Paper is a renewable resource but considering its production footprint, any alternative material is worth a look, especially something as good as this. Repap is ‘paper’ made using calcium carbonate, which is recovered from stone quarries and waste from the building industry. Making it requires no petroleum, trees or water and the paper itself contains no acids or chlorine yet feels just like a normal notebook. Source
A lightweight, portable campstove that burns wood instead of fossil fuel. That’s cool. It’s also an off-grid USB charging station. Even better. And now the BioLite campstove gets one more genius point for this new attachment that turns it into a packable backcountry barbecue grill. Cue the meat.
Technically, the camera-equipped H-Rover is a toy. But honestly, outside the MIT robotics lab, who has ever played with an RC vehicle powered by a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell & a super-capacitor?
For unexpected power outages or missions that take you off the grid, this portable, solar powered generator provides power to recharge laptops, phones, cameras, and lights, plus thousands of other electronics, with outlets for 12V, AC, and USB. The generator gets a full charge in 4 hours from a wall outlet or car charger & in 5-6 from the sun, providing enough juice to keep everything up & running until power is restored or you’re back from the boondocks. Available Spring 2013.
Via Motors is an American carmaker that specializes in custom electric vehicles, mainly turning popular full-size GM cars & trucks into long-range plug-in electrics. Their latest, the 2013 Chevy Silverado-based X-Truck just debuted at the Detroit auto show last week. The truck has been heavily modified inside and out with beefed-up and mean looking body panels, bumpers, and suspension, while achieving the fuel economy of a Prius.
The WakaWaka Light is a powerful, award-winning little portable solar LED light that burns bright for 16 hours on an 8-hour charge. That is cool. What’s cooler is WakaWaka’s mission to bring light to places without electricity: off-the-grid zones, refugee camps, and disaster areas. When you buy one, you help give one to those in need.
Cleaner and greener than solar powered lighting, the GravityLight employs the power of gravity in a simple system using a weight. Lift the weight & the light will glow for 30 minutes. Designed to replace harmful, expensive kerosene lamps in developing countries, it can also be used to power-up mobile devices, a radio, batteries, etc. via
Fleece is warm and cozy but once it’s worn out it gets pretty gross. ReFleece is now taking tired old fleece garments and transforming them into cool cases and sleeves for your digital devices like iPads and Kindle readers. Using low energy manufacturing processes, they’re giving fleece a new lease on life.
You may have used some of the same materials, but your shop class projects probably never looked this good. From the vintage bottle (Cumberland Brewing Co of Maryland 1890-1920) to the cloth insulated power cord, this lamp is pure retro and handmade in the USA.