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Bike Tube Messenger Bag

Bike Tube Messenger Bag

Italy’s mnmur makes upcycling very stylish with their sharp handmade collection of bags and accessories made out of old bicycle tubes. The seat belt strap on the messenger bag is a nice touch.

Solar Camera Strap

Solar Camera Strap

Weng Jie has designed an excellent camera strap that features thin solar films across the width of the strap to harness solar energy and charge your camera when out clicking away in the field.

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CD Sea

CD Sea

Artist Bruce Munro (and a crew of 140) created this installation using over 600,000 discarded compact discs to form an enormous shiny “painting”. In two months, all the CDs will be recycled.

Strata SE1 Residences

Strata SE1 Residences

Strata SE1, the largest residential tower in central London, is the first major building in the world with integral wind-turbines, which will generate at least 8% of the energy needed to power the units inside.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

While this prototype SLS AMG might run entirely on electric power, it’s no slouch in the performance department, still cranking out 526 horses and zooming from 0-to-60 in less than 4 seconds.

Bambu House

Bambu House

Bambu House from Tanji University Shanghai was recently unveiled at the European Solar Decathlon. Designed by a 20 member team, it’s made almost entirely of bamboo and runs only on solar power.

Papervore Shredder Coffee Table

Papervore Shredder Coffee Table

Assuming you’ve got lots of junk mail to recycle, Voos Furniture’s Papervore table is a stylish and eco-friendly way to dispose of your excess paper, without taking up extra space in your living room.

The Oostvaardersplassen Preserve

The Oostvaardersplassen Preserve

A short train ride north from Amsterdam will bring you quickly to the Oostvaardersplassen, one of Europe’s most important nature preserves, filled with abundant grazing herds (and no predators).

Green Float Environmental Island

Green Float Environmental Island

Japan’s Shimizu Corporation recently unveiled plans for a self sufficient floating ecotopia covered in vegetation that generates its own power, grows food, manages waste and provides clean water.

Hand-Crank Eco-Twinkle Light

Hand-Crank Eco-Twinkle Light

Australian designer Kenan Wang based the hand-powered Eco-Twinkle light on old school manual pencil sharpeners. The light can be suspended from a string and has a foldable handle.

Space Chimp

Space Chimp

Created by Leo Burnett and musician Ben Lee for the World Wildlife Fund, this brilliant short film is the perfect antidote to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. Go behind the scenes here.

Glassphemy

Glassphemy

A colossal container made from bullet-proof glass, Macro Sea’s Glassphemy installation withstands serious blows as people throw bottles from a raised platform to rethink and revive the act of recycling.

Audi A1 e-tron Concept

Audi A1 e-tron Concept

While we don’t expect Audi to release an electric vehicle until 2012’s A2, the conceptual A1 e-tron hybrid will do for now. Despite its power source, the car could go from 0 to 60 in about 10 seconds.

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Concept: E boardtracker Bike

Concept: E boardtracker Bike

Designer Vicente Jean-François envisions a future in which we ride around on zero-emission electric bikes. The curvy, minimal E boardtracker would hide its motors in its wheel hubs.

Green Speed Air Motorcycle

Green Speed Air Motorcycle

Edwin Yi Yuan’s Green Speed Air motorcycle is a concept land racer which runs on compressed air. A single gear rotary air engine means no gas, combustion or exhaust; also no gearbox or shifting.

Sustainable Wooden Coffins

Sustainable Wooden Coffins

New Zealand’s Return to Sender provides modern coffin styles using sustainable and minimally treated woods for anyone interested in making their final footprint a small one (thanks Grant!).

Coca Cola Recycled Bottle Chair

Coca Cola Recycled Bottle Chair

Coke has teamed up with furniture manufacturer Emeco to create a special version of the iconic Navy Chair. Each chair will be made out of rPET derived from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles.

B7 Hi-Speed Hybrid Concept

B7 Hi-Speed Hybrid Concept

Designer Filip Tejszerski’s electric-gas hybrid would offer sports car looks and handling. Inspired by jet fighters, the car’s cockpit would seat driver and passenger in-line, instead of side-by-side.

Kegless Beer Packaging

Kegless Beer Packaging

Australian designer Tom Hussey has created Kegless, a bag-in-box packaging concept for carbonated beverages that provides a sustainable alternative to conventional single serve packages.

VW Electric Bike

VW Electric Bike

Volkswagen’s new no-pedal electric Bik.e concept is designed to be charged up by the car it is placed in, as well as to fold into a circle that fits neatly in the car’s spare tire compartment.

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M55 Luxury Electric Bike

M55 Luxury Electric Bike

Hungary’s M55 is calling their EVO-001 the “Ferrari of Electric Bikes.” The off-road sport model will feature a 5 speed 1.7 hp powertrain and integrated 39.6V battery pack for top speed of 43 mph.

Lexus Hybrid Concept Bicycle

Lexus Hybrid Concept Bicycle

No production plans, but the Lexus hybrid concept bike sounds good: 240 watt electric motor with 25.9 volt lithium battery pack, frame constructed of carbon fiber and 8 speed internal gear system.

IPATH Hemp Cat Shoe

IPATH Hemp Cat Shoe

This summer IPATH is re-releasing 3 colors of their understated Cat shoe in eco-friendly hemp. Besides being durable, the Cats are practical: stash pockets under the tongues keep valuables safe.

All Weather Journal

All Weather Journal

Lost or stranded in a crevasse alone in inclement weather? First thing we’d do is write about it in an all weather journal made from patented 100% recyclable paper. Actually, we’d shout for help first.

PUMA Clever Little Bag

PUMA Clever Little Bag

The Clever Little Bag, designed by Yves Béhar, may soon replace the shoebox. The bag was created to reduce PUMA’s water, energy and diesel consumption by more than 60% per year.

Concept: Fincube House

Concept: Fincube House

Designed by Werner Aisslinger, the Fincube house fits in with its natural surroundings. The compact wooden home occupies a mere 2m² of land, and can be easily dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.

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