Save Water, Every Drop Of It

Save Water, Every Drop Of It

We jabber quite a bit about conservation and how we need to respect the environment, but the number of people who actually go out of the way to practice what they preach is very limited. If you are the preachy sort who kinda wants to crossover to the action group, then you need to check this Every Drop Counts Water Meter. This is a device that will meter your water usage plus detect running, dripping & leaky pipes, without drying up your pockets!

0 Designer: Ulrik Svenningsen

Sunshine On A Rainy Day Means Loads Of Energy

Sunshine On A Rainy Day Means Loads Of Energy

2020 is really not that far away, but are we prepared to experiment with what Philips has conjured up for our housing options of the future? They are proposing that we harness the energies of the elements to sustain our living quarters by entrapping the renewable resources on-site, using some membrane-type of contraption! Shifting the focus from eco-friendly building materials, Off the Grid Sustainable Habitat 2020 will do-away with “inert outer surfaces” that merely protect out exteriors by making them intelligent.

0 Designer: Philips Design

No Green in Los Angeles

No Green in Los Angeles

Not for long, anyway; not at this rate. According to the design group in charge of this project, 60% of urban water consumption goes toward landscaping. Quite simply, this is because of what’s called “traditional lawns,” aka, lush green grass that doesn’t naturally grow well in untended-by-humans California. The alternative is “California native gardens,” those which are easy to tend to, cheaper than the alternatives, and don’t suck up the H20 supplies at anywhere near the current rate. Here’s the campaign to save LA.

0 Designer: CalArts Design Team (see post for list)

My Phone’s Gone Liquid

My Phone’s Gone Liquid

For the ignorant lot, LOHAS is Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability and a way of life for one out of every six Americans. I’m not faffing about this, but LOHAS consumers shop for products based on their values and world view, reflecting their desire for healthier and more sustainable lives. Catering to this crowd is the Aqua Liquid cellphone that uses liquid fuel cells technology in the name of eco-friendliness; although this lowers the efficiency of the phone.

0 Designer: Sean Park

Cardboard Furniture, Surprisng Results

Cardboard Furniture, Surprisng Results

COMPACT is totally sustainable furniture design made from cardboard and recycled polypropylene. The modular solution comes in 5 flat boards which make for easy transport. Assembly should be a cinch if you’re used to IKEA and it’s all held together by interlocking areas that are sealed with wood glue. Configurations are endless, everything from storage, to a work area complete with lighting.

0 Designer: Pedro Gomes

Sow Your Seeds, Grow Your Veggies

Sow Your Seeds, Grow Your Veggies

The idea of DIY VeggiePatch is to get involved in the process of growing vegetables for families and communities and in some ways nip food miles, packaging, food processing, and flood irrigation at the top of the food chain process. The project proposes to reduce eco-footprint by using materials like cardboard, banana paper and tire crumb to construct the patch. The pros of the patch include eliminating the need for transportation, refrigeration, and storage of vegetables plus the health benefits of organic food.

0 Designer: Jo Szczepanska

Power Of Three

Power Of Three

Without being to preachy about how you waste water while showering, a group of ID designers have come up with valid solutions instead. Not 1, not 2 but 3 options to save/conserve water is what the OLI Shower Water Conservation Project is all about. Briefly it includes a REFRESH-N-REMIND shower monitor, REDUCE-YOUR-USE mat and RELAX-N-REUSE seat. Hit the jump to know more.

0 Designers: Nallieli Santamaria, Brad Smith, Franklin Crosby, Raymond Bessemer, Sergio Coronado & Sean Whang

Rock-A-By-Doggie

Rock-A-By-Doggie

I am totally floored by Ilya Fridman’s design for a Dog Hammock. First of all as a dog-lover, I simply adore the idea of getting a pet pooch his own hammock, and to top it off the dog-bed helps in subtly collecting stray dog fur by harnessing the attraction power of static electricity. What a blessing! Ilya also win’s my vote for using recycled materials in the construction of Jamboree.

0 Designer: Ilya Fridman

This Party Is Headed Outdoors

This Party Is Headed Outdoors

I’m done with the Tupperware era where every party and host-gift excited me no end. I’ve come to the point where I think I own almost everything in the catalog. The only way I think the company can infuse a breath of fresh air (pun totally intended!) into their lineup is, if they consider this Compost Concept. Quite contrary to the food-storage options that company is so famous for, the collection pail and outdoor compost bin offers an easy option for those who believe in recycling garbage.

0 Designer: Ken Jasinski

Water Generates Free Personal Electricity

Water Generates Free Personal Electricity

You say you live in an apartment complex where you pay for your rent + electricity, and that’s it? Check it out. You get yourself one of these bad boys, (or 2, or 3,) and hook them up to the water pipes, and bam! Your on the slick road to free home electricity. It’s the “Mini Hydro Turbine” from Yanko frequent Jin Woo Han. Don’t mix up the cords!

0 Designer: Jin Woo Han

Aqua, Hydra or Simply Water; It Needs To Be Clean

Aqua, Hydra or Simply Water; It Needs To Be Clean

I don’t think I need to highlight the importance of clean drinking water to you elite crowd, but it is a major issue in many developing countries and war-torn zones. When designer Martin Bolton conducted a survey of the potable water that most rural houses in South Africa used, he was appalled at the quality and decided to do something about it. He devised an ingenious Potpaz Ceramic Filter system that is aimed at being a low cost water treatment device optimally suited to South African rural conditions.

0 Designer: Martin Bolton

S Is For SuperDuper!

S Is For SuperDuper!

No you are not looking at the new Jaguar XF or the Aston Martin Rapide. This is actually the new all-electric Model “S” sedan from often beleaguered Tesla Motors. It is the follow up to the much hyped and groundbreaking Tesla Roadster. This sexy four-door sedan comes loaded with the latest touch-screen technology, sleek styling and enough green karma to choke the Dali Lama. Did we mention it’s entirely electric and not a concept?

0 Designer: Tesla [ Via: Jalopnik ]

Energy Seed: A Yanko Love Story

Energy Seed: A Yanko Love Story

Listen, we all love Sungwoo Park here, don’t deny it. There’s been more than one satisfied reader here on Yanko when it comes to Sungwoo. But this time, the reader took an extra step and became an inspired advocate for action. This reader cum designer, Jerome Demers, took the Sungwoo Energy Seed concept and made it DIY and desktop sized. Don’t you want to play along with the “dead” batteries too?

0 Designer: Jerome Demers