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Tag Archives: Eco-friendly

Feddz E-Bike Trades Bulky Gas Engine For Storage Space

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If you’re going to go green and get rid of an internal combustion engine on your bike, then you may as well do something useful with the space created. The Feddz bike pictured above features an electric motor in the hub of the wheel, while the center of the frame serves up a generous 23 litres of storage space. That’s enough to carry a good amount of stuff around, which is always appreciated on a two-wheeled vehicle. Also, “two different 48-volt lithium-ion batteries are available for the Feddz. The larger option gives you up to a 68-mile range on a seven hour charge, with a top speed of around 28 mph.” The $8,400 price tag on that version is a painful reminder that electric vehicles aren’t mainstream yet, but those of you forking your money over will be able to pat yourselves on the back for doing something to change all that. Bottoms up for early adopters.

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Air Purifier Bike: Ride a Bike, Clean the Air, Save the Planet

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Cycling is the environmentally-friendly way to travel. It doesn’t require fuel, it doesn’t produce emissions that contribute to greenhouse gases, and it doesn’t require electricity (which is produced by burning coal.) Taking bicycles one step further is the team from Lightfog Creative and Design with the Air Purifier Bike.

Not only does it come with all the usual benefits of riding a bike, but it also comes with a built-in air purification system. It’s a neat idea, but the specifics that the team provided with regards to the system is mind-boggling, though.

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Gigs2Go Are Disposable Thumb Drives For Sharing Large Files

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Sharing large files is still surprisingly difficult to do these days. Many people sit behind firewalls and not everyone is tech savvy enough to create accounts on the few decent large file sharing sites. What’s needed is something like Gigs2Go. It’s a credit card-sized pack of 4 thumb drives housed in a 100% post-consumer recycled paper pulp enclosure; when you need to share something, you simply tear one off and give it to your client or friend. He can keep it, or even dispose of it. Being made from paper, the drives are mostly biodegradable and each one is cheap enough that it’s not an altogether terrible idea to do this. They come in three sizes: 2GB, 4GB and 8GB, the cheapest one being only $30 and the 8GB drives setting you back $40. It’s still getting funded so we’re not sure if the product will see light of day, but you can do your part at the Kickstarter link below.

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Eco-Friendly Christmas: Plant Discarded Gift Wrap In Your Garden

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. It also happens to be a season of excessive waste, considering the amount of gift wrap and packaging people discard after unwrapping their presents.

Then along came Eden’s Paper and their plantable gift wrap. It’s eco-friendly wrapping paper that’s made from two layers of recycled paper. The cool thing about it is the fact that it’s got actual seeds embedded within the paper. So not only is it recyclable, but you can also plant the entire thing in your garden instead of discarding it.

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Chubby Electric Motorbike Claims “World’s Most Powerful” Title

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The Voxan Wattman electric motorcycle was unveiled last Monday at the Paris Motor Show, with all the fanfare that a bike claiming to be the world’s most powerful should have. And on paper at least, they’re right: the bike boasts 200bhp at 10,500RPM and 150 ft lb instantaneously. This is enough to propel the two-wheeled machine from 0-60 in 3.4s and to 100mph in 5.9s, on the way to a top speed of 106 mph (170km/hh). That’s not too bad, but is far from the fastest. The Lightning Electric Superbike takes that title, doing the 0-60 in 3s flat, on the way to a top speed of 166mph (265km/h).

Despite boasting more power, the Wattman suffers from being too heavy. The 12.8kWh battery, while being able to recharge to 80% in 30 minutes, doesn’t appear to provide much real world range. As tested by the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) standards, the company can claim a range of 180 km (112 miles). But this means “an average speed of 33.6 km/h (21 mph), which suggests that the batteries will last 5.35 hours at an average power of 2.4 kW (3.2 hp).” That’s not a typical usage scenario for a bike. At full power, the batteries last… 5 minutes. Granted that too isn’t a typical usage scenario, but it’s important to keep in mind that while they’re making huge strides, electric vehicles still have some way to go. And to pursue the title of “world’s most powerful”, while sacrificing performance and range in the process is an easy way to lose the interest of potential customers.

There’s no word on price, but given they’re hand-assembled, we’re going to guess it’s pretty high.

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This Is Why You Want To Take A Bus

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We’re not trying to be sanctimonious. Drive your gas guzzler all you want; it’s un-American of you not to. It’s un-American not to exercise your right to be inefficient, if that’s what you’re into. Really. But if you’ve been feeling lately like you’ve been kicked square in the environment, take a look at the above GIF. It does a pretty good job of illustrating just why it is that public transport is great. Specifically, busses are great.

On that note, here’s our tiny rant on taxis. We don’t understand reserved lanes for taxis. They exist presumably because taxis are a form of “public transport”, contributing to a cleaner environment. Right? At least that’s why we think they exist. But we’d like to propose that they do not save the environment at all. Not any more than using your own car anyway, if you’re alone in that taxi. Because while your car is parked at home not polluting, you’re sitting in a car that only exists to transport you. In other words, the pollution from your car is replaced by the pollution from the taxi. So what’s the point?

Or are we missing something?

In any case, neat GIF!

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L’Uritonnoir is an Outdoor Urinal That Uses Pee to Turn Straw Into Compost

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Today I learned one use for human pee and debunked a myth about it while I did my research. Respectively, they are as follows:

  • Human pee can be used to help transform a bale of straw into compost that can be used as fertilizer.
  • Human pee doesn’t really alleviate jellyfish stings and in some cases, might even make the sting even worse.

I don’t think I need to cover the second point, since it’s pretty straightforward. The first point, on the other hand, is a different story.

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Eco-Bride of the Year Makes Wedding Gown from 10,000 Recycled Bread Bag Clips

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Movies often depict how little girls look forward to their wedding day, even though it’s probably still decades away. That’s not always true because some women couldn’t care less how their weddings went, just as long as they ended up with the man (or even woman) of their dreams.

Then there’s women like Stephanie Watson. She planned and looked forward to her wedding for almost ten years, but with good reason: she was still collecting the ‘material’ for her wedding dress. It’s extravagant, it’s custom-made, and it’s truly one-of-a-kind. That’s because she made it herself using over 10,000 recycled bread bag clips.

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Donky Bike Is Made For Ferrying Cargo

When you saunter over to the field of human-powered two-wheeled locomotion, you realize that the options are plentiful. From the efficient speed machines of the road bike, to the spongy spring masters of the mountain bike, and everything in between. The Donky bike falls somewhere along this spectrum, becoming the urban dweller’s best friends. If you’ve eschewed the pleasures of an automobile for the more environmentally friendly bicycle, you’ll still need to ferry some loads form time to time. The Donky bike features a strong beam that bisects the frame and distributes weight evenly. None of that weight is carried on the handlebars like regular baskets, which means you’re free to transport relatively heavy loads without impairing ride dynamics too much. This, along with a tight turning radius, make it an obvious option for anyone wishing to live a greener, more efficient city life. It comes at a price however, as the Donky will set you back a hefty $800.

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