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100% Post Consumer Waste Business Cards

There are some really innovative ways out there of incorporating good design and getting the right message across. Sometimes, it’s just about putting your own touch on your work.

I just stumbled upon this eco-friendly alternative for your business cards. These so called ‘mini cards’ even allow customers to print a different photo on every card.

The printing company’s stock is made from 100% post-consumer waste — they send you are basic kit that helps you to recreate your own cards from business cards you collected over the years from other people. They are FSC certified, completely recyclable, biodegradable, and accordingly wind energy is used for manufacturing.

“In short, it’s as green as we can get it, without picking it straight off the tree.” Continue Reading →

‘Recompute’ — The Eco-friendly Cardboard PC

“A desktop computer that addresses sustainability during manufacturing, usage and disposal;the full life cycle of an object.”

Recompute started as a student project that grew into a full-fledged online store. It offers 4 cardboard PCs – from a Linux PC that supports Fedora 12 and Linux Mint for $499; a machine with Windows 7 Home for $799 or no-OS for $699 that’s powered by an AMD Athlon x 2 Dual Core 2.8GHz; an AMD Athlon II Quad Core 2.8GHz model with Windows 7 Pro for $999 or without an OS for $875; or a DIY almost-empty case with a 400-watt power supply for $199. Continue Reading →

Reverse Engineering the Refrigerator

Jihyun Ryou is interested in food preservation. “I’ve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator,” she explains. “We don’t observe the food anymore, and we don’t understand how to treat it,” she adds. To Ryou, design is not about making life easier but about propagating knowledge. Instead of concealing, design reveals time-tested rituals, processes and traditions, finding new ways to elucidate them.

Thus, for her ‘Save Food From the Fridge‘ project, Ryou has crafted a series of food storage contraptions that counter the hidden, black box technology of the refrigerator by relying on “traditional oral knowledge [that] has been accumulated from experience.” Continue Reading →

Empower the World’s Poorest Children Through Education!

Back in 2005, The New York Times called it “The laptop that will save the world”. In early 2012, this durable, new super-low cost tablet, the XO-3, will debut with a promised price-point of $75 for the nonprofit called One Laptop Per Child.

“A child can do anything to this software and never break it,” explains Walter Bender, a co-founder of OLPC and a former director of the MIT Media Lab that created Sugar, the XO’s user interface. “Why? When you make mistakes you’re learning. When you don’t, you’re being incremental. Yet if penalty is high for making mistakes, you stop taking risks, you stop learning. We try to give kids a safe place to do trial and error, to go out there and do it in a way they can’t screw up.” Continue Reading →

Green Renovating with Eco-Friendly Paint

Trying to find a way to make your house beautiful? There are numerous ways to update an old home, but whether you’re tearing down walls or just adding a bit color, one thing you’ll definitely should use is paint.

Virtually countless paint choices fill the shelves of your local hardware store, so deciding on a healthy, dependable, and eco friendly paint can take a little bit of time, unless . . . you are equipped with the knowledge of a few key qualities that set eco paints apart from the rest. Before we dip our brushes into that bucket, let’s look at some reasons why run-of-the-mill paint might be hazardous to our health and to the environment. Continue Reading →

Recycled-Content Picture Frames

The work of collecting, sorting, and processing recycled materials only benefits the environment if those materials are manufactured into new products. But that won’t happen unless there’s a market for those new goods. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find a recycled “alternative” for the item you need right now! We hope the following information helps you to “complete the loop” and purchase products with recycled content whenever possible.

Recycling on the one hand is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” waste hierarchy. Continue Reading →