TED Talk by John Francis: I walk the Earth

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility (for 10 of those years without speaking). A funny, thoughtful talk with occasional banjo.

John Francis: I walk the Earth

I found this inspiring.

This piano talks

A “speaking piano” reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009. Unfortunately it’s all in German, but what the piano says is all English, and it’s really neat to watch.

Speaking Piano – Now with (somewhat decent) captions!

Possibly the coolest thing I have ever seen. A work by Austrian composer Peter Ablinger. [via Makezine and Neatorama]

Full translation of the words in YouTube: Continue reading “This piano talks”

Green Box: A new pizza box

This is ingenious:

Environmentally Conscious Organization (e.c.o.), Incorporated is a design, licensing firm and manufacturing firm dedicated to improving outmoded, outdated and wasteful food packaging. e.c.o., Incorporated is marketing its first product, the Green Box (US Patent 7,051,919), a pizza box manufactured from 100% recycled material. The top of the Green Box breaks down into convenient serving plates, eliminating the need for disposable plates. The bottom of the ‘Green Box’ converts easily into a handy storage container, eliminating the need for plastic wrap, tin foil or plastic bags. The perforations and scores that create this functionality allow for easy disposal into a standard-sized recycling bin. Made from a standard pizza blank, the Green Box requires no additional material or major redesign and can therefore be produced at no additional manufacturing cost. e.c.o., Incorporated owns the utility patent on the Green Box. Check out our website at www.ecoincorporated.com.

Green Box: Pizza Box Turns into Plates & Storage Unit

I can see the usefulness of this.

The next Prius will be partially solar-powered

Oh this is so cool, Prius powered by the sun!

Toyota to add solar panels to Prius hybrid: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to install solar panels on its next-generation Prius hybrid cars, becoming the first major automaker to use solar power for a vehicle, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.

The paper said Toyota would equip solar panels on the roof of the high-end version of the Prius when it redesigns the gasoline-electric hybrid car early next year, and the power generated by the system would be used for the air conditioning.

Toyota plans to use solar panels made by Kyocera Corp (6971.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the Nikkei said.

Toyota remodeled the Prius with an improved hybrid system in 2003 and is expected to launch a third-generation version by next year. (Source: Reuters)

It’s great that car manufacturers are innovating in the area of energy conservation. Costs savings and a better environment I hope!

Bought more paper

Just bought more paper. I’m quite a high consumer of paper. Not the most environmental friendly person.

Just bought more paper

As much as I want to save the world, I just find paper so much more productive. I sometimes just print things out so that I have an easier time reading. And after I read, I sort of just throw the paper away. Yes, there’s a recycle bin at Bukit Batok but I always forget that there’s one. I won’t think much and just dump it into my bin.