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Rubik’s Cube Gadget Charger [Design Concept]

Check out this nifty design of a “Rubik’s Cude” gadget charger that will turn your efforts of solving the puzzle into electricity to re-charge your gadgets.  I don’t know how practical that would be but certainly reminds me of the Bloom Box.  If the design could be further developed into more efficient transfer of energy from motion to electricity, this could be a potential production material.

A concept device from designer Zheng Weixi showcased over on Yanko Design, the

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Beer Glasses Re-Blown into Stylish Glasses! [RECYCLE]

Check out these awesome array of beer glasses that have been given new life by being re-blown into stylish glass cups.  Pack of 6 glasses are about $60, way over-priced for me to consider buying one but still, this is great idea that a company is recycling bottles into works of art, re-usable stylish glasses.

I just love the way they shaped the glasses, so perfect for beer!

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Cooling Hack – How to Make the California Cooler!

Resurrecting the California Cooler

California cooler is a way of using one of your kitchen cabinets to expose air to the outside.  In this example, a california cooler is “re-made” by adding insulation to the cabinet doors and allowing air to flow straight in from the outside.

I live in California and most of the year (except summer), I can say the temperatures never reach higher than 70 degrees fahrenheit.  Of course if you live inland California, this isn’t going to happen but for most of you ocean-breezers out there (San Francisco, Santa Monica, Monterey), you can make your food last lon

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Eco Hack – How to Recycle Pallet Boxes!

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If you’ve worked in a warehouse before (like me), you know how valuable pallets can be. (or maybe the opposite)  Pallets are not only great ways to move goods in our world, they contain a lot of wood, meaning they can be recycled into many things like a shoe holder???

Anyways, WebEcoist has a collection of Top 20 uses on how to recycle/re-make pallet boxes,

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Pallet Hack – How to Recycle Pallet into a Hanging Chair!

Paracord Laced Pallet, Hanging Chair

When I see DIYs like this one where the creator re-uses/recycles materials such as pallets, it brings a lot of joy into my life, simply because it’s so damn creative plus cuts down on our carbon footprint.

I have seen plenty of pallets in my life but here’s how you can recycle/re-make them into a really cool-lookin hanging chair, brilliant idea!

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Gutter Hack – How to Make a Gutterless Rain Barrel!

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Here’s a great idea to collect free rain water if you don’t have a gutter on the edge of your roof.   The key component to this gutterless rain barrel is obviously the fact that you can basically collect “unlimited” amounts of rain water, just replace barrels when they are full.  Brilliant idea!

I wanted to share instructions on how to build a “drain barrel” for those of you who may not have gutters on your house (bear in mind that this is a construction project that requires a bit of creativity). This project is most useful for those of

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Flood Hack – How to Make a DIY Flood Triggered Automated Camera System!

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Natural disasters have caused a ton of damage to home owners, businesses, and even the government.  For floods, the Department of Natural Resources of Australia and Penguin Labs have devised a DIY flood-triggered automated camera system that would takeimages of a cave flood (when it floods) in order to study the water flow and how it affects the environment.  Mainly, a “water switch” is used to detect water in the device with solar power to keep the device charged with power.

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Wine Barrel Hack – How to Make a Wine Barrel Sink!

Turn a wine barrel into an outdoor sink

For those of you who love wine like me, you will want to see this awesome wine barrel hack involving turning it into a sink!

Not only is it fashionable and stylish for your home, this could be the ultimate utility room mod you can do. Besides all the good things you bring to the house, you will also be re-making, re-using, and recycling a wine barrel instead of throwing it away. #SaveEarth

Turn an ordinary wine barrel into both a functional and decorative sink for outdoor use. You can use a variety of sinks and faucets to achieve the look or budget you desire.

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MN Appliance Rebate gives Minnesota Residents upto $200 Rebate per Appliance!

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Minnesota has just started their rebate program for Energy Star complaint appliances to promote energy saving statewide.

This is similar to the PG&G program here in California where I live, PG&E replaced my refrigerator for free with a more energy-efficient one TWICE. Of course, the energy savings over long term could easily pay for the fridge itself plus we are reducing our carbon footprint. It’s good to see that slowly state government is giving out money to promote green energy.

For those of you who have been waiting to get a new appliance, there ne

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Eco-DIY – How to Make a Computer Key Stool/Chair with Recycled Cardboard!

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For those of you who want to create cheap, recycled stools/chairs for your entertainment room, here’s a good one, use recycled cardboards and spray paint them to make computer key stool/chair.  Simply brilliant!

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