Category Archives: design

Bar stools and plastic bags

Artists for Humanity (AFH), with a mission “to bridge economic, racial and social divisions stool made from plasic bagsby providing underserved youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts”, has designed bar stools using recycled plastic carrier bags.

GreenMuze tells us that each stool is made from 200 plastic bags that are melted into plastic “lumber” and created by inner city youth in the USA. Design by Jamison Sellers, from AFM.

Building with plasic bottles

exterior plastic bottles schoolVolunteers built a school in San Pablo in the Philippines  out of thousands of recycled plastic bottles.

The bottles were filled with liquefied adobe and steel bars and then cemented into place. interior plastic bottle schoolThe result is claimed to be three times stronger than concrete.

Read more about it at GreenMuze . Hugitforward has more information here about the how, why and where of bottle schools, and more  useful information here.

Solar-powered car ventilator

solar-car-ventilatorI’d like to have one of these.  It fits any car window. The past week has been more than hot. Apparently the solar panel, which is 5 inches by 4.5 inches, powers the fan, which exchanges hot air inside the car for the presumably cooler air outside. If you park in the shade and want to use the fan, there’s a plug-in adapter for the car. Cool!

Unfortunately Mrs Green cannot find anywhere to obtain this little lovely. Local Entrepreneur somewhere?

Ultraviolet water purifying bottle

UV water filterThe winner of the UK James Dyson Award, Timothy Whitehead, has designed a water bottle that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to sterilise drinking water anywhere in about 2 minutes.

The bottle has an inner and an outer chamber. The outer chamber is filled with dirty water and the inner chamber plunges through it and filters water particles as small as four microns. The clear water then takes about 90 seconds to sterilise by using a wind-up ultra-violet bulb.  Apparently tests show that it sterilises 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.  Wow!

Living buildings

Living BuildingVia GreenMuze – “Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre will be the first building in Canada to have a living building certification when completed.”

As well as various other requirements, living buildings need to use zero net energy and water for one year in order to qualify for the certification.    It’s scheduled for completion in March 2011.