Just What We Needed Dept.: A Banana Slicer and a Corn Dekerneler

August 11, 2011 by  
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I do go on about minimalism and doing more with less, and complain about what the Unclutterer calls Unitaskers, usually kitchen gadgets that serve a single, mostly ridiculous purpose. I mean really, how hard is it to slice a banana? How long does it take? I did like one comment on Book of Joe : “Who knew Lorena Bobbit was an inventor?”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Just What We (and China) Needed: The TPresso Tea Machine

January 14, 2011 by  
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Images credit Tpresso We have gone on at length about the Nespresso coffee system that is overrunning Europe, where you pay for a machine and then lock yourself forever to Nescafe, which sells you a cup of overpriced convenience that leaves a trail of little plastic turds that they pretend to recycle. I have called this concept design for unsustainability.

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Just What We Needed Dept.: Colgate Wisp, A Model of Corporate Hypocrisy

November 9, 2010 by  
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I have got tired of doing rants about stupid single-use disposable projects (disposable plastic wishbones , anyone?). However, Mark Gunther shows us another great addition to the Pacific garbage gyre or the belly of an albatross : the Colgate Wisp “single-use mini toothbrush.”…

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UN Biodiversity Experts Want To Ban "Geoengineering" Research

October 30, 2010 by  
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Image credit:via University of Missouri -Kansas City School of Law . Excerpted from the work by Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury. “Galileo before the Holy Office”, 1847.

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Un-Treehugger: Your Own "WindowWall" Made From LCD TVs

March 25, 2010 by  
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Image via Runco I must admit I’ve always taken issue with digital displays.

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Richard Heinberg on Life After Growth

March 25, 2010 by  
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Lloyd Alter Richard Heinberg invented the term “Peak Everything,” a term we have used a lot on TreeHugger. He has written nine books on the subject of how “resource depletion and population pressures are about to catch up with us, and no one is prepared.” He concluded his recent talk in Toronto with the statement “Every crisis is an opportunity, and we are about to enter the biggest opportunity of our lives.” ..

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iSpotSwap iPhone App – Find Parking Fast, Switch Spots with Other Drivers

March 25, 2010 by  
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Image via iSpotSwap When it comes to parking, it pays to ride a bike. Usually you can lock it on to any tree or post without concern about finding a “parking spot.” But if you have to drive somewhere, especially in a crowded place, you could be wasting a lot of gas driving around for 15 minutes just to find a spot.

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Un-TreeHugger: Get Cocoa Puffs (Literally) with Le Whif Chocolate Inhaler

March 3, 2010 by  
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Image via NPR , credit Phase One Photography Sometimes the whole “zero calorie” thing goes too far, like when it comes to enjoying chocolate. The latest thing is a chocolate inhaler called Le Whif

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Awesome Biomimicry: Leaf Veins Inspire New Model for Water and Electricity Distribution Networks

March 3, 2010 by  
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Lemon leaf with interconnected loops. Photo: RU A team of biophysicists at Rockefeller University recently published a paper in Physical Review Letters about a new way to design distribution networks based on the veins that carry water and nutrients in most tree leaves.

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Save Energy with Glow in the Dark Toilet Paper

February 26, 2010 by  
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Behold: glow in the dark toilet paper! No need to turn on the light for those late-night ventures to the bathroom,. Toilet paper has been the subject of considerable drama here on the ole’ TreeHugger. Sadly, the softer it is, the worse it is for old growth forests.

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