Under Stairs Garden.

Under stairs garden - bm studioFrom bm studio of Escondido CA, the under stairs garden is a reminder of all of the places we could be, but are not, starting a garden. [Neatorama]

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Reduce: Offloading Three Tons Of Bamboo In 30 Seconds Without A Forklift.

Televisions, your next. [RocketNews 24]


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Pablo Fernandez Is Creating Useful Products From Trash At His ReBorn Recraft Atelier In Barcelona.

ReBorn Recraft Atelier in BarcelonaFair Companies’ lastest post, “Tinkerers’ workshop: slow furniture recrafted from trash,” is about Pablo Fernandez and his efforts to recraft stuff people throw out into useful products at his Reborn Recraft Atelier in Barcelona. Pablo points out in the video that he can not find as many useful things to work with on the streets in his native Columbia as he can in Barcelona. In his shop, he has drinking glasses made from bottles, pallets turned into wine racks / glass holders and much more. [*faircompanies]


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Compressed Air / Gasoline Hybrid Vehicle From PSA Peugeot Citroën Expected To Get Over 100 MPG.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Air Hybrid VehiclePSA Peugeot Citroën is working on a hybrid that doesn’t require batteries. It’s a MacGyverish Hybrid Air concept vehicle that combines an internal combustion engine with a special epicyclic transmission and hydraulic motor powered by compressed air. From Motor Authority:

“Like a conventional hybrid vehicle, the new Hybrid Air concept uses the gasoline engine for cruising on the highway, the hydraulic motor around town (it’s capable of speeds up to 43 mph), and a combination of the two power sources during high load situations such as hard acceleration or climbing a hill. To refill the tanks, the hydraulic motor works in reverse, using regenerative forces to suck in air and compress it for later use.”

PSA Peugeot Citroën Air Hybrid cars should be on the road by 2016. [SmartPlanet]

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Personal Energy Orb (PEO) Motivates Computer User To Ride Their Bike… Or Get Angry At Their Mouse.

The Personal Energy Orb (PEO) wants you to get off your computer and ride your bike. If you don’t, your computer mouse will move around the screen sluggishly until you recharge it with a bike ride.

Good intent but probably not a viable idea. With a deadline to meet and your mouse not keeping up, the color-changing globe has “unplug me and throw me against the wall” written all over it. And the over-sized glowing globe itself, when magnetically attached to your bike for recharging, announces that you should be mugged and/or beaten.

Stamina InStride Cycle Pedal ExerciserNow if the creators figured out a way to recharge the PEO in the home or office by connecting it to something like the Stamina Pedal Exerciser, they could have something. They’ll still encourage exercise which stays in line with their product’s goal.

A commenter on PEO’s Vimeo page points out that “PEO” is the Spanish word for fart but please don’t change it. That alone could quadruple sales in Spain and Mexico. [Treehugger]

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The Tightwad Gazette Makes Being Thrifty Less Uncool

The Tightwad Gazette’s tagline states it best: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle. What started out as a newsletter turned into a three-book series loaded with author and user generated ideas to save money by consuming less and reusing more; kind of like extreme Jubbling only organized and successful.

The Tightwad GazetteThe Tightwad Gazette is the brainchild of Amy Dacyczyn who in 1990 had the idea of sharing the art of “tightwaddery” in her effort to start a home based business. At its peak, The Tightwad Gazette had nearly 100,000 subscribers all searching for tips on how to save while submitting their own ideas for future issues of the newsletter that could also end up in the TG books. After her 3rd book in 1996, The Tightwad Gazette III, Amy decided to close down her successful franchise in order to spend more time with her family. After all, she was never in it for the money or the material goods that came with prolonged success; Amy’s motivation was the luxury of freedom from a job.

Here are just a few Jubbling examples from her book, The Tightwad Gazette III:

  1. The Advantages Of Buying Used – Sometimes, buying used things is better for the environment. A friend bought a like-new LL Bean jacket ($67 value) at a yard sale for $1. Not only did he get a great deal but he also took away the need to produce a new coat from virgin materials.

  2. Make Charcoal Last Longer – After grilling, spray the coals with water and leave them in the grill. By the next time of use, they have dried and are ready to use again.

  3. From Chips To Strips – Recycle Mylar popcorn and potato chip bags into ribbon for wrapping and decorating packages. Wipe the inside of the bag down and then cut a long strip from it by spiraling around the bag. Now you have a curling ribbon like one you would normally purchase.

Jubbling will not stump for tip #3 unless you are big into pork rinds… or if the gift you are wrapping is pork rinds.

All in all, The Tightwad Gazette is timeless and full of great ideas that you can incorporate into your daily life… or not. And the best part is that the book takes a very humble approach to pitching these ideas. The Tightwad Gazette can be purchased as new or USED through Amazon.com. What better way to pay homage to the mission than by purchasing used copies of The Tightwad Gazette. It’s what Amy Dacyczyn would do.

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