Natural Brookwater bottles use activated carbon and volcanic rock to purify and enhance drinking water

September 26, 2016 by  
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The Sylva biofilter is Sigal’s original creation, a biodegradable tool of simple design. The filter is meant to remineralize and purify water slowly, at the patient speed of nature. Trace elements are invited back into water as odors and contaminants are extracted. Volcanic rock, activated carbon , and other organic materials make up the uncluttered product’s ingredient list, which is said to improve the taste and quality of drinking water. Related: Living biofilters could use bacteria to help manage methane emissions The back-to-basics essence of the Sylva filter is expanded to create the Brookwater bottles. The experimental product allows for purification on the go, offering a more natural alternative to ocean-clogging plastic. Sigal says of the Brookwater bottles, “The aim is to give prominence to the relationship between nature, science and design to create a multi-faceted material that is harmless to the planet while acting upon the water.” The experimental design was spotted alongside the Sylva filter at Tent London . + Brook Sigal + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat, Brook Sigal

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BUG BUG cutlery set might just make you want to eat insects

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Including protein-packed insects in our diets will help us deal with a future food-nightmare scenario , as insects are widely available and take only 8-10% of the resources needed for the production of meat. BUG BUG was designed as a response to a large-scale food crisis predicted for 2050 . The set comprises all sorts of unique utensils, including a pair of claw-like cutlery that fits over the fingertips to mimic birds’ beaks. There are also chopstick with a pin-end for skewering, a multi-use spork for the little bits, and a textured spoon for crushing the hard parts. Related: The world is perilously close to global food shock Crafted from a combination of ceramic, stainless steel and cherry blossom wood, the utensils are elegant and durable. The plates are made from porcelain but resemble stone, to fit in a picnic environment. An easy-to-carry piñatex roll case with bark cloth lining completes the set designed for a future al-fresco dinning scenario. We spotted Wataru Kobayashi’s innovative BUG BUG at London Design Festival’s Designersblock . + Wataru Kobayashi + London Design Festival Photos by Wataru Kobayashi and Mike Chino for Inhabitat

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Aquarium Garden transforms any fish tank into a lush ecosystem

May 24, 2016 by  
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The Aquarium Garden by Home Ecology transforms any fish tank into a lush ecosystem with herbs, plants and flowers on top – a perfect decorative and culinary addition to any home or work environment. The Aquarium Garden kit consists of a plastic planter box, Aqua Biofilter growing material, hooks and suction cups. Just add 3 seedlings per planter, and your tank will start growing plants. The home aquaponic system improves fish health, naturally filters the tank by growing plants above and below…

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Toyota announces return of the stair-climbing iBOT wheelchair

May 24, 2016 by  
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This week Toyota revealed plans for its second generation iBOT prototype, a wheelchair so adaptable it allows people to climb stairs. The comeback is great news for people who feel limited by conventional wheelchair mobility and could usher in a whole new frontier for how balancing technologies are used to improve people’s lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBQvEJJBY-A The iBOT originally appeared on the scene in 2001, yet with the hefty price of $25,000 it was out of commission…

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