Silvr offers smart alternative to single-use utensils

July 31, 2020 by  
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Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. Silvr’s innovative design team proves this with the new Silvr portable fork. Compact enough to slip into a pocket, purse, lunchbox or backpack, the sleek bullet design can stay with you on-the-go. A lightweight aluminum handle hides a full-size fork inside and doubles as storage and a base. The actual fork uses durable anti-microbial 304 stainless steel, rounding out this  waste-free  alternative to single-use plastic utensils.  Related: This sleek, reusable cutlery set can fit right inside your pocket While other brands on the market provide plastic silverware substitutes, Silvr offers an option that keeps you from toting around a full set, when you only need a salad fork. The portability makes Silvr a long-lasting option for work lunches, picnics or backpacking trips. Silvr is even TSA-approved so pack it along for longer trips too. When it’s time to clean up, simply give Silvr a rinse and place it back into the handle for storage . No need to dry it off — three holes at the handle’s base allows airflow to finish the job. Silvr is also dishwasher safe, so you can toss it in with your lunch dishes. Just remember to pack it again the next day. Five color options let you match the utensil to your personality. Hello Pretty offers a basic white design, while Drunken Zebra, Porcelain’s Cousin, Gagarrazzo and Lush provide more flair. With conscientious production in mind, Silvr ships in plastic-free packaging. Founder Olivia Gossett Cooper developed the product while earning her MBA in Sustainability, after looking for a suitable alternative to single-use plastic that was not only functional but fun. Personal Review The Silvr team sent me a product to try. It came in the mail within about 10 days, with its low environmental footprint packaging. The product’s weight indicates durability — nothing flimsy about it. While it takes a good tug to pull the cap off, this works to its favor when reinserting the fork into the handle. Once popped into place, the fork won’t fall apart when aggressively diving into food. Plus, the robust handle allows for a full-handed, tight grip. The tines themselves mimic a salad fork’s size rather than a dinner fork’s. This may seem small for some people, but I like that it does double duty by being small enough to pick up  rice, tiny noodles or baked beans .  When finished using the fork, it also takes a pretty strong yank to separate the pieces, but they easily secure back into place for storage. + Silvr Images via Silvr and Dawn Hammon

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Top 5 most extreme green homes for eco conscious individuals

September 15, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya Mandal: Acqua Liana In Palm Beach County, Florida The world’s largest and most expensive eco friendly home Since the dawn of history, human beings have carved out personal shelters for themselves, be it in rudimentary caves or colossal palaces. Because a house (as a shelter) is a kind of a private spatial volume which alludes to our personality at an intrinsically micro-level. It is among the very few places where one can experience the tranquility of physical safety as well as psychological retirement. Moreover, housing industry from the commercial sense also forms a major part of our economy. And as with other major construction industries, housing does contribute to significant levels of carbon emission (statistically, 30 percent of the total carbon emissions in the UK). This is where green dwellings enter the commercial fray with their adamantly low carbon attributes. In relation to this, let us check out 5 such green homes which have the potentiality to be our sustainable saviors in the future. 1. Plus-Energy House with Electromobility Plus-Energy House with Electromobility A zero carbon house that can also charge your electric vehicle It is a zero carbon house that can also charge your electric vehicle. Designed by ILEK (Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design) at University of Stuttgart, the futuristic self sustaining dwelling generates its own electricity by various renewable mechanisms. The holistic system includes an array of solar cells, interior solar thermal generators and an interactive facade for optimized user experience. Finally, user features also incorporate a EV charging facility, with extra power being transferred back to the main grid. 2. 995 Longbow Place in Larkspur, Colorado 995 Longbow Place in Larkspur, Colorado Touted as one of the greenest luxury homes This palatial 9,800 sq ft dwelling is often touted as one of the greenest luxury homes on our planet. The reason is pretty simple – in spite of the apparent opulence, the total electricity bill generated per month comes to a paltry $350. This is because a myriad of low energy systems ‘fuel’ the house including solar thermal panels, efficacious water heating systems, solar electric panels and wrap-around wall insulation. Even the paint job and exterior finishes are comprised of energy efficient composite materials. 3. Ewok Tree House Ewok Tree House A naturalistic spherical dwelling A naturalistic housing conception and that too influenced by the Star Wars?! The idea may seem fantastical, but this spherical dwelling designed by Canadian carpenter Tom Chudleigh certainly tickles our interest. With a substantial diameter of 11ft, this house is made up of a sturdy, waterproof exterior designed from a composite of wood and fiberglass. It has a capacity for four people with basic furnishings including bed and a kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, and microwave. The total cost of owning one can range around $95,000. 4. Houl – A house designed by Simon Winstanley Architects Houl – A house designed by Simon Winstanley Architects A full fledged ‘zero carbon’ house Constructed in the scenic town of Castle Douglas in Scotland, designers Simon Winstanley Architects have aptly described this house as full fledged ‘zero carbon’ house. This is because every design consideration ranging from building materials, orientation to even structural slope alludes to requirement of low energy consumption by the occupants. Moreover, the simplistic building makes use of high levels of insulation, natural ventilation systems and renewable wind energy mechanisms to notch up its overall degree of sustainability. 5. Acqua Liana In Palm Beach County, Florida Acqua Liana In Palm Beach County, Florida The world’s largest and most expensive eco friendly home Behold the world’s largest and most expensive eco-friendly home. Designed by Frank McKinney, this 15,000 square feet ‘green’ mansion fuses the naturalism of sustainable components with ostentatious spatial volumes. Amenities include a basket ball court sized solar array and a state-of-the-art water purification system. The architect has also made use of passive techniques such as temperature controlling wooden facades, waterfalls and reflecting pools. Coming to the cost factor, it may be out of range for many people, as the figure stands at a whopping $29 million.

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5 Reasons why you should install solar panels for your home

September 15, 2011 by  
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Avni Mehrotra: introductory image introductory image While we all are adequately blessed with electric energy throughout the year, chances of that being the same in the near future look very bleak. Moreover with the way electricity prices are rising, it is getting increasingly unaffordable for many people. It is certain that you can run out of oil without a backup but solar energy is available in plenty. You can solve these problems, if you opt for a powerful solar panel to meet your energy requirements. Yes the installation charges are definitely high, but you would not go wrong with the way it will cut down on your electricity bills. Lets have a look at why you should have a solar energy panel in your house. 1. No More Relying on Energy Companies With a solar energy panel, electricity will be generated in your own house, so you would not have to worry about being dependent on any energy supplying company to provide energy for your household. You can either have panels on your roof, if you want to generate electricity for the whole house or can supplement a part of it by having a solar water heater. This way you can completely get rid of all the monthly paper work, standing in queues to pay bills, etc. 2. Solar Energy, Available in Plenty As said earlier, your oil may run out, but sunlight is available in plenty! So as long as the sun exists, you will have energy for your place. Unlike fuel or power houses which might run out of energy in the coming years, sunlight is here to stay for a long long time, making solar energy the wisest choice to opt for. 3. Make Electricity and Save Money After an initial installation, the solar panel installed in your home will produce energy for up to 20-30 years and that so absolutely free. If you happen to reside in an area where there is plenty of sunlight, this could even be an investment opportunity for you. The amount of money you will save will be any day better than the interests on your savings account. Moreover, many states in US are offering rewards and incentives for people who put up solar panels in the form of great tax rebates. 4. Make Money with Solar Energy You can even create money with the power you create by installing a solar energy panel. If your solar energy panel makes more energy than what is needed for your household, chances are that your local utility supplier may want to buy that energy from you. You will hence be paid a generous amount of money by selling the power created by your solar panels. And even if you are not able to generate extra solar energy to sell it, you will definitely save up a lot of money on your monthly electricity bills. 5. Install a Solar Panel, do You Bit for the Environment We all know the condition of fossils and fuels right now, and how quickly are they exhausting. While the whole world out there wants to save the planet we live in, all of us can do our bit by opting for unconventional sources of energy. Installing a solar panel is not just pocket friendly but rather makes you feel good about yourself as you are among one of those who gave up oil, gasoline and fuel to opt for natural means to produce electricity. So having a solar panel is a great way to save the depleting resources and opting for greener means to save the earth.

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Agent Studio comes up with OLED lighting applications

September 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Lighting applications make use of energy-efficient OLEDs.

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Present a Tommy Bahama electric bicycle this holiday gift season

September 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Mode : Electric bicycle powered by 36-volt lithium battery to reach top speed of 20mph. Tommy Bahamas is making an effort to revive the bicycling culture by promoting health, recreational and eco friendly benefits the eco mode affords to us

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Innovative timer concept for lights saves electricity

September 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor : Flat light saves energy by automatically switching off the light.

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Animal Eyes, Up Close and Personal (Slideshow)

August 10, 2010 by  
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Photo via Furryscaly @ Flickr In people, they say the eyes are the windows to the soul — and perhaps that is also true for animals. From the rainbow-colored compact lens of a horsefly and the gentle eyes of a giraffe to the tiny beads on an elephant and the thoughtful look of an owl, these closeups offer a rare look at the personality of animals all over the world.

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