Archive for the ‘green’ Category
This is a brilliant brilliant idea! Soap Flakes by Nathalie Stämpfli gives you the hygienic plus side of liquid soap, where you don’t have to be touching the wet bar soap of the previous user, and the plus side of bar soaps, which are great at saving space in shipping containers instead of moving water all around the globe.
Today, most of the soap we use is liquid soap, which contains a lot of water. Block soap instead is more concentrated and therefore has some ecological benefits: You don’t transport unnecessary water around. In place of plastic bottles you can simply use paper for packaging. The solid blocks can easily be piled and allow a greater space efficiency in a truck.
How a plain box makes a difference.
This box never has to deal with a store shelf. It doesn’t require layers of plastic – so you can open it easily. It can use fewer materials than our retail package – which can make recycling simpler. And it would love to be recycled (where facilities exist).
It’s just one small thing we’re doing to make your experience, and the planet, a little better. your choice to buy online helps make it possible.
A brown box may not be pretty, but we think the results are beautiful.
I think so too. Thank Logitech.
A beautiful end to an inspiring idea. Electrolux decided to clean-up the ocean in a literal way, but using materials from the ocean, and combining them into one-off pieces of beautiful, brightly coloured art pieces. Each of the five pieces represents the five oceans, but sadly, these will not be available from any store.
Don’t expect to find these one-off vacuums in stores–an Electrolux press release claims that “the quality and the logistics needed for cleaning and sorting ocean plastic makes it difficult to use in mass production.” The vacuums are intended to raise awareness of the amount of trash scattered throughout the ocean–and of Electrolux’s new range of UltraOne Green vacuum cleaners.
via Fast Company
Godoylab has a nice piece of sustainable furniture up at their site.
“Camouflage is a low armchair made in Oriented Strand Board (OSB). The material is surfaced with a stained-black veneer, and has oversized lateral panels that partly hide the user. These panels feature a carved camouflage pattern that emphasizes the trench-like character of the piece, but at the same time expose the OSB beneath.
Many board materials, such as particleboard, OSB and plywood, are commonly used for tabletops, back panels and other furniture components. They are however, rarely left visible, as manufacturers cover every exposed edge or face with wood veneer, plastic laminates or paint. This is one of many techniques used to hide the fact that cheaper or less traditional materials are used, pretending that the piece is something more expensive or refined. However, engineered wood boards are generally a better choice in environmental terms because a larger proportion of the tree wood ends up in the finished product and they’re made from fast-growing, harvested softwood forests. OSB is particularly good in these terms, as it can be made with certified wood and low-VOC adhesives. “Camouflage” values these materials for their environmental and aesthetic particularities. As a window of truth, the carved texture denounces the misguiding veneering of particleboards with seemingly elegant wood textures, and open the discussion for the birth of new aesthetics using new materials.”