GIGS.2.GO Disposable USB Flashdrive

As USB drives these days are really cheap so I think that is why Kurt Rampton and BOLTgroup have come to the idea of making this GIGS.2.GO, a credit card sized pack of 4 USB drives. Just tear a gig if you need and its recycled paper body makes easy for labeling. Slick and simple to use, this is a perfect gadget at business meetings.

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Joco Cups – Environmentally Friendly Coffee Cups

JOCO has come to the rescue of your daily ritual.

Whether you like a Latte sitting neatly in your rides cup holder, or prefer your mint tea to fit snugly in your palm as you trek the mountains of Nepall we are sure that JOCO will be your new best buddy throughout yo.

Explore the features below to get a better look into the innovation behind the world’s favourite glass re-usable cup.

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Window Solar Charger By XD Design

Be green and charge your phone by using the sunlight that streams through your window! The Window Solar Charger can be used to power your smartphone through sunlight from the window. The charger is a rechargeable lithium battery that holds 1400mAh of electric charge. Because it can stick to any window, it can be used at home, in the car, or at the office. The energy is completely green, as it is all collected through solar panels on the window-facing side of the device. USB and Mini-USB ports provided.

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The 5Rs of Great Design

You’ve heard of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, But that’s only part of the story. Shifting from a world where we try to just do “less bad” to one where we are actually creating MORE GOOD — is the thought process behind a Restorative Economy.

To that end, designers in the o2-Global Sustainable Design Network tossed around ideas to see how we can use the old 3Rs we all know and love, and add just a few bits to it, to create an impact ranked list that will help bring us not only back from the brink of self-destruction, but put us on to the path that will take us to the next level.

To be sure there are WAY more Rs than 5, but the idea was to keep things simple but inclusive, and still be really useful.

Innovation Action-list: The 5Rs of great design

RESTORE
Use materials (and support firms) that help reverse damage or — add — to natural capital. Restorative Economics, the next step in sustainability evolution.

RESPECT
Examine impacts the item will have on stakeholders, as well as eco-systems — social plus environmental justice, look for the win-win-win scenario (triple bottom line). Fair trade, cultural respect, noise/light/visual pollution (the physical stuff of an industrialized society), clear property rights, accessibility issues, universal design issues.

REDUCE
Reduce the materials needed to do function, including: less materials used (includes product life issues [1 LED bulb = MANY incandescent]), less weight to transport (reduce fuel demands), less energy to manufacture, less energy to store (aseptic pack vs. refrigerated milk), less energy to use (LED bulbs vs. incandescent, coldwater wash vs. hot), reduced toxicity (reduce to ZERO).

REUSE
Reuse something already manufactured, and make item easy to BE reused with minimal or NO remanufacturing (packaging AS product).

RECOVER
Create item to be fed BACK into the resource loop (includes Cradle to Cradle), have a robust and easy to use system to RECOVER materials, and USE RECYCLED substrates to make the item (100% PCW paperboard) wherever possible. Under this R we would naturally tuck the old favorite — RECYCLE the things you recovered.

Looking at things in a Cradle to Cradle light for RECOVER and RECYCLE you can’t have one without the other. Recyclable has no meaning unless it’s been Recovered.

It must be noted in the cycles of a Cradle to Cradle model, RECOVER/RECYCLE is the most energy intensive of the Rs. Manufactured items should not be created with a one way trip, or even a virgin renewable resource manufactured good that goes straight to compost, as a first choice. This option should be the — last stop — as part of a well managed system that incorporates the other 4Rs as well.

Paper, paperboard, and pulp (wood, kenaf, bamboo, agripulp, etc.) are great examples of a renewable, biodegradable resource that makes many many useful reuse and/or remanufacture trips (Technical Nutrient) before it’s time to retire them as compost fodder for the next growing cycle (Biological Nutrient).

Sustainability means:
Never having to say you’re sorry.