Ecosphere Associates, Inc.: Closed Ecosystem, Self Contained Aquarium

“The Original EcoSphere® is the world’s first totally enclosed ecosystem – a complete, self-contained and self-sustaining miniature world encased in glass. Be wary of inferior and lower quality imitations. Easy to care for, an EcoSphere is an incredible learning tool that can provide powerful insights about life on our own planet… and provide a glimpse […]

Domestic-use in-vessel composters – really cool

I stumbled upon domestic-use in-vessel composters (on a lead from @harvestpower, of course). I had heard of in-vessel composting, but never realized that at least two companies created machines that you plug in, feed with your organic waste (with addition of saw dust), and out comes compost. As far as I can tell, the process […]

Philips – Design Probes – Microbial Home

“The Microbial Home Probe consists of a domestic ecosystem that challenges conventional design solutions to energy, cleaning, food preservation, lighting, human waste and healthy lifestyle.” Very cool. And mentions of a Post Electronic Age, too. Read this article… Images from Philips – more at Microbial Home  

Philips unveils an elegant ‘Microbial Home’ concept | SmartPlanet

“Although these appliances won’t be manufactured any time soon, lifelike models of the concepts are currently on view at the Piet Hein Eek gallery during Dutch Design Week (which opened on October 22 and runs through October 30) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. While the thought of cooking dinner with gas harvested from bathroom waste might […]

Save $29,000 this year – The Scientist

“The Scientist contacted researchers around the world, looking for their tips and tricks for saving money in the lab; here we present 15 of our favorites.” I’ve been saying for years that biology has become a kit-based science, when lots of the stuff is easy to make yourself and really doesn’t waste time. Spend money […]

Report: Current European Biofuel Policies ‘Unethical’ – ScienceInsider

“An E.U.-sponsored certification scheme should adhere to the following principles: * Biofuels development should not be at the expense of human rights * Biofuels should be environmentally sustainable * Biofuels should contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions * Biofuels should adhere to fair-trade principles * Costs and benefits of biofuels should be distributed […]

Presentation: Product Stewardship – Lynne Pledger

In one panel, I got upset that all recycling talk was about the consumer and the waste management companies. I asked what about producer responsibility. To my surprise, I found out that there is very little Extended Producer Responsibility in the US. Having lived in Europe and worked at Nokia, I thought it was normal […]