This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices

January 21, 2015 by  
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Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico , has created a bamboo bicycle that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. The bike also has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars, which measures distance and time, and a bluetooth connection. It’s an impressive piece of engineering—particularly  if the designs are simple enough to be built by hand by individuals in areas where rolling blackouts are a part of daily life. + BambooTec Mérida Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: appropriate technology , bambootec , bambootec merida , charging phone with bike , electricity from bicycle , mexico , yucatan

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Students Transform Liquid Shipping Containers into Solar Lighting Cubes for Dominican Animal Shelter

August 27, 2013 by  
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Solar Sister and NextAid Showcase 5 Promising Technologies for Africa

September 22, 2011 by  
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Solar Sister showcased just some of the efforts taking place around the world. Here, the Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Mauritania install solar panels in their villages. They received training in Rajasthan, India. Image: Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia via flickr Walking into the futuristic Yotel near Times Square with a robot in the lobby for a coat check, you wouldn’t expect to find a room full of some of the most promising, innovative technologies for sustainable development. But

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Wal-Mart to Go Solar on 60 More California Stores

September 22, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Wal-Mart While Fox bashes solar on one hand, and embraces it on the other , other corporations are more unequivocal in their embrace of this rapidly-growing technology. When I wrote about IKEA’s ambitious solar energy plans , for example, some commenters called on Wal-Mart to step up to the plate. But, when it comes to solar, Wal-Mart was already doing more than most. And an announcement… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Proto Home’s Flexible Spaces and Efficient Core

March 19, 2011 by  
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Housing moves into the future with this “perpetually modern” Proto Home. Photos by Lisa Romerein In the “sleepy neighborhood” of Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles, a modern Proto Home sits among a mix of single-family dwellings from over the last few decades. This stylish model house stands out, as if the next generation moved in.

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Free2Work Phone App Spots Child Labor in Products While You Shop

December 22, 2010 by  
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Image: Screenshot via Not For Sale Ethical shopping is no easy task. It’s often hard to know which companies use child or forced labor, and which stick to paying adequate wages and other fair labor policies. But a newly released phone app helps consumers with just that kind of information: from Hasbro toys to Nike shoes to Apple gadgets, Free2Work has the information you need to ensure you’re not supporting child labor—all on the go, from your phone, while you shop

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Call for Ideas: Unreasonable Institute Seeking Applicants Who Can Save the Planet

November 25, 2010 by  
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Image: The Unreasonable Institute The Unreasonable Institute is actually totally reasonable: they’re looking for people with great ideas, who think big, who want to change the world, and who seem like they can.

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Exclusive Preview: Urbikes Trapper, the First Intelligent Electric Public Bicycle Sharing Systems

November 11, 2010 by  
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The original Urbikes. Photo Credit: Modular BPS What characteristics should the perfect public bicycle have?

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Barcelona Design Week 2010: D-Lab’s 4 Designs Against Poverty (Photos + Videos)

October 20, 2010 by  
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The Leveraged Freedom Chair.

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Canstruction: Fighting Hunger With Fantastic Food Can Sculptures (Photos)

October 20, 2010 by  
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Photo: Canstruction It’s that time of year again when giant, whimsical sculptures — made entirely out of stacked canned food — will be built overnight by teams of designers competing in a fun (and occasionally harrowing) event that also doubles as one of the world’s biggest food drives with a creative — and communal — twist….

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