All Buses Rides Are Free In Hasselt

The Tyee reports: Ten years ago the people of Hasselt, Belgium embarked upon a bold experiment: no more charging for bus rides. Ever since, they’ve been proving the idea can work wonderfully. This city of 70,000 residents, with 300,000 commuters from the surrounding area, has made traveling by bus easy, affordable, and efficient. Now, people in Hasselt often speak of …

Google To Spend $10 Million On Electric Cars

Wow, this is great news for those of us who would like to see electric cars go mainstream. Yesterday, Google switched on the 1.6 megawatts solar roof on its corporate campus. The roof will provide about one third of the company’s electricity. Google also announced plans to accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Google.Org is awarding $1 million …

100% Electric SUV Recharges In 10 Minutes

This SUV by Phoenix Motorcars is an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle. It can recharge in 10 minutes, and it has a range of a 100 miles (or more) per charge. It’s fast too — it can achieve speeds of 95 MPH while carrying five passengers and a full payload. The vehicle uses the innovative NanoSafe batteries by Altairnano. NanoSafe batteries are …

Human Wildlife

This book, Human Wildlife, is an interesting survey of the fungi, yeasts, bacteria, worms and other creatures that inhabit the human body. Though sometimes hard to read, it’s certainly illuminating to know about the symbiotic relationships that the human body entertains, and well as the more parasitic ones.

Video: View From A Wind Turbine

In the town of Swaffham (love that name), England, they have one the few wind turbines in the world that features an observation tower. It’s open to the public, so Newconsumer.TV went inside to climb the turbine, and take a look. Last week, the EU committed Europe to producing 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020. For …

Sharp Introduces Earthquake-Detecting Solar LED Streetlights

Sharp is introducing a new range of solar-powered LED streetlights. These self-contained lights charge during the day, and switch on automatically when darkness falls. They can operate for 10 years straight without maintenance. They make use of new, high-intensity LED spotlights, which are ideal for public parks. The LEDs illuminate with a directed light and don’t send light into the …

Optimal: Natural Linen Sheets by Area Simone

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We recently discovered these 100% natural linen sheets by Area Simone. Linen, which comes from the flax plant, is an optimal material for making sheets. Like hemp, linen does not require pesticides to grow. By contrast, 25% of all pesticides used in the world are sprayed on cotton. Linen is also 2 to 3 times stronger than cotton, has no …

Excel Hand Dryer Uses 80% Less Energy

This is a hand dryer, made by Excel, that uses 80% less electrical energy than similar dryers. It uses a high velocity fan to dry hands faster (10-12 seconds) by blowing the water droplets off the hands. Hand dryers are more efficient than paper towels in public restrooms. Paper towels have a higher annual cost, use energy to transport, create …

EV Global Folding Mini E-Bike (36V)

  Top speed: 18 mph Range: 20 miles Notes from Manufacturer: Fold it and load it easily into the back of your car, minivan, RV, boat, plane or public transportation. You can even store your ebike folding mini in your closet. Features include: Compact design folds to 32" L x 14" w X 31" H. Very easy to fold while …

100% Corn-Based Packaging Now In Use

Cargill Dow’s innovative line of 100% corn-based bioplastic “NatureWorks Packaging” is now being used by a number of food companies to package fresh produce and salads. Dow Chemicals, a partner in the Cargill Dow company, has a questionable environmental and ethical track record. However, the Natureworks product is making breakthroughs for bioplastic into the food packaging marketplace. Del Monte Fresh …