eco-friendly

The World's Largest Battery-Electric Vehicle Is This Articulated Bus

If when you think of electric vehicles you picture tiny lightweight cars designed to maximise their battery life, BYD Motors is about to blow your mind. At the recent 2014 American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, the company revealed a new articulated bus that it’s claiming is the world’s largest battery electric vehicle — unless the new Chevy Volt can accommodate 120 passengers.


Chopsticks Made From Rice Are The Perfect Pairing

It’s estimated that over 130 million wooden chopsticks are produced every day, and most are destined to end up in the bin after just one use. Sure, wood breaks down a lot better than plastic, but a couple of engineers from Barcelona have a better idea. They’re producing chopsticks made from rice husks — an unwanted by-product of rice production.


LG's Glueless Packaging Is Almost As Impressive As The OLED TV Inside

A product’s packaging is usually nothing but the last obstacle between you and a shiny new gadget, but often there’s as much thought that goes into the design of a cardboard box as the device inside. For instance, LG put a remarkable amount of design effort into the box its OLED TVs ship in, and most consumers will never even notice.


Folding Cardboard Stools Only Make It Look Like You're A Hoarder

If you’re a student who knows you’ll only be living in a cheap apartment for a couple of semesters, what’s the point of buying and moving heavy furniture? Especially when there are so many flat-packed, lightweight cardboard options to choose from, like these wonderful stools designed to look like stacks of pizza boxes, records, and even boxes of beer.


The World's Smallest Electric Vehicle Is More Compact Than A Carry-On

Trikelet, which is being billed as the world’s smallest electric vehicle, is probably not going to suffice for your morning commute if you’re coming in from the suburbs. But to get you from wherever you park your car to your desk, it sure beats having to fight the rat race on foot.


Replacement Caps Upcycle Coke Bottles Into Water Guns And More

Products like the SodaStream let you make your own carbonated beverages at home without the need for yet another plastic bottle to be recycled. But the number of bottled Cokes bought around the world every day is still staggering, so to encourage consumers to upcycle those plastic containers, Coca-Cola created 16 different replacement caps giving them new uses.


IKEA's Selling An Electric Bike To Help Get All Those Boxes Home

As far as large corporations go, IKEA genuinely strives to be as environmentally responsible as it can. It stopped selling incandescent bulbs in its stores ages ago, there’s not a plastic bag to be found, it’s wholeheartedly embraced solar power for its buildings and many products, and soon it will be officially selling an IKEA-branded electric bike.


Human-Sensing Fan Only Blows Where There Be People

Nothing puts a strain on your local power grid like a hot, humid summer day. In many cities rolling blackouts are needed to cope with the strain, so it makes sense that companies would start developing smarter cooling devices. Quirky’s Aros air conditioner is leading the charge, but this smarter oscillating fan is pretty clever too.


Hypnotic Flapping Wing Turbines Keep Working In The Gentlest Breeze

There have been many proposed alternatives to the spinning propeller blades used on wind turbines, but none as unorthodox as Festo’s new DualWingGenerator. Inspired by the company’s work on winged flying robots, the design keeps working when winds are as slow as 14km/h.


These Futuristic Villas Would Produce More Energy Than They Consume

It’s sort of an environmentalist’s dream. Forty-five gorgeous villas built on a wasteland that are so impossibly eco-friendly that they produce more energy than they consume in a given year. Ideal as it sounds, Vincent Callebaut has designed just that.