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It is an amenity kit designed to help hotels to transition to a circular economy and avoid the waste generated by tens-of-millions of amenity kits are thrown away by hotel chains – we use them once but they last forever on our planet. Green box is made from compostable plastic which will let hotels industrially compost and organically recycle the items in a controlled environment. The design goes beyond providing functional value and also aims to educate guests about the material and its impact to encourage better choices even after the vacation ends. Each box comes with a disposable bin for the room to familiarize guests with the new kind of waste-stream. The guests will sort materials as compostable and non-compostable by simply following the color grading – green for compostable and white for general waste. Then they will put the green compostable items in the green part of the box and the white parts (contaminated with bacteria to be composted) will be disposed of with the general waste.
Ideal for adventure seekers who want to carry as little gear as possible, the multitool has a surprisingly great combo of minimal size (about that of a credit card) and more than 15 functions that come really handy for people who hike, camp, or go for an unexpected adventure quite often. TACTICA M.020 is made from a single-piece of super-tough Grade-5 titanium or 420 stainless steel (depending on the one you choose). Well suited for any tasks at home or in the outdoors this tool includes functions like – a sundial, screwdriver, rope tensioner with finger pulls, saw blade for cutting, pry bar, metric ruler for measuring, fire starter courtesy the removable ferrocerium striker rod, tent peg puller for camping in a jiffy, can opener for home use, and bottle opener for times when you desperately need one!
Simply put, the ECLLPSE is a tiny, finger-sized SSD that’s encased in a rugged, virtually unbreakable, waterproof housing. With as much as 2 Terabytes of internal storage, the ECLLPSE gives you a way to store and carry practically all your data around with you, right in your pocket. It comes with multiple adapters built right into its design, giving you the ability to connect it to ALL your devices, from your laptop to your phone, and from your DSLR to your drone, letting you seamlessly back-up, restore, and transfer files between multiple devices. Although with that much storage, comes a pretty major responsibility… transfer speed. It’s a good thing though that the ECLLPSE boasts of read/write speeds that reach as high as 550MB/s, allowing you to transfer 8K videos in mere minutes. It also means you could use the ECLLPSE as external storage for your PS5 or Nintendo Switch and run games off it with absolutely no lag!
The trend of growing microgreens and herbs at home has come with its own set of pros and cons – people are starting to grow their own food to be more green but the food storage solutions are starting to get more complex and not green. DUNSTA was designed to bring the age-old tradition of storing fresh produce in a natural way while being aligned with your modern lifestyle. It uses evaporative cooling to create an environment similar to that of the root cellar, but for an urban living arrangement – so your fruits and vegetables will stay crispy and fresh longer without needing electricity!
The Soul Seat helps you sit in a neutral posture that is effortless and comfortable. The springs on the elevated perch tilt the pelvis forward, open the hips and help align the spine. You can sit in several positions if crossing legs isn’t comfortable for you, the chair enables you to switch between multiple positions frequently keeping your body engaged and blood flowing. For some, this may also alleviate neck and back pain!
The Birdie has a soft base that mounts the GoPro. This breaks the impact when your GoPro hits the floor, so your camera doesn’t take any damage whatsoever. It even floats on water, which means you can use the Birdie in the swimming pool, or at the beach or lakeside! The results are marvelous, and you don’t even need to break the bank to buy a drone for these amazing aerial shots!
Using algae to convert carbon dioxide into energy, The Coral implements the use of a bioreactor to support its micro-biological farm. The bioreactor provides a controlled environment for the algae to enact photosynthesis and produce the nutrients that are then contained within the wall-mounted cell blocks for future consumption. Each cell block is like a microcosm of stagnant ponds covered with a healthy coating of algae, the only difference being that The Coral is a controlled environment. This controlled environment allows each cell block to successfully perform the symbiotic relationship that occurs in nature as we witness take place in coral reefs. Each of The Coral’s 16 cell blocks contains two-grams of algae that darken as the algae grow. Once a cell block reaches its darkest blue-green, typically over the span of two weeks, it can be consumed and taken in as a daily health supplement, as the cycle is then replenished and continued.
Designed to be a safe sanitization-station for your fruits and vegetables, the Elepsy uses a dual-stage process to make sure your food is immaculately clean before you consume it. The product can be broadly separated into three parts – A carafe that lets you measure the water needed to clean your fruits/vegetables, a sanitization-unit that carefully cleans your food, and an outer tray which you can use to place your food after it’s been cleaned. The design intuitively guides the user through the process while the overall aesthetic helps convey the message of cleanliness, minimalism, and simplicity.
What if the sun could purify our water? What if it didn’t require human intervention or energy? What if this low-cost solution could empower coastal regions with an abundance of saline water but minimal access to drinking water? Designer Henry Glogau’s Solar Desalination Skylight knocks multiple proverbial birds with one stone. It serves as a no-cost lighting solution for low-income households, while also using the sun to desalinate drinking water.
the P&P Office Waste Paper Processor, which turns paper destined for recycling into pencils. The machine, looking a bit like a three-hole punch crossed with an electric pencil sharpener, was a finalist in the 2010 Lite-On Awards, an international competition that seeks to stimulate and nurture innovation.
This thing might pass for a standard, everyday briefcase or laptop case and in some situations, that’s gonna be a good thing. But really, it’s the Small Portable Cooler Bag from StowCo: a stealth, compact cooler that keeps contents cool with closed-cell foam insulation. No ice needed, just start with cold drinks—and they’ll stay icy for hours. Holds 3 wine bottles, 10 beer cans, or 6 beer bottles.
Constructed with an incredibly durable canvas comprised of 70% ocean plastics—reclaimed marine buoys to be exact—the EcoTrek Adventure Pant from LIVSN is a water, stain, & abrasion-resistant pant designed to go everywhere you do. The fit is modern and tailored. Choose from 4 classic colors
Instead of paying up to get your ride professionally polished, the AutoBuff is a cordless, dual-action car polisher that will take your car detail duty to new levels of shine. Weighing just 2.8 pounds it’s a light easy-to-handle tool that offers pro-quality performance with 3400-3800 OPM (oscillations per minute) for powerful & efficient buffing. Use its 3.5-inch pads for compounding, polishing and finishing. Battery life is 45-minutes.
With the all-in-one Cuppamoka you can make a portable pour-over virtually anywhere. The 10-ounce stainless vacuum bottle features an integrated pour-over brewer that uses paper filters to brew your custom cup in a few short minutes, then you’re ready to go. The Cuppamoka mug comes with a removable filter holder, a spillproof lid, a collecting pad, 10 paper filters, & a coffee scoop. Keeps drinks hot for 2-3 hours.
For pedestrian safety on the streets after dark, these flashing yellow LED markers from Nite Ize let drivers and other pedestrians see you coming and going. They feature four bright push-button LEDs that can be set to glow or flash modes. Strong magnetic closures make them easy to attach to clothing, hats, shoes, and backpacks. They’re powered by 2032 lithium batteries which offer 70-hours of continuous run-time.
The Nimble is a thimble that sits on your finger, but instead of preventing needle pricks, this little bad-boy comes with a blade that’s capable of being the best cutter you’ll ever own. Convenient in its design, the Nimble’s silicone cap shape allows it to comfortably rest on any finger. A tiny blade on the tip lets you simply slide across surfaces you want to cut, be it paper, tape, clingfilm, etc. The blade’s small enough to slice through packaging, but too small to actually cut skin, which means the most the Nimble will do is poke you a tiny bit.
For cleaning up the edge & maintaining your knife blades, WESN’s Pocket Sharpener is a convenient and capable little tool. Its thin minimalist design makes it super portable while the electroplated diamond and ceramic surfaces ensure a sharper edge on all your blades.
It comes with two compartments on either side of the suitcase, separated by an array of mesh-lined pockets for segregating all your mini-accessories, and also features perhaps the greatest innovation of all time… An embedded checklist with all possible products listed on it, so you remember what to pack, and never end up forgetting a belt or a hairbrush because you were in a hurry.
Meet the Respira, an air purifier that uses nature to uplift spaces and cleanse the air around you the old-fashioned and effective way. Apart from giving your interior spaces a nice touch of greenery, Respira also adds additional humidity, evaporative cooling, and naturally absorbs gases and particulate matter to enrich your home with fresh oxygen and clean air.
With the capacity to store up to three-times more than Tesla’s PowerWall 2 home batteries, the Lavo Green Energy Storage System connects to your solar inverter & your water main, then electrolyzes the water to store the hydrogen—up to 40kW hours worth. That’s enough to power the average home for 2 full days. Technically, this is not a battery, rather it is a home electrolysis system & hydrogen storage array. Also, the world’s first.
In these days of marathon TV time & at-home hangouts, the Couch Console has arrived right on time. It is a self-balancing cupholder, snack holder, phone stand, USB-C charging dock, remote tray, & storage pocket, all in a compact, easy-to-clean package, made with recycled plastic & foam.
he GoSun Flow offers a range of functions—use it as a portable handwashing/dishwashing station, a hot shower, and a source of clean drinking water, to name just a few. Winner of a 2021 CES Innovation Award, its unique three-stage filter removes 99.99% of pathogens, including viruses, using a powerful, electropositive charge generated by nano alumina fibers. It offers an adjustable faucet, a showerhead—even the kitchen sink. Powered by solar, it weighs just 2.75 pounds for easy transport.
The Kalea household composter turns your kitchen scraps into clean, useable compost in just 48 hours. Similar in size & shape to a kitchen waste bin, it uses a simple 3-step process to convert fruit, vegetable, meat, dairy, cooked food, and fish waste into hygienic, ready-to-use compost with no odor or mess. Sensors and intelligent control systems process & dry the material before shredding it into a dirt-like & nutrient-rich fertilizer. Mix it with soil at a 1:10 ratio to give your plants an immediate boost.