Green Coffee Table Makes Energy Enough to Power Your Stuff
Photo via Nectar
For people who aren't satisfied with the fact that the greenest thing about their coffee table is the mug of organically grown joe resting on top of it, finally there's a truly appealing alternative in the Voltpot. Not only does its grassy surface bring a bit of oxygen producing plant-life to your living room--the metabolic process is captured and converted to energy to charge your cell phone or mp3 player. Such an innovation is yet another delightful reminder that sometimes sustainable designs aren't just the eco-friendliest, but perhaps the most practical and beautiful as well.
According to the designer at Nectar, a Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) inside the soil captures the energy produced via metabolic processes and converts it into a continues, albiet small, output of usable energy. The current design generates 1watt per cubic meter of soil, though the manufacturer believes improvements will bring that number to as high as 10watts.
The designer seems to understand the important relationship between aesthetics and sustainability in the consumer market, indicating that one should not exist without the other.
Voltpot addresses sustainability as a hidden but a strong asset of these products none the less. Using the MFC's these products can deliver energy to fulfill various lifestyle functionalities, thus making it so pleasurable for the user to use that he/she will buy it solely because they desire the product and thus indirectly end up embracing a sustainable lifestyle. Using the MFC's these products can deliver energy two fulfill various lifestyle functionalities, thus making it so pleasurable for the user to use that he / she will buy it solely because they desire the product and thus indirectly end up embracing a sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability has to be chic, it has to be cool, and most of all it has to make every other mainstream competition appear as a poor compromise in comparison. Sustainability has to be chic, it has to be cool, and most of all it has to make every other mainstream competition appear as a poor compromise in comparison.
Its difficult not to be impressed with the Voltpot's sleek, modern design--even before discovering its sustainable, energy-producing features. Whether you strive to furnish your home with eco-friendly pieces, or if your just interested in aesthetics, the Voltpot may just be the perfect place to rest your mug, charge your cell phone, and house a some light-reading--a volume by Walt Whitman perhaps?
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