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Design We Are Feeling: Pedal-Powered Coffee On The Go

The Velopress is a coffee machine on wheels
Dec 7, 2012 10:01 am

Velopresso is a pedal-powered mobile coffee-maker that requires no electricity. The custom-made bicycle can switch between gears that power the bike or drive a coffee grinder. Its award-winning designers are looking to develop this as a sort of eco-friendly coffee truck on two wheels. Read on for all the details and photos.

Culinary Misfits Create Beautiful Meals From "Imperfect-Looking" Ingredients

Don't hate on a carrot just because it looks funny
Nov 6, 2012 4:31 pm

With all the food that goes to waste in the world, it's crazy that vendors would toss a perfectly edible carrot just because it looks like something out of a Tim Burton film. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, one German catering company is making extraordinary meals from gnarly-looking ingredients.

Design Solution: Grow Your Own Avocados

Just add a seed and water in the Avocado Incubator
Aug 31, 2012 10:01 am

Love avocados but hate breaking the bank to spring for the pricy produce? Product designer Andrew Mitchell has developed an avocado incubator that allows avocados to grow from a single seed.

What's That Smell? Not Your Compost Heap.

Japanese bokashi composting leaves the stink out
Jun 12, 2012 5:01 pm

With gardening season comes the pressing, almost consuming urge to compost. No? It smells, you say? Well thank the Japanese for bokashi composting (and kewpie mayo), cause your fertilizer costs and subsequent odors just dropped to zilch.

 

Perfect For Summer Grill-outs: A Biodegradable Plate Made With Birdseed

Introducing The Unidentified Feeding Object (UFO)
May 1, 2012 4:31 pm

NYC designer Andrea Ruggiero looked back to his childhood days in Italy for inspiration when designing the disposable UFO (Unidentified Feeding Object) plate. In Italian, disposable products are described as "Use e getta," Italian for "use and throw.” Ruggiero decided to take this phrase literally. He designed a plate for a backyard BBQ that you can fling off the nearest tree to have it crack apart and become a bird feeder. 

 

Wearing Their Herb Garden On Their Sleeve

A literal take on green design at a NYC restaurant
Apr 10, 2012 1:01 pm

Taking green design to a veritably literal level, Atera's living wall is both a statement piece and a decorative component at the newly opened restaurant in NYC's Tribeca neighborhood. The result, an 8'x8' green panel set against a sinuous, dark steel wall, is lush with herbs and plants, something like the ultimate herb garden, only sideways.

Willie Nelson Sings For Chipotle's Pigs

The country singer lends a voice to sustainability
Aug 30, 2011 5:16 pm

Willie Nelson sings Coldplay over an animated stop-action short about pigs which ends in a fast-food run. No, we're not piecing together hazy scraps of last Friday night (um, Coldplay?) But we did just watch this video from Chipotle, and it more or less conveys an important message we're glad that Shotgun Willie, a dedicated fair-farming advocate, put his voice...

5 Things You Don’t Know About Hydroponics

Hydroponics helps make urban agriculture a reality
Aug 18, 2011 9:01 am
Gotham Greens lettuce

New York may be at the forefront of the urban and rooftop gardening trends. But Gotham Greens is a whole different story. The 15,000-square-foot greenhouse on the roof of a Greenpoint building produces vegetables and fresh herbs using a hydroponic growing system. In other words, it uses no soil whatsoever. The plants are grown in water and fed with a nutrient-rich...

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