Every year, new sustainable living products hit the market. Some fail and some succeed, but eco-friendly products are a must for people to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are four innovations from 2015 that will make your life a little bit better.
NanoLeaf Smart Bulb
You may have already seen these origami-shaped lightbulbs on the internet, where they have been received with the kind of rapture normally reserved for Apple’s newest products. But all of that is excitement is for a reason – the NanoLeaf smart bulb is a giant step forward for lightbulb design. The NanoLeaf is the most energy efficient LED bulb ever created – they are meant to last up to 27 years! This not only reduces energy costs but also limits our reliance on glass, which in turn reduces waste. NanoLeaf bulbs were invented by post-graduate students at the University of Toronto. Of the available designs, one is self-dimming, and another can be controlled by voice control apps or your smartphone.
There are literally thousands of apps in the world, which makes it hard for new ones to truly stand out. But Lily Tsu’s app, Think Dirty, is a groundbreaking tool to help consumers decipher the ingredients in their health and beauty products. Tsu was motivated to create the app by the history of cancer in her family. When Tsu realized that some ingredients are linked to breast cancer and other diseases, she started researching the products on the shelf. Unfortunately, finding clean products is quite a challenge. Since some chemicals and parabens in beauty products are carcinogenic, Think Dirty is the perfect shopping companion for concerned consumers.With Think Dirty, users can simply use their smartphone or tablet to scan an item in order to see a complete list of ingredients, along with their clean/dirty rating.
this too shall pass – Innovative food packaging
Innovative food packaging is hard to come by, but the creators of this too shall pass were thinking about sustainability when they came up with their series of food packages. The project was borne from the question “why does a milk container take years to decompose when the milk goes bad in just a few weeks?” The challenge was to create packaging that also expired quickly. Hence, the olive oil container is made from caramelized sugar. When the container empties, the package dissolves in water. Or the rice package, which is made from biodegradable beeswax and opens like peeling a fruit. The package could be adapted to house a variety of dry goods that are currently being sold in containers that sit in landfills.
Moss Bathroom Mat
It may seem a little strange, but don’t think of this as moss, think of it as fresh grass. Who doesn’t love stepping barefoot into a recently mowed lawn? Swiss designer Nguyen La Chanh tackled the old problem of the overly damp bathroom by designing a bath mat that thrives on moist conditions. The rug is made from an imputrescible foam called plastazote, with several moss types then implanted into the foam. The moss will survive just on the humidity from your bathroom. Although you can’t buy the bath mat just yet, the inventor is seeking financial investors to take this product to the masses.
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Originally posted 2016-05-28 21:05:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter