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Gumboot power

We’ve seen some intriguing sources of alternative energy for recharging small electronic devices, but these “thermoelectric galoshes” are certainly at the bizarre end of the spectrum. In the sole of each boot of Power Wellies, are thermoelectric modules that convert temperature differences — say the warmth of your foot versus the cold of the ground — into electric voltage. It may be some time before they take off as a serious charging alternative — it takes 12 hours of walking to charge a cell phone for an hour — but nonetheless it’s a step in the right direction!



Waterpebble is a clever device that encourages you to use less water each time you shower. It works like this: you place the Waterprebble in the shower near the plughole, and shower as normal. The device monitors water going down the plughole, memorizes your first shower and uses it as a benchmark. Then each time you shower, lights in the Waterpebble light up to indicate the start (green light), when you’re half way through (amber), and red (time to stop). Each time you shower Waterpebble fractionally reduces your shower time, helping you to save water without needing to think about it.


Emission-free food processor

Absolutely no electricity is used by the Kitchen Machine, the latest in eco-friendly household appliances. It’s a food processor that is powered entirely by its human operator. There is a pedal at the bottom of the unit that drives a large flywheel, which spins at up to 400 revolutions per minute and drives a versatile range of cutting devices — a utility mixer, food processor and coffee grinder — which can be attached to the machine’s drive shaft. Thanks to the Kitchen Machine, eco-chefs now have emission-free grinding, mixing, chopping and stirring at the tips of their toes.


Eco nappies

It’s estimated that 50 million disposable diapers enter landfills each day where they sit for 500 years! So thank goodness for Eenee Eco Compostable Nappies, an innovative zero-waste compostable diaper that is good for your baby and good for the environment. Made from renewable plant-based materials and covered with biofilm, Eenee Nappies are environmentally friendly as well as being super absorbent, breathable and waterproof. They’re so good they won a Keep Australia Beautiful Award for Environmental Innovation. Why wasn’t this invented sooner?


New breath for old blowers

Now that the 2010 Football World Cup is over, what is one to do with the thousands upon thousands of vuvuzelas that trumpeted throughout the tournament? WoZela, an online competition, set out to discover ways to re-use or recycle vuvuzelas — in designs that could be produced by local artisans in order to benefit the community. Out of 100 submissions, the winning entry was a design for big colourful earrings consisting of cross-sections of the long, hollow horn. It narrowly beat other concepts such as Christmas trees, toilet-paper holders, and lamps.


Carbon-neutral cladding

Polli Bricks is an environmentally friendly and practically sound form of architectural cladding. It is the world’s first scalable carbon-neutral recycled polymer cladding and is 100 per cent reengineered from recycled plastic bottles. Because it is made from locally recycled plastic bottles, it needs no raw materials and has no transport emissions. Polli Bricks are also very cost effective, being a fraction of the cost of other architectural cladding systems. What is more, the system can be illuminated by in-built solar-powered LED lighting. A neat invention that makes a positive contribution to the green economy — and is one of the winners of the 2010 Earth Awards.