Cell phones still don’t get recycled very often. The modular phone concept has some hurdles to overcome, but would immediately reduce cell phone e-waste.
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Renewable energy = high upfront costs… right? Yes, if you’re paying someone else to put your system together for you. Now, that seems like kind of a no-brainer for most of us: I certainly don’t feel like I know enough to build my own solar panel array or wind turbine. But folks like Marcin Jakubowski of […]
Insects are chock-full of nutrition, and require little space, effort or expense for farming. Compare this to, say, growing a cow or a pig yourself, and you’ll understand why 2 billion people around the world already practice entomophagy (the fancy word for “eating bugs”).
The Open Source Beehives project publishes printable plans for honeybee shelter that are ready for a computer-controlled cutter (and that can be made really techie with sensor kits).
Building a simple pedal-powered generator isn’t that difficult – we got one (kind of like the one above) going on the fly nearly four years ago at the last blogathon up at Dancing Rabbit. It didn’t really generate enough power reliably to help us, though – that takes a bit more engineering. If you want […]
Want to build a Solarflower, the open source solar concentrator we featured a little over a year ago? Now you can: designer Daniel Connel has published tutorials for simple, cheap solar collector.
Yes, I’ve been on a bit of an appropriate technology kick lately: really loved Barefoot Power’s micro solar system and the Nuru light system and its companion human-powered charger. So, had to stop and take a look at the Solarflower when I ran across it on Indiegogo: designer Daniel Connell describes his invention as …an […]
Dog days of August? Not at sustainablog! While most people are wondering if the summer heat is ever going to end, we were hitting our stride here: many more posts, and much more variety. Perhaps it was the cool breeze created by fingers flying across the keyboard… August 2008 Kelli Best-Oliver reported on a couple […]
This post was originally published on Eco-Libris blog on August 22. Last week we wrote here about our partner Chegg and their renting textbooks’ model. This is a great model and it’s an example of the innovative thinking that tries to find an alternative to the current expensive (average of USD 1,000 per year in the […]