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Got an extra $97 lying around? With that money you can now purchase a jar of fresh mountain air from Switzerland . Resident John Green has started collecting air from the Alps and peddling it online, saying “the air in the mountains is like champagne [so] I decided I had better start selling it.” Born in London, Green says he’s resided in Switzerland for 20 years. He’s now decided to sell that fresh Swiss air from his website MountainAirFromSwitzerland.com , in three sizes. A pint costs $97, a quart $167, and a 3/4 gallon jar will run you $247. He includes a certificate of authenticity with each purchase, and captures the air in what he describes as a secret location. “Let’s just say it’s collected by a babbling mountain stream, fed by melt water from a famous glacier , near a very famous mountain,” says the website. Related: Australian entrepreneurs are selling canned fresh air to polluted China But anyone brave enough to shell out that money will also get GPS coordinates, according to the website, so they can pinpoint the location of their air on a map. Green suggests owners put the jar in the freezer first for the full effect should the owner decide to open the jar. On the website he says, “I seriously feel almost reborn every time I go to the Alps and breath the fresh air; there’s definitely something magic in that air. So get your little bit of magic right here, right now!” Green even says he’s donating 25 percent of profits to World Vision . He told The Local, a Swedish publication, “I know it’s a bit crazy but it’s a fun idea and it helps give some money to a charity that I think is deserving.” As for the price, he said he wants to make the business sustainable and must consider the costs of shipping the air worldwide. “And also don’t forget, it’s Swiss air! Everything in Switzerland is expensive.” When asked if anyone had been willing to purchase the air, he said, “It’s starting slowly, let’s put it like that!” + Mountain Air from Switzerland Via The Local Images via Wikimedia Commons and Mountain Air from Switzerland
A few years back, the ‘ Copenhagen Wheel ‘ was one of a few innovations in cycling that were being proposed to try to make bicycle commuting easier. While it was just a concept in 2010, it is now a real product, with pre-orders being offered by manufacturer Superpedestrian . The Copenhagen Wheel is a combination battery and motor that is installed on a Single Speed or 9/10 Speed Free Hub bicycle, converting it into an electric bike with a range of up to 50 km (31 mi) and a top speed of 25 mph (in the US; 25 km/h in the EU). It also provides regenerative braking and Bluetooth connectivity and iOS and Android integration. For now, Superpedestrian is only selling the Copenhagen Wheel alone , so you’ll need to provide your own bike to mount it on. However, the company says that they will soon be selling bikes already equipped with the Copenhagen Wheel. The early-bird pricing for the Copenhagen Wheel is $699 (regular price will be $799 according to the website). Also previously on EcoGeek: Rubbee Turns Regular Bicycles into Electric Vehicles
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Julie Finn of the website Crafting a Green World came up with a simple way to upcycle old, dried-out markers that will also give the kids a new art supply: watercolor paints.
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Food photo from Shutterstock Each day people around the world throw away a staggering amount of food – by some accounts, almost half of all food produced winds up in the trash. The German website foodsharing.de aims to fight this statistic by allowing people to trade or give away food that would otherwise go to waste. Not only does the site keep food out of the landfill ; it also helps out those in need. Brilliant! Read the rest of German Website Reduces Food Waste by Allowing People to Share Excess Food Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eliminating waste , Excess food sharing , Food sharing , Food sharing website , food solutions , food waste , foodsharing , German food sharing , preventing food waste
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Dow Venture Capital is working with the Environmental Business Cluster to engage with the latest cleantech startups. We invite startups involved in the energy storage, solar, wind, water, agricultural, carbon capture, and energy efficiency fields to apply to Meet with Dow by completing the application form on our website.
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Kickstarter — and some of the cutting-edge inventions that are breaking records on the crowdfunding site — are helping to change how green IT comes to market, and speeding the arrival of the Internet of Things.
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Providing open source developer tools to build applications that connect smart meters, home appliances, and smart phones with back-office utility systems, the program hopes to accelerate time-to-market opportunities for new products and services.
Tendril Unveils Developer Website for Smart Grid Apps
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Industries that want a clearer picture of green employment in Hawaii can tap into a new online resource that lists companies with green jobs on their payroll.
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Comments Off on Five eco friendly inventions dreamed up by young minds
Sandeep Sangwan: Eco-friendly nature for a greener world Eco-Friendly Inventions are made keeping in mind the better future of our environment and a healthy surrounding. Green is the latest trend and there is no stopping to this Eco-friendly technology. The Green technology products are a rage all over the world and people love this green change. Usually, these cool products are designed by some creative minds from across the world. There is always an interesting concept behind these inventions made by young minds. Each idea was designed keeping in mind the concept of sustainability. So here is a list of few such Eco-friendly inventions that were dreamed up by some young minds and are considered to be completely awesome. 1. Solar-powered Device The Solar-powered device which was aimed at providing lighting and electricity to household was an awesome concept by Shahnoor Amin. It was awarded as the best concept submitted for “1000 Pitches” competition organized by University of Michigan. Students were given a topic and were asked to make a video regarding that and the video made by the designer was stunning. He used all creative ideas to deliver the perfect way of utilizing the solar energy using a solar-powered device that would generate electricity and can provide lighting to household in developing countries. You can YouTube the video titled “1000 Pitches”. 2. You Renew Next up is an awesome concept by duo Bob and Rich. This is actually an idea to renew the old products and you will be paid for it. Is not it awesome? This website created by the duo focuses on various gadgets that can be renewed easily and can be used for various purposes. This website aims at providing you cash in return of your old product. It is a kind of way to recycle products and they pay you for that. As said by the duo on their website, it is the one of the easiest and fastest way to turn your old electronic device into cash. Their idea is to pay you for a greener world as these old electronics when left in environment; they start degrading it and pollute it in a large extent. All they want to do is to cut down the waste by recycling such products/devices. 3. Greensulate This creative concept was designed by Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, both graduates from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. They are known worldwide for their stunning creation of Greensulate. This Greensulate is actually an Eco-friendly insulation made completely out of recycled products and is considered to be one of the best creations for the green world. This particular Eco-friendly insulation is made of mushroom and offers good durability. In this concept insulation, the composite materials are grown which later are used to harness the efficiency of nature. This concept is just awesome and the fact that it is completely Eco-friendly makes it even more popular. 4. EcoCradle There is nothing stopping to green technology and the duo Eben and Gavin who created another cool concept device named EcoCradle. After the huge success of their Greensulate product, they worked on for a new unique Eco-friendly idea and came up with this awesome EcoCradle. This EcoCradle is actually a packaging material grown using agricultural by-products. Usually, the packaging materials consist of plastic or other non-biodegradable things that affect our environment. But this packaging is completely Eco-friendly and is aimed at providing a greener environment and a better tomorrow. As the packaging is made out of agricultural products, it is quite simple to dispose it instead of throwing it into trash. The packaging decomposes quickly and is harmless to environment and human beings. This EcoCradle is an awesome creative invention that can be used as an alternative to your packaging. 5. GenShock The GenShock created by five students of MIT is a remarkable invention and is known to be an awesome energy-producing shock absorber. This idea came out when they were actually having a nigh bull session and then they worked on it to produce this unique and complete Eco-friendly device. They called it GenShock and was used as an energy-producing shock absorber. They not only developed this concept device but also published a novel regarding ways a vehicle’s fuel economy can be made efficient by adopting different options and improving efficiency by harvesting wasted energy in the suspension. It is claimed that these GenShock can improve the efficiency of a particular car in range of 2-10%. Such devices should always be appreciated as they are Eco-friendly and offers a lot to save our money.
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Image credit: benstein via Flickr/ CC BY By now, you’ve surely gotten wind of Greenpeace’s campaign to get Facebook to ‘unfriend’ coal — Jaymi’s been doing some great coverage of the