FLASHES & RELEASES

20 Aug

2017

Waterstudio’s floating sea wall harvests blue energy from crashing water

Waterstudio’s floating sea wall harvests blue energy from crashing water

Others | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Certain world leaders might be dragging their feet on addressing climate change, but in the meantime, Koen Olthuis and the rest of the Waterstudio crew are working on solutions that we can use today. The Blue energy floating sea wall is a floating breakwater that doubles as an energy generator. Called The Parthenon, the floating breakwater not only stems the crash of water pushing into a harbor, but harvests the tremendous energy a wall of water…

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18 Aug

2017

Indian Railways installing rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Indian Railways installing rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | INDIA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Some of the world’s most polluting cities may be found in India, but the country’s government, as well as private corporations, are working hard to transition the economy into a more sustainable one. Indian Railways, for instance, is installing flexible solar panels on 250 local trains. The intention is to reduce fuel costs and benefit the environment while lowering the company’s own emissions to meet government standards. The…

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16 Aug

2017

Loch sunglasses are made of 500-year-old timbers from the Great Lakes

Loch sunglasses are made of 500-year-old timbers from the Great Lakes

Eco Products & Services | CANADA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

This Canadian eyewear company is showcasing sustainable fashion as its best.Taking a waste material and turning it into something useful, while eliminating the need for a new resource, is about as sustainable as it gets. This is precisely what Loch, a new company from southern Ontario, is doing. Loch makes gorgeous wooden sunglasses from reclaimed timber that’s been pulled up from the bottom of the Canadian Great Lakes and their tributaries.These logs…

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14 Aug

2017

Online UK supermarket trials grocery delivery with an autonomous electric van

Online UK supermarket trials grocery delivery with an autonomous electric van

Green Transportation & Logistics | UNITED KINGDOM
Published by : Eco Media Asia

A self-driving electric delivery van has been dispatching groceries ordered online direct to customers' houses in the UK, as a part of a real-world autonomous distribution trial. Although much attention has been lavished on the future potential of drones for delivering goods to homes and businesses, the next logical step for home delivery is more likely to be ground-based, in large part because of the many challenges involved in flying…

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12 Aug

2017

The world’s most efficient 5-seater car is powered entirely by the sun

The world’s most efficient 5-seater car is powered entirely by the sun

Green Transportation & Logistics | NETHERLANDS
Published by : Eco Media Asia

A team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) just unveiled an electric car that seats five and is completely powered by the sun. Called Stella Vie, the vehicle stands apart because it’s more efficient than all solar cars before it. Even with fewer solar panels on its roof, the car is capable of a range of about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on a warm summer day. According to the students, Stella Vie is “the car of…

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10 Aug

2017

Solar-powered Farm From a Box is a compact farm kit that feeds 150 people

Solar-powered Farm From a Box is a compact farm kit that feeds 150 people

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Two acres of land is enough to farm a sustainable food supply for as many as 150 people, and now a San Francisco startup is making it even easier to get that farm growing. Farm From a Box is a shipping container kit that holds all the essentials for setting up a two-acre farm (except the land, of course). Founders Brandi DeCarli and Scott Thompson got the idea after working on a youth center in Kenya where shipping containers were…

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08 Aug

2017

Bios Urns promise “life after life” by sprouting a tree from the ashes of loved ones

Bios Urns promise “life after life” by sprouting a tree from the ashes of loved ones

Others | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The act of honoring a loved one after they have passed away is unique for each family, and there has been more and more interest in finding alternative ways to memorialize a family member’s life. Bios Urns seek to transform death into a moving gesture of life by using cremated remains to nourish a seedling that will sprout into a tree. CEO Roger Moliné recently gave an interview to A Plus, in which he shared a story of his grandmother discovering…

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06 Aug

2017

China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution

China breaks ground on first “Forest City” that fights air pollution

Others | CHINA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

A pollution-fighting green city unlike any before is springing to life in China. Designed by Stefano Boeri Architetti, the first “Forest City” is now under construction Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. The futuristic city will use renewable energy for self sufficiency and be blanketed in almost 1 million plants and 40,000 trees—a sea of greenery capable of absorbing nearly 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 57 tons of pollutants annually. Commissioned…

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04 Aug

2017

Biodegradable PawPods: a better way to bury your pet

Biodegradable PawPods: a better way to bury your pet

Others | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Burying a beloved pet is never easy. But PawPods‘ bamboo and rice husk pods offer a thoughtful, biodegradable option for burying deceased animals. Similar to eco burials for humans, PawPods allow pets to return to the earth with dignity.PawPods CEO Ben Riggan had a terrible experience after he had to put down a cherished dog. His pet was given back to him in what he called a glorified plastic bag, and Riggan said the…

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02 Aug

2017

The Tesla of solar electric yachts launches in New Zealand

The Tesla of solar electric yachts launches in New Zealand

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | NEW ZEALAND
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The future of boating is electric – and silent. That’s what Dutch company Soel Yachts says, and they’re bringing electric travel to the seas with their SoelCat 12. Inhabitat covered the boat’s design last year, and now the company is launching their sustainably-powered yacht in New Zealand. The yacht is kind to the environment not simply in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, but in the reduction…

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31 Jul

2017

What will market-based electric vehicle charging look like?

What will market-based electric vehicle charging look like?

Green Transportation & Logistics | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

The gas station of the future might actually be a brewery.The other day, I was emailing with a friend about supporting a potential community-based electric vehicle charging project with a donation. His answer gave me pause for thought:"To me, charging is insignificant until it becomes a part of the economy, i.e. an option at service stations. Individual charging stations seem a relatively insignificant (and destined to be shortlived) solution."On the one hand,…

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29 Jul

2017

New technology quickly turns food waste into fuel

New technology quickly turns food waste into fuel

Others | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

A new technique for turning food waste into a source of energy uses a two step process that extracts all of the energy from the waste and does so quickly.Researchers at Cornell University have discovered this new process to harness energy that is much more efficient than previous methods. When we typically talk about converting food waste into an energy source, it involves anaerobic digestion where bacteria slowly break down the organic matter and the resulting…

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27 Jul

2017

Mirrored shipping container becomes an invisible urban art gallery

Mirrored shipping container becomes an invisible urban art gallery

Others | TAIWAN, ROC
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Mirrored structures and surfaces have a way of getting us to slow down and do a second take, as we come face-to-face with a reflected reality. We've seen this architectural trick being used in mirrored tree-cubes, mirrored rooftop homes and even used as a tool for protest.It works for displaying art too: Taiwanese firm B+P Architects created this mirrored urban space as a small art gallery for a local high school in New Taipei…

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25 Jul

2017

Freitag Bags still going strong after 24 years

Freitag Bags still going strong after 24 years

Eco Products & Services | CHINA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

A look at what we have always thought of as a model of sustainable product designFreitag has been a staple on TreeHugger since we started; back in 1993 the Freitag brothers first took the used vinyl sheets from the sides of transport trucks and cut them into bags of different sizes.Trucks in Europe do not all have hard sides like American ones, but are clad in thick vinyl fabric. This makes loading and unloading easier as everything doesn't have…

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23 Jul

2017

Solar-powered Tonke Camper brings a hint of nostalgia to off-grid living

Solar-powered Tonke Camper brings a hint of nostalgia to off-grid living

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | NETHERLANDS
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Although the mahogany cladding on the Tonke Woodline Camper may seem like a blast from the past, this camper is designed for the modern road warrior. The camper is entirely powered by solar energy, and it comes with a large battery bank and water tank for those looking to go completely off-grid.Hand built in the Netherlands, the camper offers a compact, but comfortable living space. The interior comes with all of the basic necessities –…

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21 Jul

2017

Indian Railways launches first train with solar-powered coaches

Indian Railways launches first train with solar-powered coaches

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | INDIA
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Train travel in India just got a little greener. Last week Indian Railways rolled out their first train outfitted with rooftop solar panels – in the Delhi area notorious for its pollution. The solar panels will completely power fans, lighting, and display systems in the coaches. The government expects the move will save them around 5,547 gallons of diesel every single year.The train, a 1600…

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19 Jul

2017

The U.S. just generated 10% of its electricity from solar and wind for the first time

The U.S. just generated 10% of its electricity from solar and wind for the first time

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

Would anyone still like to claim renewable energy can’t power our world? It may take a while, but America is getting more and more of its energy from renewables, according to data from the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA). In March 2017, the country generated 10 percent of total electricity from solar power and wind power.This week the EIA reported more than 10 percent of the country’s…

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17 Jul

2017

This gigantic floating Manta Ray could naturally purify Seoul’s river

This gigantic floating Manta Ray could naturally purify Seoul’s river

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
Published by : Eco Media Asia

What if our city infrastructure could also repair the damage we’ve done to nature? Vincent Callebaut’sManta Ray is an experimental landscape design that aims to sustainably restore the natural environment in Seoul. Developed for an international competition, Manta Ray is a floating ferry terminal proposal that uses marshland plants to naturally purify the Han River and produces 100% of its energy needs through renewable sources.The Manta Ray is the…

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15 Jul

2017

Are solar barnraisings and "voluntary gas taxes" the future of renewables incentives?

Are solar barnraisings and "voluntary gas taxes" the future of renewables incentives?

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

With the uncertainty surrounding federal climate policy right now, many people are wondering what the future might hold for clean energy in the US. While angst is justified—and vigilance necessary—it's important to remember a couple of things: 1) Renewable energy prices have dropped precipitously in recent years2) Solar and other clean energy technologies are insanely popular with the general public, regardless of their political leanings. With this in mind,…

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13 Jul

2017

Tushy launches bamboo toilet paper to help you reduce your carbon buttprint

Tushy launches bamboo toilet paper to help you reduce your carbon buttprint

Others | UNITED STATES
Published by : Eco Media Asia

In a bid to reduce TP's environmental impact, the team of toilet crusaders behind the Tushy bidet attachment have rolled out an unbleached bamboo alternative.Tushy, the company that thinks you should treat your butt like your face, believes that toilet paper is wiping away the environment, and has just launched an alternative that it calls a "sustainable poo-solution to Big Toilet Paper consumption."According to Tushy, 15 million trees and 67 billion…

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