Nowadays, wall paper paste comes with a slew of toxic ingredients. Not only does it smell terrible while you are applying it, chances are it will emit harmful VOCs (volatile organic compound) for years to come.
Infinia, a company based in Kennewick, Washington, plans to release a Stirling solar dish about the size of a large satellite TV receiver. Instead of using photovoltaic cells, it will use the sun's heat to generate electricity. Standard solar
The energy and environment ministers of the G8 countries plus China, India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico and more (the "top 20 polluters", to use the BBC's words) are meeting for two days in Mexico to continue what they started at the G8 summit at
At a time when China's water prospects are quite dim, the country's available water sources are growing darker. Roughly two weeks ago, a local chemical company polluted a tributary of the Songhua River in the northeastern province of Jilin with a
If you like what is quickly becoming a series on DIY upgrades for your Toyota Prius here at Treehugger and you missed the Digg, then allow us to point you to the "quest to make Mac Prius", or how to make a Mac Mini with audio and video work in Toyota's
Toothpaste is tough. Our dentist, who we worship, insists that we use a flouride toothpaste; Others go nuts over flouride. We felt slightly less guilty buying flouride toothpaste from Tom's of Maine, where even the fluoride is natural. (right- ground up
In a previous post we saw plans to propel freight ships with the help of giant paraglider-like sails. Here, instead of going up to catch high-speed air currents, TidEl technology goes down to the bottom of the ocean to harness strong water currents.
One of our readers suggested we pay more attention to Sony's growing use of corn-based plastic. Turned out to be a great idea. Here's an overview, with some life cycle analysis thrown in. In early 2003, a Sony webpage was dedicated to promoting and
If you haven't been to the windy city, it's surely a place to visit. The Sears Tower, the Miracle Mile, Navy Pier the tour of the far South Side where landfills rise up like rolling hills. What, never heard of that tour? Well it certainly has been
These "Crystal Bridges" are designed by architect Moshe Safdie, and are being built for a museum and cultural centre in Bentonville, Arkansas. The design aims to enhance and protect the natural beauty of the site, and to achieve a high level of
Houseboats — they inspire the imagination and, if you're fortunate enough, they can be an inexpensive, and environmentally-sound house to own. Today though, it's much harder to find space for a houseboat, due to shrinking access to waterfronts and
A news item we feature typically represents a major turning point or else portends an interesting impact on product design. Here are six snippets that caught our eye, but did not make the cut; all from a single day's news stream: . 1.) Biodiesel
Our series on Texas continues! The Panda Group from Dallas has announced that it will built a $120 million ethanol plant in Hereford, Texas (North-West of Dallas). Construction began this summer, and it should be operational in late 2006 producing 100
Toyota plans to double its hybrid vehicle production to meet increasing demand around the world (especially in North-America). Production would jump to half a million in 2006 from 250,000 in 2005. Rising oil prices and the improved performance of hybrid