(PG-13: Language) The Ordinary Guy provides an snarky, yet educational look at humanity’s ever-increasing production of trash, our struggle to dispose of all the waste we produce, and a few of the sillier attempts to convince us not to litter via public service announcements.
Startup Lightyear is showing off a pure electric sedan that can gain up to 7.5 miles per hour of added range while in sunlight. It still plugs in for its base charge, but the solar panels covering its hood, roof, and trunk are designed to increase its range. It’s ideal for stop, start, and slow traffic for minimizing trips to the outlet.
Etee is an upcoming online shop that will sell only plastic-free, reusable and biodegradable goods. Its products at launch include cling wrap, toothbrushes, and soap. Pledge on its Kickstarter now to become a lifetime member, which lets you buy at wholesale prices.
LastSwab is a reusable alternative to cotton swabs, which are wasteful and often have plastic parts, which can contribute to environmental concerns. It uses a silicone tip that is durable and washable, comes in a travel-ready case and is available in several colors, and two tip types.
The upper of VIA Design Lab’s stylish sneakers is knit from yarn made from recycled plastic. It also has a membrane that keeps water, dirt, and odor out for up to 2 hours. Its heel can also be folded to turn the shoe into a more breathable low-top. It comes in three colors.
The Futurecraft Loop is a prototype running shoe with an upper, outsole and laces made entirely out of recyclable TPU. Paired with adidas‘ Boost midsole, the Futurecraft Loop is also made to be durable and comfortable. Its second generation is slated for general release.
Hybrid Green Label makes shoes with outsoles that are partially made from recycled rubber. Depending on the design, the uppers are made with one or a mix of canvas, leather, mesh, suede or knit fabric. They have high top and low top models in various colorways. Also on Amazon.
Reusable straws are so much better for the environment than disposable straws. But they can be a pain to clean, and that’s not good for you. The Rain Straw solves that by having a design that forms an airtight seal when in use yet can split into two for cleaning.
OGarden’s Smart indoor garden promises to be a low maintenance and relatively compact system. It holds up to 30 seedlings and up to 60 plants at once, ensuring a continuous harvest every 3 or 4 days. Its automatic watering system also warns you to low water levels.
“A straw used for just minutes exists for 450 years. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.” Artist Von Wong worked with Zero Waste Saigon, Starbucks Vietnam and dozens of volunteers to gather and turn 168,000 used straws into an art installation.
Everlane’s eco-conscious collection features a fleece sweater, a fleece zipped jacket and a lightweight hooded puffer jacket. All of these are made with thread made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The company recycled 3 million plastic bottles in the process.
Based on a rare 2008 set, this 826-piece LEGO Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine lets you build a 39″ tall version of the energy capture devices you see popping up in the countryside. Its tiny trees are the first LEGO parts made from sustainable plant-based plastic. Drops 11/23/18.
Say goodbye to bad energy, and switch your home to green electricity with Arcadia Power. The company helps you find cost-effective clean energy sources like wind and solar, along with tools to help you monitor and manage your energy consumption and environmental impact.
Straws make up a large amount of our waste. The makers of FinalStraw hope to alleviate that with their convenient product. Unlike other reusable straws, FinalStraw is collapsible and comes with a key ring case. It comes with a squeegee but it’s also dishwasher-safe.