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Scarab Recycling Robot | Harvesting Urban Trash

Urban dwellers encounter constant amounts of garbage each and every day, and while recycling and cleaning solutions have been effective there’s still a need for constant trash collection.  Introducing the Scarab Robot Harvester concept by innovator and designer Olga Kalugina that’s looking to clean the streets and mall areas automatically.

Hot it works.  The Robot is equipped with web cameras and advanced wheel drive gears that allow it to scope out and harvest the garbage.  As the Robot finds debris it both gathers and cleans as it moves along its selected route.  The garbage is then stored automatically and disposed of once the trash receptor is full.  Recharging the Robot is done automatically as well so it can stay on track sustainably.

The Scarab Robot Harvester is still in design phases but we hope to see prototypes in the near future.  Check out the project at www.olkadesign.com!

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Cardboard Bicycle

Cardboard is no longer only used for building forts in your basement.

Izhar Gafni has engineered a cardboard bicycle called the Alfa from mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials. The Alfa weighs 20lbs, but can sustain the weight of 485lbs, well hey now that’s a heck of a deal (said in Tommy Boy-Chris Farley voice). The cost is astonishing as well with each unit ranging from $9 – $12 and a mere $5 for children’s bikes. The pedal system is relatively maintenance free due to the unique belt-driven system Gafni created.

Gafni was initially told that his design goals were impossible. This didn’t deter his drive and after 3 years of design, numerous patents and focused determination he proved the naysayers wrong, BAM. This just goes to show that we have not hit the ceiling on innovation; if it can be imagined, it can be created. Gafni is currently working on raising funds to put the Alfa into production, so keep your sights on this project and get your hands on one as soon as they hit the streets.

 

BioLite | Energy Everywhere


Ever found yourself out in the wild wishing that you had a way to both build a fire and charge your electronic devices?  Well a remedy has come to your aid.  Introducing BioLite, the advanced energy product that’s creating safer, more efficient, and more sustainable stove products that can be used for both camping and home use applications.

Biolite’s advanced technology maximizes efficiency by managing airflow and converting heat into usable power via USB outlets on the stove that can charge phones, lights, and other gadgets.  They’ve developed this technology into their CampStove (compact camping stove) and HomeStove (larger scale home stove) products.

Did you know that nearly HALF of our PLANET cooks on smokey fires causing nearly 2 million premature deaths each year?  The Biolite HomeStove REDUCES carbon monoxide by 91%, smoke by 94%, and fuel use by 50% creating a safe/efficient energy source.  Sales of the CampStove helps support the one-time market establishments for these HomeStove projects around the world.

Having the ability to purchase a cutting edge camping product that reduces your carbon footprint, allows you to charge mobile devices, and gives back to aid energy development in less than fortunate countries is the holy grail of DO GOOD products.  Check out a different way to camp at www.biolitestove.com!

BioLite | Energy Everywhere


Ever found yourself out in the wild wishing that you had a way to both build a fire and charge your electronic devices?  Well a remedy has come to your aid.  Introducing BioLite, the advanced energy product that’s creating safer, more efficient, and more sustainable stove products that can be used for both camping and home use applications.

Biolite’s advanced technology maximizes efficiency by managing airflow and converting heat into usable power via USB outlets on the stove that can charge phones, lights, and other gadgets.  They’ve developed this technology into their CampStove (compact camping stove) and HomeStove (larger scale home stove) products.

Did you know that nearly HALF of our PLANET cooks on smokey fires causing nearly 2 million premature deaths each year?  The Biolite HomeStove REDUCES carbon monoxide by 91%, smoke by 94%, and fuel use by 50% creating a safe/efficient energy source.  Sales of the CampStove helps support the one-time market establishments for these HomeStove projects around the world.

Having the ability to purchase a cutting edge camping product that reduces your carbon footprint, allows you to charge mobile devices, and gives back to aid energy development in less than fortunate countries is the holy grail of DO GOOD products.  Check out a different way to camp at www.biolitestove.com!

The White Roof Project | Paint = Environmental Change

White is the new COOL color.  The White Roof Project is making it cool by using white paint to help make systematic and environmental change happen one roof at a time.

The White Roof Project paints the roofs of buildings using a reflective paint to help combat global energy issues.  The white paint reflects up to 85% of sunlight and helps people save money on electric bills, reduce smog, and relive stress on power grids.  They also partner with various nonprofits, community groups, and housing associations on a block-by-block mission in an effort to coat 5 percent of all roofs each year.

The originators of this project have done their research and by painting “5 percent of rooftops per year worldwide, we would be finished by 2030. This would save us 24 billion metric tons in CO2.”  This level of salvage of CO2 would be equivalent to all emitted in 2010, thus similar to “turning the world off for an entire year.”

Check out their Paint the Town White event held in New York City on October 19th.  Open bar from 7:00-10:00 (BAM) if you fancy.  Find out more about this event and all the initiatives the White Roof Project is apart of to help reduce CO2 emissions at www.whiteroofproject.org.

Conserve fossil fuel based resources.  Reduce your carbon footprint.  Help to save the ecosystem that we all play in.

The White Roof Project | Paint = Environmental Change

White is the new COOL color.  The White Roof Project is making it cool by using white paint to help make systematic and environmental change happen one roof at a time.

The White Roof Project paints the roofs of buildings using a reflective paint to help combat global energy issues.  The white paint reflects up to 85% of sunlight and helps people save money on electric bills, reduce smog, and relive stress on power grids.  They also partner with various nonprofits, community groups, and housing associations on a block-by-block mission in an effort to coat 5 percent of all roofs each year.

The originators of this project have done their research and by painting “5 percent of rooftops per year worldwide, we would be finished by 2030. This would save us 24 billion metric tons in CO2.”  This level of salvage of CO2 would be equivalent to all emitted in 2010, thus similar to “turning the world off for an entire year.”

Check out their Paint the Town White event held in New York City on October 19th.  Open bar from 7:00-10:00 (BAM) if you fancy.  Find out more about this event and all the initiatives the White Roof Project is apart of to help reduce CO2 emissions at www.whiteroofproject.org.

Conserve fossil fuel based resources.  Reduce your carbon footprint.  Help to save the ecosystem that we all play in.

Buy Positively | Consumerism sucks. Let's make it better.

Microphone for smarter consumption, Buy Positively, is finding ways to alleviate a culture of bad consumerism.  American consumers as a whole are interested in buying products that are good for us, but as other motivators like low cost and larger quantities play a role in our decision making, smarter consumption finds itself on the bench.

Co-Founder of Buy PositivelyMuffadal Saylawala, is passionate about answering important societal questions through the act of business.  He’s passionate about leaving the world better than he found it, and wants to spend his career helping to solve societal challenges.

Buy Positively is the first step at doing this.  Their solution is to offer a collaborative platform for good brands & consumers to fund extraordinary projects (i.e. agricultural & food education opportunities).  Brands and consumers alike will have the opportunity to work together on understanding needs in their communities, and rank those projects based on the amount of activity for that project.  The product is on its way to the market and will share with everyone once it becomes available.

Buy Positively is also blogging about all things “smarter consumption”, and we’d like to share a few of their team’s favorites.

For more smarter consumption tips check out Buy Positively at www.buypositively.org!

Buy Positively | Consumerism sucks. Let’s make it better.

Microphone for smarter consumption, Buy Positively, is finding ways to alleviate a culture of bad consumerism.  American consumers as a whole are interested in buying products that are good for us, but as other motivators like low cost and larger quantities play a role in our decision making, smarter consumption finds itself on the bench.

Co-Founder of Buy PositivelyMuffadal Saylawala, is passionate about answering important societal questions through the act of business.  He’s passionate about leaving the world better than he found it, and wants to spend his career helping to solve societal challenges.

Buy Positively is the first step at doing this.  Their solution is to offer a collaborative platform for good brands & consumers to fund extraordinary projects (i.e. agricultural & food education opportunities).  Brands and consumers alike will have the opportunity to work together on understanding needs in their communities, and rank those projects based on the amount of activity for that project.  The product is on its way to the market and will share with everyone once it becomes available.

Buy Positively is also blogging about all things “smarter consumption”, and we’d like to share a few of their team’s favorites.

For more smarter consumption tips check out Buy Positively at www.buypositively.org!

LSTN | Buy Headphones, Give Hearing

Give the gift of hearing when you purchase LSTN Headphones.  Unprivileged children in deaf schools all over the world have limited access to hearing aids and treatments.  LSTN’s socially innovative product utilizes both sustainable resources and a “one equals one” model to aid this social health issue.

Made from Ebony, Cherry, and Beech woods – LSTN believes that “music loves wood.”  Wood produces much better sound resonance than metal or plastic, and is far more sustainable.  Scrap wood from furniture manufacturers that would typically find its way into a landfill somewhere is being “upcycled” to make their headphones.

Founder, Bridget Hilton, believes that building businesses around social issues IS the way to DO GOOD in business.  She’s founded both LSTN and Jack’s Soap (who aids world sanitation efforts around the world in a similar selling fashion).  LSTN partners with global charities like Sound Seekers that provide hearing to those in need.  Taking mobile clinics to small villages, they custom fit hearing aids for children in deaf schools and treat them on the spot.

By supporting do good social innovators like LSTN Headphones consumers can purchase high quality products in a socially-conscious manner and help give back to the less fortunate.

Find their products and a description of their efforts to give the gift of hearing at www.lstnheadphones.com!

LSTN | Buy Headphones, Give Hearing

Give the gift of hearing when you purchase LSTN Headphones.  Unprivileged children in deaf schools all over the world have limited access to hearing aids and treatments.  LSTN’s socially innovative product utilizes both sustainable resources and a “one equals one” model to aid this social health issue.

Made from Ebony, Cherry, and Beech woods – LSTN believes that “music loves wood.”  Wood produces much better sound resonance than metal or plastic, and is far more sustainable.  Scrap wood from furniture manufacturers that would typically find its way into a landfill somewhere is being “upcycled” to make their headphones.

Founder, Bridget Hilton, believes that building businesses around social issues IS the way to DO GOOD in business.  She’s founded both LSTN and Jack’s Soap (who aids world sanitation efforts around the world in a similar selling fashion).  LSTN partners with global charities like Sound Seekers that provide hearing to those in need.  Taking mobile clinics to small villages, they custom fit hearing aids for children in deaf schools and treat them on the spot.

By supporting do good social innovators like LSTN Headphones consumers can purchase high quality products in a socially-conscious manner and help give back to the less fortunate.

Find their products and a description of their efforts to give the gift of hearing at www.lstnheadphones.com!

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