Best of Office Weekly Roundup: Extreme Greening
Reducing your carbon footprint is always a good thing, and finding new ways to conserve and give back to Mother Nature can often be interesting and help you to see the world, and people, in a way you never thought possible. But what happens when people take their most outlandish green ideas and try to make them a reality? In this week’s roundup, we look at some of the most far-out green ideas and discover that, sometimes, crazy works.
Try these ‘extreme greening’ ideas today!
Jin-wook Hwang designed a concept for a high-tech seedbomb in 2008 that uses bomb-shaped capsules that disassemble mid-flight and disperse seeds across areas that have very little or no greenery. Because the purpose of seedbombs is rooted in the need to find a way to tactfully plant seeds in otherwise unreachable and/or restricted areas, making your seedbombs look like missiles may not be the greatest idea, but it gets bonus points for being extreme all the same.
Employees at Google’s Mountain View headquarters decided that using lawn mowers to mow the fields outside of the building was too harmful for the environment. So what did they do? They rented goats. The goats lived on the fields for a period of one week, eating the excess grass and laying about. The easy life, huh?
Denmark-based Agroplast has found a way to turn pig urine into plastic plates. Now, we can sit here and explain how they are able to do this, but just know that it’s going to be hard for the company to top itself after this product. Perhaps helmets made out old seashells?
Did you know that you can waste 3 gallons of water every time you flush your toilet? That’s pretty wasteful, so why not just answer nature’s call in your nearest garden or patch of grass? The Stockholm Research Institute welcomes you to do so (discreetly, of course). Urine is mostly water, and the other forms of waste in urine makes good fertilizer for soil.
Companies like Shoplet have discounts on green products. We think you’d be surprised by how many eco-friendly products are made all over the world.
Way back before supermarkets were a thing, we had to hunt and gather our own food. Hunting is one thing, but you can still go into the untamed wilderness and pick out things like fruits and mushrooms to eat. We only ask that you know the mushroom you’re about to eat will not make you see purple dinosaurs.
Back in 2008, Sintex, a company specializing in plastics and textile, devised a way to turn human (and animal) waste into energy through the use of portable restrooms. We’d rather not know how it works, but we think it’s great that engineers and scientists can find new ways to power our homes. Does energy created from human waste have a pleasant smell?
Back in 2006, NYU hosted an event in which a bikini was showcased. What made this bikini unique compared to any other bikini, you ask? How about the fact that it’s completely covered in solar-powered cells and can charge small devices like your portable media player? Sounds interesting, but we wouldn’t recommend going for a dip in the pool (or any body of water for that matter).
So the next time you think you’re going a little overboard in your green efforts, just sit on the toilet and think about how you’re probably not so crazy after all as your waste is converted into energy to power the lights in your bathroom.