environment
This Slick Rain Jacket is Made of 21 Plastic Bottles

The synthetic compounds that help the fabrics used in rain jackets repel moisture have an unfortunate downside: they don’t naturally break down and are far from environmentally friendly. It’s kind of the ugly secret of the performance wear world, but Columbia has finally come up with an eco-friendly waterproof alternative. Read More >>

science
Yoga Mats Might Soon Be Made From Algae

A company called Bloom has developed a way to turn algae, that green slimy goo that makes it unpleasant to swim in a lake, into eco-friendly foam for use in yoga mats, sandals, or luggage. Read More >>

architecture
This Floating, Solar Powered House is Up to 98 Per Cent Recyclable

If you've ever considered trading your house for a life on the water, but don't fancy the idea of cramped, below deck living quarters, then this floating, solar-powered home, designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema, might be just the thing for you. Read More >>

environment
Energizer Is Finally Making AA Batteries Using Recycled Materials

Once the use of toxic mercury in household batteries was eliminated a couple of decades ago, it finally became safe to just toss dead AAs in the bin. But if deep down you actually felt guilty about not being able to recycle them, Energizer's here to help your conscious with its upcoming EcoAdvanced AAs made with 4% recycled battery material. Read More >>

transport
This Boris Bendy Bus Lookalike is the World’s Largest Battery-Electric Vehicle

If when you think of electric vehicles you picture tiny lightweight cars designed to maximise their battery life, BYD Motors is about to blow your mind. At the recent 2014 American Public Transportation Association Expo in Houston, the company revealed a new articulated bus that it's claiming is the world's largest battery electric vehicle. Read More >>

design
Chopsticks Made From Rice are the Perfect Pairing

It's estimated that over 130 million wooden chopsticks are produced every day, and most are destined to end up in the trash after just one use. Sure, wood breaks down a lot better than plastic, but a couple of engineers from Barcelona have a better idea. They're producing chopsticks made from rice husks—an unwanted by-product of rice production. Read More >>

design
LG’s Glueless Packaging is Almost as Impressive as the OLED TV Inside

A product's packaging is usually nothing but the last obstacle between you and a shiny new gadget, but often there's as much thought that goes into the design of a cardboard box as the device inside. For instance, LG put a remarkable amount of design effort into the box its OLED TVs ship in, and most consumers will never even notice. Read More >>

uncategorized
Folding Cardboard Stools Only Make it Look Like You’re a Hoarder

If you're a student who knows you'll only be living in a cheap flat for a year or so, what's the point of buying and moving heavy furniture? Especially when there are so many flat-packed, lightweight cardboard options to choose from, like these wonderful stools designed to look like stacks of pizza boxes, records, and even boxes of beer. Read More >>

gadgets
The World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle is More Compact Than a Carry-On

Trikelet, which is being billed as the world's smallest electric vehicle, is probably not going to suffice for your morning commute if you're coming in from the suburbs. But to get you from wherever you park your car to your desk, it sure beats having to fight the rat race on foot. Read More >>

advertising
Replacement Caps Upcycle Coke Bottles Into Water Guns and More

Products like the SodaStream let you make your own carbonated beverages at home without the need for yet another plastic bottle to be recycled. But the number of bottled Cokes bought around the world every day is still staggering, so to encourage consumers to upcycle those plastic containers, Coca-Cola created sixteen different replacement caps giving them new uses. Read More >>

gadgets
Human-Sensing Fan Only Blows Where There are People

Nothing puts a strain on power grids like a hot, humid summer day. In many cities across the world rolling blackouts are needed to cope with the strain, so it makes sense that companies would start developing smarter cooling devices. Quirky's Aros air conditioner is leading the charge, but this smarter oscillating fan is pretty clever too. Read More >>

environment
Hypnotic Flapping Wing Turbines Keep Working in the Gentlest Breeze

There have been many proposed alternatives to the spinning propeller blades used on wind turbines installed all over the county, but none as unorthodox as Festo's new DualWingGenerator. Inspired by the company's work on winged flying robots, the design keeps working when winds are as slow as nine miles per hour. Read More >>

architecture
These Futuristic Villas Would Produce More Energy Than They Consume

It's sort of an environmentalist's dream. Forty-five gorgeous villas built on a wasteland that are so impossibly eco-friendly that they produce more energy than they consume in a given year. Ideal as it sounds, Vincent Callebaut has designed just that. Read More >>

science
Colour Solar Panels Let Stained Glass Windows Produce Cheap Power

Because solar panels are designed to accumulate as much light from the sun as possible, they're typically very dark in color. It makes them more efficient, but also kind of an eyesore, minimising their adoption. So researchers at the University of Michigan have developed what they believe to be the world's first semi-transparent, colored solar panels. Read More >>