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  • BioBac: Biodegradable Textile Coating

    BioBac: Biodegradable Textile Coating

    April 20, 11:03 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Interface Fabrics has announced what it is calling a breakthrough textile coating. Called BioBac, this new coating is made of 100% bio-based annually renewable materials designed to replace acrylic and rubber latex backing for upholstery, wall covering

  • Quarkhome by Rouven Haas

    Quarkhome by Rouven Haas

    April 20, 11:00 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    The Quarkhome is a house that you can fold up and take with you! Its a vision of transportable housing by Rouven Haas, a designer working out of Austria. It takes the idea of mobile housing to another level — the house is shaped like a nautilus and

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    NaturaLawn of America

    April 15, 8:51 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    This TreeHugger has been getting big glossy direct mail promotions on a weekly basis from NaturaLawn of America, promoting "A Safer, More Effective Solution". NaturaLawn home office has spent much effort defining and explaining what is meant by an

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    PSS Handbags: Bag, Borrow or Steal

    April 6, 8:36 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Here's one more for us to add to our PSS (Product Service Systems) list so ladies, listen up. Think Netflix for this one. Have you dreamed about the new Hobo you want to show off at work? Yup. Loving that new kitschy beaded purse, perfect for your

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    Green Planet Films Online DVD Rental Library

    April 6, 8:08 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Movie rentals are one of the most successful product service systems going. But if you’re planning to check out Building with Awareness or another green-oriented film, Blockbuster probably ain’t gonna help much. That’s where Green Planet Films comes

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    Batscap Enhanced Car Batteries

    April 4, 11:00 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    There have been several enigmatic communiques in 2004 from Bollore, a multinational based in Quimper (West Brittany, France) specializing in polymer plastics and involved in lithium technology research. Promising a new era in electric battery

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    Prototype: Hartmut Stockter's Plant Powered Respirator

    March 21, 8:39 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    You can tell a real treehugger by their eternal optimism about the future. But even the most upbeat sustaina-freak can feel like they're choking from lack of fresh air from time to time. Factories, cars, your own breathing, and even cows are

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    Prototype: ENV Hydrogen Fuelcell Motorbike

    March 18, 8:27 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Intelligent Energy, a British hydrogen energy technology developer, unveiled their new ENV (Emissions neutral vehicle) motorcycle this week. The super-futuristic looking crotch rocket runs on compressed hydrogen gas, run through a fuel cell to power

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    Prototype: Hand-Powered Ipod Shuffle

    March 16, 8:38 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    The way we see it two things are wrong with the world: People don't get nearly enough exercise. Personal electronics are generating larger and larger energy needs every year. There must be a way to solve these... Well, fret not crew. Philip

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    Prototype: Flower Energy Monitoring Lamp

    March 3, 10:43 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Getting feedback on your behavior is a great way to optimize it. Runners wear heart monitors, weight-lifters hire personal trainers, and even weblog writers have editors. So it's only natural for designers to apply these same ideas to help people cut

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    Wind-Powered Cell Phones?

    February 25, 10:13 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Students at the Department of Industrial Design at Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India have attached a pocket-size wind turbine to a mobile phone. The electricity generated by the turbine when could charge a cell phone when no other power

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    Under My Umbrella

    February 24, 7:04 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    This is the story of a product not yet made: a solar collecting, electricity storing and sharing, urban-café-dwelling, deck umbrella. I herald its arrival in the present tense because the components are mostly off-the-shelf. Good design and green

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    Dockable Dwelling by Matias Creimer

    February 23, 10:18 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Though this Matias Creimer Studio project isn’t spankin’ new, it has enjoyed a fairly recent revival in the press and it’s damn cool looking, so we’re bringing it back, too. Using kits of parts, sets of cards, puzzles, machines, and mechanical processes

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    StarTrek Communicator = Cellphone

    February 17, 4:02 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    TreeHugger loves DIYers. And recycling/repairing. And StarTrek. Ok, maybe not StarTrek so much. Check it: Boy Genius takes StarTrek Communicator and hacks it so that it uses Bluetooth to connect to the mobile in your pocket. This is your ticket to fame

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    PSS: Cohousing

    February 16, 10:02 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Cohousing is the specific name of a type of collaborative in which people eschew the alienation of typical subdivisions in favor of true community lifestyles. In some ways, they hark back to the ideas of a kibbutz, a co-op, or commune, but in a more

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    No Petroleum for Pooch

    February 14, 7:04 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Back in the dark ages, when your faithful mutt begged for a bone, there were plenty lying around from dinner. Now, since we can get chicken breasts and tofu at the store, there aren't many bones for Fido. As substitutes, we use PVC squeaky toys and

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    Lightbulb 2.0: Double the Life, Halve the Materials

    February 13, 5:44 AM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    In Design Boom's RE-think RE-cycle competition, Mahendra Chauhan and Sanjay Rajput from India propose a novel, extremely TreeHugger way to double the life of the common lightbulb.Their concept: a typical lightbulb is 35 grams, 0.5 grams of which is the

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    Do Your Doodie

    February 11, 3:38 PM by TreeHugger in Clean Technology

    Biodegradable polymers have been dangled in every treehugger's face for so long, offering the perfect blend of bendy plasticness and biodegradability. Sadly, we've seen precious few real products that take advantage of them. But that may be changing,


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