Xtracycle: Efficient Bike Extender

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Xtracycle is a 15-inch bike extender with dual racks. It turns standard bikes into practical transportation devices, capable of carrying sizable loads. The inventor, Ross Evans, realized that by lengthening the wheelbase of an ordinary bike he could increase the portage capacity without significantly hindering handling. He arrived at a simple, elegant modification: Remove the […]

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Nike Releases “Considered” Footwear Line

Nike has released a new line of footwear called “Considered”, which they claim is produced using sustainable manufacturing practices, quite different from the way most athletic shoes are currently made, and quite efficient if their claims are true. Some examples: 80% less solvents and glues used; simpler designs involving fewer production steps including less stitching; […]

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24-Hour Kitchen Composter

These composters efficiently break down and digest organic food waste by means of a proprietary “Composting Bio Mix” containing a blend of food digesting microbes and yeast cells which also act to suppress odors while they work. Sharp claims that they reduce kitchen was by 92% in 24 hours. The composters are only available in […]

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SafeCoat: Non-Toxic Paint

Why does almost all of the paint sold in the U.S. contain toxic ingredients? Because chemicals (such as formaldehyde and acetone) are cheap. The resources needed to study the long-term effects of the thousands of chemicals contained in paints, stains, and varnishes would be immense. The . Other non-toxic ingredient could be used — but […]

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