SKURA Design turns coconuts into beautiful eco-friendly lamps by hand

February 3, 2016 by  
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SKURA Design’s handmade coconut lamps are a beautiful way to add a touch of the outdoors into your home. Lead designer and jewelry artist Neringa Puckoriute crafts each luxury lamp from coconuts and high-quality plywood. She drills small holes of varying sizes into the coconuts so that the eco-friendly lamp casts stunning patterns of light and shadow when illuminated. The drilled holes also lets the lamp double as sculpture when not lit during the day. + SKURA Design 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!

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These 5 fashion innovations could help change the industry

February 3, 2016 by  
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How would you like to see the fashion industry transformed? What about textiles made of citrus-juice byproducts or an online marketplace for textile scraps and leftovers? How about microbes that digest polyester waste? H&M’s nonprofit Conscious Foundation is hoping to change the fashion landscape and your vote can help decide where a portion of a €1 million grant will go to help bring these innovations to life. READ MORE >

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Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post

October 10, 2013 by  
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Take a look at the world’s first stand-alone solar lamp post ! The new solar-powered Spirit lighting column can harvest electricity during the day to light up the streets at night. The studio behind the design, Kaal Masten , says the light post can be entirely powered by the sun, and it doesn’t have to be connected to the grid – so it could bring street lighting to areas without access to electricity. Read the rest of Kaal Masten Unveils the World’s First Solar Lamp Post Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , eco design , green design , green lighting , kaal masten , LEDs , Solar Power , sustainable lighting        

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These Wood Wall Buttons by Arbutus+Denman Will Dress Up any Room

October 10, 2013 by  
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Wall Buttons by Arbutus+Denman  are simple sculptural pieces of decor designed to add warmth to drab interiors. Each piece is handmade from FSC certified birch harvested in Canada and boasts a beautiful finish that shows off the wood’s unique grain. Arbutus+Denman ‘s Wall Buttons can be purchased in a variety of sizes and hung just about anywhere. Check out our gallery to see even more interiors all buttoned up! + Arbutus+Denman  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: Arbutus+Denman , green decor , green design , green home decor , Wall Buttons , wood decor        

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10 stunning solar tree designs

August 19, 2011 by  
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Garima Goel: solar tree designs r trees employs solar panels to produce elactricity Instead of causing problems for the environment with the abundance of carbon footprint, we should come up with some practical solution to clean up the mess and that is why clean energy sources have become appealing. Solar power keeps the surroundings cleaner and healthier. Photovoltaic cells that harness the solar power is an attractive option for capturing light and generating electric power. Various designers have implemented this PV technology in their designs and have created solar trees that amount to generation of cleaner electricity in an eco-friendly way. Out of many, we have listed the 10 best below. 1. Backyard Science: The Solar Tree Designer Gurdeep Sandhu has created this solar tree that is energy-efficient and can be easily installed taking up a minimal space in your backyard. The solar panels soak up the sun’s energy during the day which can be used instantly or can be stored for future. Its major advantage is that the solar panels can be upgraded according to the latest PV technology to gain maximum benefit. 2. Solar-Powered Tree: Boston Treepod France’s Influx Studio and SHIFT Boston collaborated to design The Boston Treepod. Designers Mario Caceres and Cristian Canonico have created these solar powered trees which not only harness solar energy to generate electricity but also suck carbon dioxide from air and convert it into oxygen. The solar panels are supported by the wide branches and umbrella style of tops. 3. Solar tree that can be carried around The solar tree designed by Jun-Se Kim, Min-Goo Kim & Dong-Eon Kim is light and portable and you can easily take it along with you to any place. The solar panels of this personalized solar-powered pole can generate enough electricity. It also contains sufficient sockets to plug in multiple devices at the same time. 4 . Ross Lovegrove’s Solar tree The renowned Welsh designer, Ross Lovegrove, teamed up with ARTEMIDE, the leading Italian specialist for innovation in lighting, and SHARP SOLAR, a global market leader for solar cells to create the solar tree for MAK (Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art) in Vienna. This solar tree was the first in the city to provide a street lighting system that was powered by the solar energy generated by the solar panels during the day. 5. Pininfarina designs EV charging solar tree Italian automotive designer Pininfarina has created the Antares, a solar tree especially to power his two-seater electric car called Nido EV. The solar tree is composed of 20 photovoltaic solar panels that can produce up to 4.6 kilowatts of energy that is sufficient to recharge two electric cars. 6. SonUmbra solar-powered tree lights up the night SonUmbra is a solar powered tree, whose branches are composed of light emitting strands that glow in the dark. The canopy of the photovoltaic panels seizes sunlight and prospers light and sound during night time. The sonic shade of light was exhibited at London’s Design Festival and the remote areas were chosen for the implementation of the beautiful design. 7. Electree – Solar-powered ‘Tree’ to charge your mobile devices This solar tree is designed in the shape of a bonsai tree by a Paris-based industrial designer, Vivien Muller. The small solar panels of ‘Electree’ collect the solar power during daylight and produce electric power that charges the battery inside it. This in turn is used to charge cell phones, digital cameras, iPods etc. 8. Light Tree: A solar-powered hydroponic street lamp The innovative concept of light tree is created by Omar Huerta. The nano-tube solar cells grasp the radiant energy of sun during the day which powers the LED lights. It also employs the hydroponic techniques to grow plants at the ends of the tree’s branches giving it a unique beautiful natural look. 9. Solarflora: This solar-powered generating tree comes handy while travelling California-based Darren Saravis, the founder of Nectar design, has created this solar-power generating tree. The Solarflora is used in park lighting and even charging small electric vehicles. The solar panels are made from locally produced materials and can generate around 750 watt-hours a day. 10. Nothing design group: Tree Solar Streetlights Tree Solar Streetlights are a creation of Korea-based Nothing Design Group and Asiana Airlines along with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The solar street lights are established to safeguard the tourists who come to visit the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and also to lower the carbon dioxide emissions.

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Nissan LEAF to Power Homes in Japan

August 3, 2011 by  
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In Japan this week, Nissan unveiled a system for using their LEAF EV to power a house during a power outage or shortage. The two-way charging device isn’t a new concept, it’s been part of the idea for EVs all along, but finally companies are producing the technology and nations are getting behind the idea of using EVs for extra power.  Denmark recently became the first country to create a program that pays EV owners for the power they feed back to the grid . The two-way system is beneficial in two ways:  it lightens the load on the grid during peak hours and helps cover power shortages and it also allows EV owners to buy their power during cheaper night hours and then use it during more expensive peak hours. The Nissan LEAF batteries can store up to 24kWh of electricity, which could power an average Japanese home for about two days.  If the system is just used during peak hours during the day though, the car would still have plenty of juice left for everyday trips. In Japan where nuclear reactors have been taken offline since the tsunami, power shortages and blackouts have become more common.  Lithium ion storage batteries are available for homeowners to use as back-up power, but if you can use your car for the same purpose, it becomes more simplified. via IT World

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Haus N: A cube shaped house worth living in

August 3, 2011 by  
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Neha Gargi: Haus N Designed by sSnn Architekten Cubes, one of the simplest and solid forms in architecture, are great solutions for making the best use of the available space. And Haus N designed by Synn Architekten from Austria is a perfect example of this. Located amidst the greenery of Koreneuburg, it is a simple yet beautiful place of dwelling for any family. Picture Gallery Haus N Haus N, a single family residence is designed by sSnn Architekten Shaped in the shape of the alphabet ‘L’ the single storied house looks quite modern. The house is big enough to hold a small family of two or three in it. The house has a carefully concealed doorway hidden behind, which is accessible through a series of concrete platforms. It’s possible to mistake Haus N for a mobile or pool house from a distance, although it’s nothing like that. Another excellent addition to the house is a humongous sized facade made of glass, which can be opened or closed at any time. This excellent feature allows the residents of the house to convert their rooms into an outdoor living space at any time, letting them enjoy their stay in the lap of nature. The house also has a pool, which adds to the otherwise minimalistic design of Haus N. At night or even during the day, the interplay of lights and shadows on the pool create a magical show of reflections on the house. Additionally, a clever use of glass in the design lets the house borrow colors from its natural surroundings doing away with any sort of monotony. Overall, Haus N achieves a perfect balance of green living, airy and spacious rooms and a beautiful blend of the natural surroundings. It’s a great choice for anyone who enjoys sun and natural air. Via: DesignBoom

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Blaze up your nights with portable solar lamp

August 1, 2011 by  
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Nisha Changrani: Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Let’s start with a quiz. List down as many uses of solar energy as you can think of. Don’t take pains to think of the answer, I shall do that on your behalf. Solar Energy has a few conventional uses of those of electrifying, water heating and the most recent, refrigeration. However, there aren’t many on the earth who would think of charging night lamps or a mobile night torch during the day by virtue of sunlight? We have a legitimate contender who claims to have done so, the product being a portable lamp. The brainchild of Sunnyside up Solar, the portable lamp has been fondly named ‘Signature SUS’ because of the subtle depiction of SUS on the graphic of the lamp. You can use this lamp after dusk provided your place has constant supply of sunlight during the day. The back of the lamp is brilliantly designed to make the bulb shine brighter. Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Sized 5.5? long by 4.25? high, the lamp uses two LED bulbs, a switch and two AA batteries which are rechargeable. The best thing about this solar lamp is that you can take it wherever you like, be it on weekend camping or night walks. Charge it during the day and you can easily use the lamp for five to seven hours at night. You can program the time when the lamp is supposed to light and it will pop up automatically. A good time integration, I must say. The Lamp is now for sale at sunnyside up solar supermarket shop for only $38. Sunnyside up solar Solar powered lamp Nature has gifted us our star only to be used until the portion of our planet in which we reside turns around. Such inventions as the above would help us enjoy the sun’s benefits even when the globe has rotated about. So, enjoy the invention and enjoy the lower electricity bills that would have been otherwise keeping you awake. This is what we call feasting on nature’s bounty using human brains. Turn on this majestic solar lamp, sip a cup of coffee and read your favorite book! Via: AlternativeConsumer

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Glowing Pendant Lamp Powered by Ambient Light

April 12, 2011 by  
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At the Milan Furniture Fair, a cool new pendant lamp design was unveiled today.  The Trap Light, as it’s called, absorbs waste energy from surrounding ambient light sources during the day and then glows at night without ever being plugged in. The hand-blown glass of the Trap Light is embedded with the photoluminescent pigments during its production.  The pigments store energy from light bulbs (LED, CFL or incandescent) present in the same room.  Only 30 minutes of exposure to surrounding light is needed for the lamp to glow for eight straight hours

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E2’s Ten Year Anniversary Summit Highlights Environmental Leaders: The U.S. Navy, California and Governor Schwarzenegger

November 1, 2010 by  
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Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Photo: Christine Luong This past Thursday, October 28th, in San Francisco, along with excitement for the Giants World Series game, there was also excitement at the Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) summit and celebration as the organization commemorated its10th anniversary. E2 hosted a summit of panels and workshops during the day, and a VIP filled fundraiser/celebration at night. E2 is a nati..

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