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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Honda to start Electric Vehicle Testing Program in Japan

December 21, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: EV testing program to include solar-powered public charging stations. The lack of proper infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles has been a major hurdle in the global adoption of clean electric cars

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Professor develops solar-powered machine to create rainbows

December 21, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Machine utilizes solar energy and harvested rainwater to create rainbows. Michael Jones McKean , a former resident at the Bemis Center and now a professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University, has created a machine that can create artificial rainbows using natural materials. McKean has been practicing the feat in parking lots for years and is now preparing for a larger installation at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska

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Honda unveils Accord plug-in hybrid demonstrator

December 21, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Fuel-efficient vehicle powered by a hybrid engine. Honda has unveiled its new PHV, the Accord plug-in hybrid demonstrator, that could be launched in 2013.

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