Lazzarini Design releases conceptual Pagurus, an amphibious catamaran

February 17, 2021 by  
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Lazzarini Design calls it the Pagurus or the Crabmaran, and this amphibious catamaran concept is both futuristic and exciting. If you’re in the market for an ultra-luxurious, multipurpose adventure vehicle, this might be for you. Its 82 feet of length matches the long-standing yacht standards for opulence and function, with copious additional features that include solar and water power and the amphibious capability to function on land or in the water. Related: Isaac Burrough unveils solar-powered luxury yacht concept Lazzarini Design of Rome and Dubai is known for finding inspiration in nature, and Pagurus is no exception with its crab-like body. Within that framework, each hull provides a separate living space with up to three bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. It can host up to eight passengers and four additional crew members. The two areas are connected through a bridge tower deck station, while a bridge steel structure stiffens and reinforces the design. Capable of sailing across the ocean propelled by 890 HP engines at speeds up to 24 knots, Pagurus is supplemented by the energy created by water friction and solar power , both of which can recharge the batteries while the vehicle is in motion. In full electric mode, the vessel can pull five knots for a duration of six to seven hours. This billionaire’s toy can even transport massive loads, including an electric automobile or off-road vehicle, which would be lifted onboard using a crane. Remarkably, Pagurus doesn’t skip a beat when the road ahead is land rather than waves , with the ability to move on sand or mud terrains up to 30kmh. If this is what your ideal future looks like, Pagurus can be built on demand from a starting price of 6,580,000 euros ranging up to 24,000,000 euros for the Crabmaran version (about $8-29 million). Then again, you might want to consider one of the other six nature-inspired designs by the company, including the previously released Avanguardia the Swan or Prodigium the Shark. + Lazzarini Design Studio Via Yanko Design Images via Lazzarini Design Studio

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Need a bike helmet? ‘Grow It Yourself’ with mycelium

January 20, 2021 by  
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Designers are increasingly turning to alternatives to plastic, and one popular replacement comes from fungus. Experts are experimenting with mycelium for everything from construction materials to fashion and now sporting equipment, such as bicycle helmets. A new project allows the consumer to ‘Grow It Yourself’ to avoid plastic without sacrificing durability. Created by NOS Design and Agustin Otegui in collaboration with Diego Mata and Axel Gómez-Ortigoza, the Grow it Yourself Helmet is 100% compostable , breathable and impact-resistant. Related: World’s first “living coffin” made of mycelium is used in a burial Made from a combination of hay and mycelium, the helmet literally grows from natural materials that will decompose back into the soil in about one month after the helmet’s lifecycle. NOS Design developed the idea in conjunction with Polybion, the company credited with developing a foam-like product called Fungicel made from mycelium. Not only is the material eco-friendly, but used in a helmet, it offers impact-resistance to protect the rider without the environmentally hazardous, petroleum-based plastic foam typically found in helmets. In addition, mycelium is affordable and naturally fire-resistant. The product is aimed toward all users but was developed especially for children who quickly outgrow helmets, perhaps requiring several before reaching adulthood. In addition, the Grow it Yourself Helmet provides an alternative for commuters who rely on community bike lending systems that don’t offer personal protection. Mycelium is a web-like, branching system of filaments called hyphae. The mycelium-composite manufacturing cycle starts with this naturally occurring, vegetative part of a fungus . While naturally sourced, it can also provide jobs and economic growth in rural areas that have space to propagate the fungus. In fact, it can be cultivated in your own backyard, allowing you to truly Grow it Yourself. Mycelium isn’t new to the product development market. In fact, it’s quickly gaining attention within the construction industry as an alternative to cement. It’s also ‘growing’ in popularity for use in packaging, acoustic panels and interior design materials, among other products. + NOS  Via Yanko Design Images via NOS

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Briiv air purifier uses renewable materials to naturally clean indoor air

October 29, 2020 by  
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U.K.-based Briiv has claimed to have created the world’s most sustainable air purifier . The design features a natural, compostable air filter made from the micro-structures of renewable materials , giving it the purifying power of 3,043 medium-sized houseplants. The air purifier requires almost no maintenance, so busy or traveling owners don’t have to worry about watering or trimming like regular houseplants. Everyday, tiny particles and harmful gases are released into our homes through things like cooking, lighting fireplaces, using cleaning products and playing with pets. These pollutants are linked to increased risk of respiratory conditions, poor cognitive function and sleep disruption. Briiv uses the power of plants to filter harmful pollutants out naturally without the use of plastic filters. Related: Sead Pod offers grassroots solution to air pollution and global warming The innovative, four-layered filter is made using a combination of sustainably sourced dried moss, natural coconut husk fiber, activated charcoal and wool. Astino wool is the same chosen by NASA for its spacecraft air filtration for its natural ability to remove harmful bacteria and particles while fighting off airborne viruses. The 100% natural filter removes harmful toxins, animal dander, VOCs, mold spores and fine particles from an average-sized living room in about 30 minutes. It is completely plastic-free and meant to return to the earth at the end of its life, degrading into the soil of your garden or in your compost pile within a matter of months. With the look of a high-tech miniature terrarium, this minimalist device is aesthetically pleasing enough to fit pretty much anywhere, from apartment shelves to office desks and everywhere in between. The filter can even be connected to smart home devices through Alexa and Google integration, so you can control it remotely. Briiv also comes with a user-friendly app to automatically track your filter usage, so you don’t have to guess about when it’s time to change it. The project is now live on Indiegogo after a successful run on Kickstarter. + Briiv Via Yanko Design Images via Briiv

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Innovative food tracker uses app to help you live zero-waste

February 24, 2020 by  
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Industrial designers  Altino Alex  and  Savin Dimov  have just unveiled an innovative product geared towards helping families around the world reduce their food waste. The  Bubble Food Tracker  is an app-controlled food tracker that monitors products in your kitchen, keeping you aware of what you have in stock and your regular consumption habits, all to bring you closer to a  zero-waste lifestyle . Food waste  is one of the world’s most pressing issues. In fact, according to the  Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations , approximately one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year (around 1.3 billion tons) gets lost or wasted. And unsurprisingly, its fruits and vegetables that have the highest wastage rates of any food. Related: Supermarket happy hour reduces food waste Thankfully, ambitious and eco-conscious designers are beginning to put their thinking caps on when it comes to helping us all reduce our food waste. Industrial designers Altino Alex and Savin Dimov have just unveiled the Bubble Food Tracker, an innovative concept that makes it easier and more efficient to truly have a zero-waste kitchen. The Bubble is a smart, user-friendly and app-controlled tracker. When food items are placed in its capsule-like container, the information is sent directly to a smartphone. This way, people know, at the touch of the screen, no matter where they are, just what food products they already have in stock. The system is designed to take the guessing game out of shopping , enabling shoppers in the moment to avoid buying what they already have at home. Additionally, the Bubble regularly registers your eating habits, keeping track of which food products are consumed the most in the household and what is often left behind. This helpful tool allows families to work together to become more efficient about food shopping and to teach children about the true cost of wasteful food habits. + Altino Alex + Savin Dimov Via Yanko Design Images via Altino Alex

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Automatic, soil-less garden system lets you grow 76 plants in your own home

October 29, 2019 by  
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One of the biggest complaints about urban living is the lack of space to grow your own veggies, but this automatic home garden can fit in nearly any kitchen space. Recently launched on Kickstarter, Verdeat is an indoor garden system that uses soil-less, organic plant cultivation to grow up to 76 plants. Additionally, the innovative gardening system is made out of 95 percent recycled materials and is designed for zero waste. Although there are quite a few home garden systems on the market, Verdeat stands out in that it is designed to be flexible. The garden comes in three different sizes to better suit your needs. The system is arranged in a tower shape, made up of one, two or four stacked trays that use a soil-free organic system for cultivation. Each tray is suitable to a certain type of growth using a natural substrate (such as coconut fiber). For lighting, the system has an integrated lighting system that mimics sunlight and promotes faster growth. Related: This sleek lamp provides light and grows food Depending on the size, the trays are arranged precisely for seeds or microgreens but can also be ordered to include a tray of small potted plants, perfect for strawberries, flowers, peppers, onions and more. No matter the size, the entire system is designed to be user-friendly and produce zero waste . Better yet, the garden system is nearly 100 percent self-sufficient for weeks at a time. Almost entirely maintenance-free, the gardening tower only needs to be watered every 1 to 3 weeks. To make it even easier, there is even a handy app to take care of the plants while you are away from home. The app monitors the amount of water, energy and nutrients and adjusts automatically according to the needs of the plants. This precise system allows Verdeat to grow plants without generating unnecessary waste. + Verdeat Via Yanko Design Images via Verdeat

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Unusual Bamboo Bicycle Designed For Ultimate Affordability

September 15, 2011 by  
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Images via Yanko Design Designer Paulus Maringka has come up with an intriguing bamboo bike frame. But this one isn’t just for eco-minded urban cyclists — it’s aimed specifically for affordable solutions to people in developing nations. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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To Drive Positive Change, Tree Huggers Have To Hybridize With Tea Partiers & Break Political Taboos

September 15, 2011 by  
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Taboo Hybrid Tea Rose Image credit: Flickr, Nieve44/La Luz Tea Party leaders began political life with claims they better than any other party could best augur the meaning of political vanity publications on Al Gore’s Internets. A broader f=grass roots movement that recognizes the value of science and also is willing break today’s political taboos by angrily speaking up could help create a new future for America. I’m not talking about a simple fusion of Greens and Tea Party types because that wouldn’t attract more than be a small slice of all American vote… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Bangkok May Be Swamped By Rising Seas, Sinking Land by 2030

September 6, 2011 by  
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A new report from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Co-operation Agency highlights the imminent climate change threat to Bangkok. The report says that much of the city is already below sea level and the ground is sinking by 1.5-5 centimeters per year. By 2030 parts of the city may be underwater, with more than one million buildings, nearly all residential, subject to flooding of their ground floors for at least part of the year. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Modernist Wooden Bike Is Odd, But Compelling

May 13, 2011 by  
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Images via Yanko Design Designer Raffaello Ape has come up with an interesting new wooden bike design, called Giuliano. Labeled as a city bike, Ape has added wood to show “nostalgia towards nature.” … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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ZTE’s ‘Double’ cellphone concept never runs out of juice on a sunny day

December 21, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Concept cellphone harnesses renewable solar energy. Designers at ZTE Corporation have unveiled a new concept cellphone, dubbed the Double, which will never run out of juice on a sunny day. The concept phone features photovoltaic panels across its entire façade, which harness sunlight to recharge the onboard battery

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