Green tech finds – 7/28/11

(Fe) Catalytic Clothing from Protein® on Vimeo.

We get a little more fashionable than usual in this week’s green tech finds: from Linda Loudermilk’s compostable bikini, to a cutting-edge design for an RV (really!), to air-purifying clothing.

The film set trailer goes green: King Kong Production claims its Helios Solar Hybrid Production Trailer can run a full day on the built-in solar and biodiesel generators. So, no fossil emissions from a pampered celeb who’s late to set.

The sleek, all-electric RV: Okay, you likely never associate words like “sleek” or “cutting edge” with recreational vehicles, but NAU’s Ecco Camper may just change that. (via Crisp Green)

Affordable net-zero energy homes: Affordable is relative (these would be fairly pricey here), but The Homes at Easthampton Meadow in Easthampton, Massachusetts are incredibly energy efficient and can be net-zero (i.e. produce as much energy as they consume) with the addition of solar panels. Homes in the planned development will run $300,000 – $400,000. (via Earth Techling)

The compostable bikini: Nope, you can’t charge your iPod with this one, but Linda Loudermilk’s new bikini made from plant starch decomposes in soil in 3 months. It is water safe, though – sorry, guys!

Air-purifying fashion: The Centre for Sustainable Fashion, based at the London College of Fashion, is in the early stages of designing a catalytic fabric that purifies air around the wearer. Check out the video above for more. (via Grist)

Teeny tiny solar cells: Semprius‘ high concentration photovoltaic cells are half the size of a pinhead and show real potential for low cost production and green job creation. (via Cleantechnica)

Solar farming as a development tool in India: Economic growth in India has meant much more energy use. Darshan Goswami of the US Department of Energy thinks the country might be the perfect place to implement large-scale “solar farming” for energy production.

Got something else that’s cool (even if it’s not particularly stylish)? Pass it along in the comments.


We’re taking a look at urban farming success stories this week.

The first in the series: urban agriculture in Detroit.

Image credit: King Kong Production Trailers