St. Paddy’s Day is definitely an homage to Ireland, but there’s no denying that it also pays tribute to something a little more universal – booze. And while you may be thinking “What the heck does alcohol have to do with green design?” there are actually a keg’s worth of hooch-related eco innovations out there that you might not know about yet. From a man that recycles his own pee into whisky to a machine that turns beer brewery waste into power , read on to see the best boozy green stories we have on tap. This tiny Irish pub on wheels wins St. Patrick’s Day When Irish cabinetmaker John Walsh decided to convert his rusty old caravan into a tiny pub, the world’s most charming St. Patrick’s Day hotspot was born. The Shebeen is literally translated into “an illicit bar where alcohol is sold illegally.” The mobile booze cruiser was so popular in Ireland, the people of Boston commissioned another one to be brought to the states. Aspiring Chinese architect built his office out of 8,500 recycled beer bottles This brings new meaning to the song 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall . Aspiring architect in Chongqing city, China designed and constructed his very own office with 8,500 recycled beer bottles. The impressive upcycled structure gets its sturdy foundation from 40 layers of beer bottles. The entire construction took four months and $11,000 to complete. PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine James Gilpin has a bit of a different interpretation of the adage “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Gilpin, who has Type 1 Diabetes got to thinking about elderly patients with diabetes, like his grandmother, who secrete tons of unprocessed medicine and sugar in their urine and had a cool – albeit a little gross – breakthrough. His Gilpin Family Whisky project is a high end line of single malt whiskey made from the sugar-laden urine of people with diabetes – Pissky! We’ll drink to that! HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick Have your brick and drink it too? Famed beer brewer Alfred Heineken and Dutch architect John Habraken came out with their Heineken WOBO (world bottle) brick all the way back in 1963, but the principle behind it still rings true today. As you probably already guessed, the idea behind the boozy brick was that thirsty people could drink their fix of beer from the WOBO and reuse it to build structures. Cheers to that. Intoxicating Pavilion Made of 33,000 Yellow Beer Crates It must have taken a lot of frat parties to empty out the 33,000 yellow beer crates that architects SHSH stacked atop one another to create this intoxicating pavilion . Using the crates like giant legos, the design features interesting architectural touches like columns, arches and even domes inside. Beer Can House Has 50,000 “Bottles of Beer” on the Walls 99 bottles of beer is already quite a few to have on your walls, but how about 50,000?! Well, that’s about how many John Milkovisch used for his Beer Can House. He drank many of the cans himself (not his least favorite part of the job, we’re sure) and they’re on the walls, swaying from the front porch, and pretty much everywhere else! PurposeEnergy Turns Beer Brewery Waste Into Clean-Burning Biofuel We’ve seen everything from ice cream to 4Loko being used as fuel and now we can add beer to the list of alternative energy sources – well, beer waste, that is. PurposeEnergy Inc. has created a device that recycles the waste from brewing beer into a functional natural gas. World’s Greenest Whisky Distillery Unveiled in Scotland Okay, so we know today is supposed to be all about Ireland, but Scotland has been greening their booze game too so we need to give them a shoutout. Scottish drinks giant Diageo recently unveiled their £40 million environmentally friendly Roseisle Distillery in Elgin. The innovative project by Austin-Smith: Lord Architects infuses traditional distilling with modern environmental technologies and was even awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ award. DIY (Drink-It-Yourself) Xylophone Made From Beer Bottles! Up until we say this crazy contraption, the only music we thought could come out of beer drinking was awful karaoke. Designer Sam Gensburg’s creation is a lot less painful on the ears and features a special packaging for beer bottles that allows them to be transformed into a tone-accurate xylophone after you’ve drunk ’em. + Click through our gallery to see more booze-related green design
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You can now buy beer shipped by a self-driving truck . Autonomous truck company Otto , which was founded by two former Google employees and has now joined with Uber , just made history with the ” world’s first shipment by a self-driving truck .” They transported 51,744 Budweiser beer cans around 120 miles through Colorado . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0Kzb3haK8 An Otto truck ferried the beer from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, passing through the Denver downtown area on the way. A professional driver was present in the truck, but monitored the vehicle while in the sleeper berth rather than the driver’s seat. The truck was equipped with lidar sensors, radar, and cameras to navigate the Colorado roads, and steered, braked, and accelerated without any human help the whole trip. According to Otto, the state of Colorado offered full support for the venture. Related: Two ex-Google employees are turning existing trucks into autonomous vehicles According to an Otto blog post on the momentous drive, “When you’ll see a truck driving down the road with nobody in the front seat, you’ll know that it’s highly unlikely to get into a collision, drive aggressively, or waste a single drop of fuel.” Otto envisions their self-driving trucks could help drivers. In a blog post on joining Uber , they cited an article from The Atlantic that said about a third of 3.5 million U.S. truckers will face a serious accident during their careers. Also, turnover in the trucking industry is rapid; companies lose around 90 percent of drivers yearly as the drivers seek better opportunities. When Otto joined with Uber they hoped to create a freight network that would create such opportunities for drivers. Otto said, “Our self-driving trucks will allow drivers to rest while their truck is moving, and our platform will ensure drivers can easily find loads and are paid fairly…Self-driving trucks together with a marketplace create a virtuous cycle where everyone benefits.” + Otto Images via Otto and Otto Facebook
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Finish that beer and crack open another one! A professor from Imperial College London claims he can create a drug to save us from the unfortunate side effects of alcohol: the dreaded hangover . This reported ‘God amongst men’ is Professor David Nutt, who has been working on two wonder drugs. The first is “alcosynth,” which is a drink that mimics alcohol, but reportedly “removes the risks of hangovers, liver toxicity, aggression and loss of control.” The second invention is the Holy Grail for drinkers; it’s a pill that, when swallowed, could help people quickly sober up thus reducing drink-driving accidents and, naturally, hangovers. Read the rest of Another round, barkeep! Professor serves up a pill that prevents hangovers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alcohol side effects , beer , benzodiazepine derivative , david nutt , hangover , hangover free beer , hangover pill , Professor david nutt
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There are few things as enjoyable as cracking open a cold brewski after a long, hot day in the great outdoors (or, y’know, at work). When at home, beers live in the fridge so they’re always frosty cold, but what about when you’re taking an off-grid detour. You could fuss with expensive bags of ice, or lug around a generator (seriously, don’t do that). Or you could just get yourself an eCool . This Danish startup founded by four beer-loving guys invented an environment-friendly cooler that keeps beers cool all year round without a single volt of electricity. The secret? They let nature do all the work. Read the rest of eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beer dispenser , clean tech , cold beers , eCool Soil Cooler , fuel-free beer cooler , green gadgets , keep your beers cold , keeping beers cool without electricity , off-grid beer cooler , off-grid beer fridge , underground beer cooler
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Carbon fiber is quickly becoming the material of choice for automakers as they seek to reduce the weight of their vehicles, but does bamboo have the potential to replace this material in the future? Bamboo is already used by the surfboard industry, which is eager to replace carbon fiber in automotive applications as well. Read the rest of Could Renewable Bamboo Serve as an Alternative to Carbon Fiber in Cars? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Albercht Birkner , bamboo , bamboo car , bmw i3 , carbon fiber , carbon fiber car , green car , green transportation , Kenneth Cobonput , renewable Bamboo , Sustainable Materials
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Living Gems is a series of beautiful terrariums created by Sharon Toong , a London based architect and designer. Having grown up in Hong Kong, her interest lies in the reintegration of city living and nature. These colorful terrariums made by Living Gems are tailored to urbanites who love nature but do not have the time or the space to care for plants. They need minimal care so green thumbs are not required. + Living Gems + Sharon Toong The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Gardening , gardens , indoor gardens , Living Gems , London , Sharon Toong , terrarium , Terrariums
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“Half” is an observation of how suggestive design can more intentionally encourage the use of the water-saving “half flush” function on a dual-flush toilet. The white half is designed to be smooth and inviting while the black half is sharp and offensive, encouraging conscious water usage. If good design can encourage good habits, then we are on our way to a brighter future. Every drop counts. + “Half” The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , half , half toilet flush , jon liow , sustainable design , water saving toilet , water savings
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As part of the company’s ‘ Red Leaf Project ‘, Canadian beer company Molson Canadian have released a set of plantable coasters in specially-marked can packs. These seeded beer mats are unique by the fact that if you plant and water them, they will grow into Black Spruce trees. The coasters are part of the beer company’s eco-friendly message that aims to clean up Canada’s natural parks. Read the rest of Molson Canadian Beer Releases Coasters That Grow Into Trees! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beer brand , black spruce tree , coasters , eco-friendly , molson canadian , plantable coaster , red leaf project , seed-infused coaster
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