World’s Smallest Garden lets you recycle old bottles into adorable hydroponic gardens

June 7, 2017 by  
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You can always recycle an old wine bottle , but what if you could transform it into a tiny garden instead? Urban Leaf empowers people to grow food at home through the World’s Smallest Garden, and upcycle used bottles into planters. It takes minutes to put together one of the mini gardens, which can grow greens and herbs year-round – and you can snag one on the cheap right now on Kickstarter . The World’s Smallest Garden is comprised of a 3D-printed cylindrical device, or plug, that fits right into the neck of an old bottle. The plastic used in the product is biodegradable . Users fill the bottle with water, insert the device filled with soil and seeds, and sit back and let the plants grow. Plants can draw on that initial water source for a month, and then users can add water as needed. Related: Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks Dill, lettuce, bok choy, and basil are just a few of the plants that can be grown with the World’s Smallest Garden. Users will be able to start harvesting the plants after around four to six weeks. The team designed the garden with the idea that plants would grow just in the bottle, although co-founder Robert Elliott told Inhabitat it should work to move a plant into a planter since hydroponically grown plants typically transplant well. They’ve been able to grow herbs like mint and parsley for five months in bottles, and even grew dwarf tomatoes to fruit in a World’s Smallest Garden. Elliott and Nathan Littlewood started Urban Leaf to work towards a better food system. On their website they say they believe growing food in urban areas solves many of the issues with the modern food industry , allowing for less waste, less packaging, and shorter supply chains. But many people living in cities don’t have a lot of space to grow gardens, an obstacle Urban Leaf overcomes with the World’s Smallest Garden. Elliott told Inhabitat, “The design process for the World’s Smallest Garden was an effort to create the most minimal product that still effectively grew plants. We started with a ‘bells and whistles’ prototype and removed lights, pumps, multiple substrates, nutrient packets, and even the reservoir. Brown or green glass bottles are a natural fit for a reservoir (they block harmful red/blue light while allowing you to see in) and most people just throw them away! By selling just the essential component to turn existing waste into a hydroponic reservoir we save customers money and reduce our manufacturing and shipping environmental impact.” Urban Leaf is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter . You can get a single pack that comes with three plugs and seeds for $15. Check out the Kickstarter here . + Urban Leaf Images courtesy of Urban Leaf

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The Bolt is the smallest and lightest electric skateboard in the world

April 8, 2015 by  
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When it comes to commuting , bikes can be too bulky, cars are a pain, and walking can be time consuming. So when robotic engineering student Lorenzo Cella wanted to find a way to speed up his commute,  he created the Bolt – “the world’s smallest and lightest electric skateboard.” The Bolt is compact enough to carry anywhere at just 9 pounds and 23-inches. It is also speedy, reaching 13 mph with a range of 6 miles. On top of that, there’s even a USB port, so you can charge your devices while you are traveling. You can support the project on Indiegogo to help make the Bolt a reality. + The Bolt on Indiegogo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bolt skateboard , Electric Skateboard , electronic skateboard , electronic vehicles , green commute , green transportation , green travel , IndieGoGo , The Bolt , The Bolt skateboard

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EcoQube aquaponics system transforms any desk into a mini farm

March 4, 2015 by  
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If you haven’t yet heard of the EcoQube , check it out: this super-cool desktop ecosystem uses plants like edible greens, herbs, and even flowers to filter water for the fish living in the aquarium below. Like any other aquaponics system , it works by creating a symbiosis between the fish and the plants —lettuce, mint, basil, strawberries, or flowers suck up the nutrients that the fish release (i.e. poop), thus filtering the water that the fish live in, so the fishy friends stay healthy, while nourishing edibles above. EcoQube was created with sustainable agriculture  in mind, and can turn even the smallest space into an indoor mini-farm. The original system was funded successfully on Kickstarter, and will be launching a new version in the near future, so stay tuned ! + EcoQube + EcoQube (Aqua Design Innovations) on Facebook 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:

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VERGE SF 2013 day two: Big Data and little things

October 17, 2013 by  
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The vision is that measuring billions of little things — like online transactions or the smallest computers you've never heard of — will accelerate advances in energy.

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AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing

December 3, 2012 by  
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Living alone as a student is a rare luxury – particularly in Sweden, where rent and living costs can be high. But this cozy micro cottage in Lund looks like a perfect solution for going solo – even though it’s only a scant 12 square meters in size! The mini home was designed by AF Bostader to meet demand for affordable autonomous living . Although residents may not have much room to move, it certainly seems like a snug place to retreat during the long, dark winters. Read the rest of AF Bostader Builds Smallest Micro Home in Sweden to Provide Affordable Student Housing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: af bostader , affordable housing , green architecture , micro house , miniature design , student housing , sustainable design

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Glasgow University Creates the World’s Smallest Greeting Card For Chinese New Year

January 19, 2012 by  
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Everyone loves to a receive greeting card. Whether it is for a birthday, an anniversary or a celebration, they let us know we are being thought of by our nearest and dearest. But what happens when the card is so small, you can’t even read it? This is exactly what a team from the  James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the  University of Glasgow have done to celebrate the  Chinese New Year (and to show off their world leading nanotechnology). The team has created a greeting card that is so small, it is invisible to the naked eye! Read the rest of Glasgow University Creates the World’s Smallest Greeting Card For Chinese New Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chinese new year , James Watt Nanofabrication Centre , James Watt Nanofabrication Centre nanotechnology , James Watt Nanofabrication Centre world’s smallest greeting card , nanotechnology , University of Glasgow , University of Glasgow nanotechnology , University of Glasgow world’s smallest greeting card , world’s smallest greeting card

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World’s Largest Garment Made From Golden Spider Silk Now on Display

January 19, 2012 by  
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We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw this glistening yellow cape made from spider silk . The un-dyed, untreated garment is the world’s largest piece of clothing made entirely from the durable natural material. Now on public display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the textile accredits its unearthly glow to the lady golden orb spider. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , eco-friendly capes , Ethical Fashion , golden orb spiders , green fashion , London , madagascar , Nicholas Godley , spider silk , sustainable capes , Sustainable Fashion , U.K. , united kingdom , Victoria & Albert Museum

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Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

January 19, 2012 by  
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There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A clever solar panel fitted onto the jar’s lid absorbs solar energy during the day and when the sun goes down, the little LED light inside the jar is ready to be switched on. Read the rest of Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottled sunshine , Consol , Consol solar jar , eco design , glass , green design , green lighting , LED lighting , outdoor lighting , preserve jar , South Africa , sustainable design , sustainable lighting

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Sungevity’s Solar Popsicle Truck Promises More than Just a Cool Treat

July 30, 2011 by  
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Photo: Mat McDermott It’s a perfect storm for expansion in the solar leasing business which has led the smallest of the big three solar lease providers to march eastward. Sungevity credits high energy costs, especially in some of the Northeastern states, with new found interest. We’re moving beyond ethical principles and onto economics. Sungevity is showing consumers that they can cool down on the cheap by pushing popsicles in a biodiesel solar powered ice pop truck, while at the same ti… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Sandia Creates World’s Smallest Single Nanowire Battery

December 13, 2010 by  
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A team led by Sandia National Laboratories ‘ researcher Jianyu Huang has succeeded in creating the world’s smallest battery at a research facility belonging to the Department of Energy. The battery is in fact so small that it was formed inside a transmission electron microscope and consists of a single nanowire (as the battery’s anode) which is one seven-thousandth the thickness of a human hair ! Read the rest of Sandia Creates World’s Smallest Single Nanowire Battery http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , battery lithiation , battery research , Jianyu Huang , lithiation , lithium ion battery , nanowire battery , smallest battery , SnO2 , tin oxide , tin oxide nanowire battery

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