All us ninjas here at MNP place a high priority on being environmentally-friendly, and we love green tech, but sometimes, even we donâ€™t want to be eco-friendly. Case in point – remember those low-flow toilets that would clog all the time? Or the restrictors in showerheads that make your shower nothing more than a trickle?
Well, some pretty cool folks over at Australiaâ€™s National Research Agency have designed a showerhead attachment that makes your shower use 30% less water, but still feels like you are under one of those earth-wrecking units. How? When the device is retrofitteed to fill the water droplets with a tiny bubble of air. The result is the shower feels just as wet and just as strong as before, but now uses much less water.
Designed by the Dutch artist Lepe B.T. Rubingh, this work for the first annual Singapore Biennial at the Asian Civilizations Museum is and Angsana Tree that rains on passers by without warning. Lepe said he â€˜discoveredâ€™ the trees unique abilities after talking to it for weeks. Hereâ€™s a better description, from Lepe himself:
â€˜after three weeks of talking to an Angsana Tree in Singapore it started raining out of the crone just before the opening of the Singapore Biennale. It is said that the rain of the tree washes away sins, cures diseases and even makes us younger. So we took the test and had a shower last sunday.
This time I could bring the Miracle Team from Berlin with me to Singapore. They worked closely together with local specialists. And then of course there was the help of allround support from Tokyo by Michi â€˜KOâ€™ Ogura, who is an outstanding specialist on metaphysical issues.â€™
Whats the best way to get a clientâ€™s attention? Originality, and being ill.Apparently the landscape architecture firm of Tur & Partners [canâ€™t find a link to them, sorry] was thinking the same thing when they designed this post card with their business info on itâ€¦that grows when watered.The card has a buildingâ€™s plan on it, and when shown a lil lovin, sprouts greenery around the depicted site. Pretty sick.
[ed. note: so, they finally posted on this over at treehugger, and found the Tur & Partners website. enjoy]
Worldchanging: A Userâ€™s Guide for the 21st Century. So, we here at MNP have only bought one copy, which weâ€™ll have to share for now [hey, weâ€™re broke over here: providing you with all this incredible free entertainment and news got us all fired from our part time jobs]. But all of you should go out and find yourself a copy [Iâ€™d suggest amazonâ€¦cheapest Iâ€™ve found]. Created by a group from Worldchanging.com, including fellow bloggers extraordinaire Sarah[worldchaningâ€™s managing editor] and Jill from Inhabitat [one of our favorite blogs, other than our own, in case you didnâ€™t notice], and with a foreward by Al Gore, AKA Captain Planet himself, the book is full of helpful info on how to help save the planet while living a normal life. Hereâ€™s one of the comments left on amazon, from one happy reader:
â€˜If Goreâ€™s â€˜An Inconvenient Truthâ€˜ moved you, then Steffenâ€™s â€œWorldchanging: A Userâ€™s Guide for the 21st Centuryâ€ will move you to action. This is a beautifully crafted book that should be cherished – so full of resourceful ideas from around the world on how to live a more eco-friendly, sustainable life – without having to turn your back on the comforts of the 21st century. Itâ€™s the ultimate feel-good book that lets you know thereâ€™s hope for the planet if youâ€™re willing to make changes here and there in your daily life that really arenâ€™t all that inconvenient. Donâ€™t worry – the book doesnâ€™t lecture. It just INSPIRES.â€™
And hereâ€™s a sample of what youâ€™re in for:
â€˜Buy Local: In the middle of Denver, in the middle of December, you can walk into most any supermarket and buy a ripe mango. This has been true long enough that almost nobody stops to think of the remarkable distance that mango traveled or of the tree it fell from, which is probably enjoying a balmy tropical day on the other side of the planet. Proponents of eating local food balk at the ubiquitous midwinter mango. Why? Because they think about the baggage that mango flew in with.â€™
Droppinâ€™ gems on â€˜em. Go buy the book.
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