Temporary Ecological Dwelling (huh?) and features this incredible project in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  It is a bright chartreuse addition to an old grungy warehouse, literally growing out of the...
Environmental Vodka???

Environmental Vodka???

360 Vodka took the sentence ‘drink responsibly’ to a whole new level!  Introducing the first ‘eco vodka’.  360 Vodka is made with locally harvested grains, uses a distilling process that cuts energy in half, is in a bottle with 85% recycled glass, and utilizes packaging that has chlorine-free recycled paper and is biodegradable.  I’ll drink to that! -j
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