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Pedal Powered DIY Projects: a Metaguide

January 4th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Get some exercise while charging your phone battery, shelling nuts, or making a margarita? That's just a part of potential of pedal power... lots of projects to try in this "list of lists."


sustainablog's Top Posts from 2012

December 27th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

As we prepare for another year of publication (and the celebration of our 10th anniversay), we're taking a look back at what topics and posts did well during


SodaBIB: the Plastic Roof Made from Reused Materials

November 6th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

We often refer to our homes as "the roof over our heads"... but, unless it needs repair, we generally don't give much thought to our actual roofs. That's often not the case in the developing world, where makeshift roofing of materials like corrugated tin often provides minimal protection in normal conditions... and often none when disasters like hurricanes strike. The SodaBIB system addresses some of the most common problems with roofing in the world's poorest areas


Can Solar-Powered Sailing Ships Open Up Ocean-Based Commerce?

September 21st, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Lower-tech forms of shipping could open up whole worlds of economic opportunity... and with marginal environmental impact, if done right. The creators of the Greenheart Project are trying to accomplish those goals with the development of a simply-designed, solar and sail-powered ship created specifically for use by some of the world's poorest people


Novotera's Hybrid Biochar Cooking Stove: Clean Cooking and Economic Opportunity

September 3rd, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Clean cooking stoves address multiple problems created by traditional indoor cooking in the developing world: they reduce the amount of smoke and soot that leads to respiratory disease, they cut deforestation rates, and they lighten the carbon impact of food preparation. Canadian social enterprise Novotera has added a further benefit to this technology: its PlanetStove also creates economic opportunities for users because it creates charcoal from the wood users "burn" in their stoves


The Cheap Mini Washing Machine that Runs on Foot Power

August 30th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Hand washing your clothes is a greener option in the developed world; in parts of the developing world, though, it's the only option. The Up-Stream is a cheap, human-powered washing machine that could make laundry more efficient for the world's poorest people


The Wonderbag Comes to the Cloud

August 15th, 2012 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Wonderbag, the clean insulating cooker, is partnering up with Microsoft to develop robust data on the distribution of its signature product, and the carbon savings realized by their use



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