None of Apple's Computers Are Environmentally Friendly Anymore (Update)

Though Apple typically lauds itself for being green, it has decided to stop adhering to environmentally friendly standards. According to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the standard for green consumer electronics, Apple has pulled all 39 of its computers from being certified green by… »7/09/12 11:40am7/09/12 11:40am


Black and Decker LightsOut IR Gizmo Turns Lights Off For Lazy, Green Types

My old office used to have those irritating IR-sensor lights, so if you were working late and popped out—say to the loo—for more than a few minutes, you'd be welcomed back to uninviting darkness: now you can have the same facility in your home thanks to Black&Decker's LightsOut. Well, actually it's quite a neat… »10/27/08 8:40am10/27/08 8:40am

One Wash, One Cup of Water: Nearly Waterless Washing Machine Invented

British inventors have designed a washing machine that takes eco-friendliness to a new level: it uses just a single cup of water to wash a load of clothes. Instead of water the Xeros machine uses thousands of special plastic chips (about 44 pounds' worth) in each wash, and when that single cup of water is heated,… »6/10/08 7:28am6/10/08 7:28am

Flower Power to Solar Power: Artificial Plant has Solar Cell Leaves

A Japanese science and engineering team have created this crazy artificial houseplant with high-efficiency organic thin-film solar cells as leaves. Developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, it's got about 9 square inches of power-generating area, and each flexible leaf has a… »6/04/08 7:10am6/04/08 7:10am

IBM Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency Using Magnifying Trick

IBM's researchers have been busily beavering away trying to improve solar power technology, and they've just come up with a neat solution that uses a surprisingly simple technique: concentrator photovoltaics. In much the same way as kids use magnifying glasses to focus the sun on things to burn them (we all did that,… »5/16/08 10:15am5/16/08 10:15am

Nokia Recycles Old Stuff With An Eco-Friendly Remade Cellphone

As well as showing high-tech cellphones at MWC 2008, Nokia also demoed their green tech concept, the "Remade." The clamshell phone has an outer shell made from recycled aluminum cans, a chassis made of plastic from drink bottles and rubber parts made from old car tires. Even its screen and circuit board use techniques… »2/13/08 6:17am2/13/08 6:17am

Fluxxlab Revolution Door is Eco-Friendly, People-Powered Power Station

The Revolution Door is a concept from New York designers Fluxxlab that puts otherwise-wasted kinetic energy from a revolving office door to good use—generating power. Fluxxlab's rationale is that humans exert a chunk of their own energy when pushing a revolving door around, and it may as well be captured via gears and… »2/08/08 8:25am2/08/08 8:25am