Happy Earth Day! Sunday in honor of the Earth, this week we take time to think about the origins of this now-global events, we need to explore why Earth Day and how our society can meet the 7 biggest threat to our environment. If you have not made plans for the day the Earth will be sure to check out our list of 10 Earth Day activities. One of the main theme of this year’s Earth Week is the lighting, green innovation of illuminating the facts that are useful to make the radar screen Inhabitat. On the more practical end of the spectrum, we examine SUNNAN, Ikea solar powered desk lamp, and although we saw a bit dark, it actually outperformed the expected time of billing. On the bright side, Randy Sarafan, the same people who designed the chair that tweets his own farts (w), has launched a shut off lights when you close your eyes. The downside: For this to work you need to attach electrodes to your face, that is to plug directly into the wall. Thanks, but we will pass. And for those who are more regular, old lamps, Philips launched its much-anticipated L-Prize-winning 10-watt LED bulb on Earth Day. At $ 60 a pop, you can take out a second mortgage to replace every light in your home, but you get back the money back on your energy bills, and Philips also announced rebates to ease the pain.
Talking about the design of light green, this week we bring you the first look at new products the best of Milan Design Week. Exhibits the most is the highlight of the week, flat-pack featuring Tom Dixon lamp cap – and although he was invited visitors to design their own lighting using 3d modeling software. We also see some eye-catching devices are made with new materials and processes that surprising – Jolan van der Wiels launched a series of ‘Transnatural’ stool-shaped magnetic field, Mauricio Affonso blow your mind the changing table is shifted from circular to rectangular in the second, and Raul Lauri Decafé debut lamps, made from recycled coffee area. Meanwhile, iBamboo launches iPhone speaker-free electricity is made from a single piece of bamboo.
Green transportation news we are monitoring everything from bicycles to biomethane shipping timber trucks, to 4,000 mph vacuum tube transport transit systems. Last week, Ford announced that its 2012 Focus Electric cars in Richmond is the speed of 400, so that the speed of the first all-electric car that had led the field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. For green-thinking driver everywhere, eBay launched eBay Green Driving the new site, which promises to help consumers research and buy fuel-friendly vehicles. We also caught wind of Axalko amazing bike frame made of wood ashes. And Olympic organizers want to put on the greenest games ever, UPS added 10 large diesel trucks to biomethane dedicated his 2012 London Olympics fast. That’s a good way to go from brown to green.
Green building news, we shine the spotlight on NASAs new maintenance base (which is packed with technology developed for the International Space Station). We also see a wedge-shaped building at the Tokyo Institute of Technology who is really close with 4,500 solar panels, which makes it possible to use half the energy of a similarly sized building. We also hear about a good air pavilion in London’s voice that makes music when wind blows. And one of the unusual stories of the week, we reported the extension of public housing in Italy is made from plastic shopping bags and other pieces of non-renewable packaging.