Green tech finds: the power-free kitchen appliances edition

Refrigerate and cook food without electricity? We’ve got finds this week that get you pretty close, along with mushrooms that eat plastic, and plans to reuse dirty diapers (really!).

The DIY, electricity-free refrigerator: Ever heard of a zeer pot? This very old concept for keeping food chilled only requires two clay flower pots, and some sand and water to build yourself. (via @dothegreenthing)

And then cook that food without power: Well, not exactly, but with a lot less power. The Wonderbag keeps food cooking after the heat’s turned off, and was originally designed for very poor people who couldn’t afford much fuel. (via Inhabitat)

Is that a car in your pocket? OK, it doesn’t fold up that small, but the Hiriko is a prototype for a very small, foldable electric vehicle. (via Cleantechnica and @JimHarris)

Wind turbines for schools: Onsite renewable energy technology can help a school save money while also serving as a teaching tool. Illinois’ Wind for Schools program (an affiliate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory program) serves those purposes, as well as training adults to install and maintain wind turbines. (via Earth Techling and @anand_sivaram)

The living wooden pallet coffee table: Mike Carpenter of MDC Interiors has designed a coffee table that incorporates living plants, and is built from reclaimed wooden pallets. (via Treehugger and @SierraActivist)

What can you do with a dirty diaper? Terracycle, the company that recycles materials often considered unrecyclable, is going to show us. Waste & Recycling News digs in to the company’s soon-to-launch program for making use of used disposable diapers. (via Sustainable Brands and @greensmith)

Plastic-eat mushrooms: Is there anything you can’t do with a mushroom? Students from Yale university discovered a fungus that consumes polyurethane (an unrecyclable plastic) in a trek through the Ecuadoran Amazon. (via @TerracomChicago)

So, what did you find on the green tech front this week? Share it with us in the comments.


Image credit: Hiriko Project pressroom